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From Shetland to Syria mix3


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Celtic

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This is an update to the mix based on the feedback received in reviewers' comments (thanks Sloparts and Diviner!).

This is fun little study which looks at some of the eastern influences of Celtic music, and then throws in other snippets of world influences and a dance beat to round it out. The piece is made entirely out of loops which was a new creative process for me.
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Uploaded: Sep 26, 2007 - 10:03:17 PM
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2007 - 09:34:59 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 07:11:50 PM
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Rebsie said 3649 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
Superbly done
Somewhere in the dim and distant past Celtic and Eastern cultures shared a common source and you've fused them beautifully here. A nice mix of cultural strands, with a very creative and different treatment. Sounds brilliant.
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Doug Somers said 3649 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
So kind
of you to say so Rebsie. I appreciate you taking the time to comment, and I'm glad that you liked the piece. I have other Celtic-themed music underway that I hope to release soon.
Best wishes,
Doug
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***itiswotitis*** said 3648 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
nicely done
this is great
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Doug Somers said 3648 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
So glad
you stopped by for a listen. Thanks for the compliment!
Be well, and let your music continue to flow.....
Doug
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Feter said 3648 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
From Shetland to Syria
this is a charmin progressive Celtic song
not sure about middleeast sound.but to read
syria as where I am now it speaks to me some
how .brilliant singing and harmonies for sure !
the idea that Rebsie mentioned ,stirrin on my head
for a long time .just great work my friend very
creative ..!!

wish you can visit my song which s part of the
CD me and Ian beardsley made as holding the same
Idea with wider variations .
Silver_Dagger(by The Rain Troubadours)
http://www.macjams.com/song/32551
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Doug Somers said 3648 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
Welcome
and thanks for listening and taking the time to post your kind remarks. I'm so glad you like this work.

I noticed that when I copied the description of this song from the previous version that I missed the line which indicated that it is entirely made out of loops - so thank you for the vocal compliment but I cannot claim any credit other than selecting and mixing those tracks. :) I have fixed the description so as not to mislead anyone else.

BTW, I chose the name Syria as a country also starting with "S" following Shetland so the song title sounded better - and since I thought some of the loops sounded middle eastern, although I claim no expertise in Syrian music at all!

Although I did not intend at the outset to have the other influences in this piece, they kind of crept in and I realised toward the end that it was a bit like Loreena McKennit's work but minus the dance beat.

I listened to your piece Silver Dagger and quite liked it! I agree about the Celtic feel of the piece. I left a comment for you there.

Thanks again, and keep well friend! May you continue to be a prolific composer and performer.

Doug





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vbluesky said 3648 days ago (September 29th, 2007)
cool vibe
I like to dance and this keeps me hopping around, aren't loops fun to create with.Is that you singing? Good production/mix of sounds..BlueSky
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Doug Somers said 3647 days ago (September 29th, 2007)
Loops certainly are
fun in the creative process, especially in numbers that have a strong dance beat. In this case the vocals are loops too. Glad you got some dancing out of the piece! Thanks for stopping by and for the positive comments.

Be well!
Doug
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Peter Bauckham said 3647 days ago (September 29th, 2007)
Nicely done
Very creative - hard to believe that they're all loops - very impressive stuff. I like the fusing of Celtic and Eastern sounds - it works really well.

Peter
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Doug Somers said 3646 days ago (September 30th, 2007)
Welcome back!
Thanks for your kind words Peter. I'm so glad you liked the piece. I was pleasantly surprised that the loops could work out sounding like they had reasonable fidelity. I must admit that this fusion of styles was a lot of fun to put together.

Cheers mate,
Doug
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said 3646 days ago (September 30th, 2007)
!
riverdance comes to mind You have got a flare for composition keeps the listener invovled thanks for sharing!
Doug Somers said 3645 days ago (October 1st, 2007)
So nice
of you to say so. Riverdance has some very interesting composition involved and I like it very much. Thanks for your support and for the positive comments. Be well!
Doug
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Komrade K said 3644 days ago (October 2nd, 2007)
Impressed
I share the surprise of many who've commented on this track in that it's hard to believe it's all loops. This is an excellently constructed track and wouldn't be out of place on compilations such as Future Sound of Gaeldom. My only crit (minor one) is that the wind sound seems too up front for much of the time - nevertheless I really enjoyed this.

KK
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Doug Somers said 3644 days ago (October 3rd, 2007)
Many
thanks for stopping by for a listen. I really appreciate your comments, particularly considering your familiarity and mastery with the style. Should I remix this will attend to the wind. Cheers!

Be well,
Doug
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drakonis said 3644 days ago (October 2nd, 2007)
The Loreena MkConnection
There are gorgeous similarities, due to similar roots, as Rebsie (and the amazing Loreena McKennitt point out). Being able to weave loops together is itself an art, and you've done a superb job here, the whole thing flows really well. I must admit that the percussion you used kept it from sounding too middle-eastern, maybe try a little more Syriasly next time (smirk)... but that doesn't detract from the very enjoyable aspect of this piece. I'm very impressed with the things I've heard of yours, and I look forward to hearing some of your upcoming Celtic live recordings and other works. Off to fave you now :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Doug Somers said 3644 days ago (October 3rd, 2007)
MkThanks
Draconis. Didn't know you were such a MkPunster. Really appreciate the feedback and the kind words. The choice of percussion is a good indicator of how the piece came to life. At the time I added the drums I had no idea of what else I would add (in fact I was just playing around with the Jampacks and soundtrack for the first time, so I wasn't aware of the wealth of sounds that were in that software). Anyway, once the drums were in they stayed until the piece was finished.

I did use more middle-eastern sounding rhythm instruments in Desert Dance, but it is not so much of a fusion piece.

Thanks again, and I'm glad you liked it!
Be well,
Doug
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Char said 3611 days ago (November 4th, 2007)
Shetland to Syria
Just can't keep my head from nodding and my foot from tapping. I was a little surprised to hear something like a Imam singing. Syria should have clued me in. Thank you. A very bright piece.
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Doug Somers said 3610 days ago (November 5th, 2007)
Nice
to have you stop by and leave your kind remarks. It is interesting what can be put together and have it work in new and interesting ways - in this case an east meets west style synthesis. Thanks again, and welcome to MacJams!

All the best,
Doug
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Char said 3610 days ago (November 5th, 2007)
Thank You,
Doug,
I've told some musician friends about this site. I hope they find it as inviting as I have. I will keep listening.
Best regards,
Char

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davisamerica said 3577 days ago (December 8th, 2007)
wow and right then
i love bag pipes and this one made me grin. reminds me of a vacation to canada once..was a festival in the town and this bag pipe corps woke us one morning practicing across the way...was magicial...as is this. very cool
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Doug Somers said 3571 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Ahhh, the charm o' the pipes
Thanks for your kind remarks! I do have an influence for the pipes being born in Nova Scotia (New Scotland) but also like taking the music in non-traditional directions as well.

I would liken the creation of this piece to visiting a new buffet restaurant. I used my son's computer and, hearing about what loops were, started picking out ones that seemed to sound interesting. For each loop that fell into place, there seemed to be a calling for another complimentary bit, and then another, and another, until it felt done (not unlike eating just the right amount at the buffet!).

Thanks again, and keep well!
Doug
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paularenson said 3527 days ago (January 27th, 2008)
I want to hear more about the Easter-Celtic connect
This is very well done. I have always been entranced by both and wondered if there was a connection bey9ond what I felt intuitively. Someone here on MJ says his Indian music teacher also drew connections to A scale used in Indian muisc and Celtic muisc. the other interesting connection is more well known, that of Flamenco. But i know next to nothing and want to learn more.


Did you so the singing?
Are the lyrics actual celtic



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Doug Somers said 3526 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Hi Paul, and welcome to my site!
I hate to disappoint you but nothing in this tune was performed live - it is all loops from Apple I believe. It was my first attempt at doing anything with loops and I didn't feel the inclination to jam along with this one. I don't know if the vocals are in Irish Gaelic or not but I suspect so. I'm not sure about the connection to middle eastern music other than from an interview I heard on the CBC with Loreena McKennitt several years ago where she said she was tracing the origins of celtic music back to the countries of the eastern Mediterranean. As you said, it seems to intuitively make sense, and I have seen other web sites mention a link as well, but never with any depth to the explanations.

Thanks for your remarks and for taking the time to stop by!

Take care,
Doug
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AlexBornaz said 3518 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
From my:)
Wildes says:The facts of art are divine,but the essence of artistic effect is unity.....Greate:):):):)
Doug Somers said 3518 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Wow
Strong stuff! Glad you stopped by for a listen. Thanks for your comments and smiles - hope this tune brightened part of your day. And welcome to MacJams!!

Keep well,
Doug
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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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