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That E Thing


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This is based on an Em guitar pattern that I've been messing around with for a number of years. It has a certain unresolved quality to it that I seem to gravitate towards at times. On this recording I'm playing acoustic guitar - electric bass and pencil edited some piano and horn samples. I also used Spectral Dronemaker to create the drone that comes and goes. The drums are Apple loops.
If there were a genre for this - it might be Peculiar - as it is I chose Other.

Artwork - Among the Folds of My Eagerness / A Fixed Intention,1997 by Lisa Beck
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Comments: 67
Fans: 33
Plays: 224
Downloads: 88

Uploaded: Mar 21, 2010 - 04:52:06 PM
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2010 - 01:21:37 PM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 03:32:24 PM
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Peculiar (2)Em (4)
Hardware:
MacBook, Martin D18, Ibanez bass
Software:
GB'08
Comments
said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
gotta love E
my favorite chord

. - Harold
bud said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
Is there another one?
Thanks Harold
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michaeljayklein said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
Nice!!!!!!!!
I'm a sucker for anything in the minor key and their dark, melancholic moods. Excellent, ethereal motif and I thought your choice of visual for this post signified what was to come uncannily! Really excellent track and remind me to buy you a pizza lunch for downloading this next time you are in Minneapolis Bud. Take care and thanks for the great work! Michael
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bud said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
I love pizza - thanks.
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PaulaMunk said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
Slow hand
guitar. Did you play while lying down? I think it is jazz. It moves, but slowly. Who's in a hurry, anyway? Love it. :)
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bud said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
I tried really hard to get a suspension hanging
where the tension of the dissonance is diffused by the slack rhythm. Unease without nervousness - if that makes sense. No Hurry here. However - whatever I do next will likely pulse and pound.
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Lennon714 said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
Dig it
The horns are a really surprising, but fitting, addition. Brave choice. Chillaxed and extremely listenable.
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bud said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
This was a weird one to work on
no really strong idea leapt out - so I played with colors and voices. Glad you liked it.
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particledots said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
Quite brilliant
Love the queasy, off kilter, bobbing on the ocean and almost submerging but never going under feel

Peculiar, other....its all good to me

Love the art work too!
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Bryn -
I play that weird chord whenever I don't know what else to do - which is often.
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scofugate said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
Off the Wall cool!!
Oh yea...Love E
Great work on this!!!!
Peculiar Jazz = genre
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
All this talk of E
people might get the wrong idea. Thanks for dropping by.
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Vic Holman said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
i think.......
i hear 2 chords. Em & Esus#13 with a flattened 19th.

pretty cool Kevin. the acoustic grooves along and the jazzier (avant garde) piano lines are pretty cool in that they work within the framework
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Good ears
I call it Em dissed with diminished expectations. Actually it's an open E something 1st/open - 2nd/7th - 3rd/8th - 4th/9th - 5th/open - 6th/open
Any idea what it is?
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Vic Holman said 2653 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
a whacky chord
E/C7b5

that's about as close as anyones gonna get.
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magnatone said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
That E Thing
oh man Bud - this is way way way too cool. if i think of something articulate to say, i'll come back! I love this!
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Karen
glad you like it.
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DarkPlanet said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
E space
I like the room you have created here, nice sounds...
Oh yeah easy and loose! diggin this!
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Maybe this will be out of my system for a while now
thanks for the nice comments.
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spitlogic said 2656 days ago (March 21st, 2010)
Really diggin it
Loving that bassline. Cool stuff.
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Mitch
you know a thing or two about basslines.
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kingbee said 2656 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
everything starts with an E
It's odd. I was just thinking last night about a new MJ challenge where everyone writes a song that starts with E.
You've just got the ball rolling!
Great use of sounds, textures and drones.
I felt the snare rolls at the end of the bar should have been a bit 'bigger' or a different snare sound and maybe 'tightened' up a bit but apart from that a cool track
cheers
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
I eq's the drums a little duller than
they were - less top end and crack to the snare. They were very present before - as fr the timing - don't know how I might have changed that with these loops. Thanks for the comment and giving it thought. Let's do the E challenge.
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tempie said 2656 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
colors and voices
everybody's got that little thing they play as soon as they pick up the guitar. reminds me of zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, how pirsig tries to take apart the process of selection that occurs when you walk down a street filled with sound but only hear certain things - why do you sub consciously make the decision to pay attention to those certain things? you kind of do the same thing here with that little pattern you for whatever reason always bring to the guitar. very cool concept dude.
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Yeah - I lke the way the dissonant resolves to consonant
very simple - but I'm easily amused.
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Daugrin said 2656 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Have A Moment
Thanks for sharing your mantra with us Bud.

Daug
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Any time Daug
thanks for dropping by. You must have sniffed out the whole tone pianos.
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Daugrin said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Yes the Daug's trademark
Sounds great Bud. It is comforting to hear the things you love in the music of others, the cool stuff, especially whole tone dissonance, catches my ear, lol.

Daug
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egobandit said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Allot of suspence
I wonder what it would sound like with vocals, the piano really drive this along, nice and relaxed I enjoyed!
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
The sequence is loosely based on a Grateful Dead
song - The Victim or the Crime. Check it out for a vocal version.
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Hickling_Stan said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Queezy, Cheezy, Pleezy
Strange feeling coming from this one. Engaging but somehow a little sinister! Good listen though. Cheers.Mark
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Hang in there
it'll pass.
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kassia said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
bud
i'm all about minor these days, and while I tend to prefer Eb to E, I can still think this is as lovely as the art work representing it. I really love the bass in this - an understated soft support holding it all together. I swear that picture is shifting before my very eyes as I listen to this for the second time. Great effecty thingies on the pencilled in parts. I don't think this is Peculiar at all, or maybe it is in a wonderfully "through the looking glass off with their heads" sort of way. I LOVE it! downloaded thanks.
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Shay - you are much too generous
thanks for the kind words. The art is an installation by my wife. Think I'm strange - spend some time in her studio.
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awigze said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Bud
We decided that 'Bud' was a genre. Didnt I hear this coming from the AC duct in the Denver Airport...?
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Next they'll have Miller and Coors as genres
then where will we be? Beer Friday I guess. Thanks for dropping by Andy.
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Symphony101 said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
the song is over ....
but I am still hearing the bass line, it's been really nice listening, I like it very much
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bud said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Thanks a lot
now I'm not the only one with this sound stuck in my head.
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Ed Hannifin said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
I listened to this twice....
...before bed last night.... I thought I'd just check it out quickly, but then I got drawn in....

I really love it...

I have to say that Em may be my favorite key. I really like the acoustic guitar bits, and the sort of off-kilter drum track and the piano really make it for me...
bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Ed
Wasn't sure I'd ever get this thing to work to be honest.
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ste said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
good
listen. like the instrumentation.
enjoyed
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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Much appreciated
thanks for stopping by.
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racerat said 2655 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
the long fade
This has to have the longest fade I've heard in a while 45 seconds! Leaves you hanging in an odd way. Em is a fav of mine as well. Wanna put a onerous tone on any just a bit too happy-go-lucky pop number? Just throw in an EM and all is wrong with the world again. makes my day. A wonderful meandering pastoral passage.
Ciao
P
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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Em in a happy song - yup - that's cool
I also like the way Elliott Smith used to write really cheery songs with depressing lyrics.
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Jarvoid said 2655 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
E ba gum,
Yorkshire take on the whole thing...slightly surreal with a hint of melancholy but nicely held together and I love the tick tock clocky sound and vibe to it...Almost Hitchcockian...if you get my drift,very nice Bud.

Cheers, Jarvoid
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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Hadn't thought about the Hitch thing
till you mentioned it - but there is a bit of Bernard Herrman working here I guess. Thanks for the comments.
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mikkinylund said 2655 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Different
Very disharmonic, progressive patterns, very cool guitar performance, as well as well crafted piano riffs and melodies. Have hints of blues, but adds so may other levels into it, classic, jazz'esque, indie... Great concept, very poetic. Love the song art.
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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Miki - you create some of the most
unique sounds coming out of this place - so I really appreciate the support. The artwork is my wife's thing.
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dave_b said 2655 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
That E Thing
Very cool stuff. I like your chord, I looked it up on Chord Finder (http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/chord_name.php), and it didn't come back with anything
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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
I tried to find it too - no luck
It's basically an open Em with a flatted B - that then resolves to B natural.
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DWL said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Peculiar indeed
but keeps the interest

Cheers

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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Interest? I want dividends!
Thanks Dick.
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rac927 said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
COOL
With so many of us guitarist Dropping our E's to D's, Im glad you kept it at E....Definately can hear that Martin tone in the D-18. i love the feeling of "Air-iness" to this, kinda leaves room for imagination as the notes fly by. I hope you understand what Im saying! Great job!

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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thanks for hearing the D18
it like the attention and doesn't get enough from me. Very jealous of the electrics.
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lavalamp said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Smooth
Brilliant sound. Very smooth vibe. Something eerie about it.

Could need vocals in my opinion.

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bud said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Dave
feel like singing?
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lavalamp said 2653 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Ha
They called me a Jim Morrison wannabe the last time I tackled one of your tunes. lol

LL
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richard13 said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
Peculiar?
Maybe, but still of interest. Actually, it reminds me a little of the tune "Wonderwall" (I think) for some reason. Nice. Downloaded, thanks.
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davisamerica said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
E is good
Em is just amazing.... kevin this is just right for my time and place.... thanks for the download...cos... i did.
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Relic67 said 2654 days ago (March 23rd, 2010)
nice
I like that freaky chord! nice spacious feel. kind of meditative and relaxing even though the chord is dissonant.
If you stretched it out, it would be cool as a 20 minute side B on a vinyl lp.
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SISTERS said 2654 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
way to go, kevin
i like the way this starts to TILT at :27.
the crazy back n forthness at 1:34 is GREAT.
the tension is terrific, and the resolves are lovely.
edgy, quirky, and really beautiful. cool piece!
anne
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Ibstrat said 2653 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
I really
enjoyed listening to this.You have an incredible ability to put a bunch of musical ideas together to make a very interesting piece.
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fasteddie said 2652 days ago (March 25th, 2010)
Peculiar Em
Em is my natural starting place for most of my songs. I'm not sure what a Spectral Dronemaker is but it sure makes some cool sounds.

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falcef said 2651 days ago (March 26th, 2010)
That E Thing
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Calchas said 2651 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
Holy crap Kevin!
What a wonderful chord progression. LOVE that spooky bass line, and all those keyboard effects. Very cool stuff.

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Macaudion said 2650 days ago (March 27th, 2010)
My sweet wallowing drips of goodness...
you sang to me that time, Bud! there was a dance of chills in places we don't normally end up making speak about...

it needed nothing but my begging ears...

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Bob6stringer said 2637 days ago (April 10th, 2010)
Quite peculiar indeedy.
I was just practicing on some Em fingerstyle acoustic blues. I'm not much of a finger-er. But this gambit of yours resonates. For some reason those open chord creations like you've got at the 0:28-sec. mark take me back to Zep III (side 2). On the song art: those floating.. um -- what do you call 'em -- "particledots" ... suit the mood well.
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