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Theme for a Poor Man's Wizard (Jampack Drak)


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This is a piece of music written by Padowan_Learner ("http://www.icompositions.com/artists/padowan_learner"), re-recorded with GarageBand instruments by Drakonis.

The original piece can be heard here for comparison:
"http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=85890"

Padowan_Learner's original Notes:
This is my first upload since the "Big iComp Crash of '08." I let myself go through withdrawal during the downtime, and I've subsequently forced myself to stay completely away for a while, so I could get caught up on work and several projects that absolutely had to get done ASAP.

The "upside" of my self-imposed sabbatical is that one of the projects I had to focus on was finishing up drafts of the music for the two upcoming Trans-Iowa Canal Co.(tm) shows. So I've now got several things in the ol' personal catalog that I can share here; how soon I post them depends on how much "final" tweaking I decide to do before I decide I'm sick of mucking around with 'em, and just post the darn things.

But this one is a relatively decent draft that's fairly listen-able. And if it sounds a tad familiar, well... let's just say some of us can't afford the big bucks for royalties on original songs, so I have to kluge together my own homemade versions of this stuff. This is not -- repeat, not -- a cover. It's an original piece that's, um... "inspired" by the original. Yeah, that's it... inspired...

(Hey, let's face it -- no one listening to the two pieces back to back is going to mistake mine for the original. See, I go up where the original goes down, and I go backwards where the original goes forwards, and... ah, forget it. Methinks the composer doth protesteth too much, LOL!)

Drakonis Notes:
When I heard this music, I marveled at the playful fun of Jeannette's composition, and I wished the instruments sounded more realistic, since I felt this piece deserved to sound like it was played by a real orchestra. When I discovered we both used the same composition software (Harmony Assistant), I contacted Jeannette and asked if I could tinker with this piece, to see if I could play it via GarageBand's Symphony Jampack, and she graciously agreed. She allowed me to change one violin note near the beginning, but the rest is exactly the same as her original piece. I did a fair amount of tweaking as I re-assigned instruments, trying to get levels and fermatas to work out properly in GarageBand. And this is the result... hopefully much closer to what she was hearing in her mind. Thank you again Jeannette for allowing me this opportunity! I really enjoyed working with your music, and I look forward to more collaborations someday, perhaps?
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Comments: 74
Fans: 27
Plays: 517
Downloads: 143
Votes: 10
Uploaded: May 30, 2008 - 07:28:37 AM
Last Updated: May 30, 2008 - 09:32:52 AM Last Played: Feb 19, 2017 - 10:48:52 AM
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Comments
Roxylee said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Fanciful and mysterious
Hmm.. i went to hear the original and it seems its been deleted. Oh, well, even without a comparison, this is superb instrumentation of an excellent original composition. :-)
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
it's still there...
Perhaps you didn't get lined up properly before running at post 9 and 3/4? Dunno, I copy/pasted the link and it worked fine for me. Sorry I cannot give a direct-clickable link, I tried, but Macjams does weird destructive things when I put in a link in the description that does NOT point to a Macjams song, so I left it as just text.

Anyway, thank you for listening as always! Jeannette's piece is really quite fun, and I just had to mess with it!

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davisamerica said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
right then eduard
wonderful work on the instrumentation ... unfortunately couldn't find original either [see roxy] ... however this is lovely and too short ...:-]
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
lovely and too short
You know, I hear that all the time! About my music, I mean. Jeannette's original is still there, and just as lovely and just as short :-) Luckily I'm not alone in the too-short department. I guess it keeps you "Long"ing for more? :-) Sort of like Emma...
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said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Fantastic!
Great piece of writing Mr. Eduard, wonderful use of instruments. Very enjoyable, thanks for the journey.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
it was fun
I enjoyed working on this, I learned a lot while working on her music! Thank you for stopping by, Yeman, especially during this busy time of final exams!
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magnatone said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Theme
Drak - this is GREAT! I had no idea this is what you were doing with this song. So this is a bunch of reassigned instruments from her original? I can't even really begin to comprehend how you did this. But I remember hearing the original when it came out on icomp and thought it was great then! I'm so totally impressed! What a great project - you're DA BOMB!
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
my sneaky project
It's funny, but this is EXACTLY how I write *my* compositions. I start out writing them in HA, just like Jeannette did, and they sound like that. Then when I'm close to finished, I export them over to GarageBand and assign instruments, tweak and fix things like crazy, go back to HA to change more, go back to GB, then when it is a total mess and I don't remember what I'm doing any more, I just post it. :-) This is a peek into my brain.

Karen, I'm trying to catch up to your wonderful compositional skill, thank you for offering up your super works!
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gail60 said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
hmmm...
Well I heard the original and if you think this sounds ANYTHING like it then you are listening to a different song than I am!! (lol just kidding!)
Eduard you are very good at this music making stuff and you always come up with additions that make it different in a whole new wonderful way. Although I did not hear the first one, it does not matter, because I know how talented you are. Very enjoyable to listen to this, as always. I love your creations! Great collaberation.
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Harumph
Well, it's good that your music doesn't sound anything like mine! Otherwise I wouldn't have anything to do... I'd be perfect. Thank you for enjoying this playful romp! Jeannette was a very helpful collaborator.
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Muse Ritual said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Lovely Drak!
Jeanette did wonderful work here and your sound sculpting worked very very well indeed. Had me wanting to prance around a bit as my broom is in the shop (its old but Im a poor wizard ). I had that exact same sign for many years by the way. I think I gave it to some witch or another.

Your music is always such a pleasant break from the electro/didge stuff I pound into my ears all day. Truly delightful, thank you!
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
take a broom to the ears...
Always wonderful to see you Didge-Man! Sorry you lost your sign to a witch, but you still got your stick (didgeridu)! I happen to be rather partial to those delightful drone sounds you coax out of your hand-made didges... we gotta do another collab sometime!
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tokai said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
great composition
very nice combination of sounds. Unique and uplifting, well done.
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
way up there
Jeannette's music is great... hope you sample some of her other pieces too. I always learn new things when doing this... or make new friends, or both!
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said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Theme For A Poor Man's
Drak it sounds gorgous. Some of it reminds me of Karen's work
is she rubbing off on you - Or are you rubbing off on Karen. LOL

Blimely you might both be rubbed out soon. Now that was just of the cuff it's the way I tell em .Heee hee that was good LOL Considering I feel depressed what my laughing about. Nice work.
drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
There's the rub
Karen is DEFINITELY rubbing off on me, as is Jeannette, and you, and everyone I listen to. That's how this works. I'm just learning by soaking up everything I can... I don't think I'll ever be rubbed the wrong way :-) Thank you for listening, Dee, and I hope this little romp gave you a smile!
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The Orbiting said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Drak Martin
I haven't checked out the original yet, Drak, but you definitely have a good 'ear' for great material. This just scampers along so playfully and is like many of your own pieces, so I can see (hear) why you related to it and why it called to you. I love the energy in the piece and it sounds completely professional. You did a lovely job and thanks for bringing it here!
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Ledebu-naughty
So glad to see you, you have been busy (working on a basement still? I mean, STILL working on a basement... not building a STILL in the basement, well, unless you are doing that too...) anyway, where was I. Oh, yes, her piece was quite ebulliant and dark and silly all at once, and it did catch my ear. She is a delightfully witty lady, and I hope to collaborate again sometime with her.

Speaking of collaborating with delightfully witty ladies... hmm... (smirk)

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Moviz said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Hmmm
Sugar Plum Faries come to mind with the instrumentation, so I think the boy did good here, excellent choices. Just a lovely piece, regards M
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Get Tchaikovski out of my head!
He really type-cast the Celesta sound, didn't he? I tend to use it here and there in my pieces, but sparingly. Here I mixed it (high register) with the vibraphone (low register), which mellowed it a bit. Jeannette's original was just a vibraphone, because the Celesta instrument she had didn't sound good at all. So I was able to bring it back to life for her, a bit. Thank you for listening, Maurice!
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MarkHolbrook said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
I think...
The problem for some is the quotes around the link. Try pasting the link without the " characters. It worked for me.

Drak once again your Dragon magic has completely wrested this piece into a marvelous work of art. Not that the original was bad at all... but wow... this is simply great!

So when does your contract with Disney start again? You and Karen will be manning the musical creations for all future Disney films right!?


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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Disney? You know the answer...
Mark!
Q: When does music stop being fun?
A: When it becomes your job!

Luckily, I have no formal musical training, and cannot play an instrument, so music will remain fun for me (and really slow to make!)

THank you for listening to the original and this one. Jeannette's a darned amazing composerette! I enjoyed studying her piece while I was re-instrumenting it!

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lavalamp said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Ready
I could totally imagine this in a kind of Hitchcock film. As the theme. Mischievous and sinister at the same time.

Impressive.

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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
light and dark
She did a great job of capturing that wicked light/dark feeling in her piece, didn't she? I loved it!
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kassia said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
yeah yeah yeah
Brilliant work, mr. dragon. You've done a fine job transforming (with a twitch of your dragon snout) Jeanette's piece into a very professional sounding work of art. You really know how to manipulate that software. Can I hire you to remix all of my pieces? Good job on this one, friend.
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
what are YOU looking at?
Just because I have a big snout? I'll have you nose tha.. I mean KNOW that my big nose is really useful!

Her music was great already, just added a little realism to the fantasy :-)

Sorry, dragons cannot be hired. Bribed, maybe, but not hired.
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Feter said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Theme for a Poor Man's Wizard
this is a very genuine composition ..totaly impressed
by the material and how it sounds so theatrical ...
as for the arragnment and the enhancement I didnt
hear the original track but i can feel a dragon touch
all over there definatly a great work thnx alot for
sharin !!!!!
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Glad you stopped in
Feter, you are a great friend, and always give me warm smiles. I hope I can do the same for you. Her music here is indeed theatrical, rather exhilarating, and captures the mood of zooming through the air.
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lengold said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
This is a
lovely composition by Jeannette and your tinkering really does make it sound like a real orchestra. Excellent.
Cheers
Len


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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
master tinker-bell
Being a software engineer, I was born to tinker. Glad you enjoyed the immersion!
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caroline said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
really enjoyable drak....
it reminded peter of the bumblebee from carnival of the animals and i loved the layers - i do admire your skill with the technology too - thank you so much xoox
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LunaTrick said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Interesting version
touch of the HP soundtrack sound too. Nice work!
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Bumblebee?
Is that the one that stings the lion, who roars and scares the fish, who jump on the back of the swan, who trumpets louder than the elephant... who... no? OK, some other piece I was thinking of then. Someday I'll come to my Saint Saenses.

Did you get him back down off his broomstick, or is he still drawing arcane java method calls in the air with his wand?

Always good to see you poppin' in 'ear, dear!
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chipan said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Wizard
This is full of the usual dragon magic. Very nice. I can imagine a super fast-ride on a broom.
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
you got it
That's what Jeannette was going for... I just added a little high tech pixie dust on her broom to get it to Mach 3 :-) Very glad you enjoyed the ride!
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kristyjo said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Drak-
Great bit of playful arranging and orchestrating. I liked the low brass section in particular. So, now you're doing orchestration! (That IS where the money is ;) ) Very good instrument sounds. Nice lively piece, too. 'In the style of...' is what I thought of immediately. Great collaborative effort!
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
I did very little...
Hi Kristine, Actually, I did very little. Jeannette already orchestrated this. I simply did a (mostly) one-for-one mapping from the Harmony Assistant instruments to Garageband JP4 instruments... then I did a bunch of EQ tweaking, tempo-matching for her fermatas, and interestingly, to get that strong brass sound, I doubled her "french horn" track, and doubled french horns and trombones to get the strong blat sound... one of my tricks is revealed :-) Then there was more master EQing, etc. So she did all the hard work of actually WRITING the thing! I didn't orchestrate, I just, um, twiddled knobs on this a little.

But, it did bring out the sparkle and richness of her work, I like it!
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Alannah said 3286 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Witches ....
..wizards and warlocks ... oh my ... with a touch of sugar plum fairies .... indeed a good romp !!!
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drakonis said 3286 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
hehehe
You know us dragons, always up for a good romp! This was very rompy music, so I had a blast with it. Looking forward to YOUR next romp too... what will you come out with next?
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guitapick said 3285 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
As in:
"This is excellent"

I rarely vote...but this gets straight 10s in my book.

I'm familiar with Jeanette's work (she's a really nice person, too), and you've done a truly wonderful job with this, Eduard.

Kudos to both of you. And thanks for the download. A very special piece.
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drakonis said 3283 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Yay for Jeannette!
I agree, she's been wonderful to work with, and has such a great piece here. Thank you for the generous rating, and the listen and comments...
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paul f. page said 3285 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
What they...
...said. Eduard, you've done such a wonderful job with orchestrating this tune. I remember the original very well [and it was great], and you have captured the flavor of it perfectly. Your instrumentation is suburb and well-thought-out. Jeannette must be happy with what you've done, too. Congratulations to you both and particularly to you for working out such a distinct realization of the original track. Much fun to listen to...andso secure in its final version.
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drakonis said 3283 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Paul
Thank you so much for stopping in to listen. I appreciate you comparing the original to this one... I bet you can see why I immediately saw it as a great piece. She likes the careful update I did, which is what I mainly wanted to accomplish, and I also had fun, learned a lot, and got to work with her, which was a blast!
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Char said 3285 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
This is like looking in
on baby wizards learning to fly in nursery school. Sweet!
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drakonis said 3283 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
heehee
There's definitely childish silliness going on here. The super-fast arpeggios are dizzyingly fast, maybe as fast as a 4 year old going for the cookie jar? :-)
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VicDiesel said 3285 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Comparing the two? That's nuts!
I'm having to read between the lines here what you're comparing this to. If my guess is correct, then this composition has considerably more zip to it.

Fun piece. Even with your better instruments the fast lines still sound pretty synthetic, but I don't see that as a real problem.


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drakonis said 3283 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
agreed...
I can't imagine playing those on the clarinet that she scored that for, but hey, that is why I was always second-chair clarinet, Jeannette likely plays clarinet MUCH better than I! Thank you for listening to this. I agree that even these instruments playing those runs sound to synthetic/MIDI/regular... I didn't go in and adjust note-by-note pressure to ramp up/down as they were played and add a little spacing here and there, something I do on my own pieces sometimes. But then, perhaps she'll have this work performed live sometime, and recorded!
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said 3285 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Hey now-
that was fun! Glad I finally got over here to listen. They way those bells were zinging near the end kinda mimics my life at the moment, hehe! Nicely done sir!
drakonis said 3283 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Bells...
Mike, is work getting you dingy?

Thanks for checking out my latest little project here, this was fun indeed! Most of the fun was getting to know Jeannette a little! What a kick she is!
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richardhowardjones said 3283 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Whoosh
REally loved that one Edouard. Magic (pun intended)
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drakonis said 3283 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
vroom broom
Hope this swept you off your feet! Glad to meet you too today, and I look forward to more of your nice music and singing! Thank you for checking out this collaboration, and hope you enjoy more of my offerings over time!
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thetiler said 3282 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
I don't know how in the world that
background got so crazy fast, but it sure seems to work and work very well.

All the stuff in that tune is a delight.

Terrific! One of the best ive heard of that kind. Very Christmasy in a way.

WaY TO gO !!! :) A delight!


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drakonis said 3279 days ago (June 6th, 2008)
Bill zooms by..
It was a bit dizzy-fast there... But the credit for the fun music writing goes to "Padowan_Learner" over at iCompositions, you need to go over and listen to some of her stuff, she's a delight!

But you can see why I loved the piece and wanted to tinker with the orchestral sounds to make it a little less synthetic sounding. Thanks for getting into the magical (Christmas?) spirit with us, your presence always warms this place up!

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Macaudion said 3282 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
And so class begins...
What and how to do w/ a digital orchestra... And it is a symphony orchestra, at that

One of the first instruments that caught my ear is the trombone? (I like the blasting-like sound that you're getting from the initial attact)

And what is the instrument that sounds as though it's cascading or maybe, it sounds to be kinda waving through the air - it almost sounds like some type of string synth, but not...

The other thing that grabs me in a good way here is the human-like feel on this! I don't mean, "human-like feel" as in, how it's being played. Nor am i referring to "feeling" as in, emotions (although I'm aware that feelings report what an emotion is or, that one is present) I mean human-like as in, the state of an affair", sort of... (don't know if that makes sense to you

I should prolly finish reading your liner notes... BRB... Okay, now I feel as though I should do more homework and listen to the original... BRB... Okay, I went there, ended up on the page for this tune, but there was no player and, of the songs in the upper right corner on the song page, the title for this tune was the only one that wouldn't highlight as an option for selection - And now, the rambling narrative wining, tired me is too too - Help!

Nice job, Drak! I'm quite a bit impressed! I have a few more questions but I should prolly send you a note at some later.

I wonder how much time you have in to this...

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Macaudion said 3282 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
Can you believe that I have more to say...
What i forgot to mention is how much this sounds like you, the person that I've never met. I would have bet that you wrote this piece and I was surprise to read that you didn't.

It's the light heartedness, "prancing a step at a ball-like" sound, reminiscent of the mid to later-teen centuries that makes me say this... (I'm sure the time period is off) Okay, now I'm done.
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drakonis said 3279 days ago (June 6th, 2008)
Ooh, Macca says hi!
Hi there sir D! I always get all tingly excited when you drop in to say hi. I greatly admire your musical skills, no matter how dismissive you are about them!

The original piece was scored for french horns there, but even the GB French horns didn't have the "bite" I think Jeannette was looking for in brass. So I took the liberty of doubling the french horns with trombones too, giving a realistic brassy-blat that you hear (and I like.)

As for portraying the "state of human-ness", dealing with life-kinda-thing, that's ALL Jeannette's compositional prowess here, I think she wrote a great short-story (part of what caught MY ear too!)

Sorry you couldn't play the original, not sure why... but it does help to see just how little I actually did :-) How much time? Oh, since I have so little time for this lately I really work HARD with the hour or two here or there... I dunno, probably 8 hours went into the reworking of this (across 2 weeks.)

Oh, More from you! Yes, this has a bit of the whirlwind whimsy of my life... again that is another reason it captivated me when I heard it, and I just HAD to introduce myself to her and see if I could work with it.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such provocative prose, as always!

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Macaudion said 3277 days ago (June 8th, 2008)
Sir
I just love you, Drak! (we now pause for a moment of awkwardness) And you're so cool too! Thanks! Macca
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rsorensen said 3280 days ago (June 6th, 2008)
wow
REALLY well done. Love the arrangement and instrumentation. Sounds like the real thing!
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drakonis said 3279 days ago (June 6th, 2008)
only your hairdresser knows for sure...
Jeannette gets most of the credit here, this is such a fun piece. But I had a great time getting GarageBand to make this sound more realistic, and I always learn new EQ/mix techniques when tackling things like this. Also, studying her scoring has been educational too! And she's just a nice person too :-) Thank you for swooping down on this, Ridd! Off to catch more of YOUR stuff now, while I have a moment.
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edpdx said 3273 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
Great!
I like what you have done with this song. I like short pieces, it keeps you wanting more.

Nicely done.
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drakonis said 3273 days ago (June 12th, 2008)
glad you like it...
It is short and fast and sweet, I agree. I guess it is sort of a hit-n-run tune :-) Padowan_Learner actually wrote this, but I really liked it and tried to improve the sound of the recording a bit.
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guygrooves said 3252 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Very cool
This is very well done. I am a fan for sure now.
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drakonis said 3251 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
it was great fun
This was a fun collaboration, I always learn things when looking over other people's music... and this was my kind of silliness too. Glad you got "swept up" in the magic :-)
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Estella said 3251 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
especially pretty piece/instrumentation!
So provocative in a simultaneously dark and amusing way. I may have said this before, but I hear in your music the soundtrack to a Tim Burton animated film (Danny Elfman style).
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drakonis said 3216 days ago (August 8th, 2008)
Yay Estella!
Although Jeanette actually wrote the music, something really struck me when I heard the piece... and now with your comment, I'm starting to think that it is probably because "I wish I had written that" :-) Anyway, yes it is a quirky Elfman'esque tune. Glad you listened and enjoyed it as much as I did!
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composerclark said 3216 days ago (August 8th, 2008)
Hitchcock
My first thought was that this would work great in a Hitchcock film, but I see that others have already pointed that out! So I'll just say that this is extremely clever, very atmospheric, and there's even some wit in there too! Really fine job!
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drakonis said 3216 days ago (August 8th, 2008)
witty music
indeed, this has a bit of ominous charm... I think that's part of what caught my ear when I heard it. Jeanette's music is very catchy and smirky, just my style. So I just had to take this piece of hers and give it better-sounding instrument samples. Glad you enjoyed it! I'm totally swamped at work and home lately, and haven't been doing ANY music writing... hope to get back to it soon.
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Bowman said 3192 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Magical
I very much enjoyed Jeannette's original on icomps. It had a J.Williams/Harry Potter sound to it but still plenty of playful originality to make it unique and wonderful.
What you've done with it is quite beautiful. You've added clarity and a marvelous specificity to the sound that brings out it's magical charm.
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drakonis said 3191 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Charlie!
Great to hear from you again, and thank you for doing a critical comparison of the two versions. You see why I was taken with her composition, and wanted to add more realism to it. I'm glad you think I was able to keep the spirit and clarify it some, that's exactly what I wanted to do. Turned out to be trickier than I thought, but I learned a lot by doing it! I hope to get back to music-writing (and hanging out on MJ) again soon as work settles down a bit... I need to catch up on your works too!
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elektronix said 3157 days ago (October 6th, 2008)
Great
The celesta sound is really Tchaikovsky style, much better than in the original instrumentation. I like your arrangement very much.

I have to think about Alimar, he did similar wonderful things with the Symphonie Jampack. Where ever he is, I hope he is well...

Anyway, thank you a lot for sharing.

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drakonis said 3157 days ago (October 6th, 2008)
good to hear
thank you for comparing and enjoying this update. And I don't think I deserve the comparison to Alimar, but that is very nice of you to say... and yes, I think about him and hope he's doing OK too!

I try not to over-use the Celesta, but it is a really pretty-sounding instrument, I know why Tchaikovsky fell in love with it.
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Grifion said 2699 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Theme for a Poor Man's Wizard
Phenomenal! Very nice work.
I love the pizzicatos. *.*
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drakonis said 2699 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Thank you
This was very educational and fun for me to do. And Padowan_Learner wrote the original music, and it is magic! Thank you for listening and enjoying! Now... I am still waiting for another great piece of music from you :-)
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sschedra said 2619 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Drak
Re interpreting another artists music can be so rewarding. I like what you did here. I like the jampack brass sounds (they are too difficult for me to play), but I prefer (and think you would love) the Garritan strings a lot better. This is a very well produced version.
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drakonis said 2619 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Tricky stuff..
The brasses are indeed tricky, as are strings. I am starting to lean this year toward moving up and out of Jampack-land, and will be asking for GPO/Miraslav guidance from many of you who have walked that path, but need some more time for this stuff. Glad you stopped in to listen... Jeannette's a really good composer, and I always learn a LOT by looking over good scores!
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richard13 said 2389 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Very nice
I just found this by accident. I guess you did what I just did with Ember. Both fun and a (good) learning experience.
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drakonis said 2389 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
something like that
Although I was not as creative as you were, I simply replaced violins with violins, brass with brass etc. Then tediously tweaked things to sound more realistic. So you and I did similar things, except I was in my left brain, you were in your right brain :-)

Thanks for poking around under the seat cushions and finding this! I really liked this piece of hers.

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richard13 said 2389 days ago (November 13th, 2010)

I'm not sure I've ever been in my right brain.
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