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Magritte

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This was an experiment in loops. I liked some of the organ loops so much I wanted to see what I could do with sort of a "call and response" between an organ and the rest of the orchestra. All of the melodies in here are loops except for the sort of toccata-sounding part about 2/3 of the way through, which is me, to quote a former commenter, "trying to be Bach and failing miserably." Also the ending is just a standard faux-Baroque Picardy third chord progression that I wrote. But the rest is loops, chopped up and reorchestrated and so forth.
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Uploaded: Feb 21, 2006 - 08:18:59 AM
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2006 - 12:08:32 AM Last Played: Jul 01, 2017 - 09:53:30 PM
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iMac G5, M-Audio Keystation 49e
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GarageBand 2.0.2, Jam Pack 4, a cat on my chest (she's very soft)
Comments
drakonis said 4288 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
So glad you're bach!
I missed you, and your return didn't disappoint me! This is very fun!
Quite creative... and I must admit, *your* tocatta is what I liked best
about it. I would suggest a couple things that might make it sound a
little better, though. In the intro, when the organ comes in, it sounds
slightly early on the beat to me, and, too abrupt... I would possibly
very slightly arpeggiate (roll?) the initial chord so it doesn't hit all at
once. I like the melody played by the glockenspiel & flutes and the
hand-off to the organ via timpani rolls (I wouldn't use so many
repeated cymbal hits though.) I might add a teeny bit of reverb to the
flute & other instruments, they sounded a little dry. Anyway, I only nit-
pick things if they interest me, and this is delightful, great job on this!
I also like your pipe-organic-fractal-baroque artwork, I always
envisioned the air blasting out of the pipes doing those little chaotic
vortex-swirls. I am glad to see more stuff from you... I've been patient,
ever since you wandered off, saying "Owl be Bach."
ttfn,
Drakonis
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futzpucker said 4288 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
Eduard knows
I think the dragon man has given you very good advice here, to which I
would add only this, at the risk of redundancy: When simulating real
wind instruments, it is very advantageous to keep in mind a player's
breaths.

This is important with all wind instruments, but especially so with
flutes, as they use the most wind the quickest. If you have long phrases
without a breath, a beautiful tone playing an interesting part becomes
somehow vaguely unsettling to the listener. In this case, an easy
correction would make a significant difference in the listener's
experience.

That aside, this is a wonderful composition and it serves as an
excellent example of how to use the tools at hand creatively and
successfully.

You did a beautiful job on this, Magritte.
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futzpucker said 4287 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
Eduard knows
I've just listened to this song again, and again. It shines with repeated
listenings.

Magritte, this is very, very good. You certainly have reason to be proud. I hope
you are.



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ktb said 4287 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
whoa
this is amazing stuff. I saw your post in the "embarrissing moments"
thread and I don't beleive what you posted. i enjoyed this, thank you
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macgalver said 4287 days ago (February 21st, 2006)
rich
I love your tunes. I'm marking you as a favorite now. xxoo, kelli
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kristyjo said 4286 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
nice, clear instrumentation.
I liked the short tocatta and fugue section. There were a couple of organ
entrances that were a bit overwhelming, and I agree that a slightly
arpeggiated entrance for your organ at those times would be in order. I
liked the instrumentation. You did an artistic job at building a
composition with loops, and you should be proud of this effort.
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kristyjo said 4286 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
nice, clear instrumentation.
I liked the short tocatta and fugue section. There were a couple of organ
entrances that were a bit overwhelming, and I agree that a slightly
arpeggiated entrance for your organ at those times would be in order. I
liked the instrumentation. You did an artistic job at building a
composition with loops, and you should be proud of this effort.
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ChrisSly said 4286 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
Loops don't kill people
PEOPLE with loops kill people. Like any tool, be it hammer, pencil, or Gibson guitar, the end product is only going to be as good as the skill/talent of the person wielding that tool. Not many untalented hacks can pick up a guitar and start piecing a song together. But just because any monkey with a Mac can slap seventeen loops together and call it a "composition" doesn't mean that when a person with skill/talent and taste uses the same tool that they can not make a piece that is more than the sum of it's parts.

Nice work.
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underdog. said 4286 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
this is sick
i like this and wouldnt have thought you abused traditional loops.

there is something amazing about thise piece. if it's your loops, then you
have excellent taste.

great listen.

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J.A.Stewart said 4286 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
Suggestive Looping...
When anyone hears something in a piece of music, whether it be Bach,
The Rolling Stones, Stan Getz, Madonna, loops,... whatever --- and it
*suggests* something to them --- it can become a valid musical
interpretation, IF they follow up on it.

To my ears, without your introductory note, I would have a difficult time
discerning where the loops end and your interpretation begins. So I would
say you've succeeded pretty well with this exercise.
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lucas said 4286 days ago (February 22nd, 2006)
Organic organism
I liked it, I really appreciated the organon of your work, the generation of ideas, springing forth from your opening themes, like riffs. Good job. Regardless of "looping," my impression of your piece was that it was a fairly mature study in chords, but could have used some modulations to spice it up a bit.
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Magritte said 4285 days ago (February 24th, 2006)
Thanks for your comments!
I was really interested to hear from those of you who weighed in on the loops thing, and to those who had specific ideas on how to improve the piece, they have been noted, agreed with, and appreciated very much. Thank you for the Insightful and constructive notes, and for taking the time and thought to post them.
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nyakki said 4283 days ago (February 25th, 2006)
Great Till The End
Great piece until the ending...

I was swaying back and forth enjoying what you have done...
Then it ended with the standard chord progression. :-(
(Note: I don't read comments or descriptions until after I listen. It
allows me to get my own impression before I see what the artist's is.
So, even though you mentioned it, I didn't read your description about
the progression until after I heard it.)

The ending, for me, doesn't feel like it fits with the rest of the piece.

Have you tried adding a simple trill or small arpeggio over the top of
the last few chords?

Other than that small nitpick, I think you did an excellent job in putting
together the loops and your addition.
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thetiler said 4280 days ago (March 1st, 2006)
terrific
Love that picture, so colorful.

Love the terriic job wiith the orchestra. Music is so nice to listen to you
when it is so nice as this.

You are one of the most underrated artist here at MJ. You SHOULD have
better scores than you have been given!
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Magritte said 4274 days ago (March 7th, 2006)
terrific
What an incredibly nice thing to say, Tiler, thank you!
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Macaudion said 4233 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
What do I think...
Hi Margaritte - I'm visiting you today because your name showed up in
the last of many that appeared in a thread to be supportive to a
macjammer - That's very cool, because it was me! My apologies for not
having commented on this piece, because I remember that I had
listened to it. I probably thought then, what I'm thinking today... -- I
don't feel so qualified to make any worthwhile commets except to say
that I thouroughly enjoyed this. I don't know what else to listen for --
Technically, I"m sure that I can dig up all of the things that the pros
might already know to share w/ you, but then, this might ruin my
experience. And the exchange between you and the pros would be abit
more valuable, I'm sure. So until I become a pro, I will just leave you w/
my grattitude for having presented me w/ this opportunity to stop by
to listen to something that I thought was masterfully excecuted, but
then again, what do I know... Thank you!!! Dion
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Macaudion said 4233 days ago (April 16th, 2006)
What do I think...
Hi Margaritte - I'm visiting you today because your name showed up in
the last of many that appeared in a thread to be supportive to a
macjammer - That's very cool, because it was me! My apologies for not
having commented on this piece, because I remember that I had
listened to it. I probably thought then, what I'm thinking today... -- I
don't feel so qualified to make any worthwhile commets except to say
that I thouroughly enjoyed this. I don't know what else to listen for --
Technically, I"m sure that I can dig up all of the things that the pros
might already know to share w/ you, but then, this might ruin my
experience. And the exchange between you and the pros would be abit
more valuable, I'm sure. So until I become a pro, I will just leave you w/
my grattitude for having presented me w/ this opportunity to stop by
to listen to something that I thought was masterfully excecuted, but
then again, what do I know... Thank you!!! Dion
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said 4231 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
Far more talent than I will ever have...
I really like your placement the soft shaker sound really spooked me...
very contemplative for me, I thank you graciously.
Doadars Uncle said 4183 days ago (June 5th, 2006)
Beautiful!
Flute drops in a pool of pipes...
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tsand19151 said 4125 days ago (August 2nd, 2006)
Beautiful.....
Quite impresssive. Loving the recording and mix....You obviously know what you're doing..... this borders on epic..... wow.....
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wade baird said 4063 days ago (October 4th, 2006)
great track
sounds very natural, reminds me of christmas...
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VicDiesel said 4055 days ago (October 11th, 2006)
Trying to be Bach....
....and coming out like a forgotten section of Tubular Bells..... But jokes
aside, this is a pretty cool piece. The call/response definitely works
between the flute and the organ, and the occasional bits of glockenspiel
are fine too. I just wish you hadn't thrown in that very fake sounding
orchestra at the end. -- Victor.
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said 4046 days ago (October 21st, 2006)
Cool...
Yeah cool...
RickW said 4036 days ago (October 30th, 2006)
Wonderful!
Wonderful job putting loops together. I liked the interplay between the flute and the organ, but I definitely stood up to applaud your finale.

God bless,

Rick

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said 3935 days ago (February 9th, 2007)
Did I say..............
AGENIOUS????????????????I think you are : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't have a clue what you're talking about with all the technical details loops & stuff BUT I LIKE IT . . . . . . . . .. . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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guitapick said 3896 days ago (March 20th, 2007)
Your orchestral sense...
...really shines through, here. I love the way you drop out of the dense forest, into a clearing of sad light, and then back into the dark. Shades of Bach in the cathedral.
Awesome, Magritte.
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michael2 said 3875 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
i can't believe
that this is all loops. very impressive. i haven't really messed with them too much (except when i'm looking for an obvious "loop" sound). that was great, I could hear it in a scene from "the royal tenenbaums" followed by a quick seque to something like the ramones. great stuff. how long did that take you to complete?
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1rwhite1 said 3813 days ago (June 11th, 2007)
The Organster
Magritte, this is some powerful--and I do mean powerful!--music. But there's a bit too much power when the organ comes in at the beginning. I think Drakonis commented on that already. Also, toward the end, the tampanis seem to be losing their battle against The Organster; they may need to come up just a bit. But all in all, this flows very nicely and I certainly wouldn't refer to you as a "failing Bach." I enjoyed this immensely!
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five_extra_arms said 3774 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
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When I saw your lovely banner at the top of my screen, I couldn't stop myself from clicking it.


When I heard this song play, I couldn't stop myself from clicking the Favorite button.


I appreciate VicDiesel's Mike Oldfield reference. A high compliment in my books.


Great work Magritte. The soft cat parts were equally magnificent!
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Heightened said 3699 days ago (October 3rd, 2007)
Brilliant!
Nice. I had a bit of an organizm when I heard it.

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said 3477 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
Gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing this another masterpiece. Amazing choice of sounds and wonderfully played and placed. KUDOS!

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