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I guess the newsworthy part of this piece is the inclusion of some new Jampack instruments from "World Music." They can be heard toward the end, specifically the Chinese Erhu Violin, Psychedelic Sitar, and African Marimba.

Vocals: Mystified

Artwork: Tom Atwood
The St. Vrain River
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Uploaded: Jan 17, 2006 - 07:51:59 PM
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2006 - 02:44:37 PM Last Played: Jul 30, 2015 - 03:56:43 PM
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Jampack 4: Symphony Orchestra, World Music
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Jim Bouchard said 4352 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
I can see pictures!
groovy! psychedelic? well, I'm just going to have to download this, drop
a tab and see what happens! Turn on tune in and drop out, man!

yum!
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Tom Atwood said 4352 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
I can see pictures!
Here's an image for you, Jim: along the St. Vrain River (see photo) birds dive
into the rushing water and remain submerged for several seconds. These
"American Dippers," also known as Cinclus mexicanus, are worth the hike
(Rocky Mt National Park).

Have a safe trip!

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Jim Bouchard said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
I can see pictures!
I hope you know I was just kidding...though I did download this to listen to later.
It is quite nice, safely esconced in the Tom Atwood Playlist. I do like the sitar a
lot and looks like I may have to jump onto the World Music JP from all the stuff
I've heard from it.

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Mystified said 4352 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
In a Wax Museum after hours...
Is how I first described this piece when listening to a preview of it.
Shadows, mystery, maybe a little uncertainty.
(But I like what you've titled this better ;)

It's just so great to hear all this instrumental music of yours, Tom. The
moods and 'colors' you get from these software instruments is so
impressive. And your talent for orchestrating and combining tonal
textures...Inspiring!


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Tom Atwood said 4352 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
In a Wax Museum after hours...
Thanks Cat. And thanks for singing on this piece. I really appreciate it.

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jgurner said 4352 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Beautiful
You and Mysti work well together, Tom. If this is the soundtrack to a
mental motion picture of the natual beauty of, say, the location of the
photo above, it worked well. As calming as the wind rustling the leaves,
as enthralling as watching the water wind its way through a rocky stream.
Mysti's vocalizations seem as if they are simply an organic component. I
hope this is going to be part of a larger work. Even if it isn't, it will stand
wonderfully on it's own. Enjoyed it, as always.
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Tom Atwood said 4352 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Beautiful
Thanks Joseph. I wish I could say that I was 'painting' a certain picture here,
but one reason the piece is titled "A New Unknown" is because I had no idea
where it was going, and so used "unknown 3/4" as a working title. A later
version became a "new" unknown. Boring, I know. The photo of the St. Vrain
seemed to fit after the piece was finished.

Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind words.

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perceptualvortex said 4352 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
I see
pictures too. Very nice. It seems like a soundtrack to a wordless short movie. Sounds really cool; nice addition of the vocals Mysti. I liked those sitar and erhu sounds. I'm trying to make similar music using Jampack 4, so I like hearing what you've done with it.
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Tom Atwood said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
I see
I had difficulty choosing a genre for this one. It seemed a little trippy for
Classical. I guess it could be New Age? I chose Cinematic, although there is
no film to go along with it. Glad you are at least seeing a movie in your mind.
Enjoy the hallucinations!

Good luck with JP 4 David. Thanks for the comments.



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ledebutant said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Okay
So, you might be a genius and you might have done wonderful things
with those new instruments (I think they put the African marimba in
just for you) and you may have mixed Mysti's lovely vocal in so
organically it seems to sprout from the bed of the music...

You may have done all those things, but I'm stubbornly holding out for
lyrics. I don't care how many ponchos you offer me to go away. Give
me the words of Tom Atwood or I'm going to spray your front lawn
with RoundUp® and maybe any garden gnomes you might have around
the property. That's right! I've stooped to menacing statuary. Stop me
before I kill again!

(Um, I mean to say, please would you consider giving us a song with
lyrics soon, since we haven't had a new one since last year)

Lovely work Tom and Mysti. I'll be interested to see if you develop it
into a larger piece, but I do think this is quite beautiful as its own
song.
Tom Atwood said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Okay
You are a stern task-mistress, ledebutant. But the garden gnomes are safe. I
brought them in for the holidays to make room for the wiry lighted reindeer,
cone-shaped Christmas trees and inflatable Santa globe in the front yard. I
am concerned, however, that you may do some other damage, and have
asked Curry to park his squad car in the street in front of our home (the
squad car with the Swedish lights). So, keep your distance.

As for a song with words, one may be coming. I don't know yet. Your threats,
well-intended, probably won't speed things up. But I appreciate the thought,
and the comments.

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ledebutant said 4351 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Okay
What? You mean the threat of violence isn't a boon to creativity?
rik said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
The Atwood I love most
You've written a wonderful piece, and orchestrated in a notable way.
It's strange but precious the appearance just in the end of the two
exotic instruments, which gives the piece a remarkable descriptive
mood. I'm thinking of the Symphony No.2 for String Orchestra &
Trumpet by Honegger, with the trumpet coming out only shortly before
the very finale of the symphony.
I love how every voice here has its right importance, thus acquiring
value, but even if your piece is clearly powerful with images, I don't
know if I feel it as cinematic. Maybe more as a contemplation, a music
generated by an ambient.
Lovely Mysti vocals, they blend perfectly and add a human (and noble,
poetic, non generic) touch to the musical landscape.
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jiguma said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Beautiful composition
Early morning - sun rising through mist on a street somewhere in (my
conception of) middle America perhaps. I don't get a rural scene from
this, but a "calm before the storm" feeling. Wonderful composition and
performance - so clear and thorough in pre-thought, so well
constructed and so beautiful in the experience. I'll have some of what
Jim's having.
Thanks Tom,
Neil
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Cori Ander said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Yes

To me this is your best jampack-based piece so far Tom! It has a
beautiful mood all the way through. Then at that grand passage when
Mystified comes in, it is like a door is opening to something. I could
hear the tune leveling up there and to open a next section filled with all
sorts of whirling mystified vocals.

Sounds like this was a scetch with just the intro ...

For my sake you could easily lift off the zitar. It is just a matter of
personal taste, but I will like the final version (guess there is more to
come?) considearbly more if you do! (Seldom have strong opinions of
other peoples pieces, but these sounds make me nevous, (maybe I
experienced too much of the 60:ies and 70:ies)).


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Tadashi Togawa said 4352 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
The river is sung
The melody is woven over and over again, and harmonizes.
The St. Vrain River carries various the one.
Singing voice, piano, and bowstring.
An extreme flow mixes everything.

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said 4351 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Atwood Signature....
Orchestral Sound... light strings and horns, delicately providing
an embracing musicscape. With the Mystified entering in with
her vocal instrument.... a beautiful audio treat....
Tom Atwood said 4351 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Thanks
Thanks everyone. I will be gone for a couple of days. I appreciate the
comments.
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Ed Hannifin said 4351 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Took me forever...
...to get this to play...and I'm pretty sure the trouble was on my end...

But now I'm glad I got to it.

You have a great sense of instrumental timbre, and you're one of the
guys in this world who can 'do' dissonance without making it sound
like an 'Orchestration 101: Becoming Sophisticated' assignment. Your
slips in and out of tonicity and blends of unusual pitches or tones are
always organic, natural, even sounding 'right' or inevitable even as they
seem to step just south of expectations...

I'll do what I rarely do and disagree with my friend Curry: I like what I
perceive to be an unusual, orchestral setting of the sitar, played less
jangly-twangly than in raga. I also liked the Sixties. What can ya do?

I really like the opening of this, and I, too, really like how Mysti's vocals
seem to rise out of the streambed towards the end.

As others have written, the World Music JamPack seems pretty
awesome...

I like what you do, Tom, and am impressed by it.

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MidiOrleans said 4350 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
Enjoyed the colors
Well mixed & the instruments give
nice colors.
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I. Spike said 4349 days ago (January 20th, 2006)
Film noir meets Star Trek
The scene: In high contrast black and white, with long obtuse shadows,
Captain James T. Kirk is in a dark wet alley way with his head in his hands.
Spock and Bones stand over him.

"Captain, you seem to be in a perplexed state."
"Spock... I can't seem to make.. the spiders go away..."
"Dammit Jim! I told you to stay off the horse!"
"But Bones... the green woman gave it to me.. I, I, had to take it..."


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Mystified said 4349 days ago (January 20th, 2006)
Film noir meets Star Trek
Mr. Spike,
Is it possible you have your Twilight Zone and Star Trek episodes mixed up?
...Outer Limits??

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screamalexz said 4349 days ago (January 20th, 2006)
a story of mountains and rivers
i like this the instrumentation shows pictures as stated, and tells a
story. it fits the image you posted well.
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composerclark said 4349 days ago (January 20th, 2006)
Make a movie now.
You keep your textures light, which I like, and you paint pictures with
your music. You need to start making movies that follow your scores!

The only part I wasn't crazy about was towards the end when the
female singing voice came in. Hard to explain why, exactly, but I found
it distracting.

Do you have any thing of this type that is long (like ten minutes or
longer)? I think you have the chops to sustain the listener's interest for
much longer periods.

Good work.

Clark
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alley-oop said 4347 days ago (January 22nd, 2006)
Warmth
I love the richness of the track, the whimsical melodies. Cool
instruments. This a fun, clever, dabbling on the edge of brilliant
composition. Bravo
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Nolan said 4347 days ago (January 23rd, 2006)
Very nice
Love your work, Tom. I wish I could offer a helpful or insightful
comment, but I can't, so I'll say this: I really enjoyed closing my eyes
and listening to that. Very nice.
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dreadmon said 4345 days ago (January 24th, 2006)
Wonderful flow
The intro to this piece is like cruising along through darkness and then slowly emerging into glorious shafts of light through trees. The slow crescendo is a very tasty entry into this world. Even without the picture of the river, I got the sense of trickling water, burbling currents and the splashing upon rocks, through reeds. Mysti's subtle notes towards the end are a nice touch. You've got a delicate way with woodwinds and I love you "pass the changes" around. Very sweet indeed!
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Stun Nutz said 4345 days ago (January 24th, 2006)
What's not to love?
I especially like the moodiness and the twinkling pianos and... just
the way everything is blended to smoothly... oooh! nice violin,
sitar and marimba! This World Music Jam Pack is interesting, what
I have heard used so far...
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haribo said 4344 days ago (January 25th, 2006)
wow :):)
youve cracked it wide open :):) it is a beautiful fluid landscape of sensual sonorities !! as tranquil as debussy

:D hehe it is always strange to see a westerner with an oriental inspiration ( if i am correct :D it feels as though there is an oriental emotional connection in the end of the track :D:D )

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Evangelistik918 said 4337 days ago (February 1st, 2006)
beaut
this is really nicely made, i like the piz and oboes i think i hear,
reminds me of final fantasy...i guess thats the best i could come up
with but still a killer track u got here
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Evangelistik918 said 4337 days ago (February 1st, 2006)
beaut
this is really nicely made, i like the piz and oboes i think i hear,
reminds me of final fantasy...i guess thats the best i could come up
with but still a killer track u got here
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maxruehl said 4243 days ago (May 6th, 2006)
Beautiful
Gorgeous bit of composing--particularly from the midpoint of the
track (just before the voice). Interesting how the voice qegues into the
Erdhu--at first it seemed it was still the voice.:) Very nice--another
winner from you.:) (Can you tell I like the cinematic stuff?:)
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maxruehl said 4243 days ago (May 6th, 2006)
Correction
darnit--wish we could edit posts. the word is SEGUES, not "qegues". Also, I
do't know what's up with the double posting.:/
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maxruehl said 4243 days ago (May 6th, 2006)
Beautiful
Gorgeous bit of composing--particularly from the midpoint of the
track (just before the voice). Interesting how the voice qegues into the
Erdhu--at first it seemed it was still the voice.:) Very nice--another
winner from you.:) (Can you tell I like the cinematic stuff?:)
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