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This little compilation of soundtracks I did for a series of videos and the awards ceremony for an event by the equatorinitiative.org, which rewards countries in the equatorial regions for their efforts in sustainable development solutions (say that three times fast). I tried to use instruments from some of the winning countries hoping to create an inspiring atmosphere.

On a technical note - most of this soundtrack I finished during an intense 8-hour night session (my specialty...) two summers ago, including a quick study in the various musical genres, with instruments like harmonium and choir recorded live. Some parts I expanded on recently for videos and there are more tracks here from the "2012 awards ceremony" of the same initiative in Rio last year.

Sidenote - the beginning of the first part may remind you a little bit of Daniel Licht's surprisingly upbeat 'Dexter' soundtracks and around 1:37 some of Dave Weckl's drum lessions from way back must have popped into my head.

And if you still have time after reading this - I'd be grateful for any suggestions on how to improve "this website". :)
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Doug Somers said 2258 days ago (February 12th, 2013)
Warm tones
I get a real sense of both optimism plus the joyous dignity of various cultures ways of celebrating musically. I love the elements of your medley. Each piece sounds like it could be used while award recipients make their way to the stage to claim their prizes. It's like a short trip around the world. Very creative use of instrumental colour and 'world' rhythms. Nice!

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Parichayaka said 2257 days ago (February 14th, 2013)
Really happy you got the feeling of optimism and joy, that's such a nice compliment!
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Sigmund said 2258 days ago (February 13th, 2013)
Equator Medley
My friend, that is some very impressive work! Emotional and full of storytelling - really well done. I'm impressed!
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Parichayaka said 2257 days ago (February 14th, 2013)
thanks so much!
Always happy to see that you took your time to stop by!
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PeterB7858 said 2258 days ago (February 13th, 2013)
Equator Medley
Lovely, evocative soundscapes. You have used local instruments to fine effect, Pari. I am very impressed at how you develop the tracks to tell their individual stories. Super impressive. Thanks, Peter.
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Parichayaka said 2257 days ago (February 14th, 2013)
super nice
Thanks for listening! Just finished listening to 'Uncharted Water' - beautiful!
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Philip18 said 2258 days ago (February 13th, 2013)
Equator medley
Beautiful sounds, beautiful music. Interesting variety in the different pieces. Excellent recording quality and mix. Much enjoyed!
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Parichayaka said 2257 days ago (February 14th, 2013)
To be fair, most of the soundtrack is midi (and good sound libraries) but I always try to add live recorded tracks, to give the overall mix a more organic feel.
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TommyBlueBoy said 2257 days ago (February 13th, 2013)
Great work
These songs have incredible depth and space and you fill them so well. A real treat for the ears.
This is like a trip around the globe. I'm glad you found your muse in your 8 hour session.
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Parichayaka said 2255 days ago (February 16th, 2013)
That's really nice of you to say. I have to admit those sessions don't just happen, I usually prepare myself inwardly for a few days to build up the intensity. Then go for it, either when the deadline calls for it or when inspiration bird visits for a few hours.
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Cameron said 2257 days ago (February 14th, 2013)
Enjoyable Listen
This is a nice set of short pieces, very pleasing to the ear. The recording has a warmth and simplicity that immediately engages the listener. The use of a variety of instruments provides a lot of interest on these tracks.

The overall ambience is perfect for soundtrack/background music, although these pieces stand well on their own. I am increasingly drawn to shorter works combined into a "suite" of music like this. It is perfect for our decreasing attention-span in these ever quickening, complicated, electronic times!
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Parichayaka said 2255 days ago (February 16th, 2013)
Attention-Span! I know what you're talking about. I had prepared this soundtrack for an already edited video presentation narrated by actor Edward Norton to replace stock music which just didn't do the video justice. When I sent the audio file with silence inserted for the the parts with narration, I also listened to it without the pauses and thought it made for an enjoyable listen. I'm glad you seemed to like it.
Now, when can heard more of your own beautiful music? It's been too long! Harp, horn, midi?
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jiguma said 2256 days ago (February 14th, 2013)
Like watching a travelogue
I enjoyed this a lot. It took me away for while, and I needed that! Very enjoyable listen.
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Parichayaka said 2255 days ago (February 16th, 2013)
...a travelogue with one photo of a map:) really enjoyed your latest 'All Fall Down' - you did a fantastic job on that song! And thanks a lot for stopping by to listen.
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Henke said 2256 days ago (February 15th, 2013)
I am a big fan
of all your music, these "ethnic" pieces included. It takes you places. Geographically and mentally. The dynamics of the sound is impressive, very well mixed.

About your website: The elements you have to work with are great. I do think the start page is a little too busy though, especially for the kind of content you're presenting. I would like to get rid of the dark grey bar with the two rather invisible links to Soulful music and Soundtracks. And I would even try to leave out all the elements from the butterflies and down to keep focus on the main "splash screen". Can you think of a nice way to make people click to get into the site and these other sections? Good link words in the top menu should probably be enough. Alternatively just take away the butterflies (which I like in themselves, but they tend to tilt the balance of the page). The key thing is to make the visitor want to stay and get around in a coherent way. You should know where you are and how you got there. It's a very nice and promising site, just keep it simple and it's a winner :-)

Thanks and take care,
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Parichayaka said 2255 days ago (February 16th, 2013)
thank you Henrik!
Thanks so much, not only for your always encouraging comments, but for taking your time to take a look at the website. I'll read through your excellent suggestions carefully and see which ones I am able implement. I know that you know what you're talking about, so your advice is worth a lot to me!
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rabittwhole said 2255 days ago (February 15th, 2013)
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fathom said 2255 days ago (February 16th, 2013)
the rolling rhythms and beautiful melodies.
The ambling Latin flavor is just perfect.
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magnatone said 2254 days ago (February 16th, 2013)
Equator Medley
oh wow Pari - this is just exquisite, and i remain your fan for life (can i be a groupie?)
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paul f. page said 2253 days ago (February 17th, 2013)
You start with a very cool idea...
...and deliver some background music that is pleasant and with a subtle beauty in its varied rhythmic variations. I am usually melody-driven in my own writing, so I somehow feel a bit of a desire for something a bit more melodic to spring out of this — but maybe that's just as a concert piece...which this is decidedly NOT. So, as background to video ideas, I imagine this compilation works extremely well. I did enjoy the variety and the energy of this track very much indeed. Without seeing the accompanying video, I cannot imagine anything that you should change or add or...whatever.
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Parichayaka said 2252 days ago (February 19th, 2013)
Thanks Paul!
Here is a link to the video: http://vimeo.com/15558357
And if you're inspired, this link is to a song which is all about melody, arranged for a similar event. www.parichayaka.com/un-climate-summit/
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spitlogic said 2253 days ago (February 18th, 2013)
That is the word that comes to mind when listening to this. Very well spaced and crisp.
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WharmtonRise said 2192 days ago (April 20th, 2013)
Marvelous work on each and every segment. I have nothing ele to say since I am pretty much speechless and impressed. One funny thought.... how far away is the flautist in the first piece? That's an awfully BIG space.... ;)
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Parichayaka said 2191 days ago (April 20th, 2013)
3648.31 miles
If you're referring to the Peruvian pan flute. That's how far Peru is from NY:) Really happy you took your time to listen to it in full. At the time I considered it quite an achievement and getting such positive feedback from a musician like yourself means a lot to me.
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DrToasty said 2168 days ago (May 13th, 2013)
I think I hear some Kalimba in there!!
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peacepiano said 2167 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
What a musical journey! Enjoyed every minute, your melodies and variety of instruments take me away.... Thanks.
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