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Cerulean Dream (Stone of Aldur) w/Mystified


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Henke

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This is a very different and extended version of my previously posted Cerulean Dream - Finale. So different that the other song will remain a song in its own right, with only a few minor fixes.

Anyway, I asked Mystified if she would care to add some angelic voice to that track and to my great joy she accepted! And not only did I get one vox track, but five of them!

Some of the comments on the former song had it that it could be made longer, with a slower build and a longer ending. With all this great vox material at hand I "spread them out" in the new GB 4 window, added textures, took away a troublesome drum track and started to tweak...

I sent a draft to Mystified who was not completely happy with the treatment I had given her voice. And since she is a real pro at these things I only had to listen to her wisdom and try to act upon it. In this case it more or less spelled "reverb", in all possible manners :)

And I think we are both quite happy with the result now, I sure am... Hope you are too!

About the title: I am currently reading the fantasy books called The Belgariad by Dave Eddings. In it there is a very powerful stone which turns blue now and then and sings to its rightful owner or guardian. The song is divided in two slightly different sections, which could describe two of the stone's different "moods". The first part being the stone calling from a long distance (when taken from its rightful place) and the second when greeting Belgarion in Riva. Something like that...

Again, thank you Mystified for your great input on this song! For the wonderful vocals, of course, but not the least for all your expert mixing help!

/Henke

P.S. It is 7.55 minutes so don't try it if you are in a hurry. Please download and try later... :-)
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Hits: 3751
Comments: 46
Fans: 25
Plays: 231
Downloads: 186
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Oct 07, 2007 - 04:48:53 PM
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2007 - 05:01:25 PM Last Played: Aug 26, 2017 - 10:05:10 AM
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Comments
Feter said 3639 days ago (October 7th, 2007)
Cerulean Dream (Stone of Aldur)
in away or another .. this is very much floydian
with the Ahhs of Cat , just awesome ..so glad to
see remarkable colab KUDOS !!
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Henke said 3639 days ago (October 7th, 2007)
And I am happy
that you found it! I was actually thinking that you might enjoy it, especially the first part, perhaps?! To me it has something of a "Middle Eastern" touch?

Thank you for listening and for your very kind comment!
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Feter said 3639 days ago (October 7th, 2007)
the floydian part !!
I enjoyed it cos it reminds me of the early
floyd song (set the control to the heart of the sun)
just cool work !!
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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Ouch
You just made me buy some Pink Floyd on iTunes store... :-) There has been a bunch of allusions to them here lately and I believe I need the update!

Thanks!
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BranDaMan said 3639 days ago (October 7th, 2007)
So darn good
incredible work here. Lots of space that captures a dream like state. Brilliant. I really like the use of choral.
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Henke said 3639 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Wow
I am so happy you liked this one. It has been a few months of (intermittent) tweaking on it so it feels good that it is finished. Most of the kudos goes to Mystified, however, who really helped to get this song moving..!

Thanks!
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Reinholt56 said 3639 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
I enjoyed the picture....
I enjoyed the picture that this mix evoked.

The description of course helped but the rolling rhythm of the piece and the spare lyrics helped the whole along just fine.

Paul.
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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
I am glad
you liked this. Thank you for your comment!

/Henke
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Mystified said 3639 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Well....I'm no expert....
...by any means, as far as mixing goes! I've soooo much to learn!
But I'm very grateful that you let me have a few words (and then a few more) on the mix!

I really like the added first section of this piece with the voice against the synths and the 'heartbeat' pulse. Very mysterious and intriguing, and brings to mind images of far-away lands and epic quests...

Thank you, Henke, for the invitation to sing to this one! :)


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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Well, to me
you ARE an expert, whatever you say, but I can appreciate the feeling that there will always be new things to learn in this gigantic but wonderful field of music :-)

Again, thank you so much!
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peacepiano said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Sonic Journey
This is really cool. Sounds like it could be used as the theme music for some mysterious fantasy movie or myst like game. The vocal is very haunting and the mix is a treat to the ear with the effective use of dynamics to move the instruments in and out.

Thanks
Bill
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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Thank you Bill!
Glad you liked it. I have put Cinematic Soundtrack as a secondary genre, (even if I've never understood where that may show on the site), so I am happy you think it could work as such. I never got very far at all with the Myst game, but I can totally appreciate that idea!

Take care,
Henrik
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Mystified said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
On the other hand...
...I'm a huge fan of the Myst/Riven storytelling universe, and I agree that first part is very much alike to the mood of the games, especially.

Thanks for the comments :)
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lengold said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Love
the slow build to this and that you took your time to reach the climax. Lovely singing.
Cheers
Len


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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
I do not always
have the patience to build it slow. If I have an idea I want to go right at it, but I agree that it is often more satisfying with this slower build. And yeah, Mysti's voice is really great, on this song and always..! Thanks for listening and for your kind comment!

(BTW, Merry Christmas ;-) )

/Henke
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Heightened said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Cerulean Dream
Loved it. Downloaded it for one of those happy dreamy days!

Heightened
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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Ah,
Glad you liked it! Downloading is arguably the truest form of praise on this site, I think. It is easy to be carried away by the voting system e.g. and some may see the Favorite button as a way to be seen by others, but downloading seriously mean that you would like to listen again. So thank you for downloading this!

I really liked your Techkovsky, but I see now you've already got plenty more for me to explore :-)

See you around!

/Henke
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drakonis said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
and now for something comPLETELY different!
What the? The ticket I bought at the door said "Henke's Cerulean Dream"... but once I got in and sat down, I got a totally different piece! Hey! What did you do with Henke? Is he tied up in the projectionist's booth? :-)

This is a grand leap ahead of what you have done before! And it is not just Cat's voice... oh, Cat knows she has a sweet singing voice, and it fits in nicely here. The reverb does help smooth it into your music, and adds some ethereal mystery. But...

Your new introduction is delightfully slow-paced and well thought-out. I love the sparse echoed drum-beat, and your placement of Cat's voice (or her placement and your editing) is very nice. The slow build is great... take your time. The switch from mysterious minor to your sparkly major-based finale-theme is quite seamless. I still think the ratchety percussive spinner thing (dunno its name) is a little loud there. But overall, this is so much more than it used to be... you ought to be proud of this accomplishment!

Thank you Cat for working with Henke, what a great production you have helped him with.

The 7 minutes passed quickly and I had to play it again. :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Sorry about the tickets ;-)
Like Apple I don't always change the name just because the gadget is all new ;-) However several tracks are pretty much the same... But I agree, the impression is rather different. I guess I might have been too impatient with some of my previous songs; uploaded before they had reached their full potential. I hope to take care of some of that in a not too distant future, now I've got GB 4 too.

I am especially glad you didn't mind the change from the minor sounding first half to the major-based second. At times I almost thought I'd have to split it in two, but I am glad I didn't. Oh, and about the ratchety thing, I think it is a wonder it can be heard at all after all the times I've lowered the volume on it... :-) But you are probably right. I like the other effect better, but the variation is probably good for the overall impression.

I AM very proud, but it is very much thanks to Mystified, who made me go on to improve on her voice tracks and the overall mix!

(And the song is really 7.55 minutes which I neither can grasp - except after doing a little bit of tweaking and suddenly realising that hours have gone passed ;-) )

Thank you very much for your detailed listening and for your continued, well even enhanced, support!

/Henrik
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michael2 said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
nice track
this is beautiful. i love the minimal drums and all the synth washes. very Tangerine Dream. Mysti's vocals sound wonderful as always.
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Henke said 3638 days ago (October 8th, 2007)
Ah,
You know what buttons to push now, don't you? Talking about TD like that... :-) Very flattered! And Mysti's voice truly is beautiful. I liked your vocals on EZamor's I'm Still Waiting, as well!

Thank you for stopping by!

/Henke
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said 3637 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
GREAT !
JUST AWESOME .. The music is very fine, the vocal is very fine ! Very Very Very FINE piece from you my friend ! so nice to hear you backed with such GEM !!

Take Care
==============
Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
Henke said 3637 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
Thank you, Yeman!
It took awhile, but I guess it was worth waiting for. I am very happy you liked this one! Thanks again for your generous comment!

Take care,

Henke

- Hm, now if I only had a beer... ;-)
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bud said 3637 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
Great track - excellent collab
the minimal drumming/heartbeat and washes of ethereal synth mesh really beautifully with Mysti's voice in the beginning. Part two works equally well as it builds. DL'd for the pod.
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Henke said 3636 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Thank you, Bud!
Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment! I like when people download :-)

BTW: Two new fans today so far: one buddy and one comrade, that's nice;-)

Stay well!

/Henke
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Komrade K said 3637 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
Stunning
Definitely a piece of two distinct moods - that unwavering rhythm of the first part with the synth and Mysti's gorgeous vocal weaving in and out builds an unnerving suspense so the move into the upbeat mood comes as a complete but very pleasing surprise. Not only did this not feel as if I'd been listening for nearly as long as 8 minutes it actually felt as if it was over too soon - I could have listened to a lot more. Fantastic collaboration!

KK
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Henke said 3636 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Thank you, Komrade!
You (and bud) made my day! Woke with a head-ache this morning and then I saw this and I don't mind so much anymore ;-) You know, you can always download and set it to repeat if you want some more...

I saw you had a collaboration with Mysti as well, which was very very beautiful! Thanks for sharing that one! Here it is btw: http://www.macjams.com/song/27907

Take care,

/Henke
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Dj French Toast said 3636 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
haunting
and inchanting at the same time ,.,,got me spacin out nice mysti vocals and great mix
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Moviz said 3627 days ago (October 19th, 2007)
Simply..
beautiful; spacious; meditational; and wonderful for conjuring up images. I love the inspiration for this ' a blue stone' that sings to it's owner. Wonderful. ... and as I am writing this the wonderful organ entrance music is playing. The Vocal throughout, is so natural in pulling all this together.. a fantastic collab, M
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davisamerica said 3624 days ago (October 22nd, 2007)
loved the dynamics
of this great piece....vocals are wonderful and the whole thing is a treat
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Henke said 3624 days ago (October 22nd, 2007)
Thank you guys
for your kind comments! Glad you liked this. It's probably my best to date - thanks to Mysti.

/Henke
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Doug Somers said 3619 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
From a gentle
swirling floating through familiar forms and colours to a majestic encounter with the cosmos. Folks this is such a pleasure to hear! It combines tastefully crafted blankets of synth sounds and the ethereal sound of a woman's worldless free form singing - I'm a sucker for both. And I agree that the first part would work well in a game like Myst Riven or Exile.

I'm on my second listen, and it only gets better. Absolutely first rate, and BRAVO to both of you!!
Thanks for sharing,
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Henke said 3618 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Nice imagery!
Thank you Dough for your kind words. I'm glad you got pleasure from this.

Take care,

/Henke
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SmokeyVW said 3616 days ago (October 30th, 2007)
cosmos
this has a dreamlike quality that works great!

i'm picturing soaring through the stars for some reason.

thanks
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Henke said 3615 days ago (October 31st, 2007)
Maybe
you have upgraded your MacOS lately ;-)

Anyway, I like the picture and thank you for listening and commenting!

Take care,

/Henke
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deus ex machina said 3535 days ago (January 19th, 2008)
the first half
is so very Lord of the Rings. This could genuinely be on the soundtrack-- a slow camera pan of a battle that's going a little worse than planned, with out heroes in trouble... Evokes sadness and awe at the scope of their quest. Very visual sounds, if that makes sense, I love it.
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said 3465 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Really dreamy.

I enjoyed listening to this very much , it was very relaxing.
Thank you for sharing this lovely song Cheers.
Peace Dee.
Liemannen said 3464 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Great..
I just have one word to say..GREAT! 8 minutes of happiness.. You and Mustified make a great duo..
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Henke said 3458 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Thank you guys,
for your kind comments!

Deus: I love Lord of the Rings (books AND movies) and I am honored to hear it mentioned in connection with my music.

Dee: I'e seen you around lately but have not have time to listen much to your songs yet - but I will...

Liemannen: I am glad you found happiness in this. It sure makes MY heart thump harder and bigger in there...

Be well, all!

/Henke
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Heightened said 3457 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
Hauntingly beautiful
The only way to describe this amazing song.
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Henke said 3457 days ago (April 6th, 2008)
I thank you again
for your kind comment. Thanks to Mysti this is the fav of my own songs, for sure. Glad you liked it too!

/Henke
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Char said 3317 days ago (August 24th, 2008)
I can't think of a better way to spend
my life than listening to lovely sounds and then, to get lost in them. You were right . I liked it. I'll have to listen closely to hear all of what is going on. Nice collaboration. Thank you.
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Henke said 3314 days ago (August 27th, 2008)
Thank you Char!
Glad you liked it!

Take care!

/Henke
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said 3315 days ago (August 27th, 2008)
Ah, my fellow Scandinavian ...
I think you must know that this is a masterpiece. I was amused by your comment elsewhere that I have more talent than you. Ha! I have never approached this level of pure deep ambience. It is my goal, that's all. It's funny, I was reminded almost immediately of Riven (Myst 2), which I completed (!) with no help (!) some years ago. Then I read the comments and found that others had made similar comments.

Maybe you will enjoy these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rvXdxlkb-U&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBdENMv8otI&feature=related

Anyway, a most excellent piece, and my compliments to Mystified for the beautiful vocals.
Henke said 3314 days ago (August 27th, 2008)
Aha! Fellow Scandinavian?
Which in this case means..?

Thank you so much for your very kind comment. Made my day. But I really don't know about masterpiece. A close listen would certainly reveal flaws of this kind and that. But of course I feel very flattered. And about talent, your comment itself proves you've got it. Completed Riven with no help?! I hardly even entered the actual game in Myst (I)... So that's settled! But thank you also for the links. I see what you mean, the atmosphere IS rather similar to the first part of this song.

Thanks again, and take care!

/Henke
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kassia said 3311 days ago (August 30th, 2008)
Cerulean
Wow - what a heartbeat throughout the first part of this song. That beat is just very cool. Along with Mysti's vocals, haunting and longing and movement. Very cool, indeed. I love the sparseness of the beginning, letting that heartbeat and the stone's voice really be heard, setting the mood. I have not yet read the Belgariad, but have read some of Eddings other stuff. I love soundtracks like this that bring beloved stories to life. You've done a fabulous job of painting us a picture here. Very cool synth stuff as it moves into the second half of the song. I love the happier feel of the second half. Lots of great movement there too - and a celebration of meeting, coming together. Just great work here, Henke. This is an epic piece - congrats!
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Henke said 3310 days ago (August 31st, 2008)
I'm speechless here!
It seems we feel about the same way for this one. I really love the first part. But then comes the second half and my heart fills up with joy.

But it came to a price. Couldn't make another song worth mentioning until last weekend with "The Land". Probably worth it though, I guess. I'm not that productive anyway...

Thank you again, so very much, for your kind and encouriging comments (and your note too)!

/Henke
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davajonah said 3065 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Wow
This is fantastic. Right up my street. Half way through now, a change. Lovely deep growling synth. The vox is superb, maybe I should ask someone to do some for me. It's beautiful - great collab. How did I miss this?
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Henke said 3065 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Sorry,
I suppose I didn't advertise it enough?! :-) Still, glad you like it! It's my only collab so far, but I am very happy about it. Mystified was very generous in sending me 5 tracks of beautiful vocals to play with, and this was the result.

All the best to you!

/Henrik
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