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Windowshade


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TobinMueller

 Genre: Funk

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Please see Windowshade II for the latest version of this song. It is now twice as long and much crisper.

This is a collaborative mid-tempo jazz funk multiple sax piece between myself & Woody Mankowski. There are 3 tenor tracks, 2 soprano tracks (one that I layered with itself using experimental effects to produce a jazz violin sound), and a few vocal noises from the players. The sop sax and violin morph into each other on occasion, which is my mixing highlight. I cut and pasted all the performances to fit, so everyone will be surprised when they hear the final version. I renamed it "Windowshade" becuz it reminds me of the veiled and air conditioned seductive mysteries behind a closed shade in the summer heat. (Art by Jan Ternald, "Flepotral Zen II")

Project 2010 with Woody Mankowski:
Seafood Gumbo Bop
Oasis On The Rocks
Saddle Shoe Sally
Lost In The West Village
The Müller's Wheel
Windowshade II

You can also follow the progress of this project on my website:
www.tobinmueller.com/wheel/

More songs featuring Woody:
A Promise
Dreams III
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Lyrics
Instrumental. You may need to turn the track up a bit...
Song Stats
Hits: 7927
Comments: 36
Fans: 21
Plays: 1006
Downloads: 395
Votes: 34
Uploaded: Jul 27, 2004 - 10:26:51 AM
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010 - 12:07:19 PM Last Played: Jan 28, 2017 - 10:53:19 AM
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Hardware:
Roland A-90ex; Selmer Tenor and Soprano saxes; B3.
Software:
GB, DP 4.
Comments
nobunaga said 4868 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
refreshing!
at last something different! love the saxes and the fat kb. darn good mix. no complaints at all

8988
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Paul_T said 4868 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
ANARCHY MADE FUN!
I love how it's on the verge of being a free-form free-for-all, but still manages to hang together. Very difficult to pull off, but done magnificently! Sounds truly spontaneous. Kudos to all!
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TobinMueller said 4868 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
ANARCHY MADE FUN!
There's even a place just past the midpoint where we couldn't agree what key
we were all in, so I played in Fm and Woody played takes in E and B (with
modal accents). We endeavored to create solos that had melodies to them, as
opposed to merely tooling around, which masked the amorphic anarchy
inside our brains.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Del said 4867 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
Cool heat
This song flames. It starts slow, with the building groove boiling up from behind, like shadows on a shade, and you can let yourself feel the cool heat without getting pulled behind. Unless you lean in. You cats choose some amazing notes. The instruments are recorded clean and straight, but the performances blaze (and the background chordal shifts are Mingus cool). I get used to rock music where the amount of distortion dictates how hot a solo should be... but these solos burn hole in the shade. Very nice art... I feel like my life is rolling up inside a shade some days. Or that I'm a huckster in a wasteland, like the guy.
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TobinMueller said 4714 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
Cool heat
Thanks for noticing the art. Jan Ternald is incredibly creative. His Flepotronic
art is wonderful: http://www.artsforge.com/jan/ternald.html
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
mcsweb said 4867 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
Some of the BEST WORK
I've heard hear yet. Bravo! Back in my college days, I
would have purchased this... It's reminding a tad of
Traffic, Brand X, Spyro Gyra, etc.
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hacked_to_pieces said 4867 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
Very Cool
I really enjoyed this pieces although its more jazz than
funk, but you really have something special here.
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TobinMueller said 4648 days ago (March 3rd, 2005)
Very Cool
I know what you mean about it being more jazz than funk. The choice is
really more wishful thinking on my part than precision in marketing. I wish I
was funkier...
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Mcboy said 4867 days ago (July 27th, 2004)
killer sax playing......
cut and paste is the wave........the production as always is
on the money.....the playing ..impeccable.....i'm inspired
to do a cut and paste piece myself after
listening.........hehhehhe.....
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SlimGirlFat said 4867 days ago (July 28th, 2004)
Speechless
with envy!!!

This is too much Tobin... those creative bugs are BITING YOU!

IMHO, this is really the best track from you yet.
that sultry sax just gets me...

I sincerely hope you are releasing this to the GP...

humbled!
SlimGirlFat

said 4867 days ago (July 28th, 2004)
nicely ametronomic
Great cover art! Free ranging, fun jazz. Perhaps a little
undisciplined and tangled at times? Nah. This is a
refreshing break from GB's metronomic pitfall.
Cameron said 4866 days ago (July 28th, 2004)
rich and varied
Wonderful conception/production/performance!

I, too like the way this tune hovers between structure and
free-flight.

The combination of live instruments and software is very
well integrated, the varied and tasteful synth snippets pop
in and out at just the right times.

Masterful job!
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TobinMueller said 4714 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
rich and varied
Thanks. Thats what we were going for, a tangled bit of tape around us all as
we combined live and memorex. And having a great timing trying to fit on
yet another layer...
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
thoddi said 4866 days ago (July 28th, 2004)
you funky jazzist you
My first thought was that this could be one of "down to the bone" or "mezzofortes" tunes. But after a while I changed my mind, because they probably wouldn't do this piece so refreshing varied in themes and still letting the piece hang together as well as it does. I have just one wish... MORE B3 organ:-)

Way cool!
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Z293 said 4866 days ago (July 28th, 2004)
Out classed.
Accept my humble praise. Not only do you have
tremedous talent, so do you friends.

Is DP 4, Motu Digital Performer? Is it a worthy
addition to GB?
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TobinMueller said 4865 days ago (July 30th, 2004)
Out classed.
I've been using Performer for 12-14 years. It is my favorite. It can do almost
everything you need with MIDI and live recording and handles it all really well.
Plus I use the MOTU 2408 as a digital-audio interface and the MOTU MIDID
Express 128 to plug all my synths and sound modules into the MIDI stream.
Thanks for the comments, by the way.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
ka-klick said 4866 days ago (July 29th, 2004)
The groove reminds me
Of a Maynard Furgusen piece I used to play. (Think it may
have been Chameleon, but the title track is missing from
that album on iTMS, so can't confirm ATM) Very cool stuff.
Already on my Fav's. I'd second the move for more B3.
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TobinMueller said 4713 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
The groove reminds me
I love Herbie Hancoc-k's Chameleon too. Did an arrangement of it once.
Thanks for the mention in the same breath.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
earmark said 4865 days ago (July 30th, 2004)
Sweet and Meaty!
Great Brecker Brothers feel. I think one of the hardest
things to accomplish is to mix real/live instruments/
playing against a backdrop of synths and computers.
You've done very well in that regard. Great feel and
nuance in the playing. I think the drums need more punch
and sizzle, otherwise a great piece which stands head and
shoulders above the rest. Kudos!
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TobinMueller said 4648 days ago (March 3rd, 2005)
Sweet and Meaty!
Wo, the Breckers. How cool, I was actually listening to them before I came up
with the idea for this... you have great ears. Nice catch. The best live sax
player I have ever seen, Michael Brecker.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
macapa said 4864 days ago (July 30th, 2004)
Great!
Very impressive. Great production, great sax playing.
Wow! Funny, though. There are parts at the start of the
piece where I can almost hear Tobin singing.

Great work!
TobinMueller said 4713 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
Great!
I often sing parts to players to communicate ideas. I hoper I didn't leave any
of that on the track!
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Wifty said 4861 days ago (August 3rd, 2004)
That Soprano sax is magnificent!
I LOVE the sound of this, especially the sporano which
sounds amazing. The only thing I would say is that the
sax stings sound like they're synthesised? I don't know
why, maybe it's because they've been made into a loop, it
might be my ear picking up the exact repetition and
making me think it's not natural.

This is wonderful though - Are you playing one of the
saxes or did I not understand your description? Your
talent never ceases to amaze me, and my god you've got
some talented friends!

Keep up the great work Tobin. Pleasure as always!
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TobinMueller said 4713 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
That Soprano sax is magnificent!
The soprano sax was mixed in a few different ways. The section toward the
end features the sop put through several filters to give it an electric violin
sound; I did that for a fun variation. But I wouldn't call any of what I did to
the soprano sax as making into a "loop." I edited and moved some of the
sound clips, but never looped them, and looping wouldn't by itself change the
sound.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
mulletsrock said 4853 days ago (August 11th, 2004)
Splicing King
The way you re-ordered the original, I really dig it. Better construction, more build, starts and ends with much more fascination and seductive power. The layers of saxes, great. Glad you renamed it. It is worthy of mullets all around. Love Woody's words at teh end... he's always ready for one more take. Made me laugh! (Gave it heart.... as well as soul.)
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TobinMueller said 4713 days ago (December 28th, 2004)
Splicing King
Thanks, glad you don't mind me messing with your originals. Thanks for the
foundation.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
netgui said 4724 days ago (December 18th, 2004)
Very sweet and new
Congratulation, this is really something different and very melodic. Great one really relaxing.

Go on further. :-)
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thetiler said 4653 days ago (February 26th, 2005)
Nice funkyness
I like how you get funky and don't get to loud.

Nice going
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coolio said 4604 days ago (April 16th, 2005)
KSVY hit
Hey, heard this tune on the KSVY broadcast a couple of
times. Totally hip. So pro, cool mix of tru players and
comp grooves, the whole mod GB new wave... at its best.
Nice work, dudes.
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TobinMueller said 4546 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
KSVY hit
Thanks to Blaine Transue for that!
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eDrew said 4581 days ago (May 9th, 2005)
Sax
Some very nice sax work here, very tasty. A little cluttered
for me harmonically in the beginning thankfully it evens
out eventually. Good work guys.
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TobinMueller said 4546 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
Sax
I decided to make this sort of a "bookend" production, to start with the
ending and then build back to it again. It makes it start a little thick, but,
hopefully, when it comes round again, there is a payoff. Thanks for
continuing to listen to the entire track.
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FEEL said 4574 days ago (May 17th, 2005)
Very talented
I can see your a man with a lot of talent. I'm empressed
with what I hear from all your music love this horn tune.
I'll be spending more time surfing your page. Way
Smoove....John
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TobinMueller said 3108 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
Longtime friend
After 4 years of being your online friend and not-often-enough collaborator, it was cool to look back over my songs' comments and note that this was the track that got us acquainted. A window shade opened on friendship. Very cool.
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timothy devine said 3904 days ago (March 17th, 2007)
Tobin, I'm in Love with the synth sound
You got this happpening. The bass synth just is so rugged. I dig.
All the synth sounds are so well placed an tastfully played.
Nothing over played. Just right. Funky. Very funky with an improvisational feel.

Nice horn arrangments. Very hip tune. The Brecker Brothers come to mind when listening to all this funk and horns. The horn harmonies remind me of some early Tom Scott stuff from whay back when.

I'll have to check out more of those collabs you mentioned.

Thanks for shareing in my post and turning me on to this tune.
I'm gonna have to explore more Tobin.
Peace
Tim
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TobinMueller said 3108 days ago (May 22nd, 2009)
Brecker Brothers
That's what we were going for. Thanks. We expanded this tune by twice its length on the RAIN BATHER album. I added some more nifty organ hits, lines, etc. This particular track has gotten special mention in some reviews and received FM air time. I love the old school synths, rarely drag them out in the day of everything-inside-the-computer. Thanks for listening in.
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