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I was messing around one day, playing with the Lydian dominant mode, which has a unique flavor, and I started adding layers to a quirky little sequence, as I was having some fun. This pop/rock/something tune came out of it. I think it's pretty unusual, and it doesn't fit into Ex's style, but here we go anyway.

Eleven synth voices and several percussion instruments, and a dash of assorted miscellany. I changed the mode to Phrygian for parts of it, decided it had a Middle Eastern/Indian flavor, so invoked a legendary creature, who is not very friendly, from Hindu and Buddhist mythology for the title -- the man-eating, shape changing, warrior illusionist -- the rakshasa. At around 1:10, near a remote village, a snarl is heard -- trouble approacheth. The rakshasa starts its shape change to bipedal form at 2:20. The villagers chant in prayer. For the "walk" section (around 3:30 and after), I imagine a rakshasa strutting through a village, confident and imposing, sending the villagers running for safety. It sends out its taunts. At the end of it all, no harm is done. The sun sets on the deserted village. A chant is heard in the nearby hills. The rakshasa wanders off, unsatisfied.
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Uploaded: Apr 06, 2010 - 01:41:11 PM
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2013 - 04:36:18 PM Last Played: Apr 27, 2017 - 12:43:20 PM
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VicDiesel said 2606 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
Prog Rock?
The mythological themes and the Moog-like sounds would fit the bill. All that was needed was a couple of 13/8 time signatures or so....

Anyway, I enjoyed reading the story and listening to the music. Definitely great epic synth stuff.
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Ex_Silentio said 2600 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
Prog
Hmmm. Not a totally crazy idea. Maybe I'll redo it, as suggested below, toss in a few asymmetric meters and reclassify it. Anyway, very glad that you stopped by and left a comment. Thanks.
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Narad said 2606 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
Rakshasa
Excellent listen !
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Ex_Silentio said 2600 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
Hi, Narad
Not your style, I'm guessing --- hahaha. But still, thanks for coming by. I haven't felt very ambient for awhile.
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davajonah said 2606 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
Fuggin a!
This has your mark stamped all over it - despite you saying it isn't the usual Ex's style. And, as ever, terrific production. Your percussion is to die for. Maybe this should have been a Reggie thing?

Brilliant sir.
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Ex_Silentio said 2600 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
Dava
Thanks so much. I am so happy that you liked this. I didn't think anyone would like it. I still find it to be a strange piece. I did this a long time ago, tinkered with it every once in awhile over the last two years, and always put off posting it --- an exercise for the student (that would be me). I think I was influenced by Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk" at first, but changed the mode, and went from there. Reggie was/is indifferent to this tune, but I see what you mean. Thanks much.
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Reinholt56 said 2605 days ago (April 7th, 2010)
Hi Duane.....
This piece is sooooo good. I listened to so much stuff in this genre, many years ago, and this is as good a piece of music as any I've heard before. Wakeman and ELP come to mind, with similar yet different pieces.

I would like a longer version, where the rakshasa runs the villages ragged and then stops by for a huge barbeque and alcohol fest and then, in the early hours, he toddles off to where he can sleep for a few hours.

I loved all the retro sounds. It's really a great piece from you. I/we need more, please.

Take care.

Paul
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Ex_Silentio said 2600 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
Hi Paul
I can't say that I'm not surprised at your reception (like that double negative?). It's very gratifying. I like your idea. I've thought about it a bit, and I think I might give it a go -- Rakshasa II, with a more fully developed story line. Thank you, sir.
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drakonis said 2605 days ago (April 7th, 2010)
Tabla Rakshasa
Wild piece of Prog-Rama-tic music here, has bits of ELP in its portamento-prog-synth playfulness. Very enjoyable... although I didn't get much of a sense of danger in here, more a sense of playful wonder... but there is a powerful swagger there, great percussion work. Crisp clean mix, too. Wow.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Ex_Silentio said 2600 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
Hi Drak
Sure, you're right. You, Paul, and Henke have inspired me to go back to the drawing board. Danger --- I think I can do danger. Rakshasa plays at subjecting humans to danger. He doesn't need it, he just amuses himself with it. I can imagine adding some perspective from the villager POV. I like the idea. Thanks much.
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Henke said 2605 days ago (April 7th, 2010)
Good story
and great music, but I agree with Eduard that the story might have been even more stressed in the music. Not that it matters really. It's just great to listen to anyway... Thanks for the download.

/Henke
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Ex_Silentio said 2600 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
Henke, good sir
I'm glad you liked it. But maybe what you say doesn't matter does matter. Maybe this should be re-configured as a cinematic soundtrack kind of thing. I think I will give it a shot. It's just so much fun. I appreciate your input.
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dantimmermans said 2604 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
yeah, prog rock!
this is so unusual, I love it! for me this kinda recals some of Steve Vai's Fire Garden album. I really like not knowing where a track is heading - it is so refreshing.
This is very well-recorded, performed and mixed too. congrats.
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Ex_Silentio said 2600 days ago (April 12th, 2010)
Prog
Well, you and Vic think it's prog. I dunno. It seems a little watered down for prog. But whatever, I'm glad you liked it. It's nice to hear that it kept you guessing. Steve Vai --- whoah. My guitar hero. I love that album.
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kassia said 2598 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
very cool
70'sish rock instrumental stuff in here. Throw in some theremin - which a couple of your synths sound like. I love the story-line feel to the piece. Definitely has your "sound" woven throughout the piece. Very cool stuff, excellent choice of sounds. And we dont' always get to hear drumming from you - I really enjoyed the percussion in this.
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Ex_Silentio said 2585 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Hi Kassia
Thanks. Glad you liked it. Drum tracks are too much fun. Must ... resist.
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davisamerica said 2598 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Ex....
...... really wonderful track.
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Ex_Silentio said 2585 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Hey DA
Thanks so much for giving this a listen. Appreciated.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2598 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Lydian dominant?
I really enjoyed this modal explanation--all the more for your narrative that came along with it. I'd never heard a rakshasa before. Okay, I never heard OF a rakshasa before. So this was a learning experience as well as an artistic one!
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Ex_Silentio said 2585 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Michael
Thanks much. My musical knowledge would fill a thimble ... almost. But it is fascinating how displacing a single note by a half-step can alter the feel so much. Mixolydian --> Lydian dominant -- happy and optimistic to something sterile and off-kilter, at least to my ears.
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Doug Somers said 2583 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
I love the storyline and development
After 2:30 it takes me back (farther than I'd like to admit) to bands who could solo for 7+ minutes and everything just worked. This piece is wonderfully fresh in how it taps elements from different styles and puts them together in delightful combinations. A lot of inspiration went into this one which shows in its production and musicality!

Thanks for bringing it forth and sharing it with us.

Cheers,
Doug
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PaulaMunk said 2583 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
I think
the rakshasa was charmed by a young lady in the village and that is why he left them alone. He's out now, looking for a candygram shop. This is very unusual. Would be great for a dance theater group. And thanks for the lesson on Buddhist mythology. Liked it. :)
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