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This is a new piece I've made for the first chapter/part of my iPad-book The Fifth Season ("Den femte årstiden" in Swedish) which is already available on iBookstore with some older music, but the plan now is to eventually update them with this and other pieces yet to come. The idea is that you read the text and then you listen to this music while digesting what you've just read before going on to the next chapter or part.

I think the music reflects the text rather well. It is about a man riding the bus on his way to work. It is the first day of winter. And his woman has just left him. He is a man living in his dreams, he philosophies about life but is fairly unable to live up to his dreams. His woman thought he was interesting in the beginning of their relationship but when he can't even try to live up to his life expectations she takes the consequences and leave him. So where is the meaning of his life now? As the bus is almost at its destination there is an accident. A small girl has run out in front of the bus, which desperately tries to stop with screeching brakes. The man, void of his sense of meaning, now just an empty shell, has had his skull crushed in the seat in front of him. But the girl will survive. There is a theory that the man sent his already lost soul to save the little girl, in a last attempt to find meaning...

This is a rather simple book soundtrack with a simple yet rather "catchy" melody. It includes 10 tracks, one of which is my old little loop based piece The Last Ride where the FX sounds come from. I took the picture with my iPhone last winter and it is also in the book, where it fits even better than the music, perhaps.

As I upload this I feel rather happy about the result, but I am definitely open for suggestions that may improve it. It's not cut in stone, even after the next version of the book is uploaded, so feel free to comment your ideas :-)

Thanks for listening - and maybe even reading the book Den femte årstiden which is free to download from Apple's iBookstore, but you can only read it (in Swedish) on an iPad at the moment :-|
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peacepiano said 1657 days ago (January 8th, 2013)
Melodic
The melody floats nicely over the atmosphere. Thanks!
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Henke said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Thank you
For coming by to listen and comment. Much appreciated.

Take care,
Henke
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Narad said 1657 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Winter
I did hear a crash of a car and screeching tyres. And when I look at the picture I guess your music evokes a terrible loss of a person, a sort of reawakening of an unfinished love, The melody is very nice and comforting. I'd diminish the reverb at the end of the tune.
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Henke said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Thank you, Harald
I'll definitely try some variations of reverb towards the end. Is it just that very final sound that needs tightening do you think, or all of the second part? My idea was to increase the reverb for the second part... But maybe it was too much.

And I always thought you used like 200% reverb all of the time ;-) Obviously you have some other tricks to achieve that full sound of yours :-)

Thanks again and take care,
Henke
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Jarvoid said 1657 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
The opening section visualises
shooting stars for me across a cold clear winter sky and landscape....then I read the text and went aaaaah.....this is very Swedish......your philosophies and plots are very unique...this is a very poignant piece of music....especially given the storyline...


Cheers HYN

Jarvo
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Henke said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Thanks
I'm glad you could hear the Swedish "melancholia" in this simple tune. I always enjoy reading your comments, so thanks again.

Take care,
Henke
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richard13 said 1657 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
A lovely piece
with a very delicate melody and alternately lightly energetic then sweeping backer; are the choir-like sounds to represent the man's soul? It all sounds good to me and I'm happy for you that you are getting some time to make new music. Cheers.
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Henke said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Thank you, Richard
For this kind comment. It was good fun to make some "real" music again (as opposed to loop based stuff, which can be fun in another but not quite as satisfying way). I did have some problems with the automation in this latest version of GB, the dots moved in the wrong direction, a new dot was created when I just wanted to move an existing one etc. And when I exported to iTunes the result was quite muddy I think. Eventually I exported it without normalization and then took it in to Audacity for some final EQ-ing which I think did the trick. When it is in the book people will have to listen on the iPad speaker(s) or through some kind of headphones, probably some in-ear thing, so I guess I should try that also. It was mixed mostly with headphones, so big speakers may sound a bit different from what I thought it would sound like.

Anyway, about what is what, I really leave that to the listener. It is not like I have had a thought for every sound in the piece, but when I listen to it I get pictures like the one you had and I feel it works for me on various levels...

Take care,
Henke
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Reinholt56 said 1657 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Hi Henke....
This is a very enjoyable mix in spite of the sadness of the story line and even though the girl lives.

Looking forward to hearing more pieces from you.

Take care.

Paul
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Henke said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Thank you, Paul
I am glad you liked this. I know it's not a musical masterpiece, but the primary goal was to do something that will work with the book, and I think I might have come close there (possibly with a few more corrections).

Thanks for listening and commenting, and take care,
Henke
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PatriciaGirl said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Well done :)
A melancholic piece that is beautiful yet sad which inspires. Thank you for that.
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Henke said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Ah, thanks
I'm glad you found this inspiring. Melancholic pieces often does that for me too...

Take care,
Henke
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Philip18 said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Winter
Interesting story and I like the way you develop the music to fit it. Good one!
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Henke said 1655 days ago (January 10th, 2013)
Thanks
I am really glad you liked my little soundtrack.

Take care,
Henke
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Garni said 1656 days ago (January 9th, 2013)
Winter
Beautiful 'Jarre type' sound you have here.
A really enjoyable listen Henrik.

G-)
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Henke said 1655 days ago (January 10th, 2013)
Thanks mate
Good to hear you enjoyed this and even heard a bit of Jarre in it :-)

I sure liked your latest as well!

Take care,
Henke
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magnatone said 1655 days ago (January 10th, 2013)
Winter
a full sweep of emotions - wonderful work!
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Henke said 1655 days ago (January 10th, 2013)
Thank you, Karen
I am so very happy to see you here and glad you liked what you heard as well. Music is a great way for expressing feelings, don't you think :-) (Actually, we have people at work doing research in that direction. But I think I prefer just making and listening to it ;-)

I hope and trust you will have a wonderful 2013. Take care.

Henrik
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Sigmund said 1655 days ago (January 10th, 2013)
Winter
This music is a great backer for the story. It is sad and feels lonely and full of melancholy. You know where you are when you hear the screeching tires, and I don't necessarily want to offer a suggestion here, except to say it felt like it should have been a little more dramatic at that one point in the piece. However, without the written work as a contextual anchor, it's really difficult to know if that would be the right course to take, so take that for what it's worth. I enjoyed the piece - went perfect with the cold, rainy winter day I am experiencing here in Southern Cal. Thanks!
Sig
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Henke said 1655 days ago (January 10th, 2013)
Thanks, Sig
That's very perceptive of you, and it's a valid point to some extent, but I think that the story will support this version as well. Have you seen the painting Icarus' Fall(?) In it Icarus is just a small spot up in the corner of the large painting and the world is just going around it's usual business as if nothing special is happening literally above their heads. It is a little like that in the story, I think. No one notices much what has happened to this man, because everyone is directing their attention to their own problems and above all to what has happened to the little girl. Actually I am not sure his death alters that much for him. In a way he is already dead and the difference is really just a matter of 5-10% extra reverb ;-)

Anyway, I hope the weather will improve for you, I am not too happy about ours either...

Thanks again and take care,
Henke
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Les_Kloo said 1655 days ago (January 10th, 2013)
Winter
Well, the story is heartbreaking. It adds weight to the music, whereas you are probably using music to add weight to the story. I read through the comments, and appreciate your added description that the music is left almost entirely unpunctuated by the crash itself. That just adds to the tragedy of your story. Enjoyed, in a sad kind of way.
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Henke said 1651 days ago (January 14th, 2013)
Thank you
That was a nice comment to read. Seems I captured some of the emotions of the story in my little text intro - and music. Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment.

Take care,
Henke
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CraizeeMusic said 1654 days ago (January 11th, 2013)
Downloaded!
Very soothing, moving, and ethereal. Thanks for sharing and making it available for download!
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Henke said 1651 days ago (January 14th, 2013)
Thank you
I don't have any ambitions to make any money on my occasional creative outputs so I like to put it all out as a free download. As for the book it also helped that this way I didn't have to ask for a US tax account ;-) So knowing that someone has downloaded is the payback I get, but that's worth a lot to me, so thank you very much!

Take care,
Henke
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aRcTip said 1653 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
Winter
Nice work Henke! Interesting concept with the book and all. I should check it out since I'm one of the few here who can read it, I guess :)
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Henke said 1651 days ago (January 14th, 2013)
Hehe
Well, that would be nice, of course, every download counts ;-) (About 70 all in all by now, btw - the statistics I get is mindblowingly - BAD! If you don't want to take the time to read it, that's OK too, the text is like 25 years old and I really can't say how good it might be for others to read now in 2013. For me it was quite OK, but then it was like going down memory lane for me :-)

Glad you liked the music anyway. Let's see if I can put it behind me now and think of something for Spring...

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Doug Somers said 1651 days ago (January 14th, 2013)
YES! Back to composing again!!
Certainly is soundtrack material, where the melody is expressive and leaves space for the action that's taking place on the screen. I have a sense of grey, repetitive action without real inspiration on behalf of the man on the bus - he's just going through the motions. Not that the music is tedious in the least, but it paints that picture for me of this poor lost soul. The choir gives a spatial ethereal quality to the ending like there has been an evolution or an understanding reached by your main character.

Congratulations again on finding your muse and getting back in the composer's chair.

And thanks for the tune!!
Doug



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Henke said 1650 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Thank you, Doug
If you hear all that I think I can safely put it into the next version of the book, because that is pretty much what it's all about, at least as I read the story.

And yes, it was fun to be able to make some "real" music (as opposed to loop based) again, even if it is simple enough, more or less just two different chords, Am and G (and the occasional F).

Again, thanks for your insightful comments and kind support. Hope all is well with you. Today we got our winter back, btw, with lots of snow. Hopefully it may soon lead to some cross-country skiing for me. I haven't had (or taken) the opportunity this winter yet...

Take care,
Henke
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bud said 1649 days ago (January 17th, 2013)
Chilling tale - an beautiful as well
I think the music works really well. Love the concept you are working with - pairing text - music and image in this way for a new experience that fits the new pad technology.
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Henke said 1644 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
Thanks
For your great comment. I'm glad you like the music and also the concept. I do think it's an interesting way to use the new technologies, and I have written a few words about it in the preface to the book as well. I am slowly getting used to the idea of translating it all into English. Could be a nice way of refreshing my old university English courses I took almost 30 years ago ;-) We'll have to see, it will probably take some time even with the help of Google Translate etc ;-)

And sorry for the late reply, I've been cross-country skiing - AND working on Spring :-)

Take care,
Henke
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paul f. page said 1645 days ago (January 20th, 2013)
Mournful...
Henrik, you have created a very broad spectrum in the sound bed right from the opening notes. The guitar-bell-like instrument the plays out its sad tune is beautifully placed in the center of this swirling backdrop. You have done quite a careful mix that gives each element just the right placement in space and in volume. It is obvious a labor of love that you are putting into this project and your effort seems to be paying off. At least it does so in this evocative track. Just beautiful.
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Henke said 1644 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
Thank you, Paul
You know I am honored just to have you on my song page and so this very kind comment just makes me very happy.

Since I do most "composing" with the pencil tool, timing is crucial and not always easy to achieve (in GB - in Logic it's easier but perhaps even more time consuming). I think I can hear a couple of places where this could have been done better, but then I haven't got that same magical ear as you have and that sometimes mess things up for me.

Anyway, thanks again for listening and commenting. It is very much appreciated.

Take care,
Henrik
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Moviz said 1645 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
Lovely
winter-scape you've composed henke..... beautifully put together with the great synth sounds filling the the sad atmosphere you describe above...... i think that's a lovely concept, that the man sacrificed his soul to replace the girls. Leaves me wondering if this really happens....... the photo too of the destroyed tyre in the shape of a heart is inspired....... all very thought provoking and enjoyed, regards M
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Henke said 1644 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
Interesting
Now you mention it it does look a little like a tyre, but in fact it's "just" the remains of an old unattended fallen tree trunk (in the form a heart, I think, so I think of it as a broken heart picture rather - a theme which takes up much of the space in the written story, btw).

Thanks for your continued support, Mo, I really appreciate it, you know! And I'm also glad you are feeling stronger now ;-)

Take care,
Henke
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WharmtonRise said 1560 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
I see the heart
and I feel it in the music. Lovely simple yet yearning melody. Marvelous my friend.
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Bowman said 1371 days ago (October 21st, 2013)
Has
echoes of Jean Michel Jarre's Oxigen. I've just seen Gallipoli again and while Jarre's music in that film was anachronistic it works beautifully.
This has wonderfully atmosphere Henke and yes a very catchy theme.
Wonderfully work my friend.
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