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Canis Major (A Symphonic Ambient Mix)



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This is a 'bigger production' than previously, from one point of view. I'm again trying something a little different, but not too weird, hence it's not under Experimental.

The subject matter is The Great Dog, not the Great Bear (Ursa Major) as I originally intentioned. Ah well. I should Wiki my facts first.

It's Space Ambient, as is my current drift/meander, but with the birth cries of Symphonic Ambient. I'm working on this sub genre with my current mixes. Stay tuned.

As always I'd love to hear what you think about this piece, good or otherwise.

It is also a part work for a web album I'm putting together called 'Another Day In Space'.
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Uploaded: May 09, 2009 - 04:37:20 AM
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composerclark said 3701 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
I like it; it's definitely got the space vibe. Some of the ways you could structure this music (or this kind of music) a bit differently would be:

1. Vary the texture more – have sections with just 1-2 synth voices, and other sections with 3-4, and still other sections with a very dense texture;

2. Vary the timbres more; same idea as above, but using timbres (i.e., light vs. dark) instead;

3. Play around with different registers; very low only for a while, or very high, or widely spaced, etc.;

4. Try different scales in different sections;

5. You have a non pitched, somewhat percussive hissy sound that comes to the fore every now and then; you could have sections where other non pitched sounds are used, perhaps with no pitch content at all.
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Reinholt56 said 3700 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
Hi CC.........
Thanks you very much for all your thoughts and suggestions for this mix. They will be invaluable to me tinkering with this current mix or even making a new mix using some or all of your ideas.

The techniques I use are basically multiple copies of one music sequence or arrangement, as MIDI data, and with each track I use various soft synths/effects with various presets. I don't normally change a preset mid-flight, but your ideas will most certainly mean I change my rules on music production. No problem, it's just how to work it out real time. I use the KISS principle but will look forward to some 'technicalities'.

Your ideas also give me somewhere else to go to with my music. It will be invaluable to me over the next short while, in developing my music further, in more interesting ways, and for more springboards in other future modifications.

Thank you for taking the time to listen and offer these terrific ideas.

Take care.

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LunaTrick said 3700 days ago (May 9th, 2009)
Very Symphonic....
I like the colourism in the voices... particularly the brushed cymbal sounds and the breathy upper synths. Really fine work Paul - transports the listener.
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Reinholt56 said 3700 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
Hi Daniel...........
Thanks for listening and your thoughts on this piece.

The mix is a very slight departure for me, where I'm trying to push the boundaries again. As Clark suggested above, there are many more ways to make this type of piece a good deal more interesting, and I'm going to work through some of these and try and encorporate them into my techniques.

I've enjoyed your output over the last couple of weeks, so keep that up. All your pieces are special in one way or another.

Take care.

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davisamerica said 3700 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
"another day in space"
Paul ... will leave the suggestions to the experts but I must say I really love this current version. You have such an amazing ability to construct these type things .... impressed ... amazed .... a fan .. am I.
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Reinholt56 said 3698 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Hi Davisamerica............
Thanks for listening to my soundscapes and also for leaving such kind words. They give me encouragement to try and do better.

I appreciate your support.

Take care.

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Ex_Silentio said 3699 days ago (May 10th, 2009)
Siriusly good
A nice long piece, but it sails by very quickly. Excellent choice of synths -- they interact nicely. Starting at round 2:40, I hear a machine at work, which suggests the involvement of intelligent entities in the environs of Sirius. The drone bass around 7:00 is very powerful, suggesting bigness and siginificance. So, I think what I'm saying is that the feel is not "space is empty and lonely and ststic" but rather "space is busy and full of purpose." I really liked the BIG sound of this one. The ending sounds like one is pulling away from the star back into the void. Very well done.
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Reinholt56 said 3698 days ago (May 11th, 2009)
Hi Duane......
I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this piece. They were, as usual, very apt and detailed. I can listen with your ideas in mind and travel elsewhere in the same place. I always think it good to try and see the world through more than one set of eyes and thoughts. It broadens the perspective and the knowledge.

I always try and see things from the point of view of Ellie's father-facsimile in Contact, where she meets him at the far end of her travel, before coming back to earth. You may know what I mean. It is a profound moment in the story/film.

Take care.

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kassia said 3671 days ago (June 7th, 2009)
The Great Dog
I love those birth cries - hints of what may be coming. Slow and thoughtful. Another great piece of space music.
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Reinholt56 said 3670 days ago (June 8th, 2009)
Hi Kassia......
I learned the constellations as a young boy and when I put this piece together I was thinking of Ursa Major but between these thoughts and naming the MP3 file I turned a bear into a dog. Some days I really should leave the music gadgets and my brain in standby mode!!

It's good that you enjoy these imaginary picture-making pieces.

Take care.

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