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Emma, Reincarnate (by davisamerica)


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I came across an instrumental version of davisamerica's "Emma" recently and noticed that it was listed as an Open Collab. It is such a beautiful melody and arrangement, that I asked for a copy of the Garageband files, partly to see how it was done and partly because I dared hope I might be able to re-arrange her in an equally beautiful way. You be the judge.

Jack says: "Emma was completed on a sunday afternoon whilst I had the house to myself. Fastest song i have ever done. Emma was her name from the beginning... she told me so." Maybe so, but there are 9 tracks including the vocal, and it took me more time to tweak and obsess over the remix than it took him to write it. Which is as it should be.

The main "blow me away" factor about Emma is that she is complex, mysterious, and beautiful. But there is more than mysteriousness about Emma: there is ambiguousness (both from the music and from Jack) and, I feel, a touch of the otherworldly, a fey or phantom quality. It was this slightly supernatural feel that I tried to emphasize, while respecting every note of Jack's original. If you listen carefully, you will hear Jack's amazingly rich and yet subtle piece in a quite different dress.

Mainly, I changed instrumentation and effects: instead of the guitar lead it's now an Alchemy synth with CoolVibes preset; the Cathedral Organ is now a Circus Organ; etc. The two major changes I made were to split Jack's Orchestral Strings track in two so that all the short notes are handed off to a Harp and the long ones are played by a bassoon; and I eliminated most of his original vocal track, except for a few words here and there ;-)

My thanks to both Jack and Eduard for early listens and valuable advice.

And so, without further ado, my version of Emma, Reincarnate.

(Don't pay any attention to the photo above, which is by Twigstock at DeviantArt.com)
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alackbass said 1943 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Emma, Reincarnate (by davisamerica)
Hats off to Jack for writing one of the best melodies I've heard at MJ. Excellent remix and rearrange.
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

Thanks Andrew, and you are quite correct about Jack's melody.
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Symphony101 said 1943 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
it's a great composition
and your take here is great Richard, very nice touches, beautiful work.
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

Yves, I don't think it's possible to mess her up because it IS such a great composition. Thanks for dropping in.
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davisamerica said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
:-]
Richard .... your take is sublime. I love how the tenderness is driven by a deep pulse .... She seems to have taken a liking to you...please be careful. Seriously my friend, I am flattered and honored you would want to take on this little insanity. I knew we were kindred souls. Kudos!
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
:-]
How could I not want to try to get fresh with Emma, Jack? She is a beauty and I am flattered and honored that you approve of what I've done with her. Thanks.
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MarkHolbrook said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Emma
Goes bells! Very very cool Richard... You've done a treat to Emma!
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

I was warned Mark, that it's best to treat her well. Glad you like.
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davajonah said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Well
I don't recall the original Emma, but this is quite lovely! I really like when the bass kicks in. Now I'll have to go and spend some time listening to all the others...
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

I love that bass too Dave, and had a hard time making it do its thing without overpowering the delicacy of the other stuff. Thanks for your support.
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drakonis said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Emma's bed
Of course, the original melody/harmony structure here is a force to be reckoned with, but you have indeed given her new (after)life. Great choices of instruments (one synth is a little forward and breathy still at 1:30, but that's my taste.) Gorgeous re-interpretation, and you've done her justice... if Emma and Justice are ever to be uttered in the same sentence, that is. :-)
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

It is almost ALL Jack's doing as you say, and (after)life is appropriate ;-) Thanks for your support, too.
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Reinholt56 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Hi Richard....
This is a great arrangement. I enjoyed every second and the rhythm really got to me in a good way.

I always say that a bit of Triphop does you good every now and again.

All the best for 2012 to you and your family.

Take care.

Paul
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

Hey Paul; thanks for the visit and the comment. Not quite your cup of tea but I am happy to have provided a little triphop change to your ambient diet. So glad you enjoyed. Cheers.
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rtcooper said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
CINEMATIC. RICH.
NOTHING Short of Fascinating.
Direct. Complex. But, accessible.
The Rhythmic change-ups keep you "in it" throughout.

Lovely.
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rtcooper said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
GEE.
Guess I don't quite "Get" the Fan Function too well, eh?
Sorry.
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

Well Gee, don't apologize. I'm really glad you liked it; a lot, apparently. (You can go back and delete a couple of those if you like; I won't mind ;-)
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SISTERS said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
ooooooooooo
i REALLY want to see the movie that has THIS music behind it!
it's a fantastic piece of delicate tension.
i liked the "breath" i thought i heard.
Jack's gettin a lot of mileage outta this one!
it's lovely, Richard - very fine job here.
Anne
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

Hey kids, scary stuff! I like that "delicate tension" Anne. So happy you enjoyed. There are actually a couple of breaths, whispered "Emma"s, and something else at the end. (Maybe they are too subtle.)
This is ALL Jack, including the whispers. I bet YOU could do a fabulous take on Emma. Thanks; you're a constant supporter too.
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DWL said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Very nicely done
This is yet another fine version of this song.

Well chosen sounds.

Cheers

Dick
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

As I've (sort of) said before Dick, Jack's melody is so beautiful, it's almost EASY to make a fine version. And the sounds were chosen to emphasize the otherworldliness. Glad you like 'em ;-) Thanks.
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SylviaD said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Emma is
EPIC!!!! Your handling of this music is just precious! Hang on to this wonderful talent you have. What a gorgeous interpretation of a piece of music that seemed so perfect to begin with! Congratulations.
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

Well, well. Those are fine and fancy words Sylvia. Thank you so much. It IS a perfect piece of music which made it that much easier to put my spin on it. Glad it has the Lilmom seal of approval ;-)
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Moviz said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
It's a
great melody and always puts me in mind of one of those haunted wooden American houses with a veranda at the front..... I wonder if Emma's head turns right round?.... It is a very good tune Jack wrote and I think these additions are excellent Richard.... gives it a stronger feel, regards M
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richard13 said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)

I don't know and I'm not going to ask her if her head turns right round, Mo; I'll leave that up to you, if you dare ;-)
BTW, I made no additions to Jack's wonderful tune, I simply polished her buttons a little, but thank you.
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gadzooks said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
Emma, Reincarnate
Well that was a nice treat for the 1st day of a new year. wonderful sounds and nuances. There's a darkness to this.....
Happy New Year!
SG
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richard13 said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)

Hey Stan; I like distributing treats.
A little darkness you think? Really?
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michaeljayklein said 1942 days ago (January 1st, 2012)
I think...
...this may be the 1,092nd version of this and in my estimation and memory, ranks with the very best if not THE best!
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richard13 said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)

Oh go way with ya Michael, you ol' flatterer ;-)
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Henke said 1942 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Richard
A great take on a great piece. Haven't heard them all, but I sure enjoyed those I have heard, not the least this one.

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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richard13 said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)

They are ALL enjoyable Henke. So happy you found this one to enjoy as well. Thank YOU!
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Jarvoid said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
This young lady
first appeared a couple of hallowe'ens ago and the different takes on the open collabs was amazing....as was all the different back stories and interperetations of her life (or Undead story) ....this is yet another outstanding version....and I am sorry but how can you NOT pay attention to the photo above?....it would be churlish !! 80)

Jarvo
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richard13 said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)

How can you not? My sentiments exactly!
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Outtaorbit said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
This tune keeps rocking from the first time Jack wrote it...
and you sir have done it a great justice.... beautiful production.
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richard13 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)

Thank you Patrick. Your friend made a beauty and I tried not to mess her up.
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magnatone said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Emma Reincarnate
what a wonderful interpretation of Emma! i love everything about this richard - great work and congrats!
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richard13 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)

Aw shucks, Karen. As Jack would say, she told me what to do, and I had no choice but to do it ;-)
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Char said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
The dangerous and
seductive Emma has beckoned you to ride on the carousel that spins at the center of the Earth. Be careful of icy cold fingertips brushing your neck and frosty, full lips leaving a blush on your cheek. Nice bit of tinkling transcendence. It still is disturbingly fascinating like a wreck you can't tear your eyes from. Well done. Another conquest for Emma. Thanks.
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richard13 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)

Disturbingly fascinating don't begin to describe her and, yes, she conquered: she comes back every night like a succubus (without the good part).
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KCsGROOVE said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
great song
has some kinda Syd Barret/Pink Floyd vibe! :-)
Magical piece
Enjoyed!
KC

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richard13 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)

I don't hear that vibe, but I'll take it as a big compliment. Thanks for that and for enjoying.
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Mosaica said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Mystical
This is lovely, especially that pretty tinkling sound at the start and appears every so often (sort of like 'childlike wonderment' filmscores) but combines well with the more edgy sounds.
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richard13 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)

Thank you for the visit: it caused me to check out your latest and listen to the first aria I've heard at MJ. So happy you enjoyed.
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Alannah said 1941 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
I am still .....
... in love with Emma ... a haunting soulful siren to be reckoned with ... you have done her justice .....
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richard13 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)

She definitely gets in your blood ;-)
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bud said 1941 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Another beautiful Emma
Great work Richard - I love the Alchemy synth. Nice choices throughout.
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richard13 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)

Thanks Kevin. It was my intention to present her AT LEAST as beautiful as I found her, and it's gratifying to think that I succeeded.
(I love Alchemy as well; it was a Christmas gift.)
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Philip18 said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Emma
This is the first time I've met Emma, so don't have the comparisons others might. It is a beautiful tune. That rich, slightly dark, feel is compelling. The concluding words are suggestive of all sorts of complex relationships. Impressive work!
Sigmund said 1940 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Emma, Reincarnate
There is a mysterious complexity to this song, and your rendition captures is beautifully...and does it the justice it deserves. Enjoyed!
Sig
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dave_b said 1939 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Emma, Reincarnate
Cool arrangement of a beautiful composition. Nice job!
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Mike Herr said 1939 days ago (January 4th, 2012)
Well done, indeed!
Well done indeed. This is beautiful! Dreamy and mysterious.
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abzwork said 1938 days ago (January 5th, 2012)
Emma...
A most enchanting melody, beautiful colors...just delightful all over as thr name implies...luv every note!...:)peace
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jiguma said 1938 days ago (January 5th, 2012)
Very nice Richard!
I recognise the themes here, but am not sure that I remember Jck's original. It must have been a ripper! This sounds very good indeed - nice mix and great set up of the sound stage.
Cheers from Oz,
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Narad said 1937 days ago (January 7th, 2012)
Emma
Simply beautiful ! :)
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sammydix said 1936 days ago (January 7th, 2012)
emma
one of the very first songs i heard here when i joined was Terraplane's version Emma. I immediately knew i was gonna like this place after hearing it. so spooky (T's halloween version) that i loved it and pm'd him. i'm guessing i didn't read his song info completely because i thought he wrote it at the time. this ethereal version carried it on. still a great song.
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composerclark said 1935 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Emma
I don't know the original, or any of the other treatments of this song, but this is lovely, and evokes an air of chilly mystery. Very nice!
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Doug Somers said 1935 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Excellent treatment
A lot of really fine arrangement choices here Richard with a wonderful selection of sounds. You have captured all of the character nuances you describe, and the sound quality if terrific. There is something like a Saint Saens quality that comes and goes through the piece.

A truly fine take on the piece Richard. My hat's off to you sir. It's in my collection now too BTW. Thanks!!
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PatriciaGirl said 1934 days ago (January 9th, 2012)
Emma
A lovely melody both haunting, mysterious and a somewhat erie feel to it (for me). The melody has a familiar sense to it, like I heard it before, maybe from a play, I'm not sure. All I know is that it has a kindred feeling or sense to it. Well done!

Anyways, sorry for being late to the party, but I'm glad I still made it. Thanks for sharing your renewed version of a great piece.

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TvRicky said 1912 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
My Lady Emma Zipped
Tender opening so very gentle...Lovely my man...Emma appears and it's on...Great composition and absolutely wonderful musicianship. I am enthralled by Emma. Zipped up!
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 1912 days ago (February 1st, 2012)
emma
image creating soundscape. some very nice notes put in to enhance the melody. cool stuff. delicately handled. cheers graham
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desakota said 1639 days ago (October 30th, 2012)
Well done...
really like the soundscape you have created here. Inspiring me to create something along these ambient lines...
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