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Goodbye May Lam


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sschedra

 Genre: Film Scoring

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My wife was recently cleaning out her desk when she came across an old Christmas card from a dear friend of mine that I had lost touch with. The last I heard, she had moved back to China with her mother. I was filled once again with the sense of regret and loss that I had not kept in touch. On a whim, I said "Look! its got her phone number, let's dial it up." It was a local exchange so I thought I would get a "this number no longer in Service" message. As you may have guessed, instead I heard my friends voice telling me to leave a message. Soon we were reunited and we got together with other old friends from that same gang. It was wonderful laughing and talking and never getting a chance to finish a story. This piece is a picture of the "goodbye forever" feelings that I felt whenever I thought of this friend. Sad, but touched by the sweetness of the beauty and grace she brought into our family. Sort of done in the Chinese Opera style (not that I really know it, so don't kill me on that point). I classify it as film score, because everything I do these days
that involves the orchestral elements, I view as companion to a film.
By the way, if any of you really like the Erhu here and want to get similar sounds in Logic, let me know. I will put together a tutorial of where to get them and how to install them into Ultrabeat as playable samples.

This song also represent my continuing efforts at learning to master. I used a concept here known as "visual mastering". This means that you can identify troublesome areas in dynamics and frequency visually and therefore repair them without the need for a reference environment. I don't know how much credence this concept has in the industry (probably none as studios can afford, and do spend, hundreds of thousands to get a reference environment. However, for those of us with relative near-zero budgets, this concept gives good promise that we can produce material that will sound good in a number of environments.
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Uploaded: Dec 20, 2009 - 07:51:33 PM
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2009 - 07:51:33 PM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 10:16:39 PM
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Parichayaka said 2803 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Impressive
Very well done on every level. The overall sound is balanced and satisfying, with the best midi erhu I've heard so far carrying the piece effortlessly. I can hear that you've spent some time on putting this together, the moment you bring in the percussion and you fill all the frequencies I knew you had pulled it off. If anything I'd be a little unsure about the use of the brass section, especially the higher notes sound a bit like they were played on a keyboard (we all do that of course!) but this must be one of your best. Amazing how you can create this evocative, authentic (to my Western ears at least) atmosphere in mere 2:30 minutes.
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Vic Holman said 2803 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
impressive
worldy and yes cinematic in the aural sense. very nicely done!
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Feter said 2803 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Goodbye May Lam
Very moving story and really a very nice vocation
to the china far east voice ...I m admiring the
strings structure toward the solo and the sound
of the percussion ...very well done ..deep and
has alot of colors and images by all mean ..a
solid work my friend ..kudos ...thnx alot for
sharin such wonderful story and a true gem !!!!
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magnatone said 2803 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Good bye
sigh ....Stephen, this is just astounding! You truly inspire me to keep trying, thank you for this gorgeous offering!
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MarkHolbrook said 2803 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
This is incredible
Stephen and I think it is mastered extremely well!!! Excellent job!
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crissew said 2803 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Sweet song. Love the sound
you have going here. Rich and full. Love the Ehru sound. One of my favs of yours. Very cool song. Wish it was longer.
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ktb said 2803 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Goodbye May Lam
Stephen, outstanding composition. I get intense imagery and the piece itself moves me in a beautiful way. Great that you were able to re-connect with your friend. Bravo on the mix
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Skean said 2802 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
WOW
Just wow... Thanks for sharing this wonderful song, I love it.
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Calchas said 2802 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Breathtaking...
Belongs in a film like "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon."

Simply outstanding Steve!

Be well!
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sonnyjim said 2802 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Wow
That erhu IS pretty amazing! The whole thing is very well done, with a strong, sweet vibe. Thank you for this!


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jiguma said 2802 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Sounds great Stephen
Percussion/bass intro works so well. The erhu is a fascinating sound, beautifully integrated, both sonically and melodically, and I'm certainly interested in getting a hold of it (interesting that you used Ultrabeat for installing it).
What a great post! Thanks.
Neil
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drakonis said 2802 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Exquisite
The overall piece of music is gorgeously written. The Erhu is definitely astoundingly well-crafted to sound played, and floats above the rest of the soundbed like a butterfly over a lion (sorry, mixing Japanese metaphors :-) My only thought is that the brass in this seemed like you rolled the high end off a little too much, they seem slightly muffled. The panning of the strings off to the right probably is only a "headphone" issue, but they could probably be moved closer to center for headphone listeners, or more to the left side for super-geeky orchestra-seating-chart-snobs :-) But those are minor... the overall beauty of this transcends any critiques I have. And what a great story to go along with it, I love the "reconnection of old friends" stories!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Sigmund said 2802 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Goodbye May Lam
You really did a great job with this piece. You very effectively captured that far eastern feel with both the instrumentation and the music itself, which is well written and played. This really is a beautiful piece of music - congrats!

Sig
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Roxylee said 2802 days ago (December 22nd, 2009)
Wow, Stephen
I feel like I've lost your friend from MY life. LOL Talk about an effective piece of music! This would make an excellent soundtrack. Your mastering skills are amazing, too. I'm intrigued by the visual mastering thing and would like to hear more about it.
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Ex_Silentio said 2801 days ago (December 22nd, 2009)
May Lam
Remarkable. I love this kind of music. Wonderfully executed. "Impressive" is indeed the word. A beauty.
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Char said 2801 days ago (December 22nd, 2009)
Superb.
What you created here is beautiful in every way. Nice backstory. Thanks.
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TERRAPLANE said 2801 days ago (December 22nd, 2009)
The Master of mastering
Wonderful sounds!! , Stephen,,, Thanks,, for the DL,,,T
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scaustrita said 2800 days ago (December 23rd, 2009)
Talent
The movie Shogun (1980) would have paid big money for this composition!!! I don't know where to start?

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VicDiesel said 2798 days ago (December 25th, 2009)
Wonderful
Beautiful melody, great playing / sequencing. Thoroughly enjoyed.
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Daugrin said 2798 days ago (December 26th, 2009)
Splendid
The mix is expressive of the material. I guess that is visual mastering, I could see the vibe. Nice flavor, Erhu line starts here, that sound is wonderful.

Daug
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Moviz said 2797 days ago (December 26th, 2009)
There Aren't
many more emotional sounding instruments than the Ehru and it really does sound so beautiful in this piece.... and it' describes perfectly the story you related above about thinking you had lost this friend, only to find she was found again. Very moving ......and would be a good basis for a story/film..... and as I said, the music ties in beautifully, loved this, Regards M
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bud said 2797 days ago (December 26th, 2009)
Prety amazing expression you're getting
from the Erhu - and strings - voice? - not sure what all is there but it is quite impressive.
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HypnotiQ Sorcere said 2797 days ago (December 26th, 2009)
wow
Totally awesome... moved me

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Henke said 2797 days ago (December 27th, 2009)
Very sweet
Thanks for sharing - music AND story. Have a happy 2010!

/Henke
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davisamerica said 2797 days ago (December 27th, 2009)
hauntingly beautiful
.... Stephen ...the scope here is amazing ... you are such a talent.... your work is always a pure joy to listen to
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maxruehl said 2797 days ago (December 27th, 2009)
Lovely
A truly moving piece that I feel very deeply. Perfectly done. I'd love to see that Erhu tutorial if you get a chance to put it together.
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Bob6stringer said 2795 days ago (December 29th, 2009)
Wow. Wow.
I second Skean's "wow." This piece -- and your notes -- are definite keepers, food for thought. Beautiful.

RE: visual mastering: are you doing more than looking at the curves to reduce clipping? Such as tweaking the mix for specific freq's for each instrument? Wish I could have a (freeware) spectral analyzer for use with my lowly GB app. (The "Visual EQ" analyzer isn't enough.)
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said 2792 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
excellent
Glad you pointed us over here in the forum, this is a very pleasing nice piece.

. - Harold
michaelkoppenheffer said 2787 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
GORGEOUS Erhu here
You got such expressiveness out of this sampled instrument! Add me to the list of people who'd love to know how you did it. And the piece overall is lovely as well as cinematic. Thanks for sharing.
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michael2 said 2783 days ago (January 9th, 2010)
beautiful
you really got the feel of this type of music, and then updated it somewhat. really liking this very much great job on all counts.
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lengold said 2783 days ago (January 9th, 2010)
I was enjoying this
so much that I would have loved it to be longer. Played it four times instead. Lovely, lovely sounds.
Cheers
Len

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awigze said 2782 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Amazing
This is amazing. I need to get out more and listen to creations such as this. I need to start digging around for lost friends before they are nothing but a card in a drawer.
Blessings/ Thanks for the story and the thoughts you have evoked here.
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filmscoremike said 2776 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Wow.
This is great! The Ehru sounds wonderful, and I love the atmosphere you've created. I can clearly see images that could go to this; it's so evocative. I really love when the drums come in. Just a very satisfying and enjoyable listen. Thanks!
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davidmurphy1899 said 2772 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
intense
intense deep and enchanting,there is a lot at the heart of your music the emotion unfolds in a dramatic and powerful form.at i minute and 40 seconds it it is searing across the soul.i will listen many times again
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paul f. page said 2753 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Bautiful

I just caught this wonderful little piece of yours. I couldn't agree more with all the comments already given, but wanted to tell you personally that the exquisite care you have taken with orchestrating this authentic-sounding number is remarkable and inspiring as well. Gives me new heights to shoot for in my own orchestrations. Thanks for such a gift.
Peace.
Paul
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ste said 2733 days ago (February 28th, 2010)
oh yes
the koto is wonderful. crossed genre - my favourite
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sister_savage said 2728 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Lovely back story and...
Magical music! Love the Chinese vibe. Delicately done and very affecting.
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Bethan_Mathis said 2725 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Perfect
Beautiful and enthralling, just like China. You have captured it perfectly.

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Kicbal said 2603 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Sounds amazing
Mastered well, a reference the the comment you made in the forum. Of course I'm also listening to them on studio monitors. Anyway, musically this is also nice and sounds very authentic. You captured the sadness and longing.
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Corporal Beef said 2534 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Great!
This was fantastic. My only beef is that it was way too short. I was ready to sit back and be taken away, but by the time I got on the boat, it was over.

Seriously, it was great.
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