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A Revolution by Night


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Komrade K

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This instrumental piece has been knocking around my head for a little while and I’ve finally gotten around to getting it down. Unusually for me it’s quite an optimistic, happy, pretty sounding piece. It’s not particularly folky (although the instrumentation is) but in sound it’s probably closest to the Penguin Café Orchestra.

I had a fairly clear idea of what I wanted to do for most of the parts however I’ve improvised some sections as well – just to keep it fresh. I did have other melodic sections and instruments in mind but I felt it was getting too complicated so I cut them out.

It’s all performed on mandolin and fiddle (although the latter is deliberately sounding a bit cello-ish).

In my mind’s eye I have a story which goes with this but it came after the piece was written so I’ll leave you to create your own…

KK



© 2007 Martyn Kember-Smith
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Uploaded: Oct 09, 2007 - 07:30:00 PM
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2007 - 07:33:50 PM Last Played: Feb 21, 2017 - 04:49:46 PM
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Jim Bouchard said 3696 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
I love PCO!
And I love this!
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Komrade K said 3696 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
Crikey Jim!
That must be the fastest response I've had to anything I've posted! Many thanks - glad you liked it.

KK
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Feter said 3696 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
A Revolution by Night
Ahh .. KK is so cheery and open spaces
such heartfelt , the Mandolins just awesome
and delicate . it has a nice picture for
a sunny sideup ..Thank you for sharing it !


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Komrade K said 3695 days ago (October 11th, 2007)
Elated
This is much more of a joyful tune than is typical of me - my natural tendency is towards the bittersweet and melancholy. I like your comment about open spaces - the mental images I have of this tune are of being outside in a large space at night full of bright lights and music...

Glad you liked it.

KK
Check out my latest song called Urra Moor/The Leckie/Reel CJ/Willafjord
said 3696 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
Great Picture !
very great music here, the mandolin sound very fine, the (cello ?) line sounds great and fit in this piece.
one of the bests i've heard it here, thanks for sharing !
KUDOS !

Take Care
==============
Yeman Auf Al-Rawi
Komrade K said 3689 days ago (October 16th, 2007)
Thanks for listening...
...it is actually my violin but it's pretending to be a cello!

KK
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paddler said 3696 days ago (October 9th, 2007)
Emotional
How beautiful is this piece? This would be amazing to listen to in a variety of circumstances - if I were walking through the mountains it would cheer me on and help me to enjoy the journey.If I'd just lost someone it would get right to the heart of I was feeling.Then again if I'd just fallen in love it would make me ecstaticly happy.Ohhhhhhhhh! Love it! Bravo! Bet Billy Conolly follows your tracks.Er hope thats not an insult - I'm a bit of a Billy fan
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Komrade K said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Wow!
If no one else ever comments on this track again I wouldn't mind after feedback like that! Thank you, I feel very honoured.

Don't mind the Billy Connolly comment at all - if he comes on the TV I'm unlikely to change channels... But if he is following my tracks then perhaps he could put me in touch with some of his friends in the music biz... ha ha!

KK
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Stun Nutz said 3696 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
~%~
The joyful simplicity at work here is precious.
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Komrade K said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Simplicity
Thank you Mr Nutz - there were other musical phrases I was thinking of adding (and even some bass) but the track got to a level where putting in anything else was just going to be too much. 'Precious' is an interesting word to use - I did feel that this piece was finely balanced between over and under working it and I was scared to do too much in the way of mixing because I quite liked the sound of the unmixed version.

KK
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lengold said 3696 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Martyn...
The mandolins sound great but, I love the sound of your violin - so emotive. The composition (as Paddler says) can evoke many different feelings. Superb.
Cheers
Len


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Komrade K said 3689 days ago (October 16th, 2007)
Different feelings
Many thanks Len - perhaps the different emotions are embodied in the instruments and the way they're played here (the bright mando lines and the more reflective fiddle lines). Philosophically I believe we rarely experience a pure emotional state (certainly in adulthood...)

KK
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bowens said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Very Good
I really like this. I have played around with the mando a little bit too, but I'm not very good. This has inspired me to practice more.
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gail60 said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
simply beautiful
Sweet comfort. I really enjoyed this. Peaceful, simple, and beautiful! Thanks for the smile.
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Mcboy said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
very
nice indeed!
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slumbering said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Lovely...
You're amazing! This is pure loveliness.
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Lizard*Whistle said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Clever and pretty
The mandolin is delicious but the fiddle is something else again! Such a soulful depth of expression you have in your playing.

I think you did right not to clutter it. The purity of all the elements shine through for themselves.

How do you get a fiddle to sound cello-ish?
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Komrade K said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
'Cello
How did the fiddle sound cello-ish? Partly just playing lower notes, a bit of Eq and the fact that the strings are dirty and encrusted with violin rosin and it's about time I replaced them with new ones!

Thank you for your lovely and encouraging comments.

KK
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ktb said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
perfect
its one of those tracks thats immediately accesible and then grows from there. the all acoustic ensemble gives it a very intimate feeling. I think Paddler said it best, when he alluded to the fact it could go with any frame of mind or circumstance. Just a delight.
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said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
Soooo very fine...
delicate... melodic... uplifting... a lovely duet of mandolin and violin.

KK... wonderful composition and wonderful performance!
Dj French Toast said 3695 days ago (October 10th, 2007)
downloaded and will be
cherished and loved for years to come thanx for the new music and wonderful song
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bonnieprincejohnny said 3694 days ago (October 11th, 2007)
Revolution by day.
A forest lit by faint moonlight a golden moth floats on lily pad in a little pool. From far away come sounds of a battle, soft thud of shell then silence followed by a cry -' Cut that fucking racket - some of us are trying to get a kip.'
Kinda ruined that wee story. This tune is fab. Great fiddle lines and a quality listen. I'm vaguely interested in what was in your mind's eye when you heard it KK. Be lucky.
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Estella said 3693 days ago (October 12th, 2007)
Beautiful
can't wait to hear your other stuff (however melancholy that may be)
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davisamerica said 3693 days ago (October 12th, 2007)
u know
was stuck in a 3 hour traffick jam today...came in and found this gem. thanks for making my day so much better. wonderful tune
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Komrade K said 3692 days ago (October 13th, 2007)
You have my sympathies
I know 3 hour traffic jams well - I used to travel to work on a road joking known in the UK as the world's biggest car park (I think you get the gist!) Very glad that I've managed to contribute something positive to your day.

KK
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jiguma said 3693 days ago (October 12th, 2007)
Lovely piece Martyn
Great playing - especially like the fiddle. Both instruments really nicely recorded. Is this the acoustic or electric fiddle? Sounds rich and warm, so I'm guessing acoustic. Very relaxing, positive vibe - which will make up for the vibe on my next post :)
Like it a lot Martyn.
Cheers,
Neil

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Komrade K said 3692 days ago (October 13th, 2007)
Acoustic
You're absolutely right Neil, it's the acoustic fiddle. Look forward to your next post - the next one I'm working on definitely ain't going to be light and fluffy either!

KK
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said 3691 days ago (October 14th, 2007)
Ah!
It's nice to come back and listen again to your lovely playing.
This song make me feel like I want to move forward (it make me strong) and do a very important thing in my life.
Thx for sharing my friend.
I enjoy! this song very much.

Take care
---
Kenta
Ed Hannifin said 3691 days ago (October 14th, 2007)
This is just exactly...
...what I wanted to hear just now...

It's so completely alive...

I really hear the Penguin Cafe Orchestra influence...except you tuned your instruments...heh, heh...

I love the 'rough tightness' of this... the mandolin and fiddle alternations are different, but combine to catch the ear and satisfy the restless mind...

Wish I'd caught this one sooner... Straight to the iPod she goes...

Ed
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Komrade K said 3683 days ago (October 22nd, 2007)
Tuning
That's why I couldn't get that authentic PCO sound!

KK
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peacepiano said 3690 days ago (October 15th, 2007)
Melodic
Lovely melody. Nice little part for the violin rounds it out well. I like things simple, so I can't imagine what the other parts would have been, this sound very good to me.

Thanks
Bill
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Ibstrat said 3680 days ago (October 25th, 2007)
Simply
beautiful.Don't know how I missed your music before-this is wonderful.That should be a movie sound track for sure.Makes me think of hiking in the woods with my daughter.
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Komrade K said 3677 days ago (October 28th, 2007)
Thank you very much
Glad it brought to mind such pleasing thoughts - it has to be said that I'm usually a little more melancholy.

KK
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guitapick said 3667 days ago (November 7th, 2007)
Sorry...
...I'm so late to this...

As pretty as the sunrise from anyplace you'd want to be...I love both instruments and you play them beautifully...
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Komrade K said 3666 days ago (November 8th, 2007)
Always enjoy having later comments...
...as I think it's good that a track still has some life on MJ after its first 7 days. Glad you liked it.

KK
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K.I.S.KISMET said 3666 days ago (November 8th, 2007)
warm
and optimistic..your music always lends itself to stories to be told:) timeless and beautiful!

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Komrade K said 3666 days ago (November 8th, 2007)
You're very kind...
...lovely comment, I'm flattered! There's often an emotional charge to much of my music which just comes out and surprises me (because I've always seen myself as a bit cool and laid back). I guess it's a kind of summation of the thoughts, memories and dreams which are in my mind as the music emerges.

KK
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damiengh said 3663 days ago (November 11th, 2007)
Made my
...Sunday morning. This is a gem. Perfect with my morning cup of coffee.

Didn't want it to end.
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Komrade K said 3662 days ago (November 12th, 2007)
Thank you
Several cups of coffee went into the making of this track!

KK
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mandolinquent said 3648 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
Cor...
This is so beautiful... it has a lovely miniature simplicity to it. I like the way it creates its own little world and stays within that - in the way Penguin Cafe pieces did. It's curiously filmic too. What a wonderful discovery.
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Komrade K said 3648 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
Cor!
Thanks Mando! Funny you should say it has a filmic quality, 'er indoors is always saying that about my instrumental pieces.

KK
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renecalvo said 3574 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
elegant
Nicely done. Made me want to get to work. ... inspiring
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SJB said 3450 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
revolution
One of the sweetest sounds I%u2019ve heard. Having listened to Darkwater Side I was expecting some great fiddle but the double mandolin tracks hit the mark too. Apologies if you actually played the mandolin parts in one go %u2013 you must be some mandolin player! I really like the bit where the mandolins fade out for a short while and make a nice space for a few fiddle notes.
Cheers
Steve

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Komrade K said 3443 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
Hey!
If I could play the mandolin parts in one hit I'd definitely be a pro! Thanks for yer comments and checking out another of me tunes.

KK
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