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Angels Riding the Nightwind (with richard13)


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Doug Somers

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This piece is inspired by Richard's Trio in Gm (Ride the Wave) http://www.macjams.com/song/71669

I was immediately really taken by Richard's piece when I heard it. It had this wonderful quality of power and grace, and it was one of those pieces where I immediately hear an evolved interpretation (doesn't happen often, but Kassia's Hang Drum was another example). I liked the way Richard varied the time signature, used harmonies in the flutes and violas which intentionally didn't always align in time with the piano chord changes, and also how they sometimes introduced very interesting dissonances and new harmonies by not following what the piano was playing at all. The other cool thing was that Richard kept to 3 instruments, something I almost never do as I can get quickly carried away. That said, I heard room for a vocal (ok, now 4 instruments) and a little more flourish on the existing strings and piano so I asked Richard if I could have a go and he kindly agreed.

By and large I used the piano chord progressions Richard laid down as is. The MIDI files he sent me contained a longer tune that he posted with the final minutes unheard in his post because they were faded and cut, and I brought up the volume and kept going. I added some walking notes in the bass of the piano and some bits and bobs on the right hand to both vary the arpeggio and to help lead into the next chord. The strings were also toyed with, adding melodic arcs here and there and changing a few of the original viola chords if I thought it could work. I also kept the 4/4 and 2/4 timing in 90% of the original. The vocal was challenging to fit the timing and harmonies, and after lots of futzing around I think it is close enough for now. (It's after posting that I often hear the most glaring of the things that didn't really work). All of the samples were changed to those from East West Quantum Leap.

The flutes got the short shrift in this arrangement since they are more or less a pad, so apologies to any flute players out there. Not a lot happening in their track I'm afraid.

Richard sent me these fine words after having a listen to the development of this version:

"My tune "Trio in Gm" is another in a series of educational experiments by which I am trying to learn a little about music composition. I really don't know what I'm doing but Doug sure does. Something in my piece spoke to him and inspired him to create this absolutely gorgeous piece of music. I am thrilled to think that I was the catalyst but appreciate that what you hear now is Doug's genius. Thank you for the honour Doug, and for the heavenly music."

I appreciate Richard's kind words of course, and moreover his generosity in letting me fiddle with his creation, and the wonderful innate musical sense he has when he brings forth music.

Finally, the song title comes from ideas that Richard and I combined. For me, a really magical night was spent in a warm wind watching the clouds drift by the moonlit starry sky. Richard was reminded of angels, and the original song had the riding the wave theme, so here we go:

Angels Riding the Nightwind

We hope you enjoy it!


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Lyrics
Aaaahhhhh
Song Stats
Hits: 3407
Comments: 96
Fans: 43
Plays: 253
Downloads: 60
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Jan 31, 2012 - 01:23:29 PM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2012 - 01:23:29 PM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 07:56:12 PM
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Hardware:
Mac Pro, AKai MPK49
Software:
Logic Pro Studio, EWQL Symphonic Orchestra (Flutes, Violas), QL Pianos (Steinway), QL Voices of Passion, Ozone 4
Comments
Philip18 said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Angels
Beautiful movement in the melody. Precise and dynamic playing. Lovely instrumentation. Ethereal voices. This is excellent - congratulations to both of you!
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Ethereal
Many thanks Philip. I've been told that creativity is most spawned by restrictions, and having a set piece with really interesting qualities and a limited orchestration proved to be a great springboard for me. Richard was a gent too in working together on this so readily.

Thank you for your comments, and all the best!
Doug
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richard13 said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Simply stunning Doug
I still cannot believe that you created this elegant silk purse from my very mundane sow's ear of a tune. It has been a true joy to read your descriptions, your interpretations, and your intentions, and an even greater thrill to hear what you have produced. Thanks, again.
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
You're very kind Richard
Deepest bows to you too sir! Not everyone would be so gracious about having someone want to muck with their work, and this has been a pleasure throughout. Thank you for the inspiration, strong support throughout, and for the original track which still has a special place in my iTunes.

Cheers eh :)

Doug
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MarkHolbrook said 2061 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Richard...
You claim to not know what you are doing yet you turn out and inspire this! Wow... I think that means you are doing just fine and there for I must really suck! LOL Gosh I hope some day to turn something out even close to this!

Doug you took a very good piece and elevated it to a new level. This was downloaded during the opening piano and will earn a top spot in my Favs list. Very very nicely done both of you!
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drakonis said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
3 to 4 instruments makes it a Choir-dra-ped?
Listened to his original trio just now, and now your futz-update... always a wonderful synergy goes on around here, and this is another example. You chose a gem from Richard, and definitely got the light on it to make it shine. Very warm and soft and enjoyable... bravo to you both. Of course, the note-leaps with the choir sound a little artificial, but this is mostly noticeable to me because by the time the choir came in, and sounded like such a perfect match, I wanted it to be totally perfect :-) I don't know if there's a way to add articulations between the notes to get the choir to breathe or gliss a little, but that's the only niggly bit I have... otherwise I was drifting in the clouds with this (exactly the relaxing distraction I needed lately), excellent work you two!
ttfn,
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Choir-dra-ped - One of your better lines!
Glad you liked the warmth to this one and that it may have given a little comfort and respite for you. I've been experimenting with harmony and it's interesting that we can assign warm and cold to a series of overtones. For sure, some of the effects I was going for were warm.

I fiddled around with the solo vocal for exactly the reasons you mention. I wasn't able to tame it at the time, but now that it's posted (of course) I have another idea or two about how it could be improved. One thing is that the vocalist sings AAAAh-ooooooo if the note is held long enough, and so I may try an articulation that is AAAAAh only. Also, I was looking for a portamento or legato setting for this voice, but alas there was none. I think there is another voice in Voices of Passion which has different qualities but I think does have in-built legato intervals to smooth the jumps.

There is another problem with the voice which I think is a bug in the plug-in which is that the volume can change for no apparent reason. I haven't tracked it down as it only happens after I've given up looking and lowered my guard. (artificial impish intelligence???)

Your ear is still sharp, that's for sure. All the best Eduard. I really appreciate your careful comments! May you be well,

Doug


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davisamerica said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
what
a beautiful piece of work. This sounds fantastic guys.
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Mr. D.A.
Thanks muchly! Nice to have you take a listen and leave such encouraging remarks.

I'm always curious about the Canadian flag on your opener. (a good symbol for this particular collab. BTW!)

Cheers,
Doug
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peacepiano said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Pleasant Ride
Very engaging. I think it sounds a bit cinematic, I like where the flute parts take the listener.
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Cinematic
I tend to think visually about the setting for most music so when I heard Richard's original piece I started to build a picture of the place and emotion. I seem to be making more music that is or borders on cinematic and maybe that is why.

Thanks for your support Bill, and the flute section loves your vote of confidence for them too!

Doug
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Char said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
I'm
beyond speechless. Magnificent! This is what it all about. Great piece, you two. Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Power of two
Great to hear from you Char! Richard's ideas are a very solid base in addition to influence in this version. Thanks so much for coming by armed with such kind words.

Cheers,
Doug
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PatriciaGirl said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Sublime
A wonderful journey of ascension. A great addition. I must have a peek at Richards original version.

The choir voice seemed to jump out at you, I was a little startled at first. Maybe just a slight adjustment in volume to that track would do the trick. Other than that sounded great on my speakers.

Well done, I enjoyed it very much =)
patty
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Journey of ascension
How poetic Patty! Thank you from both of us.

I'll have a look at the volume. As I said to Drak above, the plug-in can have odd volume changes that come about unannounced from time to time, and the transitions are not all as smooth as a live vocalist would be able to achieve. More homework for me!! :)

Thanks again Patty,
Doug
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Movement
Characterizes this piece. Constant movement, ever changing.
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Doug Somers said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Yes yes yes
This is all about movement, forward, but not linear. Just like how clouds drift, and shred and reform, this piece wanders through chords and melodies without much of a sense of a 'home' key. I was going to change that so that a key was more naturally felt, with more expected cadences, and then I realized that would wreck the concept that I liked in what Richard laid down initially. The challenge then in this version was to create enough continuity with the vocal so that it wandered like wind but not so much that everything was just a series of random notes. And I did let it settle on G in the end to have some sense of arriving at a conclusion (I had toyed with a fadeout but decided not to so as to bring the drive of the apreggiation to a clean conclusion).

Thanks for stopping by!

Doug


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Ex_Silentio said 2064 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Angels
Great music, great title. I enjoy reading your comments and descriptions almost as much as listening to your music. I love the sound of women singing, even if they are synthesized. Eastwest Voices of Passion is on my shopping list. Interesting demos on youtube. Supposedly the connections between two notes are done more naturally than most vox synths. Anyway, good choice. That R13 seems to know a thing or two or three. And you do too. Very good, gents.
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (January 31st, 2012)
Female vocals
I love them too, which is why I bought VOP. I think there is a skill or something needed to bring out the best of each articulation in the package. I just tried about 4 other vocal patches that use proper legato portamento and they all sound pretty bad with the way I rigged the MIDI to make this piece work. I imagine that there are other good solo vocal packages out there so I'd recommend looking around to see if anyone else has really cracked the portamento problem without blurring the notes with lots of reverb. It's a hard problem because I think they need to record the slur between both notes to really pull it off. Another good one is forgotten voices from what used to be Tonehammer, but I don't remember if they do portamento or not (or whether Kontakt handles that part).

Mighty Alexander was killer BTW. We're not worthy, we're not worthy!

Thanks for the generous and supportive comments. And yes, Richard does know a thing or 3.

Cheers,
Doug
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TvRicky said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Marvelous Opening Piano
Sweet sound emerging from the Ivory of Golden Hues..Captive groove caught by strings of smooth anticipation..Vocals of Angels emerge as though rising from clouds of sound magic laced with the fragrance of roses in bloom. Just beautiful my friend..relaxing and cool. Wonderful performance and composition.

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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Hey TvR
Nice to hear from you man. Your comments read like a poem - thanks for that! I love how you have described all the senses.

Thanks from me, and Richard, you take a bow too!

Doug
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Narad said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Angels Riding
Beautiful angels riding, singing and blowing ! Much enjoyed !
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Nice to have you visit
Harald, you're always welcome. Thanks sir from both of us!!

Doug
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Skean said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Angels Riding the Night wind
The feelings I get from this is "majestic" awesome work my dear friends, thanks for the download.

Take care
Kenta
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Majestic
Kent, I hope you're well my friend. I'm glad this had such a positive impact on you and it's a treat to hear you've downloaded it.

Thanks and take care!
Doug
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aRcTip said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Angels Riding the Nightwind
This is a very fine piece of work, both song and mix. I like the unintentional harmony/chord-thing! Enjoyed.
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Unintentional harmony
In this case, the original idea of the unintentional harmony was Richard's. I merely followed along and made a few adjustments here and there. That said, I'm a fan of pawing keyboards to find all kinds of new harmonies and I learned recently that one of my favourite choral composers uses a similar technique to generate sound clusters. It's a lot easier than thinking while playing about whether a 6/9 chord leads to a .... you get the idea.

Thanks for your nice words and for letting us know what you thought.

Doug
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Reinholt56 said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Hi Doug.......
This is a beautiful cover (and some) of Richard's original Trio. I missed that one before now but will go there to listen again after I've listened to your piece some more.

I adore the choral part and I would say it has so much more to give, as a heart-renching atmospheric solo, if you revisit it any time. I hope you do. The sequence of notes for the vocal part is so, so evocative.

The artwork was very well chosen too.

Take care.

Paul
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Many thanks Paul
I have been really fired up about completing this work and collaborating with Richard has been a great experience. The vocal is the largest single change over his version and it has been interesting, to say the least, to achieve something close to a human voice bridging those intervals. I've been toying with it in a bit in the background as I've been working on other things and if I can make an improvement I will certainly post it.

I'm so glad you liked this Paul. Thanks, as ever, for your kind thoughts.

Doug
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Bowman said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
I thought
Richard's original was raw, untamed and beautiful. What you've done here with it Doug is quite astounding. You have refined it, given it greater clarity without loosing the power of Richard's original.

Your choir floating about the surging currents was pure inspiration. It's wonderful to see how his creation has brought out such a soulful response from you. This is really a stunning creation and a wonderful collaboration.
Cheers,
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Soulful Response
I like how you captured the result I was after - greater clarity without losing the power. Absolutely! I recall telling Richard how much I liked what he did in his original post, and it was not long before I sent him a note about asking if he'd be open to adding anything. The voice was something that just kind of made sense even before I knew a melody - I imagined floating and ethereal female tones. And here we are.

Charlie your words are very generous and so expressive. Thank you for your ongoing support - it is much appreciated. And when is your next release? :)

Doug
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gcjjones said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Beautiful
Very much enjoyed it.....
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Thanks Garry
I'm glad you liked what you experienced and let us know. Appreciate you stopping by,

Peace,
Doug
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abzwork said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Angels Riding...
A most enjoyable and entertaining composition my friends...grace and beauty abounds, spun gold woven into a tapestry of smiles...most excellent craftsmanship on display here...enjoyed every note with delight,Big Smile City flava 4sure..:):):)peace
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Doug Somers said 2063 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Spun Gold Woven into a Tapestry of Smiles
I know where to find a lyricist!! :) Thank you for your very kind words. Richard and I are glad this piece brought delight your way.

Take care,
Doug
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announcer said 2062 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
What a great song
I've always appreciated songs built on progressions like this. So few notes ... so many endless possibilities.
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Doug Somers said 2062 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Minimalism
Well, maybe not true minimalism, whatever that really is, but there is something about the less is more at times. Certainly it made me think of how to be creative with more restrictions that I choose to work within.

Glad you liked this one Bill! Thanks for your comment.

Doug
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ShadowofNine said 2062 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
Angels Riding the Nightwind
Bravo...Inspired work...
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Doug Somers said 2062 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Inspired
It was inspired by Richard's track for sure.

Thanks for the support and letting us hear your thoughts!

Doug
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DWL said 2062 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Impressive work Doug !
Lovely piano. I know other folks have said "movement" but I'll say it again, "movement". It characterises this piece. Restless and never quite finding a place to rest. I'd agree the voices could be better articulated but that costs money!

Splendid work chaps :[)

Cheers

Dick

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Doug Somers said 2061 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Dick
Restless, never settling. I agree. Thank you sir for the feedback!

I've been trying a number of alternatives to really make the vocal work better but am having a tough time making much headway. I will promise though that if I can improve the vocal track significantly I will repost for sure. Other packages I own don't cover the same vocal range, although they may make more realistic sounding intervals sometimes. I also noticed poor correlation between the volume levels of the samples I did use and their perceived loudness and tone. Two adjacent notes can sound quite jarring against each other regardless of volumes. In any event, I'm having a go since I would really like to have a better VOX track.

Or if there is a vocalist who wants to have a go.... :)

Always a pleasure to hear from you Dick. Cheers mate,
Doug
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neilh79 said 2062 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Angels Riding the Northwind
Such a great tune, really well played love it when that synth hits well done
Doug Somers said 2061 days ago (February 2nd, 2012)
Synths
Although each entry should be more dramatic in its entry than the last, the one with the vocal is what grounds the piece for me before it starts to really soar. It would be best served by a live recording I'm finding.

Thanks for your kind words Neil.

Take care,
Doug
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MarkHolbrook said 2061 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Stunningly good
I find the piano work moving and breathtaking in this! Richard needs to take a deep bow for sure! This is a great piece! Nicely done Doug! Really nicely done!
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Doug Somers said 2061 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Take a bow, Richard
Thanks Mark - the piano is what first got me hooked when I heard Richard's piece. The drive of the arpeggio, but with the twists and turns now and then. I'm so glad you like it, and yes Richard should be bowing for sure. The guy has instinctive taste and creativity. Thanks for the generous comment Mark.

Cheers,
Doug
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Moviz said 2061 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Love
the chords you used here, so strong and strident with a touch of grandeur.... the music really does describe what the title says or visa versa....... love when the strings and the voice comes in giving that ethereal quality, regards M
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Doug Somers said 2061 days ago (February 3rd, 2012)
Au Maurice
Thanks for your vote of confidence. Now that I think about it there's an interesting contrast between the groundedness of the piano pattern and the more ethereal qualities of the strings and vocal.

Appreciate your stopping by sir.

Cheers,
Doug
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Jarvoid said 2060 days ago (February 4th, 2012)
Very nice indeed...
much enjoyed....

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Doug Somers said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Thanks Jarvo
Glad you liked it! Cheers,

Doug
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Jarvoid said 2060 days ago (February 4th, 2012)
Very nice indeed...
much enjoyed....

Jarvo
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Doug Somers said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
The return of the Jarvoid Twins
Glad you both liked it! :)
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Jarvoid said 2056 days ago (February 8th, 2012)
Homer student says...
Doh!
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KCsGROOVE said 2060 days ago (February 4th, 2012)
beautiful
really beautiful piece!
great performance!
cool arrangements
Very much enjoyed!
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Doug Somers said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Thanks for giving this a listen!
And appreciate your very kind things to say KC. Thanks from Richard and me.

Cheers,
Doug
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Soundhound said 2060 days ago (February 4th, 2012)
Really good feel.....
Solid dynamics nice nix......

It's all good.......Well done by you both.....
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Doug Somers said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Dynamics
Very generous of you to make such nice remarks SH. I think though if I can fix the VOX to be more human I will revisit the dynamics as I now think that the loudness function of Ozone got cranked a little too much on this one.

Take it easy,
Doug
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magnatone said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Angels
Fabulous work - congrats to you both!
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Doug Somers said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Thanks Karen
I am going for the piano pounding champion with this piece - richard's bits were tastefully struck but the notes I added got a little like taking a hammer to the ivories in places.

We appreciate your kind words.

Doug
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Mosaica said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Ethereal...
...and beautiful. The only comments I'd make echo everything you & others have said about the female vox - note sustain issues and would be more effective at a lower volume in the mix. But that apart, this is stunning.
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Doug Somers said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Ethereal
Hello Rosalind - thank you for your supportive comments. And thank you for your comment too in that I learned about your own music and the gorgeous voice you have.

Keep well,
Doug
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PBGB said 2059 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Some terrific sounds here
Very clean mix and good combinations of parts. The voice synth is breathtakingly beautiful. You must have had a lot of fun enjoying this as you tweaked.
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Doug Somers said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Combination
This was fun to tweak, although I never felt I quite got there. Still, it gets most of the point across I think, and maybe a real vocalist will record that part someday. In the mean time Richard and I are pleased with where this piece is going. Thanks for your kind words!
Doug
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Outtaorbit said 2058 days ago (February 5th, 2012)
Really .....
wonderfully done
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Doug Somers said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Thanks Patrick
Certainly a mood piece which sets a space and an emotional tone, not unlike your terrific recent jazz inspired post.

Thanks for the supportive comment!

Doug
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jgurner said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Brilliant!
So lush. I had missed Richard's original piece, but went back and took a listen. Such a wonderful piece to start with. I love the ebb and flow of the chord progression. Very nice!
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Doug Somers said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Lush
Yes, there is a streak in me to pile on the strings to go for the full lush sound. Often I fight it. Here I could let it rip.

Agree completely, Richard's piece is really the heart of this one which is what made any additions just fall into place. Thanks for such supportive words Joseph!

Cheers,
Doug
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jibes said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Nightwind
Amazing!!!!
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Doug Somers said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Good to hear from you and
Very nice of you to say so. Thanks Neal,

Doug
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Sigmund said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
Angels Riding
This is a beautiful piece of music. The piano intro has classical overtones, and when your strings come in it is lush and ethereal. In phones one can just sit back and get lost in the soundscape. I love how the choral voices come in, I just wish they could be real voices, as the only critique I have of the piece is that they sound a bit too artificial at times. Otherwise, excellent work - I really enjoyed - thanks!
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Doug Somers said 2057 days ago (February 7th, 2012)
Lost in the Phones
Thanks so much, and I'm glad this gave you a bit of a relaxing time in the soundscape. I was thinking the same thing the other day that the piano does have little classical moments. Funny what sneaks in when you don't consciously intend it to.

I'm trying to improve the vox but it may be a while yet. There was an interesting reference in an article I read recently about human-like robots and the effect they call the uncanny valley: as robots grow more realistic compared to humans, but not equal to human qualities, the robots actually become less appealing. I think the same may be true for the vocal which is not quite right.

Thanks for letting me know your thoughts and for the supportive comments!

Doug
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CharlyDeeCynthius said 2058 days ago (February 6th, 2012)
bel pezzo
bel pezzo!!
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Doug Somers said 2057 days ago (February 7th, 2012)
E
Grazie mille Carlo.

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TobinMueller said 2056 days ago (February 8th, 2012)
Wonderful cover
I enjoyed the arpeggiated chord progression. It is a pretty and evocative piece, well done. I was thinking, as the piece progressed, especially after the vocal line entered, that using an expanded register (lower bass notes and higher right hand) combined with more open voicings, might have created a more dramatic variation. Just an idea. Plus, some sort of modulation. Your strings, in my headphones, are mainly in the right ear (if I have my headphones on correctly?), and I wondered if you had cellos and violas in the left ear, if that would enhance the lushness you've added to the sound. Regardless, and very nice pop/classical feel and a very satisfying piano concerto feel. I totally dig it when MJers cover each others songs! Thanks for sharing this.
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Doug Somers said 2055 days ago (February 9th, 2012)
Thanks Tobin
I like your carefully thought out suggestions to add interest and am crafting a new version of this piece so will have a look at what I can do. I was initially trying to keep this rendition contained as with the original, however since I'm going at it again I think I can release a few of the constraints I placed on myself and see what that might bring.

I will let everyone who made suggestions (thank you all by the way!!) know when I repost.

Cheers,
Doug
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PeterB7858 said 2054 days ago (February 9th, 2012)
Sounds just fantastic
Bit late to the party, Doug, but glad I finally made it. You have embellished Richard's fine work with a new sense of wonderment and fresh musical opportunities. Sounds just fantastic. Thanks, Peter.
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Doug Somers said 2054 days ago (February 10th, 2012)
This party never closes
You're very kind Peter. Thank you for having a listen and letting us know how the new piece sounded to you.

Be well,
Doug
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paul f. page said 2033 days ago (March 1st, 2012)
Eternity...
...That's what this piece reminds me of. It is entirely cinematic and has a lovely arch in the general structure, quietly laying down the arpeggio piano and then beginning to soar as the number moves along. The vocal entry is, to be, just a little on the loud side at first, but then mellows out and is completely comfortable and, if I can say it, inspiring. In fact, "spirit" -- as in the mystical variety -- is so much in evidence throughout this beautiful and peaceful song...The end clips off pretty suddenly. I was expecting a breathless fade. ... (Sorry I am so late getting to hear and comment, but I am glad I found this delightful and airy number tonight. Peace.)
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Doug Somers said 2025 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Eternity indeed
Thank you Paul for sharing your reaction and for such kind words. I am doing a new version of this piece and will be looking at the constructive feedback that you and others have made as I make a tweak here and there. It is a little ironic that I have posted a piano-centric piece where I don't really play piano (and I don't think Richard does either) and so to have someone such as yourself who is light years ahead of me as a pianist appreciate what we've done is quite the chuckle. Glad you liked this Paul, and thank you for the feedback.

Many thanks,
Doug

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gadzooks said 2029 days ago (March 6th, 2012)
Angels Riding the Nightwind
Sorry I missed this ... wow! It's beautiful, majestic, emotional, spiritual and just , well ... good! This is like ear candy. I'm floating away at lunch and now I have to go back to reality ... work.
One nit ... I wish it didn't end so abrupt.
Cheers
SG
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Doug Somers said 2025 days ago (March 10th, 2012)
Back to reality
I love your string of adjectives! Thanks Stan - we appreciate such a strong response from you and are glad that it gave you a little sweetener during your lunch break. I'll look into the ending on the next version.

Cheers,
Doug
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J.A.Stewart said 2015 days ago (March 20th, 2012)
An Aerial Aria
Definitely a splendid musical ride, with a real sense of altitude and ascension. A lovely melodic journey. Judicious use of fade-ins and fade-outs, as well a some reverb swells might be another way of taming the chorus — and turning it into an ethereal siren. ;)


--- Joe
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Doug Somers said 2014 days ago (March 21st, 2012)
Hey Joe
Thanks for stopping by for a listen. I may have another go at the vocal track some day (good suggestions) and in the mean time have another project underway with a proper live vocalist. More later....

Thanks for the kind words - much appreciated sir!

Doug
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Corporal Beef said 2008 days ago (March 26th, 2012)
Angels Riding
Very cool additions to this piece. The vocal piece works well, adding depth and texture, not to mention a beautiful melody. Thanks for posting.
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Doug Somers said 2005 days ago (March 30th, 2012)
Thanks Jason
The muse here (and the guy who did the heavy lifting with the piano) is richard. I just sewed some lace around the edges to add a little more emotion in a slightly different direction.

Thanks for having a listen and your support!
Doug
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timothydevine2 said 1996 days ago (April 8th, 2012)
Pretty Stuff
Deep reaching and sweeping through the vallys and mountians dancing thru the imagination.
Peace
tm
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Doug Somers said 1995 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
Thanks tm
I'm pleased that the rolling quality of this piece comes through - as others have said there is movement that is implied and it was key to both richard's original work and the scene I was trying to capture as well.

Appreciate the kind words,
Doug
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Diviner said 1976 days ago (April 28th, 2012)
Great piece
Well done Doug and Richard for this lovely piece of music. Very pleasant
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Doug Somers said 1973 days ago (May 1st, 2012)
Cheers Keith
It's good to hear that it worked for you! Thank you for stopping by and letting us know your thoughts.

Doug
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Fire_Angel said 1971 days ago (May 3rd, 2012)
Very impressive indeed.
Great work by both of you is the truth, reading you both trying to be modest and give all the credit away made me laugh. Downloaded and will be listened to for both pleasure and study.
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Doug Somers said 1971 days ago (May 3rd, 2012)
Cheers FA
It is amusing I admit that we are keen to point to the other as a source of the core of this piece. I think in art there is a lot of influence that gets woven into a work, sometimes little bits from here and there and sometimes there is a major influence without which the creativity would not have happened. For me, this is a piece that would not have happened - in this form I released - if richard had not posted his first piece. The same goes for Kassia's hang drum piece as an influence for Waving the Sky that I created.

Perhaps it is just modesty, but I like to acknowledge those who have had a profound impact on my work, especially those without whom I would not have created a piece at all. There is a slippery slope of course, since there are countless other influences on us to varying degrees: teachers, other artists, etc. and they all have an interwoven impact on our art.

Thanks for the comments and I hope you enjoy your download!

Doug
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Feter said 1967 days ago (May 7th, 2012)
Angels Riding
Marvelous is the word ... spiritual is the feel
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Doug Somers said 1964 days ago (May 10th, 2012)
Spiritual Feel
Thank you my friend. I'm very glad you enjoyed this cover.

All the best,
Doug
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Social_Ice said 1951 days ago (May 23rd, 2012)
ascending...
towards some obscure light....hovering off in the distance. Apologies accepted..on flute accompaniment, though I agree with the lack of available track space ~ wasn't necessary. very much in joy'd this...~barbara
Doug Somers said 1945 days ago (May 29th, 2012)
Ascending to the light
Thank you for your vivid imagery and kind words. There is a new version now with a live vocalist just posted today: http://www.macjams.com/song/73592.

Cheers,
Doug
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Henke said 1773 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
Oh my
How could I miss this one? Probably iPhone had the mail "read" and then I forgot to check it out on the Mac... Too sad, but glad I found it now, when picking some of your tunes to play for my wife :-) This was fitting enough, quite heavenly really, even if a live soprano may have made an even more stunning impression ;-) Anyway, officially enjoyed by me (and my wife)!

Thanks again for everything!

Henke
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Doug Somers said 1766 days ago (November 24th, 2012)
I don't know how you keep up!
I certainly can't and as I result miss a lot of great music here. In any event, glad you found this one and I must say that I'm really honoured to have my music played for someone else, especially someone so dear to the one who is doing the playing. I'm touched Henrik.

There are two more recent cuts of this piece. The first is one where I was able to tame the vocals a bit. Here it is on Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/doug-somers/angels-riding-the-nightwind-v6

The second is a version sung by our own highly talented angel herself, Mosaica, here:

http://www.macjams.com/song/73592

Thanks for your two votes of confidence (2 thumbs up?? :)

Doug
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