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Ritual Dance



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Why the remix? Well I mixed the original with faulty speakers, so it was mixed to sound right on defective equipment and played on anything that wasn't faulty it sounded distinctly harsh at the upper frequencies. The faulty speakers have been replaced, so I can really hear things properly again. Thanks to Bowman for pointing out the harsh treble in the last version, it made me realise I needed to get my sound equipment checked...

This was another test piece to check that I understood a chapter of my music theory book. I have been learning about inverted chords and spread chords. Spread chords are great! You'll hear them first at about half way through the piece when the legato strings kick in; the root note is played by the cello section of the orchestra, then the third is raised an octave to put it in range of the violas, and the fifth is played by the 1st and 2nd violins, just above the violas. Using this technique a chord can be distributed across an orchestra in a harmonious manner and provides a composer with a fantastic extra tool for the musical toolbox.

As usual I tried hard to make this a reasonably good piece of music too. It's a waltz, and unusually for a waltz it's in a minor key, A Minor in this case. In my mind it's a soundtrack piece for a movie.
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Uploaded: Dec 30, 2013 - 12:13:12 PM
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lyzak said 1937 days ago (December 30th, 2013)
Inverted and Spread Chords
I can hear this waltz as the soundtrack to a scene/experience as well. I generally have to struggle to sit still, focus and (attempt to) "get" music theory - like the chords in your description - but find listening to this piece has a "focusing" effect. At least it helped get the concept of "spread chords' across to me!

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Fire_Angel said 1936 days ago (December 31st, 2013)
Fabulous news.
If anything I do helps someone learn something then that is just great. I've learned so much from listening on MacJams and from the comments that it's great to be giving something back, however small it is at this stage. Another name for them is "voiced chords". Which of the two names is used varies from one culture to another, but they are very very useful when writing for multiple instruments. Thanks for the generous comment.
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Narad said 1934 days ago (January 2nd, 2014)
Ritual Dance
Very fine work ! Much enjoyed !
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Fire_Angel said 1931 days ago (January 5th, 2014)
Thank you!
I already posted a reply once, but somehow it vanished into a MySQL error or something...

Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed this.
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sschedra said 1934 days ago (January 2nd, 2014)
Sounds just fine on my headphones
Thanks for the theory lesson too. Now I will employ that on my next orchestral piece.
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Fire_Angel said 1931 days ago (January 5th, 2014)
Well great, someone else learned something. I have learned a lot here so passing something back is a good feeling.
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ShadowofNine said 1924 days ago (January 12th, 2014)
Ritual Dance
Very charming work, has a madrigal feel in the beginning then opens up to orchestration, winds are especially delightful..Bravo excellent track...
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Fire_Angel said 1921 days ago (January 15th, 2014)
I quite enjoyed writing this, so it's very pleasing that you enjoyed the listening. Thanks too for letting me know.
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echoroom said 1917 days ago (January 19th, 2014)
Walzing along
For some reason, i thought this was gonna be a dance track! So imagine my surprise when this elegant music appeared in my head. Beautifully played and composed ... you and Bowman should collab! Soundtrack to Barry Lyndon in my head ....
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Fire_Angel said 1917 days ago (January 19th, 2014)
Well it IS a dance track...
...though not in the most modern of styles, it must be admitted. A clear idea and mood in my head when I wrote it probably helped. I'm glad you found elegance in this because that was part of the intention. Thanks for the visit and the generous comment!
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paul f. page said 1915 days ago (January 21st, 2014)
...I appreciate your explanation of what you were attempting to accomplish...and applaud you on realizing so much of the potential of spreading harmony out this way. I think this number is very far from just an exercies in harmony/counterpoint/orchestration: you've really created a distinctly beautiful song that is haunting and varied in expression. So pleasant to hear this kind of work here. ... And, yes, the harshness that may have been in the original is definitely NOT present here. Beautiful work.
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Fire_Angel said 1913 days ago (January 23rd, 2014)
Thank you.
It's some time ago now, but I remember when I was writing this piece it flowed, taking a lot less time than most of my previous pieces before it was finished. I think that was because the ideas for it were so clear in my mind, not as vague and undeveloped as I am sometimes when I start to write. I was quite fired up by the experiments I had done beforehand too, putting string harmonies together and testing how they worked. Thanks for the generous comment!
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