This is the 2021 home studio production of my main composition, Forever Long, and is the 8/28/21 mix. It's designed like modern music, but is intended to be more orchestral, I refer to it as "hybrid-orchestral". I made this because I thought that this composition deserved a brand new production, better than the original, this was performed without metronome, unlike the original. This performance is mostly synthesizer (made with a 2001 Korg Karma which is a specialized Triton), but also prominently features me playing the large 4-manual, 80-rank Austin pipe organ at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Illinois, starting at the end of the Interlude. The pipe organ was mainly added for multiple harmonic elevations, and an alternative to the effect of distorted electric guitars, the harmonic effect of reeds is very similar to guitars. That instrument has a number of digital stops, for this performance I'm only using real acoustic pipework, the section with reeds prominently features the loud and bright 8' Bombarde on the Great.
Specifications and photos of the instrument used:
This version is the "organ rendition" performed on synth and organ. If you want to hear the original, a remix of it is available as the "Foundation Piano Remix", and sounds very different from this:
This piece was originally written as a partial chorus around 1994/1995, the body of it was written in 2000/2001, the Interlude section in 2003, and the Organ Rendition in 2013. The Overture section was originally a separate piece written in early 2015, but was added to this that year. This performance is also the first time I've played with multiple harps playing primarily harmonics, the recording contains a harp ensemble. The Interlude section, which is right after the Main Chorus, was very heavily influenced by music of the label Windham Hill. The main parts of the production were intended to sound somewhat similar to the Israeli group Zemer Levav.
Multitrack audio recording and production was done with the software Ardour running on Debian Linux. Mastering was done using Audacity. Recording was done in late May/early June 2021.
The short "Premonition" section at the beginning plays the Main Theme from the chorus, this theme is also called Rebecca's Theme. Rebecca is a friend of mine who I've done music production with, the music is intended to be for her. The section is a tribute to a young flutist named Katrina, who was the primary inspiration for the original chorus in 1995.
This composition doesn't have lyrics, but it was intended to have them eventually, the melodies (especially chorus melodies) were carefully designed for a female voice.
Premonition (of Main Theme), key of D
Introduction (start of suite)
Overture, key change to G
Forever Long Intro, key change back to D
Interlude (3-stanza polymorphic)
Interlude Resolve (from organ rendition)
Chorus Bridge (ends in Modulation to key of E)
Grand Chorus, key of E
Grand Chorus - Scream/Climax
Finale (Modulation back to key of D)
Here's the pipe organ solo version:
and also grand piano: