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From Shetland to Syria v4 MJRF


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Celtic

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This was the first composition that I put together. I used my son's mac, Soundtrack, and just started pulling loops out of the loop browser one after the other until I was done. I had hoped to actually add some live instruments to this particular remix but I am pressed for time so I did a little re-balancing of v3 and that's it.

The idea behind the song is the broad influences of celtic music and how they can be played with together rather than in a linear (temporal) evolution. This is also inspired by some of the work done by Loreena McKennitt who is a brilliant artist on so many fronts.

The artwork is a digital painting I made from a photograph of a sand dune.

Hope you enjoy it!
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Song Stats
Hits: 3118
Comments: 41
Fans: 21
Plays: 131
Downloads: 106
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Feb 14, 2009 - 10:39:36 AM
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2009 - 10:49:06 AM Last Played: Apr 09, 2017 - 07:23:22 PM
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Comments
caymanjazz said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Good Layering
I like the layering and the mix is good with good bottom. Everything is clear and in good balance. I would say a very good song overall.
Thanks Mike
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Thanks Mike
Appreciate you stopping by. I've enjoyed listening to your work as well. Welcome to MJ!

Doug
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Moviz said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Good morphing Doug
love the way this merges from one country to the next musically.... and a real toe tapper too, cheers M
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Nice to hear from you Maurice
The beat in this is kind of infectious, no? I can't claim too much credit though as it is a loop. :o)

Be well,
Doug
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Feter said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
From Shetland to Syria
Hmmm how coincident ...as me in syria ...I love celtic music and you done it
justice ...very progressive and charming as ever ...very authentic ..world
music ...very cool production ...thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Little did I realise that in naming this piece
I would meet a fine musician and friend from Syria! Thanks Feter for you post here and for your amazing support for all of the composers and performers on this site.

Cheers,
Doug
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Skean said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Uplifting
Nice put together, I really like the orient feeling I get from it... Nice painting.. Cheers
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Hey bro
Thanks - I love to hear from you and your creative work!!

Be well,
Doug
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SmokeyVW said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
different
a nice mixture of different cultures. sounds great!

thanks

reminds me a little of this: http://macjams.com/song/30645

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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
It's always cool to see
how different people employ the same loop. I liked your piece The Clairsentient very much and note that you did a lot of mixing of different vocals as well (rather a lot more than I did here).

Thanks for the comments!
Doug
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LunaTrick said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
So very tasty
Melding of styles... very well put together... tasteful and alluring. Best thing I've heard in a while!
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
So kind of you to say so!
I really appreciate you coming by with such support for the work.

Be well,
Doug
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blaky smith said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Enjoyed
Nice tune Doug. I love celtic music and this piece is very well done, nice vocals too. Bravo...
Marc
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Bonjour Marc
I can't claim credit for the vocals as they are all loops, but I am glad you like how I selected the sounds and baked them into this result.

Merci encore,
Doug
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Char said 3141 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
I remember this.
I love Celtic best. It sounds authentic as it moves through the different ethnicities. Enjoyed it. Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Wow, a good memory
considering all the music you listen to!! I really like Celtic as well and yet have not produced any more on MJ - yet. I have some ideas in the works that I hope will see the light of day.

Thanks for your kind words Char!
Doug
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dirigent said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
From Shetland to Syria
What a fascinating journey - love the Celtic sound combines with the oriental vocals and the modern electro-percussion sound. A felicitous mixture. There are some wonderful niceties, as the excellent use of vocal samples and the Didgeridoo. We are one world, yeah!!!
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Doug Somers said 3133 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Yes, a smattering of tones from all over
and we are one world indeed. Thanks for your encouraging comments!

Be well,
Doug
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DWL said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Groovy tune
Reminds me very much of Martyn Bennett (who I would strongly recommend if you don't know him)

Good hypnotic groove and the mix of the instruments and vocals is excellent.

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 3133 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Thanks for the reference
I checked out Martyn and his work is brilliant. Very much right up my street. Thanks too for your comments Dick!
Cheers,
Doug
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dajama said 3139 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
Very cool
Nicely done. This is a great arrangement. I like the way you blend the different styles and instrumental "colors". The overall effect is superb. NIce sound too - everything nicely balanced. Very impressive. Nicely done. Peace.
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Doug Somers said 3133 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Thanks David
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for such positive remarks. I liken some of the magic here to beginner's luck which then got polished up with the feedback I received.

Many thanks,
Doug
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Diviner said 3139 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
Balanced Well
All the levels seem to be right, and love the mix of folk music with the synth beat driving and keeping everything together. Nice one Doug.
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Doug Somers said 3133 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
right then
from this student creator of driving beats to the master, your kind words are most appreciated here. I find that in Celtic music bringing out this kind of beat just seems to be an easy target.

All the best,
Doug
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richard13 said 3139 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
A fine first composition
an enjoyable listen and, I hope, a worthy contribution to MJRF. Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 3133 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Thanks Richard
I have been over at your site as well and it is brilliant. Thanks for your support here. Glad you liked the tune.

Peace,
Doug
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Roxylee said 3138 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Seamless integration
of Celtic to Eastern. This was your first composition? You sure learn fast, Doug. This sounds expert to me! I like the layering you did here, and the voices.
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Doug Somers said 3133 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Thanks for the compliments Roxy
This piece has been reworked to adjust levels and a bit of reverb but the instruments as laid down are original. I'm glad you stopped by!

Be well,
Doug


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Bowman said 3136 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Multi layered - Multi cultural - Multi beautiful.
A skillful and lively gathering of music that in your hands Doug, becomes a unique, stirring, foot stomping storm music.
Best,
Charlie


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Doug Somers said 3133 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Wow,
that's a powerful comment Charlie. Thanks very much - I really appreciate it! I'm enjoying going back through your work as well. :o)

Be well Sir,
Doug
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SISTERS said 3123 days ago (March 4th, 2009)
sword dance, anyone?
glorious textures against the droned bottom
thoughtful placement of looped voices - coulda fooled me!
i like your energy, decisions, spirit, and that lovely picture.
thank you,
anne


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Doug Somers said 3122 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
Thanks Anne
It's great to hear from you - and with such very kind things to say!

I love your work and plan to get back to hear more soon.

Be well,
Doug
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Trillian said 3066 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Very nice piece : )
I'm very fond of Loreena McKennitt's work also. This is a very nice arrangement - beautiful - up-beat - very nice vocals.
Doug Somers said 3051 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Thanks Trillian, but
I can't take credit for the singing. Still, I think the assembly of sounds is what I wanted to express and I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts, and it's always nice to hear from another Loreena McKennitt fan.

Cheers,
Doug
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Rebsie said 3066 days ago (April 30th, 2009)
Wooooow!!
This is wonderful Doug! So sorry it's taken me so long to get here. Very creative use of culture fusion ... the various strands really sound like they belong together, and the overall effect is a delight. Thank you.
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Doug Somers said 3051 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Wow back at you!
I'm honoured to have such strong support from a musician I so admire. The fusion was great fun I must admit. And sorry to be so late coming to find your post here.

Be well,
Doug
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Outtaorbit said 2907 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
This is what I love about Macjams....
Nicely done......
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Doug Somers said 2885 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
High praise in few words
Many thanks for the kind comments. I haven't checked back here recently and it's like finding a $20 bill in an old coat when people still comment on older works.

Thanks!
Doug
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blindsidedpoets said 2907 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
From Shetland to Syria
Really cool mix of stuff in this, and it works! Nicely done.
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Doug Somers said 2884 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Another new listener
I thank you for your taking the time to go back through my catalog and listen to this piece. I personally like it (not to sound arrogant, I hope) and am always happy when the melding of the styles also works for other listeners.

Be well,
Doug
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PaulaMunk said 2654 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Love it.
So much...so much beauty all wrapped in one bright package. Love all the vocals, especially the Gaelic singing. It sounds live...it does. :)
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Name: Doug Somers
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I make music for pleasure, usually using a computer to create soundscapes around all kinds of music. I used to jam with a local celtic group, playing bodhran and 12 string guitar, but I find that my technical and live performance skills fall short o... [see more]

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