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Desimplifier

By Devieus on June 10, 2018 12:36 pm

I just wanted to do something easy, something simple. A I-V-vi-IV progression cycle like your mother's favorite song. So I tuned my ukulele to G to give it a nicer sound and started strumming some patterns.

But then I found this nice 9/8 one, and that's how I gently floated off that path.

So then I went on recording on my phone and I found this pretty good app for it. It's in beta, which means for something as simple as a sound recording app means it's got all sorts of extra stuff on it. But mostly it's recording quite cleanly. Of course I also added a melodica section, because I have one. The drums are simple cowbells from Audacity. I used them to check for synchronicity and it seems white man can keep rhythm. They also spice up the second verse with cowbell.

Now granted it's still pretty simple, but I figure I can do something about that in a later week.

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June 11, 2018 12:02 am

This is fun!  The Audacity cowbell percussion lends things a surprisingly neat color.

June 11, 2018 12:21 am

and now I know what a melodica is

June 11, 2018 5:03 am
Reilly Farrell wrote:

This is fun!  The Audacity cowbell percussion lends things a surprisingly neat color.

Yea, it's not terrible. Not amazing, or a cowbell, but it does have a timbre to it.

Wild Bill Fuckup wrote:

and now I know what a melodica is

I've been using it for a good while now. Every second song in the a three song cycle features a melodica.

June 11, 2018 10:41 am

This has an almost medieval feel, and that's pretty cool!

June 11, 2018 4:23 pm

To me, the melodica always lends a "Sea Shanty" kind of sound. Maybe because it sounds similar to a squeeze box / simple accordion. When the cow bell comes in, it does have a more medieval sound like @LydiaPrimate suggested. Nice flourishes on the melodica. Makes a simple tune quite fanciful. The second section speaks a bit of whoa but returns to clear seas ahead by end of song. smile

June 11, 2018 6:04 pm
LydiaPrimate wrote:

This has an almost medieval feel, and that's pretty cool!

It definitely has a feel to it, but I'm not entirely sure if it's medieval. My guess is more towards pastoral.

NWSPR wrote:

To me, the melodica always lends a "Sea Shanty" kind of sound. Maybe because it sounds similar to a squeeze box / simple accordion. When the cow bell comes in, it does have a more medieval sound like @LydiaPrimate suggested. Nice flourishes on the melodica. Makes a simple tune quite fanciful. The second section speaks a bit of whoa but returns to clear seas ahead by end of song. smile

I should definitely do it, maybe for week 38 on talk like a pirate day, though the schedule is a bit mismatched if I want it released by then so I'll see how that goes.
I feel like the cowbell was really something that was needed here, otherwise it wouldn't have much of a progression at all, even with the second section making it all windy.
The melodica is really good at flourishes like these, after all, it's a keyboard you blow into, so flourishes are just as easy as on a piano.

June 11, 2018 6:25 pm

This is a real toe tapper, even if my own tapping is getting out of sync so quickly. MATH!

June 11, 2018 7:22 pm

Not medieval, but definitely folk-rooted. Nice work, much enjoyed.

June 12, 2018 2:13 pm

if i didn't know that was a melodica - i'd have thought it was an accordion!

that 9/8 timing is really fun!

excellent piece!

June 12, 2018 3:26 pm

Loved the timing, kept me on my toes.  Nice work.

June 12, 2018 5:32 pm

Wow, this is really enjoyable and a nice break from your generative works.  I have a melodica and this is inspiring me to break it out for a future WB.  Sounds so pretty.  Great job!

June 12, 2018 7:53 pm
scottux wrote:

This is a real toe tapper, even if my own tapping is getting out of sync so quickly. MATH!

9/8 is like the toe-tapping equivalent of a tongue twister. Here's a hint though, it's essentially 3/4 where each quarter note is itself a 3/8 measure.

Jim Wood wrote:

Not medieval, but definitely folk-rooted. Nice work, much enjoyed.

Yes, but which folk though. I suppose it's a good enough descriptor as any other.

kaedo sevaada wrote:

if i didn't know that was a melodica - i'd have thought it was an accordion!

that 9/8 timing is really fun!

excellent piece!

Thanks! The two sound very similar for mechanical reasons, so it makes sense.

mikememo wrote:

Loved the timing, kept me on my toes.  Nice work.

It's a tricky one, but flows quite well.

orangedrink wrote:

Wow, this is really enjoyable and a nice break from your generative works.  I have a melodica and this is inspiring me to break it out for a future WB.  Sounds so pretty.  Great job!

I've done more before, every second week in a three week cycle will have one (the first week is the proc-gen week). You should totally go for the melodica, fair warning though, it can be a bit exhausting, strong lungs are preferred.

June 13, 2018 12:43 am

Actually I think it's the perfect amount of cowbell, but I couldn't resist.  Yeah, really dig the sea shanty -esque vibe of this.

June 13, 2018 6:49 am
CosmicCairns wrote:

Actually I think it's the perfect amount of cowbell, but I couldn't resist.  Yeah, really dig the sea shanty -esque vibe of this.

I was wondering when I'd be seeing that one. Yea, I made plenty sure there's enough cowbell to fill the Alps.
Sea shanty it is then, among other things probably.

June 13, 2018 2:31 pm

Lively and charming, I'm getting some Yann Tiersen vibes from this piece smile Made my day brighter that's for sure!

June 17, 2018 1:16 pm

This is so adorable. You are a wiz on the melodica.

June 17, 2018 10:11 pm
Gab Manette wrote:

Lively and charming, I'm getting some Yann Tiersen vibes from this piece smile Made my day brighter that's for sure!

I can see that to a point, he seems more versed in minor chords though.

Ryan wrote:

This is so adorable. You are a wiz on the melodica.

I wouldn't really go that far, though this has been a bit trickier than it really needed to be. I know I can do trickier for sure.

June 17, 2018 11:00 pm

Very nice, crisp recording! May the ukulele & melodica combo subdue all the fair maidens. And may the cowbell be swift and sly!

June 18, 2018 5:18 am
Chrome Owl wrote:

Very nice, crisp recording! May the ukulele & melodica combo subdue all the fair maidens. And may the cowbell be swift and sly!

Here's to that.

June 18, 2018 1:10 pm

Always cool when you get out the melodica big_smile
Would really love to hear you playing with the melodica over the generated Tracks like "Off the chain"
That phone of yours has really good recording sound...amazing.

June 18, 2018 2:16 pm
theGuen wrote:

Always cool when you get out the melodica big_smile
Would really love to hear you playing with the melodica over the generated Tracks like "Off the chain"
That phone of yours has really good recording sound...amazing.

That's a plan I keep for the last week of the year (52 mod 3=1, so I have to make the last one special), but if I run out of ideas I might do it earlier.
The phone is nothing special, it's standard stuff, it's what you do with the recording afterwards that matters most.

June 19, 2018 1:55 pm

Always enjoy a good melodica smile  The uke strums support the melodica lines very well too.  A very uplifting track, nice job! smile

June 19, 2018 3:05 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

Always enjoy a good melodica smile  The uke strums support the melodica lines very well too.  A very uplifting track, nice job! smile

It was supposed to be the other way around, but I suppose somehow that got flipped. Definitely a combo worth another go.

June 25, 2018 7:38 pm

Love it! heart

June 25, 2018 8:14 pm
??? wrote:

Love it! <3

Many thanks.

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