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Inshalla (hopefully)


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chikoppi

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Submission for LIOLI Round 2

http://www.macjams.com/forum/viewtopic.php?forum=6;showtopic=65856

I didn't go too far afield with this song. I primarily used it as an excuse to explore some of the instruments in the World Music Jam Pack from Apple. I've had that pack for a while and needed an excuse to dig into it a bit. All the instruments except the the bass are from the Jam pack.

I split the loop into 4 sections and transposed those sections to achieve the following chord progression:

E - E7 - C6 - Caug - E - C6 - E7 - E

This is a diatonic progression in A harmonic minor, which gave me a nice scale to flirt with some Middle Eastern sounds.

I assigned the "celtic hammered dulcimer" instrument to the loop track and added a comb filter with an LFO sweep as well as some stereo imaging, EQ, and compression.

I also tried some of the techniques I had suggested in a recent forum thread for creating the illusion of a chorus. Near the middle of the song are some hand claps. There is only a single drum tap used to create these - processed through a stereo detuner and an LFO controlled delay filter.

The title, Inshalla, is an Arabic word meaning "hopefully." It seemed appropriate as I think this is probably my cheeriest sounding song to date.
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apb said 4638 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
Lucious flirting ..
...veiled faced belly-dancers, long eye-lashes ..where was I? oh ..what a soundscape .. fantastic production. Ah yes, the good old diatonic progression in A harmonic minor ..unmistakeable .. lol. Liked everything about this - especially the use of the celtic hammered dulcimer, very nice- and gongs too! I wouldn't have minded if the
vocals at the start re-appeared somwhere after the
halfway mark, as things built up again, perhaps in with the drum bridge and first gong. Kudos.
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chikoppi said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
[R]
Yeah, the vocal loops were pretty sweet, but there was only a handful to pick from. I actually tried to work them back in exactly where you suggested (great minds think alike), but I needed a rising wail to make it work and none was available. It was fun to try to stick to the traditional instuments - definitely not a sound I would have pursued otherwise. Thanks!

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said 4638 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
Wow!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this one! There's nothing more I can say, really. I thought the mix was excellent. I can't wait for the D/L option to work again so that I can have a copy of this.
chikoppi said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
[R]
Thanks, I appreciate your feedback on the mix! It took me quite a while to figure out how to get some of those drums tweaked. They're much different than the standard kit types that I usually play with.

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Magritte said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
Yay for the dulcimer!
I also gave the loop to the dulcimer on my song. What's up with that?

I absolutely love the soundscape you created here. I also haven't dug into JP5 enough yet but this song makes me see what I've been missing. I love how you ripped the loop apart, stayed within your own rules, and created something unique. Gonna listen again now...
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chikoppi said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
[R]
I got a huge kick out of your submission - it just came at me completely from left field! There's a lot about this Jam Pack to love, but I've noticed some of the sampler instruments are a little shoddy. I ran in to a number of them that had distortion and, oddly, some that change timbre every other measure. If you listen close you can even hear it in this song in the off beats of the dulcimer. They're bright one measure and dull the next. Still, lots of fun to play with some exotic sounds.

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composerclark said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
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Powerful stuff! I really enjoyed everything about this. Very skillfully done! Have you ever seen the Atom Agoyan film "Exotica"? There is some amazing music in there by Mychael Danna, a guy I went to school with, and he's had an amazing career writing movie music. This music reminds me a bit of that.
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chikoppi said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
[R]
I ran over to iTunes to check out your friend's soundtrack - very cool stuff! I'm tempted to try a few other songs of this flavor to see if I can capture some of the sultry vibes he puts out. I also found a few other artists on Magnatune, Solace and Shiva In Exile, as well as a terrific group called Niyaz (intoxicating vocals) that put out music in this style. There's something about the strings and hand drums that is very appealing. Thanks for your comments and recommendation!

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perceptualvortex said 4632 days ago (December 15th, 2006)
Atom
I just wanted to chime in and say that "Exotica" is truly an excellent movie, which I highly recommend!! Now back to our regularly scheduled comments.
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announcer said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
I am not enough of a musician
to understand exactly what you did here. But I am enough of a listener to truly enjoy it!

Thanks again for coming up with this idea.


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chikoppi said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
[R]
Truth be told, I'm not enough of a musician to understand it either - but it was fun to muddle through. I've almost made it through the list to your entry. Can't wait!

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peacepiano said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
This is fun
I think I've listened to most of the submissions this time and I thought I would get sick of the loop, but everyone is taking a different tack. Yours is excellent. Love the wild percussion.
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chikoppi said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
[R]
Its remarkable how different these songs turn out to be. You could drop them all in a playlist and a casual listener would never guess they all began with the same series of notes.

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rjamadeus said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
most excellant !!
after listening to yours i feel like taking mine off !! great production and creativity.
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chikoppi said 4634 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
[R]
Thanks, but don't you dare take down yours!

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Vic Holman said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
like the sands of time
ever shifting and and gets into everything. nice use filter effects, they can do some pretty wicked stuff. cool desert breeze you have created.
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chikoppi said 4634 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
[R]
I think I like to use filters to compensate for my lack of musical skills - that and they just sound cool. Thanks!

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bud said 4637 days ago (December 9th, 2006)
Wow this is wonderful
The middle eastern feel is great and unexpected - unless you go down the Dear Prudence rabbit hole and come up in Istanbul. The transposition works really well - preserving just enough of the original loop. I especially like the way the loop serves as the muezzin call to prayer at the beginning.
I think this challenge really brought out the inventiveness and diversity in the community. Cool.

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alfalpha said 4637 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
'god willing' I think is the correct translation...
...& god willing this terrific 'challenge' will continue...
I envy you having the access to the JP 'World' pack....my poor iBook is about to explode with plug-ins etc....

Brian...I'm writing as I'm listening....so many moods are conveyed with your instrumentation....between you & me, I reckon you've kept the most 'faithful' to the loop, & via re-orchestration what a nice effect it has evoked!

Inshalla, Allah will be fascinated! (I'm sure he will be...)
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Youra said 4636 days ago (December 10th, 2006)
Expand your parameters
said Warhol to Reed. I noticed this edition of LIOLI had a wider range of styles than the previous one, while a bit less of participation (seems, at this point). It is one of the great point of this... may I call it a game ? A game with no rewards, no competition, just the fun to participate. You set the rules in a perfect MJ's philosophy, and gave us a great example of your gifts in this song.
Inch' Allah (this is how we pen it down, here), "God Will", it is said. Great track , chikoppi !
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SmokeyVW said 4635 days ago (December 11th, 2006)
great stuff
i like the sounds - especially that hyper-flanging effect! and whatever that plucked-wire sounding bass thing is. nice!

one minor negative on the instruments: somehow that bass drum instrument sounds like it's clipping (though i suspect it's not really, trouble is, it sounds that way somehow...)

the scale/mode sounds like "Gipsy Mode" (but it goes by various names) - a very fun mode to experiment with - as i hear you have done here. but you also used another minor mode as well i guess?

form-wise, i like how you introduce the upcoming chords with that single vocal line. then a little later on, the bass is clearly going to outline the upcoming chords again, and then - it's different! similar, but a variation on it. nice. the alternation between melodic and rhythmic works very well.

but one minor negative comment on the form: i really wished for that opening vocal to return and elaborate somehow, but i guess there wasn't time for that here. just my opinion you understand!

nice work! thanks!
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The Orbiting said 4635 days ago (December 12th, 2006)
You and Magritte
How she heard Oompah and you heard Middle Eastern in that loop, I'll never know. I love the World Music Jam Pack and wish so much that there were more vocal loops in there. I did a JP loop demo at one point and opened it with exactly the same vocal loop as you. I found that the playable African choirs were handy, but still, it would have been cool to have access to more.

But I'm rambling. This is a really lovely and thoughtful piece of music. The loop adds just enough of a surprise to make this absolutely fascinating. I love the bass sounds and the contrast between that and the finger cymbals in spots.
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zenbomb said 4634 days ago (December 12th, 2006)
brilliant!
This is an excellent composition- very authentic feel to it. I was particularly impressed with what sounded like an authentic darbouka being played. Arabic hand percussion is amazing. I can't say enough good about this! A more literal meaning of Insh'Allah is God willing. Much respect!

Salaam alaikum!
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j2morrow said 4634 days ago (December 12th, 2006)
World Jam
Chikoppi, congrats. Nice blending of sounds. Very exotic and a pure pleasure to listen to. This could have gone on longer for me. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for talking about the chord progression and some of the techniques you used. Very illuminating. Bravo, great song.
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Ed Hannifin said 4634 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
Chikoppi, this is ear candy of the highest order...
Listening this morning over my morning cup with good headphones on my head, I'm struck by the quality of tones and timbres that are intertwining in this piece...

With the best submissions to this Loop It Or Lose It contest, I find that I just can't keep the idea of 'based on a loop' in my head. I get caught up in the music and forget all about the contest and challenge and all that...

And by the way, I'll have to give a try on the next one... I guess I didn't tune it to this contest somehow... Now that I have, it's very neat indeed...

I have loved the common ground between Middle Eastern and Celtic modal flavors since I was much younger, and this piece really does a nice job of blending them without sounding like musical tourism...

Very enjoyable, and gratefully downloaded...

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said 4634 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
where,s my tent
Ive got alot of sand but you got more good listen
Komrade K said 4633 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
Luscious textures
Lots of very cool stuff going on here - using those percussion and dulcimer loops give this track so much drive and energy (that dulcimer in particular kind of nudges this into Dead Can Dance territory). Someone above said that a reprise of the vocals would enhance this track and I'm inclined to agree as it could offset all those banged things but don't get me wrong it's still a cracking track and I really enjoyed the journey it took me on.

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Mcboy said 4632 days ago (December 14th, 2006)
tasty
use of those loops....and even more interesting is the transposition to achieve the harmonic progression....if u played guitar riffs in a combination of A melodic,harmonic and major that would give u some nice tension and realease and some interesting solo's......kool track...
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perceptualvortex said 4632 days ago (December 15th, 2006)
Psychedelic
Wow, this is really nice. We listen to a lot of middle eastern music in my house, and I love those flavors... and you've got some of them here, spicing up the track. Some strong beats would make this excellent belly dancing music.
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said 4631 days ago (December 15th, 2006)
Top shelf
My vote for best cover art at MacJams. An Arabian Spaghetti Eastern. I like the rhythmic change-ups. This one is going to be hard to top.
sboben said 4617 days ago (December 30th, 2006)
Dang!
Okay you know I'm working on my skills now so maybe I can actually get one of these done by the deadline. That was awesome. :) I'll have to send you what I had started. It had potential, but I hit a wall.
Bubowski said 4605 days ago (January 11th, 2007)
Very Cool
I read LeDebs comment, and I agree, just not enough of those Middle Eastern/Muzzein Calls. An enjoyable listen and great mods to the stock loops and sounds. One of these days I'll get my act together for a loop-it-or-lose-it, but for now you can listen to my "Middle Eastern" track here: http://www.macjams.com/song/20648

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Boris the Bull said 4597 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
thoughts from the bull...
i discovered this piece in the 2006 MacJams Retrospective collection.

there's not much to add that hasn't been said. this is just really
interesting and deep. i don't know that i've heard anything quite like
it here, so it stands out as completely unique for me.

the pacing and movement of the piece kept me going right along.

really fantastic piece. thank you! glad i've discovered your music.
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Reinholt56 said 4572 days ago (February 13th, 2007)
A great Middle-Eastern mix...
I enjoyed this mix very much. All the different sounds mixed together very successfully.

In-shalla, in my experience, can be used in two ways, as 'God willing' or as an excuse that if you promise something and it doesn't get done, it was Gods Will. Hopefully might fit with the second meaning.

A way that might show how the phrase can be used is 'In-shalla bukra, mafee' or 'God willing, tomorrow, maybe'. This was used often whilst I worked in the Gulf/Yemen region, if only to make a point about the meaning and how the phrase could be used to let someone off the hook.

R.
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rjamadeus said 4553 days ago (March 4th, 2007)
awsome work
this is really quit an awesome piece of work, i really enjoyed the vocal ahs in there. i wanted to do some of that type of vocals in some of my stuff but don't have the voice for it. anyway a must add to my favs.if you get the chance can you stop by and check out "day of golgotha" 26054 on my site and let me know what you think ! sorry about the length of it . looking forward to the new loili !!!!
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said 4534 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
you call this cheeriest? :o
excellent vibe. i liked it right off the bat - especially those dives downward.

i love the dark tinged mood - nice big wet drum and smaller percs - nice pacing of dynamics - makes me wanna learn belly dancing. ;) good swappin ears with you! i enjoyed your work - anne
be_silent_galileah said 3956 days ago (October 20th, 2008)
wow
this is fantastic!!

the celtic hammered dulcimer! oh my goodness!

youve done some amazing stuff here that i thought was not possible with loops. that is righteous and impressive.

i am a fan.
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