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Camellia Rag (Final Version)



 Genre: Ragtime

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When I upload music here, it's usually my first version of the song to reach the final length--I guess I'm just so excited at the possibility of feedback.

The original Camellia Rag I uploaded just a few hours after starting it.

Here's the final version after dozens of tweaks from the summer. I hope you all enjoy. :)
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Uploaded: Dec 29, 2006 - 04:40:55 AM
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2006 - 04:40:55 AM Last Played: Feb 27, 2017 - 08:27:26 AM
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TobinMueller said 3864 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
A delight
This is delightful. Excellent balance, form, performance and writing. You are definitely done tweaking, this is just right.
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Andronis said 3863 days ago (December 30th, 2006)
I'm truly flattered!

Thanks for listening. :)
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Cameron said 3864 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
very nice!
I really enjoyed this composition; it's an excellent rag, and the piano sound was pleasant.

Please forgive me if I'm way off the mark here, but this performance sounded almost TOO perfect. Did you record it live? (I recall that you are indeed an excellent pianist).

Anyway it's always nice to include your recording technique and software used, in the song description. Enquiring minds like to know! ;-)
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Andronis said 3863 days ago (December 30th, 2006)
The real secret
Well, as I've said in comments to some past songs, there are a number of tricks, sometimes multiple takes. My favorite, though, is a silent flashing-light metronome, which one obviously can't get away with in a real performance, but it's great when you're recording by yourself.

And as for too perfect, I'd dispute there are still a number of performance errors on there, but if I keep my mouth shut no one will know which ones. :)

Thanks for listening. :)
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dreadmon said 3864 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
Very nice! It has a sweet and nostalgic feel to it, like it could've existed back in the days of Joplin - yet, the middle section has a sort of Floyd Kramer vibe too, a really interesting mix. I have the same question Cameron has - although it does sound to me like perhaps this was played live and then quantized or something? No matter - it's a beautiful track!
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Andronis said 3863 days ago (December 30th, 2006)
Nice Insight
Hopefully your question was answered in the previous post. Quantizing digitized audio isn't a bad idea if I knew how to do it. I'll have to try that in the future. For now, though, there's just my metronome and sometimes spliced multiple takes. Hate to give away all my secrets, haha.

But Floyd Kramer? I'll have to check him out. Thanks!
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kristyjo said 3864 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
Glad you posted the finished product!
I enjoyed the first version very much, and I really like this, too. This does have a real uptempo, cheerful feeling to it.The 'B' section has a bit of Stephen Heller in it- happy with a tinge of sadness in those minor chords. The 'C' section likewise has a bit of a modern feeling to it. I love the resolute, self-confident ending. Great work!
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Andronis said 3863 days ago (December 30th, 2006)
I love your assessments
Your assessments are always among my favorites, particularly since you always have opinions on specific aspects and can often relate it to music unfamiliar to me.

(I still haven't gotten to listen to Stephen Heller even though you've mentioned him before, but I surely will soon.)

Anyway, thanks for listening, as always. :)
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caroline said 3863 days ago (December 30th, 2006)
nice one!
i really enjoyed this pink and fluffy piece - well done you - ty xox
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echoroom said 3856 days ago (January 6th, 2007)
Andronis - the word that springs to mind here is playful. This is a sweet little track - production sounds fine to me as well. As someone who can't play an instrument live, I'm always a little humbled by proper musicians, and this is some fine playing.

Nice work

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macfreddy said 3801 days ago (March 2nd, 2007)

Had a bit of a down moment here at work, but this really cheers you up!
Excellent work! Sound really old-fashioned and am picturing a crowded bar with lots of smoke and laughing people... and you by the piano of course :)

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Mystified said 3721 days ago (May 21st, 2007)
I'm late to the party, here, but better late than never.

This is terrific :)
I echo all the compliments offered above, and add that there should be more ragtime music in this world. :)

Thanks for this one!
Hope the music is going well!
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spannerotoole said 3582 days ago (October 7th, 2007)
Well done
Good Job, sounds like something I heard on graduation day in school, Its not that though
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thetiler said 3580 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
Like the uptempo
the speed is nice here. Nice ending too!

WAy to go!
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said 3390 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
Love it great piano playing, Excellent. Great melody .Love the pic.
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said 3385 days ago (April 21st, 2008)
Great composition by all means sir Andronis, I love to listen to Rags, Jigs and everything has a classical flavor. Really pretty and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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Jarvoid said 3377 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Get down
on it,Mr Joplin watch out ..excellent dude.. I try to play ragtime but it defeats my limited ability and I usually have to go to the A&E dept to get my fingers disentangled from each other.....so I like to listen to well played rags...got one here ..now I may feel inspiredk.u/l.'poiuytrewn8
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VicDiesel said 151 days ago (February 27th, 2017)
Lovely piece of ragtime piano. You're getting a very smooth sound by (if I hear right) using strided octaves in the left hand, rather than bass-chord alternation. I like the resulting texture.
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Ragtime is an American musical genre, enjoying its peak popularity around the years 1900?1918. Ragtime is a dance form written in 2/4 or 4/4 time, and utilizing a walking bass, that is, the bass note played legato on the 1-3 beats with a staccato cho

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