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The Life of a Starfish


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AEROjet

 Genre: Acoustic

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It's been several months since I've posted music on this site. I just haven't had the time or inspiration to compose lately, school has been my primary focus this year. Now I'm on summer vacation. I've got several music projects lined up and a folder of half finished songs to complete. If I get around to it, I'll be posting more regularly. It's so nice to hear everyone's work again!

Anyways, I wrote this piece a few nights ago with nothing in particular in mind. I was feeling a bit crazier than normal so I started playing around with style and meter. The piece borrows ideas from drum and bass, punk, and jazz music. It follows a 4/4 meter for the most part but I didn't hesitate to cut out a few beats every now and then. I focused particularly on the interplay between the instruments - sometimes in alignment, sometimes call and response. I mean, you can analyze the piece if you want to, but know that I wrote this mostly by ear so much of what you hear happened coincidently.

Note: original song art by James Campbell http://doctoronion.deviantart.com/
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Uploaded: May 28, 2008 - 12:18:21 AM
Last Updated: May 28, 2008 - 12:44:50 AM Last Played: Jun 13, 2019 - 07:29:05 AM
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Feter said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
The Life of a Starfish
Nice Jazz cosmic gumbo ..the piano so fine
nice job my friend thnx for sharin !!
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AEROjet said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Feter
Hey thanks for commenting, I'm glad you like it!
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Macaudion said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Nimble little devil, huh...
You know I like it!

Good to hear from you!

I wish you had the time to send me something to stretch me/us.

Liked the drums, of course but I found myself listening mostly to the bass and piano - For me, it was about the, jerky liquified chunks. - maybe something to do w/ a starfish outta water... - But likely, something to do w/ my imagination.

Can't help but to wonder what you might have done w/ the energy had you not been able to compose music like this...

Nice job, J!

D
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AEROjet said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Dion
duuuuuuuude. I thought told you I have time to send you stuff now that school's out, hahaha. Anyways, tell you what. I need some good quality time to work at my special summer camp but I'll hit you with something shortly after the 21st of June. I hope you're ready for that! Oh, and thanks for the listen. Good to hear from you Dion.
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The Orbiting said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Joel!
Hey, so cool to see you back, especially with something so incredibly original, yet also incredibly enjoyable. I just got some new monitors and one thing I like about your piece is that it's using the entire frequency spectrum; you've got the tinkling keys dancing at the top and then that great thunking bass and kick drum. This is also mixed very, very well. The bass is thumping but not distorting, but I can also feel it on the floor under my feet. All of this makes it a pleasure to listen to, as well.

You've obviously been sucking up a lot of knowledge at school this year. I hear a lot of growth in your "voice." Excellent, excellent work...and welcome back!

--ledebutant
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AEROjet said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
The Orbiting
Ledeb,

First, Congrats on your new monitors! Second, I'm glad my mix passes the test, I didn't have monitors myself when setting the levels so it was kind of risky business. I do have some great headphones but you can never be sure when the sound is that close to your ears.

Well, it's good to have time to be back at mj again. I'm really glad you liked my piece and noticed that I've grown musically. Thanks for listening!
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screamalexz said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
fun
yes does sound like you had fun with this piece some. school can eat up a lot of time just like working :/ i like the switches from heavy to slow and how the drums still keep a fairly fast beat but still mellow down some with the rest of the song when it slows.
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AEROjet said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
scream
Thanks for the comment Scream. You're right in observing the changes in mood and range in dynamics. I'm glad you like it!
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regaljohnston said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
not really sure what to say really
not really sure what to say really, but seeing as i AM a music student AND an english language student (gcse level) i should be able to come up with something good advice for you. i study english language and music both at gcse level so i guess it's left to me to leave a bit of a more proffessional critique of this song so here goes...

the starfish come through here, like a metaphorical melody, metaphor and symphonie on the ballad of life, starfish synopsis and rhetorical reformation. hey, let me break this down of all the people who won't GET it... basically GO GET A DICTIONARY BEFORE YOU TRY CHATTIN' TO A GSCE STUDENT OF ENGLISH AND MUSIC... both simultaniously btw, i've not got one of then in one year and then studied seperately for the other, i do both at the same time. takes a special sort... know what i'm sayin?
AEROjet said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
WHAT?
Excuse me. I don't mean to be rude but I'm not exactly sure where you're going with this comment here... you have said multiple times that you are a student of English and Music and that you might offer some good advice. Well none was given, and furthermore I don't think you realize how arrogant you appear here. First of all, CAPS LOCK ON MACJAMS IS NOT CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL. It actually makes you sound like your angry at something, or maybe at me. Secondly, for an English student you grammar is atrocious. Those who study the English language should be able to communicate their ideas articulately, and that does not mean simply using big word. Your critique was far from professional. You stated the existence of a metaphor, yet you neglected to describe it. You also failed to draw a comparison between your ideas and the music, making your analysis appear as benighted conjecture. I'm not going to go into it anymore. Frankly, I don't believe you are who you say you are, I would have been happy with a simply "I like/disliked" the song, but this display of pretension frustrates me. Respectfully, I ask you to revise you comment and I will gladly respond to any praise or criticism you give. However, if you decide to take further action against me, such as bomb my song ratings, I will have no choice but to report you to the macjams site moderator and request that your account is removed...fo'shizzle.


>>not really sure what to say really, but seeing as i AM a music student AND an english language student (gcse level) i should be able to come up with something good advice for you. i study english language and music both at gcse level so i guess it's left to me to leave a bit of a more proffessional critique of this song so here goes...

the starfish come through here, like a metaphorical melody, metaphor and symphonie on the ballad of life, starfish synopsis and rhetorical reformation. hey, let me break this down of all the people who won't GET it... basically GO GET A DICTIONARY BEFORE YOU TRY CHATTIN' TO A GSCE STUDENT OF ENGLISH AND MUSIC... both simultaniously btw, i've not got one of then in one year and then studied seperately for the other, i do both at the same time. takes a special sort... know what i'm sayin?<<
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VicDiesel said 4035 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Textual analysis
I happened to catch this comment, and I have nothing better to do, so I thought I'd comment on it.

> not really sure what to say really,

1. This sentence does not start with a capital letter.
2. This sentence has neither subject nor verb.
3. The repetition of the word "really" gets you minus ten points for style in my book.

> but seeing as i AM a music student AND an english language student

4. The word "I" should be capitalized.

> i should be able to come up with something good advice for you.

5. "something good advice"? What was that language you were studying again?

> i study english language and music both at gcse level

6. Repeated chest thumping and bad capitalization. Minus so many points.

> so i guess it's left to me to leave a bit of a more proffessional critique

7. I'm sorry, I believe "profffessional" has 3 'f's.

> the starfish come through here, like a metaphorical melody, metaphor

8. Word repetition again. Don't they teach good writing style at the GCSE level?

> and symphonie on the ballad of life, starfish synopsis and rhetorical reformation.

9. I'm sorry. Was that sentence supposed to express a thought?

> basically GO GET A DICTIONARY BEFORE YOU TRY CHATTIN'

10. Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot.

> TO A GSCE STUDENT OF ENGLISH AND MUSIC... both simultaniously btw,

11. You're quite immodest, you know that? And so far without justification.

> takes a special sort... know what i'm sayin?

Tell me about it.

Furrfu.

Victor.
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VicDiesel said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Cool
The plinky plinky piano has a bit of an underwater feel. If that's how you intended.

I see the connection with DnB. Everything that has approximately the right speed you can put a drum beat under, not?

Nice track. Good interplay between the instruments.


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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Vic
Yeah, everything is synchronized to the computer so I guess dropping a DnB loop behind it would work, not that I necessarily want to do that though. Thanks for the listen.
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LunaTrick said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Very cool mix
manic upper keys and some heavy skins. Interesting combo!
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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Luna
Luna, thanks for stopping by. I'm always happy to meet new people.
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magnatone said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Life of a Starfish
wow - my first introduction to your music - you're incredible. This is top notch on every level - love your highs and lows, you clearly know exactly what you're doing. Looking forward to hearing more of your music - thanks!
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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Starfish
Magna, it's very pleasing to hear you say such things, I'm a fan of your compositions as well. Thanks for commenting. :)
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kassia said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Starfish
Great little tune. Really fun - the interplay between instruments I think you really succeeded there. Good piano - did you play all these instruments yourself? It's a fun tune - can't wait to hear more of your stuff. Welcome back to MacJams!

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kassia said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
oh and..
I LOVE the song art! LOVE IT!
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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Starfish
yes yes, I wrote the parts for each instrument using MIDI. I'm really happy, like the tune. My artist friend will also be happy you like his work, I'll go tell him. Thanks for the listen.
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drakonis said 4039 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
wacky stuff...
Until now, nobody's ever heard of a caffeinated 4/4 starfish... wild, as usual from you! Wonderfully quirky! Nice choice of instruments backing up the piano, and well-mixed!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Magic dragon
Always a pleasure drak. It's funny how I get pegged on this site for writing music while on caffeine. The truth is, yes, I'm a coffee addict. More accurately, I'm a coffee aficionado. I drink it regularly and perhaps sometimes it draws out my inspiration to write, however, that is not to say all of my energetic music moments are inspired by coffee. Emotion and energy in music is exciting and fun to listen to, and I try to exaggerate the emotion in my pieces as much as possible. Hah, I don't know why I'm rambling on about this. Well, when I get around to posting my downtempo stuff, I'll be showing you all that I can make sleepy music too. =) Thanks so much for listening!
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drakonis said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Ha!
Well then... if we ever meet up, I'll fresh-grind some Celebes or Sumatran coffee for us (my two faves.) I am getting snobby about coffee lately, bring fresh-ground into work with a mini coffee press :-)
ttfn,
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Elevator_Funk said 4038 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Nice Tune.
I liked it. Metaphors or not, i'd the life of a starfish to be longer.

The art was a good find. Made me push play on the song bar.

Thanks for posting.
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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
EF
E-Funk, thanks for stopping by. Starfish don't live very long to begin with, and this one died young - overdosed. I'll tell the artist you liked the picture. Thanks for the listen!
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said 4038 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Cool!
Very nice work here, happy to come across your work. Fine piano playing and wonderful percussion sounds. Cool piece of work I do like... thanks for sharing!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Starfish
Birdman, thanks for commenting. I'm really happy you liked it.
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jiguma said 4037 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Welcome back!
And what a cool way to return. A really good listen - thanks!

Neil
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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Jiguma
Neil, I'm really happy to be back. Thanks so much for the listen!
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DJbliss said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Well
It certainly isn't bad and its a fantastic creative piece, but it doesn't really speak to me in a way that some of your other pieces have.
Glad to see you posting again though! I look forward to hearing some of those unfinished projects!
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AEROjet said 4037 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Bliss
Hey Bliss. Yeah, I figured you'd like my electronica stuff better, but I'm really happy you commented on this one here. I try to write in a variety of styles. I've got some downtempo/trip hop on the horizon. Stay tuned.
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KgZ said 4036 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Finally
A new song by Aerojet ;)

Good stuff as always- you finally got out of your writer's block.
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AEROjet said 4035 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
kgz
Hah, took me long enough. Thanks for the listen!
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gregd said 4035 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Kinda like . . .
Squarepusher on acid: a big bag of squirrelly fun. I've been lurking on your page, waiting for a new tune. Thanks for satisfying me with this. The acoustic take is a cool new direction for you, I think. You have a good take on punk-jazz-dnb fusion, too bad there's no genre listing for it.
-g
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AEROjet said 4035 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
greg
Well Greg, lurk no more! I'm glad you stuck it out and came around to comment. It's great to hear from you.
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Leon said 4034 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Joel...
Just got off the plane... will comment later! This sounds quite intriguing... more comment later after a second or third listen...
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DOCTORBIZARRE said 3991 days ago (July 14th, 2008)
COOL TRACK JACK
Love this experimental jazz piece! We gotta hook up for some new collabs one of these days! I love working with ya!
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Parichayaka said 3920 days ago (September 23rd, 2008)
brilliant
I'm really glad you're pursuing a musical career. I've heard too many outstanding posts in as many different genres. Being a drummer at heart I had a great time listening to this. Love the simplicity of it too. Really hope you keep posting here. One of the few macjammers where you never know what to expect, except that it's going to be awesome of course.
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Char said 3920 days ago (September 24th, 2008)
Well,
I liked this and I thank you for sharing it. :)
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Daugrin said 3686 days ago (May 16th, 2009)
The life of a....
Starfish, jazz voicings and lots of spicey flavor off the interplay between the drums and bass. I really enjoy each of your outings at MJ. The brisk place of your ideas suits my imagination and ability to listen effectively, the ear candy just keeps flowing...The mixing is tops, the drums snap! Thanks for posting.

Daugrin
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Schello said 3685 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
yup
genius
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