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Children's Play


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Honza

 Genre: Pop Classical

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So here is one of a less serious projects ... in fact the intention was that of creating sth quite simple with the opening melody, but than I got lost and started experimenting with orchestral sounds and it seems I moved to a different time period a few centuries ago ... alas I do not know to where or when. Originally I was planning this to be a Children music genre, but with the later developement I chose Pop classical ... anyway, I am glad I made this, I had fun and hope that so will have people who will listen. Now its time for me to move back from pencil and keyboard to guitars ... thanks God! I will appreciate any serious and learned comments because I have no idea what I actually did here :)
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Uploaded: Jul 23, 2010 - 10:20:34 PM
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2010 - 10:20:34 PM Last Played: Jul 06, 2016 - 02:20:43 PM
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michaeljayklein said 2530 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
No learned comment here!
I've no idea what processes are involved in creating a track like this, so technically, I have no suggestions, but I do trust that wonderful feeling when when I hear music that gives me a feeling unlike any other. I sure felt it good that time! Beautifully done Honza--definitely an outstanding piece (with the ending a great touch to finish it out). Thanks for the great work! Michael
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Honza said 2530 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
No learned ...
Well first of all I am glad you enjoyed this. It is hard to describe the processes behind this, but in my case at least it is always about doing sth that would please and satisfy my ears ... I like a lot of kinds of music so in the result it maight be all mixed up, but I hope still heaving certain spirit of wholeness .... thanks a lot for listen and comm.!
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kickliquid said 2530 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
What you don't realize
...Is i have a soft spot for tinny sounding melodic instruments that sound like a Music Box/Xylophone/Glockenspiel

It's my musical cryptonite. It's like crack to my ears. Once I hear it I go into sweet convulsions.

This almost reminded me of the soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda only not in 8 bit. The melodies are pleasant and nice....

my only complaint is you haven't made more of this, I mean c'mon really? are you going to have to make me beg. Ok look I'm getting on my knees now. you really hit a nostalgia nerve in me.
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Honza said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Cryptonite
Well I do not know whether I am going to keep using the sounds of Music Box/Xylophone/Glockenspiel as much as I did here, but I maight definitely do more of catchy innocent playful tunes ... it gives me joy, so why not. I am glad you liked this one!
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davajonah said 2530 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Who cares about genres?
This is a beautifully constructed and gorgeously catchy tune. You should do more like this. Nice one.
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Honza said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
You are right ... Who cares?
Thanks Dave for nice comment, I am glad you liked this and I hope I will do more like this.
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richard13 said 2530 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Absolutely!
Charming, delightful, captivating, very well done.
Thanks.
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Honza said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Absolutely!
Thanks a lot for listening and kind appreciation!
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WharmtonRise said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
I agree
charming is just the right way to describe this track. Terrific orchestration Honza. I really like the arrangement. That pluck bass is excellent. Also a great change of pace as it develops. Beautiful!
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Honza said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Thank you
Hi Andrew and thanks a lot for nice comment. The change of pace was sth that came during the process. I originally intended the third part to slow down and get mor airy, but gradually it developped to be the most dynamic one and I like it much better like that. So it is good not to always stick to original ideas.
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drakonis said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Honzabel's Canon
Oh *I* know what goes into scoring something like this, and I love what you have created... not only technically (beautiful slow layering and choice of orchestration on a gorgeously simple and strong theme), but stylistically (rich sounds and lovely counterpoint that makes this deliciously compelling music.) I would only suggest that the initial musicbox and some other places in this sound a little "loud", possibly clipping in the mix. But the actual samples and recording overall are really quite good sounding. And per the title, the chord sequence has an extremely strong resemblance to the wonderful Pachelbel's Canon, certainly a good thing in my book. The ending was quite good too. Faved! Good to hear something new from you!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Honza said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Pachelbel
Oh, here I finally get some serious learned opinion :) How could I not know Pachelbel's Canon as it has been adapted by many guitarists all around the world. I realized the ressemblance during working on this ... the thing that came to me first was the music box melody and I added the chords later. The beginning of the main theme could be found with a little changes in manny popular tunes I guess. But my intention here was especially to evoke innocent childlike feel which in my opinion asks for predictable catchy popular tune :) Anyway thanks a lot for your kind and sophisticated comment, and also thanks for the remark on sound and loudness.
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RAVENS said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
So Pretty
Reminds me of a music box I had as a little girl. Can't even tell you how much I like this. I can close my eyes and it brings me back to such a wonderful place. Wow!

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Honza said 2529 days ago (July 24th, 2010)
Wonderful place
Hey, I am really glad for this. The best thing I like about music is that it can take you to another place and time and I am always happy when I could give that sort of experience to others through my music. Cheers!
Honza
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mvh9591 said 2529 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
Nice____
I like it... Nice arrangement and recording.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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Honza said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Nice___
Thank you for listen and comment. Glad you enjoyed.
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moorlandt said 2529 days ago (July 25th, 2010)
developing beautifully
Seven minutes of delight. Starting with a tiny musicbox, this song evolves into a whole army of sounds and instruments. Pretty amazing, and absolutely lovable from start to end. I dare not think how much time you must have spent on it...
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Honza said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
developing ...
I must say working on this was not realy realy hard. I started to make this song with a certain idea which was quite catchy and pleasant so it always matters what the foundation you work with sounds like. Than if the piece is quite melodic the harmonies come quite naturally. Nevertheless it took most of my evenings after work within the last two weeks :)Thank you for your coment!
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2528 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
not just for kids!
What a well-developed and emotionally-satisfying piece! I don't have any seriousness or learning to provide, but I really enjoyed it.
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Honza said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
not just for kids!
That is more that enough ... thanks a lot for commenting!
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Catalina22 said 2527 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Like a Dream of the Black Pony
When I was a young kid, my aunt would tell my sister and I stories of how a magical black pony would carry us off in our sleep to a magical land where trees were made of sparkling sweets and skies were gold. My sister and my eyes would get bigger and bigger, and we couldn't wait for bedtime, so that the black pony would carry us away! I want to thank you because I had completely forgotten about that until I heard this song, and the beauty and innocence of this song completely brought that precious memory to the surface. Awesome mood change at 3:55. The low, plucked strings bring a really special quality to this portion of the song. A joy to listen to!
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Honza said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Like a Dream ...
Well that is a good news, I am really glad that you could get back to such nice childhood memory. Enjoyed your song too and it is amazing in what pace you are creating them. Take care!
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Parichayaka said 2527 days ago (July 26th, 2010)
Joining the cheering crowd
This really is a charming, uplifting track with a wonderful childlike quality. Amazing what you've done here without a keyboard! I will say that I appreciate the simplicity of the first minute the most. The music box sound, pizzicato and flute just make for such an enjoyable and sweet combination. I am not too fond of the sound of the strings, although the lively structure and super nice chord progressions do make up for that typical 'midi' orchestra sound of course.
Does remind of Pachebel's Canon and it's a fresh take on it showing a lot of talent in arranging - which in my limited experience must be easier for a piano player than for even a good guitar player like yourself with nothing but a guitar to arrange!! Impressive.

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Honza said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Joining ...
HA, I am glad you joined ... I was hoping for your learned opinions :)) It is true the orchestration without a keyboard is a tuff job, especially the effort to make it sound natural an spontaneous. I was using a midi guitar recording on this a lot (strings mainly), which is of course faster and easier than pencil, but requiers lot of cleaning as the guitar generates a lot of false notes. Anyway, thanks a lot for your insightful comment and I am glad you enjoyed!
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Sigmund said 2527 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Children's Play
I think the strongest feature to this piece is the very catchy recurring melody which is nice, sweet and memorable, and makes for a nice base for the rest of the piece. All the other musical changes, ideas and orchestrations bring the whole work together very nicely. You did a nice job on this this - very enjoyable to listen to - thanks!
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Honza said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Children's Play
I became very fond of simple and melodic tunes like those you find in children or any folk traditional music ... music that makes you feel like you are getting back home :) Thanks for nice comment and I hope to hear sth from you soon too!
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Skean said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Children's Play
What a delightful piece, give me a big smile of happiness, excellent.
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Honza said 2526 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
Children's Play
Thanks a lot Kenta. I am glad the listening made you rejoice.
Take care!
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Social_Ice said 2525 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
magical kingdom....
takes me back many years...going to Disneyland...recollecting how much I disliked hearing "It's a Small World" ......perhaps this significant arrangement is what should have been played throughout the magical kingdom....enjoyed very much!! ~barbara
Honza said 2521 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
magical kingdom
Thanks a lot for listen and comment. I am glad you enjoyed and drifted to some child memories :)
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Char said 2524 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
So sweet
and enchanting it could be fairy music. You have the joy and the light spirit totally encapsulated here. Bravo. :)
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Honza said 2521 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
So sweet
Thanks a lot Char or "bardzo dziekuje"!
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thoddi said 2524 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
impressive
I could never find the patience to make music with the pencil tool, or to arrange midi files like you have done here. Ending up with such a complete song that you have done her impress me. I find the song very good, and enjoy listening. Tasty choices of instrumentation and arrangements.
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Honza said 2521 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
impressive
I am actually mostly guitarist, but I sometimes get lost in experimenting with sounds and harmonies ... I am always glad if I can finish a piece like that before I start getting headache from staring at the midi track. I could never get that from playing my guitar and I liked your piece very muuch too. Thanks for your time!
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perceptualvortex said 2524 days ago (July 29th, 2010)
No comment
Ok, sure, I'll comment. I enjoyed listening to this especially well crafted 'pop classical' tune. While listening I've been trying to think what it reminds me of... because it's totally triggering recollections. Now I remember: it reminds me of the video game Dark Cloud, which had music that I really liked. Or, if you will, some of the slower parts of Final Fantasy VII. The melodies and textures etc. in this are really captivating.
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Honza said 2521 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
No comment
Thank you for nice comment. I just checked some videos from Dark Cloud on You Tube ... seems like fun :) Take care!
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VicDiesel said 2522 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
charming
it's fun to hear what you do with such a simple melody. The more and more elaborate accompaniment of that music box is clever.

Somewhere halfway you modulate and go into different territories. Your choice; I would have made an end to the piece at that point.

One comment on the mix: I would have made the music box softer and thinner sounding in the beginning, to emphasize its simple character.
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Honza said 2521 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
charming
Thank you Victor I am glad you listened and commented on this. Interesting point with the change in the middle ... I thought it would be too short and not as variable if I would leave it out even though it is sprobably some mix of different styles in result. Well I guess it does not sound like complete musical anarchy :) Thanks a lot for your point on volume too. Cheers!
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magnatone said 2521 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Children's Play
Hi Honza - sorry to be late to this party - what a LOVELY and WONDERFUL piece of music! thoroughly enjoyed and downloaded - thanks!!
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Honza said 2521 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Children's Play
Finaly you joined the party! I guess you did not arrive that late ... there is still a lot of coctail left for many to enjoy:)

Glad to see you here enjoying ...
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Bowman said 2516 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Wonderful.
It reminds me of some of Maurice Jarre's lyrical film work.
Lovely work Honza.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Henke said 2506 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
Great piece
that I think would be suitible as film scoring. In fact I was very much reminded of a Swedish film music composer, Björn Isfält, who has scored countless of Swedish children/family movies, e.g. many of Astrid Lindgren's books, but also Hollywood production "Gilbert Grape" by Lasse Hallström. But I am digressing. Still I really, really enjoy this piece. All the reasons I think can be found in previous comments ;-) Thank you for sharing. Downloaded!

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sschedra said 2481 days ago (September 10th, 2010)
Just beautiful!
Starts as a music box theme and them broadens out to give just a wonderful atmosphere and a real solid and memorable theme. Just fine work all around.
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ste said 2428 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
lovely
piece well weaved together. great production
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jdholliday said 2396 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
I remember this piece
I think I was at work, glad I stopped back by, it's really very beautiful, well done!
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Narad said 2385 days ago (December 16th, 2010)
Children's Play
Very enjoyable listen, soothing and uplifting ! You did a very fine job
here !
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hackneybloke said 2364 days ago (January 5th, 2011)
child
bonza-honza. this sounds like a pop homage to js bach. and i like the galloping horses bit that starts to kick off around 4.00.
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jodyrush said 2321 days ago (February 17th, 2011)
Smooth
Very soothing Honza. When are you going to post some more?
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