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    Wow. Some very impressive pieces on the preceding page. Everyone is busy, and has great results to show for it!
    I have been working on this piece over the winter. It's mostly done except for a few production tweaks. Once I get a few more pieces done I'm going to release them on an album.
    This one is instrumental. I came up with parts of it in 1988 and arranged the sections into a song in 1990. I'd rehearsed this one with bands I was in, had recorded early versions of it in 1998 and 2005 when I was recording on an ADAT and mixing with a pair of Mackie 16 channel mixers, but hadn't released a proper "final" version. I think this will be that.

    It has analog (modeled) synths, a hardware analog synth, harmony guitar melodies, E Bow guitars, a Rickenbacker bass, some Mellotron string and choir sounds, a pensive, introspective little interlude in the middle, and a jam section at the end. The jam at the end is part my not very developed songwriting skills in 1990, and part inspired by seeing bands back in those days like Jerry Goodman's. I got to see Jerry Goodman a few times in 1988/89, and he had songs with a jam section at the end where he and his guitarist would trade licks. It was just the most incredible thing to see in a live show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distance of Man 1 View Post
    Wow. Some very impressive pieces on the preceding page. Everyone is busy, and has great results to show for it!
    I have been working on this piece over the winter. It's mostly done except for a few production tweaks. Once I get a few more pieces done I'm going to release them on an album.
    This one is instrumental. I came up with parts of it in 1988 and arranged the sections into a song in 1990. I'd rehearsed this one with bands I was in, had recorded early versions of it in 1998 and 2005 when I was recording on an ADAT and mixing with a pair of Mackie 16 channel mixers, but hadn't released a proper "final" version. I think this will be that.

    It has analog (modeled) synths, a hardware analog synth, harmony guitar melodies, E Bow guitars, a Rickenbacker bass, some Mellotron string and choir sounds, a pensive, introspective little interlude in the middle, and a jam section at the end. The jam at the end is part my not very developed songwriting skills in 1990, and part inspired by seeing bands back in those days like Jerry Goodman's. I got to see Jerry Goodman a few times in 1988/89, and he had songs with a jam section at the end where he and his guitarist would trade licks. It was just the most incredible thing to see in a live show.

    Great. The opening makes me want to play air-guitar and air-keyboards.
    What Mackie mixers did you use? I have a Mackie CR 1604.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distance of Man 1 View Post
    Wow. Some very impressive pieces on the preceding page. Everyone is busy, and has great results to show for it!
    I have been working on this piece over the winter. It's mostly done except for a few production tweaks. Once I get a few more pieces done I'm going to release them on an album.
    This one is instrumental. I came up with parts of it in 1988 and arranged the sections into a song in 1990. I'd rehearsed this one with bands I was in, had recorded early versions of it in 1998 and 2005 when I was recording on an ADAT and mixing with a pair of Mackie 16 channel mixers, but hadn't released a proper "final" version. I think this will be that.

    It has analog (modeled) synths, a hardware analog synth, harmony guitar melodies, E Bow guitars, a Rickenbacker bass, some Mellotron string and choir sounds, a pensive, introspective little interlude in the middle, and a jam section at the end. The jam at the end is part my not very developed songwriting skills in 1990, and part inspired by seeing bands back in those days like Jerry Goodman's. I got to see Jerry Goodman a few times in 1988/89, and he had songs with a jam section at the end where he and his guitarist would trade licks. It was just the most incredible thing to see in a live show.

    Excellent...quite an ambitious project. I really like the ebb and flow between high energy and the mellower sections.
    As a listener, and this is just my personal thought, the song felt like it started too strong out of the gate to me. Perhaps a few bars as an intro to set it up, then BAM!!
    But I'm just a mellow old fart and other's mileage may vary.
    Thanks for all your very hard work and for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    What Mackie mixers did you use? I have a Mackie CR 1604.
    I used a Cr-1604 and a 1604 VLZ PRO that I got a few years later, wired together with their Mixer Mixer. I still have all that stuff. The 1604 VLZ PRO came in handy in summer of 2016 when I friend asked me to play recording engineer for a CD his band was recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    As a listener, and this is just my personal thought, the song felt like it started too strong out of the gate to me. Perhaps a few bars as an intro to set it up, then BAM!!
    But I'm just a mellow old fart and other's mileage may vary.
    Thanks for all your very hard work and for posting.
    That's a very intriguing idea.
    It might sound very nice to have a little ambient noodling at the very beginning, sort of the same effect as the birds and water sounds at the beginning of "Close to the Edge", before the band breaks in, in full rock mode.
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    At about 1:20 you have a nice soft pad and bass line that might do very nice as an introduction at the beginning also.
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    Here's one that's an attempt in the fusion genre. It's employs the whole-half tone scale that King Crimson's Red is based on.


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    Wow, someone's alive and making music. It's been a while fella's but Joe plays on channeling Fripp. Joe's Sunday Lockdown ... now you just need a booby chick, I mean a buddy to sing with you.

    (BTW - I might have something soon with a little collaboration)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobM View Post
    Wow, someone's alive and making music. It's been a while fella's but Joe plays on channeling Fripp. Joe's Sunday Lockdown ... now you just need a booby chick, I mean a buddy to sing with you.

    (BTW - I might have something soon with a little collaboration)
    Toyah was busy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarplyrjvb View Post
    Here's one that's an attempt in the fusion genre. It's employs the whole-half tone scale that King Crimson's Red is based on.

    Interesting piece! Some really nice guitar playing and plenty of ideas! I had shot the drummer after 2 min though...
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    Ha, ha!

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    I recently got the mix mostly complete on another song on this album release that I'm working on. I have a few more songs to record, and need to write about 20 minutes more material for it.
    This is another song that I wrote years ago, in 1998. I was in a creative space that year I guess, writing a lot of lyrics and coming up with guitar riffs. There are other times when I don't write a lot of music.
    Anyway, recording this one took a few months to complete. Like the last one I posted, at the time I wrote this I was inspired by seeing Jerry Goodman's band perform live in the 1980s and listening to him and his guitarist or his keyboardist trading licks during extended jam sections. I think I'm going to call it quits writing these songs with these jam sections because I do want to keep my material song-oriented, and these wailing extended jam endings take lots of practice.
    I have recorded different versions of this song over the years, including two with bands with other musicians. This one is going to be my "final" definitive release of this song, and I'll move on to writing some new ones. I wanted to reinvent the song so I changed some melodies and put the verses in a different time signature for this version. The instrument tracks were recorded in fall 2020, over the holidays late 2020, and spring 2021. There might be a few instrument tracks that I did in 2019.
    The song has lots of stuff I've always considered to be cool - wailing lead guitar, chunky toned guitar riffs, ringing arpeggiated guitar riffs, chimey complex chord clean tone guitar riffs, melodic Rickenbacker bass, a variety of synths, Mellotron, and warm strings.

    It's a song about communication, finding common ground, finding unity and understanding.
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    I'm still working on a new composition for 2 Fender Rhodes pianos, bass, basssynthesizer (Arturia MiniMoog), stringensemble (Arturia Solina), synthesizers (Arturia Modular Moog, Arturia MiniMoog, Nord G2 Engine), tenorsaxophone and violin. Titled Annus horribilis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distance of Man 1 View Post
    I recently got the mix mostly complete on another song on this album release that I'm working on. I have a few more songs to record, and need to write about 20 minutes more material for it.
    This is another song that I wrote years ago, in 1998. I was in a creative space that year I guess, writing a lot of lyrics and coming up with guitar riffs. There are other times when I don't write a lot of music.
    Anyway, recording this one took a few months to complete. Like the last one I posted, at the time I wrote this I was inspired by seeing Jerry Goodman's band perform live in the 1980s and listening to him and his guitarist or his keyboardist trading licks during extended jam sections. I think I'm going to call it quits writing these songs with these jam sections because I do want to keep my material song-oriented, and these wailing extended jam endings take lots of practice.
    I have recorded different versions of this song over the years, including two with bands with other musicians. This one is going to be my "final" definitive release of this song, and I'll move on to writing some new ones. I wanted to reinvent to song so I changed some melodies and put the verses in a different time signature for this version. The instrument tracks were recorded in fall 2020, over the holidays late 2020, and spring 2021. There might be a few instrument tracks that I did in 2019.
    The song has lots of stuff I've always considered to be cool - wailing lead guitar, chunky toned guitar riffs, ringing arpeggiated guitar riffs, chimey complex chord clean tone guitar riffs, melodic Rickenbacker bass, a variety of synths, Mellotron, and warm strings.

    It's a song about communication, finding common ground, finding unity and understanding.
    Great job.

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    I posted this in another thread the other week but I thought I'd post it here too. This is my first attempt at playing anything (I do sing), I'm quite proud of it and am looking forward to doing more....




    There is a whole EP but I can't seem to get it to link correctly.
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    Love the atmosphere. (You might also find an audience on the Stoner thread.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    I'm still working on a new composition for 2 Fender Rhodes pianos, bass, basssynthesizer (Arturia MiniMoog), stringensemble (Arturia Solina), synthesizers (Arturia Modular Moog, Arturia MiniMoog, Nord G2 Engine), tenorsaxophone and violin. Titled Annus horribilis.
    I'm sure there are going to be lots of songs written about 2020. A guy local to where I am wrote one a year ago about the great toilet paper rush.

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    Love the atmosphere. (You might also find an audience on the Stoner thread.)
    Cheers mate!

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    Here's an #instrumental that a guitar friend from Australia (Ross Manariti) and I put together. It's got a little #spacey #stoner_metal , it's got a little #rock, it's got a little #progressive some killer #guitar #metal , some decent #keyboard , and it's a #collaboration on Bandlab.

    Please hit the "heart" on the Bandlab site as you listen if you like it.

    Enjoy, Bob

    https://www.bandlab.com/ptmconsultin...n-mix-1322fc82
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    my new solo piece (created for an ICS "game" this past weekend)

    Greetings,

    Though we originally had plans to head to Nantucket for the holiday weekend, I leveraged our late decision to stay home instead by joining my first Immersion Composition Society "game" session. Though the goal is to write and record as many brand new tunes (without leveraging any preexisting material) as possible, up to a maximum of 20, in a 24-hour period--all on the same day as others who are doing the same thing. Given the fact that my compositional approach is generally slow, this turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated, though I ended up completing one short piece that I'm pretty happy with:



    Though there are certainly some rough edges and a few things I want to address in the mix as well (not surprising, actually, due to the time constraints of the initiative), I hope some of you will enjoy the tune.

    Thanks for listening and best wishes,


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobM View Post
    Here's an #instrumental that a guitar friend from Australia (Ross Manariti) and I put together. It's got a little #spacey #stoner_metal , it's got a little #rock, it's got a little #progressive some killer #guitar #metal , some decent #keyboard , and it's a #collaboration on Bandlab.

    Please hit the "heart" on the Bandlab site as you listen if you like it.

    Enjoy, Bob

    https://www.bandlab.com/ptmconsultin...n-mix-1322fc82
    Bob, that is cool! Reminds me a little bit of the Ozrics. Is that why it's called Tentacle Porn? Your guitarist friend is a good player, too! Very tasteful and complementary to your keyboards. As usual, I find that it's difficult to distinguish your keyboards from the guitar, the samples are so good! I remember having that issue with Jan Hammer and John McLaughlin, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarplyrjvb View Post
    Reminds me a little bit of the Ozrics. Is that why it's called Tentacle Porn?
    You are too observant! Only in a prog forum would someone pick that up.

    Thanks for the compliments and glad you enjoyed it.
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    Here's my take on one of my favorite Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays songs. Letter From Home - I hope I did it justice - so pretty.

    https://www.bandlab.com/ptmconsultin...d-0050f28013e2
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    Very nice piano playing and string accompaniment!

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    Very nice rendition, Bob!
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