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I'd been away camping for a few days and when I'd got back I found out about the double tragedy of Hurricane Katrina (with the consequent flooding) and the deaths of around 1,000 Shia Muslims during a religious festival in Bagdad, Iraq. This track is a personal response to this grim news.

On a more positive note... this is the first time I've successfully managed to record electric fiddle without interference/crackles. It was recorded in one take.
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Uploaded: Sep 03, 2005 - 05:23:28 PM
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2007 - 04:01:40 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 01:55:25 PM
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Hardware:
iMac G5, emagic a62m midi, Zoom 1010 effects unit, Ted Brewer electric fiddle.

Software:
GB 2
Comments
Rebsie said 4464 days ago (September 3rd, 2005)
Wooh, bloody hell!
This is fantastically played. Very powerful and heartfelt.
The effect that comes in half way through gives it a
nightmarish edge ... and I don't think I've heard a
distorted lead break played on a fiddle before!
Extraordinary and very clever.
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Komrade K said 4462 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
Wooh, bloody hell!
Thank you Rebsie - this track just happened: there was less than 24 hours
between coming up with the original phrase, playing around with it, recording
and posting on MJ. There's a big improvised element so some of the stuff
(particularly the final distorted section) just came out that way when I recorded
it. It is really a duet between the instrument and the way I was feeling at the
time.
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cjhoose said 4464 days ago (September 3rd, 2005)
whoa
this is fascinating... with the effects at the end the mood
goes from subdued and mournful to heavy and possibly
angry. Electric fiddle. Hm. More please!
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Komrade K said 4462 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
whoa
You've hit the nail on the head - there definitely is a bit of anger in there!
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matthew said 4464 days ago (September 4th, 2005)
wow
that was really unbelievable playing. i hope to hear many
more of your songs with such deep complexities and
melodies. i'm astonished.
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Komrade K said 4462 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
wow
Many many thanks and welcome to MJ!
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ziti said 4463 days ago (September 4th, 2005)
ouch
the pain you feel is evident...remarkably soulful
performance...the use of violin and it's ability to capture
the quarter tone sound of eastern music helps tell the tale
of heartbreak in two worlds.

compelling and heartbreaking....

excellent work


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Komrade K said 4462 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
ouch
It was a very 'direct' recording so the way it was played was as close to my mood
as I was technically competent enough to achieve. I liked your comment about
quarter tones - I have to confess that that wasn't intentional and what I was
really doing were slides which I suppose come equally from blues and Celtic
music (although I sure there's an Eastern influence in there somewhere!)
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perceptualvortex said 4462 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
really clean
That's some really great playing, and an awesome recording. Loaded with passion. The last, heavy bit is especially appealing to me in terms of tone, but the playing is great throughout.
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Komrade K said 4462 days ago (September 5th, 2005)
really clean
Many thanks PV - the recording's a fluke really, I just set up the fiddle the way I
would at a gig and went for it. Very glad it worked!
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alley-oop said 4461 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
amazing!
Very nice fiddle chops. Very soulful. you know your
instrument. Very, very nice touch. great!
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Komrade K said 4460 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
amazing!
Thanks for dropping by and listening.
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drakonis said 4461 days ago (September 6th, 2005)
Intriguing, moody, electric
Very moving... interesting, as I listen to the first part, it
sounds vaguely oriental (pentatonic scale perhaps?) with
slight hints of Eddie Van Halen riffs, then screams with
electric pain at the end... gives me shivers, conveyed well!

The un-effected sound of your fiddle at the beginning is
quite close to an acoustic sound, but the lower notes
sound electrified... very interesting sound. I am glad to
see you back from vacation and getting your new
computer working with GB recording... so we can hear
more of these soulful compositions.

We should hook you up with newcomer Ceilidh, and the
two of you can probably come up with some heart-
wrenching Gypsy songs, hint hint :-)

ttfn,
Drakonis
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Komrade K said 4460 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
Intriguing, moody, electric
You've got it - it's largely based around a sort of minor blues scale (which is
pentatonic) so I guess that gives it the eastern feel. Now 'hints of Eddie Van
Halen...' I LIKE THAT!
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mandolinquent said 4461 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
Lovely playing...
... someone who mugs on the violin rather than plays it
I'm always in awe of anyone who can wrest beauty from
the instrument. Don't fess up about the "quarter-tones"!
They were intentional, weren't they? (I can play quarter-
tones too. Trouble is I can ONLY play quarter-tones on
mine...)

What did you do in that last, wild, Hendrix-ian section?

Anyway, congratulations, Komrade.
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Komrade K said 4460 days ago (September 7th, 2005)
Lovely playing...
First Eddie Van Halen (thanks drakonis) and now Hendrix - that's company I'd
like to keep! Always fancied having a go at a fiddle version of Purple Haze. In
that last section I hit an effect which I hadn't used before but seemed to fit -
there's a bit of double-stopping in there too...

Of course the quarter tones were intentional! Actually I was just sliding around
notes which probably sounds a bit like playing quarter tones.

Now Mando, I've heard your fiddle playing and I was impressed!


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Einarus said 4453 days ago (September 14th, 2005)
Wow
Very emotional and very expressive.
Freakishly cool effect in the end, there. Acid rock fiddling?
Anyway - great performance.
Good job!
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Komrade K said 4452 days ago (September 16th, 2005)
Wow
Acid rock fiddling - now you're giving me some ideas! Thanks Einar
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caroline said 4449 days ago (September 18th, 2005)
magycal martyn...
you've made me as sad with this as you made me happy with your previous upload - it must be my heritage. you've certainly got that fiddle speaking a language that touches this heart - ow! but - thank you x
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Komrade K said 4446 days ago (September 21st, 2005)
magycal martyn...
Ah it were played from the heart, played from the heart...and what be your
heritage?
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selters said 4407 days ago (October 30th, 2005)
this is so beatiful!
The start is so beatiful, makes me feel so sad inside..IT seems like you play with a great feel..so full of pain... and anger... it pushes some of my emotional buttons. something very interesting happens at 4.00 minutes. Very emotional indeed!!! Really loved this one... Keep playing that fiddle!!
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renecalvo said 4274 days ago (March 12th, 2006)
sweet
I like the tasteful application of effects. not too much or too little. would have loved to hear you imitate an ambulance or police siren on the fade.
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MikeRobinson said 1410 days ago (January 13th, 2014)
It's hardly "blues" ... it's sheer virtuosity
Truly an incredible performance.
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