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I was having a little fun with the talented singer-songwriter Jef Leeson's cowboy song "Western Stranger" for the upcoming movie Western Space Odyssey (directed by our own Mr_Mordenus of MJ City fame no less). When I heard Jef's demo I thought of a slower version with the opening credits to a Bond movie/John Barry kind of feel. I can't explain why it struck me this way since most people upon hearing Jef's song would not imagine my off-the-wall association. Anyway, it was interesting for me to exercise some of my orchestral samples to try to capture the feel of those early 60s films. I have to say that the 8Dio Flugelhorn from their Century Brass free try pack is outstanding to my ears (it plays the main melody).

BTW, you can check out Jef's music on Soundcloud, or on iTunes and other purveyors of fine music. Alas, his version of Western Stranger is under wraps until the movie comes out.
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Comments: 45
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Uploaded: Jan 31, 2018 - 11:11:54 PM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2018 - 11:11:54 PM Last Played: Aug 26, 2018 - 09:18:22 AM
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DWL said 232 days ago (February 1st, 2018)
The samples are incredible
but it's the writing which stands out.

Yes, you've really captured that John Barry sound.

Little bits of Bond poke out now and again.

Brilliantly done. I look forward to hearing the song it was based on.

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 232 days ago (February 1st, 2018)
JB Sound
Cheers Dick. That's very kind of you to say.

As for hearing the original western version that may have to wait a couple of years for the movie release.

Thanks again mate!
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Skean said 232 days ago (February 1st, 2018)
My dear friend
This is outstanding, you have done some incredible work here, I just love it.
Thanks for the download and take care, Kenta.
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Doug Somers said 232 days ago (February 1st, 2018)
Kent
Hej! Thanks my friend, it's always nice to hear from you. Glad you liked it enough to download. Take care.
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paul f. page said 232 days ago (February 1st, 2018)
Flugelhorn...
...is outstanding. The rest of your orchestra is also stellar, as is the general arrangement a la James Bond. Your various "toys" are put to good use here. The mix is solid and tasteful, and your selection of orchestral instruments absolutely pro. A pleasure to hear this today. (Too bad it is so short!)
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Doug Somers said 232 days ago (February 1st, 2018)
Short
Firstly, thanks for your supportive words Paul. It has been fun to continue to learn about not just the various packages that are available these days but also elements of orchestration as well. This piece was done very tongue in cheek and was first done as a demo just to amuse Jef Leeson who wrote the original song. For that reason I didn't make it any longer in bars than his composition. But then, as I listened to it more, I decided to polish up the piece so that it was at least a better mockup and used more elements to keep the momentum going during held notes. I considered writing a bridge but thought I had too many other more 'serious' projects to work on so this will be it for now. Thanks again for all the kind words Paul!
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Reinholt56 said 232 days ago (February 2nd, 2018)
Hi Doug...
This is a great snippit and I can't wait for the next installment...
Take care.
Paul
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Doug Somers said 230 days ago (February 3rd, 2018)
Snippet
Thanks very much Paul. I don't know if this snippet will grow but if there's cause to do it (say for possible use in either the movie Western Space Odyssey, or its soundtrack album) I may post the longer version here. It's a far cry from Space Ambient, no? Cheers Paul.
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bud said 232 days ago (February 2nd, 2018)
this simply
couldn't be better. i love how you worked the Bond theme into the ending.
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Doug Somers said 230 days ago (February 3rd, 2018)
Theme
Many thanks Bud! Glad this suited your tastes. I imagine you could do the same with any artist and ask 'if I wanted this tune to sound like, say, Pink Floyd, what are the elements I'd weave into the piece to give the listener the cues for that Floyd vibe. Now in my case the ending chromatic line is quoted straight from John Barry, as is the wah-trombone line. But when I thought of Bond I heard loud brassy trumpets, trombones, and a slow ballad with a 60s orchestration would give the right effect. I could imagine the silhouettes of swimmers crossing the screen. Anyway, a fun exercise for me.
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Philip18 said 231 days ago (February 3rd, 2018)
Western Stranger
That's great, Doug. Love the rich sounds, the nod to the Bond movies and the melodic lines. Excellent! Downloaded for continual enjoyment.
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Doug Somers said 230 days ago (February 3rd, 2018)
Melodic lines
Hey Philip, nice to hear from you! I appreciate your kind words and am chuffed that you took a download. It's interesting how iconic those melodic lines are. There are others from Bond I could have used too (like the theme normally played on the electric guitar) but my intent wasn't to rewrite Thunderball. Thanks for leaving your thoughts.
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mr_mordenus said 230 days ago (February 3rd, 2018)
Chills
How many times have I heard this? I'm afraid I've lost count, but I just can't stop. It just soars. You have such a sense of weaving so many layers of so many little things into something that sounds so cohesive and elegant , it still sounds fresh and new after the 73rd playing.

And that vocal touch at 49 seconds? That simply gave me chills. You know EXACTLY what tiny, subtle whisper will just paint washes of sonic colour across the screen.

And I'm trying VERY hard not to think about visualizing this. And I'm failing. After all, there were Pinkerton Agents in the old west, and nobody knows what happened to Arbutus Longdog, and ARRRGHHH! I'M DOING IT AGAIN! STOP BEING SUCH A MUSICAL GENIUS!!!!!!!

It ain't easy hanging with you musical geniuses.
Doug Somers said 229 days ago (February 4th, 2018)
Mr_M
Rik, thanks for the most enthusiastic commentary. You know it's a blast to be collaborating with you on the WSO movie and that goes for the rest of your creative team too. Funnily enough, your comment about the vocal at 49 sec. as a painting metaphor I get totally as I used to do oil painting. Adding a dab or a highlight colour on a leaf can breathe life into it. I think the same applies with ornaments in music.

OK, as one of your movie collaborators I have to say again, as tempting as you say it is in coming up with visuals for this please try to set it aside. You have done a ton of great work already on WSO and yet you have a fair piece to go to complete the movie. I promise to try to not write anything else related to the movie that is not already in the animation.

Thanks again man! Onward to the stars....and the completion of the Western Space Odyssey.
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mr_mordenus said 230 days ago (February 3rd, 2018)
...And...
... you're Number 1 on the MJ Hit Parade! Congratulations; this is the second time you and Jef have hit No.1 with a collab (first time was 'NMO 16' a while back. I've never hit 'No 1' before, so what's it like? Limousines and pecan pie? Private jets and butter tarts? I will try to not let the jealousy show. Too much.

Butter tarts. You lucky guy.
Doug Somers said 229 days ago (February 4th, 2018)
MJ Hit Parade
Top of the charts? It's more like going around in a tricycle with a granola bar. But who's complaining??

I know that when you were active posting music here there was a much higher output of new music every week so LOTS more competition.
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Les_Kloo said 230 days ago (February 4th, 2018)
Western Stranger
Outstanding. I like your idea in one of the comments to weave elements of a well known band or well known style into an orthogonal composition, like this one. Takes a real musician to pull that off. Muchos kudos.
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Doug Somers said 229 days ago (February 4th, 2018)
Element weaving
Hey LK, great to hear from you. I was pleased to find you were still creating prog and was digging your Smoke and Dew collab with Andy last week. Thanks so much for your comments about weaving and orthogonal compositions (is that in 3 space or 4 space?). Anyway, it is almost an exercise in itself to try to write one of these homage pieces and have it not be a complete quoted rip-off. Glad that you liked it, and thanks again.
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bronco said 229 days ago (February 4th, 2018)
Nice
You did catch that Western feel. There really is something about that style musid and the wide open spaces of the West.
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Doug Somers said 229 days ago (February 4th, 2018)
Thanks Tom
Glad you liked the feel of the piece. There will be many more wide open spaces when the soundtrack to the WSO movie comes out. Thanks for your kind words!
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KCsGROOVE said 229 days ago (February 5th, 2018)
western stranger
Could be the opening tune for a Bond movie indeed
cool choice of instruments
very much enjoyed!
KC
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Doug Somers said 228 days ago (February 5th, 2018)
Opening tune
Kind of fun to do something in a style without it being a cover. Thanks for your checking it out and leaving your thoughts. Glad you liked it!
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Bowman said 228 days ago (February 5th, 2018)
Short but very sweet.
I have a soft spot for John Barry’s music and style. You’ve really melded into his musical soul with this. The deliberate pacing, the orchestration, the melodic line - all wonderfully merged into a real treat for a classic film score lover’s ears.
Well done Doug and thank you for the download my friend.
Cheers,
Charlie

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Doug Somers said 228 days ago (February 5th, 2018)
musical soul
Being a guy who writes to film I knew you'd resonate with this one. The basic melodic line I can't lay any claim to other than my interpretation of how it would be played on a horn with a little improvisation. As always you're most generous in sharing your observations my friend. It's nice to have this resonate with you Charlie. And thanks for letting me know about the download.
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VicDiesel said 228 days ago (February 5th, 2018)
Film
This sounds really great. The samples are quite authentic, but your arrangement is also very good.

Eh, the bass guitar dominates too much. In a big orchestral arrangement I don't expect to hear the full spectrum out of a bass string.
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Doug Somers said 228 days ago (February 5th, 2018)
full spectrum and mixing
Hey Vic, thanks for your feedback on this piece. I'm always interested in ways to improve my craft and so your thoughts on the bass guitar are welcome. I can agree about the bass being too up in the mix now that you point it out. From a spectrum perspective, I was going for that richer kind of bass sound that had higher harmonics, kind of like I recall from James Last way way back. That said, there is probably a way to EQ it which would improve it as you point out while still keeping some of the upper parials. Any suggestion as to how you would do it?

Thanks again man!
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VicDiesel said 226 days ago (February 8th, 2018)
James Last
Ok, if that's what you're aiming for it's spot on. But for a film orchestra?

I posted this a while ago. spy lounge music Gives me the chills every time.... Anyway, that's kinda my reference for a film sound: extremely broad, but not very deep.
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rok41 said 228 days ago (February 6th, 2018)
Western Stranger
This is great! The whole vibe is rewarding.
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Doug Somers said 227 days ago (February 6th, 2018)
vibe
Thanks Chris. I appreciate your having a listen! The vibe is something I'm more trying to recreate rather than being an invention but I'm pleased you think it works. Thanks!
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MikeRobinson said 228 days ago (February 6th, 2018)
I guess I'm looking for more bass-counterpoint
Especially in the opening fanfare, but then throughout the piece, I guess that I was hoping to hear more contrapuntal action happening in the bass ... or, somewhere.   In the arrangement as now conceived, everybody is on exactly the same page.   All of the various parts are “hitting” at exactly the same time.   And there is, to my ears at least, generally an absence of a strong bass part throughout.   I would like to hear more counterpoint.
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Doug Somers said 227 days ago (February 6th, 2018)
Counterpoint
Hey Mike, thanks for the comments. I know what you mean about counterpoint in the intro as I thought that something needed to be happening to keep some momentum during the long held notes in the upper melody. In crafting it I had added some horns and the tuba playing figures against the melody, and later in the piece some appearances of vibraphone and vocals but maybe that could be improved rhythmically. I'll have a think about it.

Appreciate the feedback.
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Henke said 227 days ago (February 6th, 2018)
Great stuff
As expected coming from you. And it sure has that Bond feeling, but I also heard some Morricone, especially in the intro. The Flugelhorn really sounds great!

Thanks and take care,
Henke
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Doug Somers said 227 days ago (February 6th, 2018)
Hey Henrik
Nice to see you're also still hanging around here. Thanks for the kind words my friend. And I'm getting a few people hearing Morricone both here and in other places I've posted. Take care.
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Calchas said 227 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
Hot Damn!
At first I felt like I walked into the beginning of a n old James Bond flick! Then it became kind of an avante garde western theme.

Simply excellent in every way my friend!
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Doug Somers said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
avant garde western
Hehe that's an interesting way to look at it. Thanks Michael for your supportive words. And it's great to see you producing your music again. Be well!
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Warren Smith said 227 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
Getting carried away
Big and bold! Sometimes you just have to let yourself get swept up in a vision and let it carry you away .. so you can go to strange and exotic places like this. What's the point of having toys if you don't play with them?
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Doug Somers said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
swept up in a vision
Hey Warren, nice to hear that you've had a listen and got swept into some exotic corner of your mind. Yes, the toys are great to have for producing tunes like this. And like the toy industry, the new ones seem even better than those of last year which makes for new purchase pressures. That's the way of things. Glad you liked it. Take care.
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Parichayaka said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
Brilliant
That was so much fun to listen to!
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Doug Somers said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
fun
If this gave you a short interlude fro the demands of the day then (as they say in the old Westerns) my work here is done. Thanks for the comments Pari. Be good!
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tonestones said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
Beautifully rendered
I agree with your comment about the Flugelhorn. Beautiful. Your production work is outstanding. Everything from the sample selection to reverb choice is excellent. Very impressive.
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Doug Somers said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
Thanks Steve
Glad to hear from you in such a warm and supportive way. Thanks for all the kind comments. I used to play trumpet so having the 8Dio Flugelhorn behave in a pretty realistic way was a treat (it does take some performance tweaking but then so does playing the real thing). I just came from your Stairway interpretation and was freaking blown away. Thanks for leaving your thoughts. Take care.
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PeterB7858 said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
Western Stranger
Uber-impressive, Doug. Sweeping, soaring and serene, all in 1:48. Lovely, lovely work. The sprit of Bond is alive and well. Are you auditioning as the new Bond? :-) Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 226 days ago (February 7th, 2018)
1:48
Compact for sure. I would have taken it longer but really it was meant to be a bit of a joke which got a little out of hand. As for auditioning for the new Bond I'd have to say no. They thought I looked a little too much like a musician for the part.

Thanks so much for the commentary Peter. Cheers from the Great White North!
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Narad said 196 days ago (March 9th, 2018)
Western Stranger
Magistral stuff !
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Monkaton said 28 days ago (August 24th, 2018)
007 in Chaps
Great sounding piece with a lovely use of the Flugelhorn. Very nicely done.
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