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Though I listed this under "Cinematic Soundtrack," it's not really, but there is no option for "Book Soundtrack," which is, I suppose, a category which doesn't exist because books don't normally have soundtracks.

In spite of that little hitch, I nonetheless, took it upon myself to write a musical companion piece for a book a friend of mine has coming out here soon. The book is Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story. My friend David co-wrote the book with astronaut Owen K. Garriott, which has got to be the coolest thing ever - writing a book with an astronaut. I am very proud and more than just a little envious of my friend's accomplishment and I wanted to express that in my own way, and, this is it.

This is a piece that, if it were played in the real world, would ideally be performed by a small wind ensemble. The style is very much like that of many pieces I played throughout high school and college. It's a simple theme presented by the French horn (of course) and repeated and expanded upon throughout. I wanted it to sound majestic and "space explorationy" without it sounding like a ripoff to a Star Trek TV series. I think I managed that.

This is the first piece of music I've posted, worked on or written in over three months. Hopefully, it will help me climb out of the musical, personal and emotional doldrums I've been in for a while and I can get back to making some music.

Thanks for listening.
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Feter said 3989 days ago (September 16th, 2008)
Homesteading Space Fanfare
this is nice my friend ..loved how you structured this
winds ensemble ...very cool work on harmonies and solos
ye it sounds someone reading a brief history about a coloniel era ..really great job with the canon like
parts on some places ..go ones ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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sloparts said 3988 days ago (September 16th, 2008)
Very well done Joseph
It's really cool that your friend has done this book, and also that you are paying this tribute to his work in the form of this music.

This is very rich and stirring. It has a regal feel to it that fits the theme.

Thanks for sharing you tribute Joseph.

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Vic Holman said 3988 days ago (September 16th, 2008)
book, the musical
nice chapters. maybe they can insert one of those sound chips when someone opens the cover to the book.

very nicely composed and played. Joseph. a very complete orchestra and very well thought out in my opinion.
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Reinholt56 said 3987 days ago (September 17th, 2008)
Hi J.....
I think that you've emerged from the doldrums very well indeed.

The arrangement is very well done.

Take care.

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jiguma said 3987 days ago (September 17th, 2008)
Welcome back!
An unusual first post since your sabbatical Joe, and a very interesting one too, on a few levels. Firstly, its a good piece of writing and performance, and I'm suitably impressed by your knowledge of the "orchestral" genre. Secondly, I'm doing something very similar myself at the moment - not a book soundtrack, but a "life soundtrack" for my father. Its so difficult to work in this style, mainly (for me) because of my lack of experience with it - so its good to hear how someone with that sort of background might do something similar.
Third - just good to see how MJ helps us all to branch out.

Cheers from Oz,
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jgurner said 3985 days ago (September 20th, 2008)
Thanks everyone
I'm glad you all took the time to listen and enjoy the tune. I love doing work like this, even though I don't really do it very much. I grew up playing in concert band in high school and college and this is the first time I've really been satisfied with my attempt to capture the "wind ensemble sound." I've just had a friend raise the possibility of creating some sheet music from this and actually having it performed. That really would be so cool.

Thanks again guys for listening. Hopefully, I do some more work like this. Especially if my friends keep writing books.
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bronco said 3943 days ago (October 31st, 2008)
Very Cool
This does have a feel for the pioneering space exploration spirit. I grew up on the "masters of science fiction" - Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, etc. so I have a fond place in my heart for this. Unfortunately the "vision" that seemed so reachable in 1960 has not come to pass. No Moon or Mars colonies - indeed we haven't even had a manned Mars expedition yet. It almost seems as though we have gone backward since those first thrilling years of space exploration. Blame it on the closed minded, greedy asses that have screwed everything else up also. Just think if we treated scientists with as much reverence as we do football stars and spent half the money we have on Viet Nam, and the Gulf Wars.
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Macaudion said 3908 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Mr Jg
This is perhaps, my favorite of the types music that you might tend to. (you know how my excitement does me) Of course I say this now, while this is fresh and with me, as I'm listening and my system is responding to it.(dat'd be me) Although I don't know what string of words and shi do(s) and woo babys could be put together to have this showcase your vocal talents, I am missing hearing you sing. I was also listening and thinking, "I wonder why Jg didn't take this opportunity to dust off the old trumpet in place of the midi"... I keep threatening, that I would do the same with percs on my own stuff (given that I actually can play them) and it hasn't happened yet so, I can kinda understand why you may not have puckered up to the brass. It's more than a notion and plus, I can't always do what my imagination more often than not, presents to me in percussive musings. Speaking of percussive stuff, I'm hearing on this that you have put together a very nice array of percussive sounds. Though I should have mentioned it first, I'm way diggn' the brass composition too. But ya know, I'm easy pleased when it comes to the brass. I love the majestic and bigger than most lives, sound that you're getting outta this piece. Very well written stuff. Guess it'd be a good time to read yer liner notes to see what you're up to.

Okay, I read and I haven't mis-stepped in my rambles so we're good. However, I should mention, that your friend is a very fortunate one to have honor of something like this, that was created to compliment the book. Be curious to know the reaction of your friend.

Pleased to have stopped by. Always a pleasure to hang out at your part of the mj scape. Hope to be hearing more from you sooner than later, Mr. Guy.


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