Gelfling Song (Cover): A new Tribute to my favourite movie The Dark Crystal

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The Dark Crystal (1982) is my favourite movie and soundtrack of all time. I am now a musician and I am forever grateful to the magic JIM HENSON created for the children of my generation. This is a fan tribute, a cover of cover of "Gelfling Song" from THE DARK CRYSTAL original movie score performed by myself singing and with a double Ocarina. We also recorded all the critters and audio sound FX ourselves. Recorded in Navarre, Summer 2019.

One of my biggest influences as an artist

As some of you know, I'm currently a fantasy artist, I compose music and also do fantasy illustrations. One of my major influences was this movie, when I was barely a child. For me it was always the most magical movie, where there were no humans but just otherwordly amazing little creatures. The music composed by Trevor Jones was a mix of folk and epic symphonic soaring the motifs that were with me as I grew up. I had the vinyl which remains for me "my desert island" album.

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I grew up being a fan of all things Henson, from The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, Storyteller, The Muppets... He infused my childhood with magic and wisdom and a wish to be a better person, and a creative one. Still among all his works, this was my favourite, because the meaning is deep and rooted even deeper in my mind. We are light and darkness, and we must seek BALANCE.

Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart. - Jim Henson

I had already shared a tribute to Jim Henson and explaining why he is my "childhood hero" in this earlier Steemit post
https://steemit.com/music/@yidneth/the-rainbow-connection-cover-it-is-probably-magic-thank-you-letter-tribute-to-jim-henson

Learn to love your shadows

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Above: Me with an "Skeksis" because they're not all that bad you know

The movie involves a crystal cracking and two races appearing, cruel Skeksis represents our sins and vices, gentle Mystics or UrRu represents peacefulness and crafts but are also a bit alienated from the world. The whole movie revolves about "healing" the Dark Crystal which results in the need of "merging" them into a balanced Primeval Race again the Ur-Skeks

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Of course I have some pieces of memorabilia :). Above me with Gelflings Jen and Kira dolls.

Among lots of memorabilia and merchandising hahah :)

I had a dog Fizzgig and a dog called Kira... that pretty sums it up :)

Netflix will release a prequel Series next 30th of August

I'm so excited!!!

Age of Resistance is a series based in this movie that will premiere later this month. For me it's exciting because many people from the new generations will re-discover the magic of the old film. I have many friends involved artistically in it including the Frouds who were the original designers of the movie. I've had the honour to meet them as guests of many conventions we've both attended and in fact I have performed The Dark Crystal snippets for them when they attended some of my concerts. They designed the puppets and overall look of the original movie and they're on board for the series so I trust it's gonna be AWESOME!

Are you excited about the prequel series reboot? I hope many rediscover the magic of the original movie too. If you haven't watched it I urged you to do and check the making of. It was an amazing effort at the time it was made all with practical FX.

If you haven't watched this movie I urge you to investigate about it, overall as I mentioned earlier on it is a story of BALANCE.

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Filming locations

The video is entirely filmed in Navarre (Spain) most of it barely some weeks ago :)
Most of the video was filmed in a very secret pond I often visit. It's hidden in the middle of the woods and despite what it looks deep enough for a comforting swim. Additional scenes were filmed in other more stagnant waters to mimic the original "swamp" vibe from the original movie. We visited some more stagnant ponds and swamps for the matter for some additional takes and sounds.

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I tried to included close ups of different creatures, because even if they are "earthy" if you look very closely some creatures look otherwordly... you all reemember "Kokeneli" and that I had a pet isopod right?

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Recording the audio

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Above: Backing vocals by the creatures of the pond

All the Nature Sound FX were also recorded using a portable Zoom microphone and that included general pond ambience, water gurgling, frogs and crickets. We (@hedac and I) layered all the sounds to create a "swamp" sonic soundscape similar to the one featured in the original movie. It was one of the funniest parts of the making of.

I tried to sing in a way my voice would recall a little bit to Kira's intonation in the original.

In the original movie the song is performed by two Gelflings, Jen playing a double flute or "aulos" and Kira singing.

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Above: Double Ocarina with my "yidneth" logo engraved

Cosplay : Recreating a Gelfling Look

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I had previously recorded a cover from this very movie "Jen Play his pipes" so this is my second tribute to this (my favourite) movie. This time though I tried to evoke the looks.

The wings were a courtesy from my friends at El Costurero Real, they are based on Cicada wings which are similar to the ones Gelfling girls have. I also thank Folk Owl for the green capelet. The rest of the look was layering greens and using and styling a wig with bangs and braids.

Easter Eggs : Find "Fizzgig" and the "fufunchi"

As in almost every video I do there is a rat or "fufunchi" hidden. Even if my "fufunchis" have been gone a while I still composite them into the videos (so they're still with me) and it has become kind of an "Easter Egg". Let's see if someone can spot her. :). You can find a ratty also in other videos like Flame, A Blooming Heart, Haunted, Ethereal among others.
Dare to find Tuula in the video?

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The second Easter Egg I'm gonna give it away, you can spot "Fizzgig" among the other creatures :)

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I had already recorded another cover of The Dark Crystal some years ago (another theme though)

This is NOT the first but the second cover I do for this movie, many years ago I had already covered "Jen Play his Pipes" also from the original movie score, that time recorded live at the Bodmin Forests (UK)

Above: Older cover from another Dark Crystal theme "Jen Play his Pipes"

Final Notes

I know this last month I have not been much around but all August I'm embarked on a self-care month. It has been pretty rough lately, mostly struggling to sleep and low spirits, but thanks to whoever enquired, I've not left, :) even if I post little I try to check in and I take FOREVER to make these but be sure you'll be updated of my music releases as always :) I have started meditation and muscular relaxation and I'll do a workshop that takes the whole month, but starting to feel results. Trying to get better in many different levels. :) So a bit off the loop but "not gone" :) still thanks to whoever was concerned and reached out.

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I was lucky enough to see it in the theater on the old 75 mm big screen, epic :)

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I was very little but actually saw the original theatrical release. I lived in a small island and cinema there would premiere movies a year later, but been a fan since early 80s.

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Yes I know, several of my personal friends are working on the series. I am a big fan of the original movie and for decades I've promoted it as one of my inspirations and I've befriended people (including the creature designers) working in the original movie. They're in so I'm sure the series will be respectful to the spirit of the original work. I'm just starting to watch it, but whatever the outcome it will rekindle interest in a movie that should not be forgotten and thus i'm happy.

hey Pris , amazing post again this is me worth my 100% MAM vote ... hugs

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Aww thanks and by the way congrats on your MAM :) wee!

I remember the movie when it came out, it was the first of its kind, very good apart that the one that helped to make are the same as Sesame Street ...

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Yes, Jim Henson works were not only for kids (the muppets, sesame street, Fraggle) he was also into fantasy like The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, the Storyteller, but there was also an inherent WISDOM and deep messages in his works. A wee me saw this movie and was enthralled by it, I ended up a "fantasy" artist and musician and maybe because of it. :) Thanks for watching :)

Tan hermosa!! un vídeo lindo y lleno de fantasía, tu linda voz invadió mis oídos y se quedó retumbando!!! :)) tan genial todo, felicidades por esa linda producción, desde aquí un seguidor te desea muchos éxitos <3<3

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Gracias por el cumplido, es un tributo a mi película favorita de infancia :) fue divertido tratar de recrearla. :)

It's perfectly done! Great job Yidneth! <3

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Thank you, I'm really a fan of this movie

Your are beautiful! And, your hair, wow! the color and the waves very pretty...I love the song, too and the fantasy story...hope I can view the full movie...@yidneth I subscribe to your YouTube Channel...

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Thank you, actually I'm wearing a wig in this one to mimic the original character of the movie, LOL though I'm a blonde but with curly hair, you can see pics of me and my real hair in almost every other video of mine :) and previous posts here. And thanks so much for the subscribe :)

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Yes your original hair i mean hehehe the curls

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hahha :) cos my mum told me she wouldn't recognize me with straight hair and bangs hahah XD

BEST video EVER!!! You are amazing, Pris. I can’t just keep saying it over and over without sounding stalky. I love everything you do. The nature shots in this video alone are spectacular, but then, there you are. It’s magical.

Also! Add the tag “sonicgroove” so you can earn the music tokens! Tag me after you add it! ❤️

Sending many cookies.. full pot of coffee.. infinite hugs and all my LOVE!

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@paintingangels I just did cos you told and all the love and hugs back to you. Awww it is not stalky it is encouraging and I am happy to have you as friend when I need it. Been a bit low of late

You are such an adorable Gelfling, I love this cover !

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Awww thank you so much, It's my "childhood movie" it was very fun to do :)

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It was one of my faves as a kid too, but I have to say Labyrinth beats it by just a smidge!

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You know I've covered several from Labyrinth too right? ;-) wink, they're not on youtube but I can drop you a link. :) I always prefered The Dark Crystal cos the amount of work behind it was so insane and somehow it was more serious and mysterious and the message ran deeper in me. But well I had the hots for Jareth as any 80s girl :) hahaha ;-) wink!

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Yes I want to see Labrynth covers!!!! link me <3

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Ahhhh that's one of my favorites, well done!

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Here as promised the link, I've never shared it over here, it's kind of "hidden" in the net :). I also recorded "within you" but that I will remake. :)
It's a patreon post but it's public :) https://www.patreon.com/posts/as-world-falls-24535132

You are simply magical, Priscilla <3

The music, your aesthetics, the photos, the write up, everything is always such a delight to stumble into, like a strange and magical trip into a faery forest :)

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Awww thanks so much... do you know the original movie? it's an amazing one :)

Beautiful as always @yidneth! I love the atmosphere on this, and that double ocarina sounds so fantasy-like that I can't handle :D

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Awww thanks so much, that double ocarina is a little braintrainer... I play many winds and flutes but that ones is triccccccccccccky :)

Absolutely wonderful! You successfully transported me back to my childhood. Thank you.

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Oh I'm honoured :) maybe it's a good time to rewatch The Dark Crystal :)

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I really should, it's been years. I remember it being one of my favorite movies from that era. Along with Labyrinth.

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I love Labyrinth too and I play it often as well, but Dark Crystal was for me superior. Do you know that later on this month Netflix premier a prequel for The Dark Crystal.

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I just found this https://www.enmasse.com/games/darkcrystaltactics I don't know if it will be any good but I'm sure going to check it out :)

Oh the nostalgia! I grew up with Freggle Rock, The Muppets, Dark Crystal and the Storyteller too. This is one of my favorite kids movies, as is Labyrinth ( and The Neverending Story ). At a later age, I turned more towards sci fi and horror. Now it's all kinds of genres ( more scifi than horror - perhaps horror comedy - as I'm a hypersensitive person :>) and it affects me more then I want to admit )

I love all the work you ( two and all the people that help you out ) put into these videos. They are works of art, with the heart at the right place. Works of heart, now I think of it ;>)

All the close ups are amazing, so is the sound and I love that instrument you're playing.

I recently learnt about the Dark Crystal Netflix series and watched two episodes so far. It's pretty awesome but I hardly watch series or Netflix these days, so I forgot about it again.

Keep up the good work, following your heart and thus creativity, and I will support you however I can. Had to cut down on Patreon to survive the crypto winter and only saw your message there today, but I'm glad you reminded me of your work and existence once again :>)

Um abraco desde Portugal,

Vincent

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Aw thanks so much... I also grew up with precisely those things, I love the Storyteller and The Dark Crystal was my favourite movie of all time. I think I know all the songs from Labyrinth as well, though Dark Crystal always remained close to my heart, the original score is maybe "my desert island album". As a purist fan of the original movie I'll always prefer the film but the series pays a lovely homage to it and its spirit. In fact I've made already a tribute of the new soundtrack and next week I'll share the "fourth" and last for now Dark Crystal tribute. I think I went on "Gelfling" mode all Summer, :) but I need to concentrate in my own work now and these were just tributes and so fan to make.

Oh my don't worry about Patreon you're welcome there to follow or feel free to rejoin at the lower whenever you please, even the lowest tier get the downloads, I don't want to make such differences but make people contribute whatever they can whenever they can (I'm undergoing a tight while myself I totally understand) You're welcome and I'm grateful for the support and effort the time you could join us :)

Stay tuned next week for a new (fourth) Dark Crystal tribute. I have a few from Labyrinth scattered but I feel like I want to "remake" them before sharing.

Curious about the neverending story that one will come eventually too.. though I confess I find Dark Crystal superior :) . I also like horror movies but the spectral kind, and I love fantasy with a bit of dark into it :)

Hugs back from the neighbour country!

That was so beautiful! I haven't watched the movie in a long time and forgot this song. What a wonderful memory you brought back! I love it.

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It is my childhood icon movie :) It's remained my favourite for decades now :) maybe the one to fault I ended up devoted to create fantasy music, This is me earlier this Summer in one of my secret places in the woods, pond is deep enough to swim even if it doesn't look so. A little corner to retreat and think.

Amazing production, you brought me back to my childhood age:) I think i will rewatch the movie tonight and get ready for the series:)

This is the best thing I've seen on Steemit in a while. Thanks for the brief journey back to my youth when I was enthralled with The Dark Crystal also.

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Aww I'm glad, :) It was my childhood favourite and it remains being so. I'm really honoured to have crossed paths with people that were involved in the movie back then and it always cast a great influence in my own original work. Now there is a bit of a hyper because Netflix is premiering prequel series later this month, in fact some of my friends (that worked in the original movie) are again involved so I bet it's going to be amazing, but for me it's great only that it will create awareness about the original movie. This was filmed earlier this Summer with great admiration to Jim Henson's works, I already posted last year on steemit I'm a Henson's generation geek kind of person ahahah :) Thanks for the lovely compliment. I'm a slow poster, but at least hope each entry is found worth

WOW just wow! @yidneth !
I'm totally enchanted by this. I have never seen the film, but I think I'll go look for it just because of the way you've described it here :)
I also was into Fraggle Rock. haha. I can still sing the theme song :D

Amazing work wow.!!!

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Oh my god, you must, It was Henson's BEST work in my opinion and it's very deep, besides what you see in the movie there is a background mythology around it and then upon rewatch you can find all the details that are not explained. It was unique in its time, pre-cgi era, no humans. Now Netflix will premier a prequel series BUT I'm happy it will create awareness of the own original movie, it's my childhood iconic movie. I know the Fraggle theme too :) Aw and thanks for checking, I know I'm the slowest poster but I hope at least they are worth the wait :)

pls add sonic!!!! you can have up to ten tags on steempeak now. use them!!

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I'm still not using steempeak or anything, I'm super off the loop but have not been able to check it or can check it short term, cos I'm overwhelmed and in fact a bit away on a self-care journey, one day I'll grab you and serena so you explain all these new things to the "silly blonde" (that's how I feel hahaha). I am still only using the old fashioned steemit front.

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Glad you knew about creativecoin at least, because I would've missed this!

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I post slowly and though I'm not gone I AM SOOOOO MUCH unaware, I did cos sweet @paintingangels and @isaria told me to, and then I'll see to it, this Summer I'm not much around, I'm dealing and struggling with many things but always at reach :) right here :) hope that even if I post less than usual every entry is worth the wait, thanks so much. :)

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by the way HUGGGGGGGS :).
pst. There is a ratty in the video, there always is one hahaha

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That was wonderful! I LOVED all the critters! And like always the music was just lovely. :))

I don't mind waiting for each of your posts, they are SO worth the wait. :))

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Awww thanks so much for the watch, even if they are "earthy" some creatures look so magic if we only look "close enough" right? It was fun also to record all the nature fx. :) . Thanks for waiting for the posts, I know I post scarcely but I work hard and I'm just slow cos I've been dealing with a lot of things. New things on the way, just their slow pace way :) thanks for watching

Love the vide and killer music! Keep making more of it!

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Thank you, I make my own original music but this one was a tribute to my favourite childhood movie and thus a cover :), sure I'll keep making more


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Thank you :)