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This is the third of three pieces I wrote on the Native American Flute in honor of Autumn. Frost is played on a single flute, in one take. The only changes I made to the file were added reverb, and attenuation of some of the high tones. This is the most traditional of the set. No bells, whistles or special effects on this one, just plain single flute.
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Uploaded: Nov 10, 2007 - 02:28:26 PM
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2007 - 02:28:26 PM Last Played: Jan 02, 2019 - 10:04:53 PM
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Powerbook & Snowball Mic. PVC native flute.
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bonnieprincejohnny said 4334 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Whhooosh - arrow in your eye.
Blow that flute baby...mmmm I'm diggin those frosty images - transcendental and no mistake, Kinda uncomfortable in a Autumnal sense. Be lucky.
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kristyjo said 4333 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Hey, BPJ,
I'm glad your diggin' it! I'm also intrigued that it makes you uncomfortable in an Autumnal way. Hmmmm.
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bonnieprincejohnny said 4330 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
I intended...
'uncomfortable' in a cold weather n'I forgot my gloves and I'm riding a bike sense. I notice 'Frost' has appeared in the ratings picks - you must be experiencing wave after wave of rewarding joy. Be lucky KirstyJo.
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RickW said 4334 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
So peaceful
This is so wonderful Kristy. Thank you.

God bless,

Rick

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kristyjo said 4333 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Rick-
Thanks for listening. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to express. I'm glad you found it peaceful.
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peacepiano said 4334 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Mood
Much more melancholy than the others. Your tones almost sing some sort of sad song.

Thanks
Bill
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kristyjo said 4333 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Yes,
I think the single flute playing by itself automatically gives it a lonely sound. Thanks for listening to the whole set!
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Moviz said 4334 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
So..
'lost' and sad sounding, but beautiful all the same and invoking all kinds of mental images, cheers M
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kristyjo said 4333 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Thanks for listening
The native Am. flute does carry that 'lost and alone' tone quality. I hope it wasn't too melancholy for you. I appreciate your kind comments.
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paul f. page said 4334 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
A lone...
...alone...
The sound is so desolate...and draws the listener in so completely. This is just beautiful, KJ. You are playing with such understanding of the genre and the instrument and it's impossible to not pay attention to the plaintive call of this (pvc) instrument. I like the little bit of echo you have added on this one. Seems more than the others in your series. Maybe you should revisit those in the same way...One small thing I notice sounds like "white noise" very quietly when the flute is not sounding...I am not sure if I am hearing correctly. ... Anyway, small point. The big point is that this is precisely perfect right down to your last LONG breath. I'll be the first to chalk up a 10 all around. Brava!
Peace.
Paul
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kristyjo said 4333 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Blush-
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comments! I am really happy that you found this to be authentic sounding! I did add a bit more reverb on this piece, because with the long held notes, the slower decay seemed to fit well. The white noise, however, is part of that bargain, as the echo affects all sounds equally, and the reverb brought that out with the flute sounds.
I appreciate your listening and commenting on all three pieces. Thanks for helping me develop my music through your comments.
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Feter said 4334 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Frost
the Call of the spirit of nature . if its night or
dawn .its like openeing the gate of a season to come
this is just awesome my friend ..and spiritual !!
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kristyjo said 4333 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
I like-
your take on the endings and beginnings in this. It's true that each change of seasons is both! Thanks for listening, and be well!
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announcer said 4333 days ago (November 10th, 2007)
Really nice recording
some really nice touches here and a performance that is carefully conceived and flawlessly executed. Nice posting.
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kristyjo said 4332 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Thanks for listening
I don't know that it was perfectly executed, but I was pleased that a one take improvisation that turned out so well was the one I recorded!
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guitapick said 4333 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
~
Couldn't possibly be nicer. These pieces were all gifts. Thanks, kristy...
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kristyjo said 4332 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
And thank YOU, Bob,
for listening, commenting, and of course, sharing your own music (which I love) here at MacJams.
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Peter Bauckham said 4333 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Simply
spellbinding! Thank you for sharing, Peter.
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kristyjo said 4332 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
Thanks for listening
I think you were able to listen to all three of these pieces. Thanks for that, and for your kind comments!
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Ed Hannifin said 4332 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
It's just no use anymore...
...PVC flute pieces are simply ruling the MacJams Rating Picks...

I really did try to leave some sort of deep comment yesterday, (in fact, I thought I did), but couldn't get the comment button to work for the life of me...

It was probably something about simplicity and beauty... Danged if I can remember it, though... Simplicity, beauty, and, once again, taking the time to let notes find their own space, their own time to sound...

You know, of course, that Apple will be searching you out, to sample you for their next World collection of Apple loops...

Ed
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kristyjo said 4332 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
Ed,
Now if I'd just get (or make) a real wood flute, imagine the possibilities.
I love being able to try something new, and have the goal of posting something 'listen-worthy' here at MacJams. You're one of the folks I love to see has listened and commented. Thanks!
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Roxylee said 4332 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
You're really good at playing the flute
and in one take? You capture the Autumn feel of the peace and stillness of the early morning chill.
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kristyjo said 4332 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
Roxy-
Thanks for listening (and thanks for being properly 'awed' at the one take thing - I usually take about ten tries to get anything 'right'.)
I really appreciate your sunny presence here!
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davisamerica said 4332 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
such
simple beauty. it calms the soul and talks to the heart. i really love your work...a true artist!
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kristyjo said 4331 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
I like-
to write big fancy band and orchestra arrangements sometimes, but, yes, the simplicity of a single flute is very satisfying, too. It is interesting how wide the spectrum of musical expression is. Thanks for listening.
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SecaMode said 4331 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
moving
what a soothing and uplifting sound. this reminds me of flute music of the aztecs in mexico. i grew up around sounds similar to this, so it also gave me a sense of longing for home. you did a beautiful job with this and i love it's simplicity.
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kristyjo said 4331 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
Wow Aztecs
I've heard some music from that area, but not enough. My own listening experiences could be more varied. I'm glad you enjoyed this!
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bud said 4331 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
Patience - beauty and tenderness
Wonderful piece Kristy - very evocative of the season and a real soul stirrer.
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kristyjo said 4331 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
Thanks, Bud-
Since patience is NOT a virtue I am known for, I'm grateful that you find that quality in this piece of music. Thanks for your listening ear and the nice comments.
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musichead said 4331 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
effects
I use very little effects even with my wall of guitars.
I find that less is more . In any genre of music. But wow, very relaxing and refective. I faved this so I can sit and stare out my window and look into the woods. Thanks for the music!!!
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kristyjo said 4329 days ago (November 14th, 2007)
On days (and nights) like this -
I'd like to join you sitting at your back window just looking into the woods. I appreciate your 'no frills' philosophy of recording, as well.
thanks for listening and for your comments.
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drakonis said 4331 days ago (November 13th, 2007)
plaintive, longing, solitude
The sound of a lone flute, played this way, creates a visceral feeling of longing. Listening to this, I actually got a weird primitive flash of insight into why wolves sing their howling songs at night (which then brought me to that stark winter night scene with the wolves in the movie "Dr. Zhivago".) Anyway, really gorgeous playing. The reverb bothers me slightly, but knowing how to fix it is beyond my knowledge... but I'll explain what I can. The return "echo" is long enough, but seems too loud, that is, it is so close to the loudness of the original sound, that it is hard to tell when you stop playing and the reverb kicks in. This diminishes the ending of the note played, because it gets enveloped in the reverb... making it sound like one long note. And one of the joys of this flute is the little dip in pitch at the very end of many of the notes... this often gets swallowed up by reverb in this recording. I would like the reverb "tail" to remain just as long, but the reverb itself should be at a slightly lower volume. You can get this effect by using the AUMatrixReverb (and a bunch of fiddling.) I think it would enhance the recording a great deal. But the performance... uh, it's perfect. What a heart-wrenching call of the wild... with such a pleading request, how can the Spring NOT return? I hope you got your color back after that last note, I'm still catching my breath! And we dragons have big lungs... :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kristyjo said 4328 days ago (November 15th, 2007)
Thanks Drak -
You have some good points, and explained what you meant really well concerning the reverb. (You always make me feel important when you take so much time and care to help me improve my music. You're an essential element of this place, you know.)
The howling wolf thing is interesting, because there is that very strong feeling in this for me, too.

As for the last note, I play Baritone Sax 2 nights a week, so I actually have more air than I 'need' for playing this flute. It's much like playing a double reed instrument, where the breath control and finesse is more important than the volume of air.

Again, thanks for the time and the comments!
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Doadars Uncle said 4324 days ago (November 20th, 2007)
Hey Kristy
Real nice. For me, it brings a memory of frost. We've had very little this fall.

This is nicely contempletive...peaceful.

Thanks,
Doug
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kristyjo said 4323 days ago (November 21st, 2007)
Thanks, Doug
It has been a mild Autumn here, too. I'm still getting parsley and arugula from the herb garden in November. Still - I know it's coming. The contemplative aspects of the Native American flute are hard to beat. For me, it is a very calming instrument to play.
Thanks for listening!
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Bowman said 4323 days ago (November 21st, 2007)
Contemplation...
The playing was simple and unadorned which I like in general and thought particularly effective with this piece which encourages contemplation.
Thanks for such beautiful and soothing music.
Best,
Charlie

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kristyjo said 4315 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Contemplation -
Something I'll have to do without much of during the holidays. I really like the week after Christmas, when I am home with a bit of extra time for a couple of days. This kind of music gives me a bit of extra help in taking the time to think. I'm glad it does the same for you.
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Enrique Gil said 4321 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
Hi Kristy
How sad the sound! how melancholic the tune! but oh, how beautiful it is. Thank you for sharing this piece with us.
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kristyjo said 4319 days ago (November 24th, 2007)
Hi Enrique,
Thanks for listening. I'm glad you found it enjoyable.
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John Stebbe said 4321 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
your flute
Kristy, your flute is haunting and beautiful. The melody appears to be pentatonic (but it almost has to be, for an instrument like this to really speak), which is very appealing.

I'm hearing reverb and pan. I know you said you added reverb, but it appears the pan may be natural. What kind of a room did you record this in? Most of the pan appears to happen when you play a long high note.

Makes me think of walking in the snow at night, through a familiar meadow, missing someone you used to walk with.
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kristyjo said 4320 days ago (November 24th, 2007)
John -
Thanks for listening. The panning is kind of a curious effect from the way I do vibrato, I think. On the long held notes, I actually pulse the flute forward and back a bit, because it gives a vibrato without me using too much air. Since I play so close to the mic, I think it actually changes where the sound is picked up in the microphone. Sometimes it gives a chorus effect, too.

It's nice to have other music to fall back on, since I've been working on Christmas and Winter music with my students since the week after Halloween. (The local radio station has been doing Christmas music non-stop since the week BEFORE Thanksgiving - talk about overkill!)
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Joe Brady said 4315 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Beautiful
I sense a change in the wind, I think snow may be coming. Nice job, Kristyjo! I really love this piece.
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ktb said 4313 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
loons on the lake
I can see the sun setting on a native american village 200 years ago. this is beautiful. great job on the recording. just the right touch of verb.
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said 4285 days ago (December 28th, 2007)
Drak is right
The final note's a beaut!
This one's very chilly indeed. I can't shake the feeling that the 'primal' response is too pat, though; I think this has great commercial possibilities. Film? Advertising? (One sale could easily pay for YARDS of PVC flutes, eh?)
Swell job on this; I liked the whole series, in fact.
Be Well,
Sudra said 3268 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Simply beautiful....
...and very zen. Thanks for that.
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