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Subterranean Passage


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kristyjo

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This piece is based on an asymmetrical meter (guess what it is.) I kept adding additional voices, and really it's a loop based piece - even though I created the loops myself. I used several of the different synth sounds that were included in GarageBand. I'm not sure exactly where the piece goes, but that's how it is when you're traveling through dark, damp caves underground, too.
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Plays: 82
Downloads: 130
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Uploaded: Oct 11, 2008 - 03:57:40 PM
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2008 - 03:57:40 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 09:27:08 PM
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PowerBook G4, Ederol keyboard
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Moviz said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
It must be
an enchanted passage with these wonderful sounds Kristyjo .I never heard anything from you that was as 'full' as this piece and it sounds wonderful; gets the imagination running thinking about all those Stalagmites, stalactites, caverns etc. Would have been nice a little longer though, regards M
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kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Departure
This is a bit of a musical journey for me. I do usually write for live instruments, so the different synth sounds were fun and different to work with. Thanks for your kind comments.
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said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Subterranean
Have you ever read any James Rollins? His book by this title is another good one of his - an underground epic that stretches into a bit of sci-fi adventure with the beasts and such. There are stretches of passages through sub-earthen caverns and such... anyway a good read. This piece would lend itself to a cine-track accompaniment for some of the journey in there...

Thanks,

. - Harold
kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
soundtrack -
I wonder where they get music for intros and outros of audio books. You get me to wondering. Thanks for the reference to the books, too. I enjoy fantasy reading when I get the chance. I appreciate your listening ear and your comments!
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magnatone said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Subterranean Passage
This is fabulous! Love how it builds up, the full sounds, little sub-tunes. Wonderful work KJ!
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kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Hi -
It was great chatting with you this afternoon, and listening to your music as well. I'm glad you liked this foray into electronic music.
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drakonis said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
wow...
You are always full of surprises... because of the square-wave synthy voices, and the almost baroque feel of this, it has a bit of a computer-game soundtrack feel... which is fun... and I love the almost middle-eastern feel to this. Very cool music, definitely off-beat, not just in meter.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
computer games
Actually my son thought it sounded like that, too. Of course, he said 'an old computer game'. Glad it met with your approval:) Thanks for listening, and for your comments. You ARE a dear dragon!
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yrp said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
itīs very
melodic to my ears and I really donīt imagine something dark when I listen.
In fact, it makes me smile...
;-)

I like it.
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kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Good
I'm glad you're smiling. As always, the title comes after the music has evolved for me, so I'm glad you have a different take on this. thanks for listening and commenting!
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Char said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Spell lunkerers
Would well understand. I was lucky enough to tour the Mammoth caverns. Beautiful formations everywhere,pools and winding, maze-like corridors. They should play this while the people make their way. Bold and beautiful. Thanks.
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kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Thanks, Char -
I went to Mammoth Cave about 30 years ago. I can still remember the shivery way I felt, and how my imagination ran wild about what it would be like without any light, exploring some new places. I'm glad this reminded you of Mammoth Cave. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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paul f. page said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
This is...
...so very different from anything I have heard you write. Such a lovely surprise to be sure. Yes, it is sort of an extended loop, but you keep bringing in bits and pieces of added voices that continue to shape and mold this into a very dramatic presentation. What a wonder mood or space you create here. Just mesmerizing while being tranquil. A real departure for you and a delightful listen.
(I am guessing 11/8 on the time...or some derivative of it.)
Peace.
Paul
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kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Paul-
I'm glad you liked my experiment. It does have a thicker texture than usual, but there were so many fun synths to play with and tweak! Thanks for being such a dedicated listener and commenter. I always look forward to what you have to say about my music.
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composerclark said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Cool!
I thought it was 3 3 2 3, but now I know it's 3 3 3 2! Cool!

This is a great track. I would LOVE to hear you go on with this a bit (or even a lot) longer. Or maybe this could be part of a suite or something. But it's good, and I hope you write more music!
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kristyjo said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Clark -
You are right. As was Paul, with the 11/8 meter. I enjoy going off in this new direction, and hearing from you as you comment. The 'suite' idea occurred to me, too, so I may see what develops in that area. Thanks for listening.
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Feter said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Subterranean Passage
very very nice ..so deep ..so spheric and imagenary !!
lovely structure ..very new to hear this electronic
sound from you but I can see how its so deeply based
on classical form what I really enjoyed ..thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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kristyjo said 3327 days ago (October 12th, 2008)
Feter -
Thanks for your listening and your comments. I'm glad the imagery worked for you. I'm not as comfortable in electronica as I am in classical instrumentation, so it's good to experiment and know that my efforts are met on such a positive 'note' ;)
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davisamerica said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
right then ...
ears still smiling and this is wonderful1
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kristyjo said 3327 days ago (October 12th, 2008)
right then -
I'm always glad to have your happy ears along for the ride :)
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peacepiano said 3328 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
Cool
Interesting rhythm. I like the way the synths layer in and out, never overwhelming each other. Very nice change of pace.

Thanks
Bill
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kristyjo said 3327 days ago (October 12th, 2008)
Bill -
I appreciate your comments on the texture. It helps give me direction on upcoming projects, as well as making me feel good about this posting.
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davajonah said 3327 days ago (October 12th, 2008)
Cool
This is really nice - some fabulous synth soundscapes in here. I wish it was longer! If this had been mine, I think I'd have had a slower build up to some of those "heavy duty" cave sounds, or a quieter break, then another build up, like going from one cavern and through a watery tunnel, then back into another huge cavern.

Still though, great tune. Kudos.
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kristyjo said 3326 days ago (October 13th, 2008)
Thanks
Thanks for your comments and your ideas for additional development. The thought of going through smaller tunnels and opening up into larger caverns is really appealing, and I may try out some of those suggestions as I revise this.
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saymme said 3326 days ago (October 13th, 2008)
dramatic
Like it more & more love the 'drama' in it !!!! Sounds so full of power really great !!! This could be a whole LP / Cd it's like a story, an adventure
TX : ) !! Have a good day Kristyjo more WomanPowerr!!
kristyjo said 3326 days ago (October 13th, 2008)
Woman power!
thanks for your always upbeat comments! I'm glad you get the picture of the underground caverns as you listen.
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K.I.S.KISMET said 3325 days ago (October 14th, 2008)
i'd love to...
hop into your mind and seize the talent of your fingers and detail to arrangement. i am loving the asymmetrical meter..a lot!

peace,
k
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kristyjo said 3324 days ago (October 15th, 2008)
Thanks
Thanks for your visit and your comments. I'm glad you get into the asymmetrical meter. It's great to work with something other than 4/4 time, and this gives a little bit of a push that adds some tension, I think. I also enjoyed listening to your own musical offerings.
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Andronis said 3324 days ago (October 15th, 2008)
Memories of childhood
This really is fantastic. The blend of "real" instruments with synths draws upon my memories in childhood of the caves as depicted in many a video game (especially the educational ones), but also evokes my experiences with real caves. The synth sweeps remind me a little of the Moody Blues and the types of music they SHOULD have written for the IMAX movie Journey into Amazing Caves. This definitely makes me think of a journey into an amazing cave. :)
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kristyjo said 3324 days ago (October 15th, 2008)
Sam-
Thanks for the listen and comments. As you know, I'm not usually that into synths, but they seemed to fit this piece well. I just got done listening to an episode of Excelsior. Good stuff, and it's great experience for you to be doing that kind of composing and performance. Kudos.
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Andronis said 3323 days ago (October 16th, 2008)
Synths
Oh wow, you actually sat through a whole episode? I hope you didn't start with the first one... everybody's come such a long way since then!

As for synth sounds, I'm not generally too fond of them either, but you putting this wonderful piece up was actually what led me to polishing up the medical scene's music and uploading it to MacJams.
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kristyjo said 3323 days ago (October 16th, 2008)
Yes,
I did actually sit through a whole episode, but not the first one. It was the latest one, where a couple of people are killed off. Nice death music on that one, by the way.
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Andronis said 3323 days ago (October 16th, 2008)
Pity it's not mine
Thanks for listening! I hope you enjoyed it. (I was Lt. Alex Lorhrok, the chief engineer.)

I'm sad to say I didn't write the death music. In that episode, I only did the opening and the closing credits music. The rest of the music is recycled from professional soundtracks from various sci-fi shows like Dr. Who. I'm slowly but surely replacing the stock music cues with original music, though.


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kassia said 3321 days ago (October 18th, 2008)
caves
Very cool atmospheric stuff going on around your composition here. I love the asymmetrical meter and the kind of "round" feeling, moving through those underground caves. And very cool instrument and synth choices. Great experimental piece - thanks for sharing this!
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kristyjo said 3320 days ago (October 19th, 2008)
I'm glad you had a chance to listen!
Thanks for the affirmation on synth voice choice. I do enjoy messing around, but making final decisions on what 'worked' was a bit mind-boggling. I finally went with what I had in place when I finally went to bed that night, and then working from there. I appreciate comments from fine musicians, such as yourself.
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TracyVosh said 3318 days ago (October 21st, 2008)
Beeeeaaaautiful!
This is amazing Kristy. It takes me to another place and time...a lovely place I'll continue to visit!
kristyjo said 3315 days ago (October 24th, 2008)
Hi Tracy
I'm glad I could help in the transportation department:) Thanks for stopping by and listening!
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dirigent said 3314 days ago (October 25th, 2008)
Subterranean Passage
A wonderful voyage, a great piece of music full of atmosphere, I like the choice of synthsounds. Marvellous!!
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kristyjo said 3314 days ago (October 25th, 2008)
Thanks
I'm glad you enjoyed my synth choices, Andreas. I studied electronic music in college, way back in the 1980's, and we had to work a lot harder to get different kinds of sounds, then. It's a lot of fun to experiment - much more difficult to make a final choice on what I'm going to use, now.
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VicDiesel said 3312 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
I love prime numbers
Interesting rhythm, but it flows fairly organically. The choice of sounds is more interesting than the rhythm, in particular how you place them in foreground and background. Is that conscious that the sounds not only build up in volume, but also seem to be coming closer?


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I've been performing, composing and teaching music for many years. I enjoy arranging traditional and classic pieces, and also enjoy composing original music. I'll write for whomever will perform my music, so I've written for children's choirs, co... [see more]

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