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  • Hi Saul,

    I appreciate this piece very much, it seems to relate to your emotions and I feel your creativity flow here. It is a unique and original piece with a lovely mix.

    When I saw the title I reacted, since I at the moment work with forest problems in my country. As a consequence of the climate crisis authorities allow to burn wood instead of fossil fuel. They incorrectly believe that forest fuel is climate neutral, it is decided by EU actually. So now our forests are being extinguished.

    I feel a lot of comfort in your piece and I am happy you engage in the forest.

    Best wishes,

    Kjell

  • Hi Kjell,

    Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed and appreciate this music.

    As for climate change. I don't subscribe any political or socioeconomic attributes within my music. The music is just the music without any other considerations. In general, the entire attempt by some (I'm not speaking about you, of course) to somehow awaken mankind to the dangers of global warming and climate change sounds to me disingenuous and hypocritical. Firstly because, there is a theological and philosophical disagreement between the roots of what are the root causes for the world to disintegrate. If you ask the theologian, he will say that man's immoral behavior in the interaction with other people is the root cause for the survivability of the entire world. He will point to the biblical story of the Great Flood and show that man's corrupt and unethical ways have caused the world to be washed away and be destroyed. Their judgement was not because they were polluting the environment by burning fuel and chopping off trees but rather it was to refrain from eating of a certain tree that is in the garden which is a metaphor for ethical behavior.

    Now every time a theologian entertains such a notion he is immediately attacked and ridiculed for trying to force his way of life onto others. The theologian's argument that we are all in the same boat, we share this world together and therefore your actions have an effect on me as well are totally ignored. This is why the climate change enthusiasts are not taken seriously by the theologians because they see the hypocrisy. The hypocrisy is that you don't take the universal message of ethical responsibility as dictated in the Bible for been the safeguard of human survival when the theologians suggest this to you, but you do except from the theologians to accept the universality of the climate change message. If only the climate change supporters would be opened minded enough about what the theologians are saying, I'm certain that the theologians will lend a more supportive ear to this cause.

    What is missing is communication. The climate change supporters claim that religion and faith in the Almighty is a private matter and should not be dictated to others. Morality and ethical behavior, so they claim is too varied and subjective to be implemented by the entirety of humanity. The theologian will answer, that there are some universal ethical norms that all of humanity must come together and agree upon and there is no need for a uniform religion for the entire world. These moral codes like for example the Ten Commandments should be the blueprint for normative and ethical human behavior at least.

    When the other side that rejects any sort of compromise and gathering around these most basic principals of human existence and conduct, the entire premise that they are truly working for the benefit and well being of the world get's eroded.

    As a result there is a major disengagement between the people just like the people of Babylon with the fall of the Tower of Babel where their languages got mixed up and they begun looking at each other as enemies instead of brothers. Thus there are two different languages that are spoken by two different groups of people. The language of secular humanism with the emphasis on climate change and progressivism, the other is the language of staying true and faithful to the roots of humanity, how we all became a people, how were we created, who created us, and what does He want from us?

    These two groups are singing totally different tunes. Each song, sounds to the other as an unintelligible gibberish. To bring down this great modern day wall of separation what is needed is a candid dialogue, tolerance of the other's point of view without resorting to extremities. No good can come from extremism, no matter how just is the cause, extremism is a sign of an unproductive element that burns down everything.

    Once people will gather around the table and begin really listening attentively to the other point of view, only then progress will take place. But until then, the forests will unfortunately continue to to burn down and the world will continue to disintegrate and this is the most potent reflection in a metaphorical sense, of the state of humanity today. We have the illusion of globalism and unity, but the people of the world regrettably are running at many different directions each holding the flag of salvation and the key for human progress and well being. While totally forgetting that the key itself is unity. And when the world is not united, it burns.

    Regards,

    Saul

  • A very pretty piece of music.

    Now about that "native american flute". Do you play that instrument? They come in many keys, but lets' say you have a G minor flute. Why do I say minor? Well, the NAF is not just diatonic, with many chromatic notes missing or at least very different in character, it's actually pentatonic. For instance if you have a flute in Gm, then the next note is Bb. The A and Ab simply don't exist. If you want to write something for NAF and have any pretense to realism you should check on what's possible. You're throwing in a bunch of trills on (I suspect) that NAF. Since the instrument is pentatonic, a minor second thrill is somewhere in between highly unidiomatic and impossible. Et cetera.

    My point being that an instrument is more than a sample set: it's an idiom dictated by a set of limitations.

    Other than that it's still very pretty music.

  • Victor, Thanks for your comments and glad you liked the music.

    No I don't play the Native American flute and have absolutely no knowledge about it. Do you play it?

    It is doubtful that the piece is playable the way it is. Currently I would say that this is an electronic piece of music.

    The original score was written with the mind of been played by a real orchestra but it sounded dull so I added other components to it, VST sounds and it became more difficult for the new version to be performed as a stand alone orchestral piece. 



    Victor Eijkhout said:

    A very pretty piece of music.

    Now about that "native american flute". Do you play that instrument? They come in many keys, but lets' say you have a G minor flute. Why do I say minor? Well, the NAF is not just diatonic, with many chromatic notes missing or at least very different in character, it's actually pentatonic. For instance if you have a flute in Gm, then the next note is Bb. The A and Ab simply don't exist. If you want to write something for NAF and have any pretense to realism you should check on what's possible. You're throwing in a bunch of trills on (I suspect) that NAF. Since the instrument is pentatonic, a minor second thrill is somewhere in between highly unidiomatic and impossible. Et cetera.

    My point being that an instrument is more than a sample set: it's an idiom dictated by a set of limitations.

    Other than that it's still very pretty music.

    The Enchanted Forest
    This is a remake of a very early piece titled The Enchanted Forest Flutes, Harp, Strings, Guitar, Native American Flute... Regards, Saul
  • Yes, I do play it.....

    https://oakensong.bandcamp.com/album/flutecore

    V.

    Saul Gefen said:

    No I don't play the Native American flute and have absolutely no knowledge about it. Do you play it?

  • that's cool!

  • Very pretty and atmospheric, Saul. Sometimes it is worthwhile to return to early works and remake them. Thanks for sharing.

  • That's true Thanks!

    Liz Atems said:

    Very pretty and atmospheric, Saul. Sometimes it is worthwhile to return to early works and remake them. Thanks for sharing.

    The Enchanted Forest
    This is a remake of a very early piece titled The Enchanted Forest Flutes, Harp, Strings, Guitar, Native American Flute... Regards, Saul
  • Dear Saul, What an "enchanting" and beautiful piece of music! I am carried away into a better world... Thank you!
  • Thank You Gerd!

    Gerd Prengel said:

    Dear Saul, What an "enchanting" and beautiful piece of music! I am carried away into a better world... Thank you!
    The Enchanted Forest
    This is a remake of a very early piece titled The Enchanted Forest Flutes, Harp, Strings, Guitar, Native American Flute... Regards, Saul
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