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Kimono Dragon



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Variations on a Theme Part 1

This one is for Eduard (Drakonis) as a small thanks for all the positive help he provides us all, as well as some of the worst puns I've ever heard.

Originally another exploration in melody, this developed more than most of my others. Because the main theme sounded oriental to me, and because I used Garage Band's Falling Star synth fairly prominently which gave me a feeling of flight (falling through air), I immediately thought of … a dragon. This lead me to think of Eduard. I thought I would be clever and pun on the name of Komodo Dragons. When I did an image search for "kimono dragon" I got hundreds, if not thousands, of hits. So much for my originality. Oh well, maybe you'll enjoy the music: three or four synths and a drum track.

Special thanks to Karen (Magnatone) who gave an early listen and convinced me that the Falling Star synth was, perhaps, a little overdone.
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Uploaded: Mar 06, 2011 - 03:27:15 PM
Last Updated: Mar 06, 2011 - 03:27:15 PM Last Played: Jun 01, 2019 - 05:55:00 PM
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mrattue said 3086 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
Didn't Drag-On
Seamlessly, beautifully orchestrated, Richard!

Everything goes together well and i picked up the oriental moments.

Enjoyed. Thanks

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jodyrush said 3086 days ago (March 6th, 2011)
What a Mixture!
This is a very nice mixture of everything here Richard. I hear a build up of something familiar right from the start. And then it hits me, "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly." Very nice tune.
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davisamerica said 3086 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
good grief....
thought i left a comment yesterday...obviously the click magic dust was not working. I really like this one richard. Nice imagery ... a soaring dragon. 2:45 ...nice break. Yhis is totally my cup of tea ...taking a copy with me. Thanks.
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Soundhound said 3086 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
And Karen.... Is right at times it tends to over ride the true dynamics
of the tune, the oriental syncopation and model scale harmonics are
be stepped on in many places... A touch over done...

But Nice idea....
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drakonis said 3085 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
you rang?
Sorry for not being around much, dimension 17 is a mess right now and I've been called out to do some 3D housecleaning lately, and not at MJ much... but a little falling star alerted me to come back home and see what all the noise was about...

I must admit that I *love* the title, it just hit me *POW* (P.lay O.n W.ords). It doesn't surprise me that Google would match those terms, but don't be dismayed, it is just because dragons are often embroidered on Japanese kimonos... your wordplay is safe! Nice music, energetic and flowing. Although I'd suggest lowering the drum volume a bit, I did like the change-ups in there. There's a little hint of the orient in there too.

Richard, thank you so much for thinking of me, and I am looking forward to getting this mess on aisle 17 cleared up and getting back to writing music and preparing for the big Summer bash here!

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DWL said 3085 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
Builds nicely
A tad long perhaps you've got some great sounds going on in there.


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michaeljayklein said 3085 days ago (March 7th, 2011)
This one...
...is about as stunning as the amazing artwork accompanying it. Loved how this came out--sterling work Richard! Thanks for sharing it with us. Michael
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Moviz said 3085 days ago (March 8th, 2011)
I get
the oriental feel too Richard and apart from the synths which you used so well, I like the drum beat that raises and lowers in volume for accent.... really good piece you did here,..... could be Cinematic, regards M
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ShadowofNine said 3084 days ago (March 8th, 2011)
a journey well worth the effort, enjoyed the track...
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magnatone said 3084 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Hi Rich - this turned out great! very impressed with how you put things together here! lol - falling star is perfect :)
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Loob said 3083 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Really like this Richard.
Would make a cool movie soundtrack.

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dave_b said 3083 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
Kimono Dragon
Complementary sounds work well together. I can hear the oriental influence, the title seems appropriate. Could be a soundtrack for an action adventure movie or a video game.
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Honza said 3083 days ago (March 9th, 2011)
I could not resist from faving this song after reading what you wrote. Eduard is really a special MJ and deserves some recognition :) But this does not mean that I did not like and enjoyed the music itself, ha ... far from that. Enjoyed and liked a lot, especially some sounds evoking 80s pop which I have a soft spot for. Thanks!
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thetiler said 3082 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Cool pic
to go with the avant-garde music. Like it progresses to a cool beat with the synth shimmering etc.
Cool electrical stuff to. Reminds me of maybe what the ancients thought of dragons maybe. Thanks
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lholden said 3082 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Kimono Dragon
Love the artwork and sentiment behind this piece. The sounds are weaving and flowing really nicely. I like the ominous sound in the background. Well done and thanks for sharing.
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ste said 3077 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
don't think the drums need to be lowered. very nice track as is.
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VicDiesel said 3073 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
cool sounds
In fact, very cool sounds. Well mixed too.

But I'm a bit surprised to head you describe it as "exploration in melody". My main complaint is that there is not enough melody. Somewhere around 1:40-1:50 there are a few notes that are not plain chord notes, and that makes them interesting, but for the rest you're sticking too much to the chords. For my taste.

It's all delicious sounding, though.
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jibes said 3070 days ago (March 22nd, 2011)
Kimono Dragon
A cool crisp groove! Excellent!
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falcef said 3070 days ago (March 23rd, 2011)
Kimono Dragon
Salve from Italy song eletronic sound ok trascendental borrety music, very beauty. Bye bye
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bud said 3069 days ago (March 23rd, 2011)
Excellent track
nice mix of textures and voices. Develops well as it goes along. My only suggestion would be to try some different drums here and there. Some eastern percussion maybe.
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Char said 3069 days ago (March 23rd, 2011)
would work in a film like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. You kim moan all you want but that fact that Eduard inspires us to flights of fancy is plain for all to see. Thanks for dragon us over for a little Asian reverie. I hope you understand the hints and think about making more of this kind of thing. Thanks.
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alfredthepelican said 3069 days ago (March 23rd, 2011)
Hi Richard
A cool weave of melodies and sounds to a foot tapping rhythm. Thanks for the download.
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Sudra said 2827 days ago (November 21st, 2011)
Great soundtrack....
...for checking my updates this morning. Just rolls
along nicely without demanding too much of
my attention. I particularly enjoyed the ending. So much more
material of yours to check out! So here I go.... ; )
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