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Well, here it is: the very first, completely original, absolutely loop-free tune to be posted by me. It's quite basic, simple and short consisting of 4 tracks: Upright Jazz Bass, Nylon Shimmer Guitar, Piccolo Flute Legato, and Solo Star Synth, all picked out on a Yamaha KX49 keyboard. Let me know what you think, and be honest.
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Uploaded: Jan 10, 2010 - 12:12:31 PM
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2010 - 12:12:31 PM Last Played: Mar 17, 2017 - 06:01:30 AM
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Hardware:
Yamaha KX49
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scofugate said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Being biased
I would love to hear percussion (maybe brushes). This is a wonderful arrangement and shows your outstanding musicianship.
Kudos and it sounds great to me man!!!
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richard13 said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
I started the piece with a drum loop track
(and a bass loop track) but decided it was superfluous after I added the Piccolo Flute track: to me, it sounded a bit like John Mayall's Turning Point album, which was done without a drummer.

I'd love to hear you lay a drum track over it ;-)

Thanks, Scott.
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scofugate said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Absolutly!!
I would love to give it a give it a whirl!!!
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jibes said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Good job!
I like it. Could use drums 'tis true but I think it has a strong enough rhythmic groove going to make up for it. Good playing!
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richard13 said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Thank you.
I'm glad you like it.
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Vic Holman said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
3am
nice blend of different instruments. a lot of nice open space on this. i really like the upright bass here.
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richard13 said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Thanks, Vic
The bass started it, the guitars seemed a nice contrast in pitch and texture, the piccolo flute was again chosen to contrast (tone and type), and the synth came last and prevents the track from being acoustic ;-) I kept the synth fairly simple so it provided contrast without jarring or overwhelming the simple accompaniment.
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Skean said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Nice
I love that bass line and all the other sounds you call upon.
Nice work my friend.. Cheers
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richard13 said 2692 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
Thanks for the visit Kent
and the nice comment.

And congrats again on your anniversary.
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Feter said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Blues at 3 AM
Experimental blues this is what I felt about
this one ..more jazzy than blues good idea
so far ..with the flute it sounds more ambient
rather than blues ..nice production and mixing
good job ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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richard13 said 2692 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
You are right, of course, Feter
I originally called it Blues Fusion (in the genre) but that was no good. I guess I should have called it Jazz Fusion, I don't know. I think I like to mix genres somewhat. But I am happy you like it.
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paul f. page said 2693 days ago (January 10th, 2010)
Different
This is QUITE a departure for you and very VERY effective, too. It is more of a rhythm section sort of piece, but it is fun right from the start with that clear thumpin' bass line. I think you've also done a really nice job with the Synth Guitar. It plunks away with a great deal of clarity throughout and gives a special shimmer to the whole. ... You've sort of created your own loop here that has its own particular magic and zip. Piccolo Flute is a solo instrument. Let it soar. You can do it. Let that melody ring, Richard! This is a very cool track and most pleasant to listen to. I'm anxiously waiting for more.
Peace.
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richard13 said 2692 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
Thank you, Paul
I'm just a rhythmic kind of guy ;-) Glad you like it; thanks for the prod. I'm off to listen to the second of your etudes.
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Reggie_Pole said 2692 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
3AM
Congratulations of loosing the loops. You did this on a keyboard? Slick. The picking makes a nice contrast to the bass. Clean separation in the mix. I think it could use a central theme ... and drums, yeah, drums would make it go. You've created a backing groove for a lead instrument, and a very cool backing it is.
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richard13 said 2692 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
I thought it had a central theme...
but thanks. I like the contrasts and separation too. Feel free to put some lead over it, Reg.
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lengold said 2691 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
I'm with Reggie
here - has a great feel to it and has a lot of room left for a lead instrument or vocal.
Cheers
Len

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richard13 said 2691 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Thanks Len
and if you too would like to add to the mix, I'd love to hear it.
Cheers.
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jiguma said 2691 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Like the bass line starter
In fact I like all of this - sounds like the beginning of something very interesting. I agree with Scott that some percussion/drums might work well in making it a bit more dynamic and "finished" sounding, but it also stands on its own as a solo piece.
Moving from loops is a great idea if you can produce things like this - more please.
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richard13 said 2691 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Well, thank you sir.
I'll see what I can do for you Neil.
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hackneybloke said 2690 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
blues at 3am
great road track. clearly you know what you're doing - i would have liked to have heard it trip off somewhere for a bit and then come back. i really liked the upright bass.....and there was plenty of scope for some percussion. good job!
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Calchas said 2689 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
More funk & jazz than blues
to these old ears, but very nice. An interesting choice of instruments throughout. Enjoyed the ride...

Be well!
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Jarvoid said 2686 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Well honestly
it suited me at 03:42 on a cold Yorkshire morning,so I guess I think it's good. I certainly enjoyed it, bravo and encore..... Chris
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PaulaMunk said 2685 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
This could be
a very sexy and sultry song. I hear a Middle Eastern influence..it is like the music played in a Turkish restaurant. Get someone to try a vocal. This could be many things. Congratulations on a very original offering. Thanks.
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SISTERS said 2683 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
swell job
here's my honest opinion: i simply LOVE that bass - what a glorious sound! what a great start! the guitar DOES shimmer, and the flute and synth combine for a really cool tune. you could have developed it further, and i would have happily followed. nice!
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blaky smith said 2679 days ago (January 24th, 2010)
Honestly
you have made a nice job. I like the contrast between the Upright Bass and the other instruments. Good choice. Simple but very clear, very pro. I agree just with some comments, maybe a percussion could give an other dimension to this piece...
Marc
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Outtaorbit said 2672 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
It does ring a bit......
like Mayall.... but like Sis said I love the bass...and of course all of it.
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said 2645 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Nylon Shimmer Guitar
that's a new one on me... (goes to Google...) I like the piece very well - "Blues (Contemporary)" had me a bit perplexed as I listened, but hey - what do I know.

. - Harold
kassia said 2624 days ago (March 20th, 2010)
wow
That opening bass is VERY cool. You are so good! Who knew all this was just waiting for a keyboard and Garageband to come flowing out of you? What I love the most about your songs is that you don't follow any genre or instrumentation rules. Always such an interesting (and excellent!) mixture of instruments and sound choices.
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PaulaMunk said 2604 days ago (April 9th, 2010)
I love
it. It is happy. Makes me want to go do something important. Well done.
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jdholliday said 2596 days ago (April 17th, 2010)
This is good
can't wait to see where it goes, gonna be tough because I really like the space infinite possibilities though
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PockBluesman said 2528 days ago (June 24th, 2010)
Blues at 3 am
Love the eastern bias great piece of work with production values to envy. Really enjoyed
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The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. The form evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, field

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