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This is the second in a series of studies based on the fictional works of Frank Herbert, namely Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. I'm awaiting the delivery of books four and five....

( Fugue as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugue_state )

This mix tries to depict the effect of a massive overdose of Spice, such as that given to Leto II whilst held captive in the desert (in Children of Dune).

I'm sure that more ideas will follow, so you may eventually tired of Dune-related themes. I hope not.
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aRcTip said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Fugue me!
Nice soft soundscape to sink down into. Thanks!
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Reinholt56 said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Hi aRcTip....
I am glad that you noticed the soft, almost haizy? background to the mix. I tried to do trance-like without doing Trance. The Spice Trip is certainly not to be missed.

There are more to come in this series so maybe you'll understand the context more as or if you read the books. They are well worth the time taken to read them.

Take care.

sammydix said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
I began the Dune series back in middle school (yep, already heavy into scifi by that time). but they might be worth and updated read if this is what they've inspired. i will indeed be following this series, tho.
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Reinholt56 said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Hi Sammy....
I highly recommend a re-read of at least the first three volumes. I'm just beginning the fourth volume, God Emperor of Dune, and it seems 'different' but I'm only just on the first couple of pages.

Spice or melange play are large part in all the action so there will be more trancey? type Ambient as well as other themes as time allows me to complete them.

Take care.

drakonis said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Major Critique!
Paul, I really have to point out a major flaw here... this is NOT a fugue! It states quite clearly in the Wikipedia article that: " an episode is not characterized as a fugue if it can be related to the ingestion of psychotropic substances", and in this case, I would consider Herbert's "Spice" to be such a substance. (heehee)

However, seriously, the music is luscious, and has a ponderous weightless "music of the spheres" quality... which does lead me into a semi-hypnotic state where I can watch the futures trailing out before me like luminuous streamers of hope, curiosity, and danger.

Nice stuff, as always! And thank you for illuminating another meaning of fugue for me, that was intriguing to read about.

As for Dune, when I got into SciFi long ago, I tended toward the short stories and novellas, so I never was able to block out enough time to disappear into the politics of Dune. My loss, I am sure.

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Reinholt56 said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
Hi Eduard.....
The article just sets the scene for mine (and others) interpretation of Fugue. There were others, where Bach and other composers were mentioned and from a musical context that I didn't use at all. What's one sentence in a work of art (except where the syntax of any sentence is part of the artwork)?? Wikipedia articles are often not to be relied upon, especially when you are looking for cold, clear knowledge or the signposts for the direction where such knowledge may be found or further investigated.

Wasn't it Rob Roy's wife (Jessica Lange) who said that 'Truth is but a lie unproved'??

Thanks for stopping by to listen and it is only a 'major flaw' if you interpret that sentence as the major piece of information (not knowledge) in the whole article, or if you just read that one article without looking up comparison information to gain a better understanding of the word fugue. Other websites say that it can be drug-induced.

Major Critique! aside, take care.

drakonis said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
And I hope you saw my "heehee" there and realized I was being silly about picking on semantics... and that I was happy to learn something new about a psychological definition, and I definitely enjoyed the music. Thanks for putting up with my weird sense of humor. :-)
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Reinholt56 said 2340 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
End of story. Full stop/period.
michaeljayklein said 2339 days ago (July 22nd, 2011)
Spice Fugue
Dune good here Paul!
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Reinholt56 said 2339 days ago (July 22nd, 2011)
Hi Michael.....
Thanks for taking the time to enter into the spirit of the thing and listen.

Take care.

Skean said 2338 days ago (July 23rd, 2011)
I need this now
After the tragic who have happen in Norway, this help me to sort out my thought and sorrows, thanks.

Take care
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Reinholt56 said 2337 days ago (July 24th, 2011)
Hi Kenta.....
If one of my pieces allows you to sort out your thoughts then I have done my job. I hope you find that quiet place in your mind where you can come to terms with some of the harsh realities of modern day life from around the world.

My thoughts, good wishes and prayers go out to all the people of Norway.

Take care.

PatriciaGirl said 2335 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Never tired...
Dune series is a vast and expanding universe that is kept alive by fans like yourself. This addition proves that fact. I'll never get tired of it.

This piece (to me) sounds like the scene (Lynch version) when Maud Dib drinks the water of life, while Chani sits there helpless while he transmutes the poison. His journey through the desert seeing endless sea of Dunes is amazing. "Father the sleeper has awakened!"

Great job Paul as always-thoroughly enjoyed it:)

Take care, patty
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Reinholt56 said 2335 days ago (July 26th, 2011)
Hi Patty.....
Yeah, I've got to admit that I'm hooked, once again, to the Dune books. The first 6 are a must to read (I'm on the 5th one at the moment) then I'll do the other volumes, again in order of publication.

The scene you mention I remember from the book. I must see the film again one day.

I'll be putting together some more soundscape impressions as ideas come to me.

Take care.

Henke said 2334 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
This is the way
we like 'em :-) Nice and slow progressions with enough "edge" to the sound not to loose interest in spite of its length.

I am sorry to say I have not read Dune, but saw the movie some time ago. Guess it doesn't quite meet the standard of the books?!

Thanks and take care,
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Reinholt56 said 2326 days ago (August 4th, 2011)
Hi Henke........
I'm sorry I'm late in replying here. I didn't check until today and so missed your comments.

Yes the books are far, far superior to the film I saw in the 70's. I'm only just reading the last five original novels that Frank Herbert wrote after Dune, but in the same series.

The next piece is a heavy, climactic mix.

Take care.

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