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I've recorded a bunch of songs similar to this one over the course of the year featuring segued melodies, layered guitars and ambient background noises … and I decided to post this one as being representative. But what genre? Don't know. I went through the entire list without finding the correct slot. Finally, I picked Progressive Rock - simply because the song itself progresses through a series of melodies. The title attached itself from the start and stuck.
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Hits: 2590
Comments: 51
Fans: 19
Plays: 79
Downloads: 74
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Uploaded: Oct 28, 2010 - 07:01:38 PM
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2010 - 07:01:38 PM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 03:35:49 AM
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Aria Pro II guitar, iPhone,
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michaeljayklein said 2582 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To me, this is a combination of Raymond Scott, Les Paul and Martin Denny brought up to date (with a dash of Elfman) and given a delightful treatment that is at once enjoyable for its artistic integrity as well as its wonderful sense of playfulness and unexpected turns. Full marks right down the line on this Mr. Smith--thanks!
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Warren Smith said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Playfulness & unexpected turns
You are too kind : )

There were a couple of times during the development when I had to ask the song, "Are you sure that's where you want to go?" Perhaps it becomes a case of the tail wagging the dog, but I think that's how you end up with playfulness and unexpected turns in a composition.
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Sir Bass said 2582 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
Thx
I love this really cool.
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Warren Smith said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Thx
I have been listening to some of your stuff .. and one of these days I'll get around to leaving a comment. Thanks for saying something about mine.
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Kicbal said 2582 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
Tuff Call
Yes deciding on a genre is hard sometimes. I dunno, maybe experimental or even surf music or rockabilly perhaps. At any rate there is some cool playing on this and the guitar tones are fun to listen to and a nice change from the usual acoustic and electric sounds that we are all so used to. At times there is almost a classical feel to some of the progressions . . . uh, I guess that's the progressive rock genre rearing it's head.
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Warren Smith said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Progressions
Those are similar to the progressions that ran through my head when trying to select the genre for this song. It probably doesn't matter. It's just a convention to point listeners in a general direction. For me, genre-selection is almost always an afterthought. Some musicians consciously want to create a certain kind of music and get recognized for excelling at it. I tend to rebel at constraints ... and therefore probably unconsciously avoid being pigeonholed.
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dave_b said 2582 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
Leaves Falling on a Sidewalk
I like that various movements in the piece are strung together linked by a common guitar tone. Unconventional and mischievous. Come to think of it the title makes perfect sense.
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Warren Smith said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Name game
Sometimes coming up with an appropriate title for a song can be as difficult as determining the right genre to put it in. But unless a song is a part of a series, where pieces tend to get numbered, I make a concerted effort to give a work a name. Sometimes the name is a perfect fit ... other times more nebulous. This one simply got attached because I was walking through fallen leaves on a sidewalk when the opening melody came to me.
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lavalamp said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
You know...
this reminds me of an obscure Velvet Underground track. Like it.

LL
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Warren Smith said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Velvet obscurity
I think there may be a connection, in that I pretty much live in obscurity - just above ground rather than below it : )
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Hickling_Stan said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Interesting
Your right about what genre to put this under its unique. A great listen and very engaging. Cheers Mark
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Warren Smith said 2581 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Categorization
The thing is, if I had the freedom to invent my own genre categories, it probably wouldn't make any significant difference - I'd still be at a loss as what to call it : )

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jiguma said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Totally different
and defying genre-isation. This is such an odd post Warren - at times it sounds quite simple, and then I realise there's all sorts of things going on that I hadn't noticed. "Playful" and "mischievous" are words that come to mind - definitely engaging.
Big score for originality!
Cheers,
Neil
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Warren Smith said 2581 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Simple complexity
Ha-ha … well, I don't think of it as anything odd or unusual, seeing that I've done about a dozen similar construction over the course of the year, stringing together blocks of melodies and variations, layering the guitars, and working in a variety of ambient sounds that have been captured with the microphone on an iPhone. That said, to have someone tell me it's odd and engaging is a total ego enhancement - so thanks for that. Certainly, the most general approach to these recordings is to go from the simple to the complex, while trying to achieve some kind of overall balance.
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MarkHolbrook said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
At first
I wasn't too found of the primary guitar but the more I listened the more I liked what I was hearing! This is very playful and very cool.
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Warren Smith said 2580 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
For better or worse
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess you are saying you weren't too fond of the sound or tone of the guitar (rather than the playing skill or the name brand of the guitar) : )

Here's what my general starting approach to the guitar has been. In Garageband I set up four to six tracks for guitar and then start experimenting with the built-in amps and effects-boxes, until I arrive at some sound or sounds that seem to work well for whatever melody or chord progression I'm trying to develop. When I settle on something, I continue tweaking that sound with variations of those effects, or maybe adding others, until I have a bunch of sounds (tracks) that are similar, but slightly different. It's hard to say which one ends up "primary" - it could change verse to verse, depending how the development - and the layering - goes.

This style of song development is the product of recording in Garageband. Back in Four-Track times, a guitar track pretty much had to be played straight-through from start to finish. Now that I've been freed from that limitation, I'm probably abusing my technological liberation. But that's the path I've been taking, for better or worse.
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RAVENS said 2582 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Very Cool
Very different indeed, and it's interesting how it changes throughout yet keeps a familiar melody. Hard to explain, so let's just say, it works! Uber coolio!

RAVEN ;-)
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Warren Smith said 2580 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
No explanation needed
Ultimately, that's my general approach to song writing: if it works, go with it! Maybe later you will be able to explain it : )

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jdholliday said 2581 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
quite a few
very innovative interesting posts lately, this is one of them, I love that tone, to me this is more of a soundtrack to like an Austin Powers/ James Bond type late 60's spy film, great for the scene in the car, top down, being tailed by the bad guys, very very cool stuff!
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Warren Smith said 2579 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
Bad guys
The bad guys were always cool in those flicks! Thanks for listening and commenting - and I'll check out your music in return.
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fasteddie said 2581 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
Bendy guitar work
That's great. I really like the bendy notes you're playing. Gives that guitar an interesting twang.

Super funky. Nicely done.


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Warren Smith said 2579 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
Bendable
And you know, Fast Eddie, it doesn't mean a thing unless it ain't got the twang : )

Although I might be overindulging in the use of the funk filter?
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VicDiesel said 2580 days ago (October 30th, 2010)
Fun
Interesting melodies and textures with those guitars. Enjoyed.
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Warren Smith said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
MTV
Melodies, textures and variations - that's where it's at for me : )
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perceptualvortex said 2579 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
Nope
There's no genre for something like this. Welcome to my world, heheh. It's just one cool thing after another. Someone said this was playful, and I can really see that... there are moments that get almost cartoonishly fun.
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Warren Smith said 2578 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Life as we know it
Well, I will admit there are days my life feels like a cartoon, because often the joke is on me : )

I thought you had your own "Vortex" genre here?
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richard13 said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
From the title, I was expecting relative silence
this is better ;-) I'm curious to know what you did with the iPhone (how it was used, I mean).
Michael's reference to Martin Denny took me back a while.
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Warren Smith said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
iPhonics
The iPhone came into play twice. First, I used the VoiceRecord app to grab the melodies when I was out walking through the leaves, by whistling the notes while recording. This is how I save melodies, by doing it on the spot; otherwise, they are gone before you realize it, rarely to come back.

Second, I used the same app to record dozens of special effects for the ambient spaces at the start, end and between the verses. This was one of those little projects I had thought about doing for years and finally did it - right at the same time the song was in development. What I did was spin the lids of jar tops and record them settling down on a kitchen countertop. It became so much fun that I was soon ransacking the cupboard for other potential spinners, like glasses, ceramic plates, metal pan covers, plastic containers - anything I could put a twisting asymmetrical spin to to create a sonic wobble. I then brought those sounds into Audacity to play with them further, changing pitch and tempo and direction. I suppose about a dozen of those sound patches made it into the song.
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bud said 2578 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
This is so cool
you have a really wonderful disarming way with a tune - and a lightness of being comes through that is very refreshing. Much enjoyed. Thanks.
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Warren Smith said 2577 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Lightweight
Ha-ha-hah .. and I always thinks of myself as being hamfisted .. usually envying the light touch of other musicians : )

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ste said 2578 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
kind
of an acid-surf tune. different. i enjoyed this a lot. nice work
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Warren Smith said 2577 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Acid-surf
Perhaps I snorted a little too much surf when I was younger?

Now, if there just had been a genre for acid-surf, I would have been set : )
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magnatone said 2576 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Leaves Falling
wow warren, this is 100% cool! very imaginative musical ideas, put together just beautifully! this is excellent - congratulations!
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Warren Smith said 2575 days ago (November 4th, 2010)
Pure as ivory
I can't claim 100% originality .. as I used some stock drum loops along the way : )

Maybe 99 and 44/100%?
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scofugate said 2574 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Progressive Surfer Rock
Very cool and interesting/ original sounding guitar. It works my friend!!
Kudos!!
Cool ending!
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Warren Smith said 2570 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Working
I'm usually happy if I can getting everything working together at least at one point in a production : )
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Symphony101 said 2572 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Great listen !
It also sounds a little jazzy to me, very cool piece.
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Warren Smith said 2570 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Jazzy
I certainly think in terms of jazz when building a composition. However, I recognize their are limitations because I'm basically reacting to my self, whereas the fundamental concept behind jazz seems to be improvisation while playing with other musicians.

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Vic Holman said 2571 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
laughing guitars
cool guitar lines. there is some that do a laughing guitar line that is cool. really nice interplay as well.

super job
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Warren Smith said 2570 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
While my guitar gently laughs
I hope those guitar lines are laughing with me ... rather than at me : )

It's funny you should say that, because the other night I actually tried to develop a composition based on the rhythm and sound of a person laughing. It didn't turn out the way I had hoped it would, but, still, it was an interesting experiment.
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DWL said 2571 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
A unique take on something
It's like Beefheart gatecrashing with an ambient art installation then hitting an African vein.

Interesting stuff Mr Smith

Cheers

Dick


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Warren Smith said 2568 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
Something in the way ...
That's pretty much what I was shooting for .. except I was trying to hit an artery rather than a vein, but then I never seem to know whether I'm coming or going around here : )

I always appreciate your visits.
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Calchas said 2567 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Love
those clean, almost slinky, tones you get on your riffage there Warren. VERY cool!

An interesting progression. You must have had some fun recording this! Change-up at approx 1:17 is super....

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Warren Smith said 2521 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Fun
Playing and recording music remains ever challenging, but I do find it fun. In fact, it's one of the more pleasurable activities of life : )

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sjm said 2557 days ago (November 22nd, 2010)
that
guitar has a kind of flippant genius.
prog-surf.
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Warren Smith said 2521 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Flippant
I do flip and flap around quite a bit when I'm playing : )
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jdholliday said 2548 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
cool
I like it a lot, very john lennon esque for some reason???
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Warren Smith said 2521 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Esque
Of course, what I'm really going for is Warren-esque, but Lennon-esque is a close second : )
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composerclark said 2520 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Progressive indeed!
I know what you mean about genre... some music doesn't fit very conveniently into any genre pigeon hole, but this is definitely progressive, so why not prog rock? Very cool tune!
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Warren Smith said 2474 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
Approaching music
I think the choice is perplexing because we generally approach music not as something genre-specific; that often it is simply an after-thought, and therefore it is difficult to slot it in to a category ... even when a piece of music may contain distinct categorical elements within it.

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Progressive rock (shortened to prog, or prog rock when differentiating from other "progressive" genres) is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the early

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