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Happy Birthday to my dad. Another march for your listening enjoyment.

This one is in 6/8 which is a fun tempo and has another Holstian mid-section in an overall ABA form. The first 2 sections are written more like a British march in the sense that the instrumentation is more reserved, at least until the final section. Also the setting is more like a concert band rather than a marching band until the last bit. My standard caveat applies - any of these melodies may be existing tunes I have heard before. If so I trust that the original composers will overlook my innocent homage.

I have been really busy for a while which is why I haven't been listening here much. I do have many partly finished pieces and a bunch of sketches that are for a game which is in development. I hope to get around to publishing some more in future but at the current pace of work I'm not too hopeful in the near term. I did take 2 music courses through coursera (one from Berlklee on music production and one from Emory U on sound design) earlier this year and while they were a lot of work to keep up they were really good.

Photo from Helen's Round the World Travels - Changing of the Guard, Ottawa
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Uploaded: Jun 12, 2013 - 10:03:43 PM
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paul f. page said 1440 days ago (June 12th, 2013)
Just unpredictable enough....
...to qualify as a modern-day marching gem
I love the run-ups in the first section..They keep the tempo strolling along at a nice,clip. You have really used the woodwinds particularly successfully, all those little individual passages fairly sparkling while the rest of the band charges on. I really like the middle section in the minor key . Thatmstrikes me as a little unusual for a marchiing band song, but it certainly DOES work. I continue to be taken by the authentic sound you are able to get from your virtual orchestra. That is very special, indeed. ... the composition itself stands very very well as an authentic number in the genre. Much enjoyed...and a pleasure to hear your wonderfulmworkmonce again.
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Doug Somers said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
Woodwinds
Since working on the last piece with you (still a WIP!) and from reading more theory and orchestration books I have been keen to play with tonal colour using different combinations of lead instruments. It's fortunate that the samples I use are recorded well so that the character of the instrument including tonal changes throughout its range are represented correctly. It's also been fun to hear what can be achieved with minimal parts/tracks so that the voices all can be heard clearly.

The middle section is definitely influenced by Vaughan Williams and Holst pieces I played back in high school that were not military marches but rather folk song adaptations into a march tempo, often as a movement in a more rhapsodic piece.

Thank you for such kind words and for your support through the years Paul.

Peace,
Doug
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1440 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
dad's march
accomplished piece of the genre.
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Doug Somers said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
Accomplished
Thanks Graham. I was, at one point, wondering if I would run out of march melodies and just get stuck, unable to create say Dad's march 4. So far, that's not the case thankfully. It's also fun to use a march genre as an artistic constraint since it's not my usual place of creativity.

I appreciate your comments!
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Bowman said 1440 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
I have
a soft spot for marches and I've come to look forward to your annual Dad's Day march and DAD'S MARH 5 2013 this doesn't disappoint. Love the textures and counter melodies that weave their way throughout.

A perfect joy to listen to. I agree with Paul, the sounds you get are terrific.

I'm sure your Dad enjoys these works and loves knowing that he is the inspiration for them.
Cheers,
Charlie

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Doug Somers said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
soft spot
Thanks Charlie. I was raised partly programmed on march music from my dad's record collection so counterpoint runs just kind of form themselves. I spoke to my dad this morning and he had heard the piece and liked it. I was kidding him that when we get to 15 I'll rework the lot of them and release a CD.

Be well my friend,
Doug
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peacepiano said 1440 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
Marching
Well done. Familiar but not the same. Rousing ending finishes piece well. Always a pleasure to hear from you and I am looking forward to big things from these courses you have taken.
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Doug Somers said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
The pressure is on now....
Well, if I learned anything from my courses it is that the work that goes into a piece in terms of sound selection, processing and mastering is so huge it is almost crazy to take it all on. That said, there is so much cool stuff to learn that it is great fun.

I appreciate your kind words Bill. Thanks for stopping for a listen!
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magnatone said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
Dad's March
ooh - this is really really cool! reminds me how uplifting marches are - great work, i really enjoyed this!
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Doug Somers said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
uplifting
This is definitely in a different space than Wave Goodbye, but still in common for its ability to speak to us in terms of sound to emotion.

Thanks for your note Karen. I hope you get a little more sunshine into your days.

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TvRicky said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
Gentlemans March
Love it my friend has a royalty and presence of character.

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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Doug Somers said 1439 days ago (June 13th, 2013)
Royalty and presence
Thanks Ricky. Those were the qualities I was after.

Hey, I went to hear your music and it was gone. I hope it's off the table for a rework to be back soon!

Be well man,
Doug
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composerclark said 1439 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
Pip pip, what ho, and all that!
This is very good! I'm impressed. Sounds like a authentic march to me. If you do a full wind band version, I bet there'd be bands in your area that would be happy to play it.
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Doug Somers said 1438 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
By the left .....wait for it .... march!
Thanks Clark! Glad you like the authenticity. I have thought about offering my services to either the school system here in Ottawa or to the local military bands to either do a march for them or to produce a score from a march I've already published. Maybe in the fall.

Cheers
Doug


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Moviz said 1438 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
I wouldn't
know how to go about producing something as good and convincing as this Doug.... I want to watch this band march past me to the park bandstand so I can wave my flag in time...... top job, regards M
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Doug Somers said 1438 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
Wave your flag
Thanks Maurice, if I can ever convince a band in your area to play one of these marches you will be the first to know. I really appreciate your constant support and positive commentary through the years.

Be well
Doug
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Philip18 said 1438 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
Dad's March
I was striding around the room as I listened, Doug. Has all the appropriate stirring qualities with some lightness in there, too. Warm brass sounds. Love those drums. Much enjoyed!
Doug Somers said 1436 days ago (June 16th, 2013)
Striding
Thanks Philip - a little something to brighten the winter for you and the folks in Aus. I'm always impressed with the East West package of symphonic instruments and the realistic impression they leave in a mix. Thanks for the kind words sir! It's always good to hear from you.

Cheers!
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thetiler said 1438 days ago (June 15th, 2013)
This
reminds me of when I was in the Navy and we were in bootcamp in San Diego and had to march to music with officers watching and if we went out of step caption would put a sword to our neck. :) This has great sound. A very neat sound, to my ears very well done! Way to go.
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Doug Somers said 1436 days ago (June 16th, 2013)
Bootcamp
That sounds pretty tough - sword to the neck for being out of time. I've not done military training myself so I can only say I'm happy this resonated in a positive way overall Bill. Thanks for having a listen!!
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PeterB7858 said 1438 days ago (June 15th, 2013)
Dad's March
This March renaissance is a fine thing, Doug. Foot tapping, storm the beaches goodness. Thanks. Take care, Peter.
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Doug Somers said 1436 days ago (June 16th, 2013)
Storm the beaches
Cheers Peter. One thing I have a bit of problem with marches is their tie to the violence of war, but I rationalise march composition as an exercise in creating a certain kind of music with clear forward movement.

Really enjoyed the latest from you, Philip and Neil too. Thanks for the comments! - Doug


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Sigmund said 1435 days ago (June 18th, 2013)
Dad's March 5 2013
Very impressive work, Doug. Your ability to weave instruments in and out of the spotlight is nothing short of remarkable. Plus the ebb and flow - the feeling of movement is subtle at times, dramatic at others, but it all sounds really well arranged, orchestrated and performed. Excellent work, my friend, and an enjoyable listen - thanks!
Sig
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Doug Somers said 1430 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Thank you Sigmeister!
Thanks for noticing how the instruments were used to provide tonal colour. Being a naturally lazy person I used to throw out the melody then harmonies and double it by cut and paste. That can create a lot of sound but it doesn't provide much variation in tone if entire lines are copied in that way. Any non-lazy orchestrators at this point are saying "duh- of course". In my more recent work I have been trying to be more sensitive to changing colour within a series of phrases such as changing instrumentation to either pass the melody around or to just change the combination of sounds to a new interesting tonality. It makes for slower progress but it is more satisfying to me now that I hear it and so it helps overcome some of the laziness. Thanks for the detailed listen and comments Sig - the quality of your work is always an inspiration to what is possible.

Doug
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jiguma said 1434 days ago (June 18th, 2013)
Doug
That's a really clever set of notes you've strung together there :) I can't comment on the musical details, but it certainly was an enjoyable listen. My parents were into marches too - they would have loved this.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Doug Somers said 1430 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Notes strung together
It's an interesting exercise for me to put these marches together as I can exercise a little more of my music packages and work on refining the production while digging a little deeper into orchestration. It a different kind of tonal experience than say space ambient where I can use all kinds of synths. Here I'm limited to normal wind instruments to make the variety of tones. Still in the end it is supposed to be fun and rousing so I'm glad you enjoyed it Neil.

All the best from the GWN!
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davisamerica2 said 1433 days ago (June 19th, 2013)
Marching orders, on your feet!
Who can resist? This must be the origin of foot tapping. A very enjoyable listen, Doug. I'm sure I'll be back for more.
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Doug Somers said 1422 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
Foot tapping
If I got your foot going then my work is done here. Thanks for the generous comments and making the time to hear the piece.

Cheers,
Doug
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Jarvoid said 1430 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Late off the boat
for this one I am....usually pick it up on the day itself...smashing stuff as ever......one thing I do notice is that US marching tunes are different to British ones.... I cannot put my finger on what it is ,but there you are.....you can probably tell me !

Cheers

Jarvo
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Doug Somers said 1422 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
Never too late off the boat
US vs. British marching tunes is an interesting contrast. I hadn't thought of what to make different, I guess it just came out knowing what I wanted. Perhaps a few differences are (now that I think of it) British marches can use less piccolo, are sometimes more subdued or use full-on brass less often through the tune, but even these qualities are not universally true. In any event, I thought I'd use the style from across the pond this time since some of my previous marches have had an American flair.

Glad you liked the tune Jarvo, and thanks for having a listen.
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Diviner said 1427 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Cool March
I think the original composers will overlook your innocent homage, lol
This is very very enjoyable marching song, love all the elements to this piece. Well done and a great present
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Doug Somers said 1422 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
overlook the homage
I certainly hope you won't find me destitute some day due to a lineup of march composers coming to claim their due. Thanks for your support Keith. It's always great to hear from you.
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