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Ember Remembered - Drakonis Open Collab


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Boundless

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As many of us know, Eduard - aka Drakonis - posted a while back a piece called "Ember", which was to become famous for its numerous versions of all kinds, a tremendously fascinating thing to hear - all this diversity based on the same score - even more so when you've done a version yourself.

To hear the original version, click here.

When I first heard it, I liked it too and felt like giving it a go. Initially, I thought I'd use it just as it is, go along with its gentleness and simply add something like a solo on classical guitar. Fair enough, yet that wasn't taking into account the fact that, if we allow our creativity to flow freely, it takes us to unexpected places. Thus it was that not only did I change some of the original score, I also ended up adding quite a few tracks.

A little history on the making of it. . .

If I recall rightly, the first thing I changed, to a piano, was one of the track in the middle, quieter section. One thing leading to another, I turned the piano's single notes into chords which turned out having a jazzy flavor, then to that I added bass, then drums. So now I had a trio ! It needed a soloist, so I added a track of electric guitar - on which I spent a good bit of time to get a certain sound that I'm quite happy with. Finally, at the beginning of this middle section, I added for a short time an ambient type of sound I did with Absynth.

That done, I moved back to the intro, the first section of the piece. There, I noticed a bell-like sound and added a some chimes, gently, following this lead. Then I added a melodic line on classical guitar. Finally, I added a single stroke of a high pitch bell, which reoccurs a second time later on. I came close to transform that section more, then settled for keeping it much as it is to let the spirit of the piece as Eduard composed it be there, and then lead us to new grounds.

Then I move to the third and last section, which somewhat echoes the first. While i kept it, I made the bass and drum go on through to the end, kept the electric guitar I used for soloing although by now just keeping sparse notes, then added a track of strummed acoustic guitar. Then, as the final touch, I added another track of electric guitar doing a melodic line processed with delay, coming in and out gently.

Voilà.

*

My heartfelt thanks to Eduard for providing me
with the opportunity to add my touch
to this inspiring piece.

Enjoy.
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drakonis said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
Ember goes Jazzbient
and she swings! Bernard, such a wonderful direction you've taken, here. I love reading your notes on how you slowly built this up, and where this took you. There's still a lot of the "taste of Ember" here and there, but that middle section is a wicked-cool take-off, and the guitar work across this just sparkles and dances across the coals. Very beautiful work, and rather quickly done too, for such careful complexity. But I'll stop gushing about your work here, let's see what other people think :-)
ttfn,
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
Hey Eduard
Rather quickly done too.
Well, if around, mmmm, say 30 hours's quick. . .

: - )

I'm real happy you enjoyed it. It must be something for you to hear a new take of Ember like this - to say nothing of all others.

I came close to transform the intro more, then settled for keeping it, as you heard, pretty much as it was, to let the spirit of the piece as you composed it be there first and then lead us to new grounds.

I had a lot of fun doing it, worked long hours, and learn quite a bit too in the process.

Thanks again, Eduard !
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ramonaji said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
Fantastique!
as always with your pieces, I found myself drawn into a meditative state while listening... that is the HIGHEST compliment a yogini can give....

This is stunning.....
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
To an old yogi like me
Absolutely. What more to ask. . .

Fantastic indeed.

: - )

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Char said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
It is very lovely.
But, It it still recognizable. It has a lot more meat, it is longer and varies more and yes, I hear mostly a jazz take. Nice rendition. Thanks.
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Longer ?
If you mean the length, it isn't. The framework is the same.

I'm surprised myself that it took such a jazzy direction
- not that it's totally surprising
considering my affinities
with certain elements
of jazz music.

Thanks for listening
and coming by !
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Jim Bouchard said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
Great stuff!
That first section reminds me of looking at a fire, and the little lights that would come up in the embers. I love the jazz stuff, sounds awesome! Really well worked out!
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Hey Jim
Glad you enjoyed it - thanks for stopping by !
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awigze said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
Ember Boundless
Ember Brilliantly realized. Resolved and into a different realm. Only a true collaborative spirit could carry it to this place. A definite tip of the hat to you and all the collaborators on this piece. Is Bravo! good enough an exclamation? Good one Drakonis, eh?
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Hey Andy
Thanks for listening, your appreciation
and the juicy comment !
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particledots said 2828 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
Very pretty
Pretty good

Does anyone know how many versions of this there are now?

Are there links to all the versions?
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drakonis said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Yes. Yes. :)
There have been about 38 versions so far, but not all have seen the light of day (some sent to me as sketches, then never finished/posted by the collaborators.) Some were removed as the artists took down their MJ pages, sadly. The list of ALL Embers that exist on MJ, is on my artist bio page, here:
http://www.macjams.com/artist/drakonis

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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
There
you go - thanks Drak.
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Feter said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Ember Remembered
Very elegant ..and very heartfelt touches all around ...loved he guitar
and the organ ...the bass added more power ...the burst of the band ..
is a real touch of a master ...with the soft touches of the drums ...
very emotional rhythm with the electric guitar ...very soulful all in all..
and what a great collab ...thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Feter
The burst of the band. I just love that moment too
- I'm always waiting for it with anticipation
and thrilled when it kicks in.

Glad you like it.
And thanks for
passing
by !
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Narad said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Kudos
A masterpiece !
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Well
We do our best.

Thanks !
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Ibstrat said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
That's
some seriously great playing.You have a tremendous feel and guitar sound.Amazing work.
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Hey Mark
Coming from a fine guitarist like you
that's. . . quite a flower.

Thanks for listening
and dropping in !
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Daugrin said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Embers redux
Well done. Your scoring is fresh and brings this to a new life.

Daug
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Fresh
Fresh is good. Thanks for listening
and dropping a note Daug !
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magnatone said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Ember Remembered
what a GREAT treatment of the classic Ember - I really love this Bernard!!
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Boundless said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
THANKS Karen
I love it too !

: - )
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sloparts said 2828 days ago (June 30th, 2009)
Nice work Bernard
The additions transform Eduard's original piece and take it in a whole new direction. And a lovely direction it is too. Love the guitar additions and the expanded middle section is wonderful.

Excellent playing and fantastic creativity showing here my friend.

Kudos

Ed
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Boundless said 2826 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Love
that middle section too. Had great fun cooking it up.

Thanks for your appreciation, Ed !
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LunaTrick said 2826 days ago (July 1st, 2009)
Lovely version Bernard
You gave Eduard an ECM coating... and that needed to happen!
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Boundless said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Hey Daniel
Looks like it did indeed
- so it happened !

Thanks for
stopping
by !
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Parichayaka said 2826 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Outstanding
Love it when I come across a post that really stands out musically, creatively and energywise. Poised buildup, like a breathing exercise before entering deep within. Your guitar playing reminds of an Al DiMeola who's finally found a little peace and calm within:) Truly remarkable piece of work here, satisfying and inspiring, on quite a few levels. The part towards the end when you bring back the intro theme is fantastic. Who's playing the various instruments (guitars would be you, who is playing drums?).
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Boundless said 2825 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Hey Parichayaka
DiMeola who's finally found a little peace
and calm within - good point.

: - )

Now, the intro's theme coming back
is actually simply part of Drakonis original score.
As for the instrumentation, well, the description tells the main of it. For the drum - you've got a fine ear for that, and I myself really enjoy it a lot - it's from EZdrummer, from the jazz expansion pack, which I tweaked some though by itself it's already surprisingly good.

Voilà. Glad you enjoyed it so.
Thanks for listening and
your appreciation !

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Moviz said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
I love
the jazz feel you've brought to this piece and so methodically, according to your description above. You've brought a really different mood to to 'Ember' and it's very, very enjoyable and (forgive the pun) 'warm' sounding. Excellent, regards M
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Boundless said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Well, methodically
I understand why one can say that, yet really it wasn't at all, in the sense that I started and it just unfolded the way it did. Guess you could say how I reported the making of it is methodical !

I'm glad you enjoyed it
and thanks for
sharing !
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VicDiesel said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Excellent version
The prog-rock / jazz-rock atmosphere of this one is very good. Nothing too flashy yet quite intense. There's lots of tension building up here.

Your guitar playing is outstanding as always, and the mix is also very good.
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Boundless said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Hey Victor !
Prog-rock, jazz-rock. . . It actually is quite a mixture, isn't it ? It's a thing I like about it - like a story with a few chapters.

Glad you say the mix is good. I appreciate that feedback.
I worked quite a bit on it and learned some more.

Thanks for listening and dropping a line
- and I'm off to hear
your new post !
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lengold said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
That was
a wonderful listen. Masterful.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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Boundless said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Sounds good
Thanks for listening
and sharing, Len !
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Chimalus said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Beautiful sound quality...
This filled my headphones completely. The jazz feel is a most welcome one. What a treat! – memorable enough to be the main theme for an introspective, artsy film. I must now hear the original Ember.
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Boundless said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Hey Zagar
The music for a film, hmmmmm. . .
Sounds good to me.

Thanks for listening
and coming by !
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bud said 2824 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Ember Returns to Forever
This is a really great new version of Drak's Ember - and I am really digging your guitar playing in a big way. The whole new feel you brought to this is pretty amazing - one of the best yet.
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Boundless said 2823 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Well, well
Glad its the best to you - it's certainly the best jazzy take as I think I'm the only one who took it there - to my own surprise !

Thanks for listening, for your appreciation
and for coming over !
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ste said 2817 days ago (July 11th, 2009)
da da da
Didn't bother to listen to the original yet, to be honest. Love the guitar parts and drums. Wonderful.
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Boundless said 2817 days ago (July 11th, 2009)
Well, it's interesting
a few versions of it - amazing really, all this creativity based on the same score. . .

Thanks for listening, ste
and coming by !
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ShadowofNine said 2817 days ago (July 11th, 2009)
Bravo
Timeless beauty...
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Boundless said 2817 days ago (July 11th, 2009)
Timeless beauty
Well, we'll take that !

Thanks Shadows.
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maxruehl said 2811 days ago (July 17th, 2009)
Love It
I just popped this track on and went about my business, surfing, etc, but then I had to stop and give this my undivided attention. It really found the sweet spot between my ears. Simply beautiful.:)
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Boundless said 2811 days ago (July 17th, 2009)
Max
I like the story - it caught your attention. What more to ask. . .

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paul f. page said 2806 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
What a tribute!
38 versions of this song?! Amazing. There will be a special royalty check in the mail any day now.

This is such a cool jazz improv. The guitar licks are, of course, top notch -- as I would expect Bernard to deliver. But there is so much going on that is jazz, ambient, meditation, and multi-rhythmic. Just a most interesting composition or extension of the original. I could go on and on and still retain a lot of wonderful interest. (I don't think I'll take a crack at it. You've taken it awfully far and in a superb manner.
Peace.
Paul
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Boundless said 2805 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
Amazing indeed
So many versions most probably holds a record here.

Glad you enjoyed my take on it, Paul.
Thanks for listening and
for your appreciation.



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carlajpatterson said 2759 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
Great feeling in this - very evocative
Hi, Bernard! I saw your name in the list and had to listen to yours first. I seem to always like where you go with your playing and this is no exception. I love the way you approached and completed this collab.
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Boundless said 2758 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
Look who's here. . .
Hey Carla - welcome to MacJams.

And thanks for spotting me first
for listening and
dropping in !
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