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Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 9:44 AM

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permalink   Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 11:04 AM
It’s a very very very nice track!!!
ditto ditto
permalink   Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 12:12 PM
Back to Bach…Mixing of culture, mixing of age..
Perfect union..Success..
permalink   Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 1:33 PM
Now we just need McCartney coming in on harmony somewhere… gorgeous stuff.
permalink   oldDog Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 1:41 PM

we Brits are always ready to lend each other a hand - I’ll give him a ring
permalink   Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 2:09 PM
im into narva’s vocals anyway,but i like the classic approach youve taken here,you’ve woven quite a fine tapestry of sound old bean..ta ta!
permalink   Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 6:03 PM
I listened to this vox and thought” Oh No! that is toooooo.. treacaly, sickily sweet!!

But here we are with a real pro touch and it sounds OK!

Well done Sir!!

Now off to bed with a warm glass of milk!!
permalink   Thu, Apr 24, 2008 @ 9:01 PM
Lately I think of the importance of “saving” classical music. “Saving” is a misnomer, of course, because classical music is beyond any saving or damage I could do, being, like Tolkien’s elves, rather high above my likes or dislikes. Yet among the travesties which may be lain at the feet of the RIAA member companies, the insidious way that CD over-pricing in the classical market killed sales is a textbook example of everything wrong with the traditional recording industry.

I think that classical music, like my beloved ambient music, rewards patience, a love for sound in itself, and a kind of watchful introspection.

I don’t have elaborate theories for how we “save” classical music, but I am sure that one part is to stop seeing it as a museum piece “set apart” from other music. in fact, it’s so often the foundation of so much of our music.

I therefore was delighted to see you take an interesting cello varations line with this one—it’s always a pleasure to hear the fascinating things you can try—and pull off with aplomb, and this is no exception.
permalink   oldDog Fri, Apr 25, 2008 @ 2:09 AM
Thanks for that.

I agree with your idea that classical music is in some kind of danger - my take on it (and one that I’m trying to put into practice) is that it would be nice if people went back to playing it informally - no matter how inadequately - for fun, relaxation, inspiration… otherwise it becomes a mere consumer product.
“Chamber music” used to mean music played in your chamber, that is at home, rather than an intimidating concert hall with nobody coughing or clapping between movements!
permalink   gurdonark Fri, Apr 25, 2008 @ 3:18 AM
I’m with you all the way on the part about “playing it informally” and the underlying notion of breaking down the barriers.

On a different vein, have you ever played with the PD and CC MIDIs at I’ve done a remix or two here based on running a MIDI through a synth, and then altering the sounds. It’s a fun alternative way to get a classical melody into an electronic song!
permalink   Fri, Apr 25, 2008 @ 11:56 AM
Wonderful idea, well executed.

Long live classical music!
permalink   Fri, Apr 25, 2008 @ 12:06 PM
how lovely, very good idea and so very well done.
permalink   Fri, Apr 25, 2008 @ 7:26 PM
Geez I just love this.. period. I am a very old fashioned girl. Sorry I didn’t hear Narva’s pell on it’s own before, it is just beautiful.

I have been reading the editorializing about classical music, and I agree with everything. If they could only get rid of the damn stuffy people they have on the stations that play the classical stuff. Give the tunes “real” titles, not “opus 27” or something. Let people connect with this stuff, don’t put up barriers to it’s enjoyment.

I was laughing to myself a month or so ago because I went to a little performance of opera singers singing famous arias with an orchestra and I was thinking how many of the pieces I would not know were it not for Warner Brothers cartoons (e.g. Bugs Bunny and kin) having done cartoons based on them. I know of quite a few opera fans who truly love those parodies. It’s all about making the art your own and not being afraid to do it.

This mix is just gorgeous. One of my all time favorites from this site. Bravo OD, Bravo!!!!
permalink   oldDog Sat, Apr 26, 2008 @ 2:42 AM
Thanks very much essesq!

By the way, just checked out your His Mirror Sees mix and really enjoyed it.
permalink   Sat, Apr 26, 2008 @ 8:59 AM
Thank you so much. It is so fragile yet strong and oh so beautiful. The “Bach”-ing has made an otherwise saccharine and very repetitively looooong song (it is afterall a lullaby:-)) interesting, flowing and enjoyable until the very end. (FYI - when I sing this one live, I usually fall asleep around the middle….so I never really find out what happens to the poor girl :))

OD you’re simply awesome!


To add my bit to the “classical” conversation, we really should get rid of that sort of classification system. There should simply be old music, new music, rock, orchestral, music to be played by 8 people in living rooms, etc…actual descriptors. I’ve always felt that a lot of people miss out some great music (and books) because it’s labelled big “C” classical. They’re afraid that they’ll be considered a yahoo for not understanding what is Holy.

Bottom line… I like Bach because on occasion he can make me cry beautiful tears. Then again I feel the same way about the Ramones.
permalink   Sun, Apr 27, 2008 @ 10:35 AM
like a fairytale story made contemporary yet keeping the old and sweet sentiments. The classical references, very nice.
permalink   Sun, May 4, 2008 @ 8:48 AM
( I’m smiling) When i hear an Old Dog remix of a Narva9 pella i know it’s going to be perfect.
Another Job well done.
permalink   Thu, May 8, 2008 @ 10:03 AM
WoW this is amazing! The classical discussion is most stimulating also. On a more, erm, personal note, what are you doing to get such great string sounds?
permalink   oldDog Fri, May 9, 2008 @ 4:24 AM
Thanks very much!

The solo cello is from my new-ish Yamaha synth (S90 ES) which has some amazingly good sounds. The background strings that come in later are from the Jam Pack orchestral samples that come with Logic Pro. And of course I’ve tried to imitate a live cellist’s phrasing, playing it “live” on a keyboard and trying to think of what a cellist would be doing (I used to play the violin which helps a bit)