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Return of the Sun
by essesq
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Mon, Dec 17, 2007 @ 8:52 PM
permalink   Mon, Dec 17, 2007 @ 9:51 PM
now that is funny! Just a day and a half ago crossed the wintery Rocky Mountains for a few days at the pacific coast. And what do I hear? Ocean waves and seagulls!

And now I have the perfect soundtrack for this trip!

Lovely work - left me longing for a 10 to 15 minute track!
permalink   essesq Mon, Dec 17, 2007 @ 9:59 PM
Well, you of all people should recognize those waves and seagulls :-).

Glad you liked it, but if you need 10-15 minutes there’s a little button on your playback device of choice that’ll keep this one going as long as you like.

I’m about to begin work on a very old remixing debt I must pay off.
permalink   Mon, Dec 17, 2007 @ 11:09 PM
If you look out of your window and you can see a river you may just make me out as I float by in my patched up inflatable dinghy!!

Now as I was criticised for not offering anything more constructive than try harder on your last mix I will endeavour to give you a few of my pearls (paste really) of wisdom.

Firstly the idea and feel you have created is great and the piano and seashore sounds blend really well but I find that your choice of sounds in places jar a little too much with the feel of the mix.

I think it may be more of a level and panning problem with some of them. Often with contrasting sounds it is better to place them hard left or right in the sound field so as to not take away from the central feel especially with this type of ambient music. But hey! thats what I think so it doesn’t make what you did right or wrong! It’s your choice.

I would also have given this a long fade in and a long fade out to emphasise the style and content as if you are just arriving at a place and then sadly you have to go.

Anyway just a few thoughts on what is a very relaxing piece and I like it!!

So back to the dinghy while it can still float and best wishes to you and your family. Hopefully Santa will bring you a nice addition to your music set up!!:)
permalink   essesq Tue, Dec 18, 2007 @ 3:21 AM
Thank you for your kind and good spirited comment RT. Careful with that dinghy of yours.

You know I really should put up the self critique first so as to save people the trouble. I know the levels could have been adjusted. They probably should have been altered over the life of each sound (eg using the very nice automation feature of my production software). I decided however that I wanted to put this up in time for the solstice (this weekend or so) and also that I had some bigger musical challenges (technically and so on) that I wanted to take on so I was going to put this out there for better or ill. I also did nothing whatsoever with the panning - but again by choice and design. So if you’re point is that I should know better, I do so not to worry.

Sadly Santa will pass me by like he does every year, but the Hanukah man said I can have a few late nights which is all my mixing set up needs at the moment. :-)
permalink   Tue, Dec 18, 2007 @ 8:11 AM
I really like the blend of my piece with the field recording you’ve added here. I also like when the piece breaks away from my piece and goes to unexpected places. I really appreciate your use of my piece in this remix. In terms of adding versions or substituting versions, it’s just a matter of hitting the buttons on the right and adding or substituting the new mp3 in.
permalink   essesq Tue, Dec 18, 2007 @ 7:49 PM
Thanks for the comment and the chance to mess around with your work. I’m glad you enjoyed what I did with it. I’m leaving it up as is for now while I get going on my next project, but I will clean it up and spice it up a bit soon.
permalink   gurdonark Tue, Dec 18, 2007 @ 8:12 PM
I’ve had some samples from “dark axe” I’ve been toying with for a couple of weeks, but thus far all my results sound like a gothic echo chamber gone wrong. It’s been fun, though, in a misplaced gothic-echo-chamber way, and some day soon a mix will result, after so many hit the cutting room floor.
permalink   Wed, Dec 19, 2007 @ 5:47 AM
Yay for sound-paintings!
As far as the side-by-side thing goes, you can replace this version with the new one, and have the original off to the side, or just add the new one off to the side- it all depends on what you’d like people to hear first.
… and don’t forget to get all the foil wrapper off the gelt before eating it ;)
permalink   essesq Wed, Dec 19, 2007 @ 1:53 PM
gelt foil is the least of my worries, hot wax from candles and sizzling oil from latkes are far more hazardous …
permalink   Mon, Dec 24, 2007 @ 4:22 AM
That_ great. So beautiful on sounds and the “calm” arrangement.

It has a great effect using the outdoor sounds and only a few instruments.

Subtile tune Ms. Essesq!

Merry Christmas!
permalink   essesq Mon, Dec 24, 2007 @ 2:14 PM
Thank you very much. I am remiss in not commenting on all of your fine work on this site (which I have listened to) but I will fix that later tonight when my family is asleep and I have some quiet time.

You are a very kind soul. Merry Christmas to you. No question as to which list of Santa’s you are on (unless there’s something I don’t know about ;-) ).
permalink   Wed, Dec 19, 2007 @ 5:35 AM
I enjoyed the trip with this one, and I liked the moments when it felt it might move off into another realm - nice mix of dark and light.
Happy Hanukah ;)
permalink   Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 2:55 PM
Well…I finally have made it over to your offerings…I listened to both and glad I did. This one is particularly compelling. Soundscapes are not all that easy to compose and even harder to captivate a listener…but this one has a certain magic…I have been so many times in life to a setting which echoes this mood and as a seafaring man I can really relate. Very beautiful…thanks.
permalink   Mon, Feb 16, 2009 @ 11:48 AM
what darkened room was I in when this arrived ?