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Jambalaya Smooth



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I put up "Jumbled Layers" in December last year,still there .....and I listened to it again recently and thought,hmmmmm it is a typical jingle bash crash Jarvoid attempt at mayhemically melodic music.......and having heard some really splendid productions recently I thought let's try a properly mixed, mastered and properly arranged version of a tune and Jambalaya came to mind because it is not awfully difficult (b**ls**t the simplest tunes can be a bugger to get right)....anyway long story short ..I swapped it from it's usual quick steppin two step and served it up slightly more elegantly,sort of Jamabalaya en Croute,if it aint smooth it's not for want of trying.... I missed out putting the Bass on to the finished MP3 and so had to resubmit....
what a chore !!

Two alligators in picture one says: " What do you think to this Jambalaya Smooth?"
The other replies " Any Jambalaya without me in it is good Jambalaya.......and don't call me smooth....!" (groan)
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Uploaded: Apr 09, 2012 - 01:54:26 PM
Last Updated: Apr 09, 2012 - 01:54:26 PM Last Played: Mar 22, 2015 - 07:51:14 AM
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gadzooks said 1813 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
Jambalaya Smooth
Chris, I had already commented but then you pulled it off and now it's back ... pretty good separation in your mix, and now I hear bass and it totally makes a difference ... hee haw!!
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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
You must have been

commenting as I was furiously trying to repost it with all the attendant buggerances that go with doing that....didja get my PM which should explain in more detail....thanks for thwe listen and the advice previously about the Bass...

TvRicky said 1813 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
Gators are my thing Baby!
Yeah my friend. I'll take two pair..Haha..A nostalgic trip that takes a 'funky turn' my friend. Slick retake on a classic piece. Great Production and Performance. Lobe the GuitHarm integration and the drums kick it left baby. Fine Piece!

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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
It is always
a quick paced two stepper....I thought I would slop a little sentimentality onto the mix....seems to work....

Cheers matey

Moviz said 1813 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
I tell you Chris
you're a better man than me and a few others, with all your musical dexterity and no loops.... this sound as well is much improved.... has a warmth, thanks to your new mixing capabilities..... enjoyed listening, cheers M
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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Yes ,I had
an epiphany and amongst other things read the manual for Cubase 5 abit closer ....it works a lot different to Cubase 3 which I had previously up to last Christmas and I have struggled with the mixing ....back tro the drawing board......seems to have worked ?

alackbass said 1813 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
Jambalaya Smooth
Just came back from New Orleans a few weeks ago where I had jambalaya for the first time. Thanks for taking me back there. Digging that accordion. I would put it front and center.
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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Thanks....the accordion
was originally the lead indtrument ,but sadly the lack of proficiency had to make the ego take it to the back and use it as an accompiament instrument on this one.....which to bw honest wasmore about getting the recording of it right as in the finished sound ...it is a difficult instrument to record ,as it is very mechanically noisy as well as loud and can be harsh on the mic.....sounds great "live" in the room,but that ,like the harmonica does not always translate through the mix until it has been tweaked.....thanks again for the listen ....accordion will be appearing front and centre at a song near you short(ish)ly though....

michaeljayklein said 1813 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
Direct from New Orleans...
This was like suddenly being transported to that great old city. A real delight Chris--I love this stuff! Now I'm in the mood for really spicy food all of a sudden....you take care now! Michael
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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
I do like the
old jambalaya which seems to have only one rule you must use the "cajun trinity"onion,bell pepper and celery....I knows me cooking you know... after that you can pretty much use what is in the larder,fridge.....swamp !

Philip18 said 1813 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
Well this is fun! Happy Music. I find it a bit ear stretching not to have the lead instruments in the middle, but I sure did enjoy it!
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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
it would not be a Jarvoid production if there wasn't a blooper here and there and I was so concentrating on getting the instruments "staged" that I clearly forget to centre one....what a tit Iam !!

Thanks for the listen though

johnwhitehead said 1813 days ago (April 9th, 2012)
Jambalaya Jam
Fun take on this bayou classic. I dig the burbling
bass. Nice job on all the instruments.May les bon temps roule, cher.
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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Ahhh the burbling
bass nearly got left out ...see reply to Gadzooks comment if intersted...but I tried a lot more with the mix and mastering on this one....aint it difficult though....then I had some advice from Russ (Crissew)and a little light went on in the fridge....ice box....that is my head...get the drums and bass right first then add on.....seems to work...

Cheers Chris
DWL said 1813 days ago (April 10th, 2012)
Nicely done
Loved the joke and the music all holds together pretty well!


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Jarvoid said 1812 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Hi Dick,yes I put some effort
into the mixing and equalising etc and I ...erhem ...read the manual...why are we men so shite at reading manuals....I suspected that Cubase 5 was just the same as C3.....except I couldn't understand how it never worked properly.....a little bit better now it would

THanks for dropping in.

Doug Somers said 1811 days ago (April 11th, 2012)
Chris, you're one man kitchen party! Break out the fried crawfish and shrimp and pull up a chair. This has got to be a lot of fun to play along with all of these instruments. You are the Mr. South of the North!


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Jarvoid said 1811 days ago (April 12th, 2012)
It gets a bit manic
at times.........especially practice....it's a bit like swings and roundabouts....your strapped into the accordion and then suddenly have an idea for the guitar or something else....and often vice versa....thanks for the listen ....

neilh79 said 1810 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
Jambalaya Smooth
I need inspiration from somewhere! Where do you find it!!??!! Nice piece well done
Jarvoid said 1809 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
Well this
is essentially a do over,but less manic and a bit more thoughtful in the production shed ....thanks for dropping in....

egobandit said 1809 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
mayhemically melodic music.
I like that, dont know why but it has a holiday feel to it , Jambalaya from your description it sounds like some kind of food I dig the bass in this and the drums
all around goodness!
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Jarvoid said 1809 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
Thanks for stepping
in and pulling up a pew...I tried to up the production a bit ....once that rubicon is crossed it should make life easier in the future ....cheers

Narad said 1809 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
Jambalaya Smooth
Yes, your music is always smoother and the bass sounds always stronger. Very much enjoyed ! :)
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Jarvoid said 1809 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
Well it
is hopefully getting smoother with a bit of improved production.......


PeterB7858 said 1808 days ago (April 14th, 2012)
Mission accomplished, Chris. Smooth it is. Fun, too. Almost a Caribbean feel. And shirley you can't be serious with that joke :-) Thanks, Peter.
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Jarvoid said 1808 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
Ha ha the genesis of a lot
of likewise jokes...superb stuff ...sadly missed Mr L Neilsen....difficult to believe that he started working life as a straight actor.......thanks for having a breeze by and a look in....


J_Gretch said 1805 days ago (April 18th, 2012)
Jambalaya Smooth
I had Jambalaya for lunch one day last week,,not home-made but it was still good.I like your rendition here,nice and smooth just as the title suggests.

Artwork and description made me chuckle out loud.
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Jarvoid said 1803 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
I learned how
to cook jamabalaya...and a load of othr North American dishes ,including how to buy and cook a steak properly, from a book and TV prog "Floyd's American pie".......in fact reference was made to the song during the filming....so this fits in nicely with another of my hobbies......Thanks for stopping by.

tf10music said 1804 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
really cool
mix of instrumentation. I do hear harmonica in there, and it was a nice touch (though not as nice as the guitar and the accordion). I liked the shambolic chaos of the melody, and listened to is a couple times because it amused me. Cool stuff. Work on deepening your embouchure on the harp -- even though it's low in the mix, I hear a thin tone. It's a simple fix: just put the harmonica deeper in your mouth, and relax your lips a bit (that's if you're lip-pursing). In any case, I dig it.
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Jarvoid said 1803 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
I find the problem with the harp
is not so much now the playing ,it sounds not too bad acoustically ,but recording it accentuates some of the higher notes to a horrible squeak rather than the pleasant high tone that occurs acoustically....possibly need to invest in one of those Shure Green Bullet Mics cos my current (albeit cheap) dynamic mic int cutting it....
tf10music said 1803 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
your tone
on a green bullet mic wouldn't be acoustic anymore. A shure sm57 or sm58 mic is really versatile and will get you nice acoustic and/or amplified tone if you navigate the technique correctly. Personally, I still record acoustically through a condenser mic, but i'm looking to buy an sm58 sometime soon. The reason why I commented on your thin-ish tone wasn't because of the squeaky high notes (all recording mics seem to emphasize those, and you might have to go back and smooth them out manually). Instead, it was because I could hear you sucking in air on your draw notes. That means that your lips are fairly shallow on the comb, and your playing is therefore not as airtight as it can be. I've struggled with that, too -- my solution has been to switch from bending notes with my lips to bending notes with my throat. That forces me to keep my embouchure deep. Mind you, I'm nit picking. The song is obviously very good.
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Jarvoid said 1803 days ago (April 19th, 2012)
Oh I did not realise
that the green bullets would alter the acoustic nature .....thanks for that ....yes I get what you mean about basically shoving the damn thing further back into the gob (mouth to you ) and will try that into me condenser mic........good tips !!

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