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Homeward Bound (src2013)


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Henke

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"All passengers to star cruiser SS Homeward Bound, please proceed to shuttle bay no 365 B. Have your passports ready. Embarkation in 18 minutes. Thank you for traveling with Way Out Shuttles. We hope you will enjoy the ride."

It's a major step in any persons life to return to Earth, whence you once came. Maybe you have visited the space station before on vacation, using the Way Out Elevators. But the shuttles to take you out to the Big Boys Toys - the intragalactic starships - is another thing. You could probably use some calming, maybe even a bit melancholy, music to help you on your way.

This little piece - also offered as an entry in the far far away earthly MJ Space Race Challenge 2013 - was produced for this purpose by Way Out Shuttles.

Thanks for listening.
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Narad said 1271 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Homeward Bound
Beautiful melodic line from the beginning to the end. Thanks for the embarkation. Count me in ! :)
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thanks Harald
See you on that shuttle then ;-)

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Doug Somers said 1271 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Nailed it
Has all the gravitas and wonder of a space theme, right down to the snare and bass drum and cymbal rolls. Even if I'm about to leave the galaxy I'd be listening to this theme if we're playing on the gangway speakers or even within my head. You capture the sense of wonder and awe at the unknown. I'm all set to go. Engage!
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thanks a bunch
You are too kind. But one measure of "success" is that I've played it like 70 times at work in about two days and I still want to hear it again. I'll be glad to personally tick you off on that passengers list ;-)

The piece was quite fun and quick to do (except for some minor adjustments in automation etc). I played a few very odd chords using a lot of black keys on my old Casio midi keyboard with an instrument created with the Podolski soft synth (based on the preset "NochnPad SF") which I found in the AU units section in GB, then copied that into a couple of more tracks with other instruments for added bass ("Wave Space :-) and melody ("Boarding Area" :-) only rather randomly subtracting most of the notes of the chords in the process and moving a few around a little bit. At that time I could hear its potential but also that something was missing. I took the time to listen to many instruments and snippets in the loop section for inspiration but went back and listened carefully to what I already had and then I could hear the missing percussion. So after all these years I found some decent orchestral percussion snippets that worked for my needs. There are a few of them sometimes playing by themselves but also overlapping in a couple of places. Eventually a bit of automation and placing and I was done.

So I suppose all went well, but I am NOT happy they have taken away the easy to use and useful reverb and echo slides in the edit sound panel in the new GB, and the MatrixReverb does not behave like I want it to and... a bunch of other irritating things I might learn to live with - or I'll move to Logic...

Sorry about that, suppose I had to let it out ;-)

Thanks again and take care,
Henke
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Bowman said 1271 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Grand
and stately.
It's simple purity gave me chills.
Well done my friend,
Charlie
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thanks Charlie
I'm glad it gave you the chills, since I like getting that from music myself :-)

At one time there was a small risk I'd be adding more tracks, but I am glad I didn't, since it would probably just have clogged things up. Better keep it simple when you can ;-)

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Devilbythedeed said 1271 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
^^
Sounds good. It has a sense of wonder. :)
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thanks A
I wonder how I could have made this - and in the new GB version too!?!?! Undrens tid är inte förbi ;-)

Thanks for listening in, and take care,
Henke
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sschedra said 1271 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Henke
Melancholia and beauty with a backdrop of suspenseful rhythms. nice follow up.
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thanks Stephen
I actually like the melancholy feeling in general and I can hear it in this piece too. Which is all well since you will probably never come back to this distant world you are leaving behind.

Thanks for coming back even after listening to my first entry :-/ There is always hope for a better one next time, I guess ;-)

Take care,
Henke
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FEEL said 1270 days ago (November 6th, 2013)
Homeward Bound
Nice music bed love the choice of synth.
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thanks John
It actually works very well to put on repeat in the background while doing other things, for example at work while adding data about scientific journals to your publication database system ;-)

On the positive side, the new GB does have some nice new instruments. It's when it comes to editing or "improving" on them I get stuck - and mad...

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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magnatone said 1270 days ago (November 6th, 2013)
Homeward Bound
i got excited seeing you'd posted in this challenge because I already knew I'd love it before even hitting "play"! I just love the way your creative musical brain works - thanks for this!
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Aww Karen...
You actually ARE too kind. I know I have a few persons here where I feel very comfortable to fav before hitting play, but I'm not sure I would trust myself on that point. And about my creative brain, hm, I just wished it could work a bit faster ;-)

Thanks a lot for listening and commenting so generously,
Henke
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SmokeyVW said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
majestic
very majestic. the percussion flourishes really make the point here

the last lingering note is perfect

thanks
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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thank you Bill
I wonder how you would actually feel leaving a planet in this way, as a king of space or as a homeless fugitive... Hopefully music like this could sway your mood to the prior one. And yes, I am surprised the way the percussion lifted the piece to a new level, so to speak. Also glad you liked the ending, I had a few versions before I settled for this one...

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Ex_Silentio said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Home, Jeeves
The magisterial use of the progression here is admirable. A real beauty. I'm not as thrilled by the breathy lead voice, but it DOES tend to suggest some direct human involvement. That aside, the lead lines are wonderful. I'm so glad you had a chance to contribute the the SRC, We don't get enough Henke around here.

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Henke said 1269 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
Thank you
You are too kind! I wouldn't gladly miss the SRC, so happy I momentarily gave up my current project to do a couple of entries for it.

About the lead voice I didn't have much choice, quickly finding a "good enough" instrument called Boarding Area, what can I do? Also the theme for the challenge asked for some organic stuff, and maybe this was it (in combination with the choir voices towards the end).

I actually have a new piece in the works, for the Summer chapter in my iPad-book, but it is slow work and not much time to work on it, so we'll have to see when it can be posted. One day...

Also, big thanks for the jingle, that was hilarious :-)

Thanks again and take care,
Henke
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davajonah said 1268 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
Not a Simon and Garfunkel
cover, thankfully! Very majestic Henke, I really like this. My only criticism would be that it isn't long enough. You should develop some of those wonderful voices I think.
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Henke said 1267 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Thank you Dave
If I had the time and energy I think it might have been possible to do some more with this, and if GB behaved like it should :-/ On the other hand I have listened to it myself several times on MJ, a handful of times on my home Mac and 101 times at work the last couple of days, and still want to listen again... ;-)

Thanks and take care,
Henke

P.S. Not that I have anything against S & G, but no, perhaps not for an SRC...
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alackbass said 1268 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
Homeward Bound (src2013)
Excellent work! The percussion is a very nice touch.
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Henke said 1267 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Thank you
The strange thing is I heard at least some of them in my head before adding them or even knowing they were hiding in the GB library. It was a nice feeling when I heard they fit in so well.

Thanks for coming by for a listen and comment (again),
Henke
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egobandit said 1267 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Im going home
I can see the space ship pulling into earths orbit like the soaring synths!
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thanks
Nice image there :-)

Thanks for listening and commenting, always appreciated. Take care.

/Henke
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PeterB7858 said 1267 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Homeward Bound
There is a grandeur and serenity about this that soothes the soul. Thanks, Peter.
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thanks Peter
That's what I think. Feels like I can't take much credit myself though, it just happened ;-) But that's how it is. When I try to make good music I usually fail rather miserably. But when I just doodle around a bit, sometimes a nice piece emerge...

Take care,
Henke
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Moviz said 1267 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Beautifully
rendered Henke….so right as a Space theme…..you could say it was 'synth-onic' as opposed to Symphonic, but just as enjoyable either way, regards M
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thanks M
Glad you enjoyed this little piece, even if it's not quite symphonic in scale with it's 2.16 minutes ;-)

Take care,
Henke
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faultysynapse said 1266 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Homeward Bound
You ambient guys blow me away the way you are able to express whats going on in your head without saying a word.Its very impressive.I have to yell to get my point across...Good job
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Hehe
Well I am glad you think that there is still something going on in my head, lol. As for speaking, I am really not good at it, so I guess I am lucky some of my music can speak for me. Thanks a bunch for hearing it!

Take care,
Henke
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Fire_Angel said 1266 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Great stuff!
This would sell to a TV company as a theme and they'd be extremely pleased with it! Beauty, harmony and melody all in there, left me wanting more.
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thanks a lot
Even if you were right I am such a lousy business man I would probably give it away for a handful of dollars ;-) I do like that it left you wanting more. That is a problem with much of pop music, that it leaves you wanting to turn it off even before it's ended, because they want to sell in a one liner you can't get out of your head... I have listened to this piece more than 150 times so far, and still wants more, so I suppose it got to have something. Shortness if nothing else ;-)

Thanks again for your very kind comment, and take care,
Henke
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groovehounds said 1265 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
Wow!
Well done .... longer please!
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thanks
It works very well to put on repeat ;-) For a longer version I would need to develop it in a different direction I think, which could work - or fail...

Thanks for listening and commenting, and take care,
Henke
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DeputyDoofy said 1265 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
Coming Home
It's like a ship returning to its home planet, slowly flying around, taking in the sights. Really good "picture" painting with this tune!
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thanks
Always nice when people get pictures in their heads from my music. My daughter saw the homecoming of a soldier, which I guess is a valid one as well, only not very "SRC" ;-)

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Corporal Beef said 1265 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
Homeward Bound
I think you captured the feel of your premise beautifully. The melody is thoughtful and elevated. I really enjoyed the listen. Thanks for posting.
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thank you
Mostly I just doodle around for a bit and if it is a promising sounding piece I try to find the story in it, and then enhance that story in the mix, adding fx sounds etc. I guess that's about what happened this time as well. Glad you enjoyed the result :-)

Take care,
Henke
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LisaHawbaker said 1264 days ago (November 12th, 2013)
Very
nice and enchanting!!! Beautiful!
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Enchanting
The SRC aside (for a second), it does have a kind of fantasy book enchantment to it. I wonder if I might add it to my Thomas Covenant series, hm...

Thanks for listening and enjoying - and commenting!

Take care,
Henke
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SpaceRace_Challenge said 1261 days ago (November 15th, 2013)
Stateliness in the stateroom
There is a style of restrained dignity that some space/sci fi stories' musical themes connect to which can actually say more than cymbal crashes, giant drums, tutti orchestras and epic choirs. Not to say that they don't have their place if used creatively, but for the less-says-more school you nailed it. Unhurried and yet moving forward with purpose, this sings volumes.
Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Yeah
It does have a rather stately twist to it with the percussion and all. Thanks for thinking I didn't overdo it with too much of everything. I suppose it will have to be somebody else doing that kind of music... Except perhaps when writing comments on MJ I am a man of few words, especially if I have to sing them, so I am glad these 2.16 minutes could sing volumes. Means a lot...

Thanks for everything and see you around in a year or two for the next SRC :-)

Take care,
Henke
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aRcTip said 1260 days ago (November 16th, 2013)
Homeward Bound
Excellent. I really like the melody which sounds like sweet swedish melancholy alright.
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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thank you
Glad you liked this. I missed a piece from you in the challenge though, anything new in the pipeline?

Take care,
Henke
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edpdx said 1259 days ago (November 17th, 2013)
All aboard!
Beautiful journey across the skies.

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Henke said 1257 days ago (November 19th, 2013)
Thanks
Yeah, just imagine the scenery from up there. Better than many a sci-fi movie, don't you think ;-)

Take care,
Henke
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drakonis said 1253 days ago (November 23rd, 2013)
no way out
The only thing I found more humorous than the British "Way Out" signs on the tubes, was the "No Way Out" (i.e. "This is not an exit") signs, which can be rather startling to come across when you first get off the subway underground! :-)

Nice interlude here, the breathiness almost makes me worry that there's an oxygen leak, though! But the gentle floating chords punctuated by percussion do have that "Babylon-5" feel... nicely done.

ttfn,
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Skunkwrx said 1251 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Homeward Bound (src2013)
Wonderful. Way too short though. This deserves a good 5-7 minutes. About the length of time for the elevator tide to the upper stratosphere on the Virgin Galactic Way Up.

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Franciscus_Henri said 1175 days ago (February 9th, 2014)
This captures a moment that actually happened to me
As the plane I was on approached Melbourne (Australia) airport at night "Bridge over troubled waters" started in my head phone...below were the lights of the metropolis like a sky in reverse...on the line "sail on silver bird" the plane banked into the approach to the run way.....we touched down on the line notes of the song.... Magic!
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jfaaz said 1173 days ago (February 11th, 2014)
Southing Soundscape
This one made my mind drift of to a peaceful place. Thank you.
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paul f. page said 1142 days ago (March 14th, 2014)
Mystery and wonder...
...are all there in this track. Inventive orchestration that uses crossover harmonies so effectively to create an ethereal space that just seems to sparkle with hope and expectation. And your pacing of harmonic changes is elegant and subtle... I am only wondering why there was such a speedy fade at the end rather than either a very long one or a satisfying cadence to wrap the whole piece up. Beautiful, nevertheless.
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VicDiesel said 1139 days ago (March 17th, 2014)
Epic
A good soundtrack for the start of an epic journey....
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Hydrogen3 said 853 days ago (December 28th, 2014)
Beautiful!
I enjoyed the journey! :)
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