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A guitar - centric instrumental in, you guessed it, 7/4 time, which is super - fun to play in. Lots of interesting drum parts from David McNair, which he split into five different tracks so I could mix and match. Gladys the 7 - string does a lot of the twiddles, while Jack the Yammy Strat copy leads with help from a Zoom box. Adele the Yamaha fretless brings up the rear.

Something about 7/4 time is inherently exciting. It's like constantly falling over, but never quite landing with a thump.
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Uploaded: Apr 26, 2015 - 10:15:38 AM
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2015 - 10:26:52 AM Last Played: Mar 23, 2017 - 11:49:07 AM
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Hardware:
Lots of Yamaha kit. Some Ovation and Ibanez. A box.
Software:
GB 11 and Logic Pro X.
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michaeljayklein said 735 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
I agree with you on 7/4
And this piece has a kind of disarming sudden turn and where am I going feel going for it, with the drums and guitar competing for your attention (as you can see, I'll never be a critic for Downbeat Magazine, not with my lack of descriptive vocabulary in music, but I hope you know what I intended to say here Graham!) Very interesting, truly--the final bars, gave me a little vertigo almost! Thanks for sharing! Michael
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grah3am said 735 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
Vertigenous
I know exactly what you mean. This piece sounds like someone or something falling downstairs, yet there's a relentless forward motion. The only notable rock song I know in 7/4 is Floyd's "Money", which has that odd skip in it. There must be others (probably all by Gentle Giant!). Ta for listening, Michael.
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KCsGROOVE said 735 days ago (April 26th, 2015)
7-4
cool piece!
lovely guitarwork!
enjoyed it!
KC
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grah3am said 733 days ago (April 28th, 2015)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, KC.
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mystrag said 734 days ago (April 27th, 2015)
odd time
More ominous guitars and stirring drums? I'm in! This one almost has an avant-garde feel to it. Love the guitarwork, especially that guitar tone near the middle part (alas, lack of timer...). Maybe I should try making a tune in odd time, too. Cheers.
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grah3am said 734 days ago (April 27th, 2015)
I have a garage full
of ominous guitars. Gladys is definitely the most sinister. 7/4 isn't that odd if you break it into 3/4 and 4/4 components. You get this odd hiccup that propels you, with amusing results. Glad you were inspired, Mystrag.
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Vic Holman said 734 days ago (April 27th, 2015)
7/4
the odd time signatures are great to get that certain tension in a song. almost forces one to go into progressive rock territory... like you did here.
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grah3am said 733 days ago (April 28th, 2015)
Proggy
I often stray into prog territory, via English folk guitar. Happy you enjoyed it, Vic.
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musichead said 733 days ago (April 28th, 2015)
interresting...
Interesting song.. Jazz fusion like?? Nice!!
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grah3am said 732 days ago (April 29th, 2015)
I'm not very jazzy
I don't have the swing to do that thing, but I do enjoy constructing pieces like this, especially when I have Mr McNair's assistance. Thanks for listening.
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Les_Kloo said 732 days ago (April 29th, 2015)
Exercise
I enjoy the suggestions of KC in your music. The seven fourness might have been more forcefully accentuated if David hadn't ended every measure with a roll, but that's a minor point. Love the guitars, including the bass, which I guess is a guitar of some sort. Where's the timer? My favorite part was 10/19 of the way through. The ending made me dizzy.
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grah3am said 731 days ago (April 30th, 2015)
I was wondering about that

Ratatattat at the end of the lines. But the tune has been hanging about for ages and I wanted to get it out of the way. It does get to you in the end, which is much better than indifference. Cheers, Les.
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Warren Smith said 732 days ago (April 29th, 2015)
Movement
Hang on people .. we are now receiving the latest telekinetic transmission from Planet Freeport .. and there's a good chance it will move you.

The odds are 7/4 in favor of me liking this : )


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grah3am said 732 days ago (April 29th, 2015)
Planet Freeport
not as interesting as it sounds. But not a bad place to raise up your kids. And I like those odds!
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Philip18 said 732 days ago (April 29th, 2015)
Seven Four, Good Buddy
Your description sums it up pretty well! A fun ride and some cool tones on the guitars! Much enjoyed.
grah3am said 731 days ago (April 30th, 2015)
New box
I haven't tried creating my own sounds on the Zoom box, so the last bit is a preset. But it's a pretty good one. Ta for listening, Philip.
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J.A.Stewart said 731 days ago (April 30th, 2015)
Yes... and No
There is a bit of a Yes feel to this tune, but no, not really. Perhaps this leaves it as Maybe. I dunno, but for some reason I can hear this a musical backdrop for some action-packed secret agent scene.

An interesting soundscape, to be sure. Give my regards to Gladys, Jack and Adele. lol

--- J
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grah3am said 731 days ago (April 30th, 2015)
Gladys says hi.
I'm trying to get Jack and Adele to breed, so thy're indisposed right now. I'm sure Yes used 7/4 time, but I don't know where. I intend to use it again ASAP. Thanks for the kind words, J.A.
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paul f. page said 731 days ago (April 30th, 2015)
Still trying to stand up!
You are a brave soul to try 7/4 and you manage to weave all these instruments into something that makes (at least) percussive sense. I wonder what would happen if you floated a real melody out over the top of all of this, say something in 4/4 or 6/8 against all the rest. Just a random thought I had while listening to your vibrant track. ... and now ... I'll try standing up straight again. Cool work, Graham. You keep pushing the boundaries of what's possible and, as they say, "the beat goes on."
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grah3am said 729 days ago (May 2nd, 2015)
Easy as falling off a cliff
Some tunes are coming up. Meanwhile, you'll have to make do with wacky time signatures and loud twiddles. Thanks for listening, Paul.
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gadzooks said 730 days ago (May 1st, 2015)
Seven Four, Good Buddy
Wow ... you're really putting them out these days. A fine piece with that 70's progressive approach ... what cool timing. I would have liked to hear a ripping solo over the repetitive ending... this is really good in my books.
Cheers
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grah3am said 730 days ago (May 1st, 2015)
Ripping solos
are not my forte, but I'm getting the hang of it. I came to rock via English folk, of the Nic Jones and Martin Carthy variety. I have yet to master the intro to Johnny B Goode, so bear with me! I appreciate the kind remarks from such an accomplished musician.
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