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Imaginary games of the young. Seeking out dragons and ogres in the forest, climbing trees to look out across wide valleys toward distant hilltop castles and monasteries. The joy of pure play.

This is the recently completed third movement of a work I have underway entitled “Life”. I have also submitted it into the 8dio annual composer's contest through my SoundCloud page, but wanted to share it with people in this community as well.

In this piece I have kept the harmonies and structure very simple reflecting a young person’s perspective of the epic tales. The mix of several old and new styles is intentional. I hope you find they work together without being out of context.

This is also the first chance I’ve had to use 8dio’s Lacrimosa choir, for which I had this piece in mind (and others to follow). It also uses Claire Flute from the same company, as well as the Tenor and Mars and Venus Choirs from SoundIron, and East West's Symphonic Orchestra and StormDrum2.

Who knows what’s around the next corner?
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Uploaded: Nov 03, 2016 - 02:24:00 PM
Last Updated: Nov 03, 2016 - 03:12:25 PM Last Played: Mar 17, 2017 - 02:02:37 PM
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Bowman said 292 days ago (November 3rd, 2016)
A startling work from you Doug.
A terrific amalgam of middle age chants and modern rhythms.
Turns epic and heroic at 2:35. Very staccato, slashing and powerful. I enjoyed every second of this and if I were judging it would leap to the top of my list.
Great Piece!
Cheers,
Charlie

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Doug Somers said 292 days ago (November 3rd, 2016)
Staccato
Hello Charlie! Thanks for having a listen - being away from MJ for so long I'm not even sure who is around anymore. I barely am!!

The Lacrimosa package is designed for those fast staccatos (staccato??). The words don't mean anything but it still gives an impression, which is all that I was after anyway.

Great to hear from you my friend. When are you posting next? Working on anything new?

Thanks for your support and comments sir.
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Daugrin said 292 days ago (November 3rd, 2016)
Splendid!
Orchestral writing, choir and soloists samples. Overwhelming! Can't understand what is actually going on... but not to worry, it sounds huge... the use of reverb is grand!

Daug
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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Verb
Thanks Daug, this one seemed to call out for a wetter kind of sound than many. Probably the choral thing going on which I associate with cathedrals. Glad you like the huge sound at the end. It was tempting to go all in closer to the start but that wouldn't have left much room for a climax. Cheers!
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Parichayaka said 292 days ago (November 3rd, 2016)
Great job Dough!
Awesome!

Sounds like you had a lot of fun creating this. It's just as much fun listening to it.


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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Fun
Yes it was! Although I was stuck for a week or so where all of my ideas seemed to just go into a loop of repeating phrases and not breaking into any kind of real development. Broke through that though - thankfully!

I'm so glad you liked it Pari. It means a lot to me.
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jiguma said 292 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Wow!!!!!
This is one of the more amazing posts I've heard at MJ Doug.
That this is not done by a real orchestra and a real choir confuses and impresses me greatly.
Congratulations! It's a shame more of the "old crowd" aren't around to appreciate this.
Cheers, and as Ziti would have said: "deepest bows"!
Cheers,
Neil
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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Today's crowd is still a good crowd
Despite the drop off in attendance here, my own participation included, MJ has a community that is special and the people here are a real pleasure to be around. So it is meaningful to me that you and Pari, Daugrin and the others have taken the time for a listen and to leave some thoughts. l know I was richly rewarded by having a listen yesterday to all kinds of new music from you lot.

And yes, these midi packages can get rather realistic. It helps that they are live recordings of some poor person playing each note one by one. But still, there's a magic in the programming as to how that sound gets manipulated which is what produces the authentic sound.

Cheers Neil, great to hear from you!

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FEEL said 292 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
So fittling
Great job putting together this master piece. You have a knack of reflecting the genre your want to express. Love the mix, so well imaged.
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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Fitting
Thanks so much John. It was fun to just think back to running around as a kid with the imaginary games I'd play and then try to express this feeling musically. This one was a little tough to get finished but once I had the inspiration about how to end it (one of those middle of the night waking things where I had to get out of bed to write down the ideas before I lost them) it went smoothly.

Thanks for your kind words!
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awigze said 292 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Epic
I can tell you loved composing this. I had not heard of 8dio Lacrimosa Choir. A great find.
Thanks for sharing this!

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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Hey Andy
Yes, mostly fun for sure. Lacrimosa has been around for a while I think but was always too expensive for me until 8dio had their big sale this summer. Having the Canadian $ tank 30% in the last year or so hasn't helped the affordability of most of these music packages either.

So glad you stopped by with your support Andy! Be well.
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MidiOrleans said 292 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Excellent
Thank you for the download Doug!
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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
Downloads r Us
Hi Scotty - glad you liked this enough to download. Quite a tribute!

I hope you have a new piece in the hopper soon. It's always a pleasure to hear your work.

Thanks again!
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paul f. page said 291 days ago (November 4th, 2016)
WOW
This is an enchanting number that is so beautifully imagined and orchestrated. You have really outdone yourself, Doug, with the control of the orchestra and the vocals you’ve created. Such authentic-sounding strings from the sustains to the pizzicatos. Brass is powerful, supportive, but never overpowering. And on and on with great praise and admiration for what you have composed and produced here. You are a far cry from the Tuscany suite of just a few years ago, having refined your sense of balance within the orchestra, but, even more so, your imaginative conception of what works as a solid, integrated composition in its own right. The production quality, to my ears, is cinema-ready, and the whole composition — all the movements — will make for an amazing listen once it is all complete. Bravo! Such a pleasure to hear this refined, exquisite composition that is so perfectly captured through a generous and careful mix of all musical elements.

Your work is important, not only to me, but to all who hear it. It is so nice to hear your progress and to celebrate with you the fine accomplishment of a masterful composition. WOW.

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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 5th, 2016)
deep intake of breath
Paul, I must say I'm most humbled by your effusive comments. We all have an impact on each other, often more than we realize. I have been given the confidence to explore and learn through the support and critique from yourself and the community here at MacJams. There was such a long time where I was a lurker listening to songs and thinking 'who am I to publish anything for others to hear?' When I did get up the courage to have a go I was buoyed by the encouragement here by all manner of musicians, and for that I am truly grateful. You all have given a great gift.

Thank you Paul, and to everyone I've had the pleasure to come to know here in this community.
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richard13 said 291 days ago (November 5th, 2016)
Welcome home, Doug
This is really wonderful and shows how much you've learned and how much you care about balance and dynamics and such in addition to musicality, tone, texture, space, etc. How you could even begin to conceive a work like this is beyond me.
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Doug Somers said 291 days ago (November 5th, 2016)
Conceiving a work
Nice to hear from you Richard, and thanks for the generous remarks! How to conceive is an interesting question since I'm not really accomplished enough to play what I write - so noodling on a keyboard doesn't bring about more complex pieces like this one. My first step was to sing the main melody (badly, but enough that I captured the essence of it in rises and falls and rhythm) into my phone's voice reminders. Where did the musical idea come from? Who knows? The next part was conceiving the second half which came to me at night in bed and I had to get up to write it down- again, in very general terms, not note for note. But where the ideas came from I have no idea, other than to say the amalgam of everything I've had pass into my ears to this point :)

I tend to think that creativity is something we are open to, rather than something we DO. Stuff comes when it does.

Thanks again Richard, so glad to hear that you're still in the music game.
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Moviz said 290 days ago (November 5th, 2016)
Sounding
fabulous Doug; no wonder you entered it into the competition; it sounds wonderful and very pro'., regards M
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Doug Somers said 287 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
In this one
I get to exercise other people's voices! :) thank you for the kind words sir!
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Henke said 289 days ago (November 6th, 2016)
Impressive
Not that I can recall a time when your musical pieces was NOT up to any expectations anyone could ever have on an MJ tune, but this one is just out of this world. What is happening here, was my first thought. How did he get hold of an entire orchestra AND choir ?!?! Meanwhile my thoughts went to Orff - maybe because my knowledge of 20th century music in this style is limited - but even so I think this piece might well have come out on top. Again, I am not the person to judge pro stuff like this, but I still need to say I am totally impressed and in awe that music like this can be made on a computer... I guess kudos is the word I am looking for :-)

Thank you so much and take care,
Henke
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Doug Somers said 287 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
Thank you Henrik!
I hear Orff in this one too, although I was trying to stay original of that's even possible with such great works already out there. My hat is off to 8dio and SoundIron and East West for what they have created in the way of musical tools.


I really appreciate your enthusiastic comments my friend. And I hope that inspiration finds you too soon.
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Narad said 288 days ago (November 7th, 2016)
Youthful Adventure
A vocal adventure completely succeeded ! Bravo ! :)
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Doug Somers said 287 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
So glad
You like this one Harald. It's great to hear from you. Btw, I tried to listen to Launching and it doesn't seem to exist. Is that true or a bug in MJ?
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Fire_Angel said 288 days ago (November 7th, 2016)
Stunning and full of life.
Which fits into the theme of the larger piece nicely! So much attention to detail in this, it has a wealth of work in it and none of it wasted. It really is ready for live performance if only you could find someone to arrange such a thing.
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Doug Somers said 287 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
Do you have any orchestras and choruses laying about?
It would be spine tingling to hear this performed live. Still, I'm grateful to be alive at a time that music packages exist to give a fairly decent rendition of musical ideas. I can't imagine otherwise the effort to get published and performed.

Thanks so much for the compliments! I'm so glad you liked this one.
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Philip18 said 288 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
Youthful Adventure
Stirring work - much enjoyed!
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Doug Somers said 287 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
Stirring
Thanks so much Philip. I'm glad you had a chance to have a listen and to leave such kind thoughts.
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tempie said 288 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
into the woods
i literally grew up in the woods, starring in every kind of movie - knights, cowboys and indians, WW2, whatever. This took me right back there, back when drama was all good. man this is incredible. i'm in awe. this is one of the most impressive things I've heard on MJ. I hope you do this at least partially for a living. Composing a classical piece is on my bucket list. Happily DL'd.
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Doug Somers said 287 days ago (November 8th, 2016)
So nice of you to say so
Stirring up these kinds of emotions and memories is what I set out to do. I'm really pleased it works for you. You definitely syhave a go at a classical piece some day. You will bring your own unique slant to it and it could be quite fun. I always enjoy changing genres from time to time.

Thanks again!
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Franciscus_Henri said 286 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
I bow before your music
Truly splendid and inspiring.
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Franciscus_Henri said 286 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
I bow before your music
Truly splendid and inspiring.
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Doug Somers said 286 days ago (November 10th, 2016)
Right to the point
Thanks so much Franciscus. It's a pleasure to hear your thoughts.
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Vic Holman said 282 days ago (November 13th, 2016)
Youthful Adventure
such a full sound!
cool composition and nicely detailed. great job doug!
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Doug Somers said 279 days ago (November 16th, 2016)
Thanks Vic
Fortunately I'm getting more patient about the details! Glad you liked it.
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Outtaorbit said 278 days ago (November 17th, 2016)
Brilliantly done
I continually skipped to the opera.....over and over again....
actually as my sense of humor sometimes leaves me explaining.... that was way to short and wonderful.... and beautiful....well done, and that from someone from Kentucky
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Doug Somers said 272 days ago (November 23rd, 2016)
Someone from Kentucky
Thanks so much Patrick! Skipping to your favourite parts is fine by me. I'm just glad that you found it worth repeating some of the parts. Kentucky is a beautiful part of the world. I used a photo I took there on one of my posts at MJ (Ammirazione). Keep well!
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PeterB7858 said 273 days ago (November 23rd, 2016)
Youthful Adventure
Very late, Doug. I apologise. Been on holiday and trying to finish this year's CD for family and friends. Wonderful piece. Stirring and triumphal. Great mix. Wonderful balance in the dynamics. Epic! Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 272 days ago (November 23rd, 2016)
Never too late!
I'd be the world's biggest hypocrite if I judged anyone on being late for listening to a piece I posted. I often am never around here AT ALL, so that isn't a particularly high standard. Anyway, lovely to hear from you and I'm glad this checks of a number of emotional, structural and production criteria for you! I appreciate you feedback sir. Cheers!
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Reinholt56 said 273 days ago (November 23rd, 2016)
Hi Doug......
This piece is wonderful. I love everything about it and within it. It's a lovely arrangement and mix. Wonderful....

I'm very happy that on one of my infrequent visits found a piece by yourself waiting. Truly a treasure to find here.

Take care.

Paul
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Doug Somers said 272 days ago (November 23rd, 2016)
Hello Paul
Funny how these things work. I was just thinking of you a couple of days back. And here you are. Thanks so much for the kind words and for having a listen. I'm off to your posting now to add to my Reinholt56 collection. Cheers Paul.
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Bob Rodgers said 264 days ago (December 2nd, 2016)
Wow!
Impressive piece of music Doug, I really enjoyed this piece and so wonderfully orchestrated.
Love the choirs and powerful dynamics, made a great listen, very much enjoyed!

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Doug Somers said 262 days ago (December 3rd, 2016)
Dynamics
Thanks very much Bob. You're very kind in your comments. The most important thing is that it worked for you! I appreciate hearing your thoughts on what you heard.
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tmcfate said 175 days ago (March 1st, 2017)
all I can say
Impressive. The mix is so good and the incorporation of the voices is really professional. I would love to watch you put this together.. Thanks a bunch
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