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Angels Riding the Nightwind



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I loved this piece, by Doug Somers and richard13, when I first heard it (http://www.macjams.com/song/72014) and Doug suggested I contribute to its development by singing the vocal line. Doug gives the detail below, but is overly generous to, what feels to me, my rather feeble attempt. However, I enjoyed the challenge, as they say!

Doug says:

"Part of the artistic exercise in creating Angels originally was to keep to the restrictions of richard13's minimalist 3 track orchestration and chord progressions to the greatest extent possible.  In the end I did break even these simple rules a little since I fiddled the chords and timing a bit and added a female vocal line that I thought was absolutely called for.  I was not happy with the rendering of the vocal however as I found that as good as the samples from QL Voices of Passion were, I could not get the legato intervals to ever sound human.  Many others said the same in their comments and so I went in search of a vocalist who could do this piece justice.  I was bowled over when Rosalind (Mosaica), the first person I approached,  agreed to sing the solo on this track.  I think you will hear from the results that she brings the warmth, passion and intimacy that I had imagined when I wrote the melody, and then gives that touch of angelic purity and spiritual dignity as icing on the cake.  Rosalind gives us an ethereal ride to a place larger than our day-to-day world.

"This version also has been altered in the orchestration and structure in response to other comments made on the first posting.  I have added Violins and Cellos to the left of the soundstage to balance the Violas on the right and have added further dynamics to bring lush waves of strings to wash over the piano arpeggio.  Moreover, the piano has new small but important figures to play that relate to what is happening in the strings, and the ending has been drawn out with a 3rd repeat and a longer final sustain to make the end sound less abrupt and to allow the listener to come down from the clouds and return to their listening seat with grace and ease.  I tried to conceive of a fade out repeat but the inspiration was not coming in that direction.

"Richard, look what you started man, and where it has gone.  Thank you again for the original inspiration for this piece!

"Rosalind, I am sincerely grateful that you agreed to collaborate with me on this project and hope that we may perhaps have the pleasure of working together again in future!"

I, in turn, am very honoured to have been included in the development of this wonderful work - Mosaica.

Artwork by Mario John Borgatti from the International Space Art Network.
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richard13 said 2670 days ago (May 28th, 2012)
I am SO happy that I stopped by this evening!
Thank you, Rosalind, for agreeing to sing on this beautiful work of Doug's. I knew, as did so many others, that a human voice and sensitivity delivering that amazing melody of mystery and joy would lift the composition to the near ecstatic listening experience it could be, and now is. Your voice and performance are perfect here.
Doug: your 'alterations' are sublime. Congratulations. I'm proud to have inspired this.
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Feter said 2670 days ago (May 28th, 2012)
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Philip18 said 2670 days ago (May 28th, 2012)
There is a sense of urgency in the rolling piano that introduces this, which suits the title. The strings are more calming, leading nicely into the arrival of the vocal, which is very beautiful and, as you say, ethereal. A wonderful collaboration which integrates diverse talents into one superb piece of music.
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Doug Somers said 2670 days ago (May 29th, 2012)
An Angel
I love what you've done with the final mix. Soaring and everlasting in memory, your vocal is magic. Thanks again for agreeing to work on this with us!

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Sigmund said 2669 days ago (May 29th, 2012)
Angels Riding
This is an exceptional piece of music, only made better by your beautiful and ethereal vocals. Awesome work - really enjoyed!
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lazyjane said 2669 days ago (May 29th, 2012)
This is really nice dramatic, yet relaxing piece. That is a hard fete to achieve, and you have done it very nicely. Nice job!
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Garni said 2669 days ago (May 30th, 2012)
Angels Riding
Oh most definitely an angel singing here, Rosalind your voice is such a beautiful thing to hear tonight! You have chosen such a glorious piece of music to sing to! Bravo, Bravo, Bravo....flowers at your feet!!!

I feel so honoured to hear this. Thank you!

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Char said 2662 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
beautiful performance by all.
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lyzak said 2662 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Thanks for post!
Soothing, emotion-releasing piece from all angles, or is it angels? Turns off the brain and on the senses. Voice mines my feeling center. If this is a 'feeble attempt' then I'm great with feeble attempts!
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Ex_Silentio said 2615 days ago (July 22nd, 2012)
I love your vocal work on this. Very grand. Wonderful music. Tip o' the hat to Richard & Doug. Feeble attempt ... hahaha. C'mon.
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Henke said 2491 days ago (November 24th, 2012)
Great singing
on a great collab. Somehow I missed this project when first posted but luckily I came across it the other day when looking for an example of Doug's excellent craftmanship as a composer and musician and he in his turn hinted me in this direction, which I am happy he did. I really want to stress that I think he did marvellous with the synthetic voice in his version posted here on MJ and maybe even better on a version posted over at SoundCloud, but there is always something extra with a natural human voice after all. So thanks for being that voice in this great collab. And thanks for the download, the third version of this in my iTunes playlist :-)

Thanks again and take care,
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Mosaica said 2482 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
...yes there are quite a few verions now! I agree with you that I think the synth voice was very good, and to be frank I wasn't sure my own voice could be as good, let alone better than that. I'm still not really happy with this, my mic can't really cope with my vocal and my breath control is atrocious! One day I may try and improve on this :-)
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VicDiesel said 2330 days ago (May 4th, 2013)
I enjoyed listening to this. All parts of this piece are very nicely integrated. The voice functions as a melody instrument, and while it's clear that the strings are not real, the contrast between real and synthetic parts never bothers me.
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Mosaica said 2323 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Thank you for listening - yes it is a great example of how a piece develops over time, and Doug enriched the original beautifully and sensitively. It was lovely to be involved.
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Narad said 1369 days ago (December 21st, 2015)
Angels Riding the Nightwind
Wonderful stuff ! Bravo ! :)
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