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Celtic Suite


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richard13

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Several months ago I learned that the Eb minor Pentatonic scale consisted solely of black keys. I thought: I could handle that. And so I set about noodling on the keyboard, restricting myself to black keys, until I had several somethings that I thought might be developed further. Eventually, after a number of plays, I realized that at least two of the somethings I had were, in fact, the same melody. As I've told you before, I am somewhat lazy, and I didn't wish to discard a perfectly good midi track even if it was more or less the same as another. Then, I had the relatively brilliant idea to put them together in the manner of classical composers, as different movements in a longer work (this one is 7:30 min).

Some of you may remember a request I posted in the Forums asking if it was possible to combine Garageband projects in any easy manner. Davajonah suggested making each track into a loop (complete with FX) for later import using the Loop Browser into a new project. SmokeyVW suggested screenshots of the automation curves as a way to note where the volume or panning changed throughout the track: thank you both, guys. Using these two suggestions I combined two separate projects, added a few other bits, fiddled with some FX, and came up with this, "Celtic Suite", a work in two and a half movements. The first is one project, the second is most of the second project, and the half is a repeat of the first with the tracks arranged differently and overlaid on the balance of the second project.

The instruments are a mix of Garageband and Alchemy, consisting of several woodwinds, harp (sort of), strings and guitar (actually Spicy Guitar plug-in). The image is of a house in the Scottish Highlands and came from the web.
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Uploaded: Mar 21, 2013 - 08:17:37 AM
Last Updated: Mar 24, 2013 - 10:04:08 AM Last Played: Nov 10, 2017 - 07:42:54 PM
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Narad said 1704 days ago (March 21st, 2013)
Celtic Suite
There is a little lack of volume at 4:28 and suddenly increasing at 4:59.
I don't know if it is intentionally, but I guess you have to remix it.
Otherwise a very fine and delicate track.
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richard13 said 1703 days ago (March 21st, 2013)
Whoops
Yes, it was intentional but maybe I should soften the transition there. Thanks Harald.
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Bowman said 1703 days ago (March 21st, 2013)
There's
a wistful longing to this that I like Richard.
Cheers,
Charlie
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richard13 said 1703 days ago (March 21st, 2013)
Story of my life, Charlie
Maybe it's empathy.
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (March 22nd, 2013)
Celtic suite
I like the breathy tones that start this off. Calming. Interesting set of sounds you introduce during the piece. I might have added a few booming drums here and there for added variety, although I realise that would change the tone considerably. Anyway, I enjoyed listening to this, Richard - nicely done!
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richard13 said 1702 days ago (March 22nd, 2013)
Thanks Philip
I've got some booming drums in my next piece: glad you liked this one and can hang on until the next post for your drum fix ;-)
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1703 days ago (March 22nd, 2013)
celtic suite
thoughtful composition with feel.
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richard13 said 1702 days ago (March 22nd, 2013)
Thoughtful
That's a compliment Graham; thanks.
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alackbass said 1702 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
Celtic Suite
Really beautiful. The movements work very well together.
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richard13 said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Thanks Andrew
I had fun (and I hope learned a little) putting the movements together. Glad you noticed.
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Fire_Angel said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
A musical delight.
Serene or wistful, melancholic or peaceful, or maybe all of those. I'll have to try that key myself, I need to write something in a pentatonic scale anyway. Thanks for the inspiration!
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richard13 said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
My pleasure
Just remember, nothing but black keys. Thanks for the good words: maybe all of them.
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oldlibmike said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Lovely piece for a Sunday morning!
Very well positioned panning-wise. Beautiful piece! I love how you used only the black keys in some parts - I usually transpose my keyboard to avoid them :) Never thought of the opposite! I like how some parts are echoing and responding to the others. A lot of thought seems to have gone into this piece - it shows!
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richard13 said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Good to hear that you enjoyed this Mike
I did put some effort into it and it seems to have paid off. Cheers.
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Garni said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Celtic Suite
Stunning! I love the guitar in this, is it real or a VST?

G-)
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richard13 said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Gerald
Stunning is a big word: thanks. The guitar is a VST called Spicy Guitar: it doesn't sound as good as some of the guitarists on this site can make their instrument sound but the sound I got seemed to fit so I went with it.
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egobandit said 1701 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
black keys
soothing like how it get all echoey sound like its bouncing of the nice flutes very interesting!
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richard13 said 1699 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
Glad you were soothed Tim
For me, it's a pleasant change from straight up rock ;-)
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VicDiesel said 1700 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Movements
Does the first movement end at 3:49? I love it until then. Unfortunately the strings that come in there are way fake, and panned a bit far to the right. Love the general idea and soundscape.
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richard13 said 1699 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
No, it ends a few seconds before the three minute mark
but I am very pleased that you like it beyond that: I would have thought the earlier flute and guitar might have upset you, as well as the later lower-toned flute. Oh well, I agree that the strings are not authentic sounding, and probably panned a little excessively, but the general sound and texture seemed to fit while I was working on it.
Thanks for the last sentence.
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VicDiesel said 1699 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
Flute
Well, the flute was also clearly not real, but not as annoyingly as the strings. And really, there's a lot of great stuff in this piece. The early synths, the harp arpeggio that keeps anchoring the flow, ....
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paul f. page said 1700 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Peaceful Landscape
You've created a very restful, peaceful track that is full of wistful little bits here and there that provide a graceful charm to the whole number. It is a little "loopy," though, but the flute addition around 5:10 or so is a nice addition. It is very mellow/low though and ends too soon. I wonder what you might envision as a real "tune" to play along the top of this generally harmonic soundbed. Just a thought. (The pentatonic scale, too, is reminiscent of much Eastern—Japanese/Chinese—music. 7 minutes of it and I have somehow left Scotland. A penny whistle might be just the thing to bring me back. ... It is a lovely track, though, and thoroughly peaceful and charming.
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richard13 said 1699 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
By "loopy"
do you mean repetitive? If so, fair enough, though that was more than partly intentional. If you mean something else, put up your dukes ;-)
Restful, peaceful and charming are all very nice descriptors, and I appreciate them, Paul. You'll have to wait for my next post however for a real "tune": it is almost all tune.
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PHBB said 1699 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
Celtic Suite
Funnily enough, I seem to hear something that I would call Lotus Suite in there. If you had put an image of a cherry tree in blossom in some Chinese mountains, I would have believed that also. The arrangement definitely sucks you in and takes you somewhere very peaceful and beautiful. And isn't that what music should (also) be about? Thanks for sharing
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richard13 said 1699 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
Welcome to my corner of MacJams
I am grateful for your comment and that you got peace and beauty out of this. I titled an earlier version (never posted) "a voyage to Scotland and back via China". Cheers.
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gadzooks said 1698 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
Celtic Suite
Nicely done Richard ... quite enjoyed this ... very peaceful.
Cheers
SG

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PeterB7858 said 1696 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
Celtic Suite
Interesting backstory, Richard. The whole work does have a restful, pastoral feel that is very calming. I agree with PHBB re the oriental influences as well. East meets west and harmony prevails... Thanks, Peter.
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lyzak said 1696 days ago (March 29th, 2013)
First Sounds I'm Hearing..
..and a mellow, cleansing way to start off today. Like what you created with new, black key discovery and a bit of insight gleaned from others!
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Doadars Uncle said 1683 days ago (April 10th, 2013)
Sweet
This pulls me right into the scene. Thank you for the journey!
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Warren Smith said 1682 days ago (April 12th, 2013)
Celtic vista
For a self-proclaimed lazy guy .. this is decidedly ambitious : )

It's a cold, rainy, Spring day in Brooklyn .. and it doesn't take a whole lot of imagination for me to be whisked away to the Scottish highlands while listening to this piece .. especially when mixed with the patter of rain on my windows.
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