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The Gods Wait


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Ex_Silentio

 Genre: Ambient

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At the risk of wearing out my welcome, here's another quasi-ambient piece that follows on the same theme as my previous contribution to MJ. Actually an Ambient/Spoken Word hybrid, a few sounds under a reading of "The Laughing Heart," by Charles Bukowski. I edited the original reading to change the pacing, which made it easier to match it to music. The words should be intelligible, but I include them here anyway. Motivated by recent reading and conversations….

your life is your life

don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission

be on the watch

there are ways out

there is a light somewhere

it may not be much light but

it beats the darkness

be on the watch

the gods will offer you chances

know them

take them

you can’t beat death but

you can beat death in life, sometimes

and the more often you learn to do it

the more light there will be

your life is your life

know it while you have it

you are marvelous

the gods wait to delight

in you

reading by Tom O'Bedlam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQNmu1Q9NzA
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Uploaded: Aug 10, 2013 - 02:30:44 PM
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2013 - 10:45:48 PM Last Played: Jul 16, 2017 - 06:11:54 PM
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Comments
grah3am said 1443 days ago (August 10th, 2013)
What a voice
This sounds superb on earphones. I have to say I have no clue how you made all the other noises. Some sort of electronic device, I'm guessing. Anyway, it's really good. Faved and DL'ed.
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Ex_Silentio said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hi, Graham
Some sort of electronic device hahaha. Yes, that's right. This O'Bedlam guy (I'm pretty sure that's not his real name) has a speaking voice to kill for. He has hundreds of readings at his site. I just stumbled across this, and I realized that my piece suddenly had a focal point, after most of the sounds were in place. Thanks very much, sir.
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Char said 1443 days ago (August 10th, 2013)
I love
that essay, especially the line, "you can beat death in life, sometimes", which is true. What really enchanting sounds, that echo throughout. I understand that a sound wave goes on forever but beyond our hearing. Maybe, we go on beyond our immediate experience. I hope so. Make more of these. This is important wisdom. Thanks.
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Ex_Silentio said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hi, Char
Simple words, but they hold some wisdom, I think. I'm on a crusade to strip down my ambient work. This is pretty simple, and I like it that way --- just a few tracks. That voice clip made my job easy. I like the result, and might do a few more like it. It's very enjoyable. Thanks for the nice comments.
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davajonah said 1443 days ago (August 11th, 2013)
New toys
and inspiration often go together. This is certainly inspired. The juxtaposition of your evocative sounds and the reading of the poem work very well indeed. All mixed together perfectly. The last section is fantastic and ends all too soon.
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Ex_Silentio said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hi, Dave
My hardware was down for so long. It was frustrating to have an idea and to be without a way to try it out. So, yes, I have some of my toys back, and it feels good. Thanks for your nice comments.
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Reinholt56 said 1442 days ago (August 11th, 2013)
Hi Duane......
Now I'll have to follow another trail down yet another rabbit hole.

This piece, along with the narration, worked very well. I'm viewing the Youtube video now.

Thanks for bringing Tom to my attention.

Take care.

Paul
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Ex_Silentio said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hi, Paul
Just be careful about your selection of pharmaceuticals if you go down there. I would love to see what you might do with this format. And yes, Mr. O has a wonderful speaking voice and has many readings that could work well. Thanks very much for giving this a listen.
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PeterB7858 said 1442 days ago (August 11th, 2013)
The Gods Wait
Evocative sound bed for Tom's great reading of a thought-provoking poem. I enjoyed the experience. Thanks, Peter.
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Ex_Silentio said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hi, Peter
Very pleased that you liked it. Thanks for listening and commenting.
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paul f. page said 1442 days ago (August 11th, 2013)
Shades of Morgan Freeman
The accompaniment is the perfect backdrop for these light-filled words, spoken with sincerity and a sense of steady but deliberate pacing. This is a composition for meditation. And it crosses all religious beliefs by embracing the broadest possible interpretation of the importance of simply "living a life." I am happy to have heard this tiny gem.
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Ex_Silentio said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hi, Paul
Gratifying words. Of course, I can't take any credit for Bukowski or O'Bedlam. This is a collaboration that spans large intervals of time and distance. Most of the backing track was finished before I came across the reading. It went in fairly smoothly, with some minor rearrangements to fit the words as well as I could. I thought the main drone, with the single note ringing over and over might not fit the mood, but it gave some mood contrast, so I left it that way. Anyway, I'm happy that you found it to be appropriate. Thanks very much for the thoughtful comment.
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Henke said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
I had to come back
And listen on headphones, which was worth the while. Very nice indeed. The reading is great, but so is the music. Pretty much the best you can get in the genre I would say. And you know what I feel about this genre ;-)

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Ex_Silentio said 1437 days ago (August 16th, 2013)
Hi, Henrik
Well, I'm glad that you came back. I'm always curious about what you will think about my stuff. This seems to sit well with you, and that makes me happy. My 2nd favorite genre. I wish the ideas came easier.
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tmcfate said 1440 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
great
poem and delivery. I am with you all the way through. I am turning on the keyboards as we speak. this type of piece , I find inspiring.
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Ex_Silentio said 1438 days ago (August 15th, 2013)
Mr. Fate
Very nice to read that this found some favor with you. Much thanks to you for listening and commenting,
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Narad said 1439 days ago (August 14th, 2013)
The Gods Wait
This is quite the opposite to Samuel Beckett's absurdist play "Waiting for Godot". Thanks for sharing this little gem ! :)
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Ex_Silentio said 1438 days ago (August 15th, 2013)
Hi, Harald
Yes, it's a bit more reassuring than Godot, which, in any case, has a number of plausible interpretations. This one is more straightforward, although one might wonder who "the gods" are, and how literally that should be taken. We are free to choose our own interpretations. Thanks for the comments, sir.
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