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I asked Stephen (sschedra) if he would look over the guitar chords and offer suggestions, and he not only altered chords, but changed this piece for guitars instead of the higher-pitched Bolivian charangos (mandolin-like instrument.) Please tell us what you think of this update.

Stephen: I worked on the second guitar a bit and made the chords as I would play them in the basic position.  I moved the bass down an octave.  I eq'ed both guitars and the bass and gave the first guitar a little concert hall reverb to match the pan flutes.  All that stuff is just subjective and to taste.  I hope I didn't kill an absolutely great song.   I think you were doing a traditional folk sound with the charangos and here I am changing it to guitar, sigh.  Well, I love this piece (as do all who hear it), so I am just hoping my tweaks give it something that does not take away from its greatness.

Eduard: While my wife and I were travelling back down the coast of California (near Big Sur) from a vacation around New Years, we stopped at a turnout over a cliff, and took a bunch of video of at least 15 California Condors, flying and hanging out on the guard rail, not 15 feet from us! These amazing birds, once almost extinct in the wild, are now being re-introduced on the west coast. When full-grown, they can have a 10-foot wingspan, the largest land-birds in North America. I'm editing the video as we speak (checking with the San Diego Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society to see if they want the footage.) I have about 15 minutes of amazing video of them in flight, or sunning themselves in the trees, or ambling around looking at the growing crowd of people, who are stopping to look at them in return. I am hoping that despite their apparent lack of fear of people, they remain safe.

Due to lots of interest, I have edited down the condor video and have posted it on YouTube for all to see, go here to watch and read a little write-up of the trip (http://schwansongs.blogspot.com/)

As part of the ending credits, I needed a quickie "Condor" theme, so I whipped this up. It is supposed to evoke Peruvian/Bolivian style folk music. There are some still-photos that I took, as the artwork above.
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dirigent said 3435 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
good :-)
This guitar version is beautiful. The soft guitar sound fits very well to the nice pictures and the birds ...
I like it :-)
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drakonis said 3435 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
tone mellows
I think the guitars, as well as lowering the bass an octave, gives this a more somber tone. Stephen's suggested changes are quite nice, I thought. Thank you for listening and offering comments as this progresses, Andreas! Off to listen to your latest.
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magnatone said 3435 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
I LOVE IT
Can't wait to see your youtube video too! Is this an actual guitar being played? If you got this sound from GB, I'm really impressed, but then I'm used to being impressed with you. I love the pan flutes and can totally picture the condors here. Thanks Eduard!


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drakonis said 3435 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Faux Guitar
Nope, I asked Stephen to either play a real guitar, or show me how badly I messed up the chords... he took m existing "fake charango" MIDI score (and printed score) and changed some chords and re-cast the GB instrument to a lower acoustic guitar sound. I had already put some "strumming" delay in the notes to make it sound like a strummed chord, but that stands out a lot better with his choice of guitar sound I think.

The link to the video is right up there in the song description (http://schwansongs.blogspot.com/)... I'd love to hear your thoughts on the video too! THAT was a magical encounter!

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Mcboy said 3435 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
just gorgeous
composition and gentle guitar are a fabulous mix.....the blown pipe/flute renders a sublime melody......many bows.....
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drakonis said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Mcboy...
your thoughtful listen is always appreciated, and all the more here, since you are able to get past my attempts at MIDI-scoring the guitar strums, and the music still sounds good? That is a wonderful compliment, and I'm very happy to offer a slice of sublime melody to you. I think Stephen has helped a lot here by moving the bass & guitars down an octave, giving the flutes more space to play in.
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Roxylee said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Enhanced
I really like the rich chords ands the lowered bass- and it still retains the Bolivian feel. The textures in here are great, Eduard and Stephen, Kudos to you both. :-)
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drakonis said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Yay!
OK, so we are getting closer to the pinnacle of goodness... hope I don't run out of air before we get there... I can see Machu Picchu ahead! :-) Thank you for listening YET AGAIN to this and offering your thoughts, Roxylee, you are a great help!
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Feter said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Andes Off!
YES ... !! the Touch of a Folkie heart to this !!
I m enjoyin this way to much cos now it has the folkie
sound much more with all the deep guitars sound .
way to go folks you ROCK !!

how I love it ...one of your best Draki ... !

KUDOS !!
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drakonis said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Feter!
I think there is a "Folk" gene in all of us that goes back to ancient troubadors... it is where we all connect. You are very talented here, but you hear strong folk-backing in this, then I'm improving! I will continue to practice. Thank you for listening and offering your encouragement, my friend.
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said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Andes Off!
I like the tango feel and the instrumentation. Nice guitar work as well. Nice rhythms and feel in this piece!
drakonis said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
el tango pasa
I had fun giving a tango-like feel to this under the flutes... and I'm glad you liked the overall feel of this. If you have time, check out the video for the inspiration of this :-)
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Elevator_Funk said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
I'm
surprised he didn't just play his own guitars, he's pretty good from what I'd heard on his page. This version sounds really good. It has an added warmth to it with the changes.
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sschedra said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
Thought about it
Brian, I thought about playing the second guitar part, but my classical guitar (although it has great tone) buzzes a lot and so I just modified the basic midi. I didn't touch the lead part, but thought about putting some live rifs over it as harmony, but then when I thought about the thing as a whole, well, its Eduards work and I just wanted to hear it with classical guitar and not change the overall feel and style (which I think is great). Too, I am not quite as capable as you give me credit for I could not produce anything like that lead part without a lot more practice (and many, many takes ;-> )
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drakonis said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
me too!
I too was hoping he'd play over it... but even better is the fact that Stephen carefully went over the chord charts I sent and tweaked the GB file to be more "correct" for a real guitar player... and when he sends it back, I will study his changes so I can learn from it and improve! "Teach a man to fish..." and all that :-) However, I would still love to hear some more live guitar on something of mine someday :-)
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guitapick said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
The guitar parts...
...are perfect...we must be on the same "subjective" frequencey...beautiful piece...downloaded...
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drakonis said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Perfect?
Well, coming from YOU, that's extremely high praise! Thank you for listening and heading way down south with us! I look forward to learning from his tweaks!
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guitapick said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
~
I'm pretty familiar with this genre. Very impressed with Stephen's choices and playing here. Very tasteful. Combined with your work...wonderful stuff, Eduard.
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eanbardsley said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
A real nice,...
South American style piece, I enjoyed it very much, thank you for sharing it!!!

Ian
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drakonis said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Ian
from another acoustic guitarist I admire, thank you very much for listening and enjoying!

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Doug Somers said 3434 days ago (February 24th, 2008)
And it just keeps on getting better
Really nice work here, and an impressive sound quality as well. That guitar - wow! Great results and another fav.

Cheers,,
Doug
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drakonis said 3433 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Stephen did a great job
He switched in the guitar sound, tweaked the chords, and added some reverb
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Barretok said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Beautiful...
Being from around that area (Peru), I must say you captured the feeling quite well. It's a great performance and I love the Condor images.
B
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drakonis said 3433 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Thank you!
Hi Barretok, I am very delighted to have your native ears enjoy this then! I love this style of music, and wanted to do it justice. Glad you enjoyed the images too... I hope you also watched the video I shot of these birds too (link is above in the description.)
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lupiroz said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
That pics with Condor&Dragon
together are really amazing, such great species U are!....I like this tune, the combination of andine flute and classic guitar works fantastically and the production quality is also topnoch.
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drakonis said 3433 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Excellent Lou
Thank you for listening to the latest update to this... I'm glad you don't mind us two species (big ugly flying things :-) Looks are not everything, after all!
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davisamerica said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
yep
is a beauty. nice tweeking to a great tune... very different feel!
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drakonis said 3433 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
little tweak, big difference
Yes, those seemingly minor changes really gave a different overall feel, but I do like it better, after the initial shock of hearing it sound so different... funny things happen to your brain when you listen to the same piece over and over as you work on it. I was glad to hear a new rendition, a bit mellower and richer sounding.
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Estella said 3434 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
A nice change
I think you're right about the lower octave giving the flute more space. The guitars have a wonderful warm sound. I'm thinking now with the extra space, the flute doesn't need to be as loud and in your face. It can easily just float above the guitars if it were a bit softer in the mix. Just a thought.

I think it's great that you're trying all these things with the piece. The video is worth it, and I bet it's been fun.
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drakonis said 3433 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
A stellar suggestion :)
Yes! I think you are right... I think Stephen didn't want to make too many changes to this, but when I get his changes back, *I can* (bwahaha). I will incorporate his changes, and then see about dropping the pan flutes back a little, per your suggestion. Thank you for listening so carefully, and watching the video too. I have been loving all of it, working on the video editing and the music both!
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Cellar said 3433 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
pretty
enjoyed it thuroughly
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drakonis said 3433 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Thank you
Glad you dropped in to listen and liked it. Glad to see you posting stuff again!
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said 3433 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
Delightful
This is so good, it puts me into a south American frame of mind, the Andes perhaps, congrats to both of you...
drakonis said 3433 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
waaaay South of the border...
that's where I wanted to take you, so it was working then! :-) Thanks for stopping in to listen to this evolving piece, and thanks for sharing YOUR epic talents here on Macjams too!
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paul f. page said 3432 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Eduard,
...you've gotten an awful lot of mileage from your trip to Big Sur.. . I love the gentleness of this number and it swings along with that wonderful bass and guitar. It is just so very pleasant to listen to. Ah, I really like the solo guitar about 3/4 in. Great little bridge...Oops...it stopped! Just give it a couple more measures...and then a definitive cadence. ...
Really a beautifully-rendered and thoughtfully-structured piece. Nice. Nice. Nice.
peace.
Paul
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drakonis said 3432 days ago (February 27th, 2008)
400 miles of mileage
We loved that trip, and the video and music it inspired in me has been wonderful, especially with all the suggestions and feedback! Thank you for the careful ear and suggestions for extending the guitar part and adding a more definitive cadence before launching back into the repeat... I will do that!

I always appreciate your thoughtful words... thank you again Paul! Andes off again to work on it more...
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said 3432 days ago (February 27th, 2008)
Great
I like the flute on this one.... And the guitar is played great... There's some good details in the guitar play, that i really like.... Good song.... Thanks for sharing...
drakonis said 3432 days ago (February 27th, 2008)
Thanks Jakob...
If you have never heard Bolivian folk music, you should poke around and see if you can find some... it is always very deeply moving to me. I tried to re-create it, and Stephen made some great updates here by altering the orchestration from the higher-pitched guitar sound to a lower-pitched one, and dropping the bass down too. I now have ideas for making this even better! Glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for listening and offering great comments, on my music and so many others here too! And for writing great music yourself!
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saymme said 3429 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
. Wow...
What a truely Beautiful composition Drakonis - GREAT to hear Your Music once again ! One of Best I've heard so far . . :)

drakonis said 3429 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Thank you Lena!
So glad to have you stop in and listen and let me know you like it. If its the best so far, that is good, it means I am not getting worse! :-)
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said 3428 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Great!
I'm in love with this version, great job you and sschedra did. The guitar is really nice addition to this piece.
Enjoyed it from the start till the end. KUDOS!

Take Care
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drakonis said 3428 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Thank you for flying in, Birdman
Hey Yeman, good to see you again, as always! I agree, Stephen's tweaks by changing this to a lower-register regular guitar sounds even better. I'm refining the piece with each of these suggestions. Glad it kept you interested throughout! It is a short flight, but I hope to extend it some on the next launch.
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MIRx said 3427 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Beautiful one, man
it really has the spirit of the Andes, imo. Flute and guitar are simply great, but I esppecially liked it when the maracas (they were maracas, weren't they?) came in now and then.
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drakonis said 3427 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
Macaws?
Glad you got into the vibe... the percussion I added was some kind of shaker thingie, I don't remember now what it was, but I chose it to sound like what is often used in the Peruvian/Bolivian music.
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said 3427 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Brilliant.

Hi

Well done. A beautiful stunning peice of music loved everything about it.
well done you guys, a great listen.
Peace
Dee.
drakonis said 3427 days ago (March 3rd, 2008)
nice peace
Thank you for listening, Dee... and I'm enjoying your musical adventures here too!
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sloparts said 3423 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Music as regal as
the Condors. An excellent piece of music that is performed well and mixed to perfection. I haven't heard the original, so I can't comment on the changes, but to my ears this is just wonderful.

Thanks for the colab and for sharing you efforts. Bravo to both of you.

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drakonis said 3422 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Got the guitar part past you...
Well, Stephen did some nice tweaks with the guitar parts to make them like they were played... I hope to incorporate his changes into an updated version that is even longer with a nice little change-up idea supplied by Alfalpha recently... in the mean time, don't forget to check out the video I took of these amazing birds (link in the description.) Thank you for stopping in and enjoying the flight! I shall soar over to your neck of the woods now, Ed!
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lengold said 3423 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
I never
realised until now that midi guitars/pan pipes could sound so real.
Really enjoyed this listen - the music has a lovely gentleness about it that digs deep into oneself and is very relaxing.
Cheers
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drakonis said 3422 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
a bit of trickery
Yes, I am learning a lot about how to de-MIDIfy my music... and writing things that evoke moods. I have a long way to go, but I am glad you stopped in and listened, and mentioned these things, it tells me I'm headed in the right direction! Thank you!
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btransue said 3413 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
I must of fallen
off the truck and hit my head again, or perhaps I slipped into some parallel universe where everything looks the same...but sounds so much different. Dig this South American journey. Thanks for taking me away.
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drakonis said 3413 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
Good to see you again
even with that nasty bump on your head... if music takes you far away, it's a good thing in my book... that's certainly what your music has done for me. Hopefully you clicked on the link in the description and watched the Condor video I shot up in Big Sur, which inspired this music in the first place :-)
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Confounded said 3358 days ago (May 10th, 2008)
Very well
Very well made for this genre. perfectly writed and produced. Thanks for sharing it.
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drakonis said 3358 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Thanks for listening
Thank you Amirreza, I am happy that you enjoyed this one. Usually music is hard for me to write, but this one came out very easily, and was fun to write. I like it when that happens!
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Moviz said 3298 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
I do
Love this version Drak. It sounds so rich with the warm (not somber) sounding instruments and that fabulous beat, lovely melody too, regards M
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drakonis said 3298 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
Yay!
Thank you Maurice... glad the beat and melody capture your attention, that is my wish. Now to get back to all my other half-finished musical projects!
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ShadowofNine said 3052 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Wonderful
A fine piece captures the essence of the Latin rhythm,In a traditional way, the guitar shines threw, as does the flute(s) much enjoyed...
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drakonis said 3052 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Thank you
Essence was what I was shooting for, and Stephen did an awesome job with his guitar on this! Hope you got a chance to peek at the Youtube video that inspired this music too (linked in the description.) That was an extremely memorable experience! Thank you for listening and commenting! I'm certainly enjoying your music too!
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 2617 days ago (May 21st, 2010)
Very pretty!
It has a very nice romantic feel to it! Nice work here!
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drakonis said 2617 days ago (May 21st, 2010)
Romance is always good...
Glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you got to read the little write-up in the description about what amazing event inspired it too. Looking forward to your next piece of music!
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awigze said 2464 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
oh yes...
wanted to make sure this was linked to Maureens version. Very nice and well defined with the guitar here.
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drakonis said 2464 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
I am remiss
and I need to get Maureen's and your wonderful version linked as a collab from my artist page too (along with a few other collabs that I've not gotten on there yet, eek!) Stephen did a sweet job on this one, especially considering this is MIDI-notated guitar too!
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Philip18 said 2278 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Flying High
What a great tune - you really capture the Peruvian feel, I think. Beautifully produced, too - very clean and bright. One of the good things about being relatively new to MacJams, as I am, is the number of gems to be found in back postings!
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drakonis said 2278 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Welcome aboard
Very glad to hear you like the clean lines in this, something I strive for, sometimes with some success. Oh, the back catalog... don't go back there, you'll never be seen again, Macjams has a HUGE library now, I think it is beginning to bend SpaceTime :-) I certainly can no longer escape it's pull. But while I'm here, I really need to pop over and listen to your music in return, thank you for commenting on mine!
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