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You Make My Heart Skip A Beat


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TobinMueller

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I am posting this track from my new piano CD, 13 Masks, to help promote the Macjams' Benefit Sale: all proceed from sales of this album (when purchased from Simig Media), goes to the development of MacJams.com.

You Make My Heart Skip A Beat has a little bit of everything the album offers: Progressive Ragtime, fugue variations, avant-garde harmonies, New Age moments of peace, fanciful trips through the subconscious, lots of intensity, and even a Celtic phrase or two. I named it because the piece does skip beats throughout, but also has a romantic quality.

I have posted 5 tracks from the CD (see below), but there are still 8 tracks on the recording that won't be available online. I hope you give it a listen. Its fun to listen to them in order, like a song cycle. (And also see the other 8 masks.)

Here's to hoping Macjams keeps making us all skip to the beats of each other's imaginations...!
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Lyrics
Other pre-mastered recordings from 13 Masks posted at Macjams:

Chromatisome Swing (tribute to Oscar Peterson)
Two Peas in a Chili Pod (dedicated to McBoy)
A Monk Caught In The Thelonious Sphere
The Gumshoe Wears A Rag
Chaos of the Subconscious



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Uploaded: May 14, 2007 - 09:46:04 AM
Last Updated: Dec 26, 2007 - 09:37:29 AM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 02:08:00 PM
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Hardware:
G5; Roland A90ex
Software:
Synthology's Ivory - Bosendorfer patch
Comments
Dharma Logos said 3847 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
Unique.
You somehow managed to take Joplin and throw in Chopin's odd timing and Stravinsky's weird scales. The first part of it is sort of an odd but commendable intellectual exercise that is emotionally unsatisfying and actually a bit aggrevating, but then it goes into an unexpected romantic thing that reminds me of Mussorgsky and Satie. The aggrevating anticipation pays off when the romantic beauty hits. Then when you end the piece with the Joplin-esque riff again I heard it from a different perspective and it was satisfying.

This is not the easiest piece to get into at an emotional level although it is intellectually stimulating. However, I think that repeated listenings would be well-rewarded. I get the sense that this piece is very deep.
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TobinMueller said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Agitation
When my brother-in-law first heard the CD, he thought much of the music made him "agitated" ("but not in a bad way," he was quick to add!) This was ok, I told him, since the music comes from internal agitations as well, not merely places searching for peace and beauty (or melancholy and meaning, like my first CD). Several pieces are about something undefinable bursting outward, leaving fragments forever embedded, untouched and untouchable. That was part of my "chaos of the subconscious" subtext (the original title of my commission). There is a coexisting of all these things in me, and I tried to present them without reference to too many conventions and forms. If I didn't get agitated every now and then, I might be too peaceful to write something new!

Thanks for your honest reactions.
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echoroom said 3847 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
A true artist
Tobin - when i hear you play, i'm just kinda lost for words - i sit here prodding at the keyborad with two fingers and quantizing, whereas ... you are an artist and an inspiration. I love how this moves from discord and chaos to a quiet calm, running the gamut of emotions. Another fine piece from you, and i look forward to hearing all the cd.

Steve
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TobinMueller said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Lost for words
The most liberating thing about writing these piano pieces is that I don't have to worry about words. After writing for the theatre most of my life, I'm also at a loss for words (I've run out of them). These piano projects have been the most fulfilling projects of my career. Its great not having to answer to producers, directors, co-writers. Freeing and somehow more authentic. I hope to do a couple more in the coming years.

Thanks for your kind words. I love running the gamut.
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DWL said 3847 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
F** me!
I think Steve has summed it nicely (except he uses two fingers not 1)

Staggering stuff Tobin.

Involving to a frightening extent. Blimey, my head hurts now.

Now where was that CD order?

Cheers

Dick
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Bowman said 3847 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
I love...
...the bouncy almost fugue-like glee of the opening. Kept me on the edge throughout.
Jazz isn't one of my great musical loves but I can definitely get into this. But this is far more than jazz. It's your own eclectic brew that's uniquely yours and uniquely wonderful.
Best,
-Bowman

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TobinMueller said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
more than jazz
Many of my real jazz friends can't imagine anything "more" than jazz; its simply "not" jazz to them. But I dislike genres and the pigeon holes they create, even tho I understand the need and desire for them. (Its hard to argue with MJ's "Piano" genre for this piece, tho. I like that.) I appreciate non-jazz ears, sometimes they're more open and flexible. Like a Ferengi drinking his own eclectic brew. Thanks.
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moorlandt said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
filled with emotions
I'm a big fan of these odd jazzy scales in the first part. COntrasting so well with the relative calmness of the second part which at the end suddenly evolves again into the chord weirdness. This is so rich on emotions, a very very great listen. And I'm on my way for your CD!

- Walter
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Pie said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
Really enjoyed this
This is great stuff. I like sticking rag-time and bernstein in a cocktail shaker. Stir it up for while and downing it in one!
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TobinMueller said 3845 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Mueller Martini
...cool idea. Vodka and music, ice cold.
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guitapick said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
Hubie Blake meets Monk...
...meets Gershwin meets Rachmaninoff meets...well...meets Tobin in the end.

Quite awesome display of technique with a really broad range of emotion. Some kind of piece, Tobin. Fantastic!
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said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
Move over Keith Emerson!
Wow...this is amazing...get's truly nuts in places...Joplin on Peyote? Whatever it is....a big "bravo" from me Tobin!

Be well!
TobinMueller said 3845 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Joplin on Peyote
I dug your Joplin comment so much I added the phrase to my keywords list! Thanks.
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peacepiano said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
Wild Ride
Highs and lows, fasts and slows. Well connected and bursting with energetic variety. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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haribo said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
intellectually
intellectually & instinctively pleasant piece of work!
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paul f. page said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
My heart...
...skipped a bit listening to this intensely-crafted, passionately played number. You keep digging down deep into the well and coming up with really unique things. I am pretty much stunned at your creativity and the clever twists and turns in your compositions as well as your wonderfully adroit performance skills. ... This is just great.
Paul
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
adroit
...I love that word. I tried to make each track nimble and clever, I also tried to add layers that defied explanation, defied genre, but seemed to coalesce within a single creative force in an organic way. I appreciate your comments and insight. You're a fabulous talent who brings beauty and balance to everything you do.
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said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
when i skip a beat...
...it's usually an accident :)
this is wonderful, tasy, and even yum, yum, yum, delicioso (no, i don't have kids)
again...wonderful!
Ed Hannifin said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
This is just to say...
...that I came here tired at the end of my work day, and this really snagged me and dragged me in, which is just about miraculous right about now... I'll listen again in the morning and try to say something intelligent...

Wow, though.

Ed
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said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
A Face from the Gallery
of Masks!
Hard to conceive how you come up with some of these juxtapositioning of notes, Love it man, you offer great audio adventures with this latest CD
thetiler said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
like the avant gar-de
You are indeed really out there, but I mean that in a good way.

You are a musician-composer of the highest order in my humble opinion.

Truly one of MacJams greatest culture treasures.

Wow! For some reason I am thinking Gene Berry in one of his avant garde type movies. Seems strikingly well done.

Highest praise here.

Way to go

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Vic Holman said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
This is totally crazy
yet i always like crazy. The dual brain running full steam to manage the left hand from the right. When you (we) get to the middle section for some reason a section of Todd Rundgren's 'Initiation' came to mind. Only to be enforced by the segue into another tune with a reprise at the end. Not saying this is 'Initiation" but just as imaginative and intriguing.
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said 3846 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
Wow!
At first I thought I played the wrong song, but I noticed it was a little more "upbeat" than "The Gumshoe Wears A Rag". I really enjoyed the "run" a 1/4 way thru. The change to the softer piano was beautiful. The way you came back to the feel in the start of the song worked perfect.
You really have a "unique" sound and "style". You have another "winner" on your hands. Congrats! I loved it.

Chris
stefaan said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Lovely
This is a wonderfull piece of music I'd like to see live on stage in a concert hall. It is in fact a concert piece, well elaborated, with a mix of influences. But the style remains yours.

Stefaan
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baki said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
what the hell
yes! no... yes, yes, yes! that was z-minor scale, right? :) keep it up baby!
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lavalamp said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Well done
I saw the title "You make my heart ski", and thought what an unusal title. Then I saw the real title and heard the piece.
Think you have got an incredible talent.
Keep it up. Well done. Don't know what to say.
LL
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Joe Brady said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Wow!
Scores a "10" on the finger gymnastics scale! How do you do that? This has got to be great live. Great sound!
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said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
:D
Tobin,
I'm in a mellow mood pre-vacation, so now I prefer the slower middle section. I especially enjoy the music from 3:10-4:05 (it's almost like you're quoting a variation of something I can't quite put my finger on). The faster jauntier bookend sections give me a hallucination of a frazzled Errol Garner.
Your production is excellent.
Bill
TobinMueller said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Hallucinations
...a frazzled Errol Garner, now thats an oxymoron. Was there anyone smoother? Thanks for reminding me of him. I do hear his cabaret style as an influence, but I think Bartok is stronger on this one. I went to iTunes and every recording of Garner's is crackly and worn, too bad. The pristine nature of the Ivory plug-in is great, no crackly old tape sounds, but it doesn't handle hold pedal stuff well (which is another sample added on), I have trouble making the pretty stuff pretty (unlike Paul, who has no trouble with that at all); but will try and conquer that on the next CD. Thanks for calling it "jaunty." I love that word.
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Ed Hannifin said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Sure, it's an intellectual exercise...
But it's an intellectual exercise that is, by turns, jaunty and thoughtful and reflective and...

I'm in with those who are most drawn in at about the third-to-halfway point... and I love the Celtic-feeling bits that are hinted at...

I think this sort of piece REALLY benefits from the purity that you (and Paul Page, and others) are getting from the Ivory patches.

And this is, again, very much in keeping with the 'masks' motif you're working with for this CD...

I keep sitting here imagining, 'Okay, first you learn to play piano, REALLY WELL... you learn all the scales and the right way to do things, and the expected and customary way to phrase and harmonize left against right hands... then you patiently teach your mind and your hands to do SOMETHING ELSE...but something that is still relentlessly musical..." I mean, you're eighty years old, right?... You've had time to work this all out...

It's very impressive, Tobin, and it really does repay repeated listenings...

Ed
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TobinMueller said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
I feel 80 some days...
I smiled all thru your comments. I love the journey more than any of these destinations we capture and share as tracks. I know you know what I mean. Once you get to a point, the point is to never go over the same point again. But you have to squiggle near it a bunch to hone and focus. I taught myself to play as a kid, including lots of wrong hand positions and self-trained ears, which drove my professors bats but makes the unlearning stage of later life easier! Thanks for your wonderful sharings and multiple listens. I'm still smiling from you thoughts...!
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Mcboy said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
kool........
..............
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five_extra_arms said 3846 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Extra Arms?
Wow Tobin! This is amazing! It's funny how your extra arms are synchronized where as mine and just all jiggly.

This is one crazy peyote induced work of art. I can't wait to get my extra arms on the cd.
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elektronix said 3845 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Wow!
Your playing is _outstanding_

How can I buy a CD in Germany?

Great great great!!! I am a little envious, I feel like having some glueing grease on my fingers...

The B÷sendorfer patch sounds marvellous, I played on a real one a couple of years ago (during technical support for a free jazz concert in Lunenburg, Germany), the hall was closed and I had to make some wire connections for the micros. There was no one else in the hall and I could not resist and played about 90 minutes on it in the late evening. Okay, real piano is real piano, it is difficult to compare, but the ivory sample is pretty good. I remember a strange behaviour with the pedal. The original grand piano gives with the sustain pedal a sound carpet, which I never experienced before. I think it is nearly impossible to sample this unique sound, it is an awesome physical presence of the instrument. I was really a little bit scared about this instrument...

So, surely I can't find this in the ivory samples, but, anyway, you cannot find this on any record...

I need to have the ivory piano samples, they are the best I heard so far...

Back to topic:
Your composition touches a lot of jazz genres and it is very well balanced. I love the slightly "cold" beginning, which sets the mood to enjoy the following parts. That's music for conscious hearing, not for consuming.

Thanks a lot for sharing!

Greetings from Germany,

Bernd
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
Also on iTunes
Thanks for all the generous comments. I think Simig mails overseas. The tracks are also on iTunes. I appreciate your detailed reactions. Thanks.
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Dharma Logos said 3845 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Repeat Listening
In my last post I expressed conflicting feelings about this piece but suggested that further listenings might be worthwhile. Well this is my second listening, and I'm hearing it much differently. The first time I approached it as a neo-romantic piano sonata and was confused. This time I saw it more as a funky jazz tune (Dixieland meets Stride perhaps?). Of course it doesn't fit neatly into any category, but seeing it from different angles helps to shed some light on it.

I have three specific comments to make: 1) Your playing technique is stellar in a way that is monstrously good. 2) This piece is intellectually stimulating and becomes more so on repeat listenings. 3) For the receptive listener this may tap into a group of emotions that is rarely touched by music.

While I wasn't sure before, now I can honestly say that I like it!
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TobinMueller said 3845 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Emotions rarely touched by music
Way cool. Thanks a ton. I really appreciate it.
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futzpucker said 3845 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
Tremendous accomplishment
The composition and the performance of this category-defying piece are at such a high level that I don't know what to say to you, Tobin, other than congratulations, and I am very pleased to see you call upon so many influences to create something so uniquely your own.

My goodness. This is amazing.
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stooey said 3845 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Neat sound!
I like the rag time feel, and then you take us on a trip all over the map.

Cool!
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dajama said 3845 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Beautiful
and thought-provoking. Had to listen a couple of times to really get my head around it. Kind of reminded me of when I first started listening to Classical music and I first heard Shostakovich after a few months of listening to Baroque stuff like Bach. Initially it made my head spin. But then i realized it was just some new neurons firing! This did not make my head spin, but it did make me stop and listen harder. You are a remarkable musician and composer. This is outstanding stuff. Nice work. Peace.
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TobinMueller said 3845 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Shostakovich
Shostakovich is one of my favorites. Same thing happened to me when I first heard him, and I said to myself, "How does he do that?" I checked out the score from the University library. Shostakovich, Stravinksy and Bartok. They're all in there with Monk, Tatum and Gershwin, the blender of my brain. Thanks for not spinning away!
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bonnieprincejohnny said 3845 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Unique sonic buzz
Tobin this is fab. I experienced a unique sonic buzz while listening - good work chap. There's a track on your new album 'Shadow of success' any chance of putting a mix up on macjams ?

Aw the best

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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
Shadow of Success
Thanks for that track. I really dig... it was inspired by a Medeski tune. I have 5 tracks from the CD posted for free download and kind of wanted keep it at 5, with 8 others on the CD for sale. (Altho all proceeds go to Macjams.) Please consider buying the CD. The tracks are also available on iTunes.
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mvh9591 said 3844 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Very Nice____
Original and masterfully played. Loved it!

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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perceptualvortex said 3844 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Unique is right
Not that I really have a whole lot of experience listening to solo piano, but this just sounds completely new to me. Do other people play this way? Not that it matters. I love that it confuses me, but without randomness--like layers of very specific emotions and images are being juxtaposed in a beautifully psychedelic montage. Anyway, this is fantastic, amazing music to me, bravo!
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
Do other people play this way?
I hope not. Even tho a dozen different influences can be fished out of the soup, I truly try to create something unique, even if it is only a flourish at the end of a phrase, a special harmony, or a partial melodic deviation. I also work at voicings and hand positions that take special figuring out ahead of time. Thanks for letting me imagine I succeed in creating something unique, it is a self-delusion I find particularly satisfying. Life is too short for playing what others have already played, or for not indulging in nurturing delusions!
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timothy devine said 3844 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Tobin
You have a great sound here. I love the rhythms in the intro. Then the pretty chords with the softer melody you bring in with such ease. Beautiful! Flows real nice.
You are a great player and I can feel your passion on this one. it is a keeper. Thanks for the heads up, and I will be checking out more of your solo piano stuff for sure.

I went to see Kieth Jarrett a few times way back in the day, and this piece reminds me of how much I love the way a great player can express himself with just 88 keys.
Man you nailed this.
peace

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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
Keith Jarrett
I often forget the impact KJ has had on my playing and musical courage. I first heard his improvisations while I was still in high school, early enough to be absorbed on a genetic level in my brain. I have taken much from him: his spacial voicings, his sense of unraveling themes, his self-contained ear. Thanks for reminding me. He's one of my musical heroes.
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bud said 3844 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Beautiful snatching of notes
from the air
served up stewed or sliced and diced
rhythmic hiccups by the pound
delivered with fierce grace
and care

I can dig it

I do
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
fierce grace
Thanks for the cool words. "Fierce grace" is high compliment, something I strived for, part of the essence of this particular project. Thanks for hearing that.
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craft said 3843 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
uau
what a wounderful piece of work!!! Professional playing...
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jiguma said 3843 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
Sorry I'm late Tobin
Firstly, I think the sentiment of the dedication of funds towards MJ is a very generous thing for you to do.

The music is not what I'd normally listen to, and it has much the same effect on me as it had on your brother, but I can certainly appreciate the amount of talent and thought that must have gone into this. I'm beginning to appreciate, through working with Alfalpha, how much more a piano (or most keyboards really) can bring to a tune. You play beautifully, and the piece is certainly a shining example of this.

I especially liked the calm section, leading up to the joyful ending - some lovely bass runs in there.

Neil
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
dedication of funds towards MJ
Thanks for noticing this, Neil, and thanks for giving the tune a try. I'm glad you are enjoying more and more the use of keyboards on tracks. Way to go Alfalpha!
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Feter said 3843 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
Impressed !!
realy no words can explain genious
this piece speak itself , yes you
express yourself perfectly on this piece
well done ...!!
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bud said 3843 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
An afterthought -
On repeated listening I think I'd like to hear this wonderful piece of music performed on an acoustic piano with some natural room sound. Your playing is quite precise and exciting - and I think it needs room and aural imperfection to capture an improv/recital feeling. I'm thinking of the sound of some of Monk's or Bud Powell's club recordings.

Just a thought.
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
breathe
I agree, but that would require so much more money and time. The music would breathe better. I am considering an acoustic album, but not for a year or two... unless I can buy a grand before that...
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Macaudion said 3842 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
Well...
Now of course, this is way over my head in technical abilities... -- And it sings a song that I can hear, but can't know the words to - it plays host to chords that I can't know - it is of rhythmic structure that my feet can't dance to - with no identifiable harmonies carrying it's way - it has just seen the highest in praise that I can at least attest too -

There is a sweetness afloat that I can't help but to know...

Thanks for sharing it, Tobin. Macca
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
that I can't know
I'm glad you mentioned this aspect of not knowing. I tried to write this music from my ear, my hands, my dreams, not my conscious-intellectual expectations. It tried to avoid knowing what or why or when, just to please and explore, bewilder and intrigue, and uncover without necessarily revealing. Thanks for letting not knowing be a journey that didn't frustrate.
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thoddi said 3842 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
rag
This is just stunning Tobin. You leave me breathless.

The contrasts in this piece is brilliant in place and time. How you let the chaotic rag transform to the calm beautiful place is very tasty.

You couldn't know calm and beauty if you didn't have the other side of it of course. Your transitions flow seamless... you leave me no alternative than to rate this with ... top scores:)

Bravo!
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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
the other side
I'm a big believer in setting things up, compositionally, with contexts that highlight certain moments. Sometimes a section seems irrelevant or out of place when taken by itself, but serves and important emotional purpose that lends to another moment greater clarity or focus or impact. Thanks for noticing this, for letting the whole create something, for stitching the fragments into a single piece inside you. I can't tell you how I appreciate that effort.
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Brian Weiland said 3842 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
Stunning...
First response: I was drawn to the slower middle section just 'cause that's what I like.

Every time I replayed it the loopy ragtime stuff just sounded cooler and cooler.

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TobinMueller said 3832 days ago (May 29th, 2007)
loopy ragtime stuff
Thanks for letting the whimsical aspects of the piece grow on you. I tried to work a certain loopiness into every track, without the use of any actual loops of course...!
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kristyjo said 3842 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
I love the contrasting sections
I also love the 'Scott Joplin on Peyote' keyword, and I see it's not the only time it's been used. I enjoy the middle section the best, maybe because that's where I am on this afternoon. I'm looking forward to hearing all of the pieces from the CD.
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Sunbeam said 3841 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
I am Swidich
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The Infinites said 3841 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
Tobin,
You sure give TS Monk a run for his money. Great work. Right up my street.

Thanks,

Jim
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Tadashi Togawa said 3839 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
Something experimental creation.
I feel the creative impulse that doesn't stick to shape.

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said 3811 days ago (June 18th, 2007)
Coexisting
Hi Tobin

I love music pieces with several different moods in them.
You are right in your "agitation" comment , we are not one thing,one mood ,one style ...
Is it possible to show all what we are with music ? Maybe not .
But this piece is very artistic , very rich and well played .
Is it all written(it seems to be ) or are there improvised parts ?

TobinMueller said 3808 days ago (June 22nd, 2007)
Scored
It is all written. There are improvisational moments on the CD, but not on this track. Altho much of it comes out of improv moments, as a writing style. Thanks for your comments.
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branchgraft said 3801 days ago (June 29th, 2007)
dropped by
I really must start exploring more here.. I'm glad I stopped to listen to this piece... a river of emotion and imagery.. loved it.. thanks for posting it!
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Ibstrat said 3796 days ago (July 3rd, 2007)
Nice composition
I like the way this evolves from dissonance to consonance and back to dissonance.
Have you ever heard the guitar piece "Nocturnal" by Benjamin Britten? It is a set of variations on a lute piece by John Dowland.The theme occurs at the end not the beginning- it moves from dissonance to consonance in an amazing way.( Julian Bream's version is best.)
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composerclark said 3793 days ago (July 7th, 2007)
Polystylism
Before reading the description I was going to say this is like an avant-garde version of ragtime, that morphs into various other styles, including a little Bach, and some very clean, sparse new age music towards the end, a section that evokes the sonic world of Stravinsky's Sonata for Two Pianos (particularly the second movement; a style called pandiatonicism), and then a jig, followed by the rag again.

But then I read the description, and I see you pretty much explained all that already... oh well.

I'm not usually a big fan of a mishmash of styles, but you make this work well.

I wish I could hear this played on a real grand! Any chance of that?
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TobinMueller said 3390 days ago (August 13th, 2008)
Shish-kabob music
I began referring to this sectioned off music as "shish-kabob" after hearing Stravinsky employ the technique so successfully when I was studying him in college. I hope that the sense of coherence comes from my attempt to string together separate sections using theme and variation references, albeit not the normal kind based simply on melodic variations. Glad you found things to enjoy in this. Most of this series of songs ("13 Masks") tried to shy away from normal variation techniques and use more improvisational, subconscious freedom. But each section still relates to the other in rhythmic or harmonic areas.
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chipan said 3756 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
atonal
You are a gifted composer and this piece alone is evidence of that. I particularly like the playfulness of the rhythms especially in the beginning. Even though I usually have a hard time with atonal pieces this is interesting, and I like the fact that you also write a lot of music in other genres. I hope to hear more of your music as time allows!
peace,
chip
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Char said 3646 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Skipping Beats
Well, I am not a pianist but I can appreciate the skill that went into this. I loved some parts more than others.
I think this is like a family that you grow to love because of their quirks. So, I'll come back and listen, again.
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richardhowardjones said 3469 days ago (May 26th, 2008)
The Key to Keys
Excellent, Tobin.
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paul f. page said 3394 days ago (August 8th, 2008)
My second comment...
Tobin,
I don't know why I came back to this this afternoon, but I am glad that I did. I'd reiterate "adroit" since you enjoyed that so much. But I'll add eclectic this time. I think one could listen to this number a hundred times and find new things on every pass. It is that strong. Anyway, what they all said!!! and more. You are enigmatic and oh so skilled. I learn when I listen to your music.
Peace.
Paul
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TobinMueller said 3390 days ago (August 13th, 2008)
Re-visiting
Thanks so much for re-visiting my music. Your comment "I learn when I listen to your music" means a great deal. I love to hear that sort of thing.

I, too, learn something new nearly every time I write something. I try and create from a place of exploration, as opposed to a place of knowing. I hope that comes out in my music.
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