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Ancient Voices - Ambient Piano & Strings

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Get the Entropy album on Bandcamp - https://grandvision.bandcamp.com/album/entropy

As you might notice, this is not exactly a new track, it's "Deprature" but with much edited piano melody, well mostly some notes removed and added in place here and there. An additional instrument was added called an "Erhu", which is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, basically a Chinese Violin. Vocals were provided by Cait McWhir. She has an incredible versatility allowing her to freely cross between conventional folklore to ancient Sanskrit chants, Vedic mantras to free improvisation in self made languages.

I've been working on this track for 3 days straight, 5-9 hours a day, and I've completely lost my mind over it. I have no idea what genre it is now, or what mood it is supposed to have. You know when you've spent listening to the same composition over and over again that you eventually cannot see what is wrong with it, it gets worse and worse. So I am going to finally leave this composition as it is, and let other people decide what this track truly is.

One thing I'd apreciate people telling me, is there too much of a pause between vocal parts? Should there be more, or less?

I guess I've got to thank @samulis for being an inspiration for this track, his theoretical knowledge and crave for authentic and diverse orchestration has moved me in more ways than one. Also a thank you to @Anarkat for knowing to never give up with your passions and just make what you "feel" is right. @Step for being a generally nice guy, offering me advice over the years about various musical subjects and @etherealwinds for inspiring me to create a vocal composition, maybe someday we can collaborate together on a track.


Piano & Strings 3 from Collosus
Low Whistle from East West RA (Played in various styles, vibrato, sustain, staccato, expressive)
Various Percussive Elements from Percusive Adventures.
Koto (Played in a tremolo style)
Erhu from East West Ra
FX (Soundtrack) from Collosus
Forgotten Voices - Cait McWhir
My music is also released on:
Original composition by Grandvision
Composed in FL Studio 10 Producer Edition
Released by Grandvision Studio under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ )


Great work! Now we just got to get you playing all those instruments. ;D

So nice to just sit back and let a track wash over oneself. Don't be afraid to let things groove when they want to groove, to shape the work along ups and downs as it breathes. I feel highs and lows in pitch, but I feel like there could be more sense of dynamic and rhythmic contrast. Sometimes I start creating a piece and I think one part will be the climax, and it turns out it is actually a different part that really is the climax.

Never stop exploring, dude!

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Grandvision responds:

Haha thanks. Yeah I want to learn how to play the piano much better than I'm currently am. I wanted to let the track develope and have something to hang onto, like a middle section but that would have required me to completely redo the piano and strings section which the whole feel and mood of the track rested upon, perhaphs in future work I won't be so stuck on. I mostly used black keys when recording the piano section live on my keyboard as I am not very good at comping up and mixing white and black keys on the go.

This is beautiful... a real pleasure to hear! Cait's voice is so pure and stunning too. This track has a lovely ambience about it and it's easy to hear the amount of time and effort you've spent on paying attention to every little detail. Thanks for this!

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Grandvision responds:

Aww no thank you for inspiring me to get back into music, I am glad I reached out to you and listened to your latest compositions a while back, it really did made me realise something, that music is just that, music no matter how small or large, different or varied it is. Maybe we'll be able to collab at some point although I'd have to learn a couple of chords first, it isn't as easy molding orchestra with a unique voice such as yours, got to be harmonized.

But yes, Cait has a beautiful voice and it took me quite a while to find the right phrases that would sound in harmony with the melodies being played, including finding the right mix of instruments.

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May 14, 2016
8:39 PM EDT
File Info
9.6 MB
7 min 1 sec
4.65 / 5.00

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