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Awake My Fellow Patriots

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Tyranny is upon us. Awake my fellow Patriots!

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

From the Declaration Independence
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Uploaded: Feb 27, 2007 - 12:45:23 AM
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Reinholt56 said 4616 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
A brilliant, action-packed piece....
This piece of music certainly has presence. I thought the way that you mixed the dynamics and interaction of the instruments was excellent.

This music would be perfect as a backdrop to a film based on the above 'description'/declaration.

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legato said 4616 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Thanks Paul!
Your comments are always appreciated. It's funny how things get created in my head. You start playing around with sounds, in this case it was the fantastic drums. All of a sudden you get this idea and then you turn it into a piece that really meant something, espeacially me.

The mix was good but I think I could of done better with the array of software out there, but I don't want to get caught up with all the techno babble. Creating music is what I like.

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drakonis said 4616 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
tasteful wake-up call
Nice work, as usual... great choice to excerpt a part of our Country's foundational works, and recast it slightly. And your music is very well orchestrated and mixed. The only thing that sounded a little odd was the bagpipes in the middle section, where each note was slightly panned to a different spot, sounding like they kept jumping around in my headphones. Because they would slur between notes, it should have been the same pipers, but they were in different locations in the mix... minor nit. On the whole, the drumming was super-realistic sounding, and the slow swell of orchestration was great. Mix was super clear, perfect ambience.
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legato said 4616 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Thanks Drak!
Yes... and with all that is happening with our country but in the world today, it only seems appropriate. I was trying to think of a song to create and it was by a higher power that I started with the drums that this theme came to be. I'm glad I have been active and awake to learn that is not too late to make a difference.

With the pipers, I think there is a big difference trying to mix with monitors versus phones. I'm glad you noticed that. I'll take that in consideration about the headphone mix.

Your comments are very welcome thanks again.

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chikoppi said 4616 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Very nice! I don't know from historical accuracy, but this certainly has a sheen of authenticity. The first half is both martial and plaintive and you blend that character well with the more dramatic elements of the second half. This absolutely has a cinematic line drawn through it. The various drums are used to excellent effect and the orchestrated sections are evocative and moving.

One of my favorite movies is "Glory," which has an excellent soundtrack along this very vein.
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legato said 4616 days ago (February 27th, 2007)
Glory as well...
I love that movie as well. My addition of the bagpipers in my opinion added to the different mixture of time lines which all music has today. I can imagine most composers of modern music share this view.

Thanks for the listen and for your comments.

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Cameron said 4614 days ago (March 1st, 2007)
great drums
I especially liked your treatment of the drums in this piece. Were they from any of the GB JamPacks? Whatever their origin, you did a great job with them.

The bagpipes lent a "Scottish" flavor, rather than an American one here -- especially since they were so prominent.

The ending section was quite different from the earlier material, using orchestral woodwind instruments (English horn?) which didn't seem to fit the rest of the piece (to my ears, anyway).

I would have liked to hear more piccolo/fife sounds in this piece, which would have been more authentic.

Generally though, very good production values on this.

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legato said 4481 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Sorry for the delay in response :)
Thanks Cameron, the drums are part of the Jam pack series orchestra. For the bagpipes I wanted to use them in a song but never had the right one for it so, I created a song that had some sort of relation to war and patriotism even though I was a little off on the locale and people :0 I was thinking Brave Heart when I played this one hehe.

Again, I am always learning for orchestral pieces the importance of instruments and their roles in different genres. Maybe I could of used a different one, but I loved the English horn so much in the Jam pack Again I just used it. But hey it is for the fun hearing what people have to say right? Yes!

Always appreciate the comments!


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kristyjo said 4535 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
Hey, great piece!
I just stumbled upon it, and I'm glad I did. Those drums are excellent. are they loops, or software drums? Just so nice and crisp sounding. This does indeed have a very cinematic feel, with its nice range of dynamics and the switch-offs in mode and style. My husband heard it and thought it was from a movie that he hasn't seen, so that in itself is a high compliment.
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legato said 4493 days ago (June 30th, 2007)

Thank you for taking the time to listen I appreciate that very much. Sorry I haven’t responded sooner. The drums are GarageBand Jam Pack: Symphony Orchestra drums which were manually programmed. I had fun recreating the feel of marching drums from my old school days in marching band. I am very pleased for the statement by your husband that is truly a compliment.


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Bowman said 4482 days ago (July 11th, 2007)
Very satisfying...
work here. Beautifully structured and played. Would work wonderfully in a feature film. Well done.

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legato said 4481 days ago (July 12th, 2007)
Appreciate it!
Thanks Bowman, for the comments and taking the time to listen, always appreciate it. Have a good one.

Take care!

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