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Concerto for Macjams (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-1/2 Movements)


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This has been MANY years in the making (as you can tell from listening). I was going to write 35 paragraphs about all that went into the making of this masterpiece, but figured it's what's up front that counts. Hopefully, I'll actually do something good next time but hell, look, I only just now figured out how to work this MIDI business* so this messterpiece will have to work for now! I liken this paean to an Elvis movie--something for everybody: a little dance, a little comedy, a little action, a little drama, a little music, a little romance. None of it well done, but a little for everybody.

Thanks for listening (and Salitaire, I put in something near the end for pop--it's Father's Day after all, and I'm sure he might be able to recognize "If I Had You" if it's not too mangled!)

Michael

* Any of you guys know how come when I worked the MIDI from the keyboard to my DAW (Acid Studio), I only got the piano channel but not the strings that were part of the "piano/string" setting I used originally on the keyboard? It sounded almost good that way but it didn't take! It would also be neat to figure out how to use the original "piano" sound that went into the MIDI--is that just a guesswork thing? Thanks for any advice! Michael
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Uploaded: Jun 19, 2011 - 07:23:09 AM
Last Updated: Sep 07, 2011 - 03:46:15 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 11:10:01 PM
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RAVENS said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Improvilicious
Oh my goodness, I have to start calling you fast-finger Freddy! I love the 2:12 mark, it's so groovy. Then the 3:44 mark and 4:11 are awesome. 4:46 is my fave, wow that is crazy, so cool. I love this, for your first recording with your new keyboard, this is truly fabulous, whew. You da bestest!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Impsie!
Yeah, I figured if I just kept fooking around with things I'd find come up with at least one somebody liked (this is called the kamikaze, no-nonsense approach to music). Well yanno, now that I'm ironing out bugs here and there, ya know what I'm going to do? I'm going to record an arrangement to sing too (actually, I'm working on that now). It will be like what some here call a karaoke track but it will still be a karaoke track only with me creating it and singing on it! Hooray! Take it easy dere Impsie--oh good heavens child, get some sleep! Moe Baby
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magnatone said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
FIRSTIES
MJK!!! well, you're messing around, but it's so danged clear you have piano chops to DIE FOR!! you, with a keyboard to record just makes me so PSYCHED! ooh, i love the .35 section of this wild concerto! geez, your skill is incredible!! did you record this straight through at one sitting? love that RAGTIME!!!
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magnatone said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
sigh
NOT firsties :(
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michaeljayklein said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Hi Karen
Well, actually, now that you ask! This is just a bunch of doodling around, something to record into the MIDI program; I promise next time I'll pay more attention to where the finger are flopping around! You are much too kind (and yes, stride piano and boogie are my favorite styles to play in so happy you enjoyed that little bit I tossed into this pot!) Take care now and the coming week is a good one for ya! Michael
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lavalamp said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
3rd
Show off lol. Great stuff my friend.

LL
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michaeljayklein said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Lampie...
you are too kind--this is just a test run, but thanks very much!
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alackbass said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Concerto for Macjams
Awesome piece! So much wonderful genre mixing.

If I'm understanding your question the piano/string sound you wanted was generated by the keyboard. But acid recorded the midi data and then used a midi piano sound from Acid.

If you want the sound from the keyboard I think you need to record it as audio. Run an audio (1/4 inch) cable from the keyboard to the instrument input on your interface.

To do it via midi connect the keyboard to the computer via midi and select a piano/string patch from the menu of instruments in Acid.

So now can we PM you to contribute piano tracks to our collabs?
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michaeljayklein said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Thanks Andrew!
Thanks for the suggestions! I think there actually was a "piano/string" combo in the line up of MIDI sounds but I done rushed! As to recording the sound directly to the PC, I would run the audio cable from the keyboard to the PC then? Where I would I plug that end into? You see, I'm a knuckle head at this stuff--I kind of know the principles and what to do, but don't know exactly how to do it!

And yes! I would certainly be very happy adding some piano on any collaboration that might come my way--you take care now! Michael
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drakonis said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
RippinROFL
That was a really really bad thing to listen to first thing in the morning! I wound up with a mouth full of hairballs, Michael, do take care next time and put on a warning label!

I actually was rolling on the floor laughing with my jaw agape at the raw virtuosity shown here (thus the collection of dust bunnies, blech). I think I may have to start referring to you as Saint Saens. Holy cow that was a fun romp, I loved the genre-jumping jet fighter approach here, gave me a great overview of your skills, again.

Thanks for that! What a treat. Now to go wash out my mouth, pewie.
ttfn,
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michaeljayklein said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Drak
Hey, I'm glad you take me serious! Sheesh, so many hits in so little time-could be related more to backlash than any serious music lovers investigating this thing--HAS to be! You can call me Saint Saens or call me Saint Louis, collect. Thanks again Eduardo--you take care now! Michael
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dave_b said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Concerto for Macjams
Very impressive piano chops! You haven't been emphasizing piano in your posts lately but I do remember your first MJ posts, so it's not entirely a surprise. If they ever bring back silent movies you could be the piano guy.
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michaeljayklein said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Oooh no!
I just realized, in my stupor, that I unveiled the full-length version of this deal! I had a nice 3 minute compact size I edited up, but picked the wrong file to download. Oh you poor souls! Thanks kindly Dave--I would have loved doing that for a living! You take care now and have a great week, Michael
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awigze said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Elements
This is great Michael. I am so glad to know you. Your character really shines through on this. I could imagine sitting in a theater watching a flick and seeing you onstage.
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SISTERS said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
favorite spots
:44
1:05
1:14
1:30!
1:59
2:12!
6:36
8:09
really enjoyed the mix!
anne


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Relic67 said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
a handful of keys
a great sampling of your piano chops which are impressive indeed!
me, I especially liked the part around 4:20 or so.

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neilh79 said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Concerto for Macjams
hahahahaha!!!!!!!! I have no idea what just happened but this is gold. You are just messing about but your chops are there for all to see. I love the way it moves about and you really are jamming. I like this a lot, this is putting fun into music well done my friend
egobandit said 2137 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Dig the transitions
This is quite the epic almost like watching a silent movie, the funky blues playing was my favorite, man you got the chops allright, as far as your midi Acid studio trouble Im afraid I cant help you don't know that program! Downloaded for future entertainment! Tops as always!
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Keedee said 2136 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Yay You!!!!
I know a wee bit about what you went through to crank this masterpiece out and I'm sooo proud of you....and HAPPY to be on the receiving end!! Your fantastic fingerwork boggles my mind!! You're so Talented, Moe!! I loved my listen!

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H3nry said 2136 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
WoooHooo!
Well, I see you got the keyboard and the computer half-connected. Haven't heard such a pianistic smorgasbord since Victor Borge. You got some chops, and I'm looking forward to hearing something serious. Just take any of those pieces you fiddled around with and play it straight.

Lovin' those bits o' boogie...
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Moviz said 2136 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Michael..
you've been hiding your light under a bushel (bushel?.... yeah, I think that's where it was)..... but now another of your talents shines forth.... I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful collection/ medley of songs and what's more, you can even transmit your effervescent comedy through the piano as well as through your vocals..... you really had me chuckling..... you're class act indeed. Loved it, regards M
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Symphony101 said 2136 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
I quit !
Sorry for the word Michael but you're AMAZING !!!!!!

And thinking that I played keys on the same song where you sung .... my Goodness ....
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composerclark said 2136 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
A heartbreaking masterpiece of staggering genius...
I only wish I could watch the silent film that goes with this musical masterpiece... Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, anyone?

Impressive piano chops! What fun!
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CC_Connection said 2136 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I love this very much. I do not noticed you play the piano so beautiful as singing. I can still dance to this to.

XOXO,
CC
Jarvoid said 2136 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Now I think that I can help you with this....
but I won't.

Arf ,if you selected strings on your keyboard and played into a midi program you need to ensure that the track that you are recording onto is also assigned a similar patch...midi is a pain sometimes because (as Andrew said) it does not record as an audio track but just the "shell" of the signal that goes in ...I had a similar problem in Cubase and used to chew the frigging carpet in frustration 'til I found out wwhat was occurring....so to recap.....select a midi track to record on,assign the track the sound or "patch" (sheesh,computer nerds,why do they have to make up stupid names for things ?) that you wish...beware sometimes these are just numbers so you may need the book of words or the help file.....I hope I have not taught you to suck eggs or thrown your grandmother under a broken down fire engine (?)....and bollocks I have just read the question again...simple answer is that you can only record one patch at a time onto the one track....unless you audio it like Andrew said........( sound of shot in the wings )







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sewer rod said 2135 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Wow
Awesome! I think your playing on this is terrific! You should hear me try to play the piano.....lol.....wait, no, you shouldn't.
There was definitely something for everyone, and it was all good and fun.
Thanks very much
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gadzooks said 2135 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Concerto for Macjams
Michael ... you are a very talented man ... you sure have the chops. It actually sounds like you just had a whole lot of fun doing this. Love it when you break into the boogie woogie ... but then your all over the map with styles. You laugh, you cry, man they would have loved you during the silent movie era! I love your playing!!!
SG
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Narad said 2135 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Concerto for Macjams
gadzooks analysis for this music is as outstanding as your music !
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davisamerica said 2134 days ago (June 22nd, 2011)
too
much fun...man i love that boogie woogie piano in there... then you get all velvety bluesy .. and Gershwin after double shots...Michael I am digging this one... a lot!
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finkeldink said 2133 days ago (June 22nd, 2011)
Bravo!!!
I listened to the whole thing! It is entertaining throught.
You are really something MJK!
Parts of this sounded like a Tom and Jerry cartoon soundtrack and some others were just simply masterful. Yet the entire piece fit together as one, not just as random bits.

Impressive sir!!!



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ramonaji said 2132 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
Senor Klein
I'm super impressed! This is amazing playing... just amazin!
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airportseven said 2132 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
What a cool departure from your dulcet
toned vocals. This is great. Had no idea you were up to this kind of shenanigans. I laughed - I cried - I bit my lip.

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michaeljayklein said 2131 days ago (June 25th, 2011)
Thanks Bud!

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FEEL said 2131 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
Fantastic
This is really cool and carry's me through an era, mostly before my time, I think... I hope. You're loaded with style. There's a lot to remember here... Mr. Juke. You should do movies. Thanks for sharing.

I like the pic too.
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michaeljayklein said 2131 days ago (June 25th, 2011)
Are you sure about that?!!
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Ibstrat said 2131 days ago (June 25th, 2011)
This
is just incredibly good, I love your playing- all my favorite jazz pianists rolled into one with a little Victor Borge thrown in! Amazing
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Henke said 2131 days ago (June 25th, 2011)
Thanks
What they all said! Great!

Take care,
Henke
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PeterB7858 said 2129 days ago (June 27th, 2011)
A riot!
Hi MJK. Just trying to do some catchup listening - still in hospital :-( - but this just blew me away. I never knew you had other strings to your musical bow (when it seems in fact you have a whole quiver)! This is a raucous, riot of a combination that had me wanting the fortune cookies and the shrimp sauce as well. I enjoyed every minute. Take care. Peter.
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fathom said 2112 days ago (July 14th, 2011)
They
don't write music like this anymore - and it's too bad they don't.
What a fun cornucopia of joy.

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Warren Smith said 2112 days ago (July 14th, 2011)
Just a thought … or two ….
Nice, but a little long, perhaps it could be edited down a bit, say to about three minutes?

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michaeljayklein said 2111 days ago (July 14th, 2011)
Thanks Warren
As always. As mentioned to someone here some place, I accidentally uploaded this by accident--you are actually hearing some things twice, but it was too late to yank.
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Briguy777 said 2023 days ago (October 11th, 2011)
I love this!
I feel like a stroll down an ole' Chicago boulevard! Sounds straight out of early 20th century. Fantastic job!
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