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Hegira


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Cameron

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I started composing this piece in GarageBand during the final days of 2004. It had been a challenging year for me personally and a tragic one for the world. Through music, I wanted to express the emotions I felt as a result of the devastating tsunami which had just occured.

The piece immediately gravitated towards the use of Indian instruments, and also a Middle-Eastern flavor because of the ongoing war in Iraq.

Its original, working title was "End of the Year". However, as the composition evolved, the theme of a "journey", ending something and beginning something new, started to jell. The piece began to take on a flavor of a camel caravan. I would have used the title "Caravan" but someone had just posted a song on MacJams with that title!

SO....the word "hegira" came to my mind as a good title for this piece. The first definition of hegira is: n 1: the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year. The second definition is: "a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment".

I thought this was an appropriate title for this piece. It brings to mind a camel caravan, trekking across the desert in search of more favorable circumstances.

I can't believe it's taken me nearly two months to finish this piece -- I've worked on it for many hours! I made it all-synth sounds because I was without my acoustic instruments and recording studio for the month I was in Madison, Wisconsin. It is very challenging to make synthesized software instruments sound expressive and convey emotions.

It was especially challenging to make the Fitch cello sound "natural". (This sound-font can be found here on MacJams). I learned SO much about adjusting velocities and modulation in GarageBand!

The oboe, panflute, sitar and Indian percussion soundfonts were obtained on the sf2midi.com website.

This will be my final composition using GarageBand 1.1. I am about to install iLife '05, along with the new symphonic JamPack 4.

I sincerely hope that you all enjoy this piece. If you don't, that's fine, but please do make comments telling me why. Thanks for listening!
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Comments
Jim Bouchard said 4540 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
it all fits!
This is really wonderful, the way it is built and has a comforting internal structure. I'm not a very schooled musician, and so a lot of this is beyond me, but I do like the chord structure and melodic ideas. It didn't have a big dramatic change to provide more contrast and dynamics, but that didn't bother me too much. Really nice selection of sounds that kept me engaged all the way through.
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
it all fits!
I'm glad you enjoyed the piece, Jim. You certainly don't have to be a trained
musician to have reactions and opinions about music! You produce some
good stuff yourself.

Insightful comment about no big dramatic change in this piece. I never really
thought about it for this; it sort of "took off" on its own, wanting to
be more of an even-keeled, almost meditative ride.

I will keep your observation in mind for future musical efforts, though!
Thanks for listening and commenting.
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Tom Atwood said 4540 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
what fine, dense, dissonant chords
I enjoyed this piece from beginning to end, especially the
synth chords that I really began noticing about half-way
through. Excellent ratchet (sp?), percussion.

I understand your comments about making sythesized
instruments convey emotion. I think it is difficult, and
nearly impossible, to do. However, the Fitch cello does
convey the tragic feeling of this piece in a beautiful,
redemptive way.

Very strong piece.


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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
what fine, dense, dissonant chords
Thanks for your comments! I especially like the phrase "strong piece". Very
descriptive in few words.
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drakonis said 4540 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Excellent!
The nice lilting rhythm feels like a swaying camel...
reminds me a bit of Mussorgski's "Oxcart" in Pictures at an
Exhibition as it rumbles by, very evocative imagery in this
music... well done! Clean sounding instruments, and
nicely separated in pitch and space, Berlioz would be
proud of your orchestration, very clear! The only negative
thing I can say is the synthy-brassy-pads at the beginning
are a little too synthetic, and don't go with the other
natural sounding instruments, can't wait for REAL french
horns to play that part (hint hint). Awesome tweaking of
dynamics on a per-note basis on the cello & flute etc,
that's a lot of work!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Excellent!
Thanks for your comments, drakonis! That soft synth pad sound was the first
one I chose; I originally wanted a combination of synth and orchestral
instruments in the piece. But as it evolved, I kept adding more "real" type
sounds. So the balance sheet was tipped more towards orchestral sounds
without me realizing it on a conscious level. In retrospect, I probably should
have gone the whole way with that texture on this piece.
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Scorpjammer said 4540 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Now this is headphone music....
I love the arrangement, the orchestration, the mixing and your use of synths and natural instruments in this number. You definitely bring the ancient and modern eras together in this composition...East meets West in harmony. Let's hope we can achieve this for ourselves as you just did in your song. Thanks for taking me on your journey. A keeper and high scores from me.
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Now this is headphone music....
Thanks for listening and commenting, Scorp! Glad you liked the piece.
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ChrisSly said 4540 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
interestingly cool
The opening is wonderful, and you really have coaxed
some nice fluidity out of that cello sound. The
percussion is first rate. I'm less excited by the sitar solo
section in the middle. But still, quite interesting and nicely
evocative.
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
interestingly cool
Thanks for noticing the percussion, Chris! I worked very hard on it, keeping it
reasonably "real" sounding in most cases, avoiding my earlier tendencies to
fall into a rut of sameness. On this piece, I learned a LOT about choosing
drum sounds, combining them, panning them, also chopping up little bits
and pieces of loops to create my own patterns.
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Z293 said 4540 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Doing what you do best
Writing orchestrated pieces that have feeling even if they
are created with all synths. Haven't heard from you in
awhile now I know what you've been up to.
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Doing what you do best
Thanks, Z293. Here's hoping that my next piece will arrive here much sooner
than the five months between the last two!
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said 4539 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Watching the orchestra...
as the symphony plays this lovely piece... In my mind
that is. You have composed and performed via your
keyboard a beautiful, original, and to life sounding
musical score.

Jack
Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Watching the orchestra...
Thanks, Jack! I'm glad you thought the piece sounded life-like. Of course, I
would have preferred to use real, live musicians on this. But I tried to make
the best of what I had....just a keyboard last month. Hopefully some of my
stuff will be performed by real people someday.
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aclarke said 4539 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Very nice!
I'll say it again. Very nice!

I like how the piece gradually gathered momentum,
starting off somberly- gaining optimism and finally
settling into contentment.

Excellent journey.
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said 4539 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Schweet
Really exotic, yet western and familiar.

Yes, some of your instrument voices are a little on the
cheesy side. Might be more fun to do an arrangement
where you PURPOSELY make it sound like synths rather
than faking orchestral instruments (I really wanna hear the
JP4 instruments b4 I shell out the 100 clams). Sort of a
Devo goes to Morrocco thing.

The bell and vibraslap are a little too hot for the mix.
They don't really fit with the tablas and ceramic drums.

Minor point in what is a really finely crafted piece.
Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Schweet
Very insightful observations, Troy! I agree that the bell and vibraslap were a
bit hot in the mix. As for the cheesy instruments -- yeah, that's a good idea. I
did that somewhat in my other song "Whimsical". Maybe it's time to bring out
my cheesier side again! Thanks for listening and commenting.
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Mystified said 4539 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Excellent imagery
...that you have managed to convey with this piece!
The colors, the flavors as each instrument adds to the
mix. From beginning to end you kept the pace and my
interest.
It has a 'soundtrack' quality to it. Wonderful :)

(And I hear you on working on that that Fitch cello! nice
work with all those synth'd instruments!)
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Excellent imagery
Thanks, Mystified, for making the comment about this sounding like a
sound-track. One of my "alternate-reality-fantasies" has always been
becoming a composer for the movies instead of being a French horn player.
Oh well! "I yam what I yam".
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Syncopatient said 4539 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Brilliance Defined
Cameron, this is an excellent work. Synth or no...the
instrumentation is masterfully done. This piece easily
could be played with real instruments at Carnege Hall.

The textures are rich, complete with perfected balance.
Caravan is captured at every phrase. The instrument
selection is equally astonishing making the blend as
natural as the harmonies.

Beautifully written, mixed and executed. All gold stars for
this music!
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Brilliance Defined
Thanks for your glowing comments, Syncho!

I seem to detect a sort of trend in people's observations about this piece; that
it's orchestral, that it might benefit from being totally so....and that "real"
people should play it. I guess that I am really sort of entrenched in this genre
-- which is not a bad thing at all. Stick to what one knows best.

By the way, I have spent the past five months mostly composing music,
writing every note down, rather than playing around in GarageBand. This
piece is one of the few that I haven't notated. I guess I will now! It would be
nice to have it performed live someday.
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MiMi said 4539 days ago (February 16th, 2005)
Journey
Impressive journey of sound and texture. I felt as if I were hearing very classy film music.Instrumentation was topnotch and the sound story intricate.Excellent work!
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Journey
Thanks, MiMi! There's that film score reference again....hmmm....is it too late
for me? Maybe MacJams should have some sort of connection with film-
makers (do they have a site like ours?), to produce truly stunning
productions. That would be wonderful!
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Joanna said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Very impressive!
The opening melody line, repeated and brought home at
the end, is so compelling. The whole piece was wonderful.
I"m so impressed!
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Very impressive!
Thanks, Joanna -- I am certainly impressed with YOUR work here!
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Nolan said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Respect
I can't believe you did this on GarageBand. I'm a big fan,
Cameron. Your stuff is so emotive and this is no
exception. You should be really proud of it. It is
masterful.
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Respect
Thanks much for your comments, Nolan! I am always amazed at the great
music that you and other talented folks on this site have coaxed out of the
inexpensive, "basic" recording software that is GarageBand. Stretching the
capabilities!

Of course, I hope to upgrade someday as so many are doing here. :-)
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said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Extraordinarily Well Done
I like the choice of instruments, production, and
especially, the song itself.

I look forward to hearing what you can do with Jam Pack
4.
Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Extraordinarily Well Done
Thanks for your comment, Mungo. Judging from the submissions here using
JP4 already, there are some great sounds and loops to be explored! I'm
excited.
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said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Cultural Journey
I enjoyed this song. Though I'm probably not qualified to
comment on technical aspect of this production. I will say
that the instrument voices are a tad industrial and
sounded a bit out of place to me. But given the
constraints mentioned in your description, this is
amazing. Overall, this is obviously a labor of love that you
put alot of time and effort into. It shows. It is a great
example of what can be done with the right amount of
effort and motivation. Thanks for sharing it here.
TobinMueller said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Luxurious soundscaping
Such a warm sound. Your choice of rich sounds is
wonderful. I have always loved that horn-like synth pad
that starts the piece. The amount of reverb on the real
instruments is perfect, and they blend wonderfully. After
the intro, when the cello begins a sort of theme and
variation, it sounds less real perhaps becuz certain notes
are held too long into the next trying to capture a sense
of realistic legato playing. Altho the piece seemed to
stray into a random sensibility that didn't pull me in as
much as the intro suggested, I liked the use of light jazz
coupled with the other influences. Madison WI can be a
very inspiring place. It can also afford you a lot of creative
time! I really like the synth pad chords and the luxurious
intro/ending.
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Luxurious soundscaping
Tobin, your comments are insightful and enlightening as always. I truly
appreciate them!

Yes, I can easily understand why the middle section didn't engage you in the
same way as the beginning/ending theme did. It was indeed a departure. In a
way that's what I wanted, though, with the "journey" theme. But on the other
hand, I do see where you're coming from on that....and the piece might have
been better unified with a middle section more related to the earlier material.

I struggled so long with that Fitch cello sound! Your ears are very perceptive
regarding those long notes. I finally opted for more legato phrases at the
expense, perhaps, of authenticity.

Thanks again for listening and commenting!
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said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Wonderful Painting
Cam,

This turned out very well! extremely nice themes,
variations, and interaction of instruments. I love the subtle
modulations and chord changes. The song structure
waxes and wanes throughout, painting subtle brush
strokes of emotion.

Sometimes the message and evocation outway the means
or tools used.

Software sounds IS software sounds. I have no problem
with their "reality" when the "visage", or outward
appearance conveys an image, as this composition does.

The "iconoclast" reads "behind" the lines... not between
them.
Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Wonderful Painting
Alimar, your comments have a LOT of depth and there's a lot "behind" what
you say, truly. Your observations about the "iconoclast" can definitely be
expanded into a serious forum post! Thanks for listening and for your
thought-provoking comment.
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TennesseeVic said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Wonderful orchestration
I absolutely love the first part of this piece. Other parts are
also good, but I'd like to offer a thought about the
integration.

It's one of the traps of electronic music (and I've fallen
into that one myself) that just because you have many
instruments, you're tempted to use many. So your piece
starts (and ends) orchestral, and in a wonderful way.
Instead of the indian percussion I would probably for
consistency then have used orchestral percussion, but
that's still fine.

However, the sitar is somewhat far-fetched if the listener
still thinks "orchestra". And that synth you put behind it is
definitely a bit out of place. That middle part jars a little,
for me.

But hey, I'm voting 9-8-8-8 anyway.
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Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Wonderful orchestration
Thanks, TennesseeVic, for your thoughtful observations.

I wanted this piece to be a combination of orchestral and synth sounds, not
purely orchestral. But as I expressed in another reply to a comment above, it
turned out to lean more heavily towards orchestral. Perhaps I should have
"gone all the way" with that concept -- who knows? Thanks for listening and
your good comments!
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thetiler said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Great for a movie soundtrack
I appreciate all the work you put in on this.
I like the rhythms, they are so varied and well structured.
Just a whole palette of instrumentation. I like how you
kept that theme to at the end:)


Well done
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said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Nursing a concept
You brought this to a brilliant conclusion despite your
limitations (not having real instruments available and
working with GB 1's awful MIDI interface). Congratulations
on a job well done. Love the blend of East and West. I
agree that making the Fitch Cello sound organic and
elastic is a challenge. I used it in my Sleep, Baby, Sleep
piece. Extra reverb is the easy cheat but that can make it
lose its presence. One little tip: for cello and strings which
do not have immediate attack on the notes, I sometimes
slide the MIDI region a titch to the left so it lines up in
cadence with other instruemnts.
Cameron said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
Nursing a concept
Thanks for your comments and especially the tip about MIDI, Richard! I'll try
that after I load GB 2 in a few days.
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JC039 said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
WHats up
Hey this is pretty cool. At first I was getting lost but after a minute or so I started digging it and yeah it feels like your on a journey. Pretty sweet tune. Your 2 months paid off!!!
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Cameron said 4538 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
WHats up
JCO39, thanks for hanging in there listening to this (and for making a
comment!), and I'm glad that you ended up liking it. Some music requires
"stretching the ears", especially if it's not in your usual favorite genre.

That's why MacJams is such a special place. MY ears have sure been
stretched, to include kinds of music I never thought I'd like. People here are
mostly open-minded, willing to listen to new things. Thanks again!
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SlimGirlFat said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
OOOH!
Well worth the wait!
This is a beautifully crafted track Cameron.
I love all the sounds you have used and in such a
wonderful arrangement.
fabulous production.. I was swept away...completely



EPIC!!!

Slimmie
Cameron said 4538 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
OOOH!
Thanks so much, Slimmie!!! I hope you won't have to wait so long for the next
one. ;-)
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BlackLily said 4539 days ago (February 17th, 2005)
sheesh
more and more talented people show up all the time.. Its
hard to keep up with everyone and still work on my own
stuff.

beautiful
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Cameron said 4538 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
sheesh
Thanks for finding the time to listen and comment on my piece, BlackLily.

It really *IS* getting more challenging by the day to listen to even a fraction of
the good songs on this site. So many talented people, getting better at
songwriting and recording all the time!

I see that you've been on this site almost since the beginning. I joined a bit
over two months after you, so I've been around awhile too.....just not very
prolific with songs!
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nyakki said 4538 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Nicely Done
Very nicely done. I enjoyed listening to it. It is now part of
my download collection.
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TalktoWind said 4538 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Well...
this song remind to me in the dark age just around 10°
century.
I don't know why but i "see" that period in your music.
Anyway it's a real good composition full of "colours".
I like it..
®

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Cameron said 4537 days ago (February 19th, 2005)
Well...
Thanks for your VERY interesting comment, TalkToWind! Who knows, maybe
some of my Muses like the 10th century! There does seem to be some sort of
recurring flavor here. Hmmm.....
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packosmokes said 4538 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
Waiting...
Y'know, I actually find as musicians take longer to post
songs, you can hear the increased amount of time and
effort into really sharpening up a track. I've definitely
noticed this on yours.

Ah, the synthetic vs. real. I have to concur with Troy on
this one for the most part. Although, it depends on your
objective. If your objective is to compose a piece prepared
for live performance, then no problem. If your objective is
to createa standalone piece, then you can run into some
issues regarding instruments not sounding "real". I
suppose the way I've done it, is that I don't want an
instrument to draw that kind of attention to itself.

Having blurted all that out, I would have to say your track
is one of the more realistic synthetic songs I've heard on
the site. The percussion is wonderful and I'm reminded of
David Arkenstone slightly as I listen. I would say the song
lives more in its first definition, than second. Almost feels
like a journey from the realistic to the synthetic, no?

However, don't stick to what you know if you don't wish
to. When's the Cameron Industrial track coming out? :)
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Cameron said 4537 days ago (February 19th, 2005)
Waiting...
Packo, I truly appreciate the time you took to write such an in-depth
comment. The part about "synth vs. real" is very insightful to me, and will
help me focus more on what I really want to achieve in a piece in the future.

And YES, someday I do want to write an industrial track! I'd better listen to
as much of that genre as possible first, though. I like that kind of music, but
don't know too much about it.

Thanks again.
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_nderscore said 4538 days ago (February 18th, 2005)
beautiful
i can't offer a professional ear, but the orchestration was
absolutely wonderful-the clarinet really did it for me. i
enjoyed how the song moved from part to part, like
different 'acts' with a few elements tying them all
together. the vibraslap thingy was the only sound that
rubbed me wrong. it seems like its an instrument to be
used very sparingly & i heard it too much (altho it didn't
bother me at all when it appeared at softer volume later in
the song)

a very enjoyable listen.. can't wait to see what you do with
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Cameron said 4537 days ago (February 19th, 2005)
beautiful
Thanks, _nderscore, for your perceptive comments. I *DO* see why you
thought that the vibraslap was a bit excessive. It's sort of like a strong spice
to be used sparingly. I'll keep that in mind for future productions.
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Warren Smith said 4535 days ago (February 21st, 2005)
unified
I've had to listen seven times before I felt comfortable commenting - before I felt comfortable just listening to the way you put the sounds together in this piece. Part of that is letting the strange (as in different) become familiar; part of that is absorbing all of the comments that have been posted, trying to give them consideration, and then going back and listening to the piece with fresh ears. I could care less whether an instrument loses some of its "realness" or whether there is a mix of "real" and "synth." (I understand this can be an important consideration for others.)While the sections are clearly orchestrated differently, what I find is the performance works as a unified whole. In fact, I'd argue it is the struggle to integrate the strangeness of the second section with the first and third parts that make this such an artful piece. The vibraslap may be a bit overdone, but in later listenings I found I reconciled it by thinking in metaphorical terms: when crossing the desert by caravan you may encounter more rocks, cactus or scorpions than you wish to, but they're there, so deal with it, because it's part of the landscape. I'm ambivalent about the ending. I either want the caravan to end up caravanseray ... or to disappear into the distance like a mirage ... whereas it just kind of ends without any particular conclusion. But this is really minor - and maybe after another listening or two, this also will cease to be a concern.
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Cameron said 4534 days ago (February 22nd, 2005)
unified
Thank you, Warren Smith, for a very interesting, well-thought-out paragraph
of comments. I appreciate your openness in listening to this piece, and that
you were able to "reconcile" and integrate the beginning and middle sections
so that it made some sort of sense to you.

There have certainly been a number of reactions to the difference between
the two sections. If I had it to do over again, I don't know whether or not I
would really change anything, after all. It was what simply "emerged" at the
time, and wanted to be there. It was a journey, and as in most journeys, not
everyone likes the scenery along the way, and I can't expect everyone to like
it. I'm glad you could appreciate the process. Thanks again for your
thoughtful comments!
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Suzanne said 4535 days ago (February 21st, 2005)
an oasis
the opening theme is wonderful and sounds so nice. like an oasis. when you bring back that theme, even inside the less structured part, it is welcome. most of that sitar part went right by me, though, like the incomprehesible desert. kind of a blur. i was surprised when you returned me to the same spot i left. i wondered what i had missed in the journey... but the pleasantness if that ending kept me from wanting to return to the middle, if that makes sense.
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Cameron said 4534 days ago (February 22nd, 2005)
an oasis
Suzanne, I truly appreciate you listening and commenting on this piece. You
did describe your own "journey" with it effectively -- thanks!

I would be very curious to know if you had time to listen to this piece more
than once. If not, I would be interested to know if you had the same reaction
again.

I find it a great challenge to integrate all the various musical ideas swirling
around in my head, especially in a single piece. It's a continual learning
process.
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Stun Nutz said 4534 days ago (February 22nd, 2005)
It's been a long time...
...since your last tune left me wanting more!
Anyway, I loved the warm string opening and exit on
this piece. There's a lot of feeling in those notes...I
kept thinking that it sounded almost like live
instruments. The middle section I didn't care for as
much, because it started to stray from this feeling,
and I wasn't sure I liked some of the chords you had
struck on the synths. I think you wanted to set up a
little tension, or contrast, but I just wasn't sure.
Anyway... I'm real excited to see what you come up
with using JamPack 4.
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Cameron said 4533 days ago (February 23rd, 2005)
It's been a long time...
Thanks, Stun, for your comments.

It's interesting to see that the listeners are pretty much divided in their
reactions to the middle section. Some liked it, some not so much. I did want
contrasting material there, something with a bit more "jazzy" feel, but it's
certainly not "real" jazz.

The "Muses" (or whatever one calls inspiration or guidance in the creative
musical process) were very definite about this middle section. I basically sat
back and let things happen.
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broadside said 4521 days ago (March 7th, 2005)
interesting tune
Cameron: thanks for reviewing my tune.

Well, seeing as you are a professional musician I'm not
going to be impertinent enough to give you 'advice', but I
suppose I can make bold to say what I thought of the
tune:

The intro was sweet imo, particularly the cello (?): nice and
emotive stuff.

However, I dont like it when the beat comes in which
undermines the gravitas you had built up thus far, and
renders the piece like the theme tune to one of those
historical strategy games like 'Civilisation' or 'Age of
Empires' or something. Not sure if you are familiar with
these, so basically I mean a little cheesy, though the tunes
are all tight (though one of them, instrument sounds like
some kind of oriental hapsichord, is a bit over meandering
in my opinion).

Then we go back to the more classical sounding stuff (I
know very little about Classical but maybe Holst with
synthesizers is the only analogy I can think of on the spur)
which I really feel.

Nice tune overall, note really my standard cup of tea, but
unlike much in this vein, time listening didn't weigh
heavily in my hands so thanks.




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Cameron said 4431 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
interesting tune
broadside,

First of all, my sincere apologies for not responding to your comment earlier!
I took a 3-month hiatus from MacJams and have just now returned.

Thank you so much for sharing your comments -- just because I am a
"professional" musician on French horn doesn't mean that my compositions
or efforts on GarageBand are perfect, by ANY means. (LOL!)

I do appreciate your perspectives about that middle section and can easily
understand where you're coming from. It is very different from the first
section, possibly taking away from the overall unity of the piece.

This is all very valuable information for my future compositions. Thanks again
for listening and commenting.
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DOS said 4433 days ago (June 3rd, 2005)
this is good
Well produced,Well composed,Well done,Cameron
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Macaudion said 4431 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Absolutely stunning
I came to here to check out the credentials of
someone who has said the kindest, most warm and
supportive comments to me about my music. Giving,
expressive and heartfelt were my thoughts about
your words. It shouldn't surpprise me that what I felt
in those words are what I hear in this piece. It is
without a doubt, a piece that is giving and is
expressive to a people, to music, to a situation and
to us here at macjams, something that is needed to
be recieved. It is simply, a woderful gift that would
be welcome in bad times or good. It is a gift born of
passion, kindness and of deep caring... I can hear
and feel it in each individual note... It is simply
beautiful...This took tons and tons of focus and
work. It doesn't feel like enough however for now,
the best that I can do, is to say thank you. Thanks for
sharing you in this way. Cydniko
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Macaudion said 4431 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Absolutely stunning
P.S. 9/9/9/9
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Cameron said 4431 days ago (June 5th, 2005)
Absolutely stunning
Cydniko -- what can I say? WOW! Thank you so much for listening and
commenting. I appreciate it greatly.

You deserve every "kind word" for YOUR music. I'm definitely a fan.
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alley-oop said 4430 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
Mister,
You are the real deal! This is a remarkable piece of music.
I must have gotten here right after you went on your
hiatus. Already MacJams seems like a warmer, more
musically enlightened and much the better place because
of your return. You're really cool and nice. Thanks for
coming back!
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alley-oop said 4430 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
Mister,
You are the real deal! This is a remarkable piece of music.
I must have gotten here right after you went on your
hiatus. Already MacJams seems like a warmer, more
musically enlightened and much the better place because
of your return. You're really cool and nice. Thanks for
coming back!
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Cameron said 4421 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
Mister,
alley-oop, I really appreciate your kind words. That's just about the nicest
thing anyone has ever said to me on this site! (I'm a big fan of your music,
too.)

Thanks again.
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FEEL said 4430 days ago (June 6th, 2005)
Time well spent
Thanks for sharing this. It is beautiful your quite the
master. Not only did you bring the song out but you also
showed the power of Garage Band...Well done...=)
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Ed Hannifin said 4425 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
A message from my son
My son Edge was just out in the kitchen with me, listening
to my CD of MacJams favorites while I did the dishes, and
he thought it was really good, and he said to me, "I really
wish I could find the person who wrote this and tell them
it's really good..." My son say, "And also tell him that I
asked what the meaning of 'hegira' was..." I did just take a
moment to explain that to him.

In any case, I let him know that through the miracle of
MacJams, if he hears something on this particular
collection of songs that he thinks is good, and wants to let
them know, he can do so right away with his dad.

So here we are, lettin' ya know. Seems you've got another
fan in this household.

Thanks.
Cameron said 4421 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
A message from my son
Ejh, I am so glad that your son likes this music.

Also, it is wonderful that you are letting him hear some of the great talent
which is on MacJams! There's so much of it to share.

I appreciate your comment, and that you took the time and trouble to pass
along your son's as well. Thanks!!
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basil81 said 4419 days ago (June 17th, 2005)
Delightfully complex...
...and I especially appreciate your knowledge of al-hegira.

The percussive elements here complement each other
well, and set the pace for desert travel.

Very visual. Very interesting blend of notes and melodies.
You see, this is the kind of thing I'd never be able to do.

Awsome, simple as that.
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Cameron said 4419 days ago (June 17th, 2005)
Delightfully complex...
basil81, your comment about "not being able to do" this kind of music has
prompted me to listen to your tunes today.

I strongly disagree that you cannot blend notes and melodies imaginatively.
Your tunes are VERY creative, and you have a good talent for combining
electronic sounds -- perfect for your favorite genre of soundtrack/video.

My favorite tunes of yours are "Theme - Third Draft" and "AnimeDestiny".
Keep making music!
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Epileptic Gibbon said 4415 days ago (June 21st, 2005)
My first exposure to the music of Cameron
… and it's a great experience. Not a lot more to add
because it's all been said but there's no doubt that
this is excellent, the work of a skilled musician and
composer. I take Troy's comments about the
cheesiness of some of the intstruments on board but
the track manages to rise above those limitations.
Sorted! I look forward to hearing more.
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Drew Kopr said 4405 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
this is great!
Great build and structure. Very strong in all parts. Very authentic.
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Cameron said 4405 days ago (July 1st, 2005)
this is great!
Thanks, Drew! I appreciate you stopping by and checking out several of my
tunes and writing such favorable comments about them.
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Doug Somers said 3558 days ago (October 26th, 2007)
A pleasure
to travel through your desert. Lovely piece. I can still feel the swaying of the camel long after the music dies away. Thanks!

Keep well,
Doug
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