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After Colossal Seed I wanted to post something more uplifting. About a week ago I put together this track for an award show in Warsaw. I really enjoyed the process - trying to create an atmosphere where reality is a little brighter and everything is perfect - for a few minutes.

Turns out that this 'larger than life' sound requires a lot more focus on handling the frequencies. Also, right after that work session my tired CPU took off, called me from Hawaii and said 'That's it. Get a 12-core Xeon CPU, I'm too old for this.' (I'm paraphrasing).

On a technical note, the flute is a small bamboo flute I got last year on an island about an hour from Singapore. Much of the percussion (not the 2 drum sets of course) is also recorded.

This is an excerpt from the final soundtrack of that evening. As usual I wrote a little more about it here
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Cameron said 2147 days ago (November 26th, 2013)
This is a lush orchestral piece that has a great deal of forward-moving energy.

The texture is very thick until about the 2:50 mark, whereupon it thins out nicely.

What is this soundtrack designed for? What is the purpose - I could not quite tell from your link. I wonder if there is some way that you could thin in out a bit - the almost-constant wash of sound is a bit overwhelming at times, until the 4:50 mark.

This is a very well-conceived piece of music, as far as the general chord structure is concerned. I do believe that it could benefit from thinning out the voices a bit, however.

The ending was rather abrupt - you might consider fading it out more deliberately.

Nice work!

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Parichayaka said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
The soundtrack is played when award recipients go on stage (think Oscars minus the 'thank you' speeches. And smaller budget.) so each moment has to have a certain amount of energy. I would usually include breathers in the structure, but here it is basically a sustained buildup throughout. The last thing you want is for an excited winner to walk on stage and right into a musical hole.

The soundtrack continues in a similar fashion for another 5 minutes, but I faded it out since personally I prefer looping 5 minute songs to enduring 10 minute epics when listening to music.

And yes, I agree that for a casual listen this may be a bit intense. Paul (F. Page) will give me an earful I'm sure:) I even took out some of the lower bass frequencies that roll around my AKGs so nicely, just to make sure it wouldn't break any speakers, like apparently Collossal Seed almost did.

Thanks again, Cameron. So nice to see you around here again!
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magnatone said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
OMG - omg, omg, omg - this is incredible Pari! I'm in love with this - i would D/L it in a second if the button was there. the percussion, the horns, the voices, the cool instruments i can't quite identify - this is just FABULOUS! you are such an inspiration to me - thanks for this gift. it makes me want to open up the orchestral software again. i'm off to read a little more about it. is there anyplace i can get a copy of this?
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Parichayaka said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
thank you...
You can do all that with a piano. No software needed. And you've proven that so many times.
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Henke said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
Very cool
And feels so right for a ceremony such as you describe here and on your web site. It does give you an uplifting forward pointing feeling - very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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Parichayaka said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
Glad you liked it. (listening to Homeward Bound now...beautiful!)
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paul f. page said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
The explanation helped a lot...
Glad you supplied that in your comments (above). This is a quick rush of air and certainly very uplifting. I can easily hear it used to usher in award winners in a whirl of sound that is ethereal and energetic and filled with joy. As a long orchestral piece it's a bit repetitious for my own taste, but for the application you have described, I think it's perfect. You always have such a large concept in mind when you dive into the orchestral toolbox, and this composition makes good use of all your toys. Very very nice.
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Parichayaka said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
whirl of sound
To me the challenge in a piece like this is not so much the melody or a unique composition (after listening to it a few times I found that M83, Elisa Toffoli and a few other artists have used very similar chords). Rather it's to find the right instrumentation to make something click inside. I've seen that sometimes the difference between a formal, dry atmosphere and a heartfelt, happy one is that small change in a few people's attitude. It's great if music can accomplish that. Anyways, thanks for always leaving thoughtful and inspiring comments!
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Doug Somers said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
Inspirational indeed
From the warm bass to the brass crescendi to the just distant enough choir, this is a feel-good-dance-for joy kind of tune. There is a part of the closing music at Epcot which reminds me of your music, and in a good way (I hope you are not offended, but for my tastes the Epcot music is quite evocative, as is this piece). I love the native flute(s) since they give a kind of universal human quality to the piece. It sounds like you actually have a lot of tracks going on here, well blended, but with lots of choices you made about sonic content. You thinned the bass? Too bad, but if you hadn't mentioned it I wouldn't have known. It's no wonder with all of the sounds you bring forth here that you are thinking about a 12 core CPU.

Just this morning I was working on a piece and I got the Logic message that there was too much processing required in order to continue, or something to that effect. And I have 8 cores and about half of my samples on an SSD! I'm hoping that with better engineering of my current setup I can put off a 12 core for a long time.

Congratulations on the programming for this event and for bringing forth a box full of audio inspired joy for all of us. I really appreciate being able to hear your work.


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Parichayaka said 2144 days ago (November 29th, 2013)
Disney World!
I don't mind the comparison at all. Thanks for your comment! Really appreciate your taking the time. The bass was too much, I only cleaned up the frequencies btw. And yes, let's hope our sound libraries will behave and not be too greedy. I am running some libraries off a firewire 800, that seems to work quite well (until the computer goes to sleep, then things to haywire. But that's another story.).
Thanks again, Doug.
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Philip18 said 2146 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
Your "larger than life" description resonates with me - it's a rich piece of music that no doubt achieved its intention. Much enjoyed!
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Parichayaka said 2144 days ago (November 29th, 2013)
Thanks Philip
Happy you enjoyed it!
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Parichayaka said 2140 days ago (December 3rd, 2013)
Thanks Andrew
Glad you stopped by!
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PeterB7858 said 2144 days ago (November 29th, 2013)
Uplifting, indeed. The colossal seed has sprouted :-) Quality work, Pari. Thank you. I felt rewarded. Regards, Peter.
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Parichayaka said 2140 days ago (December 3rd, 2013)
Thanks, really nice of you Peter. Great job on 'The River' btw!
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aRcTip said 2143 days ago (November 30th, 2013)
Impressive! For me, this evokes feelings of when you're rejoined with friends and family for example. The drums are amazing (sounds like a live drummer!), wanted them slightly higher in the mix in a way, but for the style and purpose they're fine where they are.
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Parichayaka said 2140 days ago (December 3rd, 2013)
They say 'Never let the drummer in the control room'! The drums are a combination of two kits, a guitar rig effect for punch, and live recorded percussion. Thanks for noticing!
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sschedra said 2137 days ago (December 6th, 2013)
I listened to the entire piece at your site. Absolutely wonderful! I think you mentioned it being an offering of joy and appreciation. I feel that the key emotion on display here is hope, which if you can give it is a rare commodity indeed in this world. It was no mistake to use you as the composer. Anybody asks me, and I am giving them your number for sure.

I have often marveled as I listen to your pieces. Of course they are rich, complex textures. Yes, they portray vast landscapes of marvelous color. When it comes to touching the heart, they also bring us on an emotional journey. But, more than all of this they touch the soaring spirit in all of us. That part that yearns to fly above and glimpse the divine and know what seems unknowable. It is more than music. The music is merely the shadow of its conveyance.

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Parichayaka said 2133 days ago (December 10th, 2013)
Thank you Stephen!
I am really touched by your comment. You mention some of the nicest and most humbling things you can say about somebody's music. Especially the last part, which I can only hope and strive for - and if any of our music catches even a glimpse of that 'soaring spirit' as you describe it - then it'll be all worth it! You're able to express very lofty ideals with such clarity. Inspiring...
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bud said 2011 days ago (April 11th, 2014)
wow - you really hit the nail on the head here
i'd feel like a million bucks accepting an award with this track carrying the ceremony. beautiful orchestration and the beat propels without pushing too hard. well done.
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Parichayaka said 2011 days ago (April 11th, 2014)
Thanks so much! Nice compliment coming from a talented music veteran like yourself.
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egobandit said 2011 days ago (April 11th, 2014)
everything seems to be going in one direction up, those swirling strings are greatness , it is happy and refreshiing I like how sometimes the drums ome tumbling in Loved it
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say said 1545 days ago (July 21st, 2015)
Rise 'Momentum for Change' !
This sounds like a wonderful celebration! So happy I got to hear this now & so glad you included the link, had no idea you've played at the 2013 UN Climate Talks in Warsaw ! Congratulations !!!
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