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LAND OF WHISPERS (7:50) by Eterman -the final version- remix for TiS Fantasy Compo (the first version released) This song was originally composed even in 1995 and then tracked in 1997-98. What I did to the early version now was mostly re-tuning and some further instrument adjustments. Of course I also had to add more instruments and change volume levels, adjust pannings and even change some melody structures, but chords and the main structure of the original version were, nevertheless, not altered. I still had a lot of work before I was happy with the result. Now the sound is quite as smooth as I wanted it to be and some patterns that formerly contained some errors are now fixed with great pains and a lot of effort. It's much harder to adjust a song than to start all over, but making a whole new, fresh mix might have resulted in losing some of the original ispiration, which I so delightfully still recognize when listening to this all time favourite of mine. (a strong expression, but anything less powerful would not have been sufficient, since this very piece stands out amoung my other works and has special meaning for me, not only as tracked music, but also as a composition) In these chords here, there is something rather unique. And the sound offers something I'd perhaps not be able to rewrite. I really love the atmosphere. It does not only take my mind to a very distant place both in time and space, where ease south wind softly bends the grasslands and where dewy groves welcome the first refreshing glances of morning sun, but it also sets my thoughts towards my own musica history and those elementary influences, in which the seed for my creativiness was so gently planted. What is the Land of Whispers? The explanation is pretty hard to deliver. Naming it 'Dorian', some think about it as a place of great wealth and treasury, whereas others, unwilling to confuse it for old, unreliable, oral folk tales, consider it an area of great historical importance, having enough knowledge to connect it with the great war of Harmathia. However, a scant number of wise men appear to hold precise knowledge of any of the ancient events related to the Harmathian incident. No-one seems to know, where exactly Harmathia was or what that land (also an ethnic sphere of influence) had to do with "Dorian", which is the most common name for the lost land, although many find it unorthodox to mix up the two tales: the tale of Dorian and the tale of Semeroth, which seems to have older roots. It is also argued, that the Dorian myth never originally contained any indications to "whispers" or to grave, which is the meaning for an ancient word "sem". There are some people, that are searching for the Land of Whispers in the hope of finding a treasury. Despite the fact, that no such treasure-hunter has ever been known to succeed in finding the land, rare are those few not believing the renowned land exists, or ever has existed. However, there are also people searching for the Land of Whispers without much hope for finding any treasury what comes to wordly possession or wealth. Some few know what the name Semeroth really means and that those "whispers" really do mean the spirits of the deceased (that the word is not only figurative in that context). Nowadays, in Inbor and other northern areas as well as in southern kingdoms, Land of Whispers is no more as popular an issue as some decades before, but quite a lot of people, however, still keep the myth alive either in songs or in actual tales, which quite often seem also to contain the Dorian myth. It may be that people usually have more interest in stories with treasuries or otherwise great amounts of wealth, and fail to find essential tales of sad and grievous historical events captivating enough. This might be the main explanation for why the supposedly strong myth of Semeroth (Or the older and wider Harmathian Legend) so briefly faded and got mixed up with other folk tales, which resulted in practically all details getting lost. There are, of course, people with precise knowledge. Knowing better, those people either have good intentions and try to avoid Semeroth being revealed, or have selfish intentions and want to reach the place in order to gain possession of ancient powers ready to be released. And behind all this, there is the long and noble history of Harmathia containing periods of both war and peace, both struggle and rest, both grief and delight, weakness and might, bleakness and light. From the dust of Harmathia, arose the time of Semeroth, beneath the mighty vow, in which no man could act low. Alack, the walls of sorrows are rent, sullen minds, even evil, not to ment, now freely set their wander, amoungst the wise and gander. Thus areth thou to repair, keep the vow and always dare. It is given, still, not to be driven ill, to rashly train towards the cache - but to suffer and bear ponderous fash. -Harri Kivisto eterman_writeme.com
Land of Whispers by Eterman -the final version- (7:50) Kantele Piano Flute Glockenspiel Violins Conga 1 Conga 2 Conga 3 Flute 2 Harpsichord Plate Piano Low Choir Trumpet Xylophone Brass Ensemble Ride Snare Snare 2 Snare 3 Bass Drum Hihat Violin Clarinet Choir 2 Crash Many of those samples are so old that nobody really knows were they are originally from.