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By miraclemiles on February 4, 2018 10:14 pm

Created sketch for this over last Thanksgiving. Was rushed this week and dusted this off, edited, arranged and added vocals and more sounds. Didn't spend a lot of time on mix unfortunately. The main spoken vocal is my 72 year-old Father who goes by stage name: Fast Eddy, or 2 Sanguine, I'll have to ask him what he prefers wink. He's a great writer and interesting creative person and I've been asking him to send me lyrics, or vocal snippets and he's sent me a few. This is the first one I played with when doing the original sketch, so kept in in here. I liked his message. Notice the sun is setting, or notice anything for that matter, and take a minute to just be there and enjoy it while it lasts. My little bits of improvised vocals tried to play off that "theme". Yet another one where I'd like to go back and think about lyrics more in the future.

Some of the sounds in here are from the free Beat Tools pack from Ableton, which I enjoy. Also in this session I tried out a device  to trigger samples with called DRUMR by ELPHNT. It's a free drum rack device for Ableton with some handy macros that make it easy to load some longer samples in, adjust start time, pitch etc. to get some unexpected, unique results. This week I also found a used Kaoss pad 3 and we are becoming acquainted. I think we'll become good friends. All of my improv vocals and vocal percussive sounds were processed using the KP3 without really knowing what I was doing and had some happy accidents in the two hours or so I had to play with it this week. This was also a session to learn some more music theory, which I'm trying to get better at. Did some searching for chord ideas and tried these. I think its the iii and IV in E, with some non-standard voicings (I think). Built the bass lines off of those as well. I often just set key on the Push, and make some basic triads or known patterns, then improv to see what sounds good (and there's some of that here too), but decided to research and try some different proper chords by the book this week too. Something more to learn every week!

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February 6, 2018 2:57 am

A catchy track and I like the usage of your father's vocal snippet.  I agree, it's a nice message!

February 6, 2018 10:52 am

I enjoy all the "round" sounds you use. Love the idea of using the vocal snippet from your Dad. It's kinda like a musical photograph. Like a scrapbook page, where you take a photo and design a page around it to create a lasting memory.
Good on ya for extending your music theory horizons. There's always more to learn in the fascinating and wonderful world of chords big_smile

February 6, 2018 3:02 pm

Yeah that vocal snippets are great! Music is calm and relaxed quite fitting.
I dig those free organ parts !

February 7, 2018 6:30 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

A catchy track and I like the usage of your father's vocal snippet.  I agree, it's a nice message!

Thanks! Glad it caught you.

February 7, 2018 6:34 pm
Avarine wrote:

I enjoy all the "round" sounds you use. Love the idea of using the vocal snippet from your Dad. It's kinda like a musical photograph. Like a scrapbook page, where you take a photo and design a page around it to create a lasting memory.
Good on ya for extending your music theory horizons. There's always more to learn in the fascinating and wonderful world of chords big_smile

Avarine wrote:

I enjoy all the "round" sounds you use. Love the idea of using the vocal snippet from your Dad. It's kinda like a musical photograph. Like a scrapbook page, where you take a photo and design a page around it to create a lasting memory.
Good on ya for extending your music theory horizons. There's always more to learn in the fascinating and wonderful world of chords big_smile

Thanks very much! I love thinking of sounds as shapes, and I think I like "round" sounds a lot. That's a very insightful idea about the musical photograph and creating a song a scrapbook page. I like capturing memories in audio format and want to do that more often. Don't want to forget what these voices of loved ones sound like and the wisdom they had to offer. And The Wonderful World of Chords would certainly be class I'd sigh up for wink.


February 7, 2018 6:37 pm
theGuen wrote:

Yeah that vocal snippets are great! Music is calm and relaxed quite fitting.
I dig those free organ parts !

Glad you liked, thanks! Been in a calm mood as winter drags on. That organ was the Hurly Wurly (I think) from the Beat Tools Ableton pack. You know I think the chord patterns came a pack of midi chord patterns/progressions you can drop into in any project from the guys at patches.zone, they have some stuff you might like!

February 7, 2018 8:09 pm

this is so lovely!  what a great moment in time recorded!

February 7, 2018 8:40 pm

Great piece. Love the way you used the vocals.

And thanks for the tip about DRUMR!

February 8, 2018 9:28 am
miraclemiles wrote:

You know I think the chord patterns came a pack of midi chord patterns/progressions you can drop into in any project from the guys at patches.zone, they have some stuff you might like!


Thanks man, i will check it...

February 9, 2018 4:57 am

Yo - is your Dad going to guest on my next rap?  Yung Grandpa feat. MC Dad???  Shoutouts to your Dad on the track.

I like the cutups, especially the "dum-ditty" sounding one.  Good use of percussive/textural vocals.  Can't wait to get a Push and do that set key thing - that sounds so fun (and sounds so good!)

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