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September 3, 2011

Forever featuring Monique

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Rock,vocals — steve @ 5:23 pm

This is a composition using song lyrics “Forever” with vocals by Monique from Vocal Forge. We do not know who Monique is, or who wrote the melody and/or lyrics. Basically what you get with the wave files/Kontakt Instruments is the key [in this case A minor] and the bpm [in this case 140 beats per minute]. Everything else is up to you as the composer: chords, phrasing, instruments, arrangement etc. Makes it a little challenging figuring out chords and phrasing that work with the singing, but it is nice working with some ‘real’ vocals.

This was also an opportunity to try Strum Electric by Applied Acoustic Instruments – in this instance using a virtual Fender Telecaster. Bass was from Independence Pro, while the drums were from JamStix.

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November 18, 2009

Peripeteia

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,strings,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 12:19 pm

Just when you thought you had found what you were looking for it turns out that it wasn’t there, so you start looking again, and again… like one of those stress related dreams that go around and around in circles until you look down upon yourself and wonder just what it was that you were trying to find in the first place…

Guitar, Bass and Oboe from Independence 1.5; Synths from Proteus VX; Pedal-Steel slide guitar from Sonic Reality; Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; Bandi flute from DSK soundfont; and, Drums and Percussion by JamStix.

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November 15, 2009

Monster Spirit

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,Synth,vocals — steve @ 7:19 pm

Sort of inspired by the Monkey series which I am watching at the moment – everything is either a spirit, a monster or a demon… A bit repetitive, but then again, so is Monkey…

Guitars, bass and rhodes piano from Independence 1.5; Synths from Proteus VX’ Vocals from Creative/Emu soundfonts; and, drims by JamStix…

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November 12, 2009

Machinations of Evil

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,Synth,vocals — steve @ 5:00 pm

The strange machinations of a not so pure mind… tick-tock-tock, tick-tock-tock…

Piano, bass, and guitar synth from Independence 1.5; other synths from Proteous VX; choir oohs and aahs from various soundfonts; and, drums from JamStix…

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October 1, 2009

[Life is] All Around You

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Synth,vocals — steve @ 5:08 pm

Another ambient piece. For me, life is a series of computer-monitors placed strategically around me – they’re real…

Bass, guitar and arpeggiated thing from Independence; Synths from Proteus VX; Vocals from Miroslav Philharmonik as well as Creative-EMU sondfont banks; and, drums and percussion from Jamstix…

UPDATE: Have spent 2 days remixing and editing this piece – added just this [very late] evening the Irina Brochin soundfont – when you need a female vocalist to cut through then you can count on Irina! Much improved over the first draft – I really like this now…

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September 20, 2009

A Balmy Night

Filed under: ambient,Composition,guitar,strings,Synth — steve @ 3:27 pm

For one of those balmy nights that should be heading our way here in the next few months… with the warm wind blowing through the trees and wind-chimes clanging in the breeze…

Synths from Proteus VX; Bass from Independence 1.5; Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; lap-steel slide guitar from Sonic Reality; and, percussion by JamStix.

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September 17, 2009

Popped Gothic Rock

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Synth,vocals — steve @ 4:49 pm

Taking a break from study for a few days to get the weird study related dreams out of my head. Tried out my new Miroslav Philharmonik VST and this is what came from it – a goth rock sort of thing for whatever reason – such is the nature of intuitive composing with no real direction to start with.

Male vocals and orchestral warm-up noises from Miroslav Philharmonik; guitars and basses from Independence 1.5; organ and synths from Proteus VX; female vocals from the wonderful Irina Brochin soundfont; and, drums by JamStix 2.5…

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July 31, 2009

Arpeggiated Anthem

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,woodwind — steve @ 7:24 pm

Probably the last composition for a while now that uni has started up again – this is pretty much a totally arpeggiated piece except with bass and bass piano chords thrown in plus drums… next to no writing in this one except for the initial note progression – just wanted to see what Independence could do using 5 arpeggiated instruments…

All instruments from Independence 1.5 – drums from JamStix…

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July 30, 2009

(A) Rift in Time

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Synth — steve @ 12:21 am

A semi techno- trance thing with mangled arpeggiators and synths and the like plus drums, ‘guitar’ and bass… Strange syncopated cross rhythms after the change/middle eight – hence the “Rift in Time”…

All instruments from indpendence 1.5, drums from JamStix…

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July 27, 2009

Coconut Cream Pie

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,woodwind — steve @ 10:16 pm

A kind of Caribean feel to this one – not entirely happy with the mix yet at this stage, but another light, happy piece…

All instruments from Independence apart from drums and percussion from JamStix…

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July 25, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 1:53 pm

A rather repetitive piece but quite light and sweet – the kind of dreams you have that make you not want to get out of bed, ever.

All instruments plus arpeggiators from Independence 1.5 apart from Boy Choir and Irina_Brochin soundfonts – drums and percussion from JamStix…

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July 22, 2009

Mole Skin

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,Synth — steve @ 7:54 pm

This is from a piano piece by Edwin Lynch (his version is here). He sent me the midi file of the piano and then I re-arranged it a little and added bass, bells, guitar and synths to it to produce this version below…

Piano, bass and guitar from Independence, bells from Halion, synths from ProteusVX, and drums from JamStix…

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June 27, 2009

El Toro & The Magnificent Matador

Filed under: brass,Composition,guitar,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 7:30 pm

The Magnificent Matador is of course Anthony Quinn…

Guitars, bass and trumpets from Independence, solo trumpet from Garritan PO, Ban-DI from DSK, and vocals from E-MU soundfonts…

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June 25, 2009

Altiplano Vaquero

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 4:18 pm

“High-plains Cowboy” – a sort of Mexican/Spanish Cowboy piece… a romantic yet sad and lonely life… In the tradition of the great western flics, the Cowboy always stays single, while married to the open land…

Ban-Di SoundFont from DSK, everything else from Independence except for drums from JamStix…

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February 22, 2009

Happy Go Lucky

Filed under: brass,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,woodwind — steve @ 1:38 pm

The last composition for a while I suspect as uni starts up again tomorrow – 4 months of hard study approaches after three months break writing music – ah, what a joy it has been writing around 30 new tracks after so long…

Guitar, Bass, Trumpets, Trombones and Flute from Independence 1.5; Drums from Jamstix…

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February 19, 2009

Blues_in_G-minor

Filed under: brass,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,woodwind — steve @ 1:48 pm

A 12 bar pattern I wrote when I was about 26 or so for our multi-instrumentalist vocalist/sax/guitar/flute player in the Blues Club, Mr Damon Stone. Was written for a sax solo however I didn’t enjoy playing guitar solo over it myself – que sera, sera…

Guitar, Bass, flute and sax from Independence 1.5, drums by Jamstix:

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February 6, 2009

A nice day for a daydream

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,strings,vocals — steve @ 9:38 pm

I often daydream about having a beautiful garden and outdoor area – if only dreams came true. Bass, Guitar and Strings from Independence 1.5; drums by Jamstix; and, vocals from Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin.sf2, Boychoir.sf2 and Creative/E-MU Choir Ahhs.

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February 1, 2009

Rat Race

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals — steve @ 10:08 pm

Sometimes ‘working for the man’ can make one feel as if it were a ship you were on then everyone would have left years ago… Independence 1.5, Jamstix2 and the usual vocal soundfonts…

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January 26, 2009

Want You, Need You

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals — steve @ 3:59 pm

A rock ballad thing with the now almost usual vocals – difficult to get the vocals to sound right on faster stuff – more suitable for drawn out notes one feels…

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January 24, 2009

La Boop-boop

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals — steve @ 5:00 pm

The title says it all – well, not really – another vocal rock thing…

UPDATE: [31-01-09] Added in Vocaloid2 Prima to the melody/vocals – not very clear, but neither is Prima and requires LOTS of work to get it sounding as if the vocalist is singing with the same levels of volume, brightness and sibilance… However I must relink the original as this is crap – flat notes, struggles to hit the mark – very disappointing vocal instrument that cost money…

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So, despite being accused of not being a musician for being critical of Vocaloid2 Prima, here is the original version of La Boop-boop using the Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin soundfont – no flat notes here…

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January 20, 2009

A Touch of Melancholia

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 6:03 pm

Mood swings, depression and madness. Found a couple of vocal soundfonts on the web yesterday – Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin.sf2 and Boychoir.sf2 which both sound not too bad at times – plenty of crap ones out there though that weren’t worth the hassle of downloading. Choir Ahhs from Creative/E-MU soundfont; guitar, bass and clarinet from Independence 1.5; and, drums from Jamstix…

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January 19, 2009

Oh Yeah

Filed under: brass,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals — steve @ 2:24 pm

Hmmm, don’t know about this one – started to come together then it didn’t and after a couple of days working on it I was over it in the end. Used up pretty much all the vocal sounds from the Creative/E-MU soundfonts collection I have hence more “Oh Yeah”s. Jamstix drums, bass, guitar and brass from Independence 1.5 – very little time put into the brass though as I just wanted this one to end… has its moments – perhaps incorporating obvious African male vocal sounds with American gospel/choir sounds with a 1950′s pop middle bit is not an ideal outcome… ;)

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January 17, 2009

Aframountry

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals — steve @ 9:04 pm

Ever wondered what you would get if you crossed African-American rhythm, gospel and soul with country? No? Well, neither had I until I put this piece together today. Last night I wrote down a chord progression; today I was looking for vocal takes on the net and ended up gathering up what I had in my Creative/E-MU soundfont collection – put them together and this is what I ended up with. Vocals from the previously mentioned Creative/E-MU soundfonts, guitar and bass from Independence 1.5 and drums from Jamstix…

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January 15, 2009

On an Eastern night looking West

Filed under: ambient,Composition,guitar,strings,vocals — steve @ 10:55 am

This was an attempt at an ambient piece of music, however it started to take on too much of a narrative feel which perhaps is not what ambient music should portray. I don’t write lyrics for my pieces – they are just instrumentals – however if I did write words for this piece it would go something along the lines of “Lovely, lovely little whale; In the name of science we sail; Hiding in the sea so deep; It’s your flesh we want to eat.” This is why I don’t write lyrics. Flute, cellos, guitar and vibraphone from Independence 1.5; “Ban-di” from DSK Music’s “Asian DreamZ” soundfont; all other sounds from Creative/E-MU sound fonts…

UPDATE 18-01-09: Here’s an updated version with more “ban-di” instrument and less steel string guitar – a little more ambient now I feel…

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January 9, 2009

You Always Nag

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,woodwind — steve @ 7:19 pm

Of course this has nothing to do with the ex wife…

The chord pattern I wrote in my 20s – sort of a jazzy thing with sustained 4ths, major 7ths and strange diminished 9ths, 5ths and 6ths – was very much into Larry Carlton, Steely Dan etc at the time – all those LA studio musos who really knew their stuff. The chord pattern was very demanding to play on guitar – very tiring and quite frenetic – so much easier with MIDI [sounds easier too - more relaxed]. What we end up with is a dialogue piece between flute and clarinet. All Independence 1.5 VST instruments here apart from [edited] Jamstix drums…

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December 26, 2008

A minor/G

Filed under: Composition,guitar,piano,woodwind — steve @ 5:49 pm

A composition that is kind of intended for the movie “3″ – it has an odd dischordant sound to it in parts before going into a simple A minor to G sequence. A middle section was added for contrast – a third phrase as such. Uses Independence 1.5 – love the sound of the ‘electric piano’ – very inspiring.

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December 24, 2008

blah blah blah blah

Filed under: brass,drums & bass,guitar — steve @ 11:59 am

Something I was toying around with before purchasing Garritan Personal Orchestra and Independence 1.5. Used a combination of sound fonts, free VST instruments and real drum loops. The real drum loops needed a lot of editing to get the timing right. I re-vamped the piece later with the Garritan VST as well as overlaying Jamstix drum VST over the drum loops. As a result it it is a bit of a “dog’s breakfast” sound wise

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December 21, 2008

Major 7

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar — steve @ 10:53 am

A chordal progression I wrote in my teens – perhaps around 1978 – I was trying out ‘jazz’ chords, or what I thought were jazz chords – lots of major 7s as well as other things that sounded nice on acoustic guitar. The instrumental on top I wrote in my 20′s – strangely I could remember most of it all these years later. Uses Independence 1.5 and Jamstix as the VST instruments..

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December 19, 2008

Composition in ‘D’

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar — steve @ 12:50 pm

A combination of two pieces in the key of D I wrote in my teens – probably around 1979 or 1980 or so. Combined here as they were so similar in some ways. Uses Independence Free 2.0 and Jamstix VST instruments…

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December 17, 2008

Song for Sam

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar — steve @ 12:44 pm

A composition originally written on 12 string guitar around 1989 or 1990 – inspired by a blonde girl by the name of Sam whom I met at art school. Of all the female inspired pieces I wrote back then it is the only one I remember how to play – the others I just remember writing them. Independence Free 2.0 and Jamstix VST instruments.

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December 16, 2008

7/8

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar — steve @ 12:23 pm

Something in 7/8 timing based upon a rhythm I developed in the early 1990′s. I wanted to try a 4/4 drum pattern on the 7/8 timing to get that on-beat then off-beat effect that Led Zeppelin used so effectively – not that this sounds anything like Led Zep! Uses Yellow Tools Independence Free 2.0 – which is free but a bit of a memory hog compared to Independence 1.0/1.5 which is not free…

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