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Milky Way Over a Starlit Lake


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Ambient

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The photo "The Milky Way View from the Piton de l'Eau, Reunion Island" (taken by Luc Perrot, APOY/Royal Observatory) is from a series of best astronomy pictures of 2012 in a contest sponsored by the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
http//www.rmg.c/...

Most of the pictures are quite spectacular, but the ones that really caught my eye were those that showed our Milky Way galaxy as a very distinct and complex structure shown in contrast to our earthly environment. Our familiar home exposed in the vastness as it were. It sparked memories of both reading science fiction about galactic travel (Foundation series for example) and my interest in amateur astronomy.

This piece (another 14 minute llllooonnnnggg one!!) is inspired by the photo and takes the starting perspective of you, the observer, standing by a starlit lake, the arc of the Milky Way extending overhead.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60989153@N07/7430832940/

You find that you have the ability to look deeper into space, as though traveling toward the lens of our galaxy at the speed of thought through clusters of stars, wisps of radiant gasses, and through dusty clouds and expanses of blackness. Where will your journey take you?

The piece ends in a more rhythmic section probably influenced by Jean Michel Jarre. I wanted the ending to be different, as through some new understanding is reached for the 'traveler', but what that is I leave up to you.

This piece is dedicated to all the Ambient-heads around here. You know who you are, and I'm thankful for your influences, creativity and teaching.

Headphones are recommended or full range speakers. Oh, and a little patience :)

Doug

PS - There are a couple of other photos from this fabulous series which might spawn ideas for ambient pieces as well. Maybe someone else could have a go. hint-hint....

PPS - 21 tracks in GarageBand with lots of track locking to prevent overload on the old MacBook Pro. This piece was started on the Mac Pro and I didn't finish it before I went on vacation. Next time I will know better to move something that works fine on a beefier machine to a less powerful one. Mastered in Logic Pro with Ozone 4.
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Engage!
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Uploaded: Nov 13, 2012 - 10:53:52 PM
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2012 - 09:38:23 AM Last Played: Mar 24, 2017 - 07:33:29 PM
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TvRicky said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
I just took a Trip!
And Man did I enjoy the journey. Work you did on this my friend and it was well worth it! Great Piece and Production Doug! Visually exciting and Mysterious!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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Doug Somers said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Mysterious
Ricky you are switched on my friend. Thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to hear this one. And welcome back from the trip...

Doug
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richard13 said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Oh yeah!
Trippy in every sense. Lovely progressions befitting a celestial journey with lots of sonic and textural variety. It would be very easy to drift off while listening and actually make that journey "toward the lens of our galaxy".
It's really nice to know that you are not just sitting (and wasting time) in airplane seats or foreign hotel rooms, but are actually working on your fine creations, in spite of minor technological problems ;-) Cheers, bro.
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Doug Somers said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Richard my man
Time for composing is something I have built into my work schedule. I could use a new laptop to get a little more done with less agony but then the old laptop is also a creative constraint as my wife wisely points out.

I really appreciate you taking the time to have a listen to this since it's not for the faint of heart (or the hurried!!). I didn't mean for it to be this long - it just grew that way. Thanks for your poetic comments and for your good humour!

Be well,
Doug
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Bowman said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
From
the first heavy droplet of sound I was hooked. Wonderfully unhurried, objective, occasionally brooding it becomes a constantly unfolding tableau with wonderfully focusing details all with a long view of time and space.

I found your rhythmic section subtle yet effectively suggesting a catalyst of change.

A beautiful work Doug - downloaded.
Thank you for sharing it with us my friend,
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
First heavy droplet
Love the metaphors you use Charlie, they say so much in so little. I'm glad the rhythmic section worked OK for you - I had thought that it might have been too much of a right angled turn for some folks.

I think that my laptop will become the place where I compose ambient worlds since I find now that orchestral pieces bring it completely to it's knees. That's not a bad thing I suppose, but your work Sun Chaser has made me think of revisiting a Western theme and I can't do it on this computer. When I get home the muses may push me in a different direction. I guess whatever comes is OK.

I'm gratified that you both took a quarter of an hour to hear this Charlie and that you downloaded it as well. Thanks for your support, as always.

Take care my friend,
Doug
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Philip18 said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Milky Way
Beautifully done. The gentle buildup and soft sounds give it the right atmosphere for some star gazing. You keep the interest with new sounds (like the fluttery sound around 5:20, the big drums around 7:10). I like the sense of urgency that comes in at the end, too. I'd happy to be watching the Milky Way with this in the background. 21 tracks to mix? Impressive!
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Doug Somers said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
21 Tracks
I haven't yet mastered (no pun intended) the skill to make one long piece without making significant changes in the soundscape. I know it's possible to be more subtle and use fewer tracks and fewer evolving sounds and still achieve interest and very beautiful results, but I'm not quite there yet. I have other artists here to look to as inspiration for more 'minimalist ambient'.

Thanks for making a space in your day to have a listen to this one Philip, and for your thoughtful and supportive comments.

Be well,
Doug
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davisamerica said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
head phones work
... the aurora has been very active in the NE ... this is great. Downloaded.
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Doug Somers said 1594 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Aurora activity in the NE
and here I am in Florida. Can't really complain I guess.

Thanks for your listen and the compliments of a download!

Take care jack,
Doug
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Feter said 1593 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Milky Way
all I can say this piece is huge
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Doug Somers said 1593 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Huge
Well if that is what you came away with then my work here is done. I have always been humbled by the vastness of the universe and if I could convey some part of it in this track then I'm pleased.

Thanks Feter. I always appreciate hearing from you.

Doug
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gadzooks said 1593 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Milky Way Over a Starlit Lake
This is a big undertaking and it turned out wonderfully. The mix in my phones sounds amazing. It's a piece where you can close your eyes and just drift into your own visual imagination. It is ambient but also a very cinematic piece. I like when you start to add the drum hits about half way through ... there are moments of peace and moments of tension and mystery you create with all the nuances of sounds. That change at 11:38 kind of sums it all up ... like you arrived.Excellent piece and you should feel real good about completing something as grande as this.
That milky way pic is something else!
Cheers
SG
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Doug Somers said 1593 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
peace vs. tension
Yes, that's it exactly. I wanted to try to convey a range of sounds and therefore emotional reactions, and leave enough between what is harmonic and peaceful and dark and perhaps shocking to really explore all of the sonic palette. I like how you sum up the ending - you've arrived! Where is up to each listener, but I think there can be a feeling of a destination, even if in some kind of understanding.

The pic is amazing (as are the others in the series) and it is possible with a web search to find a larger version which really does justice to the photo not captured in the small size here.

Thanks Stan, I really appreciate your careful listen and thoughtful remarks. Hope things are looking up for you soon!
Doug
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Ex_Silentio said 1593 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Milky Way
Magnificent space ambient. Big spaces. I love the voices. Great title. Nice to see you giving this the room that it deserves. Too long? No way. The patience you have maintained is very much appropriate. Spot on sound choices. There is a sense of travel. Then, at the ending section, "Oh, now I get it!" Hard to believe that's an actual photo. Spectacular. I will have to go see the others.

This is tops, Doug. Thanks for the DL.
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Doug Somers said 1593 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Heyyyyyy Ex
Check the photo reference I added in the song description. You can go to Flickr and see it at a decent size which it deserves.

You are in a line of composers in this genre that have shown what it means to be patient with the development of these kind of pieces. It shows me my tendency to move on to the next cool sound cluster and instead give each sonic moment room to bloom fully before it fades.

Glad you also like the twist at the end. I thought it just worked even though the pulsing sound I pulled up to audition wasn't like the others. Happenstance can bring many rewards.

A DL from you is most rewarding. Thanks for your insights and having a go to hear this work.

Peace,
Doug
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Skean said 1593 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Milky Way Over a Starlit Lake
Doug, I'm dreaming, what a huge piece this is, it make me feel so light as I flow around out in space touch some androids and spinning around, and now I see the lake.
Yes headphones is to recommend, what a trip, thanks for sharing my dear friend, I will take a copy for more spacey trips… Cheers
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Doug Somers said 1593 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Dreaming
It's wonderful that we as humans have imagination such that we can make these kind of journeys from the safety and comfort of our homes. I'm so glad this one worked for you Kent, and your 'taking a copy' is both my pleasure to offer it and gratitude for your support over all these years.

Take care man,
Doug
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Skean said 1592 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
I agree
We are still safe in our sofa and our dreams, but who know what the futures have to offer, that's a whole new story, be well my friend, Kenta
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Reinholt56 said 1593 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Hi Doug....
Mesmerising. I was totally drawn in whilst listening to this stellar mix. The photographs and description only brought the whole immersion home in a clearer and more informative, nay guided, way. Of course the listener got to imagine the precise details of the journey, which was quite a trip.

I WAS THERE!! Above the cloud cover, in the Milky Way, a witness to the awe and magnitude of this beautiful act of nature.

A truly spectacular mix.

Take care.

Paul

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Doug Somers said 1593 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Witness
My heartfelt thanks for your enthusiastic commentary Paul. Your work in this genre is always true to your artistic sense and it was one of the first real ambient styles I think I ever heard just after joining MacJams. Whilst this piece doesn't aim to ape your style you are a direct influence to be sure (as are a few others around here I came to know after hearing your work).

I can only say in closing that I'm very pleased that you enjoyed this aural trip and that I've been able to give back some of the joy your music has given me.

All the very best,
Doug
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Mosaica said 1592 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
Epic piece
A mega-composition here! Very much gives the feel of a journey. I sense the cold and isolation of the universe through most of this, but at the final quarter the mood definitely turns brighter and optimistic as the sense of a real discovery is made.
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Doug Somers said 1592 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
Hello Rosalind
There is a sense of cold which is not just literally true about space but also I think is an emotion that certain starscapes can invoke. I find your comment about the ending being optimistic a very interesting choice of words, and I could interpret that as now that you know something you can use that knowledge.

Thanks for stopping by and making the time for the journey. It is wonderful to hear from you! Love your work At Dawn - I hope you guys collab again soon.

Cheers,
Doug
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egobandit said 1591 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
that was a journey
like when the aaahs kick into full gear, the clanks and reverb done nice, moving through and being led down a never ending tunnel of synth
very oool
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Doug Somers said 1591 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
tunnel of synth
Love your description! Typically I wouldn't have combined choral and clanks but here it seemed to work.

Thanks for having a listen EB and for sharing your thoughts.

Be well,
Doug
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Jarvoid said 1591 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
Wow....an epic
testament to stellar travel....and I savoured every second.......I get the JMJ reference but the work is all yours ...fresh and resonating with rich sounds and interweaving harmonies....super stuff....taken for relistens..

Cheers

Jarvo
Doug Somers said 1591 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
stellar travel with interweaving harmonies
Cheers Chris, you're very kind with your supportive comments. And a dload - thank you and I hope you enjoy your relistens.

All the best,
Doug
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Demeter7 said 1591 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
I used to go to a field
on dark weekend nights to look at stars through my Physics professor's telescope when I was in High School. Years later, my son had a Celestron and we, too seldom, drove out to a high place. I've been to only three observatories, the last being the Griffith. There is nothing better than than lying back to see the star show while listening to music like this. It is so relaxing and exciting at the same time. Your piece is perfect for that kind of show. Wow. Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 1591 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
I think you know,
given your contact with astronomy in so many parallel ways to my own, just where I am trying to come from with this piece. And interesting you mentioned star shows, since a friend back a few decades now was involved in putting these shows together for the Vancouver Planetarium, and music was always an important part of the show design. While I never thought of this as being a star show track, it makes perfect sense since the virtual tour in a planetarium or in your imagination are both virtual anyway.

Thanks for your comments Char and for sharing your experiences in gazing at the wonder of the universe.

Be well,
Doug
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Henke said 1591 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
Great piece
In all respects. In a way I guess I am even more in awe of your orchestral pieces, since I haven't got a clue how you do them, but this is excellent ambient or electronic music, full of ideas and variations making the relatively long piece a pleasure to listen to all the way through.

And thanks for the dedication ;-) Well I DID enjoy this trip a lot and I suppose I might be considered one of the Ambient-heads, so...

Big thanks for your private message as well, I'll send you a return note in a minute.

Thanks again and take care,
Your big fan, Henrik
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Doug Somers said 1591 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
Welcome fellow ambient-head
Yes, I hope that isn't too narrow a definition, although I suppose that just because you are into ambient does not preclude you being into (or mastering) other genres. :)

I'm glad you thought there was enough variation since I think (but I'm not sure) that when I locked tracks in trying to get this piece to render late at night that some of the sounds got missed. I do find that even track by track locking can sometimes cause midi events in the locking track to get skipped over somehow. Usually I catch it, but in this case I was tired and may have missed stuff that I previously had tweaked and thought it was set and ready to go.

Thanks for giving me a quarter hour of your attention and for the most kind sentiments you have shared in your comments.

Take care Henrik,
Doug
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paul f. page said 1590 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
WAY...
...beyond the Starlit Lake. This is such a wonderfully ambitious work, Doug, and one that must have taken many hours to assemble...and to make ultimate sense of. There are only a couple of times in my life when I have been fortunate enough to really SEE the Milky Way. But I think THIS is the third time!!! You have created such a broad sky with eternal parameters and a sense of endless time. The 21 tracks is just off the charts! (I'm happy when I get two or three to work pretty well.) Yes, it's a bit on the long side, but the subject matter is light years in distance and time, so the 11 minutes isn't a problem at all. And this new composition reflects yet another aspect of your amazing skills and vision as a creative artist, one that is at once surprising and, well, expected in a way. ... I am still shaking my head in awe at how you have handled and mixed such a vast array of sounds and timbres and rhythms and interior "noise" to create this marvelous soundscape. Just...wow!
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Doug Somers said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
New way to see the Milky Way
I remember when I started studying astronomy as a teen and everything was so new and mysterious and fresh. I didn't know my constellations and there was so much to explore. That is still true I suppose since the frontiers of knowledge in astronomy have advanced so far and the photographs and information now understood about far flung parts of the universe is quite bind blasting (as Russel Peters would say). I wanted to evoke that kind of wonder and scale here where even when something is known it opens up all the areas around it for further exploration and wonder, going deeper and deeper into vastness.

Thank you as ever Paul for your kind words and ceaseless support on all of my endeavours. It means a lot to me.

Peace,
Doug
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elektronix said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Love this
This piece is a huuuuge cathedral to catch and worship the wonder of the universe with this little blue planet somewhere inside.
I will enjoy this on my better loudspeakers tonight with a good glass of wine...
And my Newton reflector waits for some clear winter nights... At the moment, there is only fog.
Thank you for sharing!

Greetings from Germany,

Bernd
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Doug Somers said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Hallo Bernd
Good speakers and wine - a wonderful combination! You should have a wonderful selection of fine wine from your country to choose from or go further afield to one of your EU neighbours.

I hope you enjoy this even more with the ability to crank the lows and get definition on the various tones that the clever sound designers (not me) have put together in these synth presets I used.

Here's to clear skies for using your 'scope.

Thanks for having a listen and for the kind commentary. It's a pleasure having you share your thoughts.

Alles Gute!
Doug
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tokai said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
ambient
It sure is. A full spectrum of sound which sounds very impressive.
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Doug Somers said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Thanks Steve
I try to put a good mix of tones into these pieces since I don't feel I have the patience - yet- to wring out the subtleties of fewer tracks of synths.

Glad you liked it and thanks for the positive comments!
Doug
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davajonah said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Masterpiece
The opening few bars remind me very much of Brian Eno's "Prophecy Theme" from David Lynch's Dune, which is wonderful music. But then in come the voices. Great music, so many beautiful elements all coming together in a superb ambient mix. And you have been very patient in allowing each element to evolve. So much space!

Much kudos for this Doug, tremendous work.
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Doug Somers said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Words from another guy who leads the way
Thanks Dave, you are another artist around here who has shaped what you just listened to. I have some Brian Eno but not Dune.

As to the voices, they aren't typical electro-ambient but I find a real calling for them for some reason. They aren't the best of choir samples (they are the Apple choir) but I think they work better in pieces like this since they are a little more electronic/less human in nature and so I think go better with synths, while still being able to invoke a quality of humanity or something ethereal.

Thank you for the enthusiastic support Dave. It is from comments like yours and the ones above that I have been able to proceed into areas I would never have thought possible years back.

Peace,
Doug
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DWL said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Catching
the mood of the picture perfectly.

The combination electronic and orchestral sounds works really well. Reminds me a little of Varese (which is no bad thing in my book).

The idea of a journey has already been mentioned and I'd concur with that.

Long pieces can challenge the listener especially when there doesn't appear to be a tonal centre but this draws me in. I like the sudden drum hits at around 7 minutes reminding me this is no gentle drift.

Lovely ending which brings a sense of solidity to the piece after the dreamy voyage.

The photos are wonderful. What I forget living in the middle of a town is just how many stars are out there. We're lucky if we can see Venus through the light pollution.

Great work Doug.

Cheers

Dick

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Doug Somers said 1589 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
No gentle drift
First, thanks Dick for having a careful listen and leaving such a thoughtful set of comments. I had not heard of Varese before to my knowledge so I looked him up and played a couple of his pieces on Youtube. Both Hyperprism, an early work, and Poeme Electronique and I can understand what you say - especially with the wandering keys, sharp drum hits, and odd electronic sounds that fade in and out here and there against orchestral instruments.

I didn't want this just to be a series of tones that would normally be interpreted to be just describing things of beauty since were one to actually make this 'voyage' I think there would be beauty yes, but also quite staggeringly shocking vistas of stars wrenching apart or exploding, long stretches of mainly nothing but the appearance of spilled sugar on a balck velvet cloth, and sights which would in fact be incredibly beautiful.

I'm also pleased that the ending brings solidity for you. Whilst it would have been tempting to just fade out the swells of sound, it would not have felt like there was any substantive change in and for the listener.

Cheers Dick, and thanks for your support.
Doug

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VicDiesel said 1590 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Grand
Very nice piece. I like how you don't go for easy classical harmonies; the sounds are still spacious, but not in a banal way.
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Doug Somers said 1589 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
Classical Harmonies - denied
I do like messing with harmony in any piece from a little to a lot depending on the style and intent, but for this one I let the variation of the environment I was describing guide the sounds. In space there is no up, and things can be very simple or complex, and there is a relationship from one thing to another depending on distance. I'm glad that this worked for you Vic.

Thanks for making the time for a listen and leaving the encouraging words.

Doug
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maxruehl said 1589 days ago (November 18th, 2012)
Man,
I really like what you do. Excellent, as always.
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Doug Somers said 1589 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
Most appreciated!
Thanks Andy. It's very kind of you to say so. It's comments like yours that make it all the easier to go back to Logic or GB one more time and put the polish on an idea.

Thanks man,
Doug
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Parichayaka said 1589 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
Its own world
Really beautiful this track! Soothing, intriguing, unsettling and put together with such subtlety. The unexpected twists, unhurried flow and soft intensity. I will listen to this with my good headphones, but this sounds clean, full and transparent even on my old JBL creature!

Many ambient tracks have a darker current, but here I can listen with wonder since there is an overall sense of expansion throughout. Thanks for your super encouraging comment on my latest track. And with this track it's so easy to return the compliments!!
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Doug Somers said 1587 days ago (November 21st, 2012)
Unhurried flow
Pari, thanks for having a careful listen to this track and for describing with such clarity how it resonated for you. I notice that you picked out many of the contrasts I was hoping for: soothing/unsettling, soft/intense, dark/light.

I never intended that this piece go this long. One book on composition I read stated that the composer should decide on the length of the piece as part of the initial creative decisions. That may be so, however in this case I started this out thinking I might get to 4 or 5 minutes, but as I left room for each section to breathe and evolve it stretched. Then I came upon a sound (in auditioning synths) that suited an ending and it required more time still. Anyway, I have been quite bowled over at the response to this piece and the number of people, yourself included, who took out a chunk of their day to hear it let alone found that the experience was worthwhile and enjoyable.

Thanks Pari. Keep well,
Doug
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Sigmund said 1588 days ago (November 20th, 2012)
Milky Way Over a Starlit Lake
Hey Doug - really nice work. This piece is wide open and vast in its scope. Despite its length it stays engaging throughout as you continually add new and interesting elements into the soundscape.

Often feels like space in its wide open, lonely feel. The last couple of minutes, in an interesting twist, take on a more musical quality than the rest of the piece - an unexpected end to a noble work. Much enjoyed!~
Sig
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Doug Somers said 1587 days ago (November 21st, 2012)
Noble
Wow, that's a cool word to use. The wide open mixed with lonely is interesting since I feel it too, and yet it is an emotion that we overlay on these imaginary visas as humans. "Anthropomorphic star field emotional textures" I would call it were I an academic. On the other hand, how else can we respond to music if not through noticing how our emotions rise and morph and fall as a piece progresses. Isn't that what makes it the universal language?

Thanks Sig for the listen and for letting us know how the piece worked for you. I really appreciate your support!

Doug
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bud said 1588 days ago (November 20th, 2012)
I was listening to Eno's new CD LUX
I paused immediately when this started and it became a great ambient set. Very cool work here - excellent detail and flow. I used to use an old iBook and had to lock tracks all the time - I even did bounce down mixes. I kind of got into it after a while.
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Doug Somers said 1587 days ago (November 21st, 2012)
Eno
Wow, part of an ambient set with Eno - quite the company to be included with (even by coincidence :)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one. I didn't realise that Brian Eno had a new album - I will have to check it out on iTunes.

I really do get spoiled with the MacPro. Compared to working with mix-downs on 4 track or 8 track tape, or assembling racks of synth electronics to make the simplest of sounds, my complaining about the overloads on my laptop look like pathetic whining I suppose. It's all a matter of expectation really. I know I can have faster workflow and so get discouraged when it doesn't happen.

What IS a problem though is when a 'track lock' does not pick up all of the MIDI events due to external sample disk latency probably. Fortunately, the most egregious oversights in the locking process can be fixed by unlocking and relocking again.

Thanks Bud. Take care,
Doug
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