Lost Islands on An Imagined Sea
Born and raised in New York City, presently a San Diegan, Charles Mazarakes, an award winning filmmaker, has been making short films since he was a teenager. Always fascinated by the rhythms of film editing and the marriage of image to sound, he (drawing on his early keyboard training) recently began creating original music for his films. A door opened and wondrous, eclectic, magical music stormed in. Influenced by a panoply of styles and composers from Bach, Vangelis, Glass, Yanni and Classic film scores 'Lost Islands on an Imagined Sea' is Mazarakes' first album. Brimming with short captivating gems, sad, uplifting, heroic, tender, it will take you to times and lands that will forever haunt your soul. Composer Dr. Madelyn Byrne has featured his music at the 'Electro-Acoustic Music Experience' at Palomar College and recently his music was beautifully choreographed to by Faith Jensen-Ismay, Artistic Director of the Mojalet Dance Collective. Some recent reviews of 'WE WELCOME HIM' already wining awards in the following categories on Garageband.com. Track of the Day on 21Jun2005 in Classical Best Programming in Classical, week of 27Jun2005 Best Production in Classical, week of 27Jun2005 Most Original in Classical, week of 27Jun2005 --------------- Regal Short-Short from another era! The intro strings are soft and pretty. I like the melody. Somewhat 18th Century. The violin tones especially come out very well. I keep playing it back through, admiring the way it's virtual components easily intermingle. I'd be so proud if one of my pieces had the strings interplay and melodic cohesion of the short-short piece. In literature, the 'flash' short-short story has become in vogue, in which inessentials are cut out to allow for a 'cut to the chase'. This is the aural equivalent--the artist shows us a beautiful piece, imagines with us what it could become, let's a variety of strings play it, keeps the percussion so gentle as is appropriate, and then leaves the scene. I think it's a wonderful piece. But do make it longer--this is really winning stuff, and I really like it. Reviewed by: gurdonark from Allen, Texas -------- Electronic Hayden! Wonderful use of classical mode using synth on all the layered parts. Extra Credit: Programming, Production, Melody. - exhippiedude Independence, Oregon ---------- Refreshing 1600's style This piece was very motivating. It feels like an encore for a prince or king. It has the old style common in the 1600's and early 1700's which is very refreshing to hear. The sound is good and was arranged very well. Has an upbeat tempo that makes me want to stroll down an aisle. Overall quality is first rate, including sound, arrangement and production. Great composition! Extra Credit: Keyboards, Programming, Production, Melody, Beat, Mood, Originality. - jeffreylmeyer Hastings, Florida Parichayaka I'm always happy to come across member who put out classical music and soundtracks. Your music is really enjoyable, relaxed but quite focused. This piece has fresh energy to it and the instruments sound well together seems like you have an intuitive sense of what works. And I'm on to another one of your posts! ___ Reviews of my recent work. 3 STAGES TO THE SUN' Dark Wonderful build up. This song gives a sensation of tragedy, struggle and solution. If I were a filmmaker this is the kind of sound I would want backing my art. - KingBigNuts from Sweet Corners, Ontario, Canada Really mysterious beginning. Good spectrum of sound. Really good work. - alex_brewer from United Kingdom Way Cool Well, the contrasting second section was an unexpectedly & sudden shift of CEP (conceptual experiential perception). The first ( I liked how the melody evolved from phrase to phrase ) & third section however, were most enjoyable. - ABVanGrieg from Huntsville, Alabama Moody and Dramatic Sets a dramatic tone. The strings repeat a similar sounding part as well, adding to the build. This reminds me a little of the Pink Floyd song Shine On You Crazy Diamond at first. - SunnKing Atmospheric intro. Dark sounding and feeling. I liked that bass synth that drones through under the melody. Some nice production work on this track, reminds of some of William Orbits works to start with. I liked the built up section and some nice catchy melodies here. - charles5000 from United Kingdom Mini Symponia! Initially the dark brooding feel of this piece reminds me of Gorecki's way of layering strings. I'd be interested to see where this would go if developed further. - tendermercies from Glasgow, United Kingdom Great violinist. And that spooky sound in the background make the song sound mysterious which I like. Very good job! - foundationoffur Ambient and Mysterious A slightly dark, maybe more 'mysterious' or 'dramatic' mood to it. A little 'synthy' sounding. The first half I like it as an ambient piece, but it isn't wholly engaging. The second half is great, but seems like a different song entirely. - AlRavage from Malden, Massachusetts This was intriguing. Amazing texture and mood. Very cinematic and film scorish - Mydnyter from Lakewood Center, Washington Star Trek The way this is orchestrated I feel as if I'm watching a star trek episode. Very Nice Production. Interesting theme being developed in the lower strings. The sudden transition was a welcome change to the drawn out intro. - Event_Horizon from Windsor, Canada Reviews from 'HORIZON' Absolutely Breath Taking This song is so somber and so relaxing that I played it over and over again. I am so into this peice you have such wonderful taste that I can find words to express it... I think that I would love to hear more from you. This peice is priceless! A+ Perfect Rating! Reviewed by: Anubadude from Detroit, Michigan --- Floats.. This is like the response when depth calls unto height, be ready for the reaction. There was definitely dialogue and then there was calm. Good composition. Recording and Production. - TheBattleToads --- Beautiful I love the feeling it gives me. It kinda makes me feel like somthing big is about to happen. Was this done on a keyboard, because for some reson it seams like it. Well done on one or not, I love it - X10 - Beautiful midi work The sounds you worked with are very well blended and arranged for this very moody, very plesant and inspiring piece. Wonderful chord changes and movement in this piece. Melancholic and deep. Perhaps some dynamic differencial would add to the mystery, still, a very fine work which shows great potential and promise! - LuiGentile Eitorf-Bach, Originally Connecticut, Germany Clark Ross It sets a mood very effectively. It's very beautiful, expansive (I can imagine this music in an IMAX film, panning over a vast expanse of land and shows good craft. Good counterpoint. Very fine writing, and I hope to hear more of your music here! Eduard Schwan I like the overall composition, nice interplay between violins and cello parts. It felt somber, with the high strings presenting occasional shafts of light, somewhat like a cloudy sunset.