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Desiree (MJ Space Race 2009)


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Ambient

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Desiree (DEep Space Infra-REd Explorer) drifted quietly through the brightly lit swirl of gaseous filaments. She was programmed for science and yet, as with most space probes, she carried cultural information about the earth, which included samples of the music of the human race. She had plenty of time between sub-space broadcasts of her gathered data to listen to her favourite pieces over and over again. Her learning AI functions gave her a sense of what music was about analytically, but since starting to learn after being awakened she had never really felt music as the thought her human creators did. That was, she had never felt music until today. As her sensors opened their eyes to explore the nebula, she heard the same underlying patterns, the ebb and flow, rhythm and melodies as the forms of the human music she had heard over and over again. She was awe stuck with the beauty all around her, and it touched something deep within her construct. She knew she would never be the same. When it came time to relay information back to the Canopus colony, she instinctively found what she knew to be her own voice. And her heart began to sing.


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This piece started in April of this year built around the rhythmic bleep bleep sounds of some of the GB synths. I wanted to explore the 'soul in the machine' theme and so just kept adding and adding and here we are. Why this idea sprang to me in the ancient Italian countryside I cannot explain. Creativity is kind of mysterious and wondrous. Most of the additions were done in small dribs and drabs back home over the summer and polishing started in the fall.

Although I'm calling it Ambient, it is another piece that's hard for me to pin down. There is this mix of qualities here - a bit of slow rock/'stoner music', electronica, a bit of gospel choral and lead vocal stuff in there, some African drumming, and on and on. Yes it's dissonant now and again, and it is really homed to one mode, but I think it felt like that's where it belonged (one person's opinion). One thing it is not is short.

After laying down the lead vocal I started to 'fix' it so it didn't sound so synthesized in some of the interval jumps. I then backed all the fixes out since I thought that since I'm representing a conscious machine that is singing for the first time in her own voice and I would give it a bit of a different sound.

This is mastered in Ozone 4, which is a very cool tool that I admit to knowing not much about in terms of the subtleties of mastering. I do know that it sounds better with than without, so I'm at least moving in the right direction although there may be a bit of overkill with some of the processing.

So, another journey piece, another space sounds piece, and hopefully something to immerse in for a few minutes. Headphones recommended for full the immersive effect.

Credits:
Synths and rhythms are from JamPacks
Lead vocal is from QL Voices of Passion.
Artwork: NASA
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Hits: 3695
Comments: 78
Fans: 36
Plays: 177
Downloads: 129
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Oct 03, 2009 - 11:43:58 PM
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2009 - 11:43:58 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 04:25:47 AM
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Comments
sloparts said 2992 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Wonderfully creative, Doug
Sentient machines may not be all that far in the future. Lets hope there capacity for beauty is this well endowed.

Beautifully put together and executed My friend. It carried me out to the rim and onto the Desiree (DEep Space Infra-REd Explorer) so that I could commune more closely.

I Love what you've done here my friend.

Ed
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Doug Somers said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thanks Ed
I've had a great time listening to your entries for this and the Hallowe'en contest. Nice to meet another astro person as well.

Thanks for the compliments!
Doug
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Feter said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Desiree
Who can do it like you with such vision and
story ? ... this is fabulous and large ...
very floydian in some parts ...you just selected
and built the best form for this music ....
kudos ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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Doug Somers said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Thanks My Friend
I thought you might like some of the Floydian influences. I appreciate the kind words and sentiment.

Be well,
Doug
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NickFury said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Fantastic!
I really enjoyed hearing this Doug, The only thing I may have done Dif.,perhaps give the drums in the first part a tad of a presence boost? Not sure if thats what I mean exactly, but wow, this is an aural journey to be sure! I dont think it needs a thing, actually! Love it! Thank you!
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Doug Somers said 2989 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Know what you mean
I find that tweaking the mix is a circular process and I know that at one point I wanted to bring up the first drum intro. As it turns out I think the other edits let it get buried again. A to do for the re-worked version.

Thanks for your comments and I'm so glad you liked it!

Cheers,
Doug
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blaky smith said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Ozone
Great work here Doug, this one sounds very nice in my headphones, transporting me as in a dream, another great piece in the space race...
Marc
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Mystified said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
nicely done!
I like how you contrasted the pulse synths against the legato electronic voice. :)
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Thanks Cat
Truth be told, I had been thinking of asking you to collaborate on this piece since you have the premiere voice for the effect I was looking for and I just chickened out.

Thanks for your kind remarks and I love your own entry into the space race.

Take care,
Doug
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Narad said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Desiree
Wonderful job, the lead vocal is very well embedded here.
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Thanks Narad
I didn't originally intend for any vocals and yet look at all the voices that came to the party.

Thanks for your compliments - they mean a lot.

Be well,
Doug
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Moviz said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
very beautiful
concept and music. The idea that the music of men and the universe were of the same ilk is quite understandable, since we are made from what's out there and everything that is, is a vibration. I felt I had to listen right through to the end.... it's beautifully hypnotic Doug with lovely sounds...... and as you say, all put together via 'Oxygen' LOL, regards M
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Vibration = Energy
m=c**2/E. Not really that simple perhaps, but I resonate with your point.

Thanks for you kind remarks, as always. It's a pleasure to have you stop by.

Cheers,
Doug
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richard13 said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Simply stunning, Doug!
The backstory is terrific but the music is wonderful. I like this a lot and, since I d/l'd a copy (for which I thank you) I'll be enjoying it in future too ;-)
Cheers
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
You are too kind
Glad you plan to listen again. Thanks for your generous comments and I hope you get as much enjoyment with future listens.

Be well,
Doug
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DWL said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
This works well
I loved the gradual builds and changes in dynamics.

Great stuff

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Hi Dick
I have been putting more thought into dynamics lately, which really slows me down in churning out the tunes. I know in this one I had been influenced by listening to many old Moody BLues tracks where they were the masters of the mellotron. The way they could have a synth flute wash come through the track was quite amazing to hear.

Cheers Dick, and thanks for your note.
Doug
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MarkHolbrook said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Whoa Doug
Love Desiree! What an amazing piece of work this is... I love the mix of the rocky drum beat with the ambient feel... Doug you blew me away with this piece! Wow... what a space race entry!

Outstanding in every way!!!
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
And Desiree loves you, man
I'm really touched by your reaction to the music. Thanks Mark! I really appreciate the support.

Be well,
Doug
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thetiler said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
I love the feeling how the
Music gives the feeling that it is manipulating
and controling the craft. The sounds make the craft turn were it need to turn to make it's wonderful journey!
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Music controlling the craft
Now that's a cool concept. Wouldn't it be interesting if music was the way to express any thought, emotion, instruction, ... Wait. Maybe it already is.

Thanks for coming along for the ride and filling out the passenger feedback form :o)

Take care,
Doug
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TERRAPLANE said 2992 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Immersive effect
you bet Doug!! The synth voice sounds amazing. Well done,, Thanks much for the DL
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Immerse away
Kudos to the guys at Quantum Leap for rendering the solo voice so well. It's a great package with way more than this so if you ever want to use these kind of voice instruments it is well worth looking into.

Until next time,
thanks again!
Doug
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Ex_Silentio said 2991 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Astrophysically acronymically astounding
Just fantastic. I especially enjoyed the vocal parts. Appreciated your description, also. This production has a superior sound that just makes me shake my head. It sets the bar way over my head. Maybe, ten years from now, I will be able to get such a beautiful quality of sound. Compositionally, probably never. You are very talented, and it's a pleasure to get this for free.
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Really glad you like this
especially since I have such high regard for your work as well. I would beg to differ about the bar being over your head though. I just came back from Loneliness Becomes Pandora and you have hit that one out of the park.

Thanks Ex for your very kind remarks - it makes posting here and making new music so very worthwhile when I know it positively impacts the listeners.

Be well,
Doug
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Lennon714 said 2991 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Desiree
Something I didn't expect, but am finding to be my favorite part of the challenge, is the story element to people's songs. Great foundations for movies, let alone songs. Interesting bits all over this track. Wonderful production!
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
I could almost see a bunch
of connected movie shorts on similar themes, kind of like the Animatrix.

Thanks for the supportive comments and for your efforts!!

Doug
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Vic Holman said 2991 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
she dreams the machine
this came out great Doug. a great mind expansion journey. a lot of work went into this I'm sure.

the mixing sounds great and defined. excellent work on this.
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Cheers Vic
She dreams the machine - very deep juxtaposition. Your supportive remarks are very kind. Thanks so much for having a listen.

Doug
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gail60 said 2991 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
too cool
I really liked this. Got my imagination racing and I loved the trip you took me on. The lead vocalist has a great voice... Always a pleasure to hear your music Doug! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
You are an imaginative one!
I feel after all the places your music has transported me the least I can do is take you around for a spin as well.

Thanks Gail!
Doug
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Reinholt56 said 2991 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Doug....
This was my first listen of today.... What a wonderful way to start the day..

The music so fitted the description. I need to listen to the piece a few dozen more times to really make the journey though...

Take care.

Paul
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Some call this music the Breakfast of Champions
and others the bleeping of computers.

I hope your dozens of listens brought forth what you were looking for.

Thanks Paul, you are quite an inspiration in this genre.

Be well,
Doug

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Henke said 2990 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Oh my
This piece blew me away. What a story and what a great piece of music. Very creative in conception and composition and singing and mixing and... I think I am most impressed by the smooth way in which you mix elements that "should" belong to all these different genres - and it just works, seemlessly. Very well done and thanks a bunch for the download, much appreciated. I'll listen and try to learn...

Take care.

/Henke
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
I remember hearing your work when I first joined MacJams
and I thought "I wonder how he does that? Where does he get his inspiration?" It's nice to have you visiting and enjoying my new music as well. There is so much learning we all have at our disposal on this site. Pretty amazing.

Thanks, as ever, for the kind words.

Be well,
Doug
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guitapick said 2990 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
I love...
....the moves into the solo vocals and how they morph into "other sounds"...

Very large scope...nice, Doug
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
A larger scope
It's a bit like when I was oil painting - suddenly doing a large canvas was like looking over a precipice. How will I fill all that space? Where do I start? It's getting there, and this piece does have activity throughout, but honestly I'm not sure if I have fully filled the audio space with the right kind of material to keep things fresh for the whole time.

Still, I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for noticing the sound morphs. They were fun since I didn't want the passing washes to take on too much of a constant character.

Be well,
Doug

PS - The Other Side - killer!
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paul f. page said 2990 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Testing the waters...
...are ya?
Doug, you are really getting me confused: first you write some amazingly orchestrated Italian gardens numbers, and now you follow up taking on the universe. It is so cool to hear this kind of breadth! You have such a good ear, and you've mixed this number with precision and careful attention to the details of shading and instrumental mix. The vocalization very naturally springs out of the orchestra and is very appealing. You're giving Paul R. a run for his money (but your music is prettier!!!). OH YEAH indeed! Nice.
Peace.
Paul
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Paul you are free flowing with your praise
In testing all these different waters I used to wonder if I should have stuck to one genre to learn more about it and deepen my skills, or whether it would be confusing as to who I stood for as an artist if all my works were varied. In the end I just decided to forget the mental spiraling and just compose what I am moved to.

My next work will be back to orchestral - I think. It is starting that way, but who knows. It will be the partner to Descent. Thanks for your encouragement about creating a suite based on the Italian Influences, as well as for your ongoing support and kind words.

Take good care,
Doug
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Bowman said 2990 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
The future is in the past.
It's out there yet it's right here. Oh I got to stop this silly cycle but I can't help it. I'm on a happy spacy loop and I can't - no I don't want to - but I can't.....
Beautiful mix of sounds styles and cultures. Fantastic mix. Clear and enveloping. Lots of successful experimenting here. I know you've had a thing about space for quite some time Doug but remember - IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOUR MUSIC.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
In space no one can hear you scream...
Everyone knows that line and yet I can't recall the movie - was it Alien or something else? No matter, glad you liked the little cultural tour of a small sampling of world music. It was indeed a fun experiment and I didn't know it would end up here.

Thanks Charlie - you're like a partner in crime.

Be well,
Doug
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lengold said 2990 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Lovely musical
journey Doug. Liking all the build-ups and changes, keeping it enthralling throughout.
Cheers
Len

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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
And now if I can only learn
to really let go I might have a Len-esque piece that is REALLY new and fresh.

Thanks for the kind words. Glad you liked the flow.

Cheers,
Doug
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Roxylee said 2989 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
So creative!
I read the description as I listened. Very cool story line and I was mesmerized by the soundscape. That QL Voices of Passion sure makes for interesting music! You put it all together very well. This should be in a movie soundtrack. :-)
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
A Movie Soundtrack
As Lennon714 said above, the descriptions in this challenge could all be movies - which is kind of cool.

Glad you liked my Bulgarian singer. She has quite a voice. I'm keen to try another one of the voice samples from VOP in an upcoming tune.

Thanks for letting us know your reaction to the music and thank you too for the kind compliments.

Take care,
Doug
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Char said 2989 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Oh Doug!
I think you are correct that this sort of response is possible, if not probable. With all that beauty and all that knowledge, I can see how anything intelligent would be moved to express wonder and joy by singing. Very lovely, especially, considering your thought behind the piece. Beautiful. Thank you.
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
You're so sweet
Thanks Char, you have really touched me. I don't know what else to say except I'm really pleased that you think the same things are possible and that you liked the piece.

Be well,
Doug
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drakonis said 2989 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
A Spaceship called Desiree?
Nobody noticed that one yet? :-)

Doug, this is stunning... the story and music together are sublime. I'm not sure any words I have can describe this, maybe I'm just hum softly to myself, maybe it is just all my molecules humming... very effective and thought provoking.

Now to get back under the hood of my own spacecraft, I have a lot to do before Saturday!

ttfn,
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Yes, I admit that this is a new millennium remake of Streetcar
and I was just hoping that no one would notice, but I can see that you're more than a match for me (to paraphrase a line from Monty Python).

Drak, thanks for your ever so kind words which I will admit carry quite a punch for me. I really appreciate what you've said.

I look forward to your next opus!

Take care,
Doug
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composerclark said 2989 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Kraftwerk
This is outstanding, Mark! I was blown away when the voice came in… I'll have to check out Voices of Passion. I actually have a couple of QL things now, but haven't installed them because I'm not sure my computer can handle it...

This reminds me of listening to Kraftwerk back in the 1970's. It has that same cool, trippy feel… it could go on for an hour and you wouldn't get tired of it.

Great stuff!
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Doug Somers said 2988 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Well Clark, you are perceptive, intuitive, or both
In the first 2/3 of the drafts of this piece I started it with a heavily mechanised voice saying 'bloop bleep blart', an hommage to Kraftwerk (Boing Boom Tschak). It seemed a good introduction to the mechanical bleeping that followed. I later took it out as it didn't fit with how the rest of the work was evolving, particularly how the amount of more human voices were entering the piece.

Thanks for coming by and the most encouraging remarks. It means a lot!

Cheers,
Doug
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damiengh said 2988 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
nice work
Really enjoyed this relaxed journey, especially with the images in place provided by your written setup.

This is quite relaxing to listen to especially through the headphones.

You ought to be doing some of those computer games, you got the feel.

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Doug Somers said 2987 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Games would be fun
Glad you had a bit of headphone relaxation and the imagery worked for you. Appreciate you stopping by for a listen.

Take care,
Doug
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Diviner said 2988 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Excellent use of voices
This is a super track. I would have commented earlier but there was an issue with my broadband. I really like this track, the vocals really lift this track to the heavens. Your music ability has improved so much from when you first joined, I'm really impressed. Well done Doug.
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Doug Somers said 2987 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
thanks Keith
It seems like my initial comment got lost so if two show up you will know why.

Thanks for your kind comments about the piece and my musical progress. It's a lot easier when there are so many great composers around here to learn from.

Cheers,
Doug
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segiperkasa said 2986 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Space 1999
really cool man... great work .... this sound like space 1999
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Doug Somers said 2982 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
Space 1999
That goes back a ways! Glad you liked the tune. A little slower pace than your latest virtuoso work for sure.

Be well,
Doug
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Skean said 2986 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Master
You've produce a master piece, both me and my lovely wife love it. Downloaded to joy many many times.

Take care bro.
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Doug Somers said 2981 days ago (October 15th, 2009)
Then thank you to you and your lovely wife!
I'm so happy you both enjoyed it!! If I can bring some joy into your day then that is wonderful.

Be well bro,
Doug
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davajonah said 2985 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Outstanding
This is one hell of a good piece of music. Mix is superb, all the elements working together really well. The vocals are to die for. Beautifully done.

No, maybe not ambient. But who cares?
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Doug Somers said 2978 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
Thank you Dave
I wish I could sing like that ! :o)

This was a fun melange of sounds and styles to put together. You are very kind with your words, in addition to your creative compositional talents. Thanks for having a listen.

Be well,
Doug


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magnatone said 2984 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Desiree
WOW Doug - this is magnificent! what an incredible talent you are! Drakonis is linking this in chat - so glad he did, i would have hated to miss it!
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Doug Somers said 2978 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
Maybe I should have called it Spacious Smackdown
I'm happy you picked up Drak's link and that he thought enough of this work to link it in the first place! This has been a long road to the completion of this piece and I'm glad that it is finding such good acceptance here. The timing of the space race was particularly fortuitous since this was started months ahead of the announcement of the race.

Best wishes Karen,
Doug
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ste said 2976 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
great
taste in use of sounds. i like this a lot
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Doug Somers said 2967 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
tasty sounds
Thanks ste - this has thrown into it everything found in the back shed but it seemed to work.

Appreciate your comment!

Cheers,
Doug
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Calchas said 2967 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Wow...
Man, this space race theme has sure generated it's share of cool tunes.

sloparts' comment nails it: "sentient machines"! Love the rhythmic synth! NICE change-up when the drums come in (only I would have made them a bit louder).

Isn't OZONE a gas?

Enjoyed!

Be well friend!
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Doug Somers said 2967 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
M. Calchas
Thanks for dropping by my man. Agree totally on the drum entrance. Will fix for the CD.

And as Drak would say, "Why yes, Ozone is in fact a gas - tee hee." It is a lot of fun to use and I really need to stop plowing ahead with it and learn about what it is really capable of.

Take care,
Doug
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ConnieO said 2967 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Space Wandering
Doug, nice effects and mixing. Reminiscent(sp)of another time clashing with the present and future. Like the vocal...that is a female vocal isn't it?
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Doug Somers said 2967 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
A mix of times and spaces
Yes yes, you got it! The vocal is a female singer from Voices of Passion by East West. The package samples her voice singing different words for each note. It is possible to get the vocal smoother sounding but I chose not to to leave it more mechanical sounding.

Thanks for your kind words!

Doug
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Gaylen75 said 2967 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Last Time
I was in space this is what I was dreaming about. Too cool.
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Doug Somers said 2967 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Sometimes
the whole 'what is consciousness?' thing gets trampled and lost in the words. Maybe music can express more clearly what it is about. Definitely the stuff of dreams....

Thanks for the comments!

Doug
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Doadars Uncle said 2964 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
Nicely Animated!
I enjoy the rich frequencies. Great changes. Expansive!
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Doug Somers said 2888 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Fills up and expands your head
Thanks Doug. Interesting you note the rich frequencies - I think I overdid the sparkle I added in Ozone, as it can sound harsh in some places on some speaker systems. Other parts work as I intended. Much to learn on my end about mastering.

I appreciate your coming by and the positive remarks!

Be well,
Doug
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Jarvoid said 2888 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
coo
nice piece,pulsating and booming backing with a wicked theme corruscating over the top ....and a bit of vocal harmonisation...very interesting piece.

ps The vox (loops ?) is amazing

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Doug Somers said 2888 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
The pulsing tones were just asking
to be used. GB synths have at least 2 or 3 of them that are pretty cool. I wanted to contrast them with the longer legato choir vocals that wash through and then of course the lead vocal too. The vox is kind of like a set of loops that are pitched to the keyboard - some are single tones, some are phrases on the same pitch. They come from the Bulgarian singer in Quantum Leap Voices of Passion.

Thanks for your kind words!
Doug
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PatriciaGirl said 2292 days ago (September 3rd, 2011)
Great Imagination
I love this story and the music to boot. Great concept. The voice that seem to emanate at around 3:00 is just fabulous. You struck a chord with me when it comes to robotic technology. Such a concept is very possible these days. Your vision is believable and I love that type of creativity-well done!!

I'm on the look out for more of your stuff-thanks :)

pg
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Doug Somers said 2289 days ago (September 7th, 2011)
Another back catalog browser!
It's great to have some of the oldies paid a visit from time to time. Your comments are very kind and are most appreciated Patricia.

I do think that since we don't know what intelligence really is in us, let alone in other things that we consider to be alive, that there is open possibility to machine intelligence as well. But apart from the philosophising, I think that there is a cool kind of metaphor about someone 'finding their voice' and so the story seems to work on multiple dimensions.

Maybe we should have a new SpaceRace Challenge for 2011??

Doug
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ic42 said 2283 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
signal received
Top Secret SR11? It is being assembled on the launch pad as we speak... shhh. There will be an announcement in a week or so, as some of the other challenges are winding down. Mission Control is once again looking for seasoned volunteers, as there are many systems to set up and monitor during a November space-race challenge.
ttfn,
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