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magnatone

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Making this song has been quite an adventure. I am using the IK Miroslav Philharmonik orchestral software for the first time. I can’t get over what a difference it makes in instrument sound quality. Thank you to Patrick (Futzpucker) for the 2 years of nagging to invest in this software. It was SO worth it!

This started as a piano piece which I worked on for about a month. As always, it took me awhile to decide how it “goes”, and I also had to just plain practice, so I could play it through for recording. These days I write my piano music with orchestration in mind, and I couldn’t wait to get started using the new software.

As some of you know all too well, doing the orchestration to this was fraught with technical difficulties. The new software was constantly crashing my GarageBand whenever I tried to save, or "save as". It took awhile for me to realize what was happening, and that “save” was actually NOT saving, so I lost a lot of work at first which was of course very frustrating. I consulted with both Apple and the good people of IK (Miroslav), but the problem remained unresolved. Eventually I started hitting “save as” literally after every couple of changes ("save" alone was not working at all), so that if I lost them it wouldn’t feel catastrophic. And “save as” continued to fail about half the time. That was a tedious work around, but at least I could make semi-forward progress without having to re-compose big swaths of the orchestral accompaniment. Late in the game Patrick had an “ah-ha” which may prove to have been the problem (and boils down to “read the manual"!) – but I won't be able to test it until I start a new project! I really tried to showcase the gorgeous Miroslav instruments here (although I barely know how to use them yet), and in spite of the difficulties, I would recommend this software to anyone interested in an affordable upgrade from the Symphony Orchestra and Voices Jam Packs. I have obsessively and endlessly tweaked this mix so hopefully I'm in the ballpark with the orchestral instruments relative to each other.

Special thanks to Shay (kassia) for the dozens of critical listens, very helpful critique, and honest feedback and ideas along the way. You always give me a lot to think about as the instrumentation is growing. Also, a huge thank-you to Patrick (Futzpucker), for the similarly thorough critiques and willingness to listen to multiple developing versions in spite of your very busy schedule. You reliably tell me what I need to be thinking about (or thinking about differently) (or dropping entirely :)) I value you both so much as my core feedback team, and especially as my friends.

Satellite photo of the merging of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers at Confluence State Park in north central Washington state. It's an old stomping ground, and the spot I was thinking of when this title came to me.
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Uploaded: Mar 05, 2010 - 03:42:55 PM
Last Updated: May 05, 2017 - 04:07:01 PM Last Played: Nov 04, 2017 - 04:25:02 PM
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Comments
davisamerica said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
1 minute in and wow
...first...and back...wow
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davisamerica said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Karen
I know you had to stick with this one till it hurt. well it is a beauty.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
sigh
love you jack - thank you
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Skean said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
WOW
I'm in awe, you,re one of the best composer on this site.
I LOVE IT, thanks a lot for sharing, I grab an X of it.

Much love,
Kenta
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi kenta
i'm so NOT .... but you're sweet to say that. glad you liked it!
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Gaylen75 said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Wow This is Perfect!
This is so good. It build with every phrase. You managed to take me on a voyage. I love the way the piano breaks from the melody path it seems destin only to rejoin the strings again. This is as good a piece as I have heard on Mj and could be in a movie or play. I am so glad that I kept checking your page and waited around today to hear this post. Best of all the song remains interesting all the way to the last second.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi gaylen
i'm really happy with how the strings sound, using the Miroslav. thanks for the listen - always appreciated (have i mentioned i LOVE your voice??) (lol)
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Beautiful, tranquil (at first)
The strings are gorgeous here. Sorry to hear about your software challenges (for what it's worth, since I "upgraded" to Snow Leopard my plug-ins routinely crash Logic 8), but I think your investment was certainly worthwhile: these instruments have a clarity and brightness that really enhances your already engaging and lovely writing.

(I'm now at 3:05) Wow, you really took this somewhere in emotional intensity--congratulations on this level of achievement!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi michael
and thank you very much for the listen. it's kind of comforting to hear about other problems like this, but sorry to hear about it for you!
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Daugrin said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Inspired Sublime Moments
Thank you for sharing your tunes. The orchestration is wonderful, makes your writing stand out.

Daug
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi daug
thanks for stopping by!
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drakonis said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Gently sweeping
Sort of like "The Moldau", this starts out slowly and gently and builds over time, very nicely. The beginning has almost a "Carol of the Bells" feel to it (so I instantly like it), then it slowly builds, and has this ear-catching twist at 2:41 that is excellent.. the choir additions are tasteful and fun. The horn swells sound great (possibly stagger some to get even more realism.) The lone violin near the end is stunning, that sounds danged real. Really sweet orchestration here, and compelling music overall. It is not "over-the-top", but instead a solid ride. The overall mix sounds very good, although possibly loses a little sparkle, maybe a touch more high end? Not sure, that's a very minor point. Crystal clear orchestration, and love the samples here, that's a pretty amazing sounding orchestra package... dang, makes the choice between that and GPO pretty tough! I agree after listening a few times, this is very expertly crafted, very nicely done Karen!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi ya eduard
thanks for the thorough comment. i'm sure there's room for more "sparkle" - even with a kind of melancholy tune like this. don't know what to say about IK vs. GPO - i'm sure they're both really good. thank you for the listen eduard, and all the OTHER stuff too :)
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Chimalus said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
A fascinating project!
I wanted it to stay dark, but it got warm... Hmmm, it got dark again. Good. And warm once more. The piano provides glimpses of sunny overtone, like beams piercing through ominous clouds. I love how your music builds so intricately. That's what defines you as a composer in my mind. At points your music is so fluid that I forget you work in beats and measures.

This piece seems like a sandbox where you've played with concepts. The low string stabs that culminate around 3:00 are chillingly elegant. I'd love to hear more of that. Your use of pizzicato strings at 4:00 and onward is equally effective. For me, those are two the points when Confluence gains true personality. I'd love to hear you develop those string parts. The more strident elements of the music, like the choirs and horns, have less of an impact on me. Their melodies feel indistinct... like the standard, adventurous Magnatone atmosphere. In the end I couldn’t quite tell what the thrust of the song was. I would describe the end result as a formless notion of majesty.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Hi Laverne
what an interesting bunch of observations! i'll have to chew on them awhile - thanks for taking the time to listen and comment so thoughtfully!
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Morning Light said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Magnificent Magnatone! :D)
What a beautiful masterpiece you have created! I love the wide range of emotions you express. It really builds with passion. Thank you for sharing this! :)
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
thanks!
always so great to see you around these parts Linda - thanks for taking the time to listen. (Loved your collab with kenta earlier this week!)
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FastLane2010 said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
What an epic..
..tune, absolutely lovely. This is the first tune I have had a chance to listen to since joining MacJams and I have to say how impressed I am with your piece. Best wishes.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Thanks FL!
so nice of you to stop by - i'm honored to be your "first" (lol) - welcome to MJ!
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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Visual ...
... hauntingly beautiful, stirs up images in my head. Filmic, epic, romantic scenes. Wonderful orchestration. This truly is incredible work. I'm humbled to be able to listen to it. Thank you.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Mr. Paddy
you are so kind - thank you for taking the time to listen, i really appreciate it!
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scofugate said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Karen!
I feel a full orchestra with Ennio Morricone waving his conductors wand around fluid and furious but...YOU made this an awesome display of Climatic structure with an impeccable performance and arrangement.Ennio has nothing on you!!
Kudos!!!
It was worth the teckie difficulties in my opinion!!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
SCOTT!
i'm so pleased you had a chance to listen - been excited to play this for you. it was worth the difficulties in my opinion too - hopefully next time i'll understand what i'm doing a little better!
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WharmtonRise said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Worth the wait
Really nice orchestration as is, lovely build up and flow as always. However I can't wait until you grow more familiar with your new instrument. As wonderful as this is I think there is a lot more to come with your expanded palette. It may be that the piano becomes a part of the overall piece instead of the driving force with the orchestration fitted around it.

I'm on tenterhooks!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Hi Andrew
well, as good of an idea as that MIGHT be (piano part of the overall piece) - i just don't know if my BRAIN can do it without the piano being central. i'm just such a piano player. but - we'll see! thanks for the listen - always a pleasure to see you around these parts!
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maxruehl said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Beautiful
piece you've crafted, Karen. I'm glad you finally managed to tame your software troubles, because the Philharmonik has really opened up the expression of your already considerable talent. Inspired and inspirational work.:)
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi ya andymax
thank you for coming by - it always makes me happy when i know you've had a chance to hear one of my infrequent posts!
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billykirsch said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Beauty
Highs and lows all over the place. I love those changing and surprising dynamics, as opposed to a more or less continuous crescendo during the whole song. I wasn't looking at the time and the ending surprised me (and I loved it). It doesn't feel like 5 mins.
New toys always help to increase creativity. Besides the sound quality of the new software, I can hear your creativity is at another level here.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
billy
you are just such a sweet guy! i did manage to avoid the "continuous crescendo" - guess that's progress! thanks so much for listening and commenting - you're one of MJ's jewels!
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Cameron said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
your best yet!
This piece definitely has the "Karen Stamp" on it, high-quality as always, but there's something extra-special about this submission.

What makes this better-than-ever, is a combination of varied textures, excellent new orchestra sounds and professional-sounding production values, very imaginative orchestration, and lovely musical ideas.

You have combined a reflective minor feel with forward-moving energy, a very nice blend.

I wish you all the best in your future endeavors with the new software; hope it works seamlessly for you next time!

Great work here.


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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi cameron
well this is a red-letter day! i thought about you during various parts of writing this, wondering what you'd think about it. so glad this one worked for you! thanks for the listen and comment
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ChristopherCihon said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
I'm...
just gonna listen....

I love the emotion in this.

Thanks for sharin' Karen.

Speechless....



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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Chris
that sheila is one lucky girl! :) thanks for your support at MJ - i so appreciate it, and YOU!
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Relic67 said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
wow
impressive!
those instruments sound a gazillion times better than the Jam Pack.
REally cool composition too! You write all that out?
loud applause!

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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Hi Relic
thank you so much! the piano is played, the rest yes, is all written out. so glad you liked it! thanks for your time
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kassia said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
confluence
You've colored outside you're own lines in so many ways with this song. From the moment I first heard the solo piano, it was different - somber and spacious. I am so glad you decided to keep parts of this very sparse, those solo strings from the Miroslav are just divine and you've made them sing. There is a soft sophistication in your use of the different textures - with the staccato voices, pizzicato strings and lovely legato violin and cello. This piece is warm and soft, even as it gently swells around you. A gorgeous, gorgeous piece of work - made all the more impressive by the heartache and frustration your computer put you through. i am always honored to be a small part of the creation of your incredible music. thank you for letting me share in that with you.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
shay
the thanks are all to YOU! I don't know how you STAND it sometimes, but i'm very grateful that you hang in there with me and keep giving me your feedback over and over and OVER (and over). i do feel like i turned a little corner with this - i guess time will tell. i have learned so much be being a part of YOUR creative process - thank you!
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SCJohnson59 said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Stunning!
Beautiful piece! Sounds like something from film! :) Instant fave and DL!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
well thank you Mr. Johnson!
and greetings, and welcome to MJ! I'll be sure to check out your music - i think you're going to like it here :)
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DarkPlanet said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Hi Karen
What a great work you have accomplished here, Love the lone violin and male chorus towards the beginning. My ears tell me you are switching timing and keys but I cant say for sure, whatever you are doing it is pleasing.

I deal with and use the word confluence everyday (vascular) especially vein confluences, but in this music I have a feeling you are talking about the spiritual confluence between people.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hiya DP
actually, i didn't switch timing OR keys - that's cool it sounded that way though! yes, didn't really have vascular confluences in mind - lol - thanks so much for the listen - much appreciated!
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ziti said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
sheeeesh
this is mind blowingly good.

congratulations....your heart is all in there that's for sure....

really great my lovely doodle

deepest bows to you
z
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
you listened?
in spite of the concrete in your head? so glad you liked it fran - thanks for listening even though you feel like shit!
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thecruser said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Beautiful
This is like one of those great movies where you can watch it again and again and notice something you never have before. On my third or fourth listen in a row and its still an adventure. Awesome.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi cruser!
thanks so much for this great comment - means a lot that you wanted to listen more than once - ya made my day!
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awigze said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Incredible
I love how you used the accidental to enter into the faster tempo section. Nuanced and subtle, yet profound and dynamic. And then back to your classic handling of this multi-layered masterpiece.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
ANDY!
did YOU let the cat out??? lol - thank you my friend for the listen, the comment, the fave, and all the OTHER stuff too! i'm so honored to know you!
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awigze said 2831 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Karen
The honor is mine. Your have a house full of cats now.
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Sigmund said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Confluence
This is really outstanding work, Karen. Your arrangement tells a story, first of sadness, then of hope. Your use of dynamics is stellar - never going overboard - more like controlled emotion - heading for a big crescendo only to stop short, time and time again until finally towards the end you bring it to fruition. The new software sounds great by the way - a worthwhile investment despite the challenges you endured I am sure. Yes, that violin is very sweet indeed. Even the title goes beautifully. Very very nice work - thank you for sharing this with us!
Sig
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi sigmund
i've been hoping you might stop by! yes, in spite of the difficulties - which ultimately will get figured out - i'm really happy with the instrument sounds. i know you were looking for a JP upgrade - i'd really recommend this! as you know, i love your work, and i still can't believe that a composer of YOUR talents/skills will even TALK to me! thank you so much!
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lavalamp said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
So, so good
Emotional and dynamic. This may not belong out here for free. This is beyond me. Great job Karen.

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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Dave!
you're so sweet - thanks a lot for taking the time to listen and make such an awesome comment!
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Jarvoid said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Gorgeous
Swelling,living..and pretty bloody marvellous...I give up on the superlatives.

No,I lie.Creative,Cinematic and dramatic...and so forth and etcetera...great.

Love it....Jarvoid.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
LOL
a song is not a song until jarvoid visits it! you CRACK ME UP - and thank you so much for your continued support on MJ - it means a lot to me!
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Outtaorbit said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Sorry I'm so late.......
This is beautiful.. as or you
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
ORBIT
you're just the best - thank you for the listen, the comment, and mostly just for yourself :)
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SmokeyVW said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
flowing
i found this to be wistful and profound, and it brought a tear, yet i know not why, perhaps the sheer beauty of it?

thank you so much
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
wow bill
and then this comment brought a tear to ME! i'm so touched, thank you for being such a supporter of mine at MJ. i hope i do the same for you, you're such a very special musician and presence here.
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Vic Holman said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
wenatchee
boy it has been awhile since i've been there. you might have to do a german style tune for leaveneworth :-)

excellent tune Karen. it turned out great!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hey vic
of COURSE you would know the place generally - maybe even specifically! so glad to hear from a homeboy! (lol re: leavenworth). and you're probably right about logic .... sigh ... stay tuned!
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Alannah said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Wowser ......
... another fabulous one K ..... I love the softness in the beginning .... it's a download for me ... so I can listen again and again and absorb it and hear all its little nuances ..... you rawk K !
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hey A!!
thanks for the quick listen/comment - and YOU rawk! been lovin' your vids all week - what a treasure chest of great stuff!
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guygrooves said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
This is soooo
Beautiful... and it's free!! Karen thank you so very very much for sharing your talent with us.
Peace
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Hi Guy
well thank you SO much for saying that - and for all your support on MJ!
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crissew said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Really great use of
ebb and flow with this song. Swells in volume really add to the emotional nature of the song. The sounds are far superior. You can swap these sounds into all of your other compositions too now, that has to be exciting! I think this is your best composition to date. Love Love Love it!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi charles
thank you very much for the kind words. don't know that i will go back and replace on old songs - more likely to just use them going forward. but we'll see! thanks again!
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Honza said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
beautiful
Hallo Ms.Karen. Very beautiful piece I have to say. It seems like the IK Miroslav was a good investement ... I was especially amazed by the violin sound. Also very nice arrangement with rich sound changes that keeps interest throughout the whole song with simple and modest instrumentation. BRAVO!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi there Honza
thank you so much for taking the time to listen and comment, i really appreciate it. looking forward to hearing your music - thanks again
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Char said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Karen,
A fully realized piece and it has bits of Futz and Kassia in there. Though, it does still say Magnatone in a very elegant way. Many thanks for gifting us all with this exciting masterpiece. I hear a journey as from birth to death to rebirth and a joy, which is unmistakably you. Thanks.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Dear Char
thank you so much for dropping in and leaving this elegant comment. it's so great to SEE you around here - you've been very much missed! always appreciate your support on MJ - now stick around!
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damiengh said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Stunned as usual
Your awesomeness is overpowering, and you have seriously stunned me again.

This was cooked over a slow creative fire, with measured seasonings added at appropriate times, bringing out potent emotional flavors that many musical chefs try in vain, but cannot achieve.

The ingredient they will never possess, is your tasteful, inner craftsman; that magical mind, that adds, massages and cuts, until it is just right.

I was pleased to hear that lulling piano rhythm you used throughout the song as a backdrop, while you gave us hills for our ears to climb. It is reminiscent of some of your earlier motorcycle-ride themed works.

The new software your using, definitely is in the right hands.

Surely, this work is another feather in your cap, patch on your motorcycle jacket or at least another sticker on your helmet.


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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
hi damien
what a wonderful, thoughtful comment. thank you for taking the time to listen and to write all of this. do they give jacket patches for this? and thanks for all of your support on MJ damien - you're the best
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Cashed-In said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Magna!....
I always love your music! Its so calming. Wonderful!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Hi Cash
thanks so much for the listen and comment tonight. really glad you enjoyed this. i'm really enjoying your music too! (MJ rocks!)
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Velvet_Audio_Lab said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
certainly
is great to listen to your fingers work there magic.

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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
who was
that masked man? :) thanks bevan!
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MacMufasa_dot_com said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Beautiful
This is beautiful. I love the orchestration. It has a magnificent movie score appeal to it - and I love that. Bravo. Bravo.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
heya mac
thanks for stopping by. i thought about putting this in the "film scoring" genre - i don't know - kinda is, kinda isn't. but, thanks for the listen and comment - really appreciate it!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2840 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Incredibly...
... rich and full sound from each instrument. "Stairway to Heaven" came to mind at 2:09; fantastic addition, if that was intended. This piece just made me feel good after a stressful and tiring day! Magnatone, I LOVE you and your work.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi yeman!
stairway to heaven? i have to listen right there - that never occurred to me, but it's not like i don't know the song! so glad the song helped you "destress" - so great to have you back here yeman!
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hackneybloke said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
confluence
a very enjoyable journey by train.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi julian
journey by train - interesting visual. thanks!
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ste said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
lovely
string sounds here, karen. love the changes of theme. I wish I could compose like this. masterful stuff again.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
ste!!
is it worth a good rounding? :) (thanks for stopping by, i really appreciate your support!)
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sister_savage said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Sounds like a lot of hard work...
paid off in spades!
This is utterly sublime...both strings and keys compete for my attention and make we WISH I could produce something as beautiful and polished.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
thanks!
that is very nice of you to say, and i'm so glad that YOU have arrived at MJ!
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richard13 said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Karen, Karen, Karen
You may post infrequently but the quality of your work more than makes up for the quantity. This is another superior example of the kind of music many of us can only aspire to. Thanks for being able; thanks for having helpful friends; thanks for being here; and thanks for another definitely-to-be-treasured download.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi richard
what a sweet comment - i really appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment. and you're so right - i don't upload much - it takes me forever to write a song!!
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MarkHolbrook said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
This may well be
my fav of yours Karen! What new software did you get? Well whatever it is, it sounds downright fantastic.
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi mark!
i know you're WAY busy, so thanks for taking time to listen. if you READ the song notes (lol) - you'd know the new software is the IK Miroslav Philharmonik - which kicked my BUTT with technical probs. i'm afraid i'll have to upgrade to Logic to solve it :(
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I.G.M. said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Sure
you HAVE to upgrade to Logic!
Big challenge but worth the try.
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I.G.M. said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
It`s beautiful,
yes it is and I agree with Cameron and others that it is your best yet. The dramatic build-up
is simply brilliant.
I would have interrupted the piano play on some tight passages, when to much "melodies" were fighting against each other.
Your timing is absolutely amazing, perfect for this classic-orientated stuff.
Some people said it before:
It`s just as good as stuff we hear in big movies.
Thx for sharing your art!!
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magnatone said 2840 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi ingo
thanks so much for the listen and thoughtful comment - probably a really good idea to interrupt the piano in "tight passages" - i'll try to remember that for next time!

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Calchas said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Worth the wait!
Hot damn this is good! Like Kenta, I stand in awe of your composing skills Karen. A deeply moving piece!

Be well friend!
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Thanks!
so glad it worked for you micheal - i really appreciate your continued support on MJ! (also, love YOUR music!)
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MidiOrleans said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Superb
sounds you can be proud of!
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hey scottie!
thanks so much for stopping by! always means a lot to have you listen to my music! (cause i love yours!)
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Ed Hannifin said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
I never would have thought it...
...back when I first joined MacJams and was listening to the cool things people were coming up with then, but it really makes a difference, both sonically and in terms of the emotional impact of the musical piece, when the sounds and samples and instruments are of the highest quality... Decent quality natural reverbs, too... I'm sometimes frustrated when I hear some orchestrated work that someone's done and that I think is really great, but some of the instruments sound like Korg or Yamaha keyboards from 1984...

This sounds very full and rich, and also sounds clear... Great sheen on instruments.... The piano sounds great, there are some neat cymbals in there, neat strings....

And then of course, who cares about the sound if there isn't meat on the bones of the composition... This has a nice rolling or cascading feel in its forward motion, and a nice sense that it goes somewhere.... The opening is very simple and sweet.... There isn't a sense anywhere in it that, "Hey, I got these new instruments and I'm gonna use every darned one of 'em..." Things evolve very naturally....

Ed
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Hi Ed
i was hoping you might stop by! i really really tried to stay more SPARSE, with lots of encouragement (badgering) from both shay and futz, and i feel like it really helped in highlighting especially the string samples of the miroslav software. thanks so much for your continued support on MJ!
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particledots said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
EXCELLENT (see below)
this is the best thing you have done karen
(9:31:40 AM): sound wise
9:31 am
(9:31:43 AM): thank you
(9:31:46 AM): i'm pretty happy with it
(9:31:50 AM): i used RESTRAINT
(9:31:51 AM): :D
brynmichael 9:31 am
(9:31:51 AM): :-D
(9:32:11 AM): nothing wrong with a pair of handcuffs now and again
9:32 am
(9:32:16 AM): :D
(9:32:19 AM): can't argue there
(9:32:30 AM): i was so wowed by the solo strings
(9:32:34 AM): wanted them to stand out
(9:32:39 AM): haven't had that experience until now
brynmichael 9:32 am
(9:32:48 AM): a great tune
(9:32:59 AM): its insulting to call it a tune - sorry
9:33 am
(9:33:04 AM): lol
(9:33:06 AM): it IS a tune
brynmichael 9:33 am
(9:33:21 AM): should be part of a film soundtrack
9:33 am
(9:33:41 AM): sigh - wouldn't that be cool?
brynmichael 9:33 am
(9:33:55 AM): i guess thats the dream of a lot of us
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
YOU
are in so MUCH trouble! :)
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craft said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
fantastic job
this is so good!! Heaven's melody... I love it
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hiya craft!
thanks so much for stopping by - so glad you enjoyed it!
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Hickling_Stan said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Oh 'eck
You've just listened to my little piano fumblingsthen I come over here and listen to yours and I think..."I'll get me coat"!! It's obvious you have put a lot of time and effort into this but most imporantly you have not let it become "over produced". It's still your tune, your feeling, your melody. Wonderful. Mark
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi there mark!
i LOVED your song, on gran's piano - so heartfelt! i do tend to labor over these for weeks - not sure that's a GOOD thing - lol! thanks for stopping by, much appreciated!
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Talent.
Very nice. Emotive.
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Thanks DL
and thank you for stopping by - nice to meet you in chat today!
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mike_d said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Incredible!
Karen, this is fantastic! The new software sounds wonderful- and very much real to me. Reading about all of the frustration you had with the software, I'm glad you kept with it to share such a beautiful piece of work. Definitely downloaded- Thanks!
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
MIKEY!
i was hoping you might stop by! so happy it felt download-worthy to you - enjoy! (ya cutie!)
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bud said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Oh this was worth waiting for - and now
I can stop playing O Holy Night - as much as I love it. Your playing and orchestration is marvelous here Karen - really stunning work. I get a real sense of flying as I seem to get from all of your pieces. Must be all that time spent on the bike rolling through the hills. It's in your blood and brings energy and grace to all that you do.
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
LOL
i'm laughing my head off about "O Holy Night" - that's so SAD! I would be happy to send you the piano-only version of this if you're interested. So glad you came by Kevin - your support here means a whole lot to me! thank you
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DWL said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Not that you need another fan but
I can't help myself!

This is wonderful Karen. Beautifully arranged and performed. Excellent choice of sounds and so restrained. Plenty of opportunities to go big but well done for keeping it all in check.

Cheers

Dick
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi Dick
thanks for noticing the restraint - it about killed me!
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Roxylee said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Total WOW
Karen, IK'm so glad you persevered to bring this to completion. It is soaring... and the orchestration is perfect. It s all wonderful music!
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hey Roxy!
thank you so much for having a listen and commenting - i so appreciate it, and really value your presence on MJ
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angelahope said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Unbelievably Good!
I have chills! Absolute chills!
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi angela
thanks for stopping by! do you want a sweater?
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caroline said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
i really admire you people who..
hear all this stuff in their heads - and you do it so well karen - it's intricate yet approachable - and i love the jazzy break too - i was sorry when it ended - bravo! and thank you for pointing out the way xoxo
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
CARO!!
so glad you were able to get over and have a listen! a song isn't complete till you've made a showing! :)
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dave_b said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Confluence
Sad and hopeful at the same time. The piano is wonderful, and the strings sound amazing. The software seems to be a good investment despite the difficulties. Hope you work it out.
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hi there Dave!
"sad and hopeful" - i completely agree. thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment - means so much!
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b0rn2w0rsh1p said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Close my eyes, lean head back...
and listening intently - great stuff... need more - going to home page for another fix.
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
lol
that's one of the best comments i've ever read - thanks!
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ShadowofNine said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
WoW
I throw my hat into the arena of public opinion, which states this is tremendous music. The Miroslav instruments are fabulous...The composition speaks volumes about creative forward movement on your part Karen, yes indeed marvelous in every detail...Bravo-Bravo-Bravo...
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Hi Dave!
it's always SUCH a thrill to have you come by one of my few-and-far-between posts. thank you for your continual support of me and my music here! you're the best!
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ktb said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
10,000 ft
and still going up. Had me right from the beginning. Reminded me a little of early Supertramp with the rhythmic piano and warm melodic string lines. Bravo
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
hey karma!
wow - supertramp - now there's a compliment that will make me feel good for a long time! thanks - and also for your time in listening/commenting. glad you enjoyed it!
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ectoplasm said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
this is
the best thing ive heard on macjams.
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magnatone said 2839 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
sam
you don't get out on MJ much do you? lol - thank you for the sweet sentiment though, and for listening to the song.
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Einarus said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Excellent
Congratulations on the new sounds - I can really hear a difference!
What hasn't changed, though, is your excellent composition skills, your delightful melodies and your wonderful piano work.
I especially love how you keep the accompaniment rather sparse throughout so that the piano can really stand out.

What more can I say?
I love this, and I'm not just trying to be nice :)

-Einar S.
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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Hi Einar!
thanks so much for the listen. and you can't help yourself, you just ARE nice! it all means a lot, coming from a composer of your calibre - thank you!
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ramonaji said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
You!
are amazing!!! WOW!!! I LOVE THIS!!!
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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
hey ramona!
so glad to see you stopped by for a listen - and really glad you liked it! as you know, i'm a total fan of YOU! :)
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guitapick said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Hard earned...
...is well earned, Karen...powerful beauty...looking forward to more with this excellent software. Hope you've found the answer to the crashes...
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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Hi Bob
thanks so much for coming by for a listen! and, i hope so TOOOO!
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Moonwolf_Project said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Rather lovely
Yup
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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
hey BSR
thanks for coming by!
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fasteddie said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Awesome
That's about all I can say about this! Fantastic!
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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
hey eddie!
so nice to see you here - thank you for taking the time to listen and comment, i appreciate it very much.
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rac927 said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
prisitine and Beautiful
Of course its beautifully well produced...I dont think i would expect any less from you! need to download ALL of your stuff now.....you have ruined me....
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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
LOL
can't decide if it's good or bad, that i ruined you. however, thank you for the compliment of the download, and for taking the time to come by! (nice to see you again in chat)
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rustykangaroo said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
gasp!!
wow! you know it's really kind of intimidating to comment on something like this. words like sweeping, majestic, moving, aweinspiring immediately come to mind. the words i have used any other time i have commented on one of your tracks. i simply feel i lack the words to communicate. maybe my having said that to you it will let you know what i am not saying, but rather feeling when i hear this. i could critique and comment, but i'm not touching it...i'll just sit here and enjoy it and gasp. it feels like the closest thing to an astral body projection i'm ever likely to have.
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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
hey rusty!
well, that's about one of the coolest comments i've ever read anywhere. thank you rusty!
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Dadai.2 said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
Karen....
You are just plain... amazing. Yours is music, really. Music. I'm humbled and gladdened to listen to your offerings; this one no exception. Really, this transports me to where I want to be.

And it's just nice to be here, listening to such weaving of melody and composition by you. Thanks much.

D
magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 7th, 2010)
hi jack
thank you so much for taking the time to come by and listen and comment - i really really appreciate all of your support on MJ. and, i really love your music!
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lengold said 2838 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Beautiful
Cheers
Len

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magnatone said 2838 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Hi Len
And cheers back to you :)
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SISTERS said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
ahhhhhhh
ah - that's so pretty, karen.
those strings with your piano make mincemeat of my heart.
very nice use of choir - good job there.
i like the various voices showcased so beautifully.
all are thoughtfully placed for maximum effect, and it never gets too busy. swell at 3:09 = SWELL! violin pluckage near end is a lovely touch. the culmination at 4:44 is AWEsome. the end brings beautiful closure to a gorgeous piece. can you hear me clapping?
anne
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
hi sis's!
why thank you so much for coming by for a listen! and yes, i hear you clapping (nobody claps like you!)
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enjfb said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Brilliant
Hi Karen,
Wonderful composition and you certainly are using the orchestral software to very good effect. What piano are you using.

I enjoyed it very much
Jim

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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
hi jim
interestingly, i didn't like any of the miroslav pianos, and this is the orchestral steinway from the symphony orchestra jampack. thanks for the comment!
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EEFliess said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
this...
is absolutely bucking frilliant! Karen, you make everything sparkle
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
bucking frilliant?
is that good?
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EEFliess said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
b'frilliant
yes as a matter of fact

I think ****ing brilliant is a good thing

I have always enjoyed your piano work (may be jam pack sounds, but it's still you playing it)
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magnatone said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
LOL
Eddie, these are NOT the JP sounds (ya didn't read the description did ya?) THIS is the miroslav philharmonik orchestral software!!
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EEFliess said 2828 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
software instruments on here...
now I did :)

regardless of what software instruments you are using, it's still you at the keys and the compositions speak for themselves, even if you used a toy piano, it would sound like a sweet classical piece, Karen
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paul f. page said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Expansive...
...and with some wonderful classical composing around 2:50. The river opens up beautifully at about this point, all of the preceding material leading up to the big swell with controlled shading of your orchestration...The pizz strings are wonderful at 4:00 ... You take such a simple little rhythmic theme at the beginning and build on it nicely. You may not be an expert with this software, but you'd fool just about anyone through sheer skill and imagination. (Oh, that final note is wonderful!)
I have two suggestions (not meant to be critical of your already wonderful composition): 1. It does feel like you set up a metronome and played exactly to the beat from beginning to end. A bit of ebb and flow in the tempo might give this number more of an "experiential" impact and raise the emotion content a notch or two. 2) While the piano part is certainly engaging, to me it begs for a true melody to spring out either from the piano or as an instrumental obligato in the form of a real melody. Somehow that might give more contour to the whole composition. Anyway, these are just thoughts...for whatever they're worth.
I loved this piece as it is and appreciate the physical as well as technical skills you display here in order to bring the piece to life.
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Hi Paul!
I'm so glad to see you here. As usual, your feedback/critique is invaluable to me. As you know from our PM'ing back and forth today, I keep resisting "ebb and flow" in tempo because I can't figure out how to do pencil orchestrating if I don't have a grid to work with. Clearly I need to learn how to do it, because I agree completely that the BPM exactness gets wearing. Also, interesting idea about a piano melody. As I said in the description, this began AS a piano piece, and stand-alone, the melody is there to hear easily. I suppose it gets layered over and lost in various ways, and I need to be thinking more about letting it come forth more clearly, or adding to it, as I orchestrate. Thank you always for your thoughtful commentary and your time!
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shavingronaldscar said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
SOLID!
The expansion in digital workstation is definitely showing, and definitely a good thing. Epic and moving, as always, Karen!
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
SHAVER!
have i told you lately that you're insane??? LOL - thanks for the comment - I'm still trying to recover from listening to your currently posted "ragtime" - LOL. Love ya Shaver!
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kappy said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
wow!
Dear Karen, I've been soooo bad about listening to the music of people who have left comments on my material. You have always been SO positive about my stuff so I want to tell you how deeply moved I was when I listened to "Confluence" I was moved to tears. I'm not big on fancy art interpretations so I just want you to know that this piece moved me... truly beautiful....THANK YOU!!!!!
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Hi Kappy
well this is such a sweet comment, and it really moves me that the music moved YOU. Thank you for telling me, it means a lot!
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dantimmermans said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
what a gorgeous composition
such arcs and dynamics, really beautiful music. I am so impressed, both with your writing/performance and with the software.
This is something truly fantastic, and I look forward to hearing what you come up with as you continue to learn this program's capabilities.
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
well thank you!
hopefully i'll start to figure out how to get the most out of the orchestral software - that is after i figure out how to keep it from crashing my computer over and over! i very much appreciate your time and comment!
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alackbass said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
I Can't Believe It!
The composition and the orchestration are beautiful. I can't believe those are software instruments. What a remarkable age we live in.
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
i KNOW!
it's truly amazing what technology can do these days isn't it?? Thanks!
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egobandit said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Thank goodness
for the save button, this just sweeps you in and swells and bends. It must be all the mountain roads you have seen. Im blown away I like the picticato (plucking) part . Very beautiful!
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
TIMMY!
I was hoping you'd show up! Thanks for your support on MJ - and please keep doing the very unique and fascinating music that you do!
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johnwhitehead said 2837 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Confluence
This is beautiful: the melody, the orchestration, the way it builds, winds down and back up again. Hard to imagine how one person could conceive and perform this! Wonderfully musical ideas throughout. Epic and masterful.
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magnatone said 2837 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Hi John
thanks so much for stopping by - i'm so glad you enjoyed it!
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Bethan_Mathis said 2837 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Stylish
Oh, this is stupendous. What feeling and style.
And the srings, the strings - so gorgeous.
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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
hiya bethan
so great to have you at MJ - and thanks for the listen/comment!
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TracyVosh said 2837 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Woah
What a way to conquer that software Karen! Your ambition proved fuitful. This is amazing to say the least. Your imagination and talent are truly baffling. You go girl!
magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Traceeeeeee!
well, something is baffling, but probably not anything about my talent :)
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brewsta said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Very pretty
I think it's all been said -- excellent and original. It would be interesting to hear someone try to put words and voice to it.
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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
hey brewsta
thanks for coming by for a listen - glad you liked it!
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PockBluesman said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
WOW
Karen I cannot say anymore than this is beautiful you should be proud. Actually I can't now just say that as my wife and daughter have come in whilst it was playing drawn from the other side of the house to listen. Believe me they were both stunned at your work.
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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
PB!
nice to see you around these parts again! it's very gratifying to hear that your wife and daughter enjoyed it as well!
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scaustrita said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Flowing
A very inspirational piece.
I love that Celtic flair, and of course that dynamic build to the end and the gentle ending.

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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
celtic flair
hey scaustrita - thanks for the comment. celtic flair? i'm not sure where that is in here - lol - maybe i've just heard it too many times!
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orcsong said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
This is...
Brilliant! When I dream of writing music it's like this! I'm not even done hearing it all and had to comment. Seriously, this is absolutely beautiful. I get little mental pictures of people and places while I'm listening. I could go on and on, Karen. Very well done. Moving.
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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
hi orcsong
what a nice surprise to see you here. so glad it worked for you - thanks for your time to listen and comment! (love your recent upload!)
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Briton said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
This is brilliant.
The piano gives me this hopeful feeling, then the strings lift me.
Really, really, really like it. Something I would totally listen to while painting.
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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
well hi briton :)
thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. YOU are one terrific musician who i hope will be getting a lot more attention around here in the near future!
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Heightened said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Brilliant!
Loved this piece from the first note to the last
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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
JOE!!
is it really YOU???
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blaky smith said 2836 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Great
Another treasure from you Karen, excellent work which shows once again your great talent. Very nice orchestration and great sound quality. A masterpiece and a pleasure to listen. Congratulations. Thanks...
Marc
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magnatone said 2836 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Hi Marc!
what an honor to have you visit my music! thank you for your time and comment!
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Pete_NB said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Holy Smokes!
This is a little bit mind-blowing. First off, I'd swear you were playing with a real orchestra, that was a good call to go with the new software, makes me want to take up composing.

Great performance technically, it just rolls along in your inimitable style, completely soulful and effortless sounding. You have a talent for adding a majestic nature to your melodies, they build so naturally.

As for the Save troubles, I know what your saying. I'm having troubles as well, though I haven't conjured up with a piece like this to convince me to persevere. Glad you had the patience to keep at this, it was pleasure to behold!

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magnatone said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Thank you Pete
so great to see you stopped by - i really appreciate your comment, and your support at MJ!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
journey
I waited this long for this piece of...........Greatness?! :P
Great development and progressions. This could definately accompany an epic scene, pulling you right in as it unfolds..Great attention to detail, Really cool Karen and well worth the wait.
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magnatone said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
hi jay
good things come to those who wait? i don't know, something like that. so glad to see your name here - i've missed you lately! thanks for all your support on MJ!
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Monkaton said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Jackpot!
I think you hit the jackpot, or at least a home run with this excellent piece. The orchestration is excellent. I especially liked the early use of voices and the piano part around 2:45.

The harmony and chord changes also add great appeal for me. Your playing is also excellent.

Way to go, Karen!
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magnatone said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
hi Monk!
how loverly to see you've stopped by for a listen! thank you for your time and this lovely comment!
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dancedivine said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Just Beautiful...
Wow... You are so gifted! I love the mellow vibe.... This is a perfect rainy day listen... Thanks for sharing! :)
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magnatone said 2835 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Hi Olivia!
How nice of you to come by for a listen! did you give spit my message? lol - thanks again!
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spitlogic said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Beautiful
Very fluid. It takes you on a journey. Thank you for sharing.
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magnatone said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Hi Spit!
thanks for coming by, even though i was giving you shit on Olivia's song page :)
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VicDiesel said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Wonderful flow
I love these epic piano pieces of yours. The orchestra sounds great indeed.
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magnatone said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
hey Vic!
thanks for the listen and comment!
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blindsidedpoets said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Confluence
So glad to get to hear this. Stunning arrangement. The software instrumentation is nice, yes, but I think I love the way the song ebs and flows throughout the most. A wonderful piece... dare I say your best... Love it!
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magnatone said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Nigel!
you got the bat signal! thank you so much for taking the time to listen - i always appreciate your time and comments! (now get busy on that CD!!)
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axljfoley said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
This is the
music i listen to b4 i write raps....Awesome...makes me wish I played an instrument*
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magnatone said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
hey axl!
that's very interesting - talk about melding genres! thanks for the listen!
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
I'm in love!
Thank you SO much for sharing that! An instant hit in my book!

Cheers,
Jim
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magnatone said 2834 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
hey RT
you are SO welcome! and thanks for the listen and comment!
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smokey bacon jnr said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
This is great
Wonderful orchestration! I especially like the bass piano sounds, really deep. What a pain that it doesn't just save. Time to invest in Logic Express 9?! Great piece.
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magnatone said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
hi smokey!
yes .... LE has been in my computer for a year - it scared me so much the first time i opened it, i went running, screaming back to GB. but you're right, with this new orchestral software, i just HAVE to bite the bullet, because GB can't handle it! harsh toke!
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Gaylen75 said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
Still Great!
I have listened everyday since it was posted and it is a great piece. I am a huge fan.
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magnatone said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
lol
glad you're still enjoying it! and i am ALSO a huge fan of YOURS! thanks for your support on MJ gaylen!
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sschedra said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
Karen,
Woah! You do such beautiful work. You are a craftsman of sound and music. This piece is just wonderful! I like the Miroslav instruments. I have some of them in my Sample Tank. I will send you a PM about the tech issues.

If this song is a sample of what we are in for, I am very excited for you, and for us as your listeners.

Bravo, Karen!
Stephen


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magnatone said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Hi Stephen
thanks for the PM on the tech issues - i really appreciate it. and also really appreciate you coming by for a listen!
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einstien said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
not here
very often but I noticed the forums and very pleased to have found this exceptional work. I very much found this to be a very accurate sound instrumentation wise. No idea of all the bells and whistles you used but very "real" sound. A very fascinating listen. Thank you.
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magnatone said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
wow
mr. einstien at my song page! what an honor - thank you for the listen!
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SomeMadGirl said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
Wow.
Amazing....just amazing!!
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magnatone said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
hey SMG!
welcome to MJ, and thanks for coming by!
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Moviz said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
Not a lot
I could possibly add to what has already been said here Karen except... it really is a fine piece of work.... just beautiful, regards M
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magnatone said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
MAURICE!!
i was hoping i might see you here! thank you for taking the time to listen - it's always an honor!
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Jim Bouchard said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
Very nice!
Everybody else said it all...
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magnatone said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
hi jim
so glad you liked it - thanks for taking the time to listen and comment
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PaulaMunk said 2833 days ago (March 12th, 2010)
I usually like
everything Char likes. I wonder why that is...? :)
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magnatone said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
yes
it's almost like you two were separated at birth or something!
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Bowman said 2833 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
I love
your pensive thoughtful opening which develops into such a sweet and lovely song. It's great to see you broadening your sonic palette. I can see these new sounds are in excellent hands.
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magnatone said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
hi Bowman!
yes, the miroslav is pretty exciting to have - except now i have to learn logic to be able to use it right .... sigh ... oh well! thanks for the listen!
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UnderThePianoMan said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
Yes Yes Yes Yes!
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! YES!!!!! Did I mention YES!!! I truly hope that you resolve the issues with Miroslav because this makes a huge difference. This is hands down the most sonically engaging and beautiful thing I have heard from you. That's on top of the fact that's everything else you have done is fantastic.

I was looking and salivating over Miroslav not long ago and then stumbled on the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra instruments. It is my dream to get that, but they are expensive and my current hardwarer does not support it. Miroslav might be a good intermediary. This sound fantastic.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2832 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
PS: I Tweeted this
Hope many people go and have a listen.
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Thanks!
sorry i'm so late to respond to this - always appreciate your listening time and as you know, have great respect for your piano creations!
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Mike_Lynn said 2832 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Great piano playing
Absolutely gorgeous piece of music with great piano performance & orchestration. Guess I'm somewhat outdated since this is the first time I heard what an orchestration software could do. Cheers / Mike
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Hi Mike
Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it!
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Doadars Uncle said 2831 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Fluid developments
I think its a really nice balance between solo and orchestration. It moves back and forth naturally and quietly.

Sweet!
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Sweet!
thank you!
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MrLifto said 2831 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
i can't quite tell you
how impressed i am with this piece, artistically and technically. it's an inspiration in so many ways. congratulations
magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Hi Mr. Lifto
thanks for the comment
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racerat said 2831 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Amazing
Beautiful piece karen. Thanks for sending the note and the link. Glad you got all the technical troubles figured out, it was well worth it!
Philip
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
and thank YOU
Phillip, for your time! (now get out on that bike!)
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Mcboy said 2830 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
now this
is impressive......lovely touch...string orchestration is luscoius....many bows!!!!!
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
McBoy!
wow - what an honor to have you stop by a song of mine! many thanks for your time - so glad it worked for you!
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DeathArrow said 2829 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
lalalala
Karen, this is just wow.
It blew my mind.
The best that you've done.
And i like how it increases to a dramatic piece and then back again to a friendly one ;D
at 3:30 it reminded me of "pirates of the caribbean", don't know why...

in three words: i love it

fav'd.

cheers, Luke
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Hi Luke
Nice to see you here and thank you!
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segiperkasa said 2829 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
Awesome as always
very interesting song.... I wonder if some of my guitar can fit into these love piano plays...
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Hi Segi
ya never know! (thanks!)
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debmac said 2828 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
goose bump chills!!
..in a good way...no words to describe what I just felt...seriously Karen, your CD's would sell...bigtime....
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
lol
hey Deb - thanks for coming by for a listen! I kinda doubt it re: CD's, but it's a sweet thought!
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Symphony101 said 2827 days ago (March 18th, 2010)
Beautiful
It's good that simple words can express a lot, I'm really not good in poetry, so I would have difficulties to find words to express what I felt listening to Confluence ... I guess the title of my comment does it. I was on an emotional rollercoaster for 5 minutes 27 seconds, at the end of the ride, I just wanted to go for another one ... This is a beauty.
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Hi Yves
so glad to be getting to know you, and thanks for taking the time to listen and comment here! (Love YOUR music!)
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Symphony101 said 2826 days ago (March 19th, 2010)
One more fan
Karen, you have now a non-MacJammer fan : My wife listened to it, she loved it ! I am getting addicted myself too. It's just too beautiful.
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
LOL
Hi Yves's wife! thanks!
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sheilad said 2823 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
whew!
I finally made it here! Of course I have already told you how incredible I think you are and this is a fine example of how amazing you are as well. Already on the ipod!
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
SHEEEEEELA!
thanks!
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thetiler said 2822 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
gorgeous
Always high caliber stuff!

WAy To gO !
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
OOH
thetiler came by! i'm so honored to have you here - thank you!
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Keith O. Edwards said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
Meh !
IK Miroslav Philharmonik orchestral software, huh? Well, o.k., it sounds fine, but I'm more interested in chord progressions, modulations to different keys, and - - above all- - long, flowing melodies. Not sounds. You can buy sounds. Y'can't buy melodies.

Sorry for the only sour review here, but I don't see how this is an improvement on your earlier work, and - - believe me - - I've sent links to your stuff all over, and YOU KNOW I was an early supporter of your work.

O.k., the sounds are fine, but the music is simply too new age-y and bland.

I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but that's simply how I call it.
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magnatone said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
lol
ok keith - have a good day!
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bug67 said 2820 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
As always
I get tired of repeating myself. Amazingly done! Love the artwork as well.
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Diviner said 2816 days ago (March 29th, 2010)
Wow, Great Track
The fact that there are 115 other fans goes to show not only how well liked you are here, but also that the piece of music is brilliant. Well done also to the crtics that helped you make an awesome track. Well done Karen, impressed as always.
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magnatone said 2816 days ago (March 29th, 2010)
Thanks Russ
it is such a pleasure to have someone with your talent stop by a song of mine!
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Ibstrat said 2815 days ago (March 30th, 2010)
This
is beautifully written and played.Really great instrument sounds. Gorgeous!
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ted23 said 2815 days ago (March 31st, 2010)
Wowzer
I found this as i just heard Buds take.
This is astonishing and i'm not surprised it took me 137 swipes of my ipod screen to reach the last comment!
A massive song that delivers more and more as it progresses. Phew!
thoddi said 2810 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
sooo beautiful
I'm not a big fan of software instruments. But when being performed and placed so tastefully in the mix as done here, they almost seem to be real instruments. You are such a talented great musician. Your performance in this is awesome, and the composition is pure beauty. I love it!
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Cheeto said 2805 days ago (April 9th, 2010)
Oh my...
What a BEAUTIFUL piece!! I am a fan of piano but if done right..and it's amazing in this song!! WOW!!
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sloparts said 2804 days ago (April 10th, 2010)
You make the most amazing music, Karen
I just can't figure out why you aren't doing this for a living, you're so good at it.

This is an awesome piece of music. WOW and WOW again.

Ed
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woofer3 said 2804 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
apologies for my lateness
As usual a very polished and controlled performance. All praise and hats off.

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digitalnirvana9 said 2803 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
God, Karen!
This is one of the most amazing pieces I've heard here on MacJams. Its hard to believe it was done with software. Come on, I know you have a symphony orchestra in your back pocket!
Wonderful job and gives me allot of inspiration...Thanks for your perspiration.... 8-) A definite download for me.....Peace to you
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desakota said 2801 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
gorgeously composed & orchestrated
just wonderful to close my eyes and be drawn into your world. The piece is so evocative: wistful, a slight sense of longing perhaps, a hint of melancholy but with strong overtones of contentment and ultimately, optimism. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us!
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Bob6stringer said 2800 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
To be continued...
K, we've MJ-chatted on this.. and Keith's criticism. I'll follow-up wiht you later.... good stuff, and it will lead me to find the right tone ti dial-into my magic, aging Boss GT-6 floor unit...
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Bob6stringer said 2799 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Karen, forgive; I MUST go into detail here...
This is something of a response to the negative comment Keith left you above regarding a lack of melody here. I actually understand what he means, except that upon a closer, third or fourth listen, I disagree for the most part. The only aspect with which I do agree is that the existing melody and harmony lines, which shift and hand-off to each other, may deserve to be higher in the mix. They are beautiful.

At first -- bear with me, at first -- I considered being a guitar hero, and stepping in to request my presence in an added lead collab track. I kept imagining myself playing a Jeff Beck melody part... and then being myself again, reading the music (which I generally can't do, unless I do a LOT of practicing on a piece, it's something I haven't done in more than three decades).

And I realized anything I did would likely obscure the existing melody. When I say I "felt" your music, it was as if it were my song as I listened, asking myself, "which part would I have another instrument play melody?" And I realized there's really no room for it. It would do one of two things: 1) double, displace or obscure an existing melody or harmony part or 2) end up being so much needless noodling, filling in spaces not occupied by the existing parts, again obscuring the existing melody and harmony lines.

I finally "get" what this song is about, and believe I may have unlocked the key to understanding your approach in a deeper manner. So... thanks for the download.
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GregDz said 2796 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
WOW!!!
Karen-
Definitely a world class piece. Bravo!

When I listen closely I hear influence ranging from contemporary to old-world classic masters to cinematic.

All I can say is MORE, More, MORE!

Greg

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Hydrogen3 said 2796 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
Beautiful!
WOW!!!!I gotta download this one too! I LOVE your music its like going on a journey taking your mind away from the day to day grind! H :)
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Kori Arashi said 2793 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Beautiful and Stunning!
This is wonderful Karen! I don't know how you do it but you never fail to amaze me! Sigh. If I had only known you were in Seattle then I could have met with you and heard your works because I went to UW for a year on the sprint team. Thanks for sharing a masterpiece! :3
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Gary_Lester said 2793 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Confluence
Magnificent!!!!
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Gaylen75 said 2791 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Still Love it!
This is why I keep coming back to MJ.
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Hectorious said 2787 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
This is
Great..I can hear this in a movie sound track. I truly enjoyed it.. thank you for posting it.
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MannequinRaces said 2785 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
Holy Hell
This is mind-blowing! I've always had great respect for composers and love this piece. That new software of yours sounds fantastic! Dare I say it but this is EPIC. You need to be a movie soundtrack composer! Awesome job Karen! (insert high-five here).
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swannrecords said 2783 days ago (May 1st, 2010)
saturday afternoon
Saturday afternoon here, I was spending my time in a 'couch potato' position trying to relax and I started to review my first post when I introduce myself. I read your kind welcome comment and decided to have a look at your info, listening this magical piece of music. It has been the best thing I've done today. This is my fourth time listening to it. Thank you for it! Since I'm new I don't know if I can download the music I've heard for listening in my stereo or is it only possible in this web on the internet?
Some passage remember me a little about Stairway to Heaven, in a very elegant way, but maybe that's because I like that kind of music. In my opinion, choirs could have had a little more volume, it would have sound stronger. Anyway it is a precious piece of music and I must say thank you.
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RAVENS said 2780 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Lovely
You are just so talented Karen. This is so beautiful, I can close my eyes and be taken to another world listening to this. Gorgeous piece!

RAVEN ;-)
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Doug Somers said 2780 days ago (May 5th, 2010)
Wonderful Karen
To paraphrase Andrew, with the Miroslav the musical cat's out of the bag and there are new heights for you to achieve. This is certainly one of them!

Cheers,
Doug
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breezer said 2776 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Amazing...
that is all I can say!
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Catalina22 said 2722 days ago (July 2nd, 2010)
Gooseflesh!
Wow, the hair literally stood up on my arms as I listened to this. Incredible. I am inspired to look into this software now . . . . thank you so much for making this downloadable. My mom will love this too!
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Philos60 said 2710 days ago (July 14th, 2010)
WOW!
I'm at a loss for words. I love this piece of piano play!
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NigelCampbell said 2630 days ago (October 1st, 2010)
Lovely work - worth all your effort
Nicely done - I use Miroslav too and you've done it justice here.
(if you haven't already, get an expression pedal - makes the world of difference when working with Miroslav (particularly strings))
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SJB said 2491 days ago (February 18th, 2011)
Hi Karen
I've been away form Macjams for the past year or so (work etc) so have quite a bit of catching up to do to see what my fave artists have been cooking up. You toiled long and hard on this by the sound of your description but my was it worth it! You have a great ear for orchestration and always seem to have an uplifting vibe going on. Very very good!
best wishes
Steve
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LeisureTime said 2189 days ago (December 16th, 2011)
Wow!
Very nice! Sweet, natural, flowing.
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