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To the Hall of the Goddess (HJP)


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Doug Somers

 Genre: Ambient

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Description
The Hero's search for the Goddess brings him through an abandoned village nestled in a valley at the foot of a glacier. He finds a disheveled hermit who tells him to enter the ice cave found at the end of the road he is taking. The cave, which starts as a fissure in the glacier, takes him through an extensive set of linked crystalline labyrinths to finally emerge in a enormous circular space open to the sky far above. Overhead yellow-orange clouds catch the setting sun and pass across the twilight sky. A circular stair is finally seen through the gloom and the Hero climbs for what seems like hours as the sky darkens to blackness speckled by a myriad of stars. Hour upon hour, the stars wheel overhead as the exhausted hero draws ever upwards toward the opening in the top of the mountain. Finally, reaching the top is a beautiful white building set amidst an orchard of fragrant white-blossomed trees. The walls of the hall seem to shine from within, and clouds of mist float from the tall open doorway. Although no words are spoken, the Hero knows that he is being called.

I have put this under the genre of ambient although it could also be thought by some to cinematic or even new age.

Hope you enjoy it (maybe you could do your yoga to this music! :o)

Doug
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Song Stats
Hits: 3285
Comments: 27
Fans: 12
Plays: 103
Downloads: 90
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Jan 29, 2008 - 01:55:51 PM
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2008 - 05:06:11 PM Last Played: May 06, 2018 - 01:08:52 PM
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Hardware:
Akai MPK49, MacBook Pro
Software:
GB '08, Kontakt 3, EWQL Symphonic Choir - Soprano Soloist
Comments
Feter said 3919 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
To the Hall of the Goddess
very spiritual and spheric ...indeed it brought
alot of old world heroic scenary ..your describtion
just so wonderful .definatly a great overture to the
HJP ..thank you and well done !!

** yoga ?
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Doug Somers said 3919 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Thanks Feter,
for your always kind comments. The description is always fun to write - maybe some day I will take the time to more carefully put words together and create a story. Who knows?

And yoga - well, my jester side can't resist comparing this tune to the kind of music you hear on meditative CDs used for Tai Chi or Yoga exercises. It wasn't what I had in mind as I wrote it but it struck me that way when I was done.

Thanks again my friend!
Doug
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ktb said 3919 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
very dreamy
ambient in my book. like the way you took the time to develop the mood and introduce each instrument/element in its own way. Some of the vocal synth pads were astonishing. .that vibrato string at about the 5 minute mark? I'm not sure it fits the same mood as the rest of the piece. very small nit on my part sorry...it drew me away from my happy place. well done
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Doug Somers said 3919 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Thanks for your thoughtful comments!
I have been playing with the new samples I bought recently and as I tried some out they seemed to be perfect for inspiring new composition on the spot. So this piece just grew out of playing around.

The vocal synth at the end is the solo soprano from EWQL Symphonic Choirs, which I adjusted to make it more pad like.

There are a few places where the notes do not come across just right, either due to sounding strident or with vibrato that might start too soon, so I'm curious about exactly where the tune got derailed from your happy place for you. If I do a clean-up I'd like to make sure I nail it. There's nothing worse than setting a pensive scene and then doing the equivalent of dropping a vase on a stone floor right in the middle of it!

In general, I hear a lot more noise in the compressed version of this tune than in the GB original, especially in the synths in part 3 of the piece. I don't know if I should be using full 24 bit processing in the mixing to avoid quantization noise or if it is inherent to the large amount of high frequency content of these synths and the MP3 compression algorithm. Any suggestions?

Thanks again for your well considered commentary and I look forward to hearing something from you in the near future!

Cheers,
Doug
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ktb said 3914 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
vase
Doug, nothing so dramatic as dropping the vase :-). The melody synth that starts at 5:11 employs a heavy vibrato that that creates an element of detuning, casting a somewhat erie pallor. Please note that this is a small nit on my part. One mans detuning is another's magical moment! I thoroughly enjoyed this, and have a deep appreciation for the time that must have gone into it. Its shows in many ways
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Doug Somers said 3911 days ago (February 6th, 2008)
Hey, thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know
more about what you found. I see what you mean and may come back to touch up this and a couple of other slightly strident parts. Thanks again for the appreciative and thoughtful comments and support!!

BTW, I have tried removing the normalising function in GB as davisamerica suggested and it seems to yield happier results as far as reducing what sounds like quantisation noise. Not sure why this would be so significant but the proof is in the listening. Will keep it off in future.

Thanks again!
Doug
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thetiler said 3919 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
A great piece of writing
for the description, I enjoyed reading it. Mixed in with the music is a fine combination of musical ambient entertainment.

Spotted your post at the forum so I thought I would come in for a listen and was glad I did.

Thanks for sharing !
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Doug Somers said 3919 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Nice to meet you Bill!
Thanks for your comments on the music and the writing- they mean a lot given what I have just heard over on your site. The writing of a description is fun too, as is finding some art that rounds off the presentation of the piece.

Maybe you can bring some of your wonderful musical vitality to this little project and raise us all up a bit!

Thanks for listening!

Take care BIll,
Doug



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DWL said 3918 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
Ambient's good
Nice soundscape you paint, subtle and restrained. Very evocative, especially with the story.

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 3918 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
Dick
Thanks for the encouraging words. I was wondering if it was too bare bones at first but then I think the simple arrangement evokes the feeling of solitude in an expansive space I was trying to impart, so I left it alone. Glad you enjoyed it!

Cheers,
Doug
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davisamerica said 3918 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
wow Doug!
wonderful ... as noted already i too love the way each instrument is introduced and developed. 2nd movement in song took me to a wide open sky scape .... very fittingly as described by you in into.. and it is hard to get a realistic play back when loaded at MJ from GB and alot of the time i need to mack sure my "Auto Normalize" is off in preferences when sharing to itunes to create mp3.... sometimes a mix just plays different when loaded up at MJ it seems to me, .... anyway ...beautiful work of art here Doug ...very cool and 2 hats off!!
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davisamerica said 3918 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
oh yeah.....
and besides all that other "stuff"... sounds from this end are fantastic!
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Doug Somers said 3918 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
Two hats? - You're too kind!
Great to have you stop by. I must say that the new sample packages I bought are so inspirational that the notes almost play themselves (but they're not loops this time :o) ). I'll try your suggestion to remove the auto normalise since it is yet another manipulation of the data.

Thanks again, and glad you liked the piece!

Doug
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guitapick said 3918 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
Absolutely...
...beautiful...very wide open...wonderful
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Doug Somers said 3918 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
Thanks so much Bob
Great to have you stop by and offer your generous comments. I'm glad that the wide open feeling came across - the Journey, I think, is meant to take place on a vast stage.

Thanks again, and keep well,

Doug
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bud said 3917 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
Really well done and patiently constructed
I wish I did yoga. It's actually on my to do list. Liked the story too.
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Doug Somers said 3917 days ago (January 30th, 2008)
Hey Bud
Yoga can open up the creative juices....or you can end up with a crick in the neck. I don't do it much anymore, but I did find it helpful. Thanks for having a listen and for the encouraging comments. BTW, since you are a past master at projects, if you have any suggestions for this one, or you feel inspired to musically chronicle something, I'm all ears.

Cheers,
Doug
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lavalamp said 3915 days ago (February 2nd, 2008)
Genre?
You description leads me to believe that your writing maybe better than your music. But, I think I could here this in a Peter Weir film. Well-done.
LL
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Doug Somers said 3913 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
I don't think I've ever seen any of his films
but there must be a common influence somewhere. Glad you liked it!

Keep well,
Doug
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Morning Light said 3912 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Beautiful Music....
Beautiful Pic :)
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Doug Somers said 3911 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Sweet of you to say so!
Thanks for your supportive comments!
Take care,
Doug
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VicDiesel said 3907 days ago (February 10th, 2008)
Otherworldly
Wow. This piece is more sparse and ethereal than other things I've heard by a whole order of magnitude. This is seriously impressive to keep this atmosphere going for so long with so little material.


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Doug Somers said 3907 days ago (February 10th, 2008)
Well thank you M. Diesel
I intentionally wanted most of this to be sparse and leave space to hopefully say a lot with very little - or at least using not too much instrumentation, even in the built-up bits. It was good practice for me to try a piece with nuance rather than the comparative hammer blows of some of my other more richly arranged compositions.

Glad you liked it Vic.

Thanks for the listen and the note.

Keep well,
Doug
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dirigent said 3892 days ago (February 25th, 2008)
chilling
I like how you give plenty of space and time. A pleasure to listen to your music :-) Thanks for sharing!
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Doug Somers said 3890 days ago (February 26th, 2008)
Hey thanks!
I intended to let this piece develop as it wanted to, which was slowly, but at times on re-listening I have the feeling that it was rushed in parts. I'm glad to hear that it worked for you!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

Keep well,

Doug
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Henke said 3830 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Hey Doug
This was simply brilliant! I must have missed to Fav you so I've not got email notifications (I will now..!). But I think this piece was stunning, so happy I found it! In parts I came to think of Vangelis' China-album. And that's pretty good in my book :-) Nice story and artwork too!

Thanks for sharing!

/Henke
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Doug Somers said 3829 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Great to have your feedback!
I thought this might be up your alley. I am flattered to have the Vangelis reference, although I don't know the album of which you speak. I will be checking it out though as I have been fond of his work - including some of the wilder stuff like Heaven and Hell.

Thanks again for your kind remarks and it sounds like you'll now be on the notice list for my next endeavour.

Cheers, and thanks again,
Doug
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Name: Doug Somers
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I make music for pleasure, usually using a computer to create soundscapes around all kinds of music. I used to jam with a local celtic group, playing bodhran and 12 string guitar, but I find that my technical and live performance skills fall short o... [see more]

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Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise.

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