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This is a trip-hop version of a traditional Japanese song, with added orchestral backing. It is usually played with a "koto", a kind of Japanese stringed instrument, but I found that the GB default steel string guitar sounds could be tweaked to give a similar (but not perfect) sound.
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Uploaded: Jul 26, 2004 - 08:12:29 AM
Last Updated: Jul 25, 2004 - 08:41:31 AM Last Played: Jun 09, 2019 - 08:15:14 AM
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skajaman said 5447 days ago (July 26th, 2004)
Quite close to a koto...
You've done a great job of capturing the urbanity of Tokyo. The koto sound cuts through, but a few more extreme note bends would do the trick. Drags on a bit towards the end - sometimes it's hard to build Japanese elements into a crescendo though, it's largely a western concept. Overall an original piece. I live in Tokyo, so I can appreicate it... Nice work!
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nobunaga said 5447 days ago (July 26th, 2004)
very nice
Good clean mix, nice use of the steel guitar for the koto. Makes me think about walking around Shinjuku station in a crowd. The last note does not say long enough though. Common problem in GB. see http://www.macjams.com/forum/viewtopic.php?forum=1&showtopic=4436&fromblock=yes for my solution to that problem.
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said 5446 days ago (July 26th, 2004)
Kudos for koto
The bass comes on too strong on my big Sherwood
speakers. The meter is too strict, making the piece
monotonous. I guess that's the
problem with GB: it's difficult to speed up and slow down
key passgages. This composition does have a nice feel to
it. I really like the koto sound. How did you create the
orchestral background?
mcsweb said 5446 days ago (July 26th, 2004)
Refreshingly Original
though slightly repetitive. I give it high marks for
creativity though. Surprisingly listenable!
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TobinMueller said 5444 days ago (July 28th, 2004)
Mesmerizing groove
Excellent groove. Meditative, hip, moving, very well
mixed, well balanced. But the end is abrupt and really
distracts. Perhaps you can fade out or use reverb or
think of something to not jolt the listener after such an
incredibly wonderful musical experience.
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Cameron said 5444 days ago (July 29th, 2004)
well mixed
You bring together the various sounds in an imaginative
way. You adapted the steel string guitar sound well to
approximate a koto. A koto with a steel edge, nice!

The repetition of the tune wore on me just a little, but this
is probably because I'm so used to listening to western

Call me strange, but I *LIKED* the sudden ending. It
seemed to be a logical conclusion of the repetitive phrase
throughout the song.
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packosmokes said 5410 days ago (August 31st, 2004)
Would love to hear this...
with a closer resemblence to the sound of a koto,
actually. Other than that, very beautiful piece of
work... I did find it getting a tad repetitive towards
the end, would've loved to have heard strings in a
higher octave wash over the song at some point.

Great original work. I also like that cut off ending,
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jeremyd said 5399 days ago (September 11th, 2004)
Yeah, Don't love the cut off
I really like the groove and the vibe. I love listening to this type of music when
I work on the computer. The repetetiveness is perfect for that. The only thing
that I noticed was that there was a closed high hat sound that sounded like it
was a little off throughout the whole song. Like it was never quantized. Kind
of had that tamborine in "Time Is On My Side" by the Rolling Stones feel. I
downloaded it. Very cool. Don't like the cutoff. Too abrupt and unfinished. It
doesn't really seemed planned.
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Musical Background: 10+ years on Violin, dabble with guitar and piano - Garageband has allowed me to bring it all together. Currently living and working in Japan, but originally from the UK.... [see more]
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Electronic dance music is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. Such music was originally borne of and popularized via regional nightclub scene

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