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Who is that ornately robed stranger? Does anyone know where he is from? He looks a bit strange, but he's a very elegant dancer, don't you think?

Yet another movement in my courtly suite.
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Uploaded: May 03, 2009 - 05:36:10 PM
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011 - 10:02:48 PM Last Played: Jul 14, 2017 - 06:10:57 PM
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My Chinese Hulusi and two bass recorders. Rhode microphone.
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composerclark said 3126 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Exquisite
Lovely. The sound is just exquisite, as is the composition. My only quibble is that the two recorders don't seem to be quite in tune when you have that long high E pedal tone... no big deal though. Very impressive piece!
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sloparts said 3126 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
What a lovely piece Vic
very contemplative and thoughtful, as well as soothing to the ears. I didn't notice the tuning problem Clark mentioned, but his ears are probably a little better than mine are.

But like he said, it's no big deal, the song is still very beautiful and very well played. Thanks for sharing this one Vic, I really like it a lot.

Ed
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said 3126 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
keys
I really like this a lot... kinda stuck on what's bugging me about the keyboard sound, and can't put my finger on it. Its melody is right. I wonder how this would sound with several cello's playing that part?

. - Harold
Feter said 3126 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
The Visitor from Afar
this is just fascinating ...amazing the two solos with the chinese oboe like
sound ...impressive ...a wonderful a real top notch mellow theme ...thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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LunaTrick said 3126 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
This is truly...
...an exquisite piece of music. I love the harmonies... and the tone you get through the recorders. Stunning stuff!
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jiguma said 3126 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Contemporary ......
but not :)

Lovely sounds and a beautiful tune - I really enjoy these posts Vic.

Neil
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guygrooves said 3126 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Beautiful....
This is worth a Download cause when I hear it. it makes me happy. Great tune Vic.
Peace
Guy
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lengold said 3126 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Very beautiful
sounds and composition.
Cheers
Len

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davisamerica said 3126 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Vic ...
What a wonderful and soothing track ... your use of instruments always leaves me amazed and in wonder ... really nice work man
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DeputyDoofy said 3125 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Very nice
Very soothing. WHAT? Everyone else used the word "soothing?" Very, uh, Chamomillistic. Is that a word? lol
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VicDiesel said 3125 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
If it's not a word yet
then it is now. I'm very thankyouverymuchious for your review.

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chronologic said 3125 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Live
I love visiting your page and all your natural instruments. It's so cool that you do it this way. And you're quite talented, not that me saying so means anything. Just keep it up. I feel like the love of "live and acoustic" instruments is at least one thing we have in common. Not that I have anything against the midi and everything, I don't. But it's neat to hear real wind in the real air doing cool things. This song has a very nice flow. I am pretty sure I'm not qualified to say or think anything beyond that. But I'll be back!!!
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VicDiesel said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Midi
I have plenty of tracks that are completely synthesized, but I'm always happy if I can turn out something that uses real instruments to good effect. Glad to know that you appreciate it.
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magnatone said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Visitor
you are so GOOD on those recorders - it's just always so impressive to listen to. terrific track, thoughtful composing (as usual) - thanks vic!
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apb said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Fabulous instrument
.. played to perfection. The piece sounded a little like an oriental 'Dvorák 9th symphony, 2nd movement' to me ears (otherwise known as the 'Hovis bread' advert in UK around 1973). Enjoyed it. I too hear a little descrepency tuning wise mostly around about the 1:22-1:38 mark .. but pfft .. bloody marvelous anyways.
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drakonis said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Aha, that explains it...
I first read that these were recorders... and I kept listening, thinking, wow, that really sounds like a REED instrument to me, maybe the recorder-recording was clipping... but no... wikipedia to the rescue, I read up on what a "Hulusi" is, and have once again learned something from you, yay! What a cool instrument! Slightly softer than an oboe. Anyway, very nicely played, and although the melody and harmonies sound very Occidental, not Oriental, and the photo above looks very Japanese, not Chinese, I must let all these minor things slide, because the music is scrumptious (a little more flavor than just "soothing", methinks.) And no fade-out, a real ending, absolutely wonderful! Crisp clean mix too.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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VicDiesel said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Thanks
Every once in a while I come across mention of an exotic instrument and I just have to have it. So it happened with the Hulusi, which I've actually used before on a song. It's a very sweet instrument. Kinda soft, which is why I used bass recorders for the accompaniment.

The funny thing about the instrument is that it takes a lot of breath pressure, but almost no air. I timed it: I can hold a note for close to 50 seconds. But that means that every time I want to take a breath, I first have to breath out to get rid of my stale air, then breath in. The breathing on this track is not too bad. Also, in a couple of place you can hear the tone crack, which happens if you release the breath pressure just a bit, for instance at 0:36. And at 1:43 you can hear the drone pipe give a little squeak.
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PDRSTAR said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
cool sound
soothing to the core bit japanese
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Char said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
It was
a real treat. My goodness, you can play anything and charm anyone. So clean and full of happiness. Thanks.
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ToddBrodman said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Yeah, this is beautiful
All I can say is I agree with everyone. What else can I add? Wow, you worked for Geoff Emerick. When? What did you do? Did you work with him when he produced Imperial Bedroom for Elvis Costello? Interested to know
VicDiesel said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Eh
take a close look at my bio....

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kristyjo said 3124 days ago (May 5th, 2009)
Vic-
Yet another interesting woodwind instrument, and played very well, too.I love how you pull these songs together with unusual, yet perfect instrumentation. The 'bite' of the hulusi is great in combination with those smooth recorders. Great timbral combination. The tune is excellent, too. this is a fun listening experience.
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Relic67 said 3122 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Hulusi
I learned something today... never heard of a Hulusi before. It sounds really nice, you play it well.
Really interesting instrumentation all around. Nice tune.


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sonnyjim said 3121 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
The Peabody-Essex Museum
had a show a couple years ago of 'Chinese export' art with its expected collision of Asian and Western aesthetics. This puts me in mind of that show. Very beautifully recorded (it sounds great in phones AND on my laptop speakers) and played; I'm particularly fond of those bent notes.... Press on, Victor.
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egobandit said 3121 days ago (May 8th, 2009)
Hulusi
It has such a high toned sound I like that I can hear your breath between notes. The keys are what really grab me they have a beatles pop chord arangement but fit so well in the frame work of the melody. A very unique and beautiful piece!
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mowguy3 said 3121 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Truth in the art of recording
A great listen indeed. Thank you!
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guitapick said 3121 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Nice change...
...of pace, Vic. I'm always into your stuff and this is no exception. Kudos.

bob
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lavalamp said 3119 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
Great piece of...
... music. I can really appreciate the work you must have put in to complete this piece. Almost an East meets West thing.

I thought it was quite interesting to hear these instruments. Well done and Bravo. DL'd

LL
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Cameron said 3119 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
exotic
What an interesting sound the Hulusi makes! Sort of a cross between oboe and clarinet.

Something about the sound made me want to hold my breath; it created tension.

It combined well with the electronics and recorders, but I would have liked to hear the recorders by themselves in spots to provide a more interesting contrast -- such as at the very end of the piece.

However, you devised a good, simple melody for the Hulusi which suits the instrument nicely.
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VicDiesel said 3119 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Mirror neurons
I'm sure your holding your breath is induced by the fact that I'm holding my breath quite a bit in this piece. The hulusi takes a lot of pressure, almost no actual air.

Btw, I performed this piece last week with a lute playing the chordal part. It was lovely.
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Ibstrat said 3118 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Beautifully
written and performed.Lots of feeling in this piece- never heard a hulusi before but I like it!
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kassia said 3111 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
very interesting
and engaging combination of sounds. excellent performance and a sweet, graceful composition. my only nit is the second recorder that comes in on the high held note seemed a little loud to me. this is a beautiful piece. thanks for sharing this one!
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VicDiesel said 3111 days ago (May 18th, 2009)
Recorder
You're actually listening to the Hulusi, and the held high note is the drone pipe on the instrument. I can't change anything about the way it sounds.

Thanks for your appreciative comments.
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Doug Somers said 3102 days ago (May 27th, 2009)
Gentle
A nice flow to this that takes its own time and forms a restful space. Interesting tonality in the Hulusi that in contrast to the recorders adds to the attraction of this work.

Be well,
Doug
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Rasapriya said 3083 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
very sweet
Nicely done. Simple and sweet. Great job.


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Char said 132 days ago (July 14th, 2017)
I really
love this, Vic.
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VicDiesel said 132 days ago (July 15th, 2017)
Thanks
for visiting this pretty old tune.
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