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Rainy March (MJRF 2009 recharge mix)


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Here is the very first song I submitted to Macjams, back in October 2004, a month after I joined. For the 2009 MJ Reunion Fest, I dusted it off and updated it with some of the new things I've learned while participating here and soaking up all I can about writing music. Karen (Magnatone) and Shay (Kassia) also helped by giving me last-minute critiques and ideas before I posted this, thank you both! It is not a complete overhaul, but I hope you like this slightly reworked, extended version of my ancient "Rainy March" ( http://www.macjams.com/song/4514 ).

And, here's some of the original description as background:

A "Mythed" opportunity has forced a group of weary warriors to break camp early, and continue their march, now under a dark Spring storm. Partway through the march, they are scattered and injured by a magic lightning bolt, and must find each other, regroup and continue. Inspired by the Macintosh strategy/warfare game "Myth" by Bungie Software. Beware the double entendre, quite a surprising weapon.
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Uploaded: Feb 07, 2009 - 11:28:06 AM
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2009 - 11:28:06 AM Last Played: Feb 28, 2017 - 01:21:20 PM
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Hardware:
Macintosh Intel Mac Pro, lots of dark nights, dark chocolate & dark coffee
Software:
Hand-scored note by note in Harmony Assistant, and its GoldBase library was used for the rain & thunder. Exported MIDI to GarageBand 4 and JamPack 4 instruments, lots of additional tweaks to instrument dynamics. Scored for Harp, french horns, cello, double-bass, snare, bass drum and other percussive things.
Comments
abfkingsport said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
Something about the rain and the sound of sadness from a cello just go hand in hand. For a first post this is awesome. Love the horns the subtle thunder in the background. A song like this does well if it evokes imagery and this certainly does that. Marking it as a fav.
Anthony
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davisamerica said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
this is so cool
my son works in the gaming industry and has heard some of your work when he is home for a visit. I will download this [a sign of great respect] and share this with him. Eduard you know I am a big fan ... this is an example of why ... such wonderful attention to every detail. Brilliant
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davisamerica said 2998 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
btw ...
agree with Henke on the "Age of ..." reference ... Matthew will be physc'd ... he worked on some of the "age .." games when he was with Ensemble Studios ... once again Eduard ... very nice
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Char said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Magic lightning bolt, huh.
Love the thunder and rain. Trudging, all melancholy but with courage and resolve, on to the next battlefield, where they will, most probably die. Renaissance music played by an old soul. Neat. Thanks.
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Henke said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Great remix
Great depth and dynamics in this piece! Piano-Forte, soprano and bass, long sweeping notes and some fast ones. Etc. I do spy the Harmony Assistant in this, but who cares?! Especially the brass part is really well done! As for images I see I rather think of Age of Empires than Myth, but then again I never got very far into the Myth world. Also the artwork points in this direction...

So, 4 and a half years, huh... Time flies!

/Henke
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Henke said 2998 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Ooops
Myth, huh? I read Myst... Makes sense I guess. Stay well! /H
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magnatone said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Rainy March
Congratulations on this Eduard - it so cool how people are finding some of their earliest work in MJ and reposting it with changes and tweaks. This turned out really well - thanks for letting me in on the sneak preview. (Love those F's)
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drakonis said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Triad and try again
You know, it was because I got giddy with all those Dm open fifths laying around, and totally forgot where the F was. I have a dangerous affinity for open fifths, we should probably deal with this in the next KSA meeting, I need to shake myself of that habit and make note of my problem and triad harder.

Thank you so much for suggesting adding the F to various spots, it does indeed fill in some of the raw spots very nicely. Sort of embarrassing, actually, dragons forgetting where their F is! Your suggestions were wonderfully helpful and accurate!

ttfn,
Drakonis
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kassia said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
sigh
I seem to have the same problem. In fact, I just got in trouble for it in the collaboration we are working on. So I guess we will have to work on this at the next KSA meeting - or rather the next KSOFA (Kitchen Sink Open Fifths Anonymous) meeting. Or we could just relax on the KSOFA and drink a rootbeer together. (And let karen fix all the triads)
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guitapick said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
~
Fantastic, Eduard...
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mike_d said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Very Nice!
I do remember hearing this a while back and don't remember it sounding this "full". Sounds wonderful Eduard!
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ktb said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
myth
busted. I was such an addict when they came out. If this had been the soundtrack i never would have been able to go cold turkey. Amazing patience and vision you have Drak. To hand score this much have taken a great deal of time. Time well spent, and with phenomenal results
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kassia said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
marching
Well, as I said when you sent me a sneak listen - I am thoroughly impressed by this as one of your earliest offerings. And I am also very impressed by where you have brought this. Excellent instrument choices. I love the crescendo in the middle of the piece and then silence before the rainy march (sigh trudge trudge) starts again. Great use of strings - both legato and staccato - in this piece. And those are AWESOME thunder rolls! I want to borrow them sometime. Nice snare and bass keeping the pace. The pacing and phrasing of this is perfect for a march. You've really created the perfect soundtrack to accompany the little story written in your song notes. Great job Eduard!
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KellyMarkSmith said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
So...
my lvl 5 fighter whom has a strength score bonus of +15, attacks gothic worrior with the d12 2 handed broadsword.... Oh whoops I just reverted back to the old D&D days...haha

Really Great Score!! Thanks for this!! KMS
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Sigmund said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
OF COURSE
I never heard the original version to compare, but this piece definitely sounds like we are marching in the rain, all right. Nice crescendo at 2:30...Here's what is interesting - imagine you are out in the woods marching in the rain at night - your piece effectively sets the mood and ellicits the emotions one might feel going through that experience. Good job - I enjoyed listening (and I would enjoy playing the game, too). Thanks for posting.
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Skean said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Okay I'm here now
And what can I say that already have bean said, more then I know your skills and this is a fine composing done of one of my big favourite artist here. I had to listen on your first post and to me this is filled with more space, I can hear you've more dynamic maybe reverb? in this.
To end you always have a great story to your songs that I like a lot, as a great description as well.
I didn't DL,d before but I do it now.. Thanks for sharing this so cool journey.

Peace
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Kenta
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VicDiesel said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Still charming
This tune has Drak written all over it. Panoramic, gentle, epic, romantic,....
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Feter said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Rainy March
You know what impressive here ..is the very meshed and tight arrangent of
realistic sound samples ..definitely a gorgeous composition ..dunno why for
games ? ...its so serious for to be on a game ..Hats off to you !
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Roxylee said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Great remix
of an already great story without words. The rain and thunder are perfectly placed and the volumes are just right, too. You always choose just the right instruments that make us feel the emotion in the story. To know you hand scored everything, note by note shows your patience and fine attention to detail. I can almost feel the mist.
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kristyjo said 2999 days ago (February 7th, 2009)
Yes-
i can imagine this as part of a role-playing game. it is a real mood setter, I especially like the harp sound you have there, and the rest of the scoring is also wonderful. Sound effects enhanced, rather than detracted (and I'm particularly picky about those things:) )
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LunaTrick said 2999 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Truly delightful...
Such precision in the parts and movement. Nice harmonies across the stereo field. Glad you dusted this one off for us Eduard.
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musichead said 2998 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Im glad.....
Im glad I get to to hear and comment on all past MJers through this great festival. Its just amazing what can come out of GB. Its already known that you are a great artist here at MJ! Thank you much for the repost!
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thetiler said 2998 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Enjoy
how this comes out, love the natural sound introduction and the cello is perfect for the next instrument. Nice addition with the marching sound. Like the oriental feel how the harp plays in time with the drums. Nice placement of the instruments in both ears of my headphones. LIke the added drums and how you changed the the timing of it.

Thanks for sharing
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said 2998 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
All the little things that you do

To end in a good solid production (was going to say 'big', but the song is more contemplative and somber in some ways - so it didn't seem to fit). Your attention to detail and striving for perfection shows in every one of your works.

. - Harold
DarkPlanet said 2998 days ago (February 8th, 2009)
Hey thats Myth II
I was a big fan of mythII, played it a long time on playmyth...I will download this excellent music once I get my desktop in working order again! Nice Surprise!
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blaky smith said 2997 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
5 years
Very nice piece Eduard, nice harmonies, excellent instruments choice and great production.
A great work on all levels and a pleasure to listen. Thanks...
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bud said 2997 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Excellent -
definitely a worthy remix/reimagine. Wonderful tone and temperament.

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sschedra said 2997 days ago (February 9th, 2009)
Another listen and learn
session for me. I like this a lot. I am wondering about virtual instrument dynamics as well. Having the sounds is one thing, getting the right performance, quite another. Very nice job with the brass. Maybe you could share the secret of getting that dynamic swell of the brass in the middle of the piece? It can't be as easy as just pushing up the volume, can it?
Thanks maestro for sharing,
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paul f. page said 2996 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
I have...
...listened to quite a few of your things, Eduard, over the past two years, and you have indeed come a very long way in your understanding of orchestration. I did not hear the original of this piece, but you have made some very intelligent and sensitive choice here. Also, you've really gotten a handle on "the dials", creating just the right atmosphere, upping volumes and mixing with a finely-tuned ear. Wow. The thunder is wonderful! ... I love all the open chords. Gives this a majestic, Medieval feeling that is dreadful and beautiful all at the same time. Great job. Bravo.
Peace.
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SmokeyVW said 2995 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
you reign supreme
i like how the march varies from trudging through the rain to something nearly hopeful with a little spring in its step.

and i like how the melodies weave together. nice arrangement of instruments too

thanks
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Doadars Uncle said 2994 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Macabre
Really nice, Eduard.

Reminds me of some of the rainy hikes I've been on!

We've been having a rainy January, unusual for Wisconsin.
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bug67 said 2994 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Nice
Well orchestrated, Eduard. Thanks for sharing this with us. Loved the harp sounds as well as the marching drum. Nicely done!
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mowguy3 said 2992 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Rainy March
Blown away. Thanks so much.
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Muse Ritual said 2989 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Oooohh!
I remember this! The horns sound more filled out and better sheen. yeah me likey muchly! Great job Drak and those other two mythsjef makers!
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Doug Somers said 2989 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Don't rain on MY parade
Hey Eduard, a really fine remix that seems so have much crisper dynamics and space around the instruments than the original. The sense of determination through the regular beat and foreboding in the darkness of this piece are very well put together, and the use of the instrumental trios is very effective (stings, horn and harp). As with your other works there is just enough and no more. Horns at 2:26 seem a bit blasty which jarringly affects their tone as compared to the rest - a very minor critique in an otherwise moving piece of sonic imagery.

Bravo!

Doug
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daphna said 2989 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Love it!
This is very evocative of say a medieval setting. I love the instrumentation you have used - very appropriate and atmospheric. Great job Drak.
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Day-Dreamer said 2966 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
It's Raining !
I hope you put your 'Dragon Mack' on to make this gorgeous music:)
Love it :)
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Bowman said 2966 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Like a good wine
this one gets better with age.
Always liked the restraint of this. Ominous, endless, haunting. Clear incisive mix.
Well done Eduard.
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T_Being_esq said 2951 days ago (March 27th, 2009)
Medieval
Just enough medieval, scottish themes to set a theme of war in a long gone era.
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MarkHolbrook said 2744 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
Without a doubt
a better version... Knowledge comes with practice and time and it shows! Nicely done!
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