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An intricate instrumental that attempts to recreate a day in the life of asparagus. Not really, but you believed it for an instant, didn't you? The most complex thing I've contrived, with lots of tapping, different guitar styles and key changes. (It ends half a tone down, but it's hard to hear the change.) David contributed not one, but two totally different rhythm tracks for this, one tribal toms, the other more snare - orientated. All good.
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Hits: 1913
Comments: 38
Fans: 19
Plays: 64
Downloads: 22
Votes: 0
Uploaded: May 03, 2015 - 12:04:45 PM
Last Updated: May 03, 2015 - 04:06:13 PM Last Played: May 12, 2017 - 12:35:16 AM
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Comments
Warren Smith said 930 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Lush
Spaggers? Not a word I know. (And it wasn't in any of my dictionaries. But a Google search says it's a synonym for "bonkers.")

And I will spare you the asparagus jokes : )

I'm digging the fun mix of sounds and textures in this dense piece. It's like a taking a stroll through a lush botanic garden (to pick a metaphor) as it provides multifarious blooming and intertwining delights. But your not growing vegetables in this flower bed.
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grah3am said 930 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Chuck Jones
wrote about "spaggers" in his autobiography, "Chuck Amuck". It involves an asparagus patch, lollipop sticks and an incredibly nice janitor. I think you nailed it with "intertwining". It took weeks to get to this stage, but I still find the whole thing exciting. Thanks for listening, Warren.
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jiguma said 930 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Spaggers rulez!
Nothing like some mixed rhythms - love what's happening with the guitars, and enjoyed the introduction of the vibe-sounding instrument which got me interested to hear more. The varying guitar and bass parts in the second half gave me a very Gentle Giant image.
Very inventive and very enjoyable - a class in how to make a song interesting without any words or main melody.
Top post!
Cheers from Oz,
N
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grah3am said 930 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
I think that's Jack
He's a Strat copy, playing a harmonic. Later on, there's a tubular bell that heralds a change, and it does its job well. We both had fun pushing this a bit further, file by file. It got quite frenetic at the end. Glad you liked it, Neil.
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Hydrogen3 said 930 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Spaggers
I am so glad you made this downloadable because I know I will be listening to this one a lot!Awesome job to all!
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grah3am said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Happy to hear it
There's a lot going on in it, and I simplified it as much as I could. It's like a race in the last section.
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DWL said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Quite an achievement
Loved the different parts and I'm impressed that it holds together very well despite the different styles and techniques. Kudos to the percussion.

Very prog rock (Steve Howe didn't sneak in there did he?)

Cheers

Dick
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grah3am said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Four guitars
And at least four styles are all held together by the percussion. There was so much stuff going on it needed two McNairs! Glad you liked it, Dick.
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alackbass said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Spaggers
Is the bass a fretless? Love that bass tone and your fluid lines! This all holds together wonderfully. But the bass is the star!
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grah3am said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Yamaha fretless
Yet you can slap bass on it. It was a real eBay bargain. I thoroughly recommend them. I'm away from home right now, but I can PM the model number if you're interested. Mine may have active pickups, whatever they are. All I know is it's great to play and sounds super. It helped tie the tune together, like the Dude's rug. Thanks for listening, Andrew.
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davisamerica said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
the change @ 2:34
was just killer .... Man this is just so nicely done .... downloaded.
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grah3am said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
That's why I saved it until last.
We have other stuff in the pipeline, but this will probably be the last for a while. Happy you liked it, sir.
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Les_Kloo said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Spaggerz
Downloaded for future inspiration. Love the key changes and the "ugly" chords about 3/4 of the way through -- no timer dammit. That bass is a killer. Fabuloso, gentlemen.
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grah3am said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
It's an RBX series

A sort of mid - to low price Yamaha. Brilliant to play. It has taught me so much. Most of my melody lines seem to stem from it. I don't know if that's normal. Really happy to inspire, Les.
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Vic Holman said 929 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
spags
what a great mix of guitar riffs. great bass work as well. the composition works out smoothly. nicely done!
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grah3am said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Cool
So many other guitars twiddling away, and you all zero in on the bass. Fine by me, as I'm playing it too. Cheers, Vic.
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KCsGROOVE said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
spaggers
very cool piece
dig the guitarwork and the bass
very much enjoyed
KC
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grah3am said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Twiddles galore.
Thanks very much for the kind words, KC. I enjoy your stuff too.
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TobinMueller said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Veggies get their groove on
Love the groove. The organic way voices come in and out. I enjoyed the prog influences, the feel of in the moment improvisation combined with setup variations. Nice work with the trappings and variations. Thanks for sharing this.
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grah3am said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Improv
is what started every section, until something with a bit of form suggested itself. I'm sure many people work that way. My favourite bit is the tubular bell, which David found in his vast percussion cupboard. Thanks for the nice comments, Tobin.
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Dadai.2 said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
I believed it!
And still do... Nice sounds that you've threaded together. I like the forest in the background of the song art. This song has an outdoor, forest-like quality to it. Nice...
grah3am said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
That's Aberfeldy
in Scotland, circa 2014. The asparagus and the sock aren't native to the area. Interesting how several people see a connection between the pic and the music. Ta for listening, Jack.
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michaeljayklein said 928 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Right up there
with your other tone poem/character study of a day in the life of prune Danish. But all seriousness aside, this is a nifty little dish you and David have served up here--thanks!
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grah3am said 927 days ago (May 6th, 2015)
Wai till you hear "Lint"
It's a fluffy revelation! I'm glad you enjoyed it, Michael.
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woofer3 said 927 days ago (May 6th, 2015)
Spaggers
I enjoyed 'Spaggers' enormously from beginning to end. It is obvious that a lot of care has gone into this and it shows. Love all the little rhythms stops and changes. I'm impressed, it had to be created and you did it.
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grah3am said 927 days ago (May 6th, 2015)
Yup
Weeks of work. Of course, day jobs interfered. Each increment required much pondering. But it was worth it. Happy you liked it.
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magnatone said 926 days ago (May 7th, 2015)
Spaggers
this is just plain awesome Graham! Thanks for the D/L!
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grah3am said 926 days ago (May 7th, 2015)
You're welcome
There are at least six instrumental parts, so you can imagine how much work the two of us put in. We're industrious socks! Thanks very much for the kind words, Mag.
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ragged_hat said 925 days ago (May 8th, 2015)
very cool
lots of interplay. great sounding guitars, love that bass. Keep it up!
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grah3am said 925 days ago (May 8th, 2015)
Last One for a While
Sadly, that's it for all the new stuff we've done over the last six months. We have more to come, but the amazing drum gear is at sea until June. Meanwhile, thank you for listening and I'm glad you liked it.
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egobandit said 925 days ago (May 8th, 2015)
Spag
like in spaghetti :) man what a build up in this, an interweaving masterpiece the interplay with guitar and bass all the parts downloaded!
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grah3am said 925 days ago (May 8th, 2015)
It took a while
and I saved it for last because I think it's the best thing we've done - compositionwise it's got key changes and dramatic changes that all make some sort of sense, and the percussion and guitars are all doubled up, but don't tread on toes, so it sounds clean. I'm happy you and so many other people appreciate our efforts, Mr E.
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MarkHolbrook said 924 days ago (May 9th, 2015)
Always a treat Mr. G.
How can you be sure this doesn't perfectly describe how an asparagus feels on any particular day!? Ever been one!? (LOL)...
Now I gotta go to the store and get some asparagus and listen to them for a while and see if they spaggar...
Simply awesome you and this are. Kudos to David!
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grah3am said 924 days ago (May 9th, 2015)
Not for a long time.
They get very excitable after the 2 minute mark. Definitely kudos to David. He came up with the whole 2drummers thing, and my goodness it worked. Ta for your support, Mark. Forward in all directions!
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alley-oop said 924 days ago (May 9th, 2015)
Sonic tapestry
Very cool, very interesting concept. It seems woven to me. A fabric of tones mesh very nicely...cool!
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grah3am said 924 days ago (May 9th, 2015)
Woven, like a sock.
See what I did there? Cunning sock simile, right here in a response to a response to a post. How convoluted is that? I'm chuffed you enjoyed it, Alley.
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Philip18 said 923 days ago (May 9th, 2015)
Spaggers
Entertaining variety of sounds, Graham. I enjoyed listening!
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grah3am said 923 days ago (May 10th, 2015)
Variety
That's what I was after. For some reason you need to do that in an instrumental. The tubular bells that David unearthed are the most varied variety that we could find. Ta for listening, Philip.
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