Below are descriptions of my songs. These provide a map to the places you'll come across on your aural journey. You are also free to explore each place at your leisure, and make your own special discoveries...
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Nu 80s with melodic progressive house elements featuring Swedish guitarist, Jonas Isacsson (of Roxette's band).
Credits: Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound. Cover art by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Studios.
Future Pop remix for London singer/songwriter/producer Ben Hobbs.
Credits: Original song written by Benjamin Hobbs & Robert Wilcox. Remixed by Catherine Duc. Mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering. YouTube music clip credits: Olga Vels.
Summer House remix for Los Angeles based DJ, KSHMR featuring vocalist Sidnie Tipton.
Credits: Original song written by Meron Ryan, Sidnie Tipton & KSHMR (Dharma Records/Spinnin' Records). Remixed by Catherine Duc.
Full song available on iTunes, Amazon and other music websites. Atmospheric EDM remix of the original song co-written by 2 time Emmy Award winner Lars Deutsch.
Credits: Original song written by Paloma Rush and Lars Deutsch. Remixed by Catherine Duc.
Downtempo remix with atmospheric and dreamy elements.
Credits: Original song performed by The Corrs on the album Talk on Corners (Warner Music UK). Written by Neil Giraldo, Rick Nowels and Billy Steinberg. Remixed by Catherine Duc.
This was recorded with my UK band and produced and mixed by Stuart Epps who worked with Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.
Credits: Catherine Duc (music, lyrics, lead & backing vocals, keyboard), Stuart Epps (solo guitar, backing vocals, tambourine, mixing, mastering), Paul Hirsh (bass, acoustic guitar and electric guitars), Jonny Marter (drums), Juliet Rose Epps (backing vocals).
Short composition written for the Federation Bells - a set of 39 brass bells located at Birrarung Marr near Federation Square in Melbourne. Premiered on 12 June 2012. Video of the live version also available at YouTube.
Film underscore with moods ranging from dramatic to triumphant. Atmospheric textures blended with oboe, strings, brass and orchestral percussion. If you wish to commission original music for your productions, please contact me for a obligation-free quote.
Immerse yourself into the deep blue, and be surrounded with the ethereal sounds of whale songs mixed with dreamy synths, acoustic guitar and and an uplifting beat. This short piece was composed for the International Fund For Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), who provided the recordings of whales.
Inspired by a trip to the Inishowen Peninsula in Northern Ireland, one of the most serene and beautiful places in the world. This song uses traditional Celtic instruments and Celtic influenced vocalizes.
A more energetic, melodic trance version of the original song on the 'Visions and Dreams' album. I decided to remix one of my songs after hearing Enigma's remix album of their singles.
Composition, keyboards, low whistle, tin whistle, bodhrán, vocals, sequencing, arrangements, production, photos: Catherine Duc
Additional musicians: Ian Cameron (violin, fiddle, madolin, acoustic & electic guitars), Natalia Christiana (vocals on Mantra), Kelly Hood (Uilleann pipes), Corbin Keep (cello)
Mastering engineer: Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood. Patricia's enginnering credits include John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner and Sheryl Crow.
Graphic designer: Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design
Label: MG Music. Distributor: The Orchard (Sony Music Entertainment)
Thanks to: All my friends, family and listeners for your support; Medwyn & Wendy Goodall at MG Music for making my long time dream a reality; Ian, Natalia, Kelly and Corbin for your amazing musicianship and inspiration; and Patricia Sullivan, engineer extraodinaire - it has been an honour to have your contribution to my album.
Your first glimpse of the land of Visions and Dreams begins here. Over the next ten songs, you will be taken to different exotic places which may only exist in your imagination and dreams. The mysterious sound of a shakuhachi flute calls to you, while a downtempo groove arises in the background. If you decide to enter, you'll discover more ethnic instruments including panflute, dulcimer, kalimba and taiko drums. These textures are combined with acoustic nylon guitar, strings, chimes, ambient female vocals, Gregorian choir and warm ambience.
Find out what lies beyond the mist... Traditional Celtic instruments including violin, tin whistle, harp and bodhran are fused with modern elements of atmospheric synths and electronic beats. Acoustic percussion, guitar, bass and lush strings provide the backing for this celebratory song to life.
An air of intrigue calls as the sound of the grand hall clock strikes one... Follow a shakuhachi flute and ambient background vocals through shadowy corridors; where grand piano, acoustic guitar, dulcimer and chimes combine with dreamy textures, melodic bass and a mid-tempo ambient beat.
One Autumn Day brings change and a chance to reminisce on your memories. Traditional Celtic instruments are fused with an introspective pop arrangement. This song features violin, tin whistle, harp and mandocello. Piano, bass, guitars, strings, a drum & bass influenced pop beat, and a touch of ambient background vocals and keyboard timbres develop the wistful mood.
Travel through a lush rainforest and discover your own Secret Sanctuary. Here, you can find rest and rejuvenation as you listen to panflute, Bolivian flute, acoustic guitar, South American percussion, and ethereal keyboard textures and vocals. In the background, the sounds of a peaceful river and the call of birds echo through the forest.
Experience the romance and energy of this Spanish region as two guitars, flute and castanets combine against a backdrop of lush strings, airy textures and background vocals, and a beat pulsing the rhythm of life. Swept chimes and atmospheric sounds echo the richness of Andalucia's history.
Take some time to relax by the ocean on a warm Summer's evening. Flute, violin, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass are layered with crystalline keyboard sounds and a tranquil rhythm - an ideal soundtrack for your dreams, as you watch the gentle waves rolling into shore.
A mysterious ambience and wisps of airy strings invite you to experience the exotic scent of Incense. You'll be taken through a labyrinth of rich instrumentation - ethnic flute, fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, atmospheric sounds, ambient vocals, and Arabian rhythms fused with a modern drum & bass beat.
Find yourself by a serene Rivulet, and discover the charm of the Orient with koto, shamisen, pipa, and temple gong. Flowing melodies of alto flute, violin and strings are layered with glistening keyboard textures over a mellow rhythm.
You reach the final destination of your journey with a Celtic-flavoured orchestral composition. Violin, harp and flute melodies are layered with lush strings, French horns and orchestral percussion. I hope you have enjoyed your travels, and you are always welcome to return whenever you need to find a place for your Visions and Dreams. This song was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2005 Unisong International Songwriting Contest.
Composition, arrangements, production, ambient background vocals: Catherine Duc.
Mastering engineer: Toby Learmont, Sony Music Australia.
Thanks to: Toby and Wayne at Sony; Elise, Richard and the team at Media Technology; Adrielle, Evan and Tim at Cranbourne Music.