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Reviews for "Adopt a Black Dog"

Adopt a Black Dog
by gurdonark
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Sat, Oct 4, 2008 @ 6:29 AM
permalink   Sat, Oct 4, 2008 @ 7:48 AM
Reminiscent of an orchestra preparing for the opening curtain.

Then you awaken to realize that the world is a stage, and you have the part of a relaxed, happy tourist in cargo shorts and flip flops.

Excitement, anticipation, and then the alarm clock sounds and you awaken to realize…
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:06 AM
I hadn’t thought of the orchestra thing, but you’re right—it is like that. I love it when I awake to realize….
MC Jack in the Box
permalink   Sat, Oct 4, 2008 @ 12:43 PM
i really like the way you transition the different sections to this arrangement. some tracks overlap, others drop out and come in, but the transitions are all very fluid and natural. you picked some really good source here to work with too. always love the PBO.
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:07 AM
This remix was easy because the sources were so good—a reminder to me that woods or brass and a melodic drone often work very well together. Thanks for the review!
permalink   Sat, Oct 4, 2008 @ 1:16 PM
This is amazingly good. Exceptional soundtrack material.
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:08 AM
Thanks, Teru. I hope it’s picked up for a viral video or two.
permalink   Sat, Oct 4, 2008 @ 1:46 PM
I once had adopted, handled, cared for for 3 lab mixes, nice mix and statement.
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:09 AM
Black labs are wonderful dogs!
So are goldens, for that matter, but black labs are a perfect illustraiton of why the big black dogs as fearsome creatures stereotype is so misplaced.

Your sample was fun to use here. Thanks!
Geert Veneklaas
permalink   Sat, Oct 4, 2008 @ 2:16 PM
Beautiful work my friend.. I just gave you a recommendation without having listened to your music, because I think that the things you stand for in this post deserve support in any way.

One year ago I bought two cats. I love cats and I like that my children grow up with animals, because I think they learn a lot from it. But I also think there are too much pets in my country. That’s why I went to someone who takes care of abandoned pets. The second thing I did was prevent my cats from having little cats. Not because I hate little cats, not because my cats wouldn’t deserve the joy of having offspring, but because I want other people also to adopt an abandoned pet. It’s the only way to solve this problem in a loving way.

After reading your story, your fantastic music gave me some time to think about it. It’s a beautiful collage of nice material. I really hope it will be adopted by film/video-makers, just to spread the word. Great work!
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:10 AM
I am glad you handled your cats in that way. I do not know about the Netherlands, but here the problem of finding homes for cats is even larger than that for dogs. I really hope that the economic crises help people focus on things that matter, like being kind to animals—and people.
permalink   Sat, Oct 4, 2008 @ 7:44 PM
I told my first wife that a dog is a man’s best friend.

“Fine” she said “I hope you and your friend will be very happy together.”

She left the next day!

The dog and I threw a party!!
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:11 AM
I like that dogs rarely give ultimatums, and their sarcasm is always too subtle to be detected.
ditto ditto
permalink   Sun, Oct 5, 2008 @ 3:02 AM
Generally, when some economic or political problems touch the USA, it’s coming in Europe some monthes later. Our gouvernments are, in this moment, thinking about those possible repercussions. But, for the moment, any words about the conditions of life of the black dogs. I hope that the one of my parents is going to pass through (..or “get through”..i don’t know how you say) this crisis. Fortunately, this dog is black and white..i think that it has a chance to survive. Waiting for, thanks for this musical thought…
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:12 AM
I love dogs that are black and white, both mixed breeds and dalmatians. Stark contrasts, and monochrome delights.

In the background of your Parissienne song on the calendarsongs record, I am sure there is a salt and pepper dog walking beside the man who is holding the baguette.
Budapest BluesBoy
permalink   Sun, Oct 5, 2008 @ 6:14 AM
New dimensions of ambient. One of the Gurdonark classics. Congrats.
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:13 AM
Thank you! I am always pleased to hear such kind words. I hope you are doing well.
Kaer Trouz
permalink   Mon, Oct 6, 2008 @ 12:42 PM
This is overwhelmingly beautiful. I too read that strange fact about black dogs- we are truly a nation of entrenched prejudices. I have always had pound dogs and often black- my current dog is brown and black.
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:23 AM
This particular entrenched prejudice serves as such a rich metaphor for so many entrenched things that are just as silly and just as wrong, and yet even more harmful.

I’ve really become convinced that animal adoption is the best way to go.
permalink   Mon, Oct 6, 2008 @ 6:29 PM
I knew there was something this reminded me of and it just occurred to me. It has certain qualities of Peter Gabriel’s “Passion,” the album born of the soundtrack to Martin Scorcese’s movie “The Last Temptation of Christ.” The tracks on that album blend together for me whenever I listen to it and I see it as one piece moving through a variety of sonic and emotional landscapes.

Your piece is imho a beautiful piece of music production. Each voice has a place and comes and goes off the stage as it’s dramatic job is done. I love the way you chose the various horns, etc and the way they blend together, but the sonic backgrounds are delicious :-).

I completely agree with everything you say in your notes. I live in home where we fight hard to value our resources in all aspects. Very little goes to waste here, even our vegetables are recycled into compost for the vegetable garden. It probably makes little difference to our Mother Earth with all she has to endure, but it makes us feel a little bit better and it means that it is easier for her to give us the food we love to grow. Really isn’t that all we can hope for, to make someone’s job a little easier, day a little brighter, or whatever? If everyone worked toward that one goal we’d be a much more civilized society.

Fantastic work G. Part two of my comment will be along soon ;-).
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Oct 8, 2008 @ 11:25 AM
I like that Peter Gabriel soundtrack very much, although I had not thought of it when I did this. I like, too, a lot of 60s films used modernist music as background even before the term “ambient music” was invented.

The source samples here were very easy to use—this one had an erector set simplicity of assembly, and was fun to put together.
permalink   Sat, Oct 18, 2008 @ 8:32 AM
This reminds me of the soundtrack to the sort of slightly detached reflectiveness one might have gazing out a city bus window, as myriad lives and events pass by. Very nice motivation/title behind it, and glad to be included.
permalink   Sat, Dec 26, 2009 @ 11:42 AM