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December 2010 SHOWCASE Thread :: Finished work, videos, career news, BSP


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December 2010 SHOWCASE Thread :: Finished work, videos, career news, BSP (blatant self-promo), gossip...

 

No news too trivial, no bragging right too small. Whether your latest triumph was a multi-album deal or a good night at your local open mic -- there's room to talk about it here... :)

wBsHwf1FNBQ

 

Here's this month's Official Showcase Thread where you can post your completed projects, links to finished works (even old ones) you want your pals here in the SW forum to hear, promo videos, or just generally shameless self-hype that you're far too professional and courteous to post in the main forum.

 

POST 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM!

:)

 

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February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

November 2009

October 2009

September 2009

August 2009

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Back in the early 80s, I put together a yearly, holiday songwriting 'contest' called The Avant-Garage Holiday Songwriting Festival.

 

From 1982 through 1986, folks wrote and submitted holiday-themed songs -- some of them wildly irreverent. Yesterday, feeling a bit of holiday spirit battling it out with holiday gloom -- a struggle often vividly reflected in some of those songs -- I decided I should round up some of the highlights and post them...

 

One thing led to another, and by mid-evening, I had a 13 song Best of album up on Bandcamp (where they can be listened to for free or purchased singly or in a low-priced album) as well as on the Internet Archive (where they can be streamed and/or downloaded for free).

 

Did I mention a couple of these songs are wildly irreverent? And there's some casual vulgarity -- in the form of the f-word in both versions of the pretty hilarious "I'm Gonna Blow Up a Toy Store (If I Don't Get a Cabbage Patch Doll for Christmas)."

 

Also -- if you're inclined to seizure disorders, you might want to listen from the Internet Archive page -- the Bandcamp page for the album is visually pretty, uh, red and green...

 

avantgarageholidaysong.bandcamp.comAvantGarageHolidaySongAlbumNSFW-500wb.jp

Bandcamp [free streaming or purchase]

 

Internet Archive [free streaming and free downloads]

 

Offical Avant-Garage Holiday Songwriting Festival page

 

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Man, if I die and get reborn and you're still making music, I swear that I'll probably recognize the first tune of yours I hear.

 

I really like the way this mixes up heavily processed elements with very natural ones... very postmodern without seeming to be overly self-conscious about it. (Wait, if it's not self-conscious, it's not post-modern, is it? Anyhow... ) I was so caught up in all the fun little musical elements that I didn't really track the lyric content, but, musically, it certainly has a heady Lenny thang going on.

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I realise now that my first ever post to this forum probably would have been better off in here. I've done a little clip in youtube to provide an example of some of the music I'm currently working on for an album of mine. It's tunes which have been inspired by computer game or media music from the late 80s, or early 90s. I'm still going with it. Here's a tune of mine which is still underway - still working on the mix. I've only bumped it up with a limiter, so pay no heed to the squashiness of it- if these tracks work out I'm going to get them professionally mastered.

 

http://soundcloud.com/praxisaxis/level-4-test-mix

 

 

 

 

Here's the link for the Youtube video from the other thread (sorry I got it wrong the first time). Note the audio sounds better at higher definition.

[video=youtube;_SsUUNeXZqU]

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Man, I love that video! :)

 

The track sounds really good, too, although I think I can see what you meant about squashed -- it felt pretty relentless, dynamically (and when the music is so insistent, that could be problematic).

 

The music itself rocks with a sort up updated, (mostly) synthesized, hyperventilating 60s jazz kind of sensibility pounding through its veins.

 

Great stuff! You can post stuff that good in here, anytime. (Of course, you could also post complete drek and that would be OK, too, in all likelihood. :D )

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Perfect!
;)

:wave:

Left to my own devices, I'll typically ease into lyrics unless something grabs me outright.

 

Of course, that's not necessarily what you want when you're trying to give feedback on the whole of the song, so I put myself into a sort of accelerated absorption mode for song critiquing/workshopping.

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Perfect!
;)

..........was indicative of my casual attitude for the lyrics in this offering. I appreciate your ealier comments and now I wonder if you might revisit this one.

 

This song came from a little acoustic guitar riff that I liked and a recurring lyric ('Look me in the eye again') that needed to find a final resting place.

 

As the recording process went on and I uncased the SG and reached for the 'drum kit', the song idea came all on its own. Now that I have heard it myself a few times I am curious about how these lyrics come across.......considering I'm not certain where they actually originated.:facepalm:

 

Failed Friends

 

We are failed friends

For so many reasons

We failed again

 

We are failed friends

For too many seasons

But we can sail again

 

'Cause there's too much time

And too much distance

Between your side

And my persistance

Too much pride

And too much resistance

But we can fly

If you look me in ther eye

 

We are failed friends

For no good reason

 

etc., etc., etc.,.............

 

BTW.....thanks, gubu. I'll be in listening mode a bit later.:wave:

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I decided to do a write up on my blog about my experience bringing those old tracks together for a compilation. (Referring to the holiday songwriting 'festival' project in the second post of this thread.)

 

I think I spent almost as much time writing about the project as doing it, maybe not quite, but I basically lay out the decision path -- through which I generally chose the fastest/easiest option -- since I had suddenly decided last Friday afternoon that I really ought to get up this up this holiday season -- before any more of the people on it kicked off -- particularly me. I'm a bit of a control freak and I'm thinkin' that being dead would probably mean relinquishing control -- at least to some extent.

 

Music Biz Outsider Report: From mix file to online store in 3 hours: the rebirth of an album

 

 

 

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Cool track, gubu
!


Did you post an earlier version of this for discussion a while back?

 

 

Yes I did, about a year ago. It's always surprising to hear positive feedback on my little songwriting efforts!

 

This version is the same take as the one I posted a year ago, but with a better 'mix' (it was captured on 1 mic in a spare bedroom) and master...

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Yes I did, about a year ago. It's always surprising to hear positive feedback on my little songwriting efforts!


This version is the same take as the one I posted a year ago, but with a better 'mix' (it was captured on 1 mic in a spare bedroom) and master...

And people think I don't pay attention and/or have a broken memory...

 

(Well, there's some truth to the latter. ;) )

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The Society of Friends of Fantomas has moved the 2011 Centenary celebration from Paris to the City Lights Book Store & other sites

around San Francisco.

 

Paris has been bumped to 2013, the 100th anniversary of the first movie. Some French & European officers will be in SF, as will I.

 

I'm re-recording my Fantomas Waltz & some instrumentals to sell on a CD there.

 

I bought a Korg M3m & hauled it back to my home in SE Asia, along with a Kawai K1R (1990).

 

Here is my second composition on the M3m. It's my tribute to the movie composer, George Duning, the Doors & to Duane Eddy.

It's all original except for the interlude, when I drift into a Doors song.

 

You hear the M3m, the K1r & a Vietnamese archtop guitar plugged in w/Tremelo.

 

Sketch for a Movie Theme.

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Here's an older track of mine. It's on Pumpaudio and a couple of other libraries but not a red (or brown) penny made from it yet!




Thanks for the redirect to DECEMBER Blue!

 

 

I enjoyed this - very competently performed, simple but effective backing - maybe it ends a little too abruptly, when it feels like it's just getting going, so maybe a longer version that builds> But nice as it is.

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