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Jose Of Arabia

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This is my entry for RAC7.

This song is mostly Based on the F Harmonic Minor scale,with Lydian mode. For the most part,the introduction is riddled with tempo alterations,mainly to give the feeling like how real Middle Eastern music would start-A long solo introduction in rubato.

I really researched by listening to alot of Israelian and Yiddish music,and reading up scores from these pieces where I could find them. Also,I did look back at my prior attempts at scoring/writing a desert feel,and I did find a notable artist that does alot of Middle Eastern Music(although he does Jazz;Avishai Cohen)The feeling I was trying to get here is entering the holy city of Jerusalem and one man's journey through it,hence the title name(the name was Samulis' Idea) And essentially one montage of a day in Jerusalem,Israel.

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Wow man... beautiful.. Represents Israel in everyway! 4/5

This is excellent. Chances are this will ace the top 5 on RAC. I always have trouble with composing Lydian scale music. The percussion and strings ensembles are probably the most outstanding arrangements in this piece. A masterpiece, I say.

Well done.

I know what you were trying to get at with the description *hug* <3 Admittedly, one based on the Passion would be dramatic, mind-blowing and at the same time Middle Eastern.

Still, with the inspiration you got -- a day in Jerusalem -- I do applaud the mood you captured in the piece. I'm not sure how upbeat the city would be when it's bustling (that it would call for a change of tempo in one section, I would imagine). But there are also the reverent times of the city, and also the times where you'd want to capture the general picture that Jerusalem is huge. You've done that towards the end, and it's beautiful.

Strings towards 2:42 are a bit abrupt.... otherwise, I quite liked it.

One thing you may want to try get inspiration from is Sting's and Cheb Mami's collaboration (Desert Rose). Though it isn't traditional per se, you'd get an idea of the inflexions and dynamics of Middle Eastern music, and you can apply this to an Israeli/Palestinian setting.

Good job on your song -- do knock out the kinks in due time. All the best with the RAC! Blessings xx

The scales you used instantly take us to the Middle Eastern side of the globe and i think you did an amazing job at representing the country you chose. It may not be as "enjoyable" as the top songs in the RAC7 since you were limited by the country but its very good indeed.
Good luck with the RAC7.

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Aug 25, 2012
4:36 PM EDT
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2.8 MB
3 min 7 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.