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Dead Ends and Doorways


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Ex_Silentio

 Genre: Ambient

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Haven't been here at MJ much since March or so. I regret having missed out on a lot of music. But it's nice to be back.

Here's something I worked up over the weekend while acquainting myself with Logic Pro X. I can now do almost everything I knew how to do using Logic Express 7 (2006 version; high time for an upgrade!), so this won't sound any better than usual. I'll continue to work on LP X. I should say I will work on upgrading my musical skills, but LP is easier to learn than music making --- yes, the path of least resistance tempts me.

A very simple, down-volume thing, using a combination of the Zebra 2 and the EXS. Thought about extending the end bit and letting it take off, but nothing was working. So, 'tis better the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.

Comments and critiques are always welcomed. Thanks for listening!
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Plays: 118
Downloads: 42

Uploaded: Aug 07, 2013 - 04:40:00 PM
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2013 - 04:40:00 PM Last Played: May 21, 2017 - 01:51:30 PM
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ste said 1419 days ago (August 7th, 2013)
the
brassy synth from around 4:15 is great. like the interplay here. enjoyed
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
ste
Glad you liked that bit, although it pops up from nowhere. I appreciate the comment.
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Doug Somers said 1419 days ago (August 7th, 2013)
Hah! You did one!!! EXcellent.
Thanks Uncle Ex! Lovely tones here, patient development, nice alternation of lead sounds with an almost vocal backing. Here and there you get these organic sounds like the nylon guitarist tones and the trumpet like synth. The final melody it plays is both mournful and kind of majestic or dignified at the same time. The arp you let it play of cascading down in thirds (?) has a little prog feel, not to mention using echo on that channel - pretty cool.

I don't know where else you could take this - on one hand you could get more complex after the 'trumpet' but then it might get a little too lively for the genre. You could go quieter I suppose with another sound to lead us out. If the piece needs a new ending you will find it. If you don't it doesn't need it.

Thanks for posting this and for allowing downloads. It's been a great few listens for me tonight.

Be well,
Doug
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Hi Doug
Yeah, finally. I think the problem is that this could be split in two. What seems to have happened is that I started off with an ambient piece, then decided it needed some melody, which it probably didn't. Tacking onto the end part would make sense if the intention was to go big and loud and "grand" but that would clash with the more attempt-at-introspection beginning-and-middle. So, I wrote myself into a corner. In any case, I'm glad I posted. It's at the very least an icebreaker, after having been out of the ambient loop for so long. Thanks, as always for your generous support and encouragement, Doug.
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Fire_Angel said 1419 days ago (August 7th, 2013)
Beautifully done.
This develops slowly but is always quietly on the move. Very simple harmonies nicely assembled. Plenty of space in the mix, it never gets cluttered or fussy but it does have enough detail to stay interesting. Inspiring stuff.
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Fire_Angel
Thanks very much. Your appraisal is just along the lines of what I was going for, although the ending now seems out of place.
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PatriciaGirl said 1419 days ago (August 8th, 2013)
Dead Ends and Doorways
Gorgeous atmospheric bliss! A journey of the mind with subtle ambiances to accompany me. Perfect end to my night :)
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Hi Patricia
Ah, you're too generous, but your comments make me happy. I too found that the first three minutes or so provided effective sleep inducement, and I mean that in a good way. I try not to be boring, although it's a fine line. Much appreciated.
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davajonah said 1419 days ago (August 8th, 2013)
Beautiful
You've found some nice voices I see. And there, your signature "bellsphere" sound is still apparent. Beautiful, patient development, especially the middle section. 3.30 onwards is simply gorgeous. And I LOVE the horn! String swells and horn synths, yes! Sounds rather like some things I've done myself. I really do like that sound! The delays you've inserted on it are really effective.

I'm not sure where you could take this. I think it stands very well as is. Perfect morning music. Perfect anytime music really, but it's morning here as I listen!

I could take some inspiration from this piece. Thank you.
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Hi, Dave
I wish I could take credit for the bellsphere. Oddly enough, that's a different Zebra voice that (now that you mention it) sounds like the bellsphere. No wonder that I liked it. The horn is getting a mixed review, which comes as no surprise. I puzzled over that for a day. Anyway, glad you liked it. No doubt, your music and your sonic style have influenced me. I even got the Zebra after having listened to you use it so effectively. If a bit of inspiration blows back your way, then I proclaim success. Thank you, sir.
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Reinholt56 said 1418 days ago (August 8th, 2013)
Hi Duane......
Ambient Concept Music. This mix certainly gets my attention. Way to go.

I can see that I'll be listening to this for a while. A kaleidoscope of fractal images before the brass.

Then my reverie finishes, brought to attention. Brought to attention.

It's a wondrous mix.

Take care.

Paul
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Hi Paul
A fine appraisal by one of my ambient role models. Much gratified. Actually, I'm surprised that you like it. That's the truth. It lacks the appropriate degree of patience. I'm learning my lesson here. Now I think I know what I should have done. But in fact, this time, that's just fine. Your use of the word "reverie" is a great compliment, and is a real confidence builder, which I guess I need. Thanks much, Paul.
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Char said 1418 days ago (August 8th, 2013)
I remember
"bellsphere" and my inability to sing drawn out notes, mainly because I don't know what notes I'm singing. There are voices here and they know what they are doing. I keep thinking of regeneration at a natural pace in a miraculous place. When one door closes, another opens. Funny, now, I'm crying. Some of us can't get out of the dead ends or maybe we don't believe it is possible. This is full of possibility. Glad you made it. Thanks.
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Hi, Char
As I recall it was the hiss in the background of the recordings that were the problem, not you. Oh, Char, Char, Char hahahaha. You should know better by now than to slight your abilities. Didn't we knock out a few winners? Damn right. Anyway, as for this piece, I ended up trying to pass it off as a "light at the end of the tunnel" kinda thing, which provided the title and the photo. I think that's an obvious "motif" (?) that I struggle with. I tend to have difficulties writing happy or triumphant sounding music, so it's an ongoing challenge. "When one door closes, another opens." Yes, that's the basic idea, although the open door is not always immediately recognized. On the other hand, it's not clear to me that we should spend time in a frantic search for the open door. But that would be a different theme. I'm just as confused as ever. And thanks very much for listening and commenting. Always valued.
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carbon said 1418 days ago (August 8th, 2013)
d's de&d
a thorougly thoughtful piece. i enjoy how patiently the progressions develop. initially i didn't care for the horn sound that enters around the 4:14 mark, which seemed to meander somewhat aimlessly, but then it grew on me with the addition of the synth around 5:00, which i really liked. also, the piece seemed to end a bit too abruptly for my tastes. but then, this is just my subjective experience so please take this with a grain of salt. thank you for the download; i like this more contemplative side of your creativity.
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Ex_Silentio said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Hi Steve
Is it possible that we are even more musically simpatico than I thought we were? If I were to write my own critique, I would have made the same points. On the head, my man. The horn enters from nowhere, but is eventually validated by the synths. Yes, that's exactly how I heard it. But I decided not to invest any more time on it, since I was using this tune as a learning template as much as anything. I left many imperfections in the arrangement in my rush to move on. I won't do that next time (he says boastfully hahaha). Also, I think you already know that I value critiques, especially from people whose music I admire, so, no, I won't take your comments with a grain of salt. They are of high value to me, and without some honest criticism, it's almost pointless to post music here. Anyway, thanks very much for taking the time to listen carefully, and providing some excellent analysis.
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grah3am said 1417 days ago (August 9th, 2013)
Lovely
You suggested the solution: split it in two. Both parts work very well, so create a bridge or a gap that links the two. did I mention that this is lovely?
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Ex_Silentio said 1416 days ago (August 10th, 2013)
Hi Graham
Thanks for visiting my tuneless tune. Yeah, a split would work. Thinking it over. Thanks for confirming the idea. Your opinion is very nice to hear.
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KCsGROOVE said 1416 days ago (August 10th, 2013)
dead ends
wonderful buildup
very gentle and that horn comes in so natural
totally relaxing the mind
very much enjoyed
KC
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Ex_Silentio said 1416 days ago (August 10th, 2013)
Cees
The groove king. Hey, thanks very much for coming by for a listen and for commenting. So, you like the horn. I ended up thinking it was the wrong thing to do, although I kinda like it as a standalone. Anyway, your input is welcomed and much appreciated.
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Henke said 1414 days ago (August 12th, 2013)
Beautiful and relaxing
Great to hear from you again, Ex. You've been missed.

Thanks and take care,
Henke

P.S. DL'd of course - thanks :-)
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Ex_Silentio said 1414 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hi Henrik
Thanks for the nice welcome. Good to be back. I'm hoping I can dust off the old ambient music making portion of my little home "studio" and do something worthwhile. It might take some time to get warmed up.

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Moviz said 1413 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Music
like this really gets my imagination flowing....Its as though its Cinematic, but the screen is in the mind of the listener....love this and i always like your artwork too; the art above is very appropriate for this piece, regards M
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Ex_Silentio said 1413 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Hello, Maurice
Very nice words to read this fine morning. Very pleased that you liked it. I always spend an hour or two scouring the internet for an appropriate photo or piece of artwork. There's no talent required for that part of the process, but I guess patience helps. I like this photo also, and thanks for mentioning it. Take care.
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