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I've always been inspired by the sound of the erhu. Here I tried to use it with a more modern instrumentation and for some reason ended up with this "journey" into the rainforest. Hope you get a little joy from it. Feel free to turn up the volume!

Comments welcome as always. And if you're kind enough to rate this song, may I ask you to listen to the full song.

Got to try out my new headphones on the mix and hope the quality improved from my previous postings.

All GB midi, no loops.
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Uploaded: Jul 12, 2006 - 08:22:43 AM
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2006 - 03:06:01 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 07:58:14 PM
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composerclark said 4055 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Colours
I love all the colours and the cool sonic details in this soundscape.
Beautifully atmospheric. Great feel; wonderful job!
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Parichayaka said 4055 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Colours
Thank you Clark! Can't tell you how much I appreciate your opinion. I'm also grateful for explaining "Steppin' Stones" to me in your latest post. What a blessing to have an accomplished composer like you be part of this community, thanks again!
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Komrade K said 4055 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Sumptuous
There is a fantastic groove throughout and excellent percussion breaks.
The orchestra and choir are used to great effect to create drama. Very
slick production with a lot of attention to detail to lift this way beyond the
ordinary.

KK
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Parichayaka said 4055 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Sumptuous
Very generous of you! Happy you picked up on the "details". I just got new headphones and really enjoyed playing around adding a few subtle elements to the mix, which I wouldn't usually pay attention to. Thanks a lot, Komrade!
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jefferson987 said 4054 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Relaxing
Very relaxing, almost trance like. Jam pack 5 im guessing?
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Parichayaka said 4054 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
Relaxing
Yep. Gotta love it...
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said 4054 days ago (July 13th, 2006)
really good
I liked this piece alot. It made me sit back, and forget about everything
else
Kudos on everything...I thought the percussion on it was especially well
done
Great job...you have a very creative piece
Parichayaka said 4054 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
really good
Thanks, Steve. Welcome to MacJams!
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moorlandt said 4054 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Loaded with tons of athmosphere
Oh yes, I dig this very very much. Everything is so neatly in balance. A pallette full of sound colours, painted sensitively and with grand artistry by a very talented composer. Really great work!

Walter
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Parichayaka said 4050 days ago (July 18th, 2006)
Loaded with tons of athmosphere
What a generous comment...especially coming from you. Thanks a lot for stopping by!
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Andronis said 4054 days ago (July 14th, 2006)
Awesome!
I didn't even have to read your description to already feel like I was taking a journey into the rain forest.

And kudos for writing a song in the Cinematic Soundtrack genre without resorting to loops. Not many are bold enough to try that, but you've really pulled it off well.

Once again, excellent job.
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Parichayaka said 4050 days ago (July 18th, 2006)
Awesome!
Thanks, Sam! I'm glad you liked it, and although I think loops are fun to use and are a great help if you only play a solo instrument or want to experiment with different sounds and rhythms, I just feel music is much more personal and expressive when it's done from scratch...just like your music, really!
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Bowman said 4052 days ago (July 15th, 2006)
Beautiful work!
Your music always has an organic flow that I really enjoy. It seems almost
effortless which we know is far from the truth. The colors are amazing.
The themes glide through this piece never overwhelming but subtly
woven in. Beautiful work.

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Parichayaka said 4050 days ago (July 18th, 2006)
Beautiful work!
Very generous and encouraging comment, thanks so much!
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ktb said 4052 days ago (July 16th, 2006)
seductive
I first became aquainted with the erhu this year when I visited China. I
have to say your erhu stylings are more sumptuous than I had
previously heard. There are wonderful textures thru out. Great job on
an ambient masterpiece
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Parichayaka said 4050 days ago (July 18th, 2006)
seductive
It's the "Western" approach, I guess. Take a haunting, beautifully "ascetic" sounding instrument with more than a thousand of years of history, then disregard all of that, mix it with simple but bold chord structure and add sugar to it...oh well, glad you still seemed like it! Did you actually hear any traditional Chinese music when you were in China? When I visited a few years ago, I didn't get to experience much of the musical culture for some reason...Thanks for your comment, though!
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ktb said 4049 days ago (July 19th, 2006)
seductive
yes, I was fortunate enuf on several occasions to hear some tradiitonal music.
Some situations were formal and others more like street performers. Liked it
all
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said 4050 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
worldly
i like the blend very cool i think i hear birds
Parichayaka said 4050 days ago (July 18th, 2006)
worldly
...if you hear birds AND see stars make sure you turn the volume down! Just kidding, thanks for stopping by!
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RickB1 said 4050 days ago (July 17th, 2006)
Worthy of...
Imitation and Emulation---the sincerest form of flattery. I wish I could
look at your GB tracks to see how you create some of these sounds and
rhythms. I would love to learn from you. Do you use a pedal with your
keyboard to control sustain and/or pitch bend? How much time did it
take you to compose this piece?

This is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. What kind of headphones did
you purchase?
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Parichayaka said 4049 days ago (July 19th, 2006)
Worthy of...
So happy you took your time to listen, Rick. Regarding the screenshot, I'd obviously be more than happy to send you even the GB file, but don't have any way of doing that as the email function has been disabled...any ideas, let me know! To answer your questions, I don't use a sustain pedal (would like to, but haven't got one). Usually use the modulation wheel though, mostly for solo instruments, in this case for the erhu. This piece, I started working on a few days ago some time late evening and pretty much finished all the musical ideas by early a.m. (that's the only time I have for music these days). Next evening I worked on the structure figuring out what's essential and adding character to the song. In a third session, with a day or two in between (helps to have some "distance"), I adjusted the levels and overall mix which I recently learned more about from a conversation with a sound engineer friend of mine - the importance of adjusting the volume of the individual instruments and soundscapes, so as to not overwhelm the listener with too many layers, trying to keep the overall mix "clean" and crisp...until this song I pretty much kept all the layers at the same volume from beginning to end. Interesting stuff for a self-taught musician like me, go figure.

The headphones I got are Akg 271, but would recommend the standard k240s as they seem to be more neutral and less forward in the treble. I'm a fan of Akg headphones as in my opinion they have the most "neutral" and flat sound, which is what I like for mixing. Anyways, thanks for your interest. Can't wait to listen to your next post!
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perceptualvortex said 4049 days ago (July 19th, 2006)
Brilliant
Wow, I just loved listening to this. I'm going to have to check out more of your tunes. Had a bit of a Planet Drum vibe in places. Really excellent!
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basil81 said 4049 days ago (July 19th, 2006)
Oh my good Lord....
...Okay Para. You are now officially my absolute favorite macjammer, period!

That erhu, I gotta get me some of that. Is that on one of the new Jam Packs? Absolutely positively amazing. This was beautiful, it would fit perfectly in an IMAX presentation of a rain forest expedition. Wow. WOW!!! hahahahaha, brilliant, nuff said!

B.
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Leon said 4042 days ago (July 25th, 2006)
like a walk through a dreamworld...
This is ethereal.. I can honestly say you have some of the most wonderful
and goosebump-inducing music I have heard in all of Macjams. Love the
ethnic feel of this music.. makes me think of a spirit flowing through a
mystical forest in some parts of the world...
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Leon said 4042 days ago (July 25th, 2006)
like a walk through a dreamworld...
This is ethereal.. I can honestly say you have some of the most wonderful
and goosebump-inducing music I have heard in all of Macjams. Love the
ethnic feel of this music.. makes me think of a spirit flowing through a
mystical forest in some parts of the world...
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RickB1 said 4036 days ago (August 1st, 2006)
Keep writing....
Your stuff is really inspiring...I can't get enough of this!!
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Einarus said 4034 days ago (August 2nd, 2006)
Every song a hit
...and every hit a smash!

Seriously, though - I just love this.
All of this.
I love all of your songs, for that matter!
They just appeal to me in some way.

Please - continue to please me with your compositions!

Oh, and sorry for the belated comment :)

-E
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psnjron said 4032 days ago (August 4th, 2006)
incredible!
Wow! I can only wish to produce something this powerful sometime. You
certainly gave the rest of us something to reach for! Wonderful!
Keep this stuff coming! Definite download! Rp
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Scott Carmichael said 4014 days ago (August 23rd, 2006)
top shelf stuff here
I really enjoyed this textured tapistry... and your changes really take
me on a ride... lots of emotion... Thomas Dolbyesque in rich texture
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eDrew said 4005 days ago (September 1st, 2006)
Talent
You are an extremely talented fellow. You should consider a full-time
career in music. Don't let all this talent go unheard to the rest of the
world. I enjoyed this immensely
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MidiOrleans said 3990 days ago (September 15th, 2006)
Colorful
Much enjoyed! Clear & full of colors.
Fine composition & mix.
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scratch_harris said 3985 days ago (September 20th, 2006)
downloaded
I'm off to Scotland soon and this will be going with me. Spacious and
pulsing it reminded me of Deep Forest (God I love that first album). Your
fab production makes me wince at my own!

Jon
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j2morrow said 3969 days ago (October 6th, 2006)
Evocative
I felt like I was in China. Man, this is just wonderful. Awesome
production.
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Schello said 3967 days ago (October 9th, 2006)
,-)
I agree__fantastic!
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thomasa said 3956 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
This is
Great music.....I really enjoy the percussion sounds...
You´re a great musician...Wow...

Best
Thomas
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Roxylee said 3953 days ago (October 23rd, 2006)
Almost like being there...
Put my headphones on and forgot I was sitting here in the house. I
think I need to go outdoors and get a real fix of nature now. You have
definitey captured the rain forest here. I'm going to listen to this all
winter when I'm snowed in. :-)
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said 3948 days ago (October 27th, 2006)
Im sold
Ok Electric Lobster told me you were good, now its obvios beautiful song, I dig that you do world music, God bless!
paul f. page said 3944 days ago (October 31st, 2006)
World of Wonder
Wow! I am really amazed at the complexity of this piece and the evocative nature it imparts. (I have decided to NOT read other's comments before making my own because I want to give you an honest reaction) ... What a great soundtrack for a movie--maybe a nature film or something about a little-known tribe somewhere in the Rainforest in South America. Really interesting orchestration and most relaxing. ... Are the drums live or synthesized? If the latter, how do you do that? ...Oh, beautiful crescendo 1/2 way through. This is terrific stuff and I am anxious to listen to more. I think I'm going to learn a lot from you.
Paul
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Scorpjammer said 3929 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
GB Maestro!
YOWZA!

Wonderful work, P.

Man, you get the most out of GB. You should be on the road with Steve Jobs promoting it!

I really admire your midi percussion work. NOW, THIS IS HOW ITS DONE!

Awesome.

Scorp:)

Cool Artwork slide show :)

I'm curious to see which pic downloads and shows up in my iTunes.


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rovert10 said 3925 days ago (November 20th, 2006)
Might as well just download the lot...
It's all impressive stuff. Thanks for sharing all this.
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Audiologic said 3914 days ago (December 1st, 2006)
Wow
It all flows along perfectly. Choirs, everything. Wonderful Job.
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SmokeyVW said 3835 days ago (February 17th, 2007)
erhu
Heroes made me look for other erhu compositions - and lo - you've been here before! i too am very attracted to the erhu expressiveness...

thanks
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slumbering said 3713 days ago (June 20th, 2007)
This really is wondrous
It takes me into a part of the world where i'd like to be...
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caroline said 3468 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....
a million windchimes - loved it - thank you
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Char said 3250 days ago (September 24th, 2008)
That was an adventure:
Full of sights, sounds and tactile sensations. Green lush, wet, steamy, sun-dappled, hot. Weird animals and unspoiled nature - It's all there. Thank you.:)
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sschedra said 3035 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Meditative
refreshing as well. Just close your eyes and experience . . . a cool breeze if you're day is too hot . . . distant shores if you can't afford to travel . . . lush and inviting mountains when you are trapped indoors . . . You always hit the sweet spot, a true professional.
Very nice,
Stephen
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Parichayaka said 3035 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Meditative
Such a great comment. Music does have that capacity to inspire imagination and at best feed an inner yearning for something higher. The idea that my music could come close to any of that is a real compliment. Especially coming from a creative talent like yourself.
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curtithird said 2738 days ago (February 18th, 2010)
wow...
This is the reason I'm going to keep using my World Jam Pack, and not stop until I get a good theme! unfortunately, It will never be as good as this masterpiece. Excellent, man.
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SomeMadGirl said 2097 days ago (November 22nd, 2011)
incredible
This is incredible! This is GarageBand?! You have absolutely sold me on the World jam pack. But I’ll never in a million years get it to sound like this. ;-)
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Bubowski said 2097 days ago (November 22nd, 2011)
I had forgotten...
how good this piece is. It blows me away.
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