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SoundEagle in SoundCloud ðŸŽ§


A short wait may be required as SoundCloud loads the graphics and waveforms of SoundEagle‘s compositions.

SoundEagle in Art, Music, Nature, Culture and Spirituality
Music is a many-splendoured thing — for it can encompass a plethora of forms and ‘species’ ranging from the popular to the esoteric, the mainstream to the fringe, the ordinary to the avant-garde, the entertaining to the educational, the traditional to the technological, the eminently danceable to the ethereally relaxing, and the spiritually imbued to the environmentally conscious. There are genres for different moods, occasions or purposes, and those from different cultures and regions.In addition, music is often associated or coupled with the important aspects and expressive mediums of human speech, including radio programmes, interviews, letters, dramas, poems, voice pieces, storytelling and news reading. Being an audible medium, music is also particularly relevant to people and artists who are visually impaired or orally/aurally acute.

Music is a fluid affair and multidimensional pursuit — for it crosses boundaries, appealing or wedded to other art forms and popular media, (re)shaped by socio-economic and technological forces, and culturally elevated by their normative values, symbolic statuses, and formal or formulaic (re)presentations across social spheres.

As the titles of SoundEagle‘s original compositions suggest, the various musical pieces purvey restorative elements or expressions of health, spirituality, transpersonal psychology, global consciousness, holism, mysticism, enlightenment, futurism, new age movement, transcendental philosophy, environmental ethics, creative conservation, biocultural heritage, bioacoustic communication and music therapy. These could be interpreted or intended as encapsulating the natural, timeless, peaceful, meditative, relaxing, uplifting, inspirational, reflective or spiritual. They contain both the possibility and desirability of strengthening the relations of tradition and modernity, past and future, nature and culture, humans and animals, spirit and matter, mind and body, with the beneficial roles of holistic therapies, rituals and practices, with the exposures to revealing sights, sounds and stories of special places, and with the engaging applications of art, dance, music, vocalisation, audio-visual media and ceremonial installations to promote individual wellbeing and to preserve environmental integrity, as well as to bridge the acoustic and the electronic domains in all their diversity.

Whilst there are plenty of dramatic moments, certain parts of these compositions are soft, unobtrusive, beautiful, contemplative, evocative, pacifying and ‘easy listening’ — qualities that lend themselves well to restorative purposes, acting as psychic catharses, mental tranquillisers or stress relievers. They signify the contemporary age of musical pharmaceutics and prescriptive soundwave, of aural naturopathy and sound therapy, of gentle destressor and mood enhancer aimed at being at their most cathartic, reverberant and soothing. These features could also accentuate or bolster the fine attention to the cultivation and maintenance of good health, (inner) strength as well as (aesthetic) form and (organic) beauty.

The collective phenomena of genres that are distinctively tailored to the (built or natural) environment, spirituality, wellbeing, health and relaxation, clearly signal people’s awareness of, and willingness to embrace, a holistic and reflexive approach to art, music and health, in aiming to achieve a balance of the physical, social, emotional, psychological, spiritual and environmental dimensions of living. Ultimately, the healing power of these musical genres attempts to bring forth the re-enchantment of the world of sound, the re-integrating of life energy, the regeneration of emotional wellbeing, and the facilitation of spiritual growth. As a whole, SoundEagle‘s art, music and philosophical ethos, as encompassed by these chosen compositions and their subject matters, represent a set of expressive endeavours or inventive conduits with which to explore synergistic potentials for achieving holistic human development, reconnecting constructive attitudes with artistic practices, and re-experiencing music as a path of knowledge, a way of healing, and a flux of creativity.

SoundEagle has teamed with SoundCloud to share with you these musical compositions, chosen for their broad appeal, lyricism and easy-listening quality. Waiting may be required as SoundCloud prepares and loads the graphics and waveforms.

  1. Where The Eagles Fly

  2. Country River
  3. I’ll Always Be With You
  4. I’ll Always Be With You (finale)

  5. Journey Of Life

  6. Lost In Love

  7. New Sensations
  8. Take A Stroll
  9. The Sunset Lingers On

  10. Till Eternity
  11. Trance
  12. Vintage Dreaming

The music is also available for listening in the widget entitled SoundEagle’s Original Music within the sidebar content area. All pieces of music were composed, orchestrated and recorded by SoundEagle. Here on soundeagle.wordpress.com, each composition has been shortened into one or two excerpts for demo listening within the sidebar content area at the right, so that the music can be played at the listener’s discretion anywhere on soundeagle.wordpress.com at any time and in any order. In other words, both the music and voting are available at all times on the website.

SoundEagle would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and rewarding experience in listening to the music, voting for the pieces, viewing the overall polling results, and giving feedback about the music, essay or anything of interest. Please use the widget entitled SoundEagle’s Original Music Poll to vote for the musical pieces.

Since some of the 12 pieces have not just one but two demos, there are 17 excerpts in total. It is highly recommended that voting should be done (by clicking the round vote button) after listening to all or as many pieces as possible, because voting can be done once only (unless the restriction is circumvented by cleverness).

For those who enjoy playing a musical quiz, the piece entitled Country River contains two well-known traditional tunes for you to guess and leave your answers as comments below. By “Country”, SoundEagle meant to refer to it in more than one sense of the word. One or more of its meanings can be understood by any person who correctly takes the musical quiz contained or concealed in Country River.

SoundEagle in Playing Music on Keyboard

Regardless of the degree of consensus and variation in people’s taste, musicality and preference, there could be other approaches to or unusual interpretations of SoundEagle‘s art and music, which may spawn surprising ideas or elicit unexpected responses. As always, the inherently subjective nature of music is to be expected, to the extent that another person may find the music of SoundEagle to be expressing or symbolising whatever or however the person would wish to imagine or interpret.

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May you also find the time and interest to frequent the following musical platforms.
Please click on the images below to visit the corresponding websites.

SoundEagle on BandPageSoundEagle on BandPage

SoundEagle’s New Sensations on BandPage and FacebookSoundEagle's New Sensations on BandPage and Facebook

SoundEagle’s New Sensations on BehanceSoundEagle's New Sensations on Behance

SoundEagle on MixcloudSoundEagle on Mixcloud

SoundEagle on MySpaceSoundEagle on MySpace

SoundEagle on SoundClickSoundEagle on SoundClick

SoundEagle on SoundCloudSoundEagle on SoundCloud

Retrospectively submitted as a response to Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music

7 comments on “SoundEagle in SoundCloud ðŸŽ§

  1. Gosh, thanks for explaining your choice of musical style on this blog, SoundEagle. It is admirable on your part, and also comforting to know that a composer has such thoughtful and even therapeutic considerations in mind for his/her listeners. You have considered people’s physical, spirituality and mental health in your work.

    As usual I have lots of questions about this music, but I won’t post them all at once..
    a) Why is “I’ll always be with you” the same as “Lost in Love”?
    b) When you have time, could you write about the waveform that you have included?

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    • “I’ll always be with you” and “Lost in Love” are only partially the same, as they share only the first theme.

      Each amplitude waveform shows the volume profile of a composition. Basically, it is a graph plotting audio amplitude (on the vertical axis) against time (on the horizontal axis).

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  2. I’d also like to say that to me “The Sunset Lingers On” and “Trance” are very beautiful.

    Funny, I asked a young friend from China what she thought of your pieces, and I was surprised when she said that she found these two: “eerie” and “scary” rather than relaxing. [On the contrary, I find them to be atmospheric, pacifying, even conducive to subliminal/metaphysical contemplation (or perhaps I should say that they simply put the listener in a frame of mind to engage in such contemplation, they ‘set the scene’ so to speak.. ].

    So I conclude that listeners’ perceptions depend on our cultural backgrounds, education, expectations, previous experience, the associations that have been created in our mind with sounds etc. so that it is hard to pinpoint/predict the effect of sound/music/noise on people. What is sublime and relaxing to one be may seem threatening or unsettling for another person…

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    • Hi SeaTurtle! First of all, SoundEagle is delighted that you are the first to comment substantially on the compositions. Perhaps your musical background and training have permitted or afforded you the tools to audition the music, and also to observe and compare the reactions of listeners.

      To those who lack certain degree of sonic acumen, their appreciation and comprehension of pieces such as “The Sunset Lingers On” and “Trance” will be compromised, strained or baffled. These two pieces are unusual, if not esoteric, in the sense that they, out of the twelve pieces, deviate the furthest from the more familiar styles of the ‘easy listening’ and popular genres in the mainstream. Both of them are also more piquant and challenging harmonically. In particular, “Trance” contains an extended chordal progression consisting of septachords or seven-note chords, as opposed to three-note or four-note chords used in most music accessible to and expected by the general listener. To some folks, the upper partials or extra harmonic notes can sound dissonant, strange, foreign or incomprehensible, even trance-like, and thus can affect their emotions and feelings correspondingly.

      “The Sunset Lingers On”, as the title suggests, is slow and lingering without a clear sense of rhythm or pulse to guide the listener, who is left with shifting colours of sounds and suspensions (or elongations) of tones, as well as the melodic sinuosity and subtle (ex)changes in instrumentation. Certain small sections of “The Sunset Lingers On” also contain bitonality, being in two different keys.

      In other words, a (much) higher level of tonal experience and musical vocabulary is required to comprehend certain compositions, insofar as tonal unfamiliarity (or fear of the unknown) can result in the two pieces being interpreted as “eerie” and “scary” rather than relaxing, contemplative, hopeful, reflective, soul-searching or profound, apart from the fact that music is still the best indicator of cultural capital, according to some sociologists.

      SoundEagle would like to add that “eerie” and “scary” are not the only possible feelings or sensations that could arise when those who lack a (much) higher level of tonal experience and musical vocabulary listen to “The Sunset Lingers On” and “Trance”.

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  3. PS: I love the sax in “I’ll Always be with You” (Finale) and the double glissando (is that what it’s called? or is it better called a descending/’cascading’ chromatic scale?) at the beginning of “Journey of Life” ! 😄

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    • Yes, the sax in “I’ll Always be with You” (Finale) is executing pitch bending; and the fast notes at the beginning of “Journey of Life” constitute double descending/cascading chromatic scale. Technically, these cannot be called double glissando as they are not gliding notes or portamentos, but are discrete notes played chromatically in a quick succession.

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  4. Hey, I’m a newbie to this blogging thing. I’m glad i wandered off here.
    I liked Your music choices.
    Can i maybe indulge you in mine ?🙂

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