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This piece follows in time the Space Race submission from 2009 called DESIREE (DEep Space Infra-REd Explorer) - http://www.macjams.com/song/56008. At that time, Desiree's programming woke up and discovered how to express her joy of experiencing the universe in song.

It is now several years later. Desiree, sleeping through a long jump, wakes to realise that the nagging sense that something was missing is now not only clear but so is the reason for her unease. She is alone and will at some point cease to function. She wants to share what she has learned about the universe and its various beings but with whom? Who has the intellect to understand it all? How can she pass on this part of herself.

She then understands what she must do. The beings on Kepler 9 can help with her plans. Despite their fairly simple living arrangements, they possess a knowledge that surpasses many more seemingly advanced races. It is a long journey to reach them but worth the effort to burn extra fuel now to decrease the travel time.

She leaves hyperspace at Kepler 9 and after landing safely finds a settlement, contacts the elders and explains what she is after. After a series of ceremonies Desiree is taken to the Great Hall to give birth to a new form of life.

The sections of this piece:

Hyperspace sleep
Hyperspace wake
Deceleration into the nebula
Alone
No time to lose
Kepler 9 and preparatory rituals
Rejoicing in birth

It's a long one - again!

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In keeping with with the theme of this year's space race, I have had the piece transition from electronic sounds and textures to organic, natural and human sounds as digital machine life becomes life based on organic chemistry.

Artwork by Ule W. Ritgen - http://www.ule-w-ritgen.de/projects.htm

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Uploaded: Nov 03, 2013 - 12:53:36 AM
Last Updated: Nov 03, 2013 - 12:53:36 AM Last Played: Feb 12, 2015 - 12:07:18 PM
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Synths: Alchemy, EXS, ES2, Crystal, Kore Player, Best Service Engine Packs - Desert Wind; QL Ra; Choir packages: EWQLSO Boys, Requiem Light; Forest Kingdom Ethereal Voice, Voices Jam Pack
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Narad said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Birth
Beautiful ! Who does sing so lovely at the end ?
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Doug Somers said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Thanks Narad
Glad you liked it - thanks for the time to have a listen.

The voice at the end is from the package Requiem Light and is the solo soprano. She can sing a limited number of polysyllabic words with miasma using legato.

I wanted to have a more human sounding joyous finish to Desiree's evolution.
Doug
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Skean said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Desiree
I love the wake up of Desiree, nice reading to a very well done spacey tune, cheers.
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Doug Somers said 1499 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
A spacey tune
Hej Kent, great to hear from you. The story of waking up in all of its many forms is one that is very interesting to me. Thanks for the comment sir.
Doug
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Daugrin said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Awakening
Stopped dead in the tracks of something else to listen. That is a compliment there!

Daug
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Doug Somers said 1499 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
The Daug has spoken
Thanks man, I am pleased that this grabbed your attention.

I'm now visiting with relatives so my ability to have a listen to all of the other good works this challenge is producing is very limited. I will get round to your own piece and others in a little while.

Thanks again for having a listen!
Doug
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Bowman said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Alone,
adrift in the vast expanse I "see" Desiree's dreams.

This is an exhilarating and enormously entertaining trip Doug. Your verbal and sonic story telling talents are firing on all cylinders here. This story has captured your soul and forced you to give it life.

I remembered years back when you first came to MJ's and mentioned you had a particular interest in Science Fiction. It's so evident in all your works in this genre.

There is so much to enjoy here. In addition to your always fine mixing, the pacing, the human yet otherworldly qualities to this are a joy to hear.

Every movement was wonderful but I particularly love your last and stunning "Rejoicing in Birth". A stunning end to an eclectic and remarkable work.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Rejoicing
This work was actually formed by taking a number of sketches I produced for a game soundtrack and stitching them together with refinements. The solo at the end was serendipitous as a late overlay as a way to provide contrast and to express the end of the story. I used this approach since I've felt so far behind in all things musical, including listening to works on this site. As it turns out I'm not sure if using the sketches saved time or not since I had a lot of joinery work to do not to mention fixing the sketches. Despite all of the very kind things people have said I feel that this was a rushed work and is far from what I would consider I'm capable of. That said, there are bits and pieces that shine, and who knows - I may rework some parts some day.

Thanks as ever Charlie for your support.

Doug

Ps -listening and typing on an iPhone has its own unique challenges not the least of which is corruption of the audio files.
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Henke said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Doug
You are a genius! This is incredible. What a task you set for yourself and then to accomplish this masterpiece! I remember that the 2009 tune and backstory almost moved me to tears (and I haven't actually cried since I was little) and this is a great sequel containing so many fine passages, and the gradual transition from electronic to organic sounds are seamless and very well done. You must, and should, be proud!

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Moved
Thanks so much Henrik. I definitely had you in mind when formulating this piece and perhaps should have made a dedication. I certainly recall your reaction to the last Desiree story and am glad this is a worthy sequel for you. Thank you for the most effusive comments and for carving out a quarter of an hour to have a listen.

Doug
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richard13 said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Fabulous!
Wow, Doug; last time around I was blown away by the length and depth of both your backstory and your incredible music. Now you've done it again and I am not only gobsmacked but at a loss for superlatives. This is a stunning piece of work and you should take a very deep bow.
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Hey fellow mission controlite
I'm touched by your reaction to this piece Richard. As I mention above I feel it's a bit if a sham cobbling together these bits in a rush and more or less throwing them over the fence at the MJ community. I had said I would publish to be part of the space race and so I did before leaving for vacation where I would have no computer. It felt like this was meeting a deadline but sacrificing quality. Thanks for your very supportive words. I'm really pleased that the reaction is better than my own judgment.

Cheers,
Doug
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SmokeyVW said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
transcendant
this travels through so many wonderful places... i really like the vocals towards the end - wow!

this is 20th century for the 21st century

thanks
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
21st Century
Thanks Bill. I like the ability to have musical parts tell a story even if they are not really developed from each other and so are musically related. In this case some parts were quite short but I think (hope) even they captured the essence of that part of the story. Glad you like the ending. It was the climax I was hoping for.

Thanks Bill, you're very kind.

Doug
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alackbass said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Birth SRC2013
Quite an impressive journey.
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Journey
Thanks Andrew. I'm not sure if you'd call it a travelogue but it does represent a physical and personal journey. I appreciate hearing your thoughts.

Btw I went to listen to your piece Don't You Wish and I can't access the audio at all on my iPhone. Maybe the format is incompatible. I'll try again when I get back to my computer.
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Ex_Silentio said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Hyperspacious
The opening alone is worth the price of admission. Oh, wait, it's free. The opening alone is more than worth all the time I put into this year's SRC. How's that? A ton of work, and an interesting sci-fi theme. Such beautiful sounds. I must try to copy you. Really exquisite production. And definitely one of my favorites by you. Yes, this is something to be proud of. The ending knocked me out, and I was already down for the count.
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Awwwww shucks
It's always meaningful to have artists who like your work when you hold their own work in very high regard (as is the case with this MacJams community). Thank you Ex. Or, as a teacher once told me, rather than just thank me go and practice what you've learned. I have you high on my list of ambient teachers btw. Thanks for your very kind words sir. It's a pleasure to know this work has an impact.
Be well,
Doug
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sschedra said 1500 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Great balance
between the digital and the organic and using them to illustrate the "being" and the coming alive of Desiree.
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Balance
The evolution started back in the last piece with a digital bleeping evolving to a somewhat unnatural female voice. I anted to take the story to its conclusion in this part with a human sounding vocal to finish the tale. Thanks for having a listen!
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DWL said 1499 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Brilliant Doug
fantastic story and you backed it up with an excellent piece. I loved the different sections, all separate but melding together perfectly.

A wonderfully coherent creation. The transposition into "organic" was very well done.

My jaw has suffered carpet burns ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 1498 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
You're a gent
It's hard to imagine two styles further apart than The Old Man and this one and so I'm very appreciative of your having a listen AND leaving such kind words. I like to compose to imagery, even if it's a photo or a movie in my mind. I'm rather chuffed it worked so well for you. And as for the jaw burn I can send you a cream for that!
Cheers Dick,
Doug
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Philip18 said 1499 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Birth
Impressive development and continuously interesting sounds. Extraordinary work, Doug.
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Doug Somers said 1497 days ago (November 6th, 2013)
Many thanks Philip
I have a tough time keeping pieces short sometimes. I'm glad the development of this one worked for you. Thanks of or the supportive comments sir!

Cheers,
Doug
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paul f. page said 1499 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Glorious Choir...
near the end and such a sweet soprano tune! The whole journey is epic in concept and you take your time in telling a powerful story that unravels in these large waves of sound that are wonderful imaginings of what might be if this were a real story played out in real time. Your ability to handle to many sonic elements is really impressive...and shows the degree of your own patience in melding them all together so seamlessly. Congratulations on the creation of something that is so unique and so beautiful. A 14-minute-plus score is also something the celebrate, a length necessary to tell the story as well as being worthy of a classical tone poem in nature. Just beautiful work, Doug.
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Doug Somers said 1497 days ago (November 6th, 2013)
Thank you Paul
I don't know quite where to begin in replying to your most supportive comments. I feel that the vocal parts are a keystone to the piece, are close to what I want and yet didn't have the time and attention to refine them the way I would have liked. There are a lot of sonic muddies with placing 6ths, 9ths in the tenors where better voicing could bring forth the effect but with less mud. Still, being an accomplished and strong vocal composer yourself, I am really pleased that you liked the piece. I too like the soprano soloist at the end and how she bursts forth expressing the rapturous joy at the end - thanks SoundIron!

As always, you are too kind. Many thanks,
Doug
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paul f. page said 1495 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
the thanks goes to YOU, Doug.
You are writing some very wonderful music and it is a joy to hear it.
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Corporal Beef said 1499 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Birth
This piece was very well thought out, and your transitions between movements worked very well. Loved the concept and the voices. Thanks for posting.
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Doug Somers said 1490 days ago (November 13th, 2013)
Thanks Jason
I'm so glad this one worked for you. Concept behind a piece is something that unifies the creative process for me, especially in a piece where I want to express different emotions in different parts as in this work.

Thanks for leaving such supportive thoughts.
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bud said 1498 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Outstanding!
What a journey - so emotional and poignant - the brief reed solo at 9:00 is stunning as a turn into the beautiful soprano. I also like how you handled the percussion throughout. Really special piece.
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Doug Somers said 1490 days ago (November 13th, 2013)
Reed solo
It may be getting cliche, but I love to use the Duduk. I first recall hearing it in the soundtrack to Myst Exile, and after that it has been popping up all over the place in cinematic music like game of thrones. I think the instrument is even ,ore expressive than the oboe, and in this piece I wanted to capture Desiree's emotions on meeting those who could help her fulfill her dreams, and I wanted to do it with an organic sound. As it turned out, I had already sketched a short piece to set the atmosphere in my son's game and this was perfect for use in this music.

Thanks for having a listen sir and for your support over the years. Be well,
Doug
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MannequinRaces said 1497 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Very nice!
Wonderful section at 6:23, that was my favorite. This song took me on a journey and I liked it! I'm more of a short format song writer but I love epic songs like this and am jealous of all the great musical ideas that are put into this. Very nice! I can tell this was a labor of love.
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Doug Somers said 1490 days ago (November 13th, 2013)
Epic song
That is in itself quite the compliment. The 6:23 part is where I imagined Desiree realized that she was alone (which is why I let the synth accompaniment fade out so only her voice remained when she said "Ma". I'm so pleased that part resonated for you, whether or not your interpretation of the storyline was the same as mine or not. This part was written for the challenge. There were about 4 other parts that were left as sketches for my son's game hanging around my hard drive that I came across. I thought after re-listening to them that they could support segments of the story if they were modified a bit so in one way this was a (quick) labour of love, but not the same as if I started with a blank arrange window in Logic and built everything from scratch at once. I've got to admit though that my approach feels a little like cheating, even if I haven t published any of this before.

Thanks for your enthusiastic support!
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rok41 said 1497 days ago (November 6th, 2013)
Birth SRC2013
Wow! Doug this is intense and really well put together. While this is not my musical thing, I admire the abilities of those who do it well, and you absolutely killed this! Much respect my friend for a job well done!
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Doug Somers said 1490 days ago (November 13th, 2013)
Thanks Chris
I guess we can join the mutual admiration society since I'm in awe of anyone who can play a real instrument well. I'm fortunate that your eclectic taste includes pieces like this one which are a little far from, say, funk. :)

It's great to hear your thoughts and to know you enjoyed having a listen!
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Bubowski said 1497 days ago (November 6th, 2013)
Expansive
This is a really excellent long form piece. Love the sections and the various textures. The addition of the voice is perfect. Well paced and beautifully engineered.
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Doug Somers said 1490 days ago (November 13th, 2013)
Long form piece
It is that. I may tighten it up and remix it some day but not for now. I also had problems with Ozone in mastering it where the play head just kept going after the end of the song. A bug in there somewhere. Anyway, this is a premaster so at the very least I will likely remaster it once Izotope releases a new Ozone release.

Glad you liked the textures and the solo voice. These synth and sample packages just get better and better.

Take care, and thanks for leaving your thoughtful comments.
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davajonah said 1495 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
Birth
One word. Fantastic! This is one of the best "space" tunes I've heard in ages. Great storyline too, which your music plays out brilliantly. The transitions are simply wonderful and the various synth voices and samples you've used fit together perfectly. I really like the blend of "real" and synths. I've tried myself to do that on occasions, but you have really succeeded here. Much kudos sir.
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Doug Somers said 1488 days ago (November 14th, 2013)
Real and synth
It doesn't always work, I quite agree. I think that here the right combinations just seemed to fit most of the time. I know composers like Hans Zimmer use subtle synths sometimes buried in what would otherwise just be an orchestral piece, but in this one it had to be more of a transition from electrical to organic to work with the story. Your comments mean a lot. Thanks for having a listen and enjoy this in future during your commutes.
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peacepiano said 1495 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
Movements
Very ambitious piece. Several distinct passages, all carrying the space story theme. I am really enjoying this. Chorale near the end is a nice touch. Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 1488 days ago (November 14th, 2013)
To mix voice or not
Maybe this is like a space oratorio but whatever it is called I am really drawn to the use of vox in either synth form or natural voice. I wanted to bookend the piece too with synth vox in the first section and real chorus in the last. It is kind of you to have a listen Bill and leave behind your generous remarks.
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Sigmund said 1487 days ago (November 15th, 2013)
Birth
Everything you do is always so well done - so well thought out. This piece is no exception. I read the story AFTER listening - which gave it, at least for me, a new perspective on the movements. What I think you did an excellent job of, is capturing the feeling of alone-ness in the vastness of space. Enjoyable listen, Doug - great job - thanks!
Sig
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Doug Somers said 1487 days ago (November 16th, 2013)
Alone-ness
I think that there is something about that scene in 2001 of Frank Borman getting flung off into space that left a mark. On one hand, being close to some visually stunning views like those we see from the Hubble might be pretty cool for a while. However I think that as a species we like to be able to share our experience and understanding with other conscious beings - if not a partner, kids, friends then a pet like a dog. But experiencing and learning without ever sharing would seem to me to be missing something for most people. It was using this feeling as a driver of actions that I wanted to tap into as I look back now. I will say that there wasn't too much thought that went into this, or at least it didn't seem that way. It's always great to hear for you Sig - thanks for having a listen and being so supportive!
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