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The Road Taken


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Monkaton

 Genre: Classical

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This is a song I've had around for a long time and used it as my first Logic 9 project. It was recorded on a Roland JW-50 Workstation and I used the floppy disk (yes, it's that old) to transfer the song through the JW-50 into the MOTU Ultralite and onto Logic 9. It seemed to do ok.

My wife named this song and said it reminded her of the decisions we make in taking our paths through life.

I hope you like it.
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Comments: 35
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Uploaded: Feb 10, 2010 - 10:34:59 PM
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 - 10:34:59 PM Last Played: Nov 28, 2014 - 06:17:29 PM
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Keywords:
Road (36)Taken (2)
Hardware:
Roland JW-50 Workstation, MOTU Ultralite, iMac
Software:
Logic Express 9
Comments
paul f. page said 2689 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Stark.
Your wife's description seems appropriate. There is a certain "white-out" presence in this number, with all it's open intervals and modal quality. There's almost no expression at all in terms of volume shading, and so the result leaves the listener with a decided emptiness and longing and aloneness, facing the challenges and decisions without help. If you've read any of the 20th century existentialists, this could be their theme song. ... Well, that's what I find in your unique composition. I wouldn't change a thing.
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Monkaton said 2689 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Thanks Paul
Thank you very much for listening and your comments.
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ktb said 2689 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
the road taken
kudo's on transferring so successfully. I take it was midi data and then you got to choose some sounds? or are they all from the jw workstation. Cool none the less.
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Monkaton said 2689 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
All JW
This was a direct transfer from the JW-50. I did add some reverb and a little chorus here and there and remixed. Thanks for coming by to listen and comment.
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woofer3 said 2688 days ago (February 12th, 2010)
Very enjoyable-
A soulful piece of music with nice clear sound and brooding atmosphere. Excellent work.
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Monkaton said 2688 days ago (February 12th, 2010)
Thanks John
Nothing like a brooding atmosphere to make a Welshman feel at home. Seriously, thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is always appreciated.
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lengold said 2685 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
Surprised
me to see a 'classical' from you Tim.
A very sombre and as John says 'soulful' piece. I could very easily imagine it being used to great effect in a sad movie scene. Very moving.
Cheers
Len

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Monkaton said 2685 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
Thanks Len
Thanks Len for checking this one out. I appreciate you coming by and giving a listen and a comment. It's always appreciated when you do.
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Moviz said 2677 days ago (February 23rd, 2010)
Definitely
a sense of loss or regret in this melancholy piece and very nice to listen to..... good cinematic sound, regards M
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Monkaton said 2673 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Glad You Liked It
Thanks M for stopping by and commenting. Good to hear from you.
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DWL said 2668 days ago (March 4th, 2010)
Another unexpected turn tonight
Has a soundtrack feel to it.

I'll be interested to see where the road eventually leads.

Cheers

Dick
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Monkaton said 2667 days ago (March 5th, 2010)
Thanks Dick
I'm not sure where the road will lead either. I was leery about calling this "classical' because that's a high standard in my book, so maybe soundtrack would have been better.

Anyway, it is where it is. Thanks for listening and commenting.
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ste said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
thoughtful
piece, that has great instrumentation and clever movement. nice job
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Monkaton said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Hey ste
Thanks for coming by and commenting. Much appreciated.
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Ed Hannifin said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Your wife is wise...
...and it's a good title... I don't find it so much somber as reflective... I like the melody line, and the harmonized 'strings' in the left channel... To me it sounds almost hymn-like, and I like that... Suits the theme, I think... Nice use of the bells...

The mix is nicely done, with every instrument having its space in the stereo field and in the sonic spectrum....

Really nice...

Ed
Monkaton said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Thanks Ed
Thanks for the comments especially about the mix and stereo separation. I'm always trying to give my songs some space when I record them, but not always successful.
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SmokeyVW said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
not untaken
yes, i hear this as the road taken: 'here we are' - not 'where could we have been?'

rather than regretting other untaken roads, the mood to me is more like looking back over the road taken. so i guess that makes it nostalgic, rather than regretful

thanks
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Monkaton said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Thank You
Thanks for coming by and commenting on the song. My wife's thought was that it was a reflection of the path that we have taken in life.
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magnatone said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
The Road Taken
well, i'm glad you mentioned this song in the forums because i would've missed it otherwise! very beautifully forlorn with strong classical elements that flow gorgeously. what great work!
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Monkaton said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
That Means a Lot
Thanks Karen for your kind comment. It means a great deal when someone of your musical abilities provides a critique. I'm glad I put the note on the forum.
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mvh9591 said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Very Nice_____
The title fits this well. The ol JW sounds pretty good to my ears. I found myself drifting into a daydream as I listened.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing

mvh : )
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Monkaton said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
JW-50
I added a bit of reverb and chorus to the instrument mix, but it pretty much represents what you get from the old JW. I still use and probably will for a long time to come. Thanks for coming by and commenting.
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I.G.M. said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Nice tune
very synthetic but nicely arranged.
How about using the EXS 24?
Sounds much better in my opinion...
Well done!!
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Monkaton said 2662 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
What's an EXS 24?
I don't know what the EXS 24 is. I recorded this a number of years ago and then used Logic Express 9 to remix. Thanks much for coming by and commenting.
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I.G.M. said 2661 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
EXS 24
is a software synthesizer from Emagic. Thought Logic had it onboard, but I dunno. I used it on my latest if you`re interested in how it sounds.
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sschedra said 2661 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Tim,
Cool piece. If you have Logic and your a synth guy, you should be in seventh heaven. EXS24 is used to play, edit, and create sampler instruments. You can assign the samples in sampler instruments to particular key and velocity ranges, and process them with the EXS24 filters and modulators. They have tons of default samples that can be tweaked. If you do a "FILE NEW" under Logic and then select one of the templates for "COMPOSE" there is one for electronic instruments that will bring up a bunch of EXS24 instruments along with other stuff. You can play around with it there.
Stephen
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Monkaton said 2661 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Thanks for the Tip
I went in and got to the 24 stuff. Thanks for the tip. Now I will play around with it and see what happens. There are some great sounds in there.
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bud said 2661 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Definitely a strong mood piece
nice instrumentation and arrangement. Your wife's description is quite apt.
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Monkaton said 2661 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Nice Dog
Thanks Bud for the comment. Who's your friend in the photo?
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2655 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
Haunting...
... melody. I totally am in the mood for such pieces! Thanks for making my day...
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Monkaton said 2655 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
Green Day Comment
You are most welcome Birdman. Glad you came by and commented. Thanks.
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Hickling_Stan said 2622 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
Poignant
Sombre and thoughtful, one for a film soundtrack I'd think. Cheers mark
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Monkaton said 2621 days ago (April 20th, 2010)
Thanks, Stan
Thanks for coming by and listening. Your comment is much appreciated.
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ShadowofNine said 2611 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Fab piece...
A road well taken I might add...most enjoyable...
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Monkaton said 2603 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
# Nine
Thanks Nine. I appreciate that you came by and gave a listen.
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