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A Million, Billion Stars (Opera Gig)


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richard13

 Genre: Electropop

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No loops: all me (well, me and a keyboard ;-)

The title comes from the feeling I got while listening to this piece as it began to take final shape: the endless, timeless firmament -- seemingly empty yet populated with countless universes and a trillion (or so) pinpricks of light. Hence, the image of the Milky Way. (If you like this sort of thing here is a link to a much larger version so you can really enjoy it.)

Opera Gig is an anagram. There are (essentially) 7 arpeggiated tracks here: electronic bass, two drum kits, two synths, marimbas, and trumpets.

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Song Stats
Hits: 2573
Comments: 44
Fans: 23
Plays: 113
Downloads: 69
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Mar 14, 2010 - 01:02:59 PM
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2010 - 01:02:59 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 12:51:50 AM
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Hardware:
iMac and Yamaha KX49
Software:
Garageband 5.1 ('09)
Comments
Skean said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Sweet
I am deeply impressed, almost jealous..lol
Very nicely done, sweet mix… Cheers
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richard13 said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Sweet
Thanks, Kent, and I'm glad you were only ALMOST jealous. I'm happy you like it, as well.
Cheers, yourself.
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Bowman said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Hey
Richard no loops? and you put together a lively and very fun piece. I'm very impressed. You should do this more often.
This really moves!
Cheers,
Charlie
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richard13 said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Hey
Yes, Charlie: imagine, a richard13 tune with no loops ;-) Actually I've been going through a 12-step program. It's possible I'll backslide sometime and throw some loops into future tunes, but I'll try and keep them "organic" if possible. Thanks for the visit and the kind words.
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davajonah said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Snap!
Uploading at the same time.

This is really cool. I love the arps! Did you do them in GB? Or are you using a third party synth? I didn't think GB had an arpeggiator.

Whatever - really nice. Much different to the piece I've been working on all week. It's so nice to listen to something else!
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richard13 said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Snap!
Hiya, Dave. I'm so happy you like this: I thought of you often during the final futzing, wondering if you'd enjoy it.
The arps are built into the Yammie keyboard (AFAIK, GB doesn't have an arpeggiator). I have no idea how to do them myself: do you? The synths are (I think) from GB. I do have a couple of AU plug-ins but I don't think I used them here. (I should start taking better notes ;-)
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davajonah said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
synths
Here's a free one - with an arpeggiator!

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/2434.html

Don't forget to download the soundbanks to get you going.

You should also get yourself a copy of "Computer Music" magazine. There's some great free stuff on the DVD, including the very wonderful Zebra CM, which is completely free, no strings. All yours, for the price of the mag!
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richard13 said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Thanks Dave
I tried your link (which works) but the download link on that page leads nowhere ;-(
I bought a special issue of CM on Mixing but found most of it not applicable. Oh well.
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WharmtonRise said 2567 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Nice space
pardon the pun! A lot of work obviously went into this. Good instrumentation and very lively groove. I'm thinking the Xylophone hits are the stars of the title spread all across the scape.
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richard13 said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
That's about the way they "hit" me, too
Thanks, Andrew. I'm happy you liked it. Cheers.
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Ex_Silentio said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
400 billion
but who's counting? Arpeggio = opera gig --- clever. Well, what a fun piece of music this is. Nice layering across frequency space. Sounds great.
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richard13 said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Really, that's the number?
Oh well, so I was out by a few. I think my number sounds sexier ;-)
I can't take credit for the anagram but I'm delighted you liked the music. Thanks.
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Doadars Uncle said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Wide!
No loops! So nice to run the hole thing! Well done. Enjoyed!
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richard13 said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Very wide!
Nope: no loops (you'd think I might be going through withdrawal ;-)
Thanks for the visit and the compliment. Cheers.
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
This reminds me
of a song from the "akira" Soundtrack. The one with the breath overlays. Nicely done.
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richard13 said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
I don't know of "akira"
but now I have to check it out. Thanks. And thanks for the listen. Glad you liked it.
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Demeter7 said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Very nice
entrance of instruments...just like stars coming forward and then receding, or like planets slowly revolving around stars, so different places are warmed, in turn. Wonderful listen. Enjoyed. :)
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richard13 said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Thank you
I'm happy you enjoyed. I'm off to listen to yours.
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magnatone said 2566 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Stars
hey Richard - WOWZA!! you've really gone all out here and your hard work has paid off. the arpeggiated tracks provide a cool energy and drive the song along its course. it does sound like there is very little variation in velocity of notes and if that's correct, you might try that in a next project. (i also could be hearing that wrong though.) congrats on the graduation out of loops - there's no stopping you now! always enjoy your work richard!
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richard13 said 2565 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Stars
I finally got a WOWZA! Thank you Karen: I appreciate it.
Too little velocity variation, huh? It's quite possible since, as is no doubt obvious, my fingering technique (if that's right) is extremely elementary, to say the least. Which is why I had to arpeggiate every note I did play. I'll check the tracks for velocity info. Thanks for the tip.
As for the graduation out of loops...
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ic42 said 2566 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
I like the bass-ic tenor of your opera gig
Arpeggios are useful for more than anagrams. You use them skillfully here, I like the voices you use here, as well as handing off the melarpody to various voices. This makes you either "Rad Rich Miller" or "Rill Mach Rider". I would suggest adding a richer bass sound here, the mix seemed to be missing the low end of space. However the music was great fun.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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richard13 said 2565 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
bass-ic
at first I thought it was a play on your name. And I only just noticed the rest. "melarpody" is lovely. Yes, I handed it/them off everywhere. You are right, of course, about the bass: I'll fix it for the CD ;-)
Thanks too for the rename suggestions but you left out one with "mad" in it. Cheers.
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ic42 said 2565 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
wordplay upon wordplay
there are always references to multiple things in what I write... "I see" that you pick those up, like bass, baritone, tenor, opera :-) Wordplay is a nervous tick with me, I cannot help it. I only use this power for good, however. :-)
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smokey bacon jnr said 2565 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Nice rhythm
I like the use of synths on this. You say you've given up the guitar - I can only play a few chords myself, but I like using the guitar to lay down a dirty vibe behind the synths - gives the songs an organic flavour - I'm sure you could do that here. I like the drumming by the way - very tight. Nice song.
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richard13 said 2564 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
Thanks Smokey
Interesting tip. I'll see if I can find my old guitar. And glad you like the drumming.
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segiperkasa said 2564 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
cool stuff
cool synth sound ....
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richard13 said 2564 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
Thank you sir.
I see your fingers still fly as fast as ever. Thanks for the visit.
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sschedra said 2562 days ago (March 18th, 2010)
Rich
Like the marimbas in the midsection. Good and tasteful use of arps. Electro is not one of my forte's so I have no real opinion except my ears. The production sounds balanced and clean.
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lengold said 2561 days ago (March 20th, 2010)
Lovely
instrumentation and sounds. Enjoyed.
Cheers
Len

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kassia said 2560 days ago (March 20th, 2010)
Richard
wow! look at you with no loops! This is a really great electronic piece - and I especially love your sound choices. The mixture of marimba with those synths and the trumpets in the back - really gives this a cool "POP". this has great energy and a catchy little tune. Very well done!
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kassia said 2560 days ago (March 20th, 2010)
and
thanks for the download!
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bud said 2558 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Rag Pie Go!
Excellent track - I love the energy and I'm a sucker for mallet instruments. Glass half full guy. Great job.
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SISTERS said 2557 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
spacy
i liked the driving percussion.
captivating!
anne


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Calchas said 2553 days ago (March 28th, 2010)
Hey!
What a trip this is...

Engaging progression. Interesting array of instruments and sounds spiraling along, just like the galaxies.

Nicely done friend!

Be well!
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paul f. page said 2551 days ago (March 29th, 2010)
There is a
planetarium out there somewhere just yearning for this track. What a great idea that you have brought to musical life so well. This is so very pleasant to listen to (I esp. like the mallets) and it paints an expansive picture just like your words say. ... Well done.

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PaulaMunk said 2549 days ago (March 31st, 2010)
You
lost me at "arpeggiated tracks." It is as if each heavenly body has a voice and then, they all "sing" together..arpegiatedly..perhaps?
:)
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PsalmsProgressions said 2531 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
nice
the transitions grab me here. just as i fell into a pattern. thanks richard.
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ste said 2530 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
great
rhythms in this. top sounds. nice writing!
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ShadowofNine said 2527 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
I think
This is a fine piece, those of us that have to rely on our ears rather than formal training perhaps have a larger step to make when composing music, I can hear that you have crossed that bridge successfully, you have well developed instincts as to what sounds right...Bravo enjoyed the music...
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SomeMadGirl said 2525 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
This is the kind of thing...
...that will be stuck in my head all night! :-D (It's a good thing!) I agree with Andrew, I love the xylophones!
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chestnut said 2525 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Opera Gig
Excellent music! Techno is not what I usually listen to but this is a step above that! Many thanks for your sound picture of a million, billion stars.
Ken
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Sigmund said 2525 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
A pretty big number
a million billion is. You have put together an interesting piece here. And it is impressive that you built this all on your own, without using any loops. I've not used sequencers before - sounds to me like they are a useful tool for creating music as well. I think it takes a certain talent to use synths. You did a great job with this piece - I found it to have a circular feel to it - kind of like it was taking me around the galaxy for a quick tour. Also, it occurs to me that most ambient music designed for space sounds very open and emtpty, to make you feel the huge vastness that is space. Your approach is just the opposite - to remind us that space is FULL of stuff everywhere, and could be considered to be a very busy place. I think your approach works well. I will look forward to hearing more from you.

Thank you for commenting on my music as well. Your words were thoughtful and much appreciated. As far as moving up in software, I think the logical (no pun intended) step up would be Logic, but I am less concerned about learning new software - for me it's more about coughing up the dough to buy it! At least for now!

Thanks again for the listen - I really enjoyed your work here -
Sig
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VicDiesel said 2523 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Infinite arpeggiations
Very nice piece of synth spinning. Good groove.
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VicDiesel said 2523 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Infinite arpeggiations
PS Here's how the milky way looks on my monitor:

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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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