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Hello,

 

How are things?

 

Project Alpha (well, actually that's me) has started to bring out work. The first reviews were encouraging but the project is looking for more feedback. Hence I post this message here as well to ask you all to take a moment and go listen and give your opinion/feedback.

 

My question is also in what style this music should be fitted, is it modern day jazz, fusion, funk, lounge, new age or what?

Someone suggested Mellow House and that appealled to me.

But is it that?

 

I play all instruments one can hear, record and produce all things myself, no samples used in the music.

Accept maybe a drum machine which I programmed myself, played the pattern in live so to speak.

I'm a bassplayer originally and not a real solo player on keyboard for excample and I find there is room for that still in my work. Trombone maybe in the first piece.

I think I still have to learn much so any help is welcome.

 

If you are interested please go and listen at:

http://www.radioindy.com/jamroom/bands/1054/music.php

 

I put three pieces there.

The top one called Soaring Eagle I just finished recently.

 

Thanks in advance and with kind regards, Project Alpha. :D

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Originally posted by Project Alpha

Hey,


Isn't there anybody here who has an opinion or am I perhaps in the wrong forum?

If so I apologize and would like to ask which one my post belongs to.


Thanks, with kind regards P-Alpha:D

 

 

 

Ok.. Ok.. hang on. An opinion... and I feel like an ass for saying it.. but here goes.

 

Ahem...

 

I listened to a couple of your tunes, and they are funky, tight, and mellow for sure. I'm not familiar with the "mellow house" genre... but if that's the name for the background music in porno movies, you nailed it!

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Hey :) ,

 

Well, I did ask for an opinion and obviously got one.

But then it must be the better class of porn hopefully.

 

And to know such a thing you must will be up to your "elbows "

in them I guess.... elbow ...go it?? :rolleyes:

 

But thanks, at least a reaction.

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha. :D

 

Originally posted by elbow




Ok.. Ok.. hang on. An opinion... and I feel like an ass for saying it.. but here goes.


Ahem...


I listened to a couple of your tunes, and they are funky, tight, and mellow for sure. I'm not familiar with the "mellow house" genre... but if that's the name for the background music in porno movies, you nailed it!

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Sorry about that one.. Like I said it was tight and funky. It has some really good stuff there.

 

The thing that just occured to me is this.. you are the one that is playing all this stuff right? I think you can do too much of that at times.. and maybe that's the part that I was getting at. I've written and played my own material.. and it is sometimes hard to have someone come in and try to "create" on top of something that I "birthed." But.. I think that would help your music if you had some other players come in with some slightly different perspectives. Your song, you wrote it, you arrange their parts, etc., but if they are good players, there will be some small spontanious (?) thing that will get captured there.

 

It all fits together.. but almost too well. Does that make any sense?

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Hey Elbow,

 

How goes it?

Sorry for posting a bit late.

 

Originally posted by elbow

Sorry about that one..

 

Nah, that's allright, I'm a big boy ye know :D

But I appriciate your apology surely!!

 

Like I said it was tight and funky. It has some really good stuff there.

 

Thanks man!!

 

The thing that just occured to me is this.. you are the one that is playing all this stuff right? I think you can do too much of that at times.. and maybe that's the part that I was getting at. I've written and played my own material.. and it is sometimes hard to have someone come in and try to "create" on top of something that I "birthed." But.. I think that would help your music if you had some other players come in with some slightly different perspectives. Your song, you wrote it, you arrange their parts, etc., but if they are good players, there will be some small spontanious (?) thing that will get captured there.

 

I think you're absolutely right with what you say, but where to get those "good" musicians?

Over here it's rock, rock, occasional blues, rock, rock and rock again.

So it's difficult to get people to do this kind of music. But I sure would like to have more people filling in the "base" I layed down.

Allthough I do think this base can stand on its own it could do with a different perspective here and there. You're right I think.

 

It all fits together.. but almost too well. Does that make any sense?

 

Yes but that was done on purpose, I like slick and smooth.

And now don't start about a certain type of film do ye hear? Hehehehehehe.

 

Thanks for your comment.

If there's more bring it on.

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha:D

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Originally posted by Project Alpha


I think you're absolutely right with what you say, but where to get those "good" musicians?

Over here it's rock, rock, occasional blues, rock, rock and rock again.

So it's difficult to get people to do this kind of music. But I sure would like to have more people filling in the "base" I layed down.

Allthough I do think this base can stand on its own it could do with a different perspective here and there. You're right I think.

 

 

 

I have to say that I know very little about the live music scene in your area.... but some of those musicians may be willing to learn something new or work with some other projects on the side.

 

I would suggest going to some live shows.. hopefully not too removed in musical tastes from yours.. and just talk to some of them during breaks or after the show. You may be surprised that you get some interest.

 

Remember that some of these musicians may be playing these things because that is what is popular in your area and gets them gigs. They may be into your style or they may know someone else who would be a good fit. Musicians know other musicians.

 

I wish you luck

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Hey Elbow.

 

Originally posted by elbow

I have to say that I know very little about the live music scene in your area.... but some of those musicians may be willing to learn something new or work with some other projects on the side.

 

I tried to find them but did not succeed up until now. Most want to get famous in a day or call me Sir.:D for real... geeezzzz.

Than I rather have one who tells me I'm making classy pornfilm music, hehehehehe.

 

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I would suggest going to some live shows.. hopefully not too removed in musical tastes from yours.. and just talk to some of them during breaks or after the show. You may be surprised that you get some interest. .

 

Yes that's a good tip. I haven't tried that one, I will do that or maybe go to some jamsessions or whatever. Good one!

 

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Remember that some of these musicians may be playing these things because that is what is popular in your area and gets them gigs. They may be into your style or they may know someone else who would be a good fit. Musicians know other musicians..

 

Yes rock is very popular here in this area where I live but also by the musicians that are here. Yes musicians know other ones too, that's certainly so.

 

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I wish you luck

 

Thanks, it's appreciated and likewise!!

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha:D

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Hey Erik,

 

You must have been in Amsterdam or the Randstad maybe? A major city at least probably.

I'm up in Friesland and that's a different story. A rural area and not many large cities.

 

There are lot's of jazz fans indeed but they must be hiding when they see me coming, hehehehehe!

I tried to find them here but they either into standard jazz, too busy because there are few or tied up in their own things.

 

But if you know any who would perhaps be interested???

 

Thanks for reacting.

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha :D

 

Originally posted by ratthedd

Alpha, where in Holland are you? The last time I was there the larger cities had plenty of musicians doing stuff other than rock. There's a lot of jazz fans in Holland--perhaps some of them would like to stretch their musicianship a bit?

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Hey,

 

I see. I audiciened(?) a couple of times in Alkmaar, not to far from here. About 40 miles across de Afsluitdijk.

In Leeuwarden there is variety but most of it is still rock.

They have a pop academy there now too.

I plated with a promising band there, at least I thought so until they started calling me Sir :rolleyes: Times have changed apparently, I'm not a walking fossile yet I hope.

But there is a small jazz scene there to. Leeuwarden is about 20 miles from where I live.

 

You are in Michigan?

I hear that there are many from Dutch descent there, is that so?

And what do they play :-) ?

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha.:D

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There is a huge formerly Dutch population centered sround the city of Grand Rapids, MI. These are mostly decendants of people who emmigrated Holland in the late 1800s.

 

By this time they've all been fully assimilated into the American way of life, or rather helped establish what "American way of life" means. In western Michigan it's mostly rock, southern rock, and country music, but Eminem and Kid Rock are both from Michigan, so of course their music is around too.. I'm about 100 miles south of Grand Rapids so I don't get to take part in any of any "large city" culture. I'm very rural also. In fact, this part of Michigan doesn't look very different from Friesland.

 

There's not much desire for original bands where I am, but I'm satisfied playing covers in bars. All the members of my band have decent day jobs and no one is interested in trying to make it big. We just like to play out once in a while.

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Hey Erik.

 

How goes it?

Originally posted by ratthedd

There is a huge formerly Dutch population centered sround the city of Grand Rapids, MI. These are mostly decendants of people who emmigrated Holland in the late 1800s.

Okay, I heard of that , thanks.

By this time they've all been fully assimilated into the American way of life, or rather helped establish what "American way of life" means.

Hahahahaha, well that would be about time to I guess. :D

In western Michigan it's mostly rock, southern rock, and country music, but Eminem and Kid Rock are both from Michigan, so of course their music is around too..

I see.

I'm about 100 miles south of Grand Rapids so I don't get to take part in any of any "large city" culture. I'm very rural also. In fact, this part of Michigan doesn't look very different from Friesland.

Green, flat and lots of dairy cows I reckon??

There's not much desire for original bands where I am, but I'm satisfied playing covers in bars. All the members of my band have decent day jobs and no one is interested in trying to make it big. We just like to play out once in a while.

Well, covering is what I do too, no shame in that as long as one does it right. We're collegues.

 

Hey, I hit the TOP 10 at the site where my music is located.:cool:

Never thought that would happen because there are over 500 bands there and many more songs.

Thanks to feedback surely which led me improving my tracks, thanks!!

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha.:D

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Hey,

 

How goes it?

 

Project Alpha made it to the TOP 10 on the site my music is situated.

Never thought that possible. There are over 500 bands there and twice or triple that amount of tracks.

 

Go to:

http://www.radioindy.com

if you care to check it out.

 

Scroll down to the right, at present I'm at number 6 !!! but still many listen to my music apparently, so the Project might even go higher still.

Over 7800!!!! streams and downloads now in only 6 months or so.

The slap piece really seems to be received well.

Perhaps I should go in that direction more as I do now.

What do you think?

 

Does anyone have any experience with recordlabels and how to get them interested maybe?? Of course with so many streams at that site I start wondering about my chances in that direction.

 

And feel free to listen any time.

http://www.radioindy.com/jamroom/bands/1054/music.php

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha. :D

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Hi 'Project Alpha',

 

I'm going to be blunt. You'll probably dislike me afterwards.

 

I listened to your music. I found it well-produced but lacking in dynamics or any structural interest. There's nothing much to say about long drawn out grooves that don't go anywhere. You should cut things shorter, or maybe blend two of them together to get some changes going somewhere. In a word, they aren't much good for anything except some background music of some sort, perhaps in a film score as part of a transition from one thing to another. It's simply not significantly different enough from similar works in your genre to get me interested.

 

Don't get carried away by the number of hits you're getting. Advertising as you are doing will get them, too. It doesn't mean the world's swarming with fans.

 

You've got talent. Get some interest into your mix and make the music do something. Get some emotion across.

 

All this is only my personal opinion... but I may be right.

 

-Hugo

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Hey Hugo,

 

How goes it?

 

Answers between your quotes.

Originally posted by Hugo H

Hi 'Project Alpha',I'm going to be blunt. You'll probably dislike me afterwards.

 

Yes I truly hate your guts now :-)

I listened to your music. I found it well-produced but lacking in dynamics or any structural interest.

Okay , thanks, I think??

There's nothing much to say about long drawn out grooves that don't go anywhere.

True, but I don't agree with you for as far as my music is concerned. It's lacking a solo here and there and other musicians participating. If that is what you mean I agree.

By the way if you play it loud things might change.

You should cut things shorter, or maybe blend two of them together to get some changes going somewhere.

I did that on purpose, it's supposed to be music to listen to. To get away a little bit so to speak. Nothing like a pop song where every note should be "new" or very important. There's enough of that around. It might be a matter of taste you are displaying now. Nothing wrong with that but it is subjective of course.

In a word, they aren't much good for anything except some background music of some sort, perhaps in a film score as part of a transition from one thing to another.

Film music....yep I heard that before. Background music too.

I find nothing wrong with that by the way.

It's simply not significantly different enough from similar works in your genre to get me interested.

Okay. Still thank you for talking the time to listen to it and give comments.

Don't get carried away by the number of hits you're getting. Advertising as you are doing will get them, too. It doesn't mean the world's swarming with fans.

I'm not waiting for fans aspecially but for listeners I am. But also that wasn't what I was setting out to do. I'm amazed myself at the number who have listened. That's also the reason I am carried away a bit by it I guess.

I'm totally new at this, though I have experience as a bassplayer, and started in march this year and I'm glad to get anything just about as how I meant it on "tape".

You've got talent. Get some interest into your mix and make the music do something. Get some emotion across.

Thanks Hugo. I am learning to get things done in the mix also along the way. Getting emotion in is the hardest part. I know I have good ears but I'm lacking equipment and tutoring maybe. And money to get me the "good stuff" It's a process I guess in which I would gladly be busy with it 24/7. But than I have to try and take it a step further and, which is probably more important, get the right person interested.

I am trying to get other musician's interested though to participate. Maybe even in a virtual way.

All this is only my personal opinion... but I may be right.


Hugo

LOL!!! :D Indeed you may be.....or you may be not of course.

 

With kind regards, P-Alpha :D

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Hey Bruto,

 

Thanks!!!!

 

I only use a Korg X3 Workstation for keyboard.

Sure would love to have e newer edition of a Korg Workstation though.

The sound I used for that is called "Shaku Bend".With a little reverb/hall.

Beats me if I know why it is named like that.

I think it's a standard provided sound on that keyboard.

 

With kind regards, Ad ( P-Alpha)

 

 

 

Originally posted by bruto

I listened to "Deep Down Under." Loved it. I like this type of music. At the beginning of the song, there's a sort of cello sound. How did you make that?


Thanks

 

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Hey Bruto or anyone,

 

Are you or anyone else players that use this Korg X3 too by any chance?

 

And if so, could you point me out to a site ( or something) where I might be able to get new/other sounds for it?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

With kind regards. P-Alpha.

 

 

Originally posted by bruto

I listened to "Deep Down Under." Loved it. I like this type of music. At the beginning of the song, there's a sort of cello sound. How did you make that?

Thanks

 

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