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Night Train (with Skean)


Doug Somers

 Genre: Downtempo

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Night train is a piece I originally laid down on - you guessed it - a train shooting through the darkness from Stockholm to Gothenburg in Sweden earlier this week. That's one of the great things about laptops as a portable mini studio! I had been in correspondence with my good friend Skean about doing another collab and he suggested I have a go at the first tracks. I didn't think it would happen quite this quickly, but there you are.

Since I was on the train without a keyboard it was a bit tough to do serious melody work, and I wanted to capture the impression of the sights and sounds and overall feeling of the trip, so a lot of loops were used and abused. I sent the file 'north' to Skean (who was unfortunately too far away to get together in person) and he laid down new intro and extro plus lots of cool tones, sound fields, and FX along the way to make this what it now is. In a sense we reversed roles between this piece and our previous collab. (Shining Deep Take a Ride ). It seems like however we start something cool happens. This is our third joint composition.

My hat's off to you Kent - you have a great feel for this kind of music bro', and you are always a pleasure to work with!

From Skean: "I must tell you after I put it in GB I was hooked at once and had lot's of fun - it was a blast doing it... and you know I like trippy tunes."

He is so modest!
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Uploaded: Mar 19, 2009 - 08:51:59 AM
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davisamerica said 3806 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
lol and WOW
Instant transportation accomplished!! This is great .
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Doug Somers said 3805 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Many Thanks
Yes, if real travel were only this fun - which when you compose as you travel it can certainly be a lot more interesting.

Appreciate the supportive comments d.a.!

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Skean said 3806 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Doug my man
Like I say in the mail after I get your file this maybe come to take awhile to do for me.
But when I had it in GB I listen a few times to it, and I get some ideas and like you have pointed out in your description that was my feelings...hehehe... I'm just glad we could have some fun AGAIN, it was little sad we couldn't meet each other as it is too far away... And I hope we can do more collabs in the near futures.

Be well bro
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Doug Somers said 3805 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Back at ya sir
Your work is always inspired and that shows the wonderful variety that music can be. Thanks for working on this one with me my friend. You light up the soundstage.

Best always,
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Reinholt56 said 3806 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Hi Guys......
This is a great track. Full of movement and yes, Trippy.

Everything fits together so well.

Well done to you both.

Take care.

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Doug Somers said 3805 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Hey Paul, kind of you to say so
I will admit that as I have developed some understanding for this form of music, there is an element of these compositions that is about moving through spaces. That element I bring from influences from listening to works such as yours which I think expresses that movement through waves of tonality and changes in ambience (and other things you do I haven't figured out yet).

Thanks for your kind remarks.
Be well,
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Henke said 3806 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
You really were in Stockholm?!
I thought that train in the picture looked familiar ;-) And the music? Well I think Paul nailed it this time - trippy! So thanks for the fun ride.

BTW, that train to Plymouth(?) being 30 minutes late is bad enough but somehow stands to reason. When my daughters were going from Stockholm (to Linköing a couple of hours to the south) in the very early morning last weekend, the departure time was about 20 minutes before schedule! Luckily the railway company had telephoned to tell us this, but I've heard of people who did not get this message beforehand... Weird, huh?!

Take care, and safe journey!

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Doug Somers said 3805 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Hello Henrik, glad you enjoyed the ride
Yes, I was indeed in Stockholm - although not for long, maybe 24 hours. Maybe if I'm back again to Stockholm on business we can invite Kent down and have a mini MJ reunion since it looks like you live very close to the city. That's interesting about your daughters' train leaving early. I don't think there are many countries where they are so efficient they leave early AND let people know in advance, I'm surprised that the rail company didn't text everyone too to let them know. British Rail, on the other hand, is a different story completely!

Thanks for having a listen and sharing your thoughts!
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drakonis said 3805 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
wild ride
but then it always is with you two! The only nit pick I would have is that some of the transitions seem a little abrupt, I wanted a little cross-fade noise/sound as you stepped onto the train, etc.... there were a few places where all noise stopped, then picked up again, breaking the "flow". But other than that, this thing definitely chugged along in a wild 21st century flashy-light hypnotic kind of way... cool journey.
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Doug Somers said 3798 days ago (March 27th, 2009)
Thanks for hopping aboard!
Glad you enjoyed the ride and thanks as always for your insightful comments. The more I hear this piece the more I realise it is best heard as a headphone journey due to the panning and other spacious effects, and I agree that we could make it a little more continuous with more crossfades. Maybe on release 2.0 ?...

Be well Eduard,
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Calchas said 3801 days ago (March 24th, 2009)
And awayyyyyyyy we go...
This did very strange things to my head gents...

Cool concept. ASTOUNDING mix.

Be well!
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Doug Somers said 3798 days ago (March 27th, 2009)
Great to see you're back!!
One of the very cool mind-melting things that Skean added were sounds that start out like FX of recordings of trains and then devolve into warped versions of the same. Fun stuff all 'round. Maybe we should rent a planetarium and get some lasers....

All the best!!!
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Char said 3749 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
Oh yes.
Writing trippy music while on a trip. Very appropo! You know, this gets better and better, especially the familiar warping into the quirky. You are a great team. Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 3747 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
Full of quirks and quarks
I initially thought as I started the composition on the train that this would be more mainstream-ish, but then as it grew the direction changed into something more impressionist. Kent then added his own trippiness into the mix and as you say, we got all this trippiness from a trip.

Thanks Char for stopping and having a listen.

Take care,
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falcef said 3494 days ago (January 25th, 2010)
Night Train
Salve Train in Station music eccellent very good bravo. Ciao
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Doug Somers said 3471 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
Grazie falcef
I'm so glad you enjoyed the ride with us!

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papag said 2905 days ago (September 6th, 2011)
You and Skean seem to be in step with each other musically. I like this piece and the sonic texture you dip into. Tranced me out for a bit and then popped me back.

Thank you for letting me download :)
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Doug Somers said 2904 days ago (September 7th, 2011)
This one is quite fun. I can say that since I had fun listening to what Kent added which is brimming with his creative trimmings, and I had fun making the original track while on the train ride. I think the trippiness makes this all the more immersive. As you as you say, you feel popped out at the end.

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