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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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September 18, 2009

Dream Cloud

Filed under: ambient,Composition,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 2:43 pm

An ambient piece that, amazingly, I did not use Independence 1.5 in at all for the first time since I bought it…

Flute and bell/chime things from Miroslav Philharmonik; synths from Proteus VX; and, percussion by JamStix…

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August 11, 2009

(Looking for my) Happy Place

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 8:49 pm

Sort of ambient, but not much, really… At a direct instruction teaching session yesterday, the Lecturer referred to students going to their happy place when zoning out in a lesson – no doubt something we all tend to do if bored and finding it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand…

Ban-DI from DSK; flute, bass, piano and kettledrums from Independence 1.5; synths from Proteus VX; and, percussion from JamStix…

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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 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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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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June 22, 2009

Not Waving, Drowning

Filed under: ambient,Composition,piano,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 11:53 pm

So what if you were drowning and everyone just thought you were waving, so all they do is wave back, grinning? As you struggle to keep your head above water you drift out to sea before finally submerging into the depths below… not too comforting really…

Main flute [Ban-Di] from DSK, plus E-MU¬† soundfonts, synths from Proteus and flute and piano from Independence…

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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 8, 2009

[Every cloud has a] Silver Lining

Filed under: brass,Composition,drums & bass,piano,woodwind — steve @ 3:19 pm

Piano from Garritan Personal Orchestra; bass, flute and sax from Independence 1.5; and, drums by Jamstix 2.5…

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February 4, 2009

Mysterious Ways

Filed under: ambient,Composition,strings,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 11:55 pm

GOD moves in mysterious ways… Flute, strings and timpani from Independence 1.5 plus Creative/E-MU vocal “ooh” sound font…

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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 11, 2009

The Big Bad Wolf

Filed under: Composition,orchestral,strings,woodwind — steve @ 8:37 pm

This piece was meant to be a fugue, but you get what you get when composing stuff and this is how this one turned out. Sort of made me think of a treacherous, conniving creature so it has been titled “The Big Bad Wolf” rather than “Not really a fugue in B minor, originally in A minor”. All instruments from Independence 1.5 except for the timpani from Garritan Personal Orchestra…

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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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January 8, 2009

The Hunt

Filed under: brass,Composition,orchestral,strings,woodwind — steve @ 4:06 pm

An orchestral arrangement inspired by going to the Vienna Pops Concert on New Year’s Eve – though inspired by orchestral arrangements than rather what they played on the night – I just wanted to do an orchestral piece and this is what came out of. A sort of question/answer piece – imagine the hunting party chasing a fox who is wise to their machinations – so it is a happy hunt as no animals get injured during the chase – and no animals were injured during the making of this production!

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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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