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kassia

 Genre: New Age

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Well, this started out as all my songs do. A 5 minute improvisation on the piano. I then went to work on it with the intention of creating something electronic or synthy. I wanted to explore the instruments in Garageband that I haven't used yet - things I normally don't even think about using.

So, that's where this started. haha - and this is where it's gone. A contemplative mixture of acoustic and synth - a crossroads of styles and moods. There are many decisions being made in my life right now and this piece represents that thought process.


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Comments: 43
Fans: 20
Plays: 115
Downloads: 139

Uploaded: Jun 17, 2008 - 12:32:10 AM
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2008 - 12:32:10 AM Last Played: Jan 31, 2017 - 11:58:54 AM
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Hardware:
GEM PS1600 keyboard, Macbook Pro
Software:
Garageband and Audacity
Comments
KissMeKate said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Yay me first!
I love the sense of exploration that this song has. I can hear both the Shay that I know and love, and I can also hear your trailblazing. We take our old selves with us in everything new that we do, and I love that I can hear you manifest that in this piece.
kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Kate
That trailblazing wouldn't happen if not for your support and encouragement. Thank you.
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Feter said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Decisions
So happy what you end up with this piece ..and how
all turn more spiritual than electronic ...the inster-
gives more depth ...too many great elements here my
friend ...thnx alot for sharin such gem !!
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Feter
I'm really glad you liked this. Spiritual is right! This definitely became a meaningful project for me as I worked on it. As I said, when I started the piece I intended to do a very electronica/synth heavy song. But as I went through it, the decisions I ended up making about things kept taking me back to my comfort zone. I really had to challenge myself to keep trying new things - and I'm very happy with where it ended up as well! Thanks for stopping by and listening, as always!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Energy

Nice colors and directions with a cool pulsation .
kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Henry
Thanks for stopping by! I was a little unsure about how the pulsation was going to work out. When I originally wrote that part using the piano, it was WAY overdone, but when I substituted in the synth and guitar sounds it came out pretty cool. I'm glad you liked it!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Wonderful!
Beautiful piece and nice description and pic too. Lovely piano playing and fine additional strings and background. Thanks for sharing! Really nice..

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Yeman
Thanks Yeman! Glad you liked this one, since it's a little different from my other ones. Since guitar is NOT one of my strong points, I'm curious to hear from real guitar players how I did with this. And I'm wondering if it's actually really playable! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such supportive comments!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
MarkHolbrook said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Well
I think you need to spend MORE TIME improvising on the piano!!!

This is spectacular and it feels like the first in a series kind of pieces!!! When does the 2nd 3rd and other "movements" come out!?

This really is wonderful!
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Mark
You're great. Thanks for your enthusiastic comments! You know, I hadn't really thought about doing sequels - but now that you mention it...we'll see...
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
Roxylee said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Wow, Shay
You make us feel it.. the time passing and needing to decide, the introspective pausing while we ponder it, the brooding as we look back for a bit, then walking forward into the unknown. Amazing compositions you do, and I think we all want part two of this. :-)
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Roxylee
Wow! You really got this piece! I'm glad you enjoyed it and felt the emotions I was trying to convey - thanks for stopping by!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
magnatone said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Decisions
Congratulations Shay - another spectacular offering. Your sense of adventure combined with the obvious skill and thoughtfulness this piece explores makes for a lush sound experience. I love your choices of instruments and the creative ways you put them together. DOWNLOAD! (And yes - part 2 please!)
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
magnatone
Thank you! Glad you like this one. And as always, thanks for your feedback in the early stages of this piece. You're the bestest.
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
drakonis said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
intriguing and thoughtful
I love the unusual descent into the muddy dark chords and then the sudden resolution, that feels really good. The constant percussive rhythm on the piano almost reminds me of the Vengelis "Chariots of Fire" music with its infusion of energy. The other instruments that swing by to visit are rather well integrated, and this doesn't feel like the beginner's GB-KSA attempts, but instead a bit of careful thought went into weaving them in and then back out. I wish you luck on your journey, offer you friendship, and hope you find the paths you choose full of beauty and enjoyment.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
drakonis
That percussive sound is actually in the shimmery guitar - I took most of it out of the piano and put it elsewhere. A comparison to Vangelis is always welcome, no matter how it's spelled!

Actually, the KSA members should be proud (or maybe a bit worried) because I really had to challenge myself to keep adding to this piece. I originally had it just guitar and underlying synths - but it definitely needed some more sounds. I'm glad you enjoyed it - thanks for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments. Always thoughtful and helpful.
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
drakonis said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
what the
I swear I typed Vangelis, and look what came out... weird... I need more coffee this morning.
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gail60 said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
beautiful!!!
Kassia as all of your music is....this is another beautiful piece. You are a very talented young lady and I know I am in for a treat whenever you post a song. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Wonderful job!
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Gail
Thank you! Right back at ya!
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lavalamp said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
excellent piece
Very nice work. Like the dynamics and soul.

Your playing is fantastic.

Dave
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Dave
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments. I must admit I spent HOURS on the dynamics for this piece - so I'm very happy to hear that you liked them!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
guitapick said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
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Beautiful piece...
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Guitapick
Thanks for the listen and comment! As I said to Yeman - I'm very curious to hear from a real guitar player how I did with the guitar part in this, since I've never played that instrument. I would love to hear feedback from you about that part of this song. Thanks again!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
apb said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Expressive ..
.. and richly warm toned. A sense of unclarity .. I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure ;o)

Always good to hear a personal experiment away from a regular comfort zone, with top notch results...straight
on into the sunset.

I got the short stabbed note idea .. but sometimes I felt they ended just too abruptly in context .. not those notes themselves but more a little extra reverb on them would add to the "hmm is this the right choice?" factor.

Very minor nit in an otherwise outstanding piece of music.
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
short notes
Hey apb thanks for the great comments!

I'm assuming you are talking about the cut-off notes in the piano part at the end. Those were actually not intentional. I had cleaned up some clips on that part and didn't realize until after I had posted the song that I had messed up a few notes. Thank you for catching that and be assured that it's already been fixed on my home version!

Glad you enjoyed the piece - thanks again!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
apb said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
your welcome ..

yes, it was nearer the end: 03:40, 03:43 and 04:02 (in timestamps) where the piano notes ended just a smidgen too abruptly for my taste (in contrast to the 'flow')... no biggie. Thanks again for sharing a great piece of music.
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Reinholt56 said 3239 days ago (June 17th, 2008)
Hi Shay.....
I was pleasantly surprised with this music. I thought it was smashing.

The idea of a turning point or crossroads is good in life. You make your own reality. Good luck.

Take care.

Paul
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Paul
Hey Paul! Pleasantly surprised is good - smashing is even better! I'm glad you liked it.

I'm definitely creating my own reality right now - all those decisions I'm making. The crossroads are what make life interesting!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
Muse Ritual said 3238 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
I am....
Dying to work on this piece. Even without the back story you can feel the wandering and decisions of navigation taking place. I feel all at once the trepidation, fear, excitement and courage... most of all courage. The fool takes that first step unknowing of what may befall but emerges in their own mastery of the experience. Uhhhmmm, not that youre a fool or anything.. yeesh.. whatever! LOL. Its awesome Shay :D
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Muse
Hey! I started improvising, wanting to write something happy and joyful after finishing Remembrance. This is what came out. haha...as you described, a little of everything. The gamut of emotions we go through with each decision we make, especially those big, life-changing leaps of faith. There's a bit of fool in us all - had I chosen to stay in my comfort zone (both in the song and in life) I would have been surrendering to that fool. So perhaps I will have to write a 2nd movement of the emergence of that mastery you speak of.

Thanks for the listen and your wonderful comments.
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
ummm
ummm...that's not to say that I've mastered anything, of course. It's a constant learning and growing and emerging. lol...ok enough outta me.
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Outtaorbit said 3237 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
very nicely done
love the open feeling of this song
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
orbit
Thanks for the listen and comment. It does have an open feel, doesn't it? Not sure how I accomplished that, but I like it too!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
thetiler said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Like that pic !
of course the music fits right in as well. Like how you do the the fun keyboard work about 3/8 through were it gets into a reverb-chorus dulcimer synthy thang:) Makes for a nice bouncy dreamy feel.

Enjoy ! Well done and a great listen ! Exceptional synth sounds. And good choice of sounds I might add.
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Tiler
Thanks for your great comments! I'm glad you liked the sounds. I must admit I spent more time on getting them right than on anything else in the piece. I'm trying to learn my way around effects and instrument settings - so I'm very excited that you liked them. Thanks for stopping by!
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Char said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Well,
you made some good choices and showcased your piano playing well. This has determination in the face of necessity. It is a beautiful piece. Thank you.
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kassia said 3237 days ago (June 19th, 2008)
Char
Thank you! To be honest, I had taken all of the piano out of this for most of the time I worked on it and only added it back in at the very end. I'm very happy to hear that you liked it. Thanks for stopping by!
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
Alannah said 3235 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
Beautiful .....
... of course ... as always ... as expected Kassia ... you truly do have some talent !!!! I look forward to hearing tunes from you when I get the email notification .... (you know in spots I heard snippets of "Sweet Child O'Mine" ) .. which has always been a fav of mine to belt out at the Karaoke bar .....
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Bubowski said 3233 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
A nice mixture...
Beautiful harmonies and subtle instrument selections. It sets a wonderful mood.

--Graham
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tokai said 3225 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
lovely piece
well played and your style is really shining through here. Very smooth and wonderful ride you have taken me. Nice one!
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ic42 said 3224 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
a decision is made
if there is no doubt, then a decision is made. it is music with doubt, then resolution. it has strength. there is no doubt, this music is beautiful. thank you for the strength. 0x0
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said 3211 days ago (July 15th, 2008)
Decisions.
Wow !
Kassia you got some serious talent here. You are truly amazing.
I worship this one. It sounds gorgous. Thank you. I am blown away and Thank you for this wonderful Download.

YOU ROCK :)


Peace Dee.
Schello said 2889 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Kassia
ancora una volta Kassia al quadrato!
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