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The Lake (Edgar Allan Poe)


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My contribution for the Edgar Allen Poe poetry submissions - The Lake.

All sounds used are created by the wind chimes that hang outside my back door.
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THE LAKE, TO.


by Edgar Allan Poe
(1827)

In spring of youth it was my lot To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less- So lovely was the loneliness Of a wild lake, with black rock bound, And the tall pines that towered around.

But when the Night had thrown her pall Upon that spot, as upon all, And the mystic wind went by Murmuring in melody- Then- ah then I would awake To the terror of the lone lake.

Yet that terror was not fright, But a tremulous delight-
A feeling not the jewelled mine Could teach or bribe me to define-
Nor Love- although the Love were thine.

Death was in that poisonous wave, And in its gulf a fitting grave For him who thence could solace bring To his lone imagining- Whose solitary soul could make An Eden of that dim lake.
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Uploaded: Oct 24, 2005 - 07:48:49 PM
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Macaudion said 4349 days ago (October 24th, 2005)
Phat goose bumps have overtaken me...
Is there no end to the wonders of your poetic talents... I have to admit
to being stupid when it comes to poetry though - I don't always
understand it, because it seems to require an ability to comprehend on
a multitude of levels and at any given point or verse, simultaneously...
Beyond, 'the blue ball is blue', you may lose me... However, something
about your voice; your cadence or rhythm, your tonal inflections and
the use of the chimes, it all had me mesmerized and quietly
entertained.

This tells me that it is likely that you have done what it is that you have
set out to do and as well, you did it well enough to go beyond just
capturing my attention... I have raised my hands to applaud you...

Bravo! JG

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jgurner said 4347 days ago (October 26th, 2005)
Phat goose bumps have overtaken me...
This is my first experiment with "captured" sounds. I've been wanting to do some stuff using altered and unaltered natural sounds and sounds made by just banging on various things around the house, in the yard, etc. My origonal intent was to capture the sounds from the lake I frequent near my home, but that really didn't work. I've got to find a better way of capturing stuff outside.

I liked this poem in particular because it reminds me of the above mentioned lake. I grew up near the lake and spent a lot of time swimming, canoeing around in the back waters, wandering along the shore. It is both beautiful and eerie and the poem fits it well.

Thanks, as always for listening and taking the time to comment.

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Kevensor said 4348 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
Loved the wind chimes
However, I would prefer a bit more volume on the vocal.

I really liked the whole idea though.
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cjorgensen said 4348 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
Loved the wind chimes
I think this is a neat piece, but agree the vocals could come up a bit. Dupe the
track and play with the second.

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jgurner said 4347 days ago (October 26th, 2005)
Loved the wind chimes
Thanks, Kev. I had a hard time balancing the vocals with the chimes, but I agree, they do need to be beefed up some. I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.

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cjorgensen said 4348 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
Nontraditional
Like how you picked a piece like this and made it gentle and soothing. I
think your backdrop could work for The Bells as well. Cool that you
decided to do this.
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jgurner said 4347 days ago (October 26th, 2005)
Nontraditional
This was a really cool idea you had, Christopher, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I had wanted to try a spoken word peice for a while, but really didn't know what I might want to do. I was an awesome experience and a chance to do something different.


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mikkinylund said 4348 days ago (October 25th, 2005)
Great!!!
A tribute to Edgar Allan Poe! I have one too done way back when...? This
is very different though, reminds me of some Beatnick stuff, could go well
on a scene at a dark night club or as a backdrop to a scary movie (or any
movie for that matter depending on your purpose)... I love how you work
the chimes and bells. Normally I am asking you to bring forward the
voice a little bit (I like it), in this case however it melts well together with
the background sound FX. Very interesting indeed.
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jgurner said 4347 days ago (October 26th, 2005)
Great!!!
You know now that you've mentioned the piece you did you HAVE to post it, don't you? I'd really like to hear it. It sounds really cool. Thanks for listening, Mikki. This was something different and turned out to be a lot of fun.

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Rebsie said 4345 days ago (October 28th, 2005)
Wind chime heaven
Those windchimes are amazing ... the detail and the texture they
create are lovely, and an evocation of the wind rippling the surface of
the lake. The effects you've used give it a subtle spooky and surreal
edge. Nice one!
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jgurner said 4344 days ago (October 29th, 2005)
Wind chime heaven
Thanks for the comments, Rebsie. I really like my wind chimes. I'm really pleased with what I was able to do with them. Thanks for listening.

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JOAN said 4343 days ago (October 30th, 2005)
spooky
Poe is soooo cool and with those chimes a very fitting combination!!
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jgurner said 4343 days ago (October 30th, 2005)
spooky
Thanks JOAN!

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said 4342 days ago (November 1st, 2005)
Excellent Chime Recording
and very good reading - I agree with the comments that the voice could
be beefed up a bit - but at the same time it's interesting to lose focus on
the words and listen to the voice like just another ambient chime.
jgurner said 4341 days ago (November 1st, 2005)
Excellent Chime Recording
I just finished listening to "The Tale-Tell Heart" by you and Christopher (which
was awesome). The whole Poe thing has been a blast. I'm glad so many people
decided to give it a go. Thanks for giving mine a listen.

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RAVENS said 2539 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Wind Chimes
What a charming touch. Fabulous reading, the sounds incorporated really added to the beauty of the piece. I think the vocal volume was fine. Great work!

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