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Cerulean Dream - Finale

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This is supposed to be the final song on my virtual album Dreams in Cerulean Blue. It has something of the end of the movie about it, I think.

A rather bombastic piece in a way. Probably best appreciated with headphones and with volume pinched up a bit. It starts softer,
though, so don't damage your ears towards the end. It is still nice to FEEL the music in your body on this one...

I have been working a little bit more with drums and percussions here. If I have succeeded is another matter. I am not so sure...

Although at times it sounds a bit crowded only 7 tracks have been used in Garageband. Of these 2 are "real drums" duplicates, just separated left and right.

I hope you enjoy it! (I do!) If you want to play with the GB-file, feel free to contact me. Maybe some ethereal voice could be nice for instance?!

Artwork is from a vacation trip to Swedish provins of Småland some years ago, processed in iPhoto...
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Uploaded: Jul 22, 2007 - 04:11:04 PM
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Feter said 4444 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Cerulean Dream - Finale
nice wide spacious music ..ye indeed
it can have a nice female vocalist spread
through it ...very good work my friend !!
well done !
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Henke said 4444 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Thank you Feter!
I am glad you liked it! We'll have to see if anyone catch the bait for some angelic voice to top this dish. Would be nice I think...

I have listened to some of your latest stuff. Very professional classical pieces that I enjoy a lot! You have got yourself a new fan here!


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said 4444 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
I really enjoy it
Very well done my friend... you are good on this...KUDOS.
And your pic is very nice. :D)
Henke said 4444 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Thanks, Skean!
For listening and commenting, and voting I guess! Your are always very generous! Your latest stuff was way cool as well! I liked them a lot!

Be well, my friend!

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drakonis said 4444 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
dragon up some thoughts...
Great photo, and nice music, this sounds improved. So.. here are my thoughts. First, the drums in the very beginning are a little loud for the rest of the music I think... I might suggest starting with the drums much softer, then bring the drum level slowly up near the end of the piece to give some final punch. Secondly, the low synth sound is pretty nice, but it is the only "bass" sound, and near the end it is almost completely lost, so the piece gets sort of treble-heavy. Again, maybe balance the extra synth sounds near the end so you can increase the bass volume a little. Finally, the bells near the very end are really pretty, a nice counter-melody... but they just last a few tantalizing seconds! Hey, I want more of those! :-) Maybe you could move that up a little earlier (20 seconds or so) and let them slowly fade in for the finale... and if you are going to fade the end (instead of creating a real ending) then I would suggest extending the ending a few more bars, and fading more slowly, let it linger as it fades. If this is the end of the disk, let your listener down slowly... wake them gently from this cerulean dream :-) Good work, sir!
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Henke said 4444 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Thanks a lot, Eduard!
Nothing escapes the dragon's eyes!

The drums in the beginning: Yes, I agree, I was going in that direction in the mix, but could have gone further, especially since they are not that exceptional...

The bass towards the end: You are quite right, I hadn't noticed! Not sure how to work it out, but I'll sure try.

The bell(e)s: Actually you have them introduced in the short section before the little interlude. But I can understand if you missed them, they could easily be put more in the front. Again, I am not sure how to do it. Just increasing the volume for that track would probably just lead to distorsion. I guess I'd have to lower the other tracks instead. Lucky they're not that many ;-)

The fade: Yeah, well, I actually added an extra eight bars more or less for this purpose, but if you are not bored to death with the main chords, I guess it wouldn't hurt with some more... An extra layer of some angelic voiceover could also imply some additional length to it. *blush* When I started out I did have a bit of Tubular bells in mind for the song, but I am not Mike Oldfield, so I had to trash that idea pretty soon ;-)

Thanks again for your continued support! It means a lot to me!

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paul f. page said 4443 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
...indeed! This piece has such a spacious quality to it throughout...It's like looking at an endless sky in fast-forward motion covering not just a day's skyscape, but about a month of time. I really like the feeling I get in listening to this: very positive... Some other thoughts: My personal bent leans toward more melody and I wonder if that might be something for you to consider in your piece. That might be the ethereal voice you mention in your intro to this piece. That would also break a bit from the 2 or 3-chord harmonic structure of the piece to give it a little more space to grow. And while you've only used 7 tracks, the overall sound is much fuller than that. Wonderful job in conceiving the orchestration. (Are the bells in tune? or did you hit a wrong note at one point? Go check that out.) And now you need a movie scene to place this all in some visual context. You are writing some evocative music and it is very enjoyable to listen to.
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Henke said 4443 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Thank you Paul!
I feel honored to have you listening to my simple songs. You are the musician and probably hear stuff that are beyond me. Like the bells. I can't really say I hear that, even if it is rather difficult to get this virtual instrument sound nice and clear on different levels. Actually the bell track was first a copy of the bass line (as in the intro) but that was too much, so I stripped it of several notes and changed a few others to the present effect.

About melody, I think that was in my mind when I started out on this project, like in Mike Oldfields Tubular bells, or so, *blush*, but at a certain point I found it would not do. Instead I am quite happy with the uplifting feeling I get only from the soundbed here. But I prefer it played rather loud to get the right vibrations in my body..!

Yes, it is a very simple song in a way, not many chords used, and I don't even know if they are "proper" ones. At least, I don't actually know in what key the piece is really in. (It is in C flat(?) in GB, but there are several black keys used...) Ignorant, ay, but there you have me. I just listen and play and pencil until I am happy. If anyone else is happy too I am only all the happpier!

So I am happy you got some positive feelings out of this! Thanks again for listening and for your nice long comment!

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peacepiano said 4443 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
I like this. It provides an nice backdrop for reading or other activities. Smooth and interesting synth sounds, well blended.

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Henke said 4433 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Bill
for your continued support! Glad you liked this!

Be well!

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Parichayaka said 4441 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Fitting Title!
I especially like the chords and open, airy feel. I just came across Ulrich Schnauss's music recently and the song I listened to just before checking out this post is surprisingly similar in terms of chord structure and buildup. The same simple, happy synth indulgence:) I have to agree with the Dragon, and add that on synth tracks like yours, every detail you add has its own importance and a few sounds and drum loops you throw in, could blend a little better with the overall sound of the piece. And why not start without percussion? The drums sometimes feature a rock-style snare drum, which sounds a bit heavy for the nature of this song. I would leave all the chords and melody just as is and possibly experiment with a different set of drum loops. Just ideas course!
This is really a lovely piece and does get quite intense and powerful towards the end, with lots of saturated musical colors. Beautiful!
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Henke said 4441 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Thank you, Parichayaka!
That was some great constructive comments! I am rather happy with the drums towards the end, but not in the beginning, so I will definitely try something there! I also agree that the tracks, though few they are!, get a bit mixed in the more intense sections, but how do i seperate them?! These are ambient instruments that I find not so easy to pan, and then what tools have I got left to work with? Well, I guess something could be done with track volume, I'll see what I can do...

Hadn't heard about Schnauss, but will try and find something..!

And last, thanks again for listening and commenting! Glad you liked it!

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Parichayaka said 4441 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Software instruments
One way of dealing with lots of synth layers is deciding which one is the most prominent one, then down the other ones. Sometimes it's wise to change the volume of an instrument throughout the song, according to importance in the mix. Also if you have 2 or more synths which are strong on the same frequencies, you might get a clearer sound by equalizing the individual synth so that you don't overdo a particular frequency when you add layers. You can also pan one track slightly to one channel (panning is easy in GB) and balance the other channel it with another instrument. Finally, GB doesn't do a great job when it comes to outputting/exporting sound, importing your original GB file into another program like Logic will give you a more distinct sound. Hope that gives you some ideas to play around with:)
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Henke said 4440 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
I owe you plenty
after this great lesson. Now I really want to get back to that file and see what I can do with this info! The great thing is that I actually (think I) understand it too!!!

Can't thank you enough for this!!!

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gail60 said 4440 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
You are very talented. I won't comment on the professional quality of the recording because I am in no way an expert...But I am positive of one thing! It is wonderful to listen to, and I have, many times. :) Very nice job. Looking forward to listening to more of your great music. Thanks for sharing.
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Henke said 4440 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
Speaking of talent...
You are the one to have it! I love your wonderful piano pieces you have submitted here and I am definitely looking forward to more.

Nonetheless I am thrilled you like this little piece of mine. I sort of do too, and therefore I am looking for ways of enhancing it further...

Thank you for your comment. It made my day, otherwise spent trying to get some order in our crowded storehouse :-|

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guitapick said 4439 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
I do enjoy it...
...very much. A positive, strong tribute.

You're right: a chorus singing with this, 2/3 through, would be absolutely incredible. Beethoven's 9th...

I love the artwork. Love to be there...
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Henke said 4433 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks for listening and commenting! I am glad you like it and see the potential. - Only wouldn't it be B's 10th ;-?
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elfdaughter said 4436 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Hmmm....I'd be more than willing to lend my vocals to this piece!
Stunning! I'll definately be downloading this....and adding my vocals, if you agree to it....
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Henke said 4433 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Dear Miss Elf!
I would be delighted and honoured if you'd sing on this one. I've sent you a note about it. Thanks for listening and commenting!
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BranDaMan said 4434 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
i like!
what a magnificient song you have here. Very nice soundbed. Great work on this, truly.
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Henke said 4433 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Thanks Bran!
I am glad you liked this! After getting all the nice mixing tips above I have been tweaking things around a bit and may have got a bit "cleaner" results. Not sure it is ready to upload again, though. When playing the bells alone I did hear a note that I thought a bit out of place, so that is corrected now. Hope it was the one Paul heard...

BTW, your latest with Leon was way professional! I almost thought the radio had turned itself on, but it was right here on MJ! Cool!

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echoroom said 4426 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
...doesn't feel crowded to me, in fact, there's a lovely sense of space to the track. It has a sort of 80's feel to me, but i know what you mean by 'end of a movie' - it has that sense of drama (kinda vangelis).

Nice work

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Henke said 4426 days ago (August 10th, 2007)
Hey Steve!
You just mentioned Vangelis in the same sentence as my stuff!!!! Vangelis is like my all time favorite in music, only possibly equaled by Tangerine Dream (70's and early 80's at least). Thanks!

Also thanks for the critique. My brother listened to this and to my "fixed" version and liked this better, so now I think I will try the middle way. There definitly are a couple things to fix, but I'll try and be gentle with it. The annoncement of Jam Pack Voices was nice, I am sure I could find something for this song in there. Maybe I'll try to get hold of a copy in the future...

Thanks again for your continued support!

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elektronix said 4425 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Nice one
Just the kind of music I want to make, too

Really Vangelis like...

As Drak mentioned above the bells at the end are great but it is over in the moment I realized that...

Anyway, great stuff and an inspiration for my area series!

I have an idea... and I am curious... so, if I could probably get your GB file?

Thanks a lot for sharing!


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Henke said 4425 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
Wow, thank you Bernd!
That was some very nice things to say!

Of course you can have the GB file. I am very curious what you may come up with!! I will probably have made a few tiny changes in the version you will get. Otherwise I have a mind to working more on it myself, too, but it needs resting just a little bit first...

Welcome back after your summer absence!

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lengold said 4424 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
and interesting melodies. This is a very relaxing piece of music with some very dramatic moments. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Henke said 4424 days ago (August 12th, 2007)
Hey Len!
Thank you for your nice comment! I'm glad you liked it!

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_nderscore said 4414 days ago (August 22nd, 2007)
nicely done
very uplifting feel on this, super great job on the 'assembly'. only crit that i have is that the volume could be louder (keep the individual tracks out of the red on the meter & then push up the master volume a bit). i'll check out more of your stuff later-thanks for checking out my tunes
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_nderscore said 4414 days ago (August 22nd, 2007)
hey umm..
my apologies for knocking the volume-seems i was listening to a previous track that was REALLY LOUD & i turned it down! sorry. on second listen, it sounds fine. i'm a little out of practice around here :(

looking forward to more of your stuff
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Henke said 4413 days ago (August 23rd, 2007)
Thanks _nderscore!
I am honoured by your visit. Thanks for listening and commenting so graciously. Glad you liked this song, I do too :-)

However I have got hold of the new Garageband-version and am looking forward to get some time with it, and maybe get an even better mix of this tune. Too much to do at work right now, I'm afraid (university semester starts Monday and new website launched today!)

Welcome back to my other songs, they are a bit varied in quality so don't give up if you don't like one of them ;-)

Take care!

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Doug Somers said 4377 days ago (September 28th, 2007)
has that 'wrapping up something important' kind of feel. I quite like the full sound and the flourishes on the melodic line. I also agree that introducing the drums later might build that bombasticity (?) more effectively as the piece rises to its climax. Nicely done! I will be keen to see if you do a remix based on the comments above
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Henke said 4375 days ago (September 30th, 2007)
Thank you Doug!
I AM working on a new version of this, it is longer and with some great vox on it. The drums are still a problem for me, but I'll find a way soon I hope. Thanks a lot for listening and commenting. Glad you liked this!

BTW, I just listened to most of your stuff and it is nice and FUN! Keep 'em coming!

Be well,

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