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Field Recordings Of A New Species


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Kicbal

 Genre: Downtempo

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Well it's about damn time I get something else posted here. The listener should note that to my knowledge no new species were actually recorded during the making of this song, I just thought it was an amusing title.

So this piece came about as I was trying out the new (free download) of Native Instruments Kore player. The last section of the tune was actually the first riff that I came up with. I also just purchased the Remix Tools Jampack and am thrilled to finally have expanded drumset sounds to work with. Most of the synth sounds come from the Kore player soundbanks, the drums are from Remix Tools sounds and those cool Boldt sounds. The fat synth pad is from the Crystal soft synth. The bass sounds are from my ancient Korg DW8000 synth. The sax is me playing my Cannonball "Big Bell" Tenor through an SM57 mic. The "Foghorn" sound is from an idea I've had for a while using the sax (thanks for letting me get it out of my system). The congas are real and also played by myself. Windchime sounds came from our backyard patio. All the drum programming and melodies are my own doing and there are no pre-recorded loops. Oh yeah there is also a quarter plopping into a bucket of water that I recorded and synced to the drums in the 2nd section.

My goal was to create a sort of sonic travelogue while still tying everything together with a few common elements. In my mind the song goes something like this: Jungle/Underwater/Big City/Western Suburb/Night Sky & Beyond. Your results may vary. Thanks for listening.
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Hits: 3104
Comments: 41
Fans: 11
Plays: 153
Downloads: 116
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Jan 08, 2009 - 05:10:01 PM
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2009 - 01:22:27 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2015 - 01:38:45 AM
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3027 days ago (January 8th, 2009)
yo
loved @ 1:43 dude...almost has a female shriek feel to it, very dark. This track progresses nicely and love all the ambience thrown in. When your sax kicks in its dope dude. loved the short bursts. I like how you chance it up shortly after the 3:00 mark. you switched the vibe around almost like the light at the end of the tunnel..and uplifting resolution of sorts...youve earned yourself a fan for this...very nice. BTW i love your sax man it sounds great.
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Kicbal said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Hey
Thanks for being 1st up to comment. I appreciate it.
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tokai said 3027 days ago (January 8th, 2009)
I am lovin the vibe
on this, it's a track to unwind to. Very sweet moments made with the core, i could not get that much out of mine and my mac does not like it too much. That sax really sounds fitting and played so well. Change of ambiance was cool, the over all feeling from this track is great.
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Kicbal said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Thanks
Gotta love free soft synths and effects. Yeah, the Kore player seems to work fine for me, though I'm not doing much sound tweaking because they have 6-8 versions of one sound patch that you can use which more than covers any tweaks that I would want to make. Thanks for stopping by.
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awigze said 3026 days ago (January 8th, 2009)
groovy
A great groove... thats a Cannonball allright - - nice platform for it. I like how you had the dry sound and then smoothed it out later on the reverb. Nice work.
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Kicbal said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Thank You
I haven't heard enough other Cannonball saxes to know if they have a distinct sound, but I've been very happy with the results I've been getting with mine. From one sax guy to another, your comments mean a lot.
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mackellar said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Nice
I really enjoyed.
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Kicbal said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Thanks
Thanks for stopping by.
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BenedictJames said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Do like this....
Hi, I really like this track, with all of it's different layers. Some really nice brass work there, particularly liked the stabs, breaking up the beats.
Earned another fan here too...nice one
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Kicbal said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Glad to meet you.
You have some really nice stuff posted too. I've listed you in my favorites section. Thanks for the listen.
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TracyVosh said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
New Species
I think you just sent me to mars with moonboots on and all! lol - Loving this Kicbal, definitely worth the wait! A fantastic array of sounds...
Kicbal said 3026 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Thanks again
I must be doing something right with returning customers stopping by for a listen. : )
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fabien0784 said 3025 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
cool.
a mix of "ethnic" sound and clever synthetiser effects.
I am not so sure about the sax' on the second part but anyway it softens and fits well after a while.

Otherwise, very original and not at all boring.
Thanks for sharing.
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Kicbal said 3025 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Thanks
Appreciate your thoughts. I agree that everything may not be fitting together as smoothly as it could. I actually like the sax at the end but I may revisit it and try to incorporate at least the beginning of it better, but I need a break from this song for a bit. Thanks for stopping by.
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kristyjo said 3025 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Great -
Nice sax, first of all. The synths and drums are also a great soundbed. The first transition point at 56 seconds could have used a but of a conga fill, but otherwise, really smooth transitions and entrances. The foghorn sound was interesting, but I really loved the sax during the second half. It is definitely 'up front' but really sits will in the mix, too. The title is very evocative, even though you really didn't record any aliens.
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Kicbal said 3025 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Nice
Thank you for your comments and insights. I very much enjoy your flute playing.
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damiengh said 3025 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Species Observation Achieved.
That musical travelogue feel, definitely accomplished. Kept me interested start to finish, from pulling me in with those initial foghorn sounds.

Also liked your conga segue to the steady, dripping vibe motif bed. Though no specific new species, referenced by sound, the setup with the conga made you almost feel like you were pulling back some vegetation brush to quietly observe a previously un-viewed tribal culture.

So, species or tribal, the setup felt the same-it works, but what the hell.... the tribe members here all play sax---what an observational treat!.

Enjoyed this one, and would love to blast this over some big speakers on a rainy day.


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Kicbal said 3025 days ago (January 10th, 2009)
Awesome comments
I believe you have fully understood the intent of the song, though it kind of defined itself after it was complete. Nice to know there are at least a few sax players around here. I liked the new age piece you had with sax, also the collab on Zenith was very cool with the flute and sax. Let me know when you post some new stuff with some horns.
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Diviner said 3024 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Very nice
and well produced. Love the sax horn at the start, that pulled me in straight away. Cool synth sounds you have chosen (I also have both Crystal and Kore Player). The sax is really well played and very clear, it fits with the music very well. Well done Kicbal, its brilliant.
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Kicbal said 3023 days ago (January 11th, 2009)
Thanks
From a talented musician like yourself, the props mean a lot.
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lengold said 3015 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Great sound
bed and fabulous sax. i love to hear that sax sound. Excellent production too.
Cheers
Len


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Kicbal said 3013 days ago (January 22nd, 2009)
My pleasure
Thanks for the compliments. I'm pretty new to the home studio mixing stuff, but loving it and delighted with the musical discoveries that I stumble across as I work on my stuff. I hope you check back every once in a while for some new tunes in the works. But beware, I work very slowly.
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AcetyleneJukebox said 3009 days ago (January 25th, 2009)
Big bell roars
Yeah, kind of tribal in the beginning, like Alan Lomax field recordings or something, but then the aliens land with space funk and melt his tape recorder. and then Boss Tenor! Ive got some Native Instruments sounds too. I love the Kore player and you use it well here. Very nice. Congas sound great. More Sax!
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Kicbal said 3009 days ago (January 26th, 2009)
Cool
Glad you liked it and found it engaging. Since sax is my main instrument, I plan on having it featured a lot in the new material that I am working on. Thanks again, love your tunes.
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Char said 2964 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Really enjoyed the
entire piece. I was thinking that your new species came to earth to play with musical instruments once they figured out what trunk blows air into what mouthpiece and which tentacles slap what surface in time. Pretty jazzy. Thanks.
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Kicbal said 2963 days ago (March 13th, 2009)
Thank You Char
Glad you enjoyed the it. Never thought of it that way, that the aliens landed and discovered us. : )
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Day-Dreamer said 2952 days ago (March 24th, 2009)
Excellent work!
Nice job. I love it:) Great production:)
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Kicbal said 2952 days ago (March 24th, 2009)
Day-Dreamer
Thanks for the comments and for listening.
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shavingronaldscar said 2938 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
groovy!
I like the Western Suburb part! Some great sax playing, fo sho :D

I can totally hear the elements lining up, diggin it. Lush...
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Kicbal said 2938 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
Many Thanks
Your comments and constructive advice is always welcome.
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SmokeyVW said 2874 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
sax
like how you keep changing elements throughout - keeps it fresh all the way through

the sax is excellent - it breathes life into the creature

thanks
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Kicbal said 2874 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
Cool
Glad you liked the song and the sax parts. Hopefully I'll get some more sax recorded soon.
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sloparts said 2518 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
IThis has some outstanding playing on it .
I love the way you meld the various bits and pieces into a complete piece of music that sits right in the pocket and pleases the senses in every way. That Sax sound absolutely wonderful in the second section, and even more so when you threw a little reverb on it later towards the end.

Very cool piece, Kic

Ed
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Kicbal said 2501 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Thanks again
Always appreciate when you stop by for a listen.
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particledots said 2455 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
very very nice
great atmospheres and fabulous sax sound

btw we are neighbours it seems
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Kicbal said 2453 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Cool
Thanks for the listen. So you are in the Phoenix area too, eh? Just moved here about a year ago. So far so good. BTW, still working on a song using your open collab chants. I should have it finished in a few weeks, as I'm in full swing with the "2 for Summer" project.
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shavingronaldscar said 2416 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
Niiiiice
I can already tell by that sick, sick "foghorn" drone that this didn't deserve the rating bomb. Love the bell synth work, it locks nicely with the percussion. This song is like an alien prostitute; there's a crazy elegance to all its little touches, and they work so well.

Love the sax, great job! This is solid.
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shavingronaldscar said 2416 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
wow haha
I already commented on this one once before. Well, fuck it.
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Kicbal said 2412 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Awesome
Thanks for rediscovering the tune.
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shazbotgreens said 2061 days ago (September 1st, 2011)
Good Variation
I like your songs. Very Clean. You've got a lot of various styles. I can appreciate that. Also, Thanks for your comments on my stuff.
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SomeMadGirl said 1950 days ago (December 21st, 2011)
:)
Trippy and imaginative! I love that you dropped a quarter into a bucket and recorded it…love offbeat ideas like that that pay off in the end! Funnnn!
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