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I've been semi-absent for a couple of months following retirement from full-time employment, but I have been busy experimenting, mostly with melody, following many nudges from Paul F. Page. Herewith, one of my experiments.

This piece consists of 2 Exotic Beats loops, 1 Percussion Combo loop, 1 Cymbal loop, and a MIDI melody (by me), all repeated as necessary. I hope you like it but if you don't, I hope you'll let me know why. (BTW, if you have a suggestion for a more appropriate genre, let me know.)

The image is Algiers at Night by Khaled Kedjar at Panoramio.
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magnatone said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Nuit d'Alger
FIRSTIES!!!
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magnatone said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
ok
now that i got that part out of the way (firsties) - WOWZA Richard! this was worth the wait - such cool sounds and beats, you did a great job with this. you're certainly being nudged by the BEST and it really shows here. instant download and thank you!
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
ok
Thank you Karen. I appreciate your irrational exuberance, both ways.
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Symphony101 said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Awesome percussions
Very cleverly used, a beautiful melody as well, very nicely done.
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Awesome...?
Wow, Yves: thanks!
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drakonis said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Congratulations on everything
Hopefully retirement will give you lots of time to play, especially if it creates fun stuff like this. It definitely has a little bit of a middle-eastern vibe, and I like the melody handed back and forth like that (although kept wanting the tail end of the melody, after that last held note, to go up a half step then down two more half steps and hold... not sure why.)

The percussion loops are great, and this piece is short, so all is well, but if you wanted to make this a little longer, I'd vary the rhythm a little, maybe stop then restart the tambourine in spots to add some spice (I think a little cinnamon or cardamom is great). And of course, nothing says exotic like a double-reed, try an oboe in places? :-) Maybe you can get Vicdiesel to play the Oud for you too? This could be quite the belly-dancing music soon.
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Thank you Eduard
I've been looking forward to retirement for more than 50 years: since I was about 14, and now that it's here, I smile more, though I don't seem to have any more time to myself, somehow.
I will keep all your suggestions in mind if I rework this, but it wasn't meant as belly-dance music. Probably just suggestive of old men sitting around smoking a hookah, drinking strong coffee, THINKING of a belly-dancer ;-)
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Skean said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Hey, Richard
Nice mixing with the loops and I like your MIDI melody, as I think that is the best who make it more interesting, enjoyed… Cheers
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Hey, yourself
thanks for stopping by, and the props. Glad you enjoyed.
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crissew said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Cool
This has a kind of Enigma feel to the drums and instruments. I think the VicDiesel suggestion is a good one. This is a great start. I think it does need some sort of lead instrument to take a prominent role somewhere in the song. Cool tune!
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Cool is still good, isn't it?
Thanks Charles, esp for the Enigma ref. I somehow thought a clarinet and bassoon were lead instruments...
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Char said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
It definitely has a
Middle Eastern flair. You must have been an Emir in another life. Charming. Very, very nice music...very polished. It would entice me into doing a little shimmying. Thanks.
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
An Emir or a Pasha or a camel...
Whaddya mean "it would"? Did you shimmy or didn't you?
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Halloween-2009-Challenge said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Interesting piece Richard
It has a very relaxed flow to it with a somewhat exotic melody. Like the percussion work in it, but it sounds a little thin to me. I hear a bass instrument of some kind in my head for this, although I'm not sure what it needs to be. You could do a Bass line for Upright of electric bass, but you might also want to consider a tunable drum or possible a Tabla.

Like where you're headed on this one my friend. Keep at it.

Ed
richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Oh, that's Ed in the nylons, is it?
Thanks for the fly-by Queenie. As you notice, there are no vampire references anywhere in this so no spells for me, OK?
I think there's already a tabla in there: what else would make that deep, resonating boom? (I don't know since it's a sound on one of the loops, but I assume it's a tabla.)
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MarkHolbrook said 2579 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Sorry
I got delayed this morning but I'm back! This is very snake charmer like to me... Cool beat! Nicely done Richard!
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
No need...
Glad you like it, Mark. Snake-charmer rather than belly-dancer. Thanks.
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alackbass said 2578 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Nuit d'Alger
That groove is hypnotic and I love the bass sound's vocal quality. Nice use of cymbal swells.
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)

It IS hypnotic. And you're right about the vocal quality: those booms could have been made by a men's choir. Thanks Andrew. Appreciate the visit.
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Jarvoid said 2578 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
I do not believe this
bas***d site sometimes.

I left a really nice ,food orientated comment based around noisy casbahs,open fires smoking and tagines giving off aromatic scents of infusions of rice ,cous cous ,fruits and savouries........a bit like this comment really and it DID NOT post......aaaaaaaaghhhhh.

So I have said it again whilst swaying gently to the magic of Nuit d'Algiers or Tagine Dream as I have subtitled it.Cheekily. 80)


Chris......Now POST
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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Definitely bastroid...
Thanks for being persistent Chris, besides cheeky. I'll make sure you get credit on the cd liner notes. Happy that you were temporarily transported to the casbah.
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scaustrita said 2578 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Experimental
I like this concept, with it's melody line.
Definitely ethnic, but can't put my finger on it.

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richard13 said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)

Thank you Steve. Glad you like it.
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RAVENS said 2577 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Sweet
Wow, what a great sound you got going on. Very Sensual, love the Middle Eastern vibe. Reminds me a bit of Enigma, which I happen to love. Great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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richard13 said 2576 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Sweet but sensual...
well that works for me. Thanks for the kind words, Dani; I'll be over to your place in a while ;-)
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scofugate said 2577 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
I like it!
To me , with the production, it doesnt sound like loops at all. Its nice and crystal clear.
I do love the world melody line...cant quite place the country. Very catchy indeed!
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richard13 said 2576 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)

That's MY world melody line Scott, and I say it's Algiers. Well, alright, I suppose it could be Morocco. OK, maybe Tunisia. Or Libya. Well, you know...
Thanks: glad it caught you.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2577 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
nuit d'alger
very interesting collection of sounds that holds together really well. cool groove and feel. well produced and imaginative.
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richard13 said 2576 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)

Thanks for the visit and the good words. I appreciate it, and am happy you enjoyed.
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rok41 said 2577 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Nuit d'Alger
Richard, this has a great feel to it. I enjoy how the groove evolves as the track moves along. The melody line creates the mood you were looking for. Nice listen!
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richard13 said 2576 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)

Chris, I'll be honest with you, but don't tell anyone else: I named it after it was finished. Quite a bit after, in fact. Originally I called it something like Nights Beside or Along the Seine, but as I played it more I realized it would have to be in the Arab Quarter, and I didn't know if Paris has an Arab Quarter... so I moved it to Algiers. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed.
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georgeptingley said 2577 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Nice
Am I hearing those wonderful Stormdrum reverse cymbals? Fine mood created here. I wonder if the melodies might be heard a little more upfront. Perhaps a little too much delay on that clarinet.
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richard13 said 2575 days ago (November 4th, 2010)

Thanks George. Sorry, those are just Apple's Orchestral Jam Pack cymbal swells. Glad you like the mood and you're probably right with both suggestions. Cheers.
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Monkaton said 2576 days ago (November 4th, 2010)
Good Song
Nice tour of Algeria, by night. I liked your drums, especially the gong or big cymbal. Good melody.

I think Drakonis had a good idea with using an oboe.
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richard13 said 2575 days ago (November 4th, 2010)

Thanks for stopping by richard's exotic tour company; happy you enjoyed your little trip (that IS a great cymbal swell loop). Be sure to tell ALL your friends, and we're here 24/7/365, except when we're not ;-)
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Moses said 2575 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
nuit d'alger
I dig the percussion choices and the bass loop fits in perfectly sounds pretty sweet, i didn't get into the melody so much tho, haha and now i see that this piece is about old men sitting around smoking a hookah, drinking strong coffee, THINKING of a belly-dancer, alright, i think i got that vibe a little from this piece =P, nice
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sammydix said 2575 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Fav
Absolutely fantastic. Dug it from the fist notes. There's nothing I don't like about it (don't mind the double negative).
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PockBluesman said 2575 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Great beats
great cultural mix african, ethnic, bolero finish it with some street. brill foot tappin stuff. kudos my freind
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VicDiesel said 2574 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
electro grooving
Nice piece. Maybe a more synth-y sound for the lead (rather than clarinet, oboe) would fit better in the arrangement?
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dave_b said 2574 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Nuit d'Alger
Nice groove, bass line & tone is really cool. Love the percussion. Melody on top works well.
I could hear this as a score to a spy movie.
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jiguma said 2574 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
I always enjoy
sitting down and doing percussion-based songs, and clearly, so do you. This has a really nice feel to it - relaxed and exotic. Mix-wise, I'd probably like to hear the percussion more centred - I think you can get away with a bit of panning on percs, but the loop in the LH channel in particular seems to have a number of instruments in it, and panning them all left makes things a little unbalanced to me. You'll probably find that the loop is a stereo loop already with some instruments panned left and others right. Having both loops panned very minimally (say less than 5 right and left) would give this more cohesiveness perhaps.
Really smooth piece of work though.
VERY relaxed vibe.
Happy retirement - watch out, you'll soon be busier than ever!
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ShadowofNine said 2573 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Me Likes
Exotic Rhythms evocative like the warm nights in the desert..fine track..enjoyed
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Social_Ice said 2573 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
ahhh....
vary ethnically x ahhh tic....loved this Richard and dl'd! ~barbara
michaeljayklein said 2573 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Loved this exotic blend...
...very good stuff here Richard!
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damiengh said 2571 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
nice flavor
You have some nice things put together here. I really enjoyed the feel and middle eastern flavor you bring with your blend of beats and melody. The only thing I may have yearned a little for, would be a contrasting section, as if turning a corner or passing by something else on the voyage you are taking us. I really enjoyed what you set up here.
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DWL said 2571 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Retirement?
I have also just retired and am gradually coming to terms with no work and less money! I also still find I have no time for me. How did I ever manage to work?

An interesting piece Richard. I recognise the loops and you've used them very effectively. As Eduard said some extra variation wouldn't go amiss but this is short enough not to get boring.

Cheers

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guygrooves said 2568 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
It's hard
to know when a a song consisting of loops is to long. This actually could be longer. I am impressed by people who manipulate loops well. You are one of those people.
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