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#1096037 - 11/22/15 09:45 PM No Enemy But Time (instrumental)  
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Hi all,


Here's an instrumental with a sci-fi action/adventure vibe that I wrote for "the libraries" and also submitted to the Canadian series "Continuum" and a few others a couple years back. This is me composing in the style I am most comfortable--a mixture of minimalism and jazz. Kind of Steve Reich meets Miles Davis. I hope you enjoy!!


Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

-The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon)
from the song "Songs of Love"
from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1096046 - 11/22/15 10:10 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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That nice driving background, overlayed with the horns, a very interesting idea for "sci-fi". I've listened a few times to sort of play out a scene with it and I find that it allows lots of option for a story setting. I really like the ending, how it drops down and sustains, such an effective calm after that continuous action feeling....Very nice production and idea!



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#1096069 - 11/23/15 07:18 AM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: TamsNumber4]  
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Hi Mike,

Such a creative blend of beauty.



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#1096078 - 11/23/15 12:31 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Mike, this is cool! I like the "Miles" influence and the rhythm puts driving through an urban setting in my mind. It doesn't feel particularly sci-fi to me, but adventure definitely enters into the picture. Production is well done as well. Nice!


#1096092 - 11/23/15 03:20 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: Ricki E. Bellos]  
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Matador Mayhem!Edge of my seat music,Mike likes it!Mike

#1096096 - 11/23/15 05:26 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Cool Mike! Sounds good at low and high volume levels. Sounds very useable.

Best, John smile

#1096170 - 11/25/15 12:39 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: John Lawrence Schick]  
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Another Zaneski Masterpiece with all the elements the studios need for the movies of this (or past) times. Action, rhythm, mood, promise and perfection. Yessir... I could hear a little Miles Davis meets Steve Reich in this... but it will certainly be "gobbled up quickly" by the folks in film. Best of luck and thanks for sharing your talent with us. ----Dave

#1096174 - 11/25/15 01:25 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: Dave Rice (D)]  
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Hi Mike.

Very cool piece. I can hear this with the right cinema scenario for sure!


#1096299 - 11/28/15 05:35 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Tammy, Calvin, Ricki, Michael, John, and Eddie,

Thanks for listening, friends, and it makes me very happy to know you enjoyed it. smile

Tammy, thanks. Yes the ending was important for it to feel like a piece. I wanted some repose at the end, and basically used a wet convolution reverb with the original signal turned off to create that blurred music effect of a suspended chord resolving like that.

Calvin, thank you! I am a self confessed beauty junkie, and when I create something that a peer whom I respect finds beautiful, I feel like I've succeeded.

Ricki, for some reason sometimes orchestral music can feel sci-fi-ish to me--and I mean in a style other other than the Epic Western style that John Williams launched into space with Star Wars. I think it's when the orchestral instruments are used in a more post-minimal way, as in lots of repetition, simplified scales, and a bit of stiffness to the music, so that it's actually a little synthy sounding in terms of the way the rhythm is so tight, like Electonica. Oh, and thanks!!

Thanks Michael, there is that Flamenco pattern going on in the music! That might make a great version--adding a Flamenco dancer and maybe a Flamenco guitar. I actually never thought about the inherent Spanish-ness in the chord progression, but you got it. smile

Thanks, John. I used to use near field speakers to monitor, now it's just pro headphones, though I do playback at different volumes during the mixing stage, I still feel pretty lucky when something of mine sounds mixed really well, cuz I really don't focus on anything at the mixing stage, other than trying to get a balanced sound.

Dave, thanks for slyly slipping in a Thanksgiving "gobble" and I appreciate all your support!

Thanks Eddie, still shopping it, but I'm no quitter. smile

Thanks again, all..


Last edited by Michael Zaneski; 11/29/15 07:13 PM.

Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

-The Divine Comedy (Neil Hannon)
from the song "Songs of Love"
from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1096333 - 11/29/15 06:07 PM Re: No Enemy But Time (instrumental) [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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This is a beaut, Mike. I can hear this in a sci-fi movie. Like Ricki said though, it feels urban and could be used in other genres as well. Best of luck with it!


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