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A dusty drive song for a top down scene, or a loping horse ride.

I'm relatively new to GarageBand, so I'm just beginning to compose without loops.

On this, I started with a GB beat (RnB 06) and stripped off everything except the back beat. Then I started modifying its pattern and listening to different effects-- Reverb, Amp Sim and Automatic Filter.

I'm reading about music theory, so I found some sites with piano triad layouts and chord progressions. The first one I found was Am, Dm, G, Am so I built the rhythm verse with that. I'm not sure how chorus' climbing progression (C, Dm, F, Dm, Am) came about.

Starting with verse's chord progression, I paired out harmonies and started patterning rhythms. Listening in a loop and adjusting patterns and velocities, an outlaw-like melody started to come about. It seemed to complement the almost Middle Eastern sound of the distortion and chorus effects on the verse's progression.

I'd like to find a haunting female chorus to ride over the top of the verses toward the end. I'd also like to stretch it out with a bridge or break. That would be the right place to introduce the vocals.
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her tools,
those gifts
wrapped inside our rifts
would push me, taunt me
to behave beside myself

our rows,
then the makeups
after those nasty breakups
were lacking, soul attacking
leaving me in search of help
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Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009 - 12:48:25 AM
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3903 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
i enjoy ambient/experimental type music so i was diggin this. very original which is one aspect I respect, i try to be as original as possible. I couldnt read the description though, is this all original or are their loops? did you sequence this or play it live? hard to give constructive comments without knowing what you put into it.

so from a basic standpoint, cool track and I liked the vibe of it. I would have liked to see more ambience dug into the backing though. but all in all nice track.
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leap4rog said 3902 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
yo yo
Yes, this is original. (I started with a stock GarageBand beat loop, but changed it beyond recognition.) All of my stuff is sequenced. I appreciate the ability to arrange tracks easily in GB because I do try to break down the sequencing to remove as much of the artificial feel as possible.

I've done a significant amount of work with stock loops (most of it can be found here http://www.reverbnation.com/chriscurtiss) but I'm trying to create original stuff from now on. The trick is, I'm not a practiced musician with significant skill on an instrument outside of GarageBand.

Any advice or insights you have for moving away from loops and developing musical skills based primarily on sequencing is appreciated.

Thank you for the input.
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drakonis said 3903 days ago (January 14th, 2009)
chilled kelp
I like the progression, jazz-set rhythm, and surf-guitar-sound together here. This is definitely a good start and can go all sorts of ways. Since it has sort of a soft feel, I'd suggest avoiding throwing too much on, but instead, add some areas where stuff drops out... for example, remove the guitar and synths in a section, and maybe THERE you can add some ethereal vox with just the rhythms...
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leap4rog said 3900 days ago (January 17th, 2009)
drak attack
Thank you-- I'll get back to this one in a bit. I'm really enjoying this site and the ability to give and receive feedback. I'll spend some time listening to your stuff soon.

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sschedra said 3902 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Unique sounds
You're right. It has some room for finishing. Voices would be good. I can always hear a melody over a foundation like this. Sometimes I will take the tenor sax setting and use the keyboard to try a melody line that will later be sung. Then of course you're obliged to make up lyrics.
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leap4rog said 3902 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
I'll give the sax a try.
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fabien0784 said 3902 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
there is something interesting here around volume and sound intensity. Nice job.

Thanks for sharing.
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leap4rog said 3898 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
thanks for the feedback
If you have any more-- including ideas on what to do next with it, let me know.
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Kicbal said 3897 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
Movie Soundtrack song
The Cohen brothers would love this in one of their flicks. Sounds pretty complete to me. Perhaps some very light synth pad, string section or something in the background could add a bit more depth in parts. I see some of your stuff has lyrics written for it. Maybe that is all that is needed. Getting yourself or collab with someone to do the singing. Nice and original tune.
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leap4rog said 3896 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
thank you
Thank you for the input. I love Cohen brothers movies, so that's huge prop. Do you have any recommendations on vocalists for a collab?
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