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The following is a "scrap-book" of musical ideas - the final completed compositions, arranged into albums, can be found here: Steve Eggleston at Bandcamp.com

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September 3, 2011

Forever featuring Monique

Filed under: Composition.drums & bass.guitar.Rock.vocals — by 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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June 6, 2011

What the World needs is a better lullaby

Filed under: alternative.ambient.Composition.drums & bass.piano.strings.Synth — by steve @ 12:36 pm

Chillax – feed the whales or something…

AAS Player with Cinematheque, Audio Damage’s Axon, HG Forune’s ScapesWizard Mini [free], Piano, Bass and Strings from Indpendence Pro, Steinberg’s HAlionONE, and Jamstix.

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January 18, 2011

Alien Nation

Filed under: alternative.ambient.Composition.piano.Synth.vocals — by steve @ 3:18 pm

First composition for quite some time and the first using Cubase 5.5.2 64 bit on my new Win 7 64 bit PC – a fair bit of stuffing around trying to get older 32 bit VST and VSTi’s working…

So, here we are, ‘Alien Nation’: ’cause they’re due here after the world ends in 2012, don’t you know…

East West’s Voices of Passion, AAS String Studio & Entangled Species, Audio Damages Axon, HG Forune’s ScapesWizard Mini [free], and free 64 bit effects and processors VSTs [Compression, EQ, Stereo Enhancer, and Limiter] from Melda Production Audio Technologies – these made this track possible as TRacks [no 64 bit pluggins] DO NOT run at all well in Cubase 5.5.2 64 bit…

Anyhow, enjoy [11:30]

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November 21, 2010

Anxiety Attack

Filed under: alternative.Composition.Synth — by steve @ 2:13 pm

My work environment is so much fun at the moment…

Axon by AudioDamage, Independence 2, StringStudio VS-1 by Applied Acoustic Systems, Proteus VX and an Emu Soundfont

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December 3, 2009

Space Scape

Filed under: alternative.Composition.Synth — by steve @ 7:20 pm

A space based theme in three parts using Absynth 5 and Reaktor 5:

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1. Spaceship takes off and then once up in the sky goes into hybernation mode. However, the peaceful journey is interupted as the ship is off course and starts spiralling through a black hole. Oh, no!

2. Coming out the black hole, the ships communicates with an alien entity, and then proceeds to land on an unexplored world. But, on exploring the new world, the aliens turn out to be evil and the spaceman has to run for his life and find his way back to his ship.

3. Back on the spaceship, it once again takes off before folding time to get back to earth. Back at earth, the spaceship lands with a thud. Oops.

November 18, 2009

Peripeteia

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.guitar.strings.Synth.woodwind — by 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 — by 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 14, 2009

Dancing with the Tazmanian Devil

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.strings.Synth — by steve @ 12:15 pm

Triplets over four-four timing makes it feel a bit like a waltz. The growling sound reminded me of the Tazmanian Devil. Hence, ‘Dancing with the Tazmanian Devil’ is what this is called.

Bass, Chimes and Clarinet from Independence 1.5; Synth Pads and growling sound from Proteus VX; Harp and Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; and, Percussion from Jamstix 2.5…

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November 12, 2009

Machinations of Evil

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.guitar.piano.Synth.vocals — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 18, 2009

Dream Cloud

Filed under: ambient.Composition.Synth.woodwind — by 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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September 17, 2009

Popped Gothic Rock

Filed under: alternative.Composition.drums & bass.guitar.Synth.vocals — by 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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August 11, 2009

(Looking for my) Happy Place

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.piano.Synth.woodwind — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 24, 2009

Drunk & Dischordally

Filed under: alternative.Composition.drums & bass.piano.Synth — by steve @ 12:06 am

An attempt at mangling sounds with arpeggiators, modulators, echo and the like. Kind of reminded me of the voices and crap inside your head when you are so very, very drunk that you are almost tripping like when drinking copious amounts of red wine on an empty stomach – not that I have done that for 20 years or more now…

All instruments from Independence 1.5 except for the drums from JamStix…

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July 22, 2009

Mole Skin

Filed under: alternative.Composition.drums & bass.guitar.piano.Synth — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 — by 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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June 21, 2009

Acid Gibbon

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.piano.Synth — by steve @ 4:05 pm

Another sort of ambient piece… Why “Acid Gibbon”? I have no idea – it just seemed to be swinging too fast through the trees for a Sloth…

Electric Piano, Bass and Synths from Independence, Synths and bass from Proteus and drums by JamStix which once again kept on stuffing up and took out all my VSTs which meant they had to be reloaded and everything mixed again >|

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June 18, 2009

Pianiarta

Filed under: Composition.drums & bass.piano.strings — by steve @ 9:09 pm

After JamStix kept on stuffing up and hogging the RAM I was finally able to record this draft piano piece (after successive re-starts and turning off start-up items) without excessive ASIO glitches popping throughout the composition – damn, Jamstix is a pain at times… Can’t wait for Cubase 5 with its multi-processor support… Might even buy a 3 gHz Quad processor as well…

Piano, Bass and Strings from Independence, drums by JamStix…

UPDATE [19-06]: Added string section from Independence – damn JamStix was a real pain in the butt this morning…

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June 14, 2009

Evil Dark Nasty Thing

Filed under: alternative.Composition.strings.Synth — by steve @ 8:40 pm

A rather nasty, evil, dark composition…

Independence 1.5 and Proteus VX plus a little bit of vocals from Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin.sf2…

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June 13, 2009

Space Whales

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.Synth — by steve @ 8:14 pm

Another ambient sort of piece with crying whales somewhere in space. In space, no-one can hear you scream, but you can sure hear the whales.

Synths by E-MU Proteus VX and Independence, basses from Independence, drums by JamStix…

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Not So Evil Piano

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.piano.Synth — by steve @ 1:03 pm

A kind of ambient piece that was originally going to be based around an evil piano – however it didn’t come out so evil afterall…

Rhodes Piano and Bass from Independence, Synth from E-Mu Proteus VX, and Drums by JamStix…

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June 7, 2009

Suspensia

Filed under: ambient.Composition.drums & bass.piano.strings.vocals — by steve @ 9:57 pm

So, after 4 months of study, I get to compose some music again. This is a draft run of “Suspensia” – a track aimed at a thriller type movie. This draft contains some work by Ed Lynch – effectively the middle section.

Piano, guitar and bass by Independence 1.5, drums by Jamstix 2.5, vocals by EMU/Creative soundfonts.

UPDATE [June 11]: Remixed using “epicVerb” on the piano from http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/

Sounds quite good for no cost – better than the Cubase 1.0 reverb!

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February 22, 2009

Happy Go Lucky

Filed under: brass.Composition.drums & bass.guitar.woodwind — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 6, 2009

A nice day for a daydream

Filed under: Composition.drums & bass.guitar.strings.vocals — by 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 4, 2009

Mysterious Ways

Filed under: ambient.Composition.strings.vocals.woodwind — by 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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February 1, 2009

Rat Race

Filed under: alternative.Composition.drums & bass.guitar.vocals — by 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 30, 2009

Song of Lament with Prima vocals

Filed under: classical.Composition.strings.vocals — by steve @ 4:36 pm

I decided to try Vocaloid 2 ‘Prima’ and purchased it last night. Tried out some lyrics on the “Song of Lament”. It is a kind of interesting application – couldn’t get it to work as a VST at all [recognised notes but would not output lyrics] – so had to just arrange the lyrics in the Vocaloid application and export as a .wav file into Cubase…

Compare this to the original using the Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin soundfont – ‘chalk and cheese’ really – easy to see who is the ‘prima’ out of these two – and it isn’t the Vocaloid samples…

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The lyrics go something like this [inspired by translations of Latin phrases]:

Though time waits for no man,

Does love conquer us all?

Either to conquer or to die – or to try!

While there’s life there is hope:

the end of life is not the end of my love;

the end of life is not the end of our time.

In dreams there is some truth.

In dreams there is hope and fear:

the expression of one is the exclusion of the other.

The end of life is not the end of my love.

The end of your life is not the end of my,

end of my, end of my, love, Love!

January 28, 2009

Abysm

Filed under: ambient.Composition.strings.vocals — by steve @ 2:36 pm

Drawn deeper and deeper into the abyss only to find that it isn’t too bad there afterall… Strings, vibraphone and tubular bells from Garritan Personal Orchestra; vocal sound fonts are Dark Ooohs from Creative/E-MU sound font and the Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin soundfont; and. drums by Jamstix which kept on corrupting themselves – was lucky to grab the drums and edit them on the third attempt…

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January 26, 2009

Want You, Need You

Filed under: Composition.drums & bass.guitar.vocals — by 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 — by 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 22, 2009

Song of Lament

Filed under: classical.Composition.strings.vocals — by steve @ 8:45 am

A rather sorrowful yet at times happy waltz. Not certain whether to take this further or just leave it as it is…

Strings and French horns from Independence 1,5; timpani/percussion from Garritan Personal Orchestra; Choir Aahs from Creative/E-MU sound font; and, Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin.sf2 and Boychoir.sf2 soundfonts…

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January 20, 2009

A Touch of Melancholia

Filed under: alternative.Composition.drums & bass.guitar.vocals.woodwind — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 16, 2009

River Rhythm

Filed under: ambient.Composition.vocals — by steve @ 6:57 pm

A very short piece – the sounds of the river hitting the sides of fishing boats evokes a rhythm that causes those around to break into a chorus of joy. As quickly as it arises it subsides – no doubt people have work to do! Percussion from Independence 1.5; vocals, birds and water bubbles from Creative/E-MU sound fonts…

BTW: I really need some decent vocal VST instruments – these soundfonts are pretty average – mind you they are ten years old or so I suppose now…

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Rectification

Filed under: ambient.brass.Composition.drums & bass — by steve @ 10:49 am

The little green men are inside your head, busily re-programming your brain to make everything appear serene. No matter how hard you fight it resistence is futlie – you will be rectified. “Vox Gothic” from Creative/E-MU soundfont; tubular bells from Garritan Personal Orchestra; [edited] drums from Jamstix; and, vibraphone, sax and bass from Independence 1.5…

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January 15, 2009

On an Eastern night looking West

Filed under: ambient.Composition.guitar.strings.vocals — by 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 11, 2009

The Big Bad Wolf

Filed under: Composition.orchestral.strings.woodwind — by 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 10, 2009

Atonal

Filed under: Composition.orchestral.piano.strings — by steve @ 10:25 pm

Atonal [without tone or key - even though this is based loosely in C] is an intuitive expressionistic piece I ‘wrote’ in 1997/98. At the time I was using Emagic Notator Logic on a Macintosh [heaven forbid] and this piece was created by running the mouse cursor up and down a virtual keyboard – sounds easy but trying to recreate the procedure was not at all easy – in fact it was a down-right disaster! Anyways, I split the resulting MIDI file up and came up with this – one of my most favourite compositions of all time. So expressionistic was this piece that it fitted hand-in-glove with Edwin Lynch‘s “Psycho DA-DA” – coincidently also one of Anna Brockway‘s favourite short films of all time! :)

Anyhow, this is a re-recorded version (Jan. 2009) using Garritan Personal Orchestra (GPO). Was going to try Yellow Tool’s Independence 1.5 however that has no solo strings – and GPO sounds fine for fast pieces – not so good on long sustained/drawn notes though…

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January 9, 2009

You Always Nag

Filed under: Composition.drums & bass.guitar.piano.woodwind — by 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 — by 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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Grand

Filed under: Composition.piano.strings.vocals — by steve @ 1:16 pm

‘Grand’ was written around ten years ago – inspired by TV series theme music which, at the time, all seemed to sound the same as the TV series all seemed to be produced by the same person. Last month I gave it new life with Garritan Personal Orchestra (GPO) as I hadn’t purchased Independence at that stage. Have just tried some key-switching on the solo cello to see whether I could get more realism out of the cello – Independence is more believable sound wise however does not feature solo strings instruments but rather string sections, so GPO it had to be for this track… Piano from GPO as are the strings – the vocals are from a soundfont…

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January 3, 2009

Strings in D minor

Filed under: classical.Composition.strings — by steve @ 4:15 pm

Strange how you can ‘hear’ something in your head and worry that what you are hearing might be someone else’s song – this composition I thought might be The Beatles “Dear Prudence” for a while, however upon entering the notes it took a life of its own… simple repetitive progression from D minor to A. All strings from Independence 1.5…

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January 1, 2009

Shirtless theme

Filed under: brass.Composition.drums & bass.piano — by steve @ 4:11 pm

I have no idea what “Shirtless” is or will be – I assume it is a short film – however a friend, geoffrey.com.au/, who has entry level knowledge of music, although who has found a new passion to create music for his films, gave me a MIDI file of scratchings of some theme music. I really liked some of the ideas he had, (I hadn’t heard his version – just played the MIDI file) so I arranged the ideas, wrote bass and sax lines and then let Jamstix do its work (along with some editing)… Instruments from Independence 1.5 as well as the previously mentioned Jamstix… You can hear Ed’s original version here.

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December 29, 2008

Chamber music for Celesta, Organ and Strings

Filed under: classical.Composition.piano.strings — by steve @ 4:23 pm

A bit more of a descriptive title this time – was going to be called “G7″ but there wasn’t a lot of G7 in the composition… so, it is chamber music containing celesta, organ and full string section. Celesta from Garritan Personal Orchestra, everything else from Independence 1.5…

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December 28, 2008

C-G-Bb-F – full orchestra version

Filed under: classical.Composition.orchestral.piano — by steve @ 2:23 pm

A full orchestra version of the previous “C-G-Bb-F” composition. Replaced the ‘retro’ arpeggiator sound with arpeggiated piano. All instruments from Yellow Tools Independence 1.5 apart from the Harp from Garritan Personal Orchestra…

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December 27, 2008

C-G-Bb-F sequence

Filed under: classical.Composition.strings — by steve @ 1:13 pm

Based upon a chordal progression on acoustic guitar I wrote around 1989. Entered it into Cubase and then thought I would try an arpeggiator out in Independence 1.5. The Harp is from Garritan Personal Orchestra and lots of strings from Independence in this version – currently working on a version with full orchestration…

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December 26, 2008

A minor/G

Filed under: Composition.guitar.piano.woodwind — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 — by 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 — by 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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December 9, 2008

‘Three’ extended

Filed under: alternative.Composition.piano.strings — by steve @ 12:12 pm

An extended version of “Dirge” for the movie “3″ – not certain that this will suit the movie however as it gets a little too ‘hopeful’ which is not what “3″ needs…

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December 3, 2008

Dirge

Filed under: alternative.Composition.piano.strings — by steve @ 12:10 pm

A quirky piece using Garritan Personal Orchestra that may be used in an Edwin Lynch movie titled “3″…

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December 2, 2008

Country-Bop

Filed under: Composition.drums & bass.piano — by steve @ 11:59 am

A twelve bar I wrote on piano in my teens – sometime back in the 1970′s. Finally ‘recorded’ some 30 years later using piano from Garritan Personal Orchestra as well as some other free VST instruments.

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