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Sink Into The Sea


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SmokeyVW

 Genre: Classical

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album: Plankton
track 1: 5:26 Drop
track 2: 4:46 Ocean Lady
track 3: 4:48 L'Heure Bleue
track 4: 3:31 Sink Into The Sea
track 5: 6:08 Steps
track 6: 6:36 Seven GHs
track 7: 2:32 Nautical Twilight
track 8: 12:48 See
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Song Description

Your next step.

You sink into the sea.
Softly the light fades to green.
Life is all around you.
As you drift down deeper.

Look up at the circle.

Words lose meaning.

~~~ notes ~~~

The piano part was captured by a two stage process: first I noodled around on the keyboard while thinking "you sink into the sea" - that's the rhythmic component behind a lot of this. Once I was comfortable playing it, I recorded it into GarageBand with no metronome.

I also captured some improvising in a mode having a variety of names, like Major Gipsy, or Double Harmonic Major. The notes are: D Eb F# G A Bb C# D. It can be coded as 1312131, see this list of modes.

I think I first became aware of this mode from a Liszt work I heard years ago. It's a really cool mode to play around with. It has lots of nice symmetries, and those two minor third intervals are wild.

Then I edited the heck out of it in GarageBand! The beginning and end are quantized timing. I left the timing of the improvised part in the middle as is, because i wanted to keep the expressive ritards intact. So GarageBand's nice even measures mean nothing in the middle.

I also changed around the pitches of many of the notes as I refined the string part, so half the pitches changed: only the velocity and timing remained of what I had originally recorded for the beginning and end. Finally, I also reduced the loudness of several notes.
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Uploaded: Jun 15, 2006 - 08:40:56 PM
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2011 - 09:53:38 AM Last Played: May 27, 2019 - 11:03:13 AM
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Macaudion said 4752 days ago (June 15th, 2006)
It certainly lwas a cold dark and quiet evening
For the ocean - Somewhat haunting - And it is as huge as this - Man
for some reason this piece makes my soul shiver w/ respect - Maybe
it's because I can't swim - Chuckle - Very nice work here - Looking
forward to hearing the rest of this - Thanks for sharing - Dion
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Parichayaka said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Haunting!
This would even work without the strings (that's a compliment)! Your piano playing is quite fascinating, even though minimalistic, I guess it's the sound of the piano and your keyboard stroke that make it stand out. Nice expansion towards the middle of the piece. How did you record this? Real piano? Beautiful!
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SmokeyVW said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Haunting!
thanks for the encouragement. i really wanted the strings in there, because i
guess the idea is that you're slowly sinking, past seaweed and fish, and the
light is fading away into darker and darker green, and it's becoming a sensory
deprivation scene. and the human mind turns inward when this happens, and
the strings are i guess all your neurons going off. or something like that.

you had to ask:

the piano part was captured by a two stage process: first i noodled around on
the keyboard while thinking "i sink into the sea" - that's the rhythmic
component behind a lot of this. once i was comfortable playing it, i recorded
it into garageband with no metronome. i also captured some improvising in a
goofy scale i think is called hungarian gypsy mode or something (D Eb F# G A
Bb C# D).

then i edited the heck out of it in garageband! the beginning and end are
quantized (honest!) timing. i left the improvised part in the middle as is,
because i wanted to keep the ritards intact (or is that called rubato?). so
garageband's nice even measures mean nothing in the middle.

i also changed around the pitches of many of the notes as i refined the string
part, so half hte pitches changed: only the velocity and timing remained of
what i had originally recorded for the beginning and end. well, even that's not
quite true. i also reduced the loudness of several notes (i guess i really
pounded them too much).

so, in summary, it's a "live" recording with lots of fixing up. i had hoped to
not lose the "human" feel - i guess from your comment that it worked!

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Parichayaka said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Haunting!
That's interesting, so you're saying that the piano sound is from GB's software instruments? How did you get it to sound so real?! Amazing.
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SmokeyVW said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Haunting!
you bet! it's all GB2. i did add some reverb. if you like, i can go find exactly what
settings i used.

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Parichayaka said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Haunting!
That would be great!
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SmokeyVW said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Haunting!
the instrument is Orchestra Steinway Piano - it comes from JamPack 4 Symphony
Orchestra. it appears i did not change the default settings: Volume 80%, Cutoff
0%, Release 40%. maybe i changed release? it has Equalizer on and Reverb on -
again, i suspect i did not change those either. Master Track reverb is set to
Large Hall. that i think i did change.

if you don't have JamPack 4, and you want to buy it - be warned: on a iMac G5 it
loads very slow (30 seconds? more?) i imagine on a G4 it would be unusably s-l-
o-w.

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Parichayaka said 4751 days ago (June 17th, 2006)
Haunting!
Bought JP4 a while ago. Fortunately once loaded in it works just fine. Even on my old Dual G4. Appreciate the description. Never thought the piano could sound so good in GB! Thanks again.
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chikoppi said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Plankton taste like chicken
Its quite a talent to be able to envision a scene and express it
musically. I think you've found an excellent process for you music; a
combination of improvisation and post-production. How cool to be
able to think "I wish I had played Ab there," and then actually be able to
alter the note while keeping the performance intact. You did an
excellent job at not over-working the performance in post. The music
remains expressive even after your alterations.

The composition is very effective. I'll be interested to hear the entire
suite!
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SmokeyVW said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Plankton taste like chicken
thanks, but... i need to explain

i should point out that, unlike a movie soundtrack composer with very precise
goals, i did not have an exact endpoint in mind. it evolved as i composed it. i
like to think of it like writing a poem: like buk - no goal in mind. just the
moment. it's lots of fun writing free-form. if i had to write to a schedule or a
specific topic - i'd be lost.

my comments expressed what i thought about as the music came into being.
the two are totally intertwined. my only "goal" was that it's about the ocean -
and all the symbolic nonsense people associate with that: life, death, the big
picture, etc., etc. (well, maybe not nonsense, but at least well rehearsed in
our psyches?)

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chikoppi said 4751 days ago (June 16th, 2006)
Plankton taste like chicken
Yup. I'm reading you. These are abstract scenes, or rather expressions of the
"Freudian" emotions experienced while meditating on concepts associated
with the ocean. These are things difficult to express with words but that
become tangible and can be artfully expressed through music. A very
interesting theme to explore for both the composer and the listener!

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charliechen said 4751 days ago (June 17th, 2006)
Haunting
There were moments while listening to this that I actually held my breath. This piece is evocative and beautiful.

The orchestral Steinway is my favourite piano sound from GB and jam packs. I use it for all my piano parts.

When I have time, I'll be listening to your other posts as well. Cheers.
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SmokeyVW said 4749 days ago (June 18th, 2006)
Haunting
thank you so much. it's nice hear i could touch someone with a song.

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SmokeyVW said 4749 days ago (June 18th, 2006)
Haunting
thank you so much. it's nice hear i could touch someone with a song.

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VicDiesel said 4750 days ago (June 17th, 2006)
Sssshhhhhh........
Beautiful track. The piano part is simple, yet sophisticated sounding. The
mood is consistently very quiet without turning boring. My compliments!
Very good.
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composerclark said 4748 days ago (June 19th, 2006)
Serene, exotic
Very serene, somewhat exotic sounding due to the Hungarian scale you
used, and the sparse texture makes it feel a bit new-agey to me. It's all
very nicely done. I heard it before checking the title, and I must say that
for me, the title seems a bit incongruous, I guess because it seems so
peaceful, and the idea of sinking into an ocean doesn't. I also thought it
might evolve into something else, maybe even change key, but it didn't.

In any event, I really enjoyed it, and I hope to hear more from you.
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SmokeyVW said 4747 days ago (June 20th, 2006)
Serene, exotic
thanks for the encouragement.

i actually toyed with the idea of modulation for the last part, but i thought
that would have been too much. this is (someday) going to be part of bigger
piece, and as such might be an "entrance" of some sort into somewhere. (you
can see i have really a definite plan here! :-) ) so, i need it to flow...

the 'sinking into the ocean' idea isn't meant to be like the Titanic going down.
perhaps i need to rethink the title. it's supposed to be a gentle transition
somehow... but it's good to know you got a different impression - something
i'll think about.

thanks again

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