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Bass-Box


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VicDiesel

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I haven't written anything in months, so this is just an attempt to get going again.

This track uses a bass guitar, 4 bass recorders, and a bass viol, as well as my cajon. The piano and guitar are software.
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Uploaded: Nov 23, 2007 - 03:47:04 PM
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2007 - 03:50:12 PM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 06:28:30 PM
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composerclark said 3651 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
Great track.
I really like this... it's very cool. You build up the groove really well, and your non-standard instrument choices create a wonderfully different soundscape. Very nice.

Only two suggestions i have are (1) consider a sparser approach to your bass viol line -- it enters with nice subtlety, but then kind of takes over -- and (2) it seems to me like it could be a lot longer!

I am curious about your cajon sound... is it processed in some way? The cajon that I am more used to from my flamenco days is a big wooden box that you sit on and slap with the hands (rather like the box in the picture above), but yours has a kind of techno quality.

Anyway, really good track, and I hope you will post more!
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VicDiesel said 3651 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
Cajon
Clark,

Thanks for commenting. I checked my Logic file, and the cajon has just a little EQ over it, plus the PSP VintageWarmer, which gives the sound a bit more grit.

I'll try doing a longer version of this. In fact, I was improvising for quite a while, but in a loop, and I used the best take. I should have just strung them all together....
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gail60 said 3651 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
enjoyed
I liked this piece. Jazzy and light. Really comfortable. Great job.
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dajama said 3651 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
Nice
Smooth vibe. I like the sounds. The bass sounds very nice, and that's a terrific percussion sound. Have to admit I'd never heard of a cajon, but I'm very impressed by the sound. Nice work. Peace.
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VicDiesel said 3651 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
Cajon
David, as you may have seen in Clark's comment, a Cajon is a big box that you sit on, and you slap the front panel with your hands. Hit it in the middle and you get a boom, hit it higher up and you get a snare-like sound. It's originally a flamengo instrument, but you can use it for other genres too. My percussion teacher sometimes uses it as a substitute for a full drum kit if he plays in small clubs.


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lengold said 3651 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
I agree
that this could be a lot longer. A lovely sound scape that really grooves. Lovely mellow sounding instruments. Very enjoyable and different.
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Feter said 3651 days ago (November 23rd, 2007)
Bass-Box
Outstanding ..and Excellent craft and imagenary
the viol is just blow me away .wo man this is
just a great comeback track .a true master piece
keep 'em comin Vic !! thnx for sharin !!!!!!
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perceptualvortex said 3650 days ago (November 24th, 2007)
Great stuff
The bass viol is what stands out to me; I love the melodic journey it takes. And the cajon sounds great--the perfect percussive accompaniment for the rest of the music. Very enjoyable and original. Seems like it should be something besides "other", but I don't know what exactly.
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bud said 3650 days ago (November 24th, 2007)
Just enough to get my feet wet
but I wanna dive in and float down stream. Very intriguing arrangement. I like the instrument choices. Your cajon has a nice snare sound. What make and model is it? Or is it homemade?
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VicDiesel said 3650 days ago (November 24th, 2007)
That cajon
Hey Bud,
my cajon is a Meinl, bought at Guitar Center for about a 150 bucks. It's nothing special but it sounds good, and I enjoy jamming away on it. The sound here is slightly flattered by some processing (little bit EQ and compression), but it has a good snare sound as it is.


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said 3649 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
smooth
nuff said!
Allen
said 3649 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Slick tune
Almost has a Latin feel to it. Perfect accompaniment for sitting at the beach and listening to the waves, wind and gulls.

Enjoyable!

. - Harold
davisamerica said 3649 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
right then mr. v
only nit is it could have been longer for me cos i am really impressed also with instruments used. the sound is great. hats off!
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drakonis said 3649 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Viva El Cajon!
Nice slinky jazzy piece... fretless bass? Sweet bass violin meandering. The snare-like percussion (is that the cajon?) is a little loud and thin in the mix, I might back it off a bit. I always like your recorder work, they sound great here. And the photo is terribly distracting :-) The hair looks quite familiar...
ttfn,
Drakonis
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VicDiesel said 3649 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Slinky
thanks for commenting, Eduard. The percussion is indeed the cajon (box drum). I'll give another listen to the balance.

The picture is just some stock photo. It's pure coincidence that it features several elements that are important in my life.

Oh, and yes, I have a fretless bass. A rather nice semi-acoustic Godin. I don't use it enough.

One of the surprises of this track to me was that the bass recorders did not come out sounding bass-y at all. In fact they are squarely mid range. Of course, a recorder only sounds low in the context of other recorders. It's actually a fairly high instrument.


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damiengh said 3649 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
More
This sounds great. Love the sounds and the groove, but damn, your just getting our tastebuds moistened. Sounds like the intro of big things to come.

Looking forward to more.

Good to get back in the game eh?
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John Stebbe said 3649 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Different
Well, I can safely say this is the first MJ track I've heard which uses bass recorders. Not to mention bass viol.

I like the forward momentum this track creates. Sounds like good 'riding on a train' music.

Never heard of a cajon, but I just read your description of it. A very useful box! And it sounds great on this track.
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Ibstrat said 3648 days ago (November 25th, 2007)
Very nice
instrument combo.I saw Paco de Lucia earlier this year-he had an amazing cajon player.Your playing sounds great.. it really is a cool sounding percussion instrument.Very original.I like it!
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Hectorious said 3647 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
This is
Cool and creative. Nice job my friend. Love the pic to where did ya find it?
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VicDiesel said 3647 days ago (November 26th, 2007)
From one bottom feeder to another....
Thanks for the kind words.

I get the art work for my tracks on a site called istockphoto. Dot com. Costs only a few bucks a picture, and it's good quality stuff.


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michael2 said 3647 days ago (November 27th, 2007)
this
is quite the comeback piece. loving the instrumentation, you really got an amazing sound.you should definitely make this a little longer.
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DWL said 3645 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Cool stuff
and interesting instrumentation.

Great groove, just wish it was longer.

Cheers

Dick
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guitapick said 3637 days ago (December 7th, 2007)
Most Importantly:
Who's holding the bass...sign her up for my band (if I still had one).

Really fine collection of sounds, Vic. Love the bass viol...cool tune...


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Heightened said 3616 days ago (December 28th, 2007)
This
is really a great piece. Love to have this one on my profile!
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said 3497 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Great!
Excellent on all levels. This is a great piece and nicely done. I appreciate your work here... This is stunning!

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guygrooves said 3488 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Very cool....
I like this one a lot, but it ends to abruptly. My guess is you wanted to leave us wanting more.... it worked.
You music is truly refreshing. I like musicians who think outside the box and push the envelope. You certainly fit that category. I am a fan now.
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VicDiesel said 3488 days ago (May 4th, 2008)
Thanks man!
I write music to please myself, but I won't deny that I don't mind it if other people get a kick out of it too.

Btw, this track had to stay under 2 minutes since it was for a competition. I've been meaning to make a longer version.


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DonStevens said 2883 days ago (December 30th, 2009)
BB
I have to admit the photo above got my attention, first; but was then pulled in by the beat, horns, bass, and strings. Nice.
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MannequinRaces said 2550 days ago (November 27th, 2010)
Yes!
Oh that cajon is cool! Very nice! Love the bass viol as well!
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In past lives, VicDiesel was a country fiddler, a shawm player at the Burgundy court, bellows pumper for JS Bach, Geoff Emerick's factotum, and a beggar playing drums in the streets of Calcutta for alms. Unusually, the memories of all that co... [see more]

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