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Someone suggested more percussion for this and I agree. I added ethnic percussion (not my specialty but what is?) in addition to a few other changes and feel it's considerably improved.
Here's a new and more percussive take on West of Khartoum.

Thanks to all who checked out and commented on the first version of this.
Charlie


In the 1880's the Sudanese city of Khartoum under the protection of British General Charles Gordon, fell to the forces of Muhammad Ahmad, the self proclaimed Mahdi. There were many skirmishes before the final battle. This evokes one of them.

And for those interesting here's a dance video of this.

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Uploaded: Jun 23, 2013 - 08:13:12 PM
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2015 - 08:30:51 PM Last Played: Apr 29, 2017 - 12:28:10 PM
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MidiOrleans said 1432 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Exotica
Way to go Charles!
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Bowman said 1432 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
I do
have a taste for the exotic. Thanks Scotty.
Cheers,
Charlie

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ic42 said 1432 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
a couple of khartoum characters
nothing comical here... you capture the building inertia of two forces bent on taking over. well done.
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Bowman said 1432 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
I always
knew you where a puny guy Eduard - you've been missed. Hope you're back in action. Glad you enjoyed this my friend.
Charlie
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Moviz said 1432 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
This sounds
fine Charles with a real Eastern flavour.... the percussion here is tastefully done and the orchestration is perfect for a movie..... you have that cinematic sound off to a 'T', for sure, regards M
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Bowman said 1432 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
Thanks Maurice
now lets find that movie.
Charlie
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peacepiano said 1431 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Percussion
The percussion is very important to this area's music, you did a fine job mixing it in. Has a very authentic feel to it.
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Bowman said 1431 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Glad
I was pushed to add them. Happy you liked it.
Thanks Bill,
Charlie

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Doug Somers said 1430 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
West
I was starting to think that you had changed your style for a moment when the piece started but then your syncopated drive started up and I was back in familiar stylistic territory. Nice use of the flutes and muted trumpets over the ostinato. I certainly get the tension here and the long march to the doom of many. Your work often expresses the inevitability of conflict and the serious consequences it brings.

I didn't hear the previous version unfortunately so I can't comment on the new percussion other than to say that it seems to fit well from what I can hear. The mix of war drums and more traditional instruments makes for a foreshadowing of the two sides in the war.

Take a bow!
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Bowman said 1429 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
The opening is quite different.
I was trying for a simple naiveté of the British with a hint of what was to come. Glad you caught that and that you enjoyed this piece.

As for "the inevitability of conflict and the serious consequences it brings", I think I'm drinking from a half empty glass when I write music like this.
Thanks Doug,
Charlie
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Fire_Angel said 1429 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Cinematic is right.
It seems to me this would certainly enhance a movie about the events described. The middle eastern flavour is certainly there and the sense of tension implies something dramatic is building. I tried to look back at the older version but it's gone. I'd love to your take on the music for when the battle starts...
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Bowman said 1429 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
I did
remove the first version. It just seemed to pale after I made these changes.
Thanks Fire_Angle,
Charlie

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Llarion said 1429 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Man, I can almost see the movie!
Great sense of movement, mood, and style. The odd meter, general dissonance, and ominous tone invoke tension and strife...Love it! You have a fine sense for film score...
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Bowman said 1429 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Sometimes
odd meter and dissonance turn me on. I'm happy they worked for you in this Llarion,
Thanks,
Charlie
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LisaHawbaker said 1429 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
West.....
wow, awesome piece of work! I can definitely feel the music.
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Bowman said 1429 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Feeling
the music is even better than hearing it.
Glad you found this Lisa.
Cheers,
Charlie
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PatriciaGirl said 1427 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
WEST OF KHARTOUM (take 2)
Hi Charlie, an epic Arabian adventure you have here. This is different with a more lively sound-I like it :) Reminded me of the movie Lawrence of Arabia which I love. Thanks for sharing!
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Bowman said 1426 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Lawrence
is quite like no other. A masterpiece.
Glad you enjoyed this Patricia, thanks for checking it out.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Sigmund said 1421 days ago (July 5th, 2013)
WEST OF KHARTOUM
This style of music conjures up such beautiful imagery, probably because it has been used so effectively in film and tv over the years. While it makes me think of exotic locations in the middle east, it also feels historic - makes me wonder if they actually played music like this in Cleopatra's time, for example. Anyway, your work as always is so well done - the percussion just adds to the charm of the piece - all the instrumentation nicely thought out and orchestrated - really enjoyable work - thanks!
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Bowman said 1420 days ago (July 6th, 2013)
There
are some genre's I enjoy playing with. Middle Eastern, historic, cinematic approach is one of them.

I don't think we know much about the music from Cleopatra's time but I'm happy if this conjures up imagery and feelings that evoke that time and place.
Thanks Sigmund,
Charlie
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echoroom said 1419 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Bowman, cinema
... the keywords say it all. How do you come up with this? Do you watch movies and score to them , or just work with your imagination?? Great build-up, and sense of space in this Charlie. awesome, as ever.
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Bowman said 1418 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Movies
and music for them run through my mind.
Sometimes I'm looking for the off button but when I can't find one I get it out like this.
Thanks Steve,
Charlie
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paul f. page said 1407 days ago (July 18th, 2013)
Syncopation...
Among all the other comments (above) I am particularly drawn to the syncopation in your rhythm section. It is hypnotic and impossible to ignore. You do capture that "easter music" flavor with the raised notes in your scales and are consistent with it throughout. Your sense of what works orchestrally (is there such a word?) is very acute and precisely thought out. This is great cinema music. (Small suggestion: anything like tambourine to punctuate your already syncopated percussion with just a tingle/timbrel effect? Just a thought.)
This is a very pleasant track. And, again, I wish it were longer still. You are onto something quite special with this topic and these posts. Nice.
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Bowman said 1407 days ago (July 19th, 2013)
In a track like this
there's always room for more color and a tambourine might work very well.
Thanks Paul for taking the time to listen and so thoughtfully comment my friend.
Cheers,
Charlie
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