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composerclark

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Well, I guess three composition submissions in three months means I'm officially trying to flood the market...

I've been writing a lot of piano music over the past year, and here's another one. Enjoy!
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Uploaded: Nov 08, 2010 - 05:35:07 PM
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magnatone said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Keep on Truckin'
OMG CLARK - this is FABULOUS! You are such an awesome pianist with chops to die for. my pea brain can't think of these kinds of chord changes, much less get my fingers to play them. and oh man do your fingers fly! LOVE this - THANKS!
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Thanks!
Thanks, Karen! But I cannot take credit for the piano chops on this one, I'm afraid! This is another piece I wrote using Finale notation software, and the "performance" is just a Finale rendering, played through Kontakt 2 Steinway grand. Thanks so much for your comment!
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VicDiesel said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
The Composer Boogie....
Cool tune Clark. It boogies, yet it keeps wanting to slide into different territories.
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Victor. I like to play with musical licks with which we're pretty familiar, like the one in the opening bar of this one, by taking them places that the listener may not be expecting.
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davisamerica said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
...lolol
my friend we r so old (pic and GD) ..... somewhere a long time ago music soared and minnie ripperton was a recognized name.
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Thanks
Minnie Riperton's big hit "Lovin' You" figure's pretty prominently in a movie I saw this weekend with my kids, "Megamind," so who knows, maybe a whole new generation will be listening to her now. The highly-talented singer-songwriter unfortunately passed away from cancer at the age of 31.
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lilmom said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Keep on Truckin'
LOVE IT!!! This is really a fun, enjoyable listen!
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Thanks
Nice to meet you, and glad you enjoyed it!
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michaeljayklein said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
That was damned excellent!
Loved it!
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Thanks
That was damned nice of you to say!
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Scorpjammer said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
Superb!
I dig the tension you create with the dissonant chording and melodic lines. Way to make me think about what it is you're playing! Strut your stuff, Maestro!
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Erwin! Nice of you to say so. Any time I even feel like strutting, let alone actually do it, the Universe drops a figurative anvil on my head, presumably as a reminder to cut it out...

Are you working on any tracks these days? I'd love to hear something new of yours.
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drakonis said 2424 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
18 wheels of "there he goes"
what an enjoyable ride through all manner of countryside, I hear ragtime jazz boogie and even touches of Mussorgsky, and I am not being modest. What excellent dynamics and touches to make this flow so naturally, like honey, from the score, through the computer, and into my ear (now I must get a napkin.) Sweet and ebulliant music.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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composerclark said 1966 days ago (February 10th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks
Is "there he goes" a reference to the Patsy Cline/Loretta Lynn song? Just curious...

Mussorgsky? Hmm... possible I guess... maybe in that low register middle section? Yes, now that I hear it again, I think that must be what you're referring... Interesting that I didn't hear that before! I hear the boogie-woogie (the main idea), a smattering of gospel at times, some JS Bach, and some Duke Ellington...

Which makes a person wonder if there's any me in there at all! They called Ronald Regan the "great communicator;" maybe I'll be called "the mediocre stylistic appropriator!"

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Kicbal said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Crazy Stomp
This is really cool and intricate. Amazing sound and a nice clear mix. This piece travels and explores. I do wish that the heavier parts had a bit more gusty feel, like a bar pianist slamming the keys. But what do I know. Downloaded. Thanks for posting this.
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks very nice, and wonderful to meet you. Just left a comment for Lighten Up, and will check out more of your music soon!
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Cori Ander said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
lovely piece
I took this in earphones .. greatly enjoyed! And btw; what a fantastic sound that app finale can produce! In my phones it has a richness and spacieness like if I was sitting in front of a grand piano. Isn't it a lot of work to get it doing all the nuances you have here?
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Cori Ander said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
oops
had to click many times before the fav button reacted.. and you can see the result here .. well your composition is probably worth it :)
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Thanks
At first I was excited — "You mean, I have 15 fav's from people ALL named Cori Ander? Cool! What are the odds?" — but then I read your second post in which I discovered that they were all from the SAME Cori Ander, and I'm okay with that!

In answer to your question, a fair amount of work goes into the preparation of my scores so that the FInale rendering of them sounds realistic, but I try to do that to all my scores anyway, as a guide for performers. The keys are (1) lots of articulation markings, and (2) lots of dynamic indications, and then Finale does the rest.

Wonderful to hear from you, as always!
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Cori Ander said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
...
hi again, i undid the muliple faves, (got an anonymous mail from someone who felt it was very annoying and unfair, i have probably been away too long from mj, not taking these things seriously enough)
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composerclark said 2423 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Ah well...
Ah well.... Fame and faves; these are fleeting things. No worries!

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richard13 said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Keep on flooding
You truck if you like, as long as cool tunes like this are the result. Thanks Clark. I like boogie but I'll have to get some new shoes.
Cheers.
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composerclark said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Richard; really enjoyed your latest!
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ktb said 2424 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Finale
that you penned this in Finale and the playback sounds so damn fluid speaks volumes. Love the improv blues feel. Even the velocity levels are just perfect. How you do that is beyond me.
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composerclark said 2421 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
Thanks
To a large degree, i think the reason I spend so much time working on the notation files for the pieces I write is because I can't play piano very well, and certainly not as well as you do! Thanks so much for the nice comment; much appreciated.
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Moviz said 2423 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Fantastic
playing... love those changes..... great style and tone too..... enjoyed, regards M
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composerclark said 2421 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it!
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Bowman said 2422 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
Let the deluge come.
Love the way your always keen music making keeps us on our toes. Sometimes inducing a little vertigo but I like being spun around some anyway.

You demonstrate a mastery of styles and the ability to embellish them not unlike J.S. Bach.
Another wonderful work Clark.
Cheers,
Charlie
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composerclark said 2421 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
Après moi le Deluge...
Thanks so much, Charlie! Comparing me to JSB is like comparing a toad to a princess (not that JSB was a princess; at least I don't think he was?), but I'm hugely flattered nonetheless! I'm thrilled that you liked it.
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guitapick said 2422 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
Ha!
Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovitch sharing a joint. Keep on truckin', Clark. Really nice...I love the variations with the boogie glue. Thanks for the treat.
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composerclark said 2421 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
Thanks
Wow! Interesting, and slightly disturbing imagery there... thanks for the kind words, and glad you liked it!
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Feter said 2421 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Keep on Truckin'
What a joy ...genuine work on americana classic piano tone and touch very wonderful feel for the chords and the switch into the Mozart dance bits wonderful conclusions between the parts ...I just adore your writings ...has some depth for lot of thoughtful ideas and joy on listening ...just brilliant ...thnx a lot for sharin !!!!
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composerclark said 2419 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Feter, it's a pleasure to see you again! I really appreciate your nice comments.
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Skean said 2421 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
No words
I'm just very impressed of your composing, KUDOS.
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composerclark said 2419 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Thanks
No words are necessary; I'm just glad you were able to stop by and have a listen, so the words were a bonus!
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spitlogic said 2419 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Right on
This is very dynamic. It sounds very live. Is that midi or a recording?
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composerclark said 2419 days ago (November 14th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks for stopping by! It's midi.
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lengold said 2418 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
Apart from
the fact that this is extremely clever... it's actually great to listen to too. Enjoyed.
Cheers
Len

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composerclark said 2416 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
Thanks
I'm glad you liked it! Thanks very much for your nice words.
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Ed Hannifin said 2417 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
I'm impressed....
...at how lively and alive this is, Clark.... Whatever you've had to do to notate this to the nines in Finale, it seems to have involved some long Italian phrase that means 'humanizify it!' And I just know that if I read through every comment there'll be something that tells me what the piano sound is...suffice to say, though, that it sounds like a really nice piano, really well recorded....

I am NOT among the brethren (or sistren) who can get all the references and allusions and the musically witty bits, but I can hear with my little ear that this piece retains that Clarkness that makes it sound like it's working this vein over here, but then it meanders a little, plays with an idea there, drops a dissonance over yon, and ends with both a satisfying sense of the familiar and a satisfying sense of having one's expected familiarities played with a bit...

Stop me before I talk again...

I do always feel just a little smarter when I enjoy your compositions...
composerclark said 2416 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Ed; as always, your comments are highly valued. "Lively and alive" are nice adjectives to describe this; I think of it as an unabashedly (not sure if I have ever used that word before) feel-good piece, and even though I heard it in various forms hundreds of times as I was writing it, it still brings a smile to my face to hear it.

Anyway, I cannot thank you enough for your kind words.
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Cameron said 2416 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
excellence,
as usual. What else can I say?

Completely aside from this excellent composition, I am very impressed with the rendering of Finale through the Kontakt 2 Steinway grand. Great sound and expression!

(I wonder if I can do something similar with Sibelius...)

You can never truly "flood the market". That would be more like submitting five songs in one DAY, my friend! ;-)

Keep 'em comin'.
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composerclark said 2416 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Cameron! It's a real pleasure to hear from you, and I hope you are well.

I'm pretty sure Sibelius would do an equally-good job rendering this file if you had a good piano sample library; as I mentioned in earlier comments, the trick is to have lots of articulations and dynamics, as well as pedal markings all the way through. The pedal markings can be a bit of a pain, since in a live performance situation I would probably just write them for the first few bars, and then write "simile" after that, but obviously you can't do that and expect to get intelligent pedaling in a computer rendering of a notation file.
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futzpucker said 2416 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
I cannot say enough - you are an inspiration
Spectacular, amazing, astonishing, and very, very enjoyable, like all of your music, Clark. I don't know how long it took you to develop the formidable tools in your toolbox, but how I envy your having them, and knowing just when and how to use them. I particularly enjoy your ratio of "out there" to "come back home", dissonance to consonance, comfortable to unexpected...

Your overall musicianship, which in your case includes the very skillful ability to use technology to bring your music to life, is off the charts, and at the great risk of redundancy, we are all very fortunate that the mix of this great community includes one Professor Clark Ross. You add *so* much to this site. Thank you for continuing to participate here.
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composerclark said 2416 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
Thanks
Patrick, you have got to be one of the most talented and professional musicians in this E-community, and yet you are also one of the most generous and gracious in your comments! I am deeply moved by your words.

Your mention of the "ratio of "out there" to 'come back home', dissonance to consonance, comfortable to unexpected" is very cool, because these are the dichotomies I write about on my composition blog, and talk about in my classes... Much of the time my mentioning of these dichotomies is met with glassy-eyed diffidence among students, but I really believe they are keys to writing successful music in any genre, and I'm glad you picked up on it!
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egobandit said 2415 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
banging it up
Love the tone the forceful yet playful playing the low end part was my favorite! BTW I love Crumb art, Keep on trucking! This song is going to put me in the mood to be creative love all the paces and back again!
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composerclark said 2401 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Thanks
Glad to hear you liked the low-end part... I wasn't sure about it when I wrote it; it just seemed to happen, but it was not in character with the rest of the piece, hence my uncertainty. Anyway, thanks very much for the kind comment (and sorry for not thanking you sooner)!
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paul f. page said 2412 days ago (November 20th, 2010)
Finale -- PRO!!!
First, the composition is very VERY interesting and engages me at every step of the way. Your command of harmony and counterpoint go way beyond the academic and fall into the realm of art. What a pleasure to hear a pro meander through so many keys with such certainty and with such flair. Also, the CLARITY of the counterpoint--the inner voices, exp.--is really stunning to my ears. Every single note seems to sing with exactness. So, the composition is just superb to begin with!!! ... and then there's the magic you do with Finale. I'm ONLY at the engraving stage; YOU have taken this program to the height of its powers and display such refinement of technique that the rest of us will just have to sit back in awe. Wow. "I wish I could do that," he said, but, then again, I can appreciate the hours and hours it must have taken to learn all of this. You must be a man of great patience, Clark. ... Many thanks for the inspiration you give me with your writing and your performances.
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composerclark said 2401 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Paul. As you know, I am a huge fan of yours (in fact, I am a huge fan of pretty much everyone who has left a comment here), so I greatly appreciate your generous words.
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Ibstrat said 2403 days ago (November 30th, 2010)
You
are such a great composer! I had a few chuckles (The Count Basie bit!) but this is serious stuff. The way you move in and out of consonance and dissonance is so smooth- not forced. Just incredible music.Did I hear a Jerry Garcia riff in there?
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composerclark said 2401 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
Thanks
Chuckles are good... It's supposed to be a feelin' good kind of piece, although there's that mysterious low-register bit in the middle that seemed to come out of nowhere. Nice of you to mention the Count. That was definitely a wee nod to him... talk about saying a lot with a few notes, he was the master. As for Jerry Garcia, he's one of those guys that I have heard of, but I am embarrassed to say I don't actually know much about his music, except for the fact that he played in the Dead for something like 75 years. So, if there was a Jerry Garcia lick, it was unintentional. Thanks again!
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Scott Carmichael said 2402 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
are we so dissimilar that
we would never be able to work together.... ??? you are so good and so past my ability, but you make me want to stretch into someone who could contribute where I barely comprehend... but I do recognize ear candy, because I'm a man of appetites...

I really appreciate you...

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composerclark said 2373 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks, Scott! Just to clarify, although I write a lot of music for piano, I could never actually play most of it — well, not without starting to practice several hours a day, which is not going to happen while I have a day job. I am a moderately competent guitarist, and a hack pianist. And yes, I would be thrilled to visit you and your family one day! And if you should ever want to visit Newfoundland, you would of course be welcome to stay with us!
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jdholliday said 2402 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
keep on floodin'
sounds great dude! Man I love it!
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composerclark said 2373 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Belated Thanks
Just now catching up with the thanks, but your comment is much appreciated! Really enjoyed your latest as well!
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christopherpsly said 2388 days ago (December 15th, 2010)
I like!
Great sound Clark!
You must have enjoyed this one?
Well done you!
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composerclark said 2373 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
More Belated Thanks
As i just wrote above, this is kind of late to be thanking you, but I value your comment, and enjoyed your latest! And yes, I enjoyed this one too!
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thetiler said 2384 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
Terrific
lost of stuff going on for sure! You set a very high standard and I can see why you teach! The picture really fits in quite well with the music. Stunning to say the least. Way to Go !
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thetiler said 2384 days ago (December 19th, 2010)
I just listened again on the
desktop after downloading and it still is amazing :) Settin the bar high cc !
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composerclark said 2373 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Only slightly-belated thanks...
Thanks so much for your kind and generous comment! You are an amazing musician, and we're all lucky to have you share your creations with us here.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2380 days ago (December 23rd, 2010)
I'm...
... diggin' this boogie.

I listened to it last night but couldn't get it off my mind (woo, that just rhymed!!), so I had to get back here for another listen. This is what I call *smokin'*! Very fine stuff, Sir Clark.
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composerclark said 2373 days ago (December 29th, 2010)
Thanks
Thank you, Yemen, for your characteristically kind words! I'm thrilled that you are back with us at MacJams, and hope to hear more of your music whenever that is possible!
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J.A.Stewart said 2340 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Mr. Natural
This is as colorful and amazing as an R. Crumb strip, Clark. As a matter of fact, I could see (and hear) it as a natural accompaniment for one of his comic strips.

It plays like classical-jazz-burlesque-boogie.

How cool is that? ;)


--- Joe
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composerclark said 2339 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
Thanks
Thanks Joe! The title came after the piece was finished, but it seemed to fit the boundless optimism vibe that the piece seemed to have. Much appreciated!
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Jarvoid said 1934 days ago (March 13th, 2012)
Having been soundly admonished in the forum
by your good self for muddling my D7s 9s and 13s I thought I would boogy on over to see what the gentleman with the severe countenance and stern expression was all about......oh well if one is going to get a kicking it might as well be from a Don and one who can bang the ivories (sorry if that calls for a shudder of distaste) as demonstrated here in a syncopatedly sweet and savoury combination...excellente.

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composerclark said 1933 days ago (March 14th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for having a listen, and glad you enjoyed it!
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