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Irrational Exuberance


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magnatone

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This is my first song done fully in Logic (LE9) with orchestration using the Miroslav Philharmonik software, (as well as a few JP instruments that I still prefer over the Miroslav counterparts, or that Miroslav just doesn't have). Miroslav actually WORKS in Logic - I only crashed my computer a handfull of times, instead of a handful of times every 5 minutes, as was happening with "Confluence" when I tried to use Miroslav in GB. The piano is played in Ivory, using the "German Expressive Concert D" for those interested in that detail.

I think I'm over the worst of the learning curve for Logic, thanks mainly to lots of technical support and hand holding from Shay (kassia), who stuck by me through bouts of whining, weeping, teeth gnashing, ranting, raving, catatonia, anxiety episodes and a couple of psychotic breaks. I still prefer the ease and intuitiveness of GB, but at least I'm at the point of being able to appreciate a few of Logic's more useful (to me) features, such as being able to have multiple instruments open in the piano roll at the same time. I have to admit, that really made it easier to work out harmonies between instruments. (Did I say that?)

Thank you also to Shay for the always spot-on, thoughtful and unwavering critical feedback as this piece developed. And to Jack (davisamerica) for the finish line help when I got hopelessly stuck in OCTD (obsessive-compulsive tweak disorder) and Tracy (tracyvosh) for the extra set of ears as I made decisions about specific junctures in the song.

This ditty got its title this past weekend during a little motorcycle trip over the long 4th of July holiday. I was in an unforecast windstorm on Sunday, being blown from one county to the next, on the edge of disaster, and somehow managed to have a fun anyway. I realized that is more or less how I felt as I, on the one hand, struggled with Logic, lurching from one challenge beyond my puny technical skill set to the next, while on the other hand totally loving the process of composing the music, in spite of the frustrations with Logic. Thinking of the concept of "irrational exuberance" made me remember this photo of me and the good Trooper Blood (his actual name!) taken just about exactly a year ago in eastern WA. He had just ticketed me for speeding on the first day of a week long bike trip, and then graciously agreed to smile for the camera. The guy had a great sense of humor, and somehow the whole experience only heightened the gleeful vacation spirit. Speeding tickets, Logic, wind storms - it's irrational to have this much fun! Hope you enjoy this little ditty!
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Hits: 5465
Comments: 243
Fans: 124
Plays: 533
Downloads: 139

Uploaded: Jul 06, 2010 - 11:02:54 AM
Last Updated: May 05, 2017 - 04:06:27 PM Last Played: May 06, 2017 - 12:02:30 PM
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Hardware:
Macbook Pro; Kawai MP8 keyboard; my hard head
Software:
Logic Express 9; Miroslav Philharmonik orchestral software; Symphony Orchestra JamPack; Ivory piano
Comments
jdholliday said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
At long last!
And well worth the wait! Awesome way to calm me down here at work taking test after test on the computer! Really very beautiful comosition and the thing that stands out the most to me Karen is that you have your own distinctive trademark style that you've developed, very impressive!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi JD
thanks so much for stopping by!
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Skean said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
:D Karen
You on Logic? wow, I've jumping back to GB :( okay I use them both, but I work faster in GB so I prefer GB more.
As always when you put up your compositions it's a treasure, so beautiful as a pro can do.. Thanks for a new one from you, and have a great ride on you bike summer.

Much love
Kenta
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
sigh ...
yes, on Logic - only because I HAD to kenta, to use the orchestral software I bought (doesn't really work in GB). Thanks for coming by (I really love "Cathedral to Castle!)
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awigze said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
I recognize
that trooper. Isn't that officer Cranky? Another lovely piece Karen. full of reflective solitude and well balanced. Like the familiar theme that sometimes arises from your other songs. In a word, Dynamic and yes, exuberant. The ending made me tear up a bit.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
LOL
no, that's not Officer Cranky - that was the cop that got me in Canada the following month ..... thanks for the listen and comment Andy!
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dave_b said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Irrational Exuberance
In turns soothing, then assertive, but at all times exuberant. Great piano chops, and those strings sound fantastic! All the tweaks and hard work have paid off.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hiya dave
thanks so much, it means a lot coming from you!
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davisamerica said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hey!
you picked the right one (lol no idea which version ....both were beauties) .... the final does sound quiet lovely Karen...magic.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
jack
i love you! thanks for the help at the end there - i really lost my perspective! you're the best!
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apb said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Lovely
..defintely a Karen style emerging: those rolling (speeding?) notes just fly by effortlessly + meandering sweet melodies. I particularly enjoyed that unexpected "riff" thrown in around the 01:00min mark, just before the emphatic "surge". An almost Christmassy feel before the 2nd surge in the arrangement/instrumentation. All round fantastic playing and excellent quality piano sound. Sounds to me like you've got this Logic malarky well under control.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Alan
well, if you consider careening from point A to point B "under control", then you're right! Thanks for stopping by!
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drakonis said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
downs and ups
So nice to have this beautifully exuberant "UP" appear in my inbox today, thank you for brightening these dark days. Very nice sounding instruments, I love the mix of legato and staccato strings in your composition, really adds punchy fun to this. The gently coasting ending was sweet and perfect. Thank you for the bouncy smile today.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi eduard
i've been thinking so much about you - glad to hear from you via this song, and that you had a chance to hear it. take good care of you, and you're welcome for the smile!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
crissew said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Nice piece
Really like the dancing on the keys feel of this piece. Nice volume swell when the full orchestra comes in, very dramatic. Could imagine this on one of those nature documentaries. Enjoyed it!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
thanks charles!
i struggled with volumes for days and weeks - glad it sounded ok to your ears. thanks for the listen and comment!
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ted23 said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Pretty
special Karen. Was hooked from beginning to end! Blown away by your compositional skills.
I got a speeding ticket handed to me by a smokey on one of my trips to the states. He was an angry angry man so no nice photos for me. Then i got another ticket for parking the car facing the wrong way on a street? Crazy!
Brilliant!
magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
thanks ted!
i just hate speeding tickets, but i will say i've been lucky to get busted by overall nice people without a chip on their shoulders. thanks for taking the time to listen and comment - always appreciated!
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tokai said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
ahhh
just what the doctor ordered. Karen and the keys with lush orchestration, a summer tune.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
tokai
you're such a sweetie - thank you for stopping in - glad it filled the doc's orders!
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Gaylen75 said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Karen
You are far and beyond my favorite musican on MJ. For so many reasons, you are always opening my eyes to what can be done. You have championed this process...or whatever process you use to make these wonderful pieces. I know you cant take a compliment without blushing and bucking but you truely earned one. This is a beautiful song and I am infinitly envious of your talents.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Gaylen
well, you are just WAY too kind, but thank you for the compliment. i'm not blushing OR bucking .... somewhat shaking my head though :)
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Symphony101 said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
I was desperately waiting
and here it is ! What a delight Karen, thank you so much for posting this beauty. Wonderful, just wonderful...
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Ives!
thank you for the listen and the wonderful support you give me and so many others on MJ!
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Honza said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Irrational beauty
Wow ... finally you brought sth new ... a long awaited piece. This one is very light and has sort of positive feel in it. It is great to see how strugles and hardship can be taken so easily and even inspire to such nice creation. I like very much the progression with bells and so on after 3rd min. GREAT JOB!!!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Honza!
i'm so glad you had a chance to stop by for a listen! i just love your music, so it's wonderful to see you here - thanks!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
Bowman said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Logic:
Amazingly powerful and at least to me amazingly frustrating. I've shared almost all of your rantings every time I work in it. Why can't it be as intuitive as GB?

This is another wonderful work by you Karen in your flowing accessible style that always holds my interest and always makes me smile. I especially liked the scaled down poignant finale.
Cheers,
Charlie
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hey bowman!
lol - so glad to see someone in solidarity with me about Logic!! maybe we should start a support group? thanks a log for taking the time to listen and comment - i really enjoyed your latest too!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
sheilad said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
its also irrational
how you can take a person on such an emotional journey through your music and leave them wanting it to never end. I think you do it to torment me but thats ok.. I am good with listening over and over.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
SHEEEEELA!
yes, it's just to torment you .... how am i doing? lol - you're the best, i'm so GLAD to know you!
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Brian D said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
beautiful
gorgeous. beautifully played and orchestrated!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Brian
thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment! when is your next music video coming out?? :)
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Einarus said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Soaring
One of the things I love the most about your music is how it soars beautifully throughout. Never a lull, never any akward pauses, never a dull moment.

I really like your orchestration, circling around the piano rather than just backing it up. And the Miroslav sounds pretty good, too :)

I do, however, think you could afford a little bit of reverb. In my experience, it tends to increase the credibility of the samples and add more fluidity to many a melody. But as with everything - just be careful not to do too much.

Otherwise I can't say anything beside the following three words.
I love it!

-Einar S.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Einar
ah .... the reverb question! there is reverb on several of the instruments individually, though obviously not enough to hit the mark for you. i'd be curious to talk to you about this feedback in more detail, to see exactly where you would put it (like on individual instruments, or the master, etc). i am SUCH a fan of your music, it's really a treat to have this comment from you - thanks einar!
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alackbass said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Irrational Exuberance
You, like your music, are something special to behold. Never could I have imagined when I joined MacJams that I would be introduced to such a treasure. You embody an exquisite combination of talent and humility.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Andrew
well you are just so sweet! personally, i think YOU are a treasure and i'm so happy you decided to set up shop at MJ. it's amazing what you've done in the relatively short time you've been around. i'm sorry i scared you away from Logic - i hope you'll give it a shot, i'm sure you'd nail it in a week. i'm just slow!
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indigoblu said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
thanks a lot...
...for taking the time to comment on my song. Glad you liked it. I enjoyed this as well. Delicate at first, but the swell later on in the piece was very effective. Very impressed with your composition skills, something I wish I had. If you're ever interested, I've always wanted to add orchestration to one of my songs and I'd love to collaborate sometime when it's convenient for you. Cheers!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi indigo!
great to see you at MJ - and thank you so much for the listen and comment!
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rok41 said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Ah Karen..
This is great, so rich and warm. Great composition! Glacier Ride was the very first song I heard on MJ's and I thought, what the hell am I doing here? Thanks a lot for confirming it for me! :)
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
LOL
don't make me laugh - you are FABULOUS! so glad you found MJ and i'm honored to have had the luck of first song you heard here. i love your stuff and we are lucky to have YOU!
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musichead said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
classy classical !!
Very nice. I always fav your songs.. Thought of doing a CD? I love the violin solo!!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
thanks steve!
well thanks for the vote of confidence re: a CD - lol - no, haven't really given that serious thought though. i'm just havin' fun!
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Parichayaka said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
My favourite so far!
This sense of joy is so pervading in this song. How can you not be happy listening to a song like this! It's like throwing all holidays in one bag and out comes this irrational exuberance.
On a musical note - the layering and structure of your music is getting more evolved and accomplished with each new post (who am I to say:).
Impressive. But in such a sweet and charming way.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Pari
this means the world to me, coming from YOU! i remember a conversation a few months back with you about Logic, that really helped me get up the gumption to take the step. you're a real inspiration to me!
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particledots said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Logical
Nicely done
Welcome aboard the good ship logic audio
:-)
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
thanks bryn
as long as you don't make me walk the plank (or row)
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WharmtonRise said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Agree
with Pari, you grow even more with every passing piece. You seem to be getting to grips with your new instruments and DAW. This is just so lyrical, a joyful experience. Marvelous work and I don't mind waiting forever for each piece when they are this good.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Andrew
thanks so much Andrew - i so appreciate your continued support on MJ!
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Social_Ice said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
as all weighs...
Enjoy, as all weighs, hearing your expansive arrangements Karen...unfortunately I do not have any technical aptitude on the differences between Logic and GB.....I am paying attention though....very nice piece.
magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi Barbara
it's a pleasure to have you at MJ! GB is a simplified version of Logic, i think is safe to say. and yes ... i much prefer simple!!
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hey it's here!
I've been waiting to hear this since I heard about it in chat... Well color me impressed! The piano is of course beautiful as always, but the orchestration is fantastic. Very, Very, well done.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hey Danse
well i just got finished being impressed to death by "dragon dance" - so thanks very much for taking the time to comment on my little ditty! great to have you at MJ!
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sloparts said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
You are gonna love Logic Express,
once you finally get used to it. There are so many thing you can do that GB can't touch it's amazing.

As for the music, what can I say that hasn't been said already. I love it, it's irrational, and it's exuberant. It's also a beautiful piece of music that show you skills on the Ivories and as a composer.

This really is a masterful piece Karen, thank you for brightening up my world today, it needed it.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi ed!
i wait with baited breath to LOVE LE!! until then, i'll settle for no longer wanting to throw it out! thanks for the listen!
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airportseven said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Wow! I love how you handled the big swell at 1:20 something
really intense and in control at the same time. What a rush that was. Seems you've got this LOgic thing pretty well knocked by the sound of this composition. Yahoo! another rush - oh this just keeps getting better. Thanks for the great ride. You are amazing.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi AP7
thanks for the wonderful comment - you guys are constantly giving me a rush - glad i could return the favor!
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richard13 said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Whoa Karen...
your little ditty is neither. And when you DO put out a CD I hope you'll consider changing the title to: "Irrational Exuberance: A Little Ditty" ;-) I've listened three times so far (and will download, of course) and I think it's full of wonder. I also think it wonderful that you are now feeling so comfortable with Logic: who knows what other little ditties will be coming down the road now. Thank you, again.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi rich!
ok, it's a big ditty! (??) i love your idea for a CD title, although i have no plans to do anything like that. did i say "comfortable" with logic? hmm ... maybe i did .... don't know WHAT i was thinking! thanks for the listen and comment!
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RAVENS said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Bee-U-Tee-Ful
Karen, this is just lovely. Sounds as if Logic is working in your favor. Keep with it because this is absolutely wonderful to my ears and heart. Super Quadruper Awesome!

RAVEN ;-)
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi dani
well thank you so much - i'm not sure if logic is working fer me or agin me, but i'm committed now, so i guess it's a done deal! thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment!
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Vic Holman said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
busted!
you must of been near ritzville, the ticket capital of washington.

always great to hear a new tune, and i must say this is probably your most dramatic piece yet. not in a over the top way, but in composition..... avery full realized piece in all.
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hey vic
the ticket was actually pretty near Colfax, in ye olde palouse. i've had a close call in the ritzville area though :) thanks for your comment, always wonderful to see you!
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gail60 said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
oh Karen
Your descriptions of your music adventures are half the fun...You my dear are such a talented lady and your music brings joy to everyone that is lucky enough to hear it. This is beautiful and I love it!! That solo violin with the tender piano...awwwwwsome! The WHOLE song is wonderful and it will continue to be thoroughly enjoyed with many many listens..thank you!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
GAIL!!!
what a treat to have you here! thanks for the listen/comment. i have fun writing my song descriptions - i never know if anybody will actually read them, they're always so long - LOL. anyway, thanks dear!
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Sigmund said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Irrational Exuberance
You know I am a lover of fluid dynamic movements, and this is one of your finer pieces in that respect. Your use of dynamics is exceptional here. I found the ending interesting, because (to borrow a phrase from one of the other MJ'ers) you danced on the keys all the way throught this piece, until the end, with just 30 seconds left your playing style distinctly changes. The piece ends in a surprisingly soft and mellow turn - very nice.

I am hoping to move up to logic - hopefully by the end of the year, just so I can join the ranting and raving crowd.

Much enjoyed - thank you for sharing this -
Sig
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
thanks sigmund
yes, come and join the logic support group. we specialize in ranting and raving, as well as dramatic acting out of our true feelings about it - using props when possible. glad you liked this one sig, and thanks!
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guitapick said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
OCTD...
...a very good fiend of mine...

Great traveling music, Karen. Your works are so panoramic.

Glad you're getting the hang of Logic...this sounds great!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
BOB!
OCTD - a true fiend - i LOVE that! i knew you'd understand - thanks!
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lavalamp said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
You managed to....
...bring me out of hiding. Very majestic sort of piece. You sure have a distinct style that all of us enjoy much, as well as me. Bravo!

LL
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi dave!
you were hiding??? lol - you're the best - thanks for the listen, i always appreciate it very much!
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Chimalus said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Your style is developing.
Mmmm, such a soft, pure sound. I feel that if you produced an album, it would tell its own story in a way that few albums can. Your songs are sort of ballad-style to begin with and would together form a scenic opera, I think.

Oh goodness, I'm gonna start setting up Logic soon too... Scaryyyy!!!
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi matt
good luck with logic! you can join our support group if you'd like - there's always room for one more logic-traumatized person! thanks for the listen - appreciate it!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
edwarke said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Irrational
This is a beautiful piece of music, and in my opinion you have only accessed the tip of the ice-burg. There's always the opposite "irrational fatalism" and all in - between. The journey here is just begun. But, most importantly the music made me feel good and that's a great thing. Keep it up. Logic has about ten different ways of doing everything as far as I'm concerned so it gets easier from here...

Thanks for the up-lift!

K
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
hi ed
thanks for the listen and comment, and again, welcome to MJ!
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Outtaorbit said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Wow......
I can't even spell half the words of the description..
much less match the tune... outstanding Red Team.... nicely done
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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
ORBIT
i had to look up the half you can't spell, so i couldn't spell them either. yay for the red team - thanks sweetie!
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paul f. page said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Six-Eight...
always leans toward the upbeat, positive side of things. You are a bit more restrained in this "ride," Karen, esp. as you drop into the quieter music at about 2:30 or so...The very large crescendo struck me as a little much,though, but you got back to the gentleness again, so I was happy. Somehow, you have created a wonderful little hymn at the very end that is so lovely and peaceful. ... The Ivory is, of course, wonderful, and your playing is, as always, precise. I very much enjoyed this track.

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magnatone said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Hi Paul
thanks for your ever thoughtful comments, they are most appreciated! i'm really loving ivory!
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Joanna said 2664 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
Magnatone
This is gorgeous, Karen! It almost sounds like a Christmas song. It has that joyful-wanna-knock-on-a-door-and-sing quality.
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Hey Joanna
thanks for coming over - go good to have you around MJ more lately! come to CHAT!! :)
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Henke said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Although so far,
after only a couple of listenings to this, I may still love some of your previous songs even more, the sound on this is just outstanding. That Miroslav certainly knows what he is doing, doesn't he ;-) I almost had to look over my shoulder to see if there was an orchestra behind my back :-)

Thanks for yet another stunning piece to add to my ever growning MJ playlist.

Take care,
Henke
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hi henke
thanks for giving this one a shot even if you like some of my other songs better. i agree with you that the miroslav orchestra sounds really good - i'm very happy with that purchase!
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VicDiesel said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Pretty
that must have been an inspiring landscape you were driving through. Great job painting with that new orchestra! It sounds really nice.
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hi vic
thanks for stopping by! i am really liking the miroslav instruments!
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Velvet_Audio_Lab said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Ahhhh
The sweet sounds of my dear friend Karen,,,,your truly an inspiration for many people here who has ever listened to your music.
Thanks for your donation here Karen.
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
BEVAN!!
it's so wonderful to see you again! thanks for taking time to listen to this and comment - hope you can stick around awhile - i've really missed you!
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composerclark said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Firsties!!! No?
Ah... would you believe, forty-secondies?

My computer was in the shop getting de-furred (pet hair removal; reasonable rates!), which is why I did not hear your post 'till now, but what a treat to get it back and discover a new track of yours!

Your music is always so depressing.

No, just kidding... Quite the opposite, in fact! It's always such uplifting, joyful music, played beautifully, and I'm sure this is a big reason why you are arguably MacJams' most popular artist.

The only aspect that I'm not 100% sold on is the quality of your string samples... I realize that realistic sounding strings are very difficult to achieve when using samples, though.

I bought an orchestral sample library a few months ago that is supposed to be pretty good — I think it is made by East-West — but I have yet to try it out. Maybe now that it is summer and I have a little more time on my hands I'll check it out.

Anyway, lovely music as always, Karen, and thanks for sharing it with us!
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Hi clark!!!
ooh, what a treat to have you stop by! i guess the degree of realism for the strings is very relative. these strings, compared to the jampack orchestra i was using before, are SO much better. i do hear people rave about the E/W strings, but i'm afraid my laptop just can't handle the weight of that plug-in, so i'm going to choose to be thrilled by the improvement offered me by Miroslav. thanks so much for taking time to comment - great to see you!!
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Ibstrat said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Beautiful
playing and well-written emotional composition!
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
thanks mark
it's a real pleasure to have you stop by!
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kassia said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
proud as a papa panda
You've come such a long way my friend. this is wonderful - dynamic and moving. the piano tune itself is a very nice display of your range of playing styles, from the energetic flight to the serene hymn at the end. you have embraced that miroslav orchestra entirely and it adds such a depth and life to your pieces. beautifully done karen. and the title is perfect!
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
LOL
papa panda eh? i'll have to think about that awhile (LOL). seriously, thank you shay for all of your help with logic/miroslav and of course, with your always excellent critical feedback. this song was done in logic because of your help and patience .... thank you so much again.
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ShadowofNine said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Bravo Karen
Another fine work, the dynamics are awesome of course the music is inspired and delicate as a rose in the morning dew...a wonderful piece and a gem of a listen...
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hiya dave!
thank you my friend, for coming by for a listen, and for your steady support and friendship on MJ!
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SISTERS said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
logic loves you
karen, your infinitely delicate fingering always impresses me.
your music is full of lace and love.
great changes, and simply superb swelling of sound.
magnificent, mama!
anne
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
thank you
for the listen and comment sis's! always a treat to have you here!
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Moviz said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
This is
so delicate sounding and yet so strong... I can't find the words to say in appreciation of how wonderful this sounds Karen. The sound is perfect and so descriptive of weaving and meandering down roads and byways.... God (no not you), I can almost see the trees and rivers as we go, regards M
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Hi Maurice
you're such a SWEETIE maurice! thanks so much for stopping by for a listen!
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maxruehl said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
RE: Irrational Exuberance
Beautiful work, as always, Karen. It's great to hear you using better sampled instruments. Love the crescendo around 1:10. I'm truly amazed by your talent. Thanks for bestowing this wonderful gift on us.:)
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
ANDYMAX!!!
where have you BEEN? i really miss seeing you around - so glad you had a listen and enjoyed 1:10! don't be a stranger!
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anomalous said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
I'm
always amazed by by your work Karen, being about as far removed from mine as its possible to be... (what with you having actual talent and ability)

I love the musical journey, it goes perfectly with my memories of july 4th last year...... :0)
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hey anom!
but you see, I'M amazed by YOUR work - so there! (and thanks!)
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Monkaton said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Performance and Production
What a lovely piece. I especially like the strings coming at around 3:30. The playing, as always is excellent, but the production is beautiful. Keep going on that Logic. It seems to suit you.
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hey Monk
not sure how much logic "suits me" - lol - i more think it kicks my butt - maybe that's the same thing, i'll keep you posted! thanks!
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fasteddie said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
WOW!
That's awesome. I was just kind of listening and wasn't expecting the first crescendo. That was powerfully done, as was the next. Great stuff Karen!
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hi eddie
i'm a crescendoholic .... are there meetings for that? thanks!
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Kicbal said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
You passed the test
Seems like you have overcome the learning curve with the new software. Of course it always helps to have fabulous source material to work with.
I think the holiday adventure and photo that go along with this song is pretty funny. Not sure that I can picture this as the soundtrack to a traffic stop, but hey, I'm glad that you were able to put such a positive spin on a speeding ticket.
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hi kic
lol - well i didn't mean the music came out of the traffic stop, i meant that remembering the traffic stop made me think about how logic was challenging but i was still having fun with the composing part. lol - guess it doesn't matter - thanks for the listen/comment - appreciate it very much!
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blindsidedpoets said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Irrational Exuberance
Still can't believe that you actually play like that... surreal.
Love the title too! But what's in a name, the song would be amazing even if you named it Trooper Blood :P
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Hi Nigel!
so glad you could make it! there is SO nothing amazing about my piano playing (if that's what you meant) - but it's sweet of you to say, and i really appreciate that you stopped by!
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Roxylee said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Well worth all that hard work
Yes, I know, easy for ME to say. heehee... I LOVE the exuberance in this, Karen. I don't know how you compose these gems, but our ears like the results. Just gorgeous!
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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
hey roxy!
so glad you enjoyed this, and thanks very much for the listen/comment!
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MidiOrleans said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Uplifting
Thanks again for this uplifting excellent music!

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magnatone said 2663 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
and thank YOU
scottie, for the listen - means a lot coming from you!
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christopherpsly said 2663 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
You have pleased my ears!
How refreshing to hear a sweetly rolling piano tune such as this.
A lovely melody with a touch of summer breeze gently sweeping over me.
Thank you for that!
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
and YOU
have pleased MY ears my friend! i just love your 25th symphony upload, it's really gorgeous! so glad you're here! thanks for coming by christopher!
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Catalina22 said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Gooseflesh Again
You are one of the artists here on MJ I simply shake my head and wonder why the whole world hasn't discovered yet. You have that gift that can't be taught, in my opinion--the ability to lead us emotionally to the place we didn't expect but makes perfect sense in the song. That is a rare talent, indeed.
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
hi cort
well thank you very much, and once again, welcome to MJ!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
i e
nice melody, piece keeps moving along without getting into a loop. nice build. accompaniment is very good. all played really well. very accomplished stuff.
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
hi ciasm
thanks for the listen - glad you enjoyed it!
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Jarvoid said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Is that
man in the picture one of your Mirror Slaves,is that what is covering his eyes,mirrors to do your computerised bidding.....I see how you do it ,you gull them into letting you take their photos,and then you have control.Cool,really.

Now what is all this fuss over and about logic,'tis surely only a little computer program that mixes sounds up and turns them into treats such as this? You play piano into one end and then crank the big red wheel on the decomposerbustualiser and it feeds into the randomising-musico-tron churning out little silvery discs of excellent musicness....really,I believe I have a flow chart somewhere...I will try and publish it.

Crikey me, you think logic is hard, hah wait till you try a hair styling device wrapped in a thin parchment like material !




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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
LOL LOL LOL
LOL LOL LOL LOL - yer killin' me first thing in the morning!
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Jarvoid said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Is that
man in the picture one of your Mirror Slaves,is that what is covering his eyes,mirrors to do your computerised bidding.....I see how you do it ,you gull them into letting you take their photos,and then you have control.Cool,really.

Now what is all this fuss over and about logic,'tis surely only a little computer program that mixes sounds up and turns them into treats such as this? You play piano into one end and then crank the big red wheel on the decomposerbustualiser and it feeds into the randomising-musico-tron churning out little silvery discs of excellent musicness....really,I believe I have a flow chart somewhere...I will try and publish it.

Crikey me, you think logic is hard, hah wait till you try a hair styling device wrapped in a thin parchment like material !








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Jarvoid.......................
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Jarvoid said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Yeh but
it hasdn't worked ,the script has changed the face ...phooey as Snoopy would say ...or Nuts.
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
show off :)
(did you like the song?)
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egobandit said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
as always
YOur shining personality shines through another excellent composition its almost progressive in a way instead of a classical build up it could have been synths bass and rock drums, just a thought but Love it just the way it is! Beautiful thanks for sharing
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
TIMMY
there's nobody like you! that's an interesting idea about synths, bass and rock drums - maybe YOU should do that!!
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guitaraddict said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Amazing!
This is incredible! Well done!!!! We are blessed to experience your creativity.
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
and....
i would say the SAME about you! thanks for stopping by!
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ziti said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
well
the dynamics on this are KILLER... volume and intensity changes are really hard to master in a live situation, but when working with just a computer, I find them to be harder still....its easy to nod to a bandmate to adjust the music...not so much a MAC.

You continue to delight and amaze, not only with this weird conglomeration of sound you make (after hearing many compositions, your STYLE has emerged and has become instantly recognizable), but also your loving and always funny personality. Bless you!

deep ones
z

I am taking this mix directly into channelstrip, because i hear depth in there that is not coming out. I will add it to my magnadoodle playlist
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
hi fran
well i just love you. so thanks. have fun in channelstrip - i'll be anxious to hear the result!
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FEEL said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
What a wonderful arrangement
I was trying to think of something witty and constructive to say.  It's really hard for me to add any words of encouragement to such a thorough composition.  It seems you have a handle on LE9.  This is not only beautiful, it is shared by a very gifted person.  I'm curious to know how the instruments in LE compare to  Miroslav Philharmonik software as well as a JP instruments.  Are these instruments that your use to and are they superior to what you would find offered in a DAW?  

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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Hi John
well, i don't know ANYTHING about the instruments in LE - i know there are some there, but haven't yet learned anything about accessing them (i so do NOT have a handle on LE9 - LOL). Miroslav instruments are generally several steps above JP's in sound, imho, although there are a few exceptions where i still prefer the jp's. both are far superior to the instruments that come with GB, but i just haven't tried any instruments in the LE9 - that's a good idea though! thanks for stopping by!
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woofer3 said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
excellent work
I very much enjoyed this piece. I like everything about it from the performance to the production.
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
hey mr. woofer
thanks so much for the listen/comment - i really appreciate it!
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SmokeyVW said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
wow
wonderful! i don't know if it's irrational, but it sure is exuberant!

thanks
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
lol
thank you bill - it means so much to me to have you listen to my music, cause YOU are such a wizard! (not to mention great guy)
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Hickling_Stan said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Pure Chance
"Confluence" came up on the player this afternoon and it reminded me I'd not heard anything from you for a while. Another lovely composition karen. Well done for sticking with it. I'll stick to my little old Acid pro 6..it might be basic but I've got the hang of quite a few buttons now! Cheers Mark
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
lucky chance
lucky for me that is, because it made you come and see that i had something new up! so pleased you had a listen - i just LOVE your music mark!
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FlorryMcCarthy said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Amazing
Wish you lived in Ireland I 'd want you in the Band "The El demenonez" love your stuff. I'm a Springsteen Fan and for me you'd give Roy Bittan or Billy Joel a good run for their money. Cant wait for your next post
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
I wish I did TOO!
will you sponsor me?? (thanks!)
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michaeljayklein said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
Like...
I need to any anything else! Outstanding Karen!
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
lol
well thank you michael - it's so great having you here, and i really appreciate your support!
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ramonaji said 2662 days ago (July 8th, 2010)
This is beautiful
and so are you!
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
hi ramona!
thanks girlfriend - great to see you as always!
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rsolorio said 2662 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
More motorcycle trips!!!
Beautiful!

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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
YES!
i agree - more trips!! (thanks!)
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chuck_t said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
Wow
Wow. I'm glad I found this! Love the composition and the crescendos almost took me by surprise (In the best possible way!) Really very well crafted, the Philharmonik software sounds ace and congrats on your 1st song done entirely in Logic!
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
Hi chuck
thanks so much for stopping by, i appreciate it!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
yo
nice piano work and composition Karen. Once again, bravo!
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
hi jay!
so glad you stopped by mr. alien-man! i've missed you around MJ!
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ste said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
Loved
it. Well thought through and well performed. The slightly artificial string sound threw me for a while, but it lends a tech edge that really appeals to me. Excellent.
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
hi ste
well that's kind of funny since i'm using the miroslav because they are MORE realistic sounding than the jampack strings i'd been using previously - guess it's all in the ear of the beholder - lol - thanks so much for the listen/comment!
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bug67 said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
Beautiful!
Awesome! I LOVE when the orchestra comes in. Spectacular!
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
BUG!
i had SUCH a great time talkin' bikes with you today in chat - thanks! let me know if you buy the Rocket! and, thanks for listening to my little ditty - i very much appreciate it!
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davajonah said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
It's
a very "American" composition, if I may say so. Which, I suppose it should be!

It's also a very beautiful composition, and for a first foray into the intricacies and nuances of Logic, extremely well put together. A treasure for sure! Nice one.
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magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
Hi DJ
lol - well, i guess it does make sense it would sound "american" - although i'm so curious how you mean that, and would love to talk to you about it sometime. thank you so much for stopping by for a listen - you're great!
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TracyVosh said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
...and a song is born
My, what beautiful sounds to my ears! It's been a beautiful ride all the way through from the moment I heard this. Very touching, soulful music Karen, as always!
magnatone said 2661 days ago (July 9th, 2010)
hey traceeeeee!
and thanks so much for your feedback along the way, especially about that flippin' cymbal!!! (yes/no/yes/no/yes/no) LOL!
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Briguy777 said 2661 days ago (July 10th, 2010)
Dear Magna
Brilliant piece! Really soothing. Especially after the rough week in the heat I had, This compo reminds me of cold mountain streams. Nice work!
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Hi Briguy
well thank you very much - glad it brought some soothing to a rough week for you. thanks for the listen/comment!
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Mike_Lynn said 2660 days ago (July 10th, 2010)
Awesome
Well crafted and neatly put together. Very pleasant to the ears and the orchestration is great. This is certainly one kind of music I like very much and I wish I could perform like you. Thanks for sharing. / Mike
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Hi Mike
thank you so much for taking the time to listen and comment!
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Evil_Genius said 2660 days ago (July 10th, 2010)
Magnatone
The force is strong with this one....
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
LOL
and of course you LIVE in the force! :)
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davisamerica2 said 2660 days ago (July 10th, 2010)
Very beautiful piece Karen
It felt like a trance, and I didn't want to wake up. Will d/l as soon as I get on my own computer. (I'm on Jack's now.) Thanks for sharing this wonderful music. Terry.
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Hi Terry
I was hoping you'd have a chance to come by for a listen - and that it feels download-worthy to you - that's of course the highest compliment of all. glad you guys are having such a great time down there!
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Calchas said 2660 days ago (July 10th, 2010)
Sorry I'm late to the party...
...been working on a collab and trying to beat the heat.

Wow Karen, this is gorgeous. Piano is superb as always. The use of orchestration throughout is just perfect. A very MOVING piece of music my friend! BRAVO!

Be well!
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Hi Mikey!
thanks for coming by for a listen! this heat has been atrocious hasn't it? it's finally broken for us in Seattle today (sunday) - is it better for you guys down there too? thanks again - looking forward to your collab!
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kristyjo said 2660 days ago (July 10th, 2010)
Love the song
and the nicely detailed description. I don't get here as much as I'd like, but I was so glad I stopped in, and saw that you were online, with a little note by your name. You do have a particular style - lots of contrast in dynamics and energy level, but never a lull or a dead moment. I'm glad you got those instruments to play well with Logic. (I've backed up to garageband, and will stay there until tech support for Logic includes someone coming over to the house to hold my hand through the learning process.) Lovely work, here Karen!
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
hey KJ!
what a lovely surprise to see you here - it's been awhile since i've seen you at MJ at all, so i feel very honored that you used your time to listen to my little ditty. and thanks always for the support!
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PockBluesman said 2660 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
irrational
you've nailed it once again karen this is an awesome track.it also has the added bonus of being a further encouragement to my daughter to play. By the way ahes waiting for the results of her grade 4 as we speak. Again such a great track. X PB
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
hey PBM!!
thanks for the listen/comment - so glad this ditty might help encourage your daughter for piano playing! great to see you!
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tmcfate said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
grateful feel
i enjoy your playful style, your skill at finding the emotion, your classical arrangements. i have been using logic for about a year now, stepped up from logic express. a much bigger difference than i had imagined. i still dont use it to half its potential. sounds as if you have a good handle on the app. love your work and support of mine
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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Hi Tim
thanks for the listen! oh, i'm SO depressed to hear there's a big difference between LE9 and tull Logic - cause I know at some point i'll probably need to make THAT leap too. Let me know how you're faring as you go along would you? and thanks again for the comment!
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867-5309 said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
my oh my - i mean your oh your
this sizz all sew uplifting - making my nest seem more happy and knot soh remote - i will keeeeeeponn listening - tuning in to your free quenching sea - minus the NaCl - but plently of mrs. dash - i.e. your friendly plateau -
and it was good to see you caught
my tar splattered banter -
scott horwath

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magnatone said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
LOL
um ..... what?? (love ya scottie)
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damiengh said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Green thumbs
I like your sense of composition and your ability to have your motifs sound like they are growing organically. You must use good fertilizer or it's from the fresh breezed ideas you bring back from your rides in the mountains.

You might want a certified stamp on your compositions, kind of like Juan Valdez. You pick your ideas from the mountain tops like he picks his coffee beans.


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lilmom said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Well my dear friend....
all that obsessiveness paid off well! I'm glad I waited till I had time to give this my full attention. You are amazing. Your music is literally out of this world....to some magical place where I spent these wonderful few minutes, complete with piano, bells, angels singing, THE WORKS!!
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Doadars Uncle said 2659 days ago (July 11th, 2010)
Spacious!
Wonderful dynamics! Rational Exuberance... with this tune... really! Nice flow, weave in and out of melodies.
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billykirsch said 2658 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
Wowsa
To that crescendo around 3:30! The full symphony got woken up!. I imagine it's not easy to handle all those instruments at the same time.
Highs and lows, slows and fasts, delicacy and energy. Having a great time going through this Karen.

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I.G.M. said 2658 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
Another nice little ditty! :)
Great composition, tasty instruments, well chosen.... as always!!

I would have loved to hear some rhythmical variations,
not always just those tiny little eighth notes,
some experiments, yeah!! :o)

Karen, congrats on another great little big ditty!!
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Scott Carmichael said 2658 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
very impressive
I really love your intuitive dynamic flow... keyboard orchestras always leave an impression of an orchestra, and never quite the same sonic imprint as the real thing... your dynamics and sense for how a real orchestra flows really help get this one across the finish line...

old friend Scott
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RochaMalhada said 2658 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
very nice
This piece actually made me think of all the seasons in the year - I guess the bells toward the end brought a Christmas holiday feel after the more spring and summer emotions I felt earlier in the piece. Nice work.

. - Harold
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MarkHolbrook said 2658 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
I expected no less
and got more than I could have imagined. Very very nice Karen!
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thoddi said 2658 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
what a fantastic composer you are
This is magnificent. You are truly talented and I always know I'm in for a treat coming to your place.

This is so beautiful, and I'm stunned over the complex arrangements and how easy you let it sound when your fingers run over the ivory (or maybe it is it plastic these days...;))
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DWL said 2657 days ago (July 13th, 2010)
You are just too good
to be true..

Fantastic work Karen :-)

Cheers

Dick


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Narad said 2656 days ago (July 15th, 2010)
Irrational Exuberance
Very charming music and composition !
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Alannah said 2655 days ago (July 15th, 2010)
My Apologies .....
... for arriving here so late .... this is lovely .. and so nice to see Officer Cranky the Second ... you must get yerself into a lot of trouble on the road ! hahahaha I think I might start speeding more ..... I loved the soft spots in this piece ... the strings were almost achingly fab ! The swells were ... well SWELLING ! Great piece here ! But then again you ALWAYS produce something special !
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Fredriksen said 2654 days ago (July 17th, 2010)
:)
Fantastic track. Wonderful music. Oh I like this a lot. Very good and pro made.
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pooria_one said 2647 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
Magical!
Beautiful and magical arpeggio by the piano, especially when it makes contact with bells and strings towards the end of the piece.

Thanks dear Karen.
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Char said 2641 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
I was gone
and missed your once in a great while post. What I see as part of your style is a patience and a gentleness which is never irrational but which is wise. There is so much of the free child in your work that I can almost hear giggling in parts. :)
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Bethan_Mathis said 2639 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
I was just thinking
how pretty this is and then became fascinated with the flowing and ebbing of the volume. I don't pretend to know anything about real music, as this surely is, but love this enchanting piece.
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kevmikwa said 2639 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Late to the party indeed
Always moving forward and pushing with the orchestral software instruments to sound more like their real life counterparts. Your songwriting has never been better - your expressive piano (another great software instrument) tying everything together.

Two moments stuck out to me that I thought were commentworthy: my biggest nitpick about software strings is the lack of enough articulations, especially on the attack side. Truth is, as expressive as strings are, it would be nearly impossible to map them all - the library required would be terrabytes large. The 15-second passage from 1:13 is a good example. Everybody's pulling hard with their bows, but it doesn't seem right that they could release a note that they were playing hard to then instantly swell up the next one from zero - it belies a bit of a mechanical flavor that distracted me momentarily. Don't know why, but I would have preferred that passage to have harder (or at least faster) attacks throughout.

On the flip side, my favorite part was when the clock inversion appeared around 3:03. I found myself saying "oh no she DIDN'T". I wondered if it was only me until other clock-like pieces added themselves in. It was all topped off by a well-executed and well-orchestrated swell just after a very realistic string arpeggio (falling on my left and counterpointed on my right).

Thanks so much for this gem!
scaustrita said 2637 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Light & Breezy
Very dynamic performance.
Executed flawlessly.
Wonderful string arrangement.

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Cadman said 2635 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
Shame on me.....

Hi Karen - shame on me for not checking out your page earlier - the real joy and craft in all your stuff is a real inspiration. Love and Bunny Hugs - JC
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J.A.Stewart said 2634 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Safety Valve
Irrational is often just what the (Emotional Health) Doctor ordered. Sometimes it's all that we have to protect us from the onslaught of the supposedly *rational* Life that surrounds and consumes us.

Your compositions are always a joy, Karen and your arrangement and performances of them, dazzling and moving. You are the itinerant composer and some marvelous alternative universe version of Johnny Appleseed, who picks up the seeds of inspiration wherever you may find them and nurtures them into this lovely musical species. ;)


--- Joe
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telo12 said 2634 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Irrational Exuberance
I just love your composition here ,I also have miroslav but it doesn't give me the sound you got ,may be cos i use Garage Band with it ,Anyway I really enjoyed your composition. I thank you.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2633 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Beautifully Crafter & Uplifting
You just can't help but be uplifting and inspiring can you? I love your move to Logic and Miroslav. It gives you more places in which to expand your wonderful talent.
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Diviner said 2631 days ago (August 8th, 2010)
Beautiful
You express yourself really well through music and the fact that you have made it so well. A joy to listen to. Well done Karen, enjoyed.
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papag said 2630 days ago (August 9th, 2010)
I'm play 201...fan 104...download 45
Unless the stats lie :) The truth is that this piece is quite exquisite in its performance.
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Bob6stringer said 2630 days ago (August 9th, 2010)
Tech serves the song.
I'm really impressed with your playing underneath the effects this new-tech world brings to it, Karen. It's the composition and your performance that shine. Good for you for using the tech to serve and now overpower that talent. Also good for you that Logic does not evade you as it has me. (In every sense of the word!) Ride on -- it seems to inspire you so well.
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Bethan_Mathis said 2630 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Sorry but
I can't find any little "flame guy" and when I click on the mailbox nothing happens.
Actually, this isn't working for me at all and I have been wondering if Macjams was the right move for me as I am a total nit with computers.
You have all been so welcoming and kind, but as I have also inadvertently upset a dear mutual friend, I am leaving and will not be back. I will still put my music on Alonetone.
You are a lovely lady, many thanks Bethan
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billyfromphilly said 2629 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Irrational Exhuberance-placement
Beautiful... I can see this on "The Thomas Crown Affair" soundtrack... the glider scene...
I Love it
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perceptualvortex said 2626 days ago (August 13th, 2010)
Excellent
If I could do it over--life that is--I would learn to be an awesome piano player like you. Anyway, I can still appreciate great piano music. Good job with the orchestra as well; I've dabbled in that (I have no idea what I'm doing) and have some idea of how difficult it is to do it right. Bravo!
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Cori Ander said 2626 days ago (August 14th, 2010)
Hi Karen
Since 2008 when you arrived to this amazing place I have been a less active mj:er. I have not taken so much part in commenting songs - just kept up with like the "old pals".

As a result of that also follows a bit of bad conscience because I have been blessed by some of the mj music without giving anything back. And that applies especially to your music. Though today I feel it is time to tell you more about how fantastic I feel your music is and how much it means to me. And also to my wife.

Today I played out one of your tunes in our living room, and she had a strong reaction. "Wow .. what is this? So exhilarating and vibrant. Play more! Do you have more of it? This is a blessing.

So today we play only Karen-music here. All your mj-posts. And it is blessing. Thank you for your music!
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mexles said 2623 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
I don't usually,,,
... like piano compositions (as ignorant as that may sound) but this is great such a great tune. Kind of a hymn or something big. Listening to all your songs is difficult but I've loved most of them. Cheers from Mexico!!!
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Floridaplayer said 2616 days ago (August 23rd, 2010)
Totally enjoyable
Great style and engaging. Loved it.
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echoroom said 2616 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Sigh
...
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echoroom said 2616 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
Sigh
... this is like slipping into a warm bath on a cold night... sublime. And a great photo.

Karen and Logic - the start of a beautiful relationship!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2615 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
cheers
for posting this one. very very nice with great feeling and restraint. soothing an mellow with contrasts and movements. enjoyed it. cheers
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filmscoremike said 2614 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Great!
I always pop back in every few months, and listen to your latest pieces. Really enjoyed the piano, and the fabulous interplay with the orchestra. Loved the build to 3:30! I have to second the reverb suggestion from Einar; just a little more will do a lot. If Miroslav doesn't come with impulses, Space Designer in Logic is pretty good. I started on GB too, but when you move to Logic I think you'll find that you can never go back. As much as Logic drives me crazy, I have to reluctantly respect it. Enjoyed the piece, and your story to go with it!
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DarkPlanet said 2614 days ago (August 25th, 2010)
Love the pic
I stole some time to get on MJ and you have been on my list for awhile now. I am glad I made it here, fantastic music, downloaded!
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AndeeScott said 2613 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Wonderful
Peaceful but complex great use of layering and musical space,wonderful classical piece and definitely worth the second listen :)
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sschedra said 2612 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
Karen,
First to your fine composition. You have what seems like effortless talent, both as a composer and musician. The production of this piece is really clean. I love the climax of the piece, all the emotions swelling in the music as well as the listener.

I am so glad you moved to Logic. I can remember all my anger and frustration when I first began (especially with automation). My son-in-law was the one who kept me on track and now I only occasionally use GB and then I export the tracks to Logic for all the magic of the production elements it gives.

I think the production boost you get from using Logic shows in this piece. Now an amazing artist has the ability to just paint every color and capture every nuance. This is just a really fine piece of work. Thanks again for sharing your inspirational talent with us (Oh and thanks too for the detailed description of the project, I always learn something from how others work).
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Dragonas said 2609 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Where's the CD? :-)
This sounds great!
It should be on a pro CD for sale!
Your compositions are great!
Your skills are able to really shine in this piece with the great production quality of Logic.
Love the swelling dynamics and the crescendos.
Just lovely.
Nothing but warm wishes to you.
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Silky5 said 2603 days ago (September 5th, 2010)
A ditty fantastigo
Lovely simple instrumentation!! The composition has movement some counterpoint and well thought out swells! The only critique if I may is more variation in piano with more dynamics like expression and change in tempo. But these are small points in what was a very good composition. Bravo
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huntysin said 2602 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
:D
i really like this, would be a great tune to use as a background sound to a RPG game, something nice and playful and which doesn't get boring. Excellent!
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macoco said 2601 days ago (September 7th, 2010)
Gracias!
Every time I want some peace for my heart I come to your music, Magna. I find your chords so close to mine that's almost scary... or just magical.
Thank you for sharing your talent.
Hernán.

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RoaringGirl said 2600 days ago (September 8th, 2010)
this is just lovely
it really is. Meditative.
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SCJohnson59 said 2595 days ago (September 13th, 2010)
WOW!! :)
Glad I stopped in for a visit! Wonderful listen this!! :)
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mrattue said 2595 days ago (September 13th, 2010)
Think i'll give up now!
Really don't know how anyone could put something like this together. i write two guitar parts and think i've achieved something! Really nice piece of music. Section 3.15 - 3.30 made me think of Christmas, for some reason.

Lovely
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Stav said 2592 days ago (September 16th, 2010)
Dynamic
Makes me think of the great outdoors.
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Corporal Beef said 2590 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
Exuberence Indeed!
This is the first piece of yours I've listened to, and WOW, am I impressed! You are very talented and I can't wait to listen to more of your work. Thanks for posting.
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dancedivine said 2589 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
Wow...
That's really beautiful! Exceptional work.... :)
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Saltaireguru77 said 2586 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Wow Karen
For some reason, I've never listened to your stuff before. Not sure how that happened. Probably head up my own butt - it happens. This is a beautiful piece of work and your talents are nothing short of exceptional. I liked the write up to go with this - Logic scares the hell out of me! I can just about cope with GB! And as for those damn speed cops... I got ticketed too recently. He wasn't anywhere near pleasant as Officer Blood. Anyways, I digress. The strings just seem to "arrive" in this and then you realise there's flute there. And the rest. Superb production underpinned by technically unbelievable piano. The crescendo is great at 1:08 and just nudges you into the next section. Loved it the whole way through. I'm going to have to work my way through your back catalogue. I think I have my work cut out for me. Great tune!
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Hydrogen3 said 2583 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
AMAZING!
this reminds me of a song yo would hear in a dream! you have such a compassionate spiritual feel in your keyboards! Love it! H:)
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BigDaddyCurtis said 2583 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
: )
You chose the perfect title! This piece is both relaxing and exuberant at the same time. How irrational!
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speedonl said 2577 days ago (October 1st, 2010)
Wow
Great peace of work, Karen, I like it a lot!
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SpaceAlien said 2577 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Near the window of sunshine filtering through foliage
This song is an afternoon of repose . The transposition is a recollection of the life.
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tonestones said 2575 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Irrational?
Seems extremely logical to me. I love everything about this piece. I've heard it several times and thought I'd posted a comment, but I can't find it. So here it is: Fabulous! This is inspirational. Beautiful, uplifting, extremely well played and produced. Great job!
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tford said 2573 days ago (October 5th, 2010)
Irrational
Very nice, sounds like Christmas music. I like the pic with Trooper Blood. Tom
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CraizeeMusic said 2572 days ago (October 6th, 2010)
Wonderful!...As usual :)
Great work, Karen, I love this mix, definitely one of my new favorites!
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dancedivine said 2569 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
Beautiful...
I may have already commented on this.... But, WOW.... This is really beautiful...... Just freakin' beautiful! Love the strings & piano together.... Nice build, too.... Wow.... Great job.... :)
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John Stebbe said 2569 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
Cool track
Sounds like a cross between Morning Has Broken and Music Box Dancer. Love the Ivory piano. You play it quite well. Very enjoyable orchestration.
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RosaLinda said 2564 days ago (October 15th, 2010)
Wow!
I`ll think I will have to say this is the best I`v heard in this kind of music on the net! I am blown AWAY! haha:)It is wow beautiful and I think i will have to share this gem on FB if you dont mind?:)
I loved it!!
Linda
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jibes said 2561 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
So nice!!
I'll give it a 100 out of a possible 100!!
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Moses said 2552 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
irrational exuberance
you do so well with orchestration around the piano and the movement/emotion of building pieces up and bringing them back down, very pretty song
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KCsGROOVE said 2548 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
lovely piece
I just love the pianoplaying here!
Fine piece of music!
Very much enjoyed!
KC
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alfredthepelican said 2548 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
Thanks Karen
Lovely tone and flow.
Cheers
Mark
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Loob said 2547 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
Sweet!
Awesome talent! I'm mellow now!
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pedroberto said 2542 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
your touch
and precision on piano is really enviable, man! Your composition is well structured and inspired. Sound is great. I 'll definitely link it to my son (15) who loves this kind of music.
By the way in some passages it reminds me Tony Banks (Genesis).
Wonderful work.
Pedro

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Ziplok said 2458 days ago (January 29th, 2011)
elegance
what the heck. this is what i want playing when i do a exibit of my house on MTV cribs 2012 jeez this one is pretty decent for pretty much that nice home relaxing feel. really decent thinking music... great work.
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