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Summer Nocturne (feat. awigze)


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richard13

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GrooveMaker Series


GrooveMaker is an iOS app which allows you to arrange a variety of samples (loops) in a variety of ways, usually within a genre. After trying the free app I sprang for the Reggae version, mon, and finally got a chance to put it through its paces earlier this year while I was away from the computer.

Like many of these apps, they are somewhat limited and limiting. I put together a dozen or so tracks using the app but I treated them as sketches for something better. Several I thought might benefit from further work so I imported the relevant samples into Garageband, remixed, added effects, EQing, etc. Just before Halloween this year I posted Omniphobia, in which I read a poem over a backer made with GrooveMaker. I have a couple of other pieces I'll put up in the new year.

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"Summer Nocturne" from the beginning sounded to me kind of sultry, like a hot, humid night where the sheets are damp, the streets and sidewalks are crowded in a frenetic kind of dance, and the night sounds have rhythms and harmonies all their own. But the tune wasn't complete: it had the groove but it didn't sing. I fancied that some smokey, sensuous sax might be nice and sent AndySax (awigze) a copy. Happily, he agreed and shortly after (when his house was otherwise empty) he was able to saxify my little backer into the sweet, sultry piece of sophisticated mood music it is now. I hope you all agree.

Thank you Andy: you made it sing.

A Miami skyline stands in for anytown on a hot summer night. Full of throbbing rhythms and hormonal wails this might give your sub-woofers a dance ;-)

******

UPDATE
As is pointed out below by billykirsh and Henke, this version has some hiss or noise which can be heard between the bass notes at the beginning, and if your ears are really good, elsewhere in the tune. I have isolated several tracks recorded from GrooveMaker which seem to carry the hiss and have eq'd them so the whole thing sounds better. I can't disable downloading here and I don't wish to repost (it's not THAT bad, imho ;-) so, if you'd like a copy of the revised version, send me a PM. Sorry for the hassle.
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Song Stats
Hits: 2578
Comments: 47
Fans: 25
Plays: 116
Downloads: 49
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Dec 01, 2011 - 06:50:00 AM
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2011 - 08:06:49 AM Last Played: Mar 24, 2017 - 12:29:26 PM
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Hardware:
iPod, iMac, Andy's tenor and alto saxes
Software:
GrooveMaker Reggae, Garageband, Audacity
Comments
tokai said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Rich
Reggae beats hold such an expression for me, this track provokes a hypnotic trance state. The sax really brings this track to the foreground, a great song.
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Thanks Steve
Andy sure can blow. He did a great job on your track/s too. Thanks for listening and the good words.
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gadzooks said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Summer Nocturne
Groove is written all over this ... I feel the heat ... I smell the smoke !
SG
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Smoke?
Thanks Stan, for feeling the heat. I made the groove but Andy supplied the heat (and a little smoke).
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Skean said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Yep
I agree, you and Andy did great on this, sweet piece for sure, cheers
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Sweet is good
Thank you Kenta. Glad you like.
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drakonis said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
reggaeliscious
Funny, Reggae is not my usual fare, but I think it is more because of the instrumentation than the rhythms... so having your very cool synthy backing groove, coupled with Andy's well-placed wails, this is definitely divine. This is beautifully put together, and very well mixed, but most of all, it sings.
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Well-placed wails
referred to above as hormonal wails ;-) It's probably not nice of me to refer to them as wails, cause he's responsible for making it sing. Thanks Eduard, for the visit and the nice compliments. Divine?
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magnatone said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Summer Nocturne
oh wow, this is VERY VERY cool!! instant D/L - this is an iPod keeper - thanks guys!
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
VERY VERY !
I think you might be enjoying this next time you're on one of your extended bike rides. Thanks Karen.
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Demeter7 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Saxillicious!
Wonderful collab. Thanks.
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Speaking of wails...
how are your cats? Did you find the missing one?
Looking forward to our collab.
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billykirsch said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Richard & Andy
Love this. You got the right feeling when visualizing a sax over that reggae base. And, boy, Andy's sax delivers big time.
Seems to be a really nice app to keep the musical juices flowing. Are you going for the lo-fi approach in the whole series?

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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Andy sure did
deliver big time. Thanks for the visit Billy: your latest is very cool.

Uh ... yes, maybe ;-) I don't know.
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ShadowofNine said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Summer Nocturne
Fabulous back beat for Andy to spread his wings on, it funks and it twirles in a jazzy way...Bravo to yu both
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Glad you like it Dave
Spread his wings he did.
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MarkHolbrook said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Me
Likey this much! Reggie down dudes!
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richard13 said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Me
likey too Mark. So happy that you do. Thanks.
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Sigmund said 2087 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Summer Nocturne
Intro on this piece is very cool - the kind of intro that actually takes a few reps to figure out the rhythm. From there it just continues to move and groove - Andy's sax is as good as it gets - the perfect amount of sultry. Very cool - I liked this! Thanks for posting!
Sig
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richard13 said 2086 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Well, thanks for the visit
and for saying nice things. Andy's sax is indeed as good as it gets, and we are happy to share this little bonbon with everyone.
Cheers.
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Henke said 2086 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
The heat is on
Still, the groove is very cool and the sax devine. Thanks!

Take care,
Henke

(P.S. The version I got sounds as if recorded from the LP album, quite a lot of noise. Is that just my equipment or intentional, or where does it come from? Would have been nice to hear a clean version, if possible.)
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richard13 said 2086 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Hot, cool and divine!
Thanks Henke.

I downloaded a copy from MJ but it sounded ok to me. I couldn't hear any noise (that isn't supposed to be there) but maybe billykirsh got a bad copy too. Is that a possibility? I'd appreciate it if you'd try again and let me know.
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billykirsch said 2086 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Hiss
Still hearing the background noise. It's like tape hiss, only louder. Another computer, another set of headphones, proper audio interface. It goes up when the bass stops. Like if there were some kind of compressor or automatic volume control. I wonder if it has something to do with how you recorded from the ipod/pad.
I thought it was deliberate, that's why my previous question (as you guessed)...
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lavalamp said 2086 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Sax
Andy, I'm sorry for ever saying that I didn't like the sax much. You keep on proving me wrong. Great sounds guys. Nice!

LL
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richard13 said 2086 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Nice apology
So does this mean you DO like the sax much? Me too. Thanks for dropping by Dave, and being proved wrong, again ;-)
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Jarvoid said 2086 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Got a Stranglers
vibe ,,,which is great...and a sultry saxophone just completes the picture....great stuff...hot sweltery summer night ....

Jarvo
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richard13 said 2085 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Hey Chris
Unfortunately, you'll have to wait six months or move to the antipodes if you want the full effect of the music on a hot, sweltery summer night, but we're glad you like it.
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awigze said 2086 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Richard
I always dig our collaborations. You are easy to work with and that is a major plus is squeezing out a tune for you. Many thanks
This is pretty cool tune. You call, I'll haul!
A
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richard13 said 2085 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Andy's in the house
as your friend Daug would say. And, as MJK sings in his latest, You're the Top. I'm trying to clean up some noise I left in the mix but your additions really make this piece work. Thank you again, a thousand times.
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DWL said 2085 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Groovy!
Lovely feel and the sax works so well on this.

Nice one!

Cheers

Dick
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richard13 said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Groovy
In both senses, right Dick? And since Henke thinks it sounds a bit like an LP, maybe three.

Cheers, yourself.
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musichead said 2085 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
nice
Very nice. Grooves !! Nice sax job!!
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richard13 said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Thanks
and thanks for Andy too.
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Doug Somers said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
sultry
Centretown, big city, late - lots of neon and bright lights.

I love how you brought Andy's sax into the LR pans and let it rip over the beats. The reggae works well, which makes for a fresh combination I wouldn't have thought of.

Cool track Richard,
Doug
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richard13 said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
oh yeah!
Thanks Doug but I can't take credit for the panned saxes: Andy was beside himself the day he recorded his takes ;-)
Actually, Andy sent me three tracks, tenor and two alto, centre, left and right, and was quite careful with me during the mix, in an offhand way. Not only is he saxy, he's a nice guy to work with.
Glad you like it bro.
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crissew said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Interesting
Kind of a fusion between dance, jazz and lounge music. Cool syncopation. Nice work!
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richard13 said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Yes, a fusion
and difficult to pick a genre for. Thanks for checking it out.
Cheers
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Llarion said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Yea, mon!
Dis be jommin'! Wonderful groove choices, and Andy really does make it yearn, what a scorching horn performance!!
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richard13 said 2084 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
A real scorcher mon
Andy does indeed make it yearn. Glad you liked it.
Thanks from both of us.
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PaulaMunk said 2083 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
You are making
great stuff. I'm glad you tweaked it. It sounded okay to me. Thanks.
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Philip18 said 2083 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Summer
Sultry sax in a warm bed of sound! Much enjoyed.
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alackbass said 2082 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Summer Nocturne (feat. awigze)
It's amazing what can be done with an iPhone app and Andy's impressive sax chops! Great collab gents!
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Narad said 2081 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
Summer Nocturne
Perfect summer nocturne ! A pretty unconcerned walk under stars and neon signs. :)
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rok41 said 2081 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
Summer Nocturn
Groove with Sax on top...delicious!
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DJShadowkat said 2074 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
This is really groovy!
I really like this one. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one to experiment with using iOS Apps to make music.

Great job!! Both of you!

Peace, Always!

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bud said 2054 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
This is sweet
dubstep fun with Andy - what could be better? I really need to stop by here more often.
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awigze said 937 days ago (January 23rd, 2015)
hey Richard
lets do some more.... you out there?
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