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Indras Web (The Star Sponge Vision Mix)



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The title is taken from a Hindu story, where the infinite sky has jewels in it that join to each other and in each jewel is the reflection of every other jewel.

Aleister Crowley had a similar vision (in my opinion) in 1916, and wrote about as follows:
"... Each stage in the process was like the joy of a young
eagle soaring from height to height in ever increasing
sunlight as dawn breaks, foaming, over the purple hem of the
garment of ocean, and, when the many coloured rays of rose
and gold and green gathered themselves together and melted
into the orbed glory of the sun, with a rapture that shook
the soul with unimaginable ecstasy, that sphere of rushing
light was recognized as a common-place idea, accepted
unquestioningly and treated with drab indifference because
it had so long been assimilated as a natural and necessary
part of the order of Nature. At first I was shocked and
disgusted to discover that a series of brilliant researches
should culminate in a commonplace. But I soon understood
that what I had done was to live over again the triumphant
career of conquering humanity; that I had experienced in my
own person the succession of winged victories that had been
sealed by a treaty of peace whose clauses might be summed up
in some such trite expression as "Beauty depends upon form".
It would be quite impracticable to go fully into the
subject of this vision of the Star-Sponge, if only because
its ramifications are omniform. It must suffice to
reiterate that it has been the basis of most of my work for
the last five years, and to remind the reader that the
essential form of it is 'Nothingness with twinkles.'"
--- From Crowley's new comment to "Liber AL", Ch. I, v. 59.
(From http://www.digital-brilliance.com/kab/50gates.txt)

Both descriptions have been with me for over 30 years, and this comes the nearest, sound scape wise, as far as I can go at the moment.

Please let me know what you think about my musical idea and if it does the description justice in any way.
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michael2 said 4063 days ago (July 30th, 2008)
this is your best post in awhile. such good sounds, i can definitely see the sun bouncing off the ocean. Paul, this may be your master work.
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Reinholt56 said 4063 days ago (July 31st, 2008)
Hi Michael.....
Thanks for your really kind remarks about this mix.

I can't say that I think too much about the piece. It seemed to depict part of my vision but the overlay sound wasn't EXACTLY what I was after. I completed the mix over two weeks ago but immediately put it to one side as a potential upload but didn't think seriously about releasing it until last night, probably as I had nothing else to present.

I may revisit this piece later in the year, especially as you have certainly made me listen to it again, with a less picky attitude.

If you know anything about Aleister Crowley you will be glad to know that I ditched his philosophy on life many years ago, but still appreciate some of his prose.

I appreciate your support and encouragement Michael.

Take care.

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magnatone said 4063 days ago (July 31st, 2008)
Indras Web
wow Paul - I've gotta agree with Michael about this, it rises to the top of my Reinholt playlist (though I love so many of them) - interesting to read your comments back to him about it. I wish I had the slightest idea how you do this stuff!
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Reinholt56 said 4062 days ago (August 1st, 2008)
Hi Karen......
I've got to admit that most of my mixes, of this genre, are low down on my favourites. I produce them because I can and not because I have a love of them or because I'm pulled this way genre-wise.

I love Sci-Fi as a literary genre and revelatory style prose is also high on my reading list, hence the ideas and angle that I approach music or sound from.

I was brought up on opera and Chopin/Liszt, so appreciate when someone can produce a good tune/song. Ha!!

The way I put these sort of pieces together is through layering sounds based on what I've already put down. I can work from the melody down through to percussion or from percussion/rhythm up to melody. It's all just a challenge to me to come up with something a little bit different.

I choose sounds from a few tried and tested instrument plugins, connecting them together in various ways, and see what comes out of the mix.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that my mind is blank when I start a new mix, the same as the MP3 file that I'm trying to create!!

Take care.

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dajama said 4063 days ago (July 31st, 2008)
A wonderful soundscape
The arrangement and sense of drama here is excellent. I was as rapt as if I were watching a movie. The contrast between the deep, atmospheric chords and the higher arpeggio-like notes works very well. Sounds are very good, and the production as ever is top-notch. Very nicely done. Peace.
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Reinholt56 said 4062 days ago (August 1st, 2008)
Hi Dajama.....
I do appreciate it when someone finds something they like in one of my mixes.

As you'll maybe have read in my earlier comments, I didn't particularly like the mix I finished up with and had shelved it. I much prefer sweeter or less harsh sounds, in general. This had some starkness that didn't add anything for me.

I'm always surprised when people respond in a positive way to my mixes. Maybe my own ides of music should be reassessed or something.

Take care.

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kassia said 4063 days ago (July 31st, 2008)
First off, great concept for a song, Paul. Very interesting thoughts in that Crowley prose. The movement in this is just amazing, the slow layering, as if I were in the middle of the jewel field, turning slowly watching the light bounce and feeling it surround me. I love the sounds you've chosen. This has a very spacious feel, yet warm and inspiring. Very very cool. I'm glad you decided to post this. Thank you.
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Reinholt56 said 4062 days ago (August 1st, 2008)
Hi Kassia......
I'm blown away by your kind words. I had earlier listened to and commented on your own latest upload and between our two pieces there can't be a greater contrast yet we each seem to have found something in the others music that they enjoyed!!

Aren't music and imagination wonderful!!

There is a great deal of prose by Crowley that could be interpreted in this light should I ever get around to it. Liber 65 is going to be my next dabble. One day.

Take care.

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paul f. page said 4059 days ago (August 3rd, 2008)
...great number from your repertoire, Paul. You layer sounds like no one else. I read some of your comments above, though, and it doesn't seem like you get much of an emotional enjoyment out of it, but, rather, enjoy the process above all. That's an interesting way to look at music, but certainly not an unartistic one. You are able to create emotionally-charged pieces even if you feel somewhat detached from them. Seems to me that that's as valid an excuse to write as any other one. You continue to be "the master" of this genre. And I, like Karen (above), don't have any idea how you actually DO it.

My one suggestion: the beep-beep-beep-beep that is so "spacey," kind of drills into ones ears after a while. I wonder if a fade out after a bit...and then a fade in at the end would serve the purpose of establishing an environment with just as satisfying an effect. Just a thought.

(You've no doubt listened to some Lighetti -- "Atmospheres"?)

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Reinholt56 said 4059 days ago (August 4th, 2008)
Hi Paul....
Now that I know who Lighetti was I must say I've been influenced since I was in my mid teens. I saw 2001: A Space Oddysey back then so was hooked and relatively recently I watched Eyes Wide Shut and was immediately hooked again.

The process of producing the mix is what gives me the enjoyment. Then if the piece awakes something in me its a bonus, and if it does the same or similar to someone else then that's a double bonus. My main concern being layers that go and flow together or that have soundscapes that behave the same way as a pine cone, separate components but integral to the full picture/object.

My love is classical music and one day some of my proper music will be on here.

Take care.

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