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Hark the Herald Angels Sing



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Just made it in time. Been working on this for almost two weeks and I think I could really do with working on it a bit more. Some bits in the mix are a bit muddy and I'd like to spend more time on the percussion. But I don't want to wait a year!

The song itself has an interesting history, not written by one person, but altered by a few. The melody can be attributed to Felix Mendelsshon apparently. It's all too complicated to post here. If you really want to know, Google it!

Sort of old school synth style, with a very simple [too simple] drum beat. Anyway, here it is. Hark! The soft synths are singing. A Christmas present...
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Uploaded: Dec 25, 2014 - 02:48:50 PM
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iMac, Rokits, pencil tool, various 'phones, long suffering wife.
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KCsGROOVE said 857 days ago (December 25th, 2014)
very cool synthsounds, very gentle
fine breaks at around 1:20 en 2:20
I like the low notes
very much enjoyed!

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alackbass said 857 days ago (December 25th, 2014)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
I like the bell arpeggios binding the arrangement together. The big synth at 1:15 is very cool. Very festive.
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Bob Rodgers said 857 days ago (December 26th, 2014)
excellent Christmas present for us, I really enjoyed this Dave.
Great synth sounds and a wonderful arrangement.
Very much enjoyed!

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Henke said 857 days ago (December 26th, 2014)
Hark the Angels
I "third" the above, nice bell arpeggios, great breaks and an overall nice laid back holiday atmosphere. With that said I suppose you're right that the drums could be improved a tad - no idea how I'm afraid, I always have the same problem. Also, I wonder if it would improve with more attack on the melody synth? To me it feels it is lagging behind for this reason...

Curious about the picture too, your own or from the net? Do you know where it's from?

All the best for the rest of the holidays and for the new year!

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Narad said 857 days ago (December 26th, 2014)
Angels Sing
Very nice bells and mix ! Happy holidays Dave ! :)
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DWL said 856 days ago (December 26th, 2014)
Old School indeed
An interesting take on a well known piece.

Happy Christmas. See you next year!


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IbotenicParadigm said 856 days ago (December 26th, 2014)
Excellent bells!
With a bell arpeggio intro like that, I couldn't care less if the drums are 'too simple'. My Christmas wish is to hear that Keith Emerson synth at 1:15 (and again at 2:21)get developed.....


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michaeljayklein said 856 days ago (December 26th, 2014)
Most refreshing Mr. Jones...
...this arrangement is such a breath of fresh air from the approaches taken with it by most (including me!) and I greatly enjoyed listening to it this evening. I agree with you about the drums--maybe a bit of tweaking there--in some sections, they did their thing just fine however (which reminds me, I envy anybody who knows how to work those things like EZ Drummer, etc. I have three of these kinds of programs and I still haven't much of a clue really--what I come up with could be easily reproduced by a wind-up monkey toy). Thanks for sharing your good work and hoping you and yours enjoyed a most pleasurable holiday sir! Michael
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ste said 855 days ago (December 27th, 2014)
arrangement. like the variations and the bell part is great. Nice work. Hope you had a good xmas
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PeterB7858 said 854 days ago (December 28th, 2014)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Thanks for this holiday classic, Dave. A finely crafted take. I was trying to imagine it without the drums. Coupled with the bass, they do give it a touch of the "country and westerns" :-) Some fab analogue style synth sounds, though. Best wishes. Regards, Peter.
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Hydrogen3 said 854 days ago (December 28th, 2014)
Love the Bells!
They add such a magical sound and well accompanied by synths and drum pulls it all together very nicely!
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kristyjo said 852 days ago (December 31st, 2014)
I love the bell arpeggios
and then the way you bring the arpeggiations into other synths. I know what you mean about wishing for a couple more weeks, but not waiting for a whole year. Been there! But do like this arrangement a lot. I did a bit of a LOL at the 'long suffering wife' software. I should probably add my own 'long suffering husband' in my list, too.
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Dadai.2 said 850 days ago (January 1st, 2015)
shades of...
Mannheim Steamroller. Excellent rendition of one the better (imho) Christmas carols. Late Merry Christmas and now... a Happy New Year.
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thetiler said 820 days ago (January 31st, 2015)
picture from that angle. I like that second section especially when it gets really fast. Very exciting, cool beats and also thanks much for being a vital part of MJ!
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Char said 745 days ago (April 16th, 2015)
pretty sounds to fit the season. Thanks.
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paul f. page said 632 days ago (August 8th, 2015)
Oh, those little bells...
What an engaging opening!
Overall, such an unusual take on this chestnut, and most-welcomed, too. You are a brave soul to tackle such a time-honored Christmas piece, and your result is just a little piece of magic that gives new life to the original. ... Well, it only took me 7 months to get here, but I still enjoyed this very much in AUGUST.
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Doug Somers said 579 days ago (September 29th, 2015)
Later than Paul
Very interesting take on the tune (but then should we expect any less of your considerable synth talents and musical sensibilities?). A little Mannheim Steamroller-esqe which is coool.

Belated Happy Christmas and I hope you post again soon!
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Moviz said 502 days ago (December 16th, 2015)
Very seasonal
and Christmassy with those bell synths Dave....love the whole synth sound giving a very modern edge to it. Now then, Felix Mendelsshon...who knew? All the best Dave, M
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Philip18 said 416 days ago (March 10th, 2016)
I missed this one when it was posted, but glad to have caught up with it now! Both pretty and powerful. Delightful.
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