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Emblym (Obbster cover)


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A few years back, my wiseguy brother-in-law was making fun of me, you know, giving me the business, for hiding behind synths. Well, yeah, that's what I do hahaha. So, I decided, with his encouragement, to do a straighter guitar piece with some kind of actual melodic theme. At about that time Obbster (Liam) posted his instrumental synth-based Emblym, which I really liked. I heard the theme, and figured I could latch onto that for a guitar-based version. He graciously agreed to let me have at it. It came out OK, but recently, I decided to re-mix it and to add a few seconds to the middle section. He has again been kind enough to let me post it. Liam has removed his version, so you won't be able to tell how much I stomped all over his original.

Needless to say, this one is full of synths. I like 'em. What can I say? But some of the synthy sounds are actually heavily effected guitars. I hope you enjoy it. One of my favorites. Thanks again to Liam, an actual songwriter.

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Obbster --- original composing
Les ------- mangling, guitar playing, programming
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Uploaded: Jul 31, 2011 - 02:54:23 PM
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2011 - 02:54:23 PM Last Played: Jul 28, 2018 - 07:58:57 PM
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sammydix said 2577 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
Emblym
...has a majestic feel to it. very grand. i think this is one of your best uses of dynamics in a composition--instrumentally and how you mixed it. I can hear the subtlety of the low parts and the depth of the higher parts...not one constant LOUD overcompressed block. superb, my friend. please do more mangling...
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Sam
I will have to think about your comment. I'm glad you liked this, but now I'm rethinking my usual mixing approach. A valuable comment is one that makes me think, so much appreciated!
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tokai said 2577 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
Les in the house.
A Lifeson style sound. Very ambient tune, with the great patience. Lot of wide open spaces, sustained long notes, all blending together into a musical bliss state, tapping too. There is no hiding going on here. A great listen with the phones everything can be heard. Cool to see you doing collabs.
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Hi Steve
I really like this one, which usually means no one else will like it. Well, it's Obbster's tune, and I always thought it had a unique feel to it. I rocked it up a little, but tried to preserve the theme.
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KCsGROOVE said 2577 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
usually
I tend to go back to the bare guitarsound, not too much FX, but when you do it good like in this song it is very cool :-)
Man, very spacey !
Dig it all the way :-)
KC
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
KC
Yes, I am against purity. I love fx, since sometimes they can lead to something new. Pure has been done, but there's no harm in playing pure, if it's an emulation of a well-known form. I just prefer not to. Anyway, it's good to know that you found this one to be OK, and I'm appreciative of you comments.
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billykirsch said 2577 days ago (July 31st, 2011)
The man from Utopia
Lots of old pictures popping up while listening.
I don't know if it was the idea, but let me imagine this is a beautiful tribute to your famous paisano from Utopia.

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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Utopia
Eh, kind of goofy, but it'll do for now. The music was Obbster's idea. I just provided a slightly different interpretation, mainly by making it noisier. Thanks for your comment and support, Billy.
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J_Gretch said 2576 days ago (August 1st, 2011)
Emblym (Obbster cover)
I agree with Sam on the grand comment..,this has that larger than lifesize feel to it.
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
JG
That's a very nice comment. Much appreciated. Credit goes to Obbster, and I agree.
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alackbass said 2576 days ago (August 1st, 2011)
Emblym (Obbster cover)
It just isn't Sunday without a new (and amazing) Les_Kloo post!
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Andrew
Ah, I'm becoming predictable. Well, so be it. A couple more Sunday posts on the way, then I'll actually have to start working on something new.
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TreeFalls said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2011)
emblym
very cool post, Les. listening to your work is always a humbling,then motivating experience. so, thanks for that.

i like synths too. and other forms of music technology that get a bum rap like drum loops and vocal effects. as you clearly demonstrate, technology in the right hands is a beautiful thing.

the song's main motif is really catchy and your guitar soloing at 5:05 is terrific. defintely need to check out Obbster - sounds like i've been missing out.

great work again and thanks for the download.

s
Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Steve
Thanks much for those nice words. Synths ... well, I'm hooked on them, and I'm never tempted to be pure or to do anything associated with "roots." And, yes, Obbster is worth listening to. Most of his efforts as of late are rock ballads, and he's one of the best as far as I'm concerned.
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finkeldink said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2011)
LK rewlz!
Freaking awesome!
GL bass lines (HA!)
Hiding behind synths... I dunno. not so much.
Dig the spooky guitar work.
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Mike
Spooky guitar work. Hey, yeah, I liked that part too. Thanks. Obbster pointed the way here, and I just followed.
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Corporal Beef said 2575 days ago (August 2nd, 2011)
Emblym
Hiding behind synths? Hardly. The other day I was listening to Family Outburst and admiring your integration of guitars and synths. It's takes a real talent to pull that off.

This tune caught me off guard because of the straight forward time signature! I love the spacey-ness of this piece, and again your guitar integrates wonderfully with the synths. Thanks for posting.
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Corporal
Family Outburst! Hey, thanks! I haven't listened to that for awhile. It kind of knocks me out to realize that examples of my humble efforts are floating around out there. Technology. And thanks for your comments on this. Very pleased that you liked it. I will refer my brother-in-law to this page, and especially this comment.
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Char said 2575 days ago (August 2nd, 2011)
Love your artwork.
You know that mangling also refers to ironing out. So, I'd say, this is smooth and definitely melodic. It slides. It glides. It flies. You are a fine guitarist. This is really beautiful. Thanks.
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Char
Ironing out. Well, I can tell you that Liam's piece needed no ironing. If anything, I wrinkled up the original, but there's always the risk of appearing to try to fix something that didn't need fixing. I think I just took a look at the tune from a slightly different angle.
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lengold said 2575 days ago (August 2nd, 2011)
Very
accomplished and pro sounding. Great listen too.
Cheers
Len

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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Len G
Thanks for the nice words. Much appreciated.
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ktb said 2575 days ago (August 2nd, 2011)
Emblym
Wow. Very much diggin this. Hope its ok to say it had shades of Genesis in there. One of my all time favorite bands. No mangling here, just inspiration. Nicely done
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
John
Shades of Genesis. Well, I would take that as high praise. They are among my musical heroes. Thanks very much!
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dave_b said 2573 days ago (August 4th, 2011)
Emblym (Obbster cover)
I like the way the synth lines are interwoven. Has the feel of a movie soundtrack, the hero has just triumphed and the credits are starting to roll.
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Les_Kloo said 2570 days ago (August 7th, 2011)
Dave
I like that description. I think that's consistent with my opinion of Liam's original. Some sense of triumph. Much different from my usual crapola. It was a privilege for me to be allowed to work on it.
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Wummimann said 2568 days ago (August 9th, 2011)
obbster
is a very good musician with a good feeling for songs, i like his voice. Your les kloo interpretation makes it perfect. i really like this one!
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Les_Kloo said 2566 days ago (August 11th, 2011)
Obbster
is one of my favorite songwriters here. The original was also an instrumental, but yes, he really shines when he writes in and performs vocal parts. Glad you like my version, Wummi. Thanks.
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paralax said 2532 days ago (September 14th, 2011)
a little softer
but thats cool too this is a great piece kudos to you and obbster
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faultysynapse said 1760 days ago (October 25th, 2013)
Emblym
Thought Id check u out.Wide open spaces,very cool and visual.Liked it,
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