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Yet another iteration of SmokeyVW's lovely holiday tune, A Bell in the Valley. I heard it recently and, since my composing muse seems to have gone on holiday, I thought my arranging muse might enjoy a little workout. So I changed the instrumentation, along with a few notes, and played with the volume a bit within the tracks. I still had a few variants left over so I repeated the whole thing, and added some drum loops to bridge the halves. Oh yeah, I also changed the tempo from 75 to 90 bpm. I had fun and hope you enjoy my remix.
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Uploaded: Sep 06, 2010 - 10:20:55 AM
Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010 - 10:20:55 AM Last Played: Sep 17, 2017 - 09:22:30 AM
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SmokeyVW said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
bells!
a cool variety of sounds here - very effective

i like the pizzicato strings early on - reminds me of how bell choirs play their handbells muted sometimes as a special effect

around 2:30 i really like how the sweeping filter creates an arpeggio on the chords

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richard13 said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
bells!
you are totally welcome Bill; i had a ball playing with your wonderful, flexible, little tune.
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Roxylee said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
I like!
How funny that we both hadn't been composing lately and got the inspiration to do "A Bell." I like what you've done with the instruments, changing the tempo, and adding drums. I can almost hear an Irish tenor singing.Very cool!
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
I like that u like!
This has such a pretty melody (as you discovered) that it inspires. I've been listening to a lot of music lately but just haven't felt the spark to sit at the keyboard yet.
An Irish tenor, you say?
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davajonah said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
This is
a great version of Smokey's tune. I'm a sucker for bell sounds, as you know! I really like the rumbling pad throughout too.

Very nice!
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)

Thanks Dave. The rumbling pad is actually Smokey's original cello note drone, played by a cathedral organ, but dropped an octave during the first half and two during the second half.
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magnatone said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Smokey's Bell
oh man, this is FABULOUS Rich!!
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)

The fabulous-ness comes from Smokey, Karen; but I had fun messin' it about some. Thanks.
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hackneybloke said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
smokey's bell
hey richard. this is a christmas number one. bell-tastic. interesting left turn at 1.57 with the electronic bass and then the original theme coming back in - works perfectly. didn't hear the original but this is a cool track. nice percussive build at the end. i imagined a vocal track with harmonies.....but then i would, innit.

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richard13 said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
I dunno; innit?
Thanks Julian; glad you like it. You're welcome to vocalise, and harmonise, if you like.
Cheers.
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scaustrita said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Wondreful
A treat to my ears.
Great drum beats, and wonderful arrangement.

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richard13 said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)

Nice to see you here Steve, and glad you liked it.
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michaeljayklein said 2577 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
When it comes to playing bells...
You guys beat out Quasimodo any day! Good stuff here, very "classic"!
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richard13 said 2576 days ago (September 7th, 2010)

Yeah, and we're marginally better looking, too.
Thanks, Michael.
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davisamerica said 2576 days ago (September 7th, 2010)
1:57
was a totally wonderful surprise. the dynamics on this version are epic feeling. VW's Bell Project has another winner. Downloaded and thanks!
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richard13 said 2576 days ago (September 7th, 2010)

Thanks Jack. Happy you liked it enough to take a copy with you. Cheers.
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alackbass said 2576 days ago (September 7th, 2010)
Smokey's Bell in Another Valley
Nice! I like the funky groove you used halfway through.
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richard13 said 2576 days ago (September 7th, 2010)

I'm not sure why I chose that hip-hop groove Andrew but it must have been for you. Actually, it just seemed to fit. Glad you liked it.
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Outtaorbit said 2575 days ago (September 8th, 2010)
I always want to run down to the tree......
And see what I got.... all kidding aside nicely done....
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richard13 said 2574 days ago (September 9th, 2010)

I remember one year waking up early, feeling the gifts or even opening them to find out what I'd received. I went back to bed, couldn't sleep, and had to act surprised later that morning.

Thanks Patrick. Don't blame me for the Christmas sound: Smokey composed it... though maybe I re-wrapped it a little ;-)
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Skean said 2575 days ago (September 8th, 2010)
Nice
Nice take on "Smokey's Bell in Another Valley" enjoyed a lot… Cheers
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richard13 said 2574 days ago (September 9th, 2010)

Thanks, Kenta. I appreciate the visit.
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RAVENS said 2575 days ago (September 8th, 2010)
Lovely
This is very beautiful, puts me in a cheerful mood. Terrific stuff!

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richard13 said 2574 days ago (September 9th, 2010)

Thank you Dani: I'm cheered that you've been cheered.
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PockBluesman said 2574 days ago (September 9th, 2010)
Bells
Rich what a wonderful arrangement. This would make a rocking Xmas release. However I have to admit I have a thing for the sound of bells peeling. Don't ask me why. Must of been a campanologist in a previous life. Great work
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richard13 said 2574 days ago (September 9th, 2010)

OMG, I can hear it know, tintinnabulations throughout the malls.
I hadn't thought of it as you describe but now, I think you're right. Thanks. I found out that I like bells too.
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DWL said 2573 days ago (September 10th, 2010)
Excellent work!
I like the production on this and the change at 2:30 (or thereabouts)

Works well!

Cheers

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richard13 said 2573 days ago (September 10th, 2010)

Thanks, Dick: glad you like it.
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bud said 2573 days ago (September 10th, 2010)
Nice job Richard
always good to have a backup muse on hand. The drums work really well as do the new voices.
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Symphony101 said 2572 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
You know your stuff
Excellent work man, very cool !
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Brian D said 2572 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
:)
bella
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Jarvoid said 2567 days ago (September 16th, 2010)
It is
amazing how you can get such diverse takes on one theme ....I have just the other day listened to Roxylee's take on this (Highly reccomended)and now this thoroughly delightful version...as PBman said it would make a perfectly decent Christmas tune...although his liking for the sound of bells peeling (sic)also extends to the sound of them chopping and
slicing,which is a little worrying.....but heck this is great and sort of a two for one package........re-issue at Noel?

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ic42 said 2517 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
A cracking Potato Chip Post!
apologies for the tangential allusion above, but the beginning of this, being sped up and played with more synth/n/drums, began sounding like a Mannheim Steamroller rendition (high praise indeed, I admire Chip Post.) Nice bit of arranging of both halves of this... I might have suggested not dropping everything out between the two sections, but instead leaving a drone and perhaps a lone snare drumbeat to carry into the second half. But the choice of instruments and alterations are very tasteful and enjoyable.
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guygrooves said 2510 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Beautiful..
You have a very good ear. (Might be a Canadian thing) ;)
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