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Sunrise Over the Rhone - Avignon Suite - WIP


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Doug Somers

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In 2012 I was very fortunate to spend an extended period of time in the medieval city of Avignon, France. It was an amazing city both for its rich culture and stunning location on the river Rhone.

This is the first segment of a suite that I've been sloooooooowly working on and represents an sunrise walk outside the city walls along the bank of the river.

I don't normally post works in progress but I thought I would give this a go and see if anyone has comments on:
- what is included so far, and
- where you think this current piece should go next?

I'm open to any and all comments. Thanks in advance for listening!

Doug

PS - I have several other bits and pieces of other movements from the Avignon Suite in the hopper but felt most moved to get this one going first.
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Bowman said 1551 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
If this
were for a film I could see the camera finding quiet almost forgotten corners of a monastery as shadows become starker from the morning sun. Image dissolving to image. At first the colors muted but slowly becoming vibrant.

A wonderfully reflective opening.
One very slight thought - at 51 seconds your oboe doubles up on a note that for me momentarily changed the languid spell you were casting.

As for where to take this. Of course there are many directions. Is there a story in the works? Do we Moldau like follow the river's course? I think Delious was a master at this kind of musical place mood work. This for me has that kind of feel.
I'm so looking forward to where you take this Doug.
Great start.
Cheers,
Charlie

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Doug Somers said 1551 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
A director's eye
Hi Charlie, and thanks up front for the listen and the suggestions. I tend to be both visual and kinaesthetic so having comments from a film expert like yourself is highly valued.

Hmmm... at 51 seconds I think that was intended to be a grace note. If it knocked you out of your space then I should fix it.

Interesting that you should ask about a story since I have done pieces around a narrative in the past. This time the story, if you would call it that, is a series of impressions that tie in direct experience of a setting or series of settings that both reflects the present and sometimes harkens back to the past. The place is wonderfully loaded with history. Moldau is an interesting comment, and I *think* that if I did such a piece it would be about a river trip I took down to Arles or bicycling north to Chateauneuf-du-Papes along the river. A cool idea but I don't feel it in this movement.

I'm not sure it needs to be a lot longer, but there is some more development that is called for I think, especially after your comments about sunlight becoming more vibrant over time.

One other thing - the Forte-piano chord at 1:32 is too jarring. THe MP3 sounds worse than the Logic Pro master for some reason. Anyway the levels need sorting there, and the pace of the run up to it needs some more human timing and compensation for the cello patch swell time.

Will look into Delius too.

Thanks Charlie!!
Doug

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Philip18 said 1551 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Sunrise over the Rhone
I spent an evening in Avignon a couple of weeks ago, so this is very evocative for me - the bridge, the Papal Palace, are quite magnificent. There's a delightful calmness to this piece, as well as just a little sense of expectancy. The choir part works well, I think. The music does suggest a story, and there's room to develop that in other pieces.
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Doug Somers said 1551 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Expectancy - that's interesting
Maybe this would be a good lead in piece for the suite? I hadn't thought of that until I read your comment. Since you and Charlie both mentioned stories I will give that some thought. The choir does tie into the chapel on the bridge and given the fact that (as you know from your visit) the traffic across the bridge to and from the Papal Palace would have many clergy and monastics. Will give it more thought but good inspirational points! Cheers Philip!!
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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
You've really captured it...
A medieval sunrise... gentle, quiet, incredibly moving, especially given the sparseness. Awesome use of space. I'm not sure it needs much more, truth be told... It's a deft appetizer for what I'm sure will be a stunning suite...
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Doug Somers said 1551 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Space
Every once in a while I go from full on wall of sound (Dad's March ending) to minimalism and simplicity - like a corrective force. Thanks for your kind words Phil, I wanted to convey a lot with a little.

I agree that it doesn't need much more. I'm thinking maybe another minute with something to round it off - maybe not even that long. I don't know, and in fact I'm not shooting for length but rather a feeling of completeness for the time period in the morning I'm trying to express. Thanks again,
Doug
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Llarion said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Welll...
Sunrise is not that long a period... Once it's up; it's up.. it's the easy anticipation just beforehand that has the appeal, and I think that's what you captured here... :)
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jiguma said 1551 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Extended time in Avignon ......
..... niiiice! I'm far from competent to comment on this style of music - all I can say is that I like what I'm hearing, and it certainly hits the spot in terms of referencing a mediaeval French city.
Congratulations!
Neil
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Doug Somers said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
hits the spot
Ya, no complaints at all about spending time in France. We had a wonderful experience. Thanks for the listen Neil and glad you liked it.

Cheers,
Doug
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Narad said 1551 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Sunrise Over the Rhone
Glorious sunrise over the the ancestral Provencal City.All stones charged with memory get slowly illuminated by the rising light and people becomes aware of the sacred jonction between the past and the present incarnated by the old bridge of Avignon. This could be a series of musical interpretations of historic monuments and picturesque landscapes characterizing the papal city ?
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Doug Somers said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Interpretations of monuments
There is certainly some of that - I have bits and pieces of themes for the papal palace, squares, the walls and other places. I love your image of the memories seeming to come alive with the sunlight.

Thanks for the ideas Harald.
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davajonah said 1551 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Sur le Pont d'Avignon
I've never been to Avignon, but I'd like to, if only to see the bridge of the silly song I learnt all those years ago in school!

Anyway, your music. The build up to and the voices at 2.14 are brilliant! Very evocative. Great use of space, as others have mentioned, and wonderful pacing. Delius, yes maybe! But for me, the piece in its entirety reminds me of something Gustav Holst might have written.

I have to agree with Charles about the doubled oboe note. It doesn't sit right and sounds like a mistake. Perhaps you should single it and drop it down an octave? However, that's easily fixed should you wish too.

All in all, a fine start to what promises to be a great piece of music. After five or six listens now I'm finding it quite lovely. Nice work Doug.

Now. Where are those dancers? :)
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Doug Somers said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
silly song
I've been tempted to weave the song into one of the movements but I don't think it will work. Still, you should visit Avignon some day. It really is lovely. And you can join the hordes of people who go out on the bridge to dance.

Your Holst reference rang true for sure. I did think after I was done this cut that it reminded me of Venus from the Planets a little.

I will look into the oboe glitch and with all of the suggestions and inspirations here I have new momentum for the next cut.

Thanks very much Dave. I appreciate your many listens and careful comments.

Doug
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magnatone said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Sunrise
Doug, this is absolutely sensational! what a treat to hear this morning - thank you so much for the D/L - FABULOUS!!
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Doug Somers said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
treat
Karen you're too kind. Morning music to hear first thing in the morning. How cool is that?

Thanks again, and enjoy your dload.
Doug
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ramonaji said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
nice work
haunting and lovely
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
haunting
Thanks for your comments. As Harald says above, the stones release their memories in the sunlight. Haunted indeed.
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LisaHawbaker said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Sunrise...
well, I don't make music I just sing to it so I can't give too much feed back here. I love it so far. Very nice beginning, seems to me to go with your idea. Looks like a very lovely place!!!
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Just sing
Wow, now that's something I do not do - at least well!! Glad you like this and I appreciate your comments and support for the future developments.


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Henke said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Very nice
Big space and deft handling of the tools you use. Looking forward to the finished piece and suite...

Take care,
Henke
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Big Space
Thanks Henrik. Your return to composing is inspiring. I hope to use some of that energy as I complete this.

This piece seemed to need a lot of space to develop. I haven't done minimalism in a long while and it was fun to get back to doing more with less. Appreciate your support man.
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PatriciaGirl said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Avignon Suite
Hi Doug, I enjoyed this piece. I wanted to coast down the Rhone a little further when the voices of the choir emerged to see what was beyond the bridge. I hope there is more to come. Thanks for sharing!
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Beyond the bridge
You are most perceptive that the music is in fact moving downstream. 10 points! I'm not sure how far to take this but there is a space for one more setting where the sun can start to really illuminate the surroundings. Your, and the other, comments have really helped with that font of ideas as to where to go. Stay tuned. Thanks for the listen and support!
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davisamerica said 1550 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
sunrise
somewhere else.... Doug this is a beauty.
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Somewhere else indeed
Thanks Jack, I'm so glad you liked it. I have to admit that for whatever reason, Avignon grew roots deeply into my memory and I really hope I can find the time to finish what has been started and also what's rolling around in my head. There is an emotional connection to the place that is not going away so I can either live with the sense of loss or express it musically.
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Moviz said 1549 days ago (June 28th, 2013)
You caught
the feel of pre dawn beautifully Doug..... a time when there's stillness as the night gives way to day and yet the life of day is just stirring..... love the simplicity and the slight discord of the violin harmonies at time that gives a spiritual edge to it along with the voices, which shows there is a Monastery nearby, regards M
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Stillness of pre-dawn
There is something about the pre-dawn that is magical. Stillness seems to make everything stand out equally since we aren't just paying attention to one thing but more the overall feel of the environment.

Apart from my marches, I love to use non-traditional harmonies which can be used to create atmospheres. It's also an excuse to get a little lazier and play with tones and clusters without thinking too much about music theory :) Thanks for the kind words Maurice.


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Reinholt56 said 1549 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Hi Doug....
This mix is a very enjoyable listen. I feel that I am there, by the Rhone, as I listen.

I had a cottage in France a few years ago and would love to just chill out reading a book. This music brings those times back to me.

Take care.

Paul
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
chill out with a book
I'm so glad that this reminds you of your pleasant time in France. Even I, who almost never read novels, read whilst in France. It has that effect on one.

Cheers Paul
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Daugrin said 1549 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Rhone Thang
The wine in this region is delicate and in general does not travel well, a big Rhone might get all the way to where you live... but
the subtle Rhones, you have to enjoy in the place of their birth.
As the melody extends into the tenser pitches the piece becomes way more interesting. Could I ask for more sparkle? Perhaps in the clusters like at about 1:37

Daug
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
Rhone wines
Fortunately for us the Cotes du Rhone wine festival was on in Avignon whilst we were there. All of the guilds were in attendance with their banners and robes and of course there was all the wine one could consume for the very reasonable sum of 3 euro (including buying a tasting glass).

More sparkle is a great way to have the sun start to illuminate the rocks, walls and water. I have some ideas now where this will go. Thanks so much for the listen and the suggestions!
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ic42 said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
symphonie fantastique
the opening few notes seemed so familiar... and then they drifted into an entirely new place. as with all your work, this is already well crafted and evocative, and i was saddened when it ended so abruptly, awaiting the master's next brushstrokes. there is indeed a feeling of dawn gently breaking... perhaps you will start with this musical lens focused (as it is now) on the trees and river, gently lyrical open-ended motifs... and then gently introducing some of the streets and buildings awakening, which could be evoked with a little more structure, re-introducing the motifs with stronger harmonies and some churning rhythms in violins that descend slowly to cellos as the sunshine illuminates the color of the valley. just a thought. excellent work here already. i look forward to its completion, and am jealous of your visit.
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Doug Somers said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
You mean Berlioz may sue?
I had a listen and see (hear) what you mean. Wow, Eduard, that is a pretty detailed set of suggestions for which I'm really grateful. I now have a number of pictures which convey feeling and those I hope to capture when I get back home to the studio.

For sure there are other movements already partly sketched that lay down motifs reflecting the buildings and streets, people and of course the medieval walls around the city.

At this point I'm jealous of my visit too as though some other person was there and told me all about it - and I would love to go back.

Thanks again Eduard for the careful listen and consideration of how this might evolve. I think given the excellent suggestions I'm receiving I will use the WIP release more often in future.

Take care my friend.
Doug
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Vic Holman said 1548 days ago (June 29th, 2013)
sunrise
you sure captured that feel that one gets when stepping outside in a early quite morning and catching the sun coming up and saying howdy you sleepy heads. excellent job doug
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Doug Somers said 1547 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
Howdy
Thanks Vic - I think I'm getting a really good idea of what is going to happen next and how I will finish this movement off. It's not likely to me too much longer but there is more to explore. I appreciate you having a listen and leaving your thoughts.
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TvRicky said 1548 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
A Movement
The wonderfully photographed picture set the tone and integrates the musical magic seamlessly. The production is top notch. Man your mixing talent is quite amazing. The space you have in this is something to admire and work towards in my musical productions. I am in awe of your overall musical talent from conception to realization. Wonderful concept and presentation. Bravo my man.

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Doug Somers said 1547 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
Concept
First thanks for the kind words about the photograph. It was taken mid-walk on the morning I'm musically describing when the sun was a little higher. You are very kind in your comments Ricky. Thanks for the listen and sharing your thoughts.

As to the mix, this is straight out of the samples from East West. They do all the heavy lifting so that I just have to lay down the track. Even the reverb is that of the hall the musicians were recorded in so on that score all I had to do was add some reverb to the choir and I was all set to go. I think I did adjust the pan of one instrument but otherwise the L/R placement is all in the samples and release trails. I do like their package.

Thanks man!
Doug
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bud said 1548 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
well
you definitely set the time and place in a way that is deeply engaging. I like the elements of nature mixing with those of man - bells (or anvil) and voices (Matins?). Where do we go next? What are your strongest memories?
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Doug Somers said 1547 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
Man vs. nature
More of that to come in the other movements. I also like the idea of bringing out the memories of the stones and trees so I can flip back and forth in time. Thanks for your suggestion about strongest memories. That rings true as a place to look. Fortunately, I have a ton of them from this visit. Cheers Kevin.
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grah3am said 1547 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
As advertised
It does indeed sound like a sunrise, and a trip down a river, which shouldn't be possible, but there we are. Where to go? Follow the visuals. The music will create itself. (LIke I know what I'm writing about!)
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Doug Somers said 1547 days ago (June 30th, 2013)
Follow the visuals
Sage advice - I guess it was what got me this far. And I would say you know what you are writing about. Thanks for the listen!

Cheers Graham,
Doug
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1547 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
sunrise
this actually has a soundscape of a sunrise. very well done.
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Doug Somers said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
soundscape
Cheers Graham. That's what I was going for, even though often the English Horn is considered a little melancholy in tone for something like this I thought it worked. Thanks for the listen.
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groovehounds said 1547 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
Sunrise Over the Rhone
This is beautiful Doug ... you don't post very often but when you do it really is something special. The piece fits the image you are describing well. I wanted to hear more but I see how this would work as part of a larger piece ... as long as the end of this moves naturally into the next even if it's a drawn out note or chord .... but I'm sure you know what you're doing ... I admire this style of music and how you have visualized what you were hearing so well.
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Doug Somers said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
There will be more...
Stan, that's very kind of you to say so. I'm touched by your comments. I indeed don't post very often and this is one of the very few works in progress I've done. I find that I am not prolific with creating a lot of music since working through the details I find to be very time consuming. I end up as a result with a lot of pieces that are partly done with ideas that are not fully fleshed out.

I'm back in the studio now and plan to get right to the next section of this piece. Thanks again for your supportive words Stan!
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Char said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
The only
comment I wish to make is that I was coasting along and, and then, it was over and I wished for so much more. Beautiful sound elicited thoughts of nature in perfect balance and tranquility, of comfort coming from familiar and welcoming environs and peace and love and yes, contentment. Lovely and you should be proud that this came from you. I know I'll love whatever else you create. Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
balance and tranquility
Charlene, you have me blushing. I will bear your words in mind as I work on the next part of this movement. Thanks for your listen and comments and don't worry - there will be more to follow. Avignon is a rich environment and new sounds almost emerge from the experiences in my memory. Perhaps the next section will not be quite as tranquil, but hopefully not jarring either. Peace.
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VicDiesel said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
sur le ponte....
That's among the better sunrises I've experienced. Very nice.
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Doug Somers said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
the sunrise experience
Thanks Vic. I aim to capture what I felt and convey it as best I can. Thanks for your kind words!

BTW, some scholars think that the original lyrics were 'sous le pont' meaning that it was on the island (Ile de la Barthelasse) under the bridge where all the dancing occurred. Given that there were dance halls along the shores of the island until this century it is certainly possible.
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VicDiesel said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
sous le pont
But no matter where, l'on y danse. See this track of mine: http://macjams.com/song/75319 I decided on the French title since the violin samples come from a French disc.
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Doug Somers said 1540 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
L'on y danse tous en rond
Thanks for the pointer Vic - I quite enjoyed your take on the French folk fiddling style.
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alackbass said 1546 days ago (July 1st, 2013)
Sunrise Over the Rhone - Avignon Suite
I couldn't give advice since a piece such as this is so far beyond the genres I work in. I wouldn't know where to begin to write such music. I will say this, it is very well written and the orchestration is beautiful. I think you know where you're taking it (or where it's taking you). I would just go with it. Looking forward to future versions.
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Doug Somers said 1540 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Just go with it
Thanks for the encouragement Andrew. I think I now have a plan to get to the end that will work well with what's been laid down so far. Look forward to some sunshine!

I appreciate your kind words and support. Be well,
Doug
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DWL said 1546 days ago (July 2nd, 2013)
Lovely work Doug
Beautifully orchestrated. You're getting a clarity I can only dream of..

The oboe is particularly effective.

Cheers

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Doug Somers said 1540 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
There are some
instruments that the East West guys have captured so very well. The solo English Horn is one of them and I was really moved when I tried the instrument to just tinker away on the keyboard and see what came out. The answer of course is the first 4 phrases of this piece, and with that start the rest is history some would say. Cheers Dick for the support and encouragement.
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MartinD28 said 1544 days ago (July 3rd, 2013)
Sunrise Over the Rhone
Wonderful musical interpretation of a sunrise walk. I can't think of any thing to improve on the piece. Where should it go next - for me I would be ready for a gradual release of energy, but, I haven't been to Avignon. Love it so far!
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Doug Somers said 1540 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Gradual release of energy
That is I think the right direction indeed and so I have been working on just that - a slow but sure build as the sun comes over the horizon. Thanks for your input and for having a listen!!
Doug
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paul f. page said 1543 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
I'm late...
I listened to this meditative track when you first posted it a few days ago. I am so taken by the gentle nature of the opening, especially. That hanging string line is almost imperceptible, but it is there for the first minute, setting the scene for the flashes of light that follow. You have such a fine sense of orchestration, allowing your solo instruments to play out with clarity... The choir...hummm...how about a little Gregorian chant melody spinning out from this? and then add strings to accompany them. Seems like that would be the perfect direction for a medieval cathedral scene early in the morning...Something to tie together the ages. ... Beautifully done, Doug. Whenever you finish your grand work, it should be a delightful experience to hear all of your impressions in one place and at one time. Wonderful ideas you are creating.
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Doug Somers said 1540 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Never too late....
Thank you Paul, as ever, for your careful listening and both kind and well-considered comments. I have perhaps started this piece in a similar frame of mind to the one you have used in 83/84 - pare it back to the essentials. The hanging string line I have used before but this time I let a little more development occur while still still really reining in the power of the strings. I like the dissonances that occur which are not too strident but show movement as the piece evolves. I also took a lot of time with the pacing and dynamics since one instrument really carries the mood for quite a while.

In the next version I have elaborated on the chant, retimed the french horns, followed the chant with a string echo, and have created a build to the light of the rising sun on the city walls and buildings.

I'm excited to get it finished.

Thanks again Paul.
Doug
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Sigmund said 1542 days ago (July 5th, 2013)
Sunrise Over the Rhone
Yeah this is nice, and it FEELS like sunrise - quiet, peaceful, contemplative. It's kind of like the feeling you get when you are up before most everyone else - a great time and mood for planning a productive day. Enjoyable peace (and piece!)- thanks!
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Doug Somers said 1540 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Thanks Sig
This part of the piece is supposed to be pre-sunrise, and so the second part will be a little more energetic as we culminate in the rising of the sun for the new day.

I'm glad that it works well for you in conveying the right feeling. That's what I was totally after.

Thanks for your kind words and having a listen. I appreciate the support as I move to part 2.

Doug
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woofer3 said 1540 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Sunrise Over the Rhone
Very interesting and appealing piece of music, certainly of the romantic ilk. Put me in mind of the 'Pastoral symphony'
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Doug Somers said 1533 days ago (July 14th, 2013)
Romantic
Thanks John, I'm glad you thought that this had a pastoral quality. Just wait until you hear the ending. It may strike you as going from Romantic to Modern, but I'll leave that up to you.

Thanks for your compliments!
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TobinMueller said 1539 days ago (July 9th, 2013)
Visual
Patient, clear, slowly rising. Really effective tone poem...
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Doug Somers said 1533 days ago (July 14th, 2013)
Tone Poem
I like that comment a lot being a Ravel and Debussy fan, not that this is in their style. I find that I am able to exercise more restraint these days to let things unfold more gradually where that is called for. Thanks for the kind words Tobin. I appreciate you having a listen and leaving your thoughts.
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PeterB7858 said 1530 days ago (July 17th, 2013)
Sunrise Over the Rhone
Bit late, Doug. Been travelling. Lovely, sparse, evocative opening piece that could possible be the dawn awakening of a day suite depicting life around Avignon. Much enjoyed. Regards, Peter.
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Doug Somers said 1529 days ago (July 18th, 2013)
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No worries Peter. I am usually away from MacJams for long periods and miss out all kinds of stuff completely! Thanks for giving this a listen and leaving your thoughts. I was definitely going for the less is more approach here. Glad it worked for you. I'm excited to get back to the studio and finish this one. I have new material laid down but not fully baked.

Cheers,
Doug
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I make music for pleasure, usually using a computer to create soundscapes around all kinds of music. I used to jam with a local celtic group, playing bodhran and 12 string guitar, but I find that my technical and live performance skills fall short o... [see more]

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