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Tomographic Notions



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album: Omega
track 1: 1:25 Only The Beginning
track 2: 2:18 Cold Meds
track 3: 3:36 This Economy
track 4: 3:26 Michael's Fault
track 5: 10:48 Bellevue
track 6: 2:53 no on
track 7: 3:05 Get Data, Create
track 8: 4:50 Repeat Yeah Knickknack
track 9: 1:51 OOBE
track 10: 4:32 loosed
track 11: 2:03 dog
track 12: 5:52 Mind The Monks
track 13: 4:34 Tomographic Notions
track 14: 4:38 Omega
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Song Description

Tomography is imaging by sections or sectioning.

In this song, the piano is split into 3 tracks for the right hand, and 2 tracks for the left hand. The tracks are panned to spread them apart. Each track is faded in and out separately to combine them in different ways. The intent is to let the listener examine each piece by hearing what happens when a track is NOT there.

The French horns are similarly split into 2 tracks. Nothing very fancy is done with these tracks, just some simple fading at the start and end.

The drums are split into 3 tracks, but only the high hat is actually separated. The rest of the drums gradually fade in. Here I experimented a bit with sample delay, rather than panning, to avoid masking the other stuff that was going on.

Finally at the end all the pieces are brought together to form the whole object.
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Uploaded: Jan 21, 2007 - 02:36:28 PM
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011 - 12:09:26 PM Last Played: Feb 12, 2018 - 12:07:09 PM
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Morning Light said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
I love the trance, jazz, downtempo sound ...... the piano is very nice, and the horns that come in at the end......nice! Morning Light
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SmokeyVW said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
thank you so much Morning Light

lately my mind so much seems so much like Swiss Cheese lately, that it's nice to hear that some one hears something nice in something that i do too.

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Roxylee said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
I think you must be a math genius
because you not only hear the notes, but how to place them to make very cool patterns. I would never think of doing this, much less know how. Swiss cheese? OK, time for a sandwich. :-)
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SmokeyVW said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
i guess i do tend to over analyze things - but i hope i keep my humanity in there somewhere too...

this song came first from how to make it sound nice, and then the taking-it-apart-phase came second. it never seems for me to work the other way around.

thanks for listening!
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bud said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
Bill I'm so happy you're out there
doing this kind of thing. I've tried - and it ain't easy. You make ist sound natural and inevitable - simple and complex - never tedious or theoretical. I was an early looper in the dyas of tape and also worked with the Buchla synthesizer - always trying to get to this place where you move so freely. My thing was entropy and decay.
Yours is a lot more focused than that and I really enjoy it.
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SmokeyVW said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
always cutting to the point
what's a <b>Buchla synth</b>? sounds interesting! please tell more...

but i digress: WONDER. everyday, wake up and consider the wonder of it all. that's all i can say.

(not that i do it more than, oh, 3 times a year, but it's the principle of the thing: wonder - the key to happiness in the universe!)

mostly, i wake up and wonder: why do i have to get up this early? can't i sleep another couple of hours? huh? please? can i? can I?
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SmokeyVW said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
yikes! forgot to say THANK YOU FOR LISTENING
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bud said 4048 days ago (January 22nd, 2007)
You're welcome
As for the Buchla - this seems right up your alley. It was an early synth I studied on in the late seventies. Check it out here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchla. It was my intro to a whole other view of music.
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SmokeyVW said 4042 days ago (January 28th, 2007)
if i'd heard of it once, i guess i forgot.

but i DID get to play a real Moog in the music lab at UConn. i used to show up just before midnight when they locked the doors to the building, and played in the lab undisturbed until 5:30 the next morning. i did this several times a week the whole semester. it was heaven! somehow i passed my other courses that semester too... ahh, to be young again.
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Vic Holman said 4049 days ago (January 21st, 2007)
like sticking my head in a piano
a great idea. splitting the piano. just bounces around in my head. mellow but makes for a intense listen. very very!
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SmokeyVW said 4047 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
LOL - i like it: sticking your head in a piano. i can imagine it sounding like that.

thanks for listening!
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peacepiano said 4047 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
Good One
This works very well. I've listened a couple times and it keeps your interest. The panning and volume effects make it happen. Thanks for sharing.
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SmokeyVW said 4047 days ago (January 23rd, 2007)
glad you enjoyed it. thanks!
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said 4046 days ago (January 24th, 2007)
The Mad Maestro...
...strikes again! This is really nice stuff. I love the jazzy piano melody. This is another interesting experiment. What goes on in that head of yours anyway? LOL!

Be well!

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SmokeyVW said 4046 days ago (January 24th, 2007)
thanks for stopping by a few of my tunes...

i think i'm looking for validation.

the MJ forums have gone insane lately. the general lack of meaningfulness is slowly spreading over this planet like a cancer. so there's not much left here but the music...

but WAIT - that's EXACTLY THE WHOLE POINT isn't it? the MUSIC. f the forums.

maybe soon i'll launch a diatribe on the lost art of concept albums... i'm rather pleased with how my Manic|Depressive album turned out - but i suspect no one has the attention span required anymore to appreciate stuff like that anymore...

but i'm just trawling for validation i suppose.

peace Amagi, peace.
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said 4046 days ago (January 25th, 2007)
...I concur with your comments re meaninglessness. Nihilism---probably most often subconsciously held (and absorbed, as it were, by "osmosis")---appears to be the philosophy of the vast majority these days. It can be depressing when it raises it head at this site that we love so much. But what's a brother to do? I just keep pissin' in the wind...

Be well!
timothy devine said 4016 days ago (February 23rd, 2007)
Tubular bell
Yes TubularBells come to mind. Without the spinning head.
I really liked this tune. It works well for me. I read how you would hang and play in the lab all night. Cool.
I kinda do that now in my basement and my wife will ask me the next day...why are you so tired.
But sometimes its a must.
I find it amazing how music on MJs seems to die as far as comments go soon after they are posted. You have a wonderful work here and not much in comments. I give a hundred comments and evey one a better than the last.

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SmokeyVW said 4015 days ago (February 24th, 2007)
that was the good old days... staying up all night is a rare event for me now.

about comments, yes, the comments trail off pretty quickly. there's so much music here that songs just vanish like a drop in an ocean. but that's just how it is. i can't complain.

thanks for listening & commenting
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