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I'm back again with my Native American Flutes. I now have two real flutes, in the keys of G and A (which means gm and am) I'll post some of my experiments here. The first one is called 'Crimson'. It's being played by one flute in one take. I panned back and forth to give the effect of two flutes players taking turns. This is meditative music, and very calming - don't operate heavy machinery while listening!
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Uploaded: Oct 27, 2008 - 12:20:58 PM
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2008 - 12:20:58 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 08:59:59 PM
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Native American Flute - made by Butch Hall. Eastern Cedar. Key of G.
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drakonis said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
so beautiful
gorgeous composition and playing... definitely slows me down, and transports me to a warm evening on a mesa, overlooking a moonlit canyon.

Only suggestion I have is possibly fiddle a bit with the reverb... this needs a slightly different reverb I think. The opening note almost doesn't sound like a flute at first, because the reverb tangles with it and evens it out too much. I would probably suggest turning OFF GB reverb, and use my favorite "AUMatrix Reverb" effect instead, probably "Large hall" setting, with wet/dry mix set at around 25%.

Beautiful playing, and they probably look as pretty as they sound. Does Butch Hall have a web site that he sells these on?

ttfn,
Drakonis
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drakonis said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Butch Hall
Duh... a flick of the google-wrist, and there he is!
http://www.butchhallflutes.com/

I may have to order me one of these!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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VicDiesel said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Butch Hall
Warmly recommended. I have two of his flutes, and they are both high quality and very affordable. There are plenty of other makers of quality flutes, but his instruments an excellent way to start.


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kristyjo said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Drak-
Thanks for the listen! It's interesting to hear your 'take' on this setting, because I fiddled around a lot with it for my PVC flute, and this worked pretty well for that, but I can hear what you mean about not being recognizable as a NAF. I'll try out your suggestion for an alternative reverb setting. You can find the Butch Hall flutes at butchhallflutes.com & at Grand Canyon Flutes.
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composerclark said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Yes, beautiful for sure.
As Drak says, just beautiful. And so expressive! I didn't read the song info until I had begun to listen to it, and, as Drakonis mentioned, it was hard to figure out what the instrument was at first. I'm not knowledgeable enough about audio to know if that's a reverb issue, but at the very least it's kind of cool to have to listen for a while until the ear figures out what the instrument is.

Not that it needs it, but I'd be curious to hear what this might sound like against some beautiful, static string sonorities (without vibrato).

Clark
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kristyjo said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Hi, Clark
I'm glad you came to listen. The string idea is interesting - I always have a hard time getting the tuning true. If i start with the flute, I don't have chords to play against to adjust my tuning. If I start with the strings, the improvisational nature of the piece goes away. I probably could record with a drone, then add flute and then chordal tones... Anyway, good idea, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Monkaton said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Organic . . .
Nice calming, organic sounding piece. I agree with the nature sound overlooking the canyon. Can't help but think of the great southwest or plains.

Anyway, very nicely done. Good playing and haunting melody.
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kristyjo said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
This time of year -
always turns up the stress level at my job. Grading, high stakes testing, parent teacher conferences all ramp up my stress level. I find that playing the NAF is really a calming, centering experience. I'm glad you got some of that from listening, too.
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Mystified said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Beautiful :)
It's interesting reading the comments here!

My initial impression when I heard the first sound, was that it was a human voice singing in straight tone--but the initial 'attack' was not right for that...so it had to be something else!

This is a lovely and indeed meditative composition. Beautiful tones and soothing variations in the tones.
Thank you for posting this here :)
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kristyjo said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Nice to see you, Misty!
I love the NAF because of its very organic quality, and its naturally flexible sound. The range is limited, but there's a lot of depth and character in the tone quality you can get from it. Thanks for listening!
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Feter said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Crimson
Very calming and natural beauty sound of this flute !
loved the theme ...and sphere of the song ...some true
meditation here ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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kristyjo said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Feter -
I always love to see that you've stopped by to listen. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. There will be more of these posted in the next couple of weeks - I have just a couple of days before I'm back into teaching full time, so I'm a busy beaver, trying to get things finished and ready to post.
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paul f. page said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Just...
...beautiful call and response. The composition is just about perfect the way it is, KJ. Don't change a thing! I do agree with Eduard about maybe adding a little distance to the overall reverb...and the string ensemble/drone effect is a good one, too, but I understand your constraints in the true tuning... This is really beautiful work.
Peace.
Paul
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kristyjo said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
Paul-
I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece. I am using my PVC flute at school, now, because it's sturdy. The real wood flutes are more fragile, but have a lot more warmth and timbre flexibility. I've tried Eduard's reverb settings, and I think he has hit upon something, (or is secretly a NAF recording expert). Thank you for your kind comments and support!
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Ed Hannifin said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
See: appropriate graphic element, ibid.
This is lovely, kristyjo... Needs that graphic element for popping up on the iPod...

Ed
kristyjo said 3216 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Yes, I know
but I'm not a visuals kind of person - i always listen with my eyes closed ;) I don't even put up bulletin boards in my room at school. Still, I'll try to find something that makes sense for this. Actually, I'll try to find something for my NEXT post, so you can get it on your iPod :)
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VicDiesel said 3217 days ago (October 27th, 2008)
As was already remarked
It's later in the piece that the flute really comes into its proper sound.

Lovely playing.


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kristyjo said 3216 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Hey, Vic,
Thanks for coming and checking out my tune!
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chronologic said 3216 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Sounds authentic
I'm sure the natural flute helps a lot with that. I have purchased a few recordings from independent Native American musicians...I am just a big fan of all kinds of independent music and especially organic music coming from the tradition of people. When I heard this I thought to myself "awesome there is a Native American artist on MacJams!". Well, you fooled me. Which is good in a different sort of way! Basically this has the kind of contemplative air that is appropriate for the instrument and you pulled it off with style. Very nicely done.
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kristyjo said 3215 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Actually-
I am one-sixty-fourth Ojibwa. (Called Chippewa, too.) Maternal great(x4) grandmother. Maybe that's where I get my affinity for the sounds of this instrument. Or maybe it's just because it sounds so calm, yet wild.
Thanks for listening and sharing your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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thetiler said 3216 days ago (October 28th, 2008)
Nice
sounds, great to hear a natural instrument and not just software. But of course I like software. But this is a good change of pace!
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kristyjo said 3215 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Hi-
I like software, too. You have more control over certain aspects of MIDI instruments that I find very empowering. That said, though, I love just playing the Native American flute. It is simple when played in pentatonic modes, and I can literally slow my heart rate down when I play it. Thanks for your comments.
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Reinholt56 said 3215 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Hi Kristyjo......
I have downloaded this piece to try meditating to it. I first heard it last night but didn't leave any comment.

The texture of the sounds is very evocative and I'll be trying to picture North American scenes during my quiet time.

I noticed though that Andean themes broke in , to my way of thinking, so maybe it was more the phrasing that you chose more than the timbre.

All in all it was a good sound.

Take care.

Paul


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kristyjo said 3215 days ago (October 29th, 2008)
Hi,
I'm glad you listened to it a couple of times. Although I like listening to native American flute music, I enjoy playing it, more. I sometimes get bogged down in proper technique, culturally correct form and style, and a whole host of other concerns that stem from my musicology and folk music research background. I decided with this to just play, without consciously concerning myself with those kind of particulars. It's more fun for me, but, I'm sure, not quite as 'authentic' sounding as it might be. There are other influences that enter into other things that I'm playing right now, so I'll call this 'Native American Fusion' style to be accurate. Thanks so much for your comments!
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LunaTrick said 3215 days ago (October 30th, 2008)
Wow
After reading your kind comments, I decided to stop by and listen to your music. I love the solo flute - and I really like the tone and resonance you get in your recording. Excellent!
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kristyjo said 3213 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
Hi-
Thanks for stopping by. I'll be posting more of this kind of music in the next couple of weeks!
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Enrique Gil said 3213 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
Hi Kristy!
I love the warmth and serenity of this piece......certainly your talent playing it add to its charm.
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kristyjo said 3212 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
Hi,
Thanks for listening. Although there are many 'mistakes' in here, I decided to let it ride, because I will never get it perfect, and every time I try to correct things in an improvised piece, the piece loses its flow.
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guygrooves said 3212 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
Beautiful
on many different levels. Thoroughly enjoyed and downloaded. Outstanding piece KristyJo. Thanks for sharing it.
Peace
Guy
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kristyjo said 3212 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
Guy-
thank YOU for listening, commenting & downloading!
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damiengh said 3211 days ago (November 2nd, 2008)
perfect
Perfect for this overcast, misty afternoon. Soothing my state of being and helping to adjust to the time change we had this weekend.

Verrrrrrrry Peaccccccccceeeeeeeefullllllllll.

Ok..... now I'm all ready. Thanks, I needed that. The flute-pause that refreshes.

Just super Kristyjo.
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kristyjo said 3211 days ago (November 2nd, 2008)
I am
so glad I could soooooooooth your mind and help you adjust to Standard Time!
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said 3211 days ago (November 2nd, 2008)
absoflutely
love this piece- nice job to pan without overdoing it. Really an enjoyable, relaxing, meditative piece, thanks.

. - Harold
kristyjo said 3211 days ago (November 2nd, 2008)
Harold -
Thanks for taking the time to listen. I wasn't sure about the panning, so I'm glad you weighed in with that thought! Your comments are appreciated!
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PatriciaGirl said 2808 days ago (December 10th, 2009)
running water...
running water...
very nice piece Kristyjo, your flute playing is great. I can imagine myself in some tranquil or serene environment listening to you while near a fall of running water. I will listen to more your pieces. Thanks you for sharing with me. -Patty
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