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OK, added the bells and whistles in what will be the middle section. In reference to Cameron's (solicited) suggestions. The rising motif near the beginning is there to give the impact impetus this track needs. I did try moving it but it doesn't have the same drama anywhere else (you can hear what I mean jut a few measures further on when the same effect recurs) Also the double whammy of the effect closely followed by the drum intro break really starts the engine. I did clean up the slow melody in the opening section by clipping off the ends of the longer notes and adding volume to the shorter ones (thanks Cam) it does sound cleaner. On the string theme in the middle section over the harp Cam had a good ear to pick out that the notes where coming in a 16th too late (midi lag anyone?) so I shunted them forward and the whole thing is again now cleaner and is tied together by the single bass notes I think. I remixed the vocal sound too and widened it to give more space. As to the bottom falling out, it was always my intention to add just a solo bass, but it took me a few days to find the right one especially when I slightly reprogrammed its key slur. I really wanted to stay away from percussion in here. The impact sfx maybe doesn't impact quite enough but also maybe the softness of it suits the section.
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Uploaded: Feb 04, 2010 - 03:47:32 PM
Last Updated: Mar 30, 2010 - 07:36:51 PM Last Played: Aug 04, 2019 - 06:14:55 AM
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Dharma_Logos said 3486 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Out of my league
I'm not even sure how this kind of music is made, but I really like it. Professional quality production. Due to the repetition it could easily get old, but it doesn't. Nice buildup throughout.
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Gaylen75 said 3486 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Again
you are really in the groove here and it makes me want to move. oh and I dont move so... thats saying something.
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VicDiesel said 3486 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Big and crunchy!
Interesting. The crunchy sounds in the beginning lead me to expect something smaller scale than what it turns out to be in the end. Not that I'm complaining. This sounds pretty glorious.

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Cameron said 3486 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Even BETTER!
Wow, you've really cleaned this up and made it even more beautiful -- realising more of its potential. The addition of the solo bass really helped that later section. The whole piece FLOWS even more nicely than it did before.

Thanks for not only soliciting my feedback, but taking this piece to the next level with your own adjustments. Great work, Andrew!
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K.I.S.KISMET said 3486 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
grand sounds
amazing composition and production!! sighing in admiration....
deep bow
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Joe Brady said 3486 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Sweet
I like how the texture changes on musical-hook throughout the piece; it is never boring. The sound quality is extremely nice throughout and the string section is beautiful. I really like this.
Joe
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magnatone said 3486 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
wowza!
andrew this is spectacular! i always know when i hit "play" on something by you, i'm about to go on a great trip. love this - congrats!
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Jarvoid said 3484 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Right then
How do you keep bloody well doing it, keep coming up with the goods like and doing the goods bloody well,bloody hell !? Nuff said ......

Jarvo

(ps...where were the bells and the whistles..I listened really hard over and over but did not spot them ? )
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Parichayaka said 3484 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Very very cool
You've got one of the crispest and fullest mixes I've heard here. You seem to have an extraordinary talent in creating rhythmic soundscapes with just the right combination of soothing and dynamic elements to make for a perfectly satisfying listening experience.

The interlude in the middle is subtle and fits perfectly. You need very little chord or melodic developement to make your pieces work. I was hoping you'd bring back a variation of the first section towards the end. Your mixing and blending instruments is so intuitive and flawless that towards the synth by itself seemed loose some of the magic you create throughout the track.

Anyways - I'll be revisiting this page to listen again and again - great that you keep posting here.

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Henke said 3484 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
More coherent piece
Although I liked the first version a lot, with several "sweet spots" in it, I guess this is more of a complete piece. I am sorry to repeat myself, but this could easily go as one of the better Tangerine Dream cinematic soundtracks; a lot of the sounds are recognizable and the build is similar to what can be found on many of their soundtrack albums. All in all it's a great listen and I'll heartily join the congratulations on this one.

/Henke
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crissew said 3484 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Very cool tones
in this one. Heavy beat with lots going on. Not sure how many tracks this is but it sounds like quite a few. Very nice production and well constructed to keep moving. Cool tune, enjoyed it!
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futzpucker said 3484 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
You know what you're doing...
I love the grooves you create. They are sonically interesting and feel just right. Your composition and production chops are very strong. It seems like you can do this in your sleep, but I'll bet you spend a good deal of time to make your music sound this great. I agree with one of my favorite composers here, Parichayaka - a recapitulation of the open of the song at the end would have been welcomed, but this is a great listen under any circumstances. Excellent work, as always, Andrew.
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alexweiler said 3483 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Late discovery
A real masterpiece, great ambience flawless and a 5 stars production. I'll have to start a deeper listening to your stuff ...
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Char said 3483 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Not wanting
to lose focus... I love it, Andrew. Thank you.
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