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Müller's Wheel


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TobinMueller

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This is the fifth installment in my 2010 collaboration with saxophonist Woody Mankowski. This is the shortest track, a 3 minute funk tune utilizing Woody's layered saxes, my layered keys/organ, and my placement of several horn samples and some MIDI work. It has a Tower of Power, Maceo Parker, Brecker Brothers feel. The name comes from both the derivation of my last name and the Muller's Wheel that is a genetic mutation evolution variation concept, and as this project kind of evolves from 1040s jazz thru bop into modern funk, I thought it would be a nice double entendre. I hope the umlaut doesn't goof up downloads. If you download this, let me know if it reads correctly in iTunes. Thanks.

It's astounding how Woody's hits are so precise on this and other tracks. He's such a joy to work with. Now, this is what the stuff we played at Le Bar Bat actually sounded like, when the full band pulled out all their axes.

The song art is a photo of myself wearing my Woodstock hat filtered through a cool new app I've been using on my iPad: PhotoTropedelic. It makes everything into a Peter Maxx type image, with a bunch a variables you can work with. Great fun. I thought this image looked like some of the 70s funk album covers, made me think of Sly Stone.

Hope you enjoy! And please check out the finalized CD on CDBaby: The Muller's Wheel.

Here are all the draft/demo tracks from The Muller's Wheel on MJ:

Seafood Gumbo Bop
Oasis On The Rocks
Saddle Shoe Sally
Lost In The West Village
The Müller's Wheel
Windowshade
Fusion of Minds
Struttin' Up Bourbon
River Runs Through Me
Forrest's Fire

Vocal variations of this series:
Seafood Gumbo w/ AngelaHope

If you haven't heard much of my jazz stuff, please check out all the draft mixes that ended up on the album RAIN BATHER. Maybe start with I Wanna Fly. Woody also plays on most of those songs.

Other songs featuring Woody Mankowski:
Pilgrim of the Return
Final Words
A Promise
Dreams III
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jiguma said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
As good as the rest of your recent posts Tobin!
Just amazingly classy playing all 'round. A joy to the ears.
Cheers from Oz!
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
all 'round
Thanks. I think one of the greatest tracks of all time is Will It Go Round In Circles by Paul Weller from his fab album Small World Big Band. Whenever I think I've achieved something that grooves, I play that and am humbled. But the whole round/circle thing in that titles was also behind the title I chose for this tune, a sort of very veiled homage.
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Einarus said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Nothing but...
...purely professional funkiness oozing from this.

Love it!

-Einar S.
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
funkiness
Thanks. This groove sits in the mainstream of big band funk, but the soloing adds a hard jazz edge that makes it shift toward the modern side. Wait til you here the final track of the project, tho, it goes even farther...

I'm having a good time with this project, for sure.
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Bubowski said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Bring on da FUNK
Got my glitter heals on and my huge sunglasses. A pure class track.
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Glitter
Actually, I wear sunglasses like that while driving. They embarrass Suzanne, so I can't help myself. The glittery heals, tho, are hers...!
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SISTERS said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
sooooo good
 WHAT A JOY TO THE EAR!
this perks like an old fashioned coffee pot, but nothing old fashioned about the sizzling funky flavor you brew.
your solo at 1:45 was the bee's knees - and that glorious horn stabbing and slicing through it all is heavenly.
this is a pure and professional POW!
anne


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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
The bee's knees
Compared to Woody's blow out monster chops soloing, I do feel like little bee's knees playing in his shadow. I prefer to created the keys groove and stab with my organ with accents that bring out his genius to competing with him on a track like this. So I hope my solo, which you nicely commented on (thanks), at least complements his phrases and makes his re-entrance at 2:22 that much cooler. I'm glad you enjoyed it, for sure. Thank you.
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Cyanescens said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
The müller's wheel
Wow, very groovy... man that took my breath away! Very good! Oh and i like your picture hehe :-)
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Poster
Thanks for mentioning the album art! It makes me smile.
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hackneybloke said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
muller light
nice seventies funk groove. very well mixed and produced. haven't heard you sing tobin. do you sing? have you thought of yodelling over the top of this?
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
vocals
Yes, I used to sing. Lots of singing, directing singers, studio, touring, stage, fun. Health issues keeping me from singing currently. But check out most of my songs in my list (not jazz or solo piano) and you can hear me sing. Some of my favorite vocal endeavors posted here include songs # 35001, 35190, 7431, 27148, 35776, and the ending of 14947.
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smokey bacon jnr said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Nice funk, but where's the tune?
Nice chugging funk, but unlike Earth Wind and Fire etc there doesn't appear to be a tune in there, just a groove. Is this something you are planning to develop or am I missing the point? Very nicely produced though.
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Nothing more there
Nope, no vocals or melody. This is a sax solo funk groove tune, with a bridging organ solo in the middle. WHat you hear is all there is. Its part of a sax solo project. Makes sense in context, I hope.
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michael2 said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
wow
that is pretty intense. those horns are so powerful. and the organ is just so well played and tasty. i saw the comment about there being no "song" here, but I think this works just as intended, excellent job fellas.
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Horns
Thanks, Michael. Yeah, the trumpets are all MIDI but with Woody layering on his saxes, it sounds "real." I panned them each just a tad to create a nice section feel, I hope. I was surprised by the "where's the tune" comment too, but everyone comes at things from a different angle, different expectation. This is normal for instrumental funk, especially from the jazz side, but my EWF comment might have made expectations. Its just that I played with several of those guys in an instrumental setting, and this is how they played, as the horn section. I modeled it after them. Thanks for checking in. Hope you have a chance to catch all of the tracks in the series.
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michael2 said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
yup
"I was surprised by the "where's the tune" comment too, but everyone comes at things from a different angle, different expectation."

absolutely right. i will write lots of songs and people ask: "where's the bridge?" umm, didn't want one.
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tonestones said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Coolness
Excellent funk tune. Woody is amazing. Reminds me a bit of the Brecker Brothers (in my opinion one of the best all-time funk bands).
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TobinMueller said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Michael Brecker
Yes, thanks. Brecker is both our favorite player. Beyond cool, so inventive. He would nearly make me faint during his performances, stuff he'd do live would blow me away. The one I'm mixing now is even more Brecker. Thanks for checking in. I will add the BBs to my description...!
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thoddi said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
unnnnh
Get down!

I couldn't listen to this without immediately reaching for my guitar and jammin' along:) Of course there should be a simple classic funk guitar riff along here;)

Amazing cool funky beats, and ditto sax phrases.

You have an extremely cool way of handling those keys mr. Mueller. Super cool sounds and creative melody lines almost hiding inbetween the lines.

Loads of musical joy in this one. I really dig it! Thanks for the D/L:)
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TobinMueller said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Musical joy
Thanks. Actually, that's the essence of the whole project. Musical joy. And I like the way you heard melodies hiding between the lines. I never like playing scales or exercise sounding licks, but melodic ones. And I make my players do the same. Its too easy to fall back onto scales and scaled intervals. I'm glad you noticed the fragments of melodies in the licks.
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ktb said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
killer
jaw dropping funk. Tops to you and Woody. This is the stuff I love to hear on those rare occasions I get to see live music. The full band must have cooked.
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TobinMueller said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Cooked
...like squeeling lobsters! Thanks.
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perceptualvortex said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Horns
This is a funky little bit of business. Again, with you guys of course it's going to be great. The horns and organ are really, really cool, and the bubbly, funky rhythm section makes for the best kind of musical glue here. Gotta download this when I get home. Thanks for sharing, Tobin!
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Symphony101 said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
pro stuff
I don't know what to say, this is so professionally produced, and such an awesome music !
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
mullers
very very catchy and authentic piece of funk mayhem. its difficult to find a criticism. very well produced, full of intense energy. i suppose its maybe not quite a song but far far far more than a jam. with music like this its the feel that grabs you and throws you you about and this does just that. a nice slice of high class starsky & hutch (meant in the nicest way). excellent groove and playing all round. would have loved to hear a juicy guitar solo with mind blowing bends and anger. great stuff. cheers
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alackbass said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
The Müller's Wheel
As pro as anything I've heard at this sight. T.O.P. comes to MJ! Downloaded.
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saSHguitAR said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Damn good
Just damn good!
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sonnyjim said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
I have
nothing to add to the above comments; great job all around. Really looking forward to the next album now!


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I.G.M. said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Exactly my cup of tea!!
Congrats on a wonderful tune!
Would have LOVED to play a solo over such a funky tune.
Midi sounds are a bit cheesy here and there but I can imagine what it would sound like if it`s played live. GREAT!!!!
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TobinMueller said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Funky cheese
Your comment about the cheesiness of certain phrases made me smile. After studying several of what I recalled being my favorite funk tunes from the 70s, I couldn't believe how cheesy many of them sounded; in a good way, of course. It kind of added to their appeal. So I was going for an authentic sound and thought some of those phrases were too cheesy, too, but hoped they would be more a touchstone than a turn off. But I totally get what you mean. Thanks for enjoying the overall vibe. (Didn't I send files to you to play over? I was going to...)
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jdholliday said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Wow!
Woody Mankowski wails! Superb production, pro all the way, you're on a roll Tobin! Great backer, excellent funky jazzy big bandy classic groove! I love it!
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johnwhitehead said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Muller
Tasty slice of funk. Love the bari sax and the wah wah among all the other lovely layers.
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papag said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Time to do somethin funky!
This funk is the junk! This is smokin but dang...it ended too soon.

Solid all around. Fav'd and dl'd
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thetiler said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Such COOL funk
That would make Sanford and Son's Theme's composer grin with envy!

Wow!

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thetiler said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Have to say . . .
cool pic too !
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Doug Somers said 2565 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Funkmeister Muller and the Band
Energy to burn, lively and swinging with sense of timing that brings it all home in grand style. And yes, the mix and arrangement are terrific. But if anything comes through in this piece, and it comes through in spades, it is that you guys are having a ton of fun making this music. Your joy most infectious.

Thanks man,
Doug
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sloparts said 2564 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Get Funky with your own self now Tobin
Excellent musical craftsmanship on all the parts. And Woody is hitting all the mark as usual.

Great mix, nothing to say on this one but well done. Very cool Jazz Funk piece my friend.

Ed
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Bob6stringer said 2564 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
A tower of power!
Oh, bruddda, sounds like you got you a one-man Tower o' Power in Wooy--he blowin' it gooood. I'm shakin; tailfeathers I didn't know I had... like an old iPod TV ad! I missed the last couple, but I'll catch up. Wanna hear a good one? When I DL-ed this, I went to open the Mp3 and add your intro notes to it, and accidentally opened-up my old Romantic Warrior album, and saw -- or thourhg -- that Chick Corea was on keys here... and believed it for a minute there. Superchunky. You da man.
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fasteddie said 2564 days ago (September 14th, 2010)
Funktastic Tobin
WOW! This is really great.

I think this is my favorite so far out or your recent posts.

I really dig that disco guitar. Your bass player is my new inspiration.

Thanks for sharing this its really cool!
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AllenDean said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Can you share
Your recording setup for this song? I would love to know if this is logic,or GB, and are all the drums live? Also, little things like the guitar rig, bass setup, etc..
This is an extremely clean mix. How was it mixed, mastered, etc. For me, every song is an opportunity to learn something new about mixing, and every bit of info a student of music can get is information well learned.
Great post!
AD10
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tf10music said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Oh dammmnnnn
This might replace Chameleon on my funk playlist for a while...absolutely excellent, and the sax was killer.
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ted23 said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Funky fun
Busy but clean. very clever super mix.
Nice one
Doadars Uncle said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Nostalgic feel
Rich and funky!
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Kicbal said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Hotness
As a saxophonist, this tune resonates with me. Well done. I'm sure there was static electricity in the air when this was played live.
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Kicbal said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Works
This works just fine when downloaded to itunes.
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Ibstrat said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
This
is amazing- super funky... Miles would love this! Thanks for the great song!
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Reggie_Pole said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Who needs melody
when you got the funk chops? Yeah, that's just the thing. Couldn't ask for more.
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crazykeyman said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Yes!!!
This is the kind of music where you close your eyes and smile big! It made me want to be in this band. Love it so much that I'm afraid to play it my car for fear I would miss my destination entirely.
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RAVENS said 2564 days ago (September 15th, 2010)
Funky
Thanks for the heads-up, sometimes it takes me a while to catch up with songs & I wind up missing some.

This sounds awesome! Do you remember the show, "What's Happening"? That is the vision I am getting, especially when Rerun danced alongside the jukebox. Very funky, I'm diggin' this!

RAVEN ;-)
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2563 days ago (September 16th, 2010)
So tight!
Hard to believe that this isn't a whole band jamming in the studio. Love Woody's inventive and funky sax playing; he's a terrific collaborator for you, Tobin!
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kickliquid said 2563 days ago (September 16th, 2010)
Nice
It gives me a great Early Saturday Night Live/NYC in the 70's vibe.

Production is very professional.
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guitapick said 2563 days ago (September 16th, 2010)
All RIGHT!!!
Let's hear it for the Muller's Wheel that is a genetic mutation evolution variation concept!

You crazy, dude! Keep 'em comin'!!!


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paul f. page said 2562 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
You keep pushing the boundaries, Tobin.
Another absolutely excellent tune with all the panache of a couple pros pulling out all the stops and loving it all the way. Superb sax, of course, but your organ back-up and other do-dads add such an intricate accompaniment throughout AND I never get tired of listening to all that's going on in the background.
(And now a challenge: a ballad-like number with sax solo and keyboards that's down tempo and smooth...all as a complement —or maybe even compliment—to the rest of this funky music.) You guys sure can play!
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falcef said 2561 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
The Muller's Wheel
Salve hello from Italy. Good music good many compliments to the choice of musical instruments used in this song good. Rate and download my songs hello.
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Sigmund said 2561 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
Muller's Wheel
I think this is my favorite to date. Tight and groovy rhythm hold this together quite nicely. Mix sounds rich and full, both in phones and speakers. Woody can play!
Thanks for sharing -
Sig
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Vic Holman said 2561 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
wheel keeps on turning
man this goes around, around and around without slowing down.

cool sax's and keys. i really like the added horn section.
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Parichayaka said 2560 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
Outstanding
I could comment on all the participating musician's excellency in superlatives, but who am I and once you reach a certain standard as a musician, I assume that you just 'know':)
Unbelievable how many brilliant musical ideas it takes to create a bold powerhouse of a track like this, but when you hear it done so well, it's amazing.
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Ed Hannifin said 2560 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
I haven't been able....
...to get to your most recent posts, Tobin, but I got to this one, and it's great....

Great funk, plenty of fire, but also intelligence and sophistication... Kind of "no excuses" music... Very tight playing all around....

Ed
Silky5 said 2559 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Funky do be do
Quality sound and instrumentals. Choice instrumentation. Bet you had fab fun making this one. ;-)
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that80sboy said 2559 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
wow....
my listening headphones got a bit dusty.....well, they are not dusty anymore....glad i decided to do a bit of macjam surfing today....this is putting me in a better mood already!!
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egobandit said 2559 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
bangin
Don't know why but the start was like fishbone I was waiting for a ska groove to kick in but the jazz was even better! Tops and downloaded!
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ziti said 2559 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
MACEO!!!!
this is nasty nasty.
I suggest you all go to confession immediately cuz I know what you were thinking about when you played this....

Awesome...

z
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Confession
Love that comment. Thanks. The stuff that flashes (or lingers) through my mind is definitely a private matter...
You made me laugh with that one!
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sschedra said 2558 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Tobin
Well one hardly knows what to say anymore. the quality of production and musicianship is just without peer. However, other than Woody and yourself, who are these other guys? If they are virtual you are doing a hell of a job. Who is on guitar, bass and drums? I am assuming its you on keys. Top drawer.
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Virtual
I've noted on the other tracks of this project the players in the quartet. This large ensemble sound, however, is mainly laid in by me. All keyboard parts (I think are there at least 5 different keyboard instruments), drum loops and samples, guitar loops and samples, and bass line were played in using MIDI and my many plugins (see below). Woody doubled my horn hits with 3 layered sax lines and two solo lines. Thanks for your comments, ears, and appreciation.
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damiengh said 2556 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Spot on
Nice job on this one. You definitely got this genre covered.
Curious about the horn sampling, (what did you use? )

Another nice one from you Tobin. We got to do something together sometime.

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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Horn sampling
Thanks for your comments. Through the years, I've accumulated a dizzying array of plugins. I use MOTUs Symphonic Instrument samples with which I can control tone, reverb, attacks, and a bunch of other parameters. I use Garritan Jazz and Big Band plugins for the bari sax and horn hits that sound like real funk brass, but usually play in each instrument separately cuz I usually don't like the harmonics phasing of section samples; I can also control subtle panning that way to create my own sense of the ensemble size and placement. I also use Kontakt which enables me to fly in all sorts of samples.

The drums took a lot of time. They are a combination of loops and MIDI. Most of the loops have been altered in Live, changing downbeats and adding variations from multiple loops to add to the sense of real person variation. I spice the grooves and percussion hits with MIDI drums, being careful to match panning and reverb placements.

In my head, however, all these samples are real people. And, indeed they are/were. I'm just giving them new life. Unlike the tracks I've shared from this project up until now, this track is not just Woody and I as composers, but Woody and I as players, too.
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tokai said 2279 days ago (June 27th, 2011)
Ha looks like a galstonbury photo
Wow... I had this tape for years, that now i have lost, with songs like this on, i am so glad i can have this one. Pro in every way. Very cool music.
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