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Grave Robbing v1

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This music was updated and revised in an involved collaboration with Steve Stone. For the latest version, please see: Grave Robbing v2 (MJRF2010).

A collage of gear and thoughts and genres. Using some understated grooves created on my Korg Wavestation and turned into loops, I created a rambling tour of a grave site, complete with dashing ghosts and ethereal lights and rising souls. Guitar, GB synths & a Roland JZ-1080 supply the rest of the sounds. My favorite part comes at the end, when I play without meter and pile on synth after synth. I can never tell where a composition (or cemetery) will lead me. (Artwork: Liminal by Brian Froud.)
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Uploaded: Mar 29, 2004 - 01:32:54 PM
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2010 - 03:02:50 PM Last Played: Apr 23, 2019 - 09:29:16 PM
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Tons of layered synths, modules, plugins
fosod said 5533 days ago (March 29th, 2004)
Mr. Wizard in an Evil Mood
nur nur nur nur bur nur nur nur SMEOW! nur nur nur bur
nur nur nur nur SMEOW! SMEOW! nur nur ting tang
SMEOW! ting nur nur nur tang nur SMOEW!

I really light the crystal fairies of sci-fi paradise ending a
LOT! Great job, Tobin. Isao Tomita would be pleased.


---Kind regards,

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TobinMueller said 5198 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
Mr. Wizard in an Evil Mood
Thanks. Lots of electronic sounds into the mix. Your comments reminded me
of that short wise cat on Thundercats who spoke your language. This ending
is one of the favorites things I've ever done. Glad you lasted to the end!
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Suzanne said 5533 days ago (March 29th, 2004)
mind blowing
this is all great, but some of it is amazing. that beautiful section (belle waltz) toward the end mrohping into that giant end is one of the best things i have ever heard in my life. incrediblely mixed, crystakl clear production, fantastic playing. mind blowing.---morning girl
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macapa said 5533 days ago (March 29th, 2004)
Well, I'm glad you obliged! :-)

Very nice sounding piece. The mix is good. The variety of
the sounds is interesting. I had a good time listening to
this one. I'll keep it and listen to it regularly to get a better
feel for it.

This is good work, and I'm really interested in listening to
it's evolution. Thank you, Tobin!

(Btw, I wish it was easier/legal to post some copyrighted
songs. This one reminded me of two very different pieces
that I like and which I'd like to exchange/comment on, if
other people could have a chance of listening to them. Oh
Thierry Daigneault
TobinMueller said 5198 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
My next step is to add lyrics to this. A challenge, even tho I arranged it to
have singing included. I had a quartet sing over this once but was not
satisfied with the sound. I'm going to try for a prog sound soloist next...
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Anonymous said 5532 days ago (March 30th, 2004)
great stuff!
Superb song structure Tobin! The majority of people out
there don't have the capacity to write so many transitions,
the end of the song is very well done
TobinMueller said 5531 days ago (March 31st, 2004)
great stuff!
Thanks everyone. I worked very hard on this one so I appreciate the listen. I
continue to edit, solo, and fix it.
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DeputyDoofy said 5531 days ago (April 1st, 2004)
I loved it.
Most people who have listened to my tunes know that I have a dark side. This piece was absolutely spectacular. You really can hit every genre, can't you? I have added this to my GB collection. Yes, I've started "acquiring" GB tunes. After all, my 200gb external is just begging to be used. :)---I told you not to bother me while I'm cleaning my room.
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TobinMueller said 5198 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
I loved it.
Thanks. It is so cool that folks can download stuff, exchange ideas, pass
along tracks. Thanks to macjams, too. I dig that you can dig this stuff even if
you normally like other kinds of things... and use it all to clean your room by!
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Ringo said 5518 days ago (April 13th, 2004)
Vangelis meets Rush
That last bit with the pedal synth part is very reminiscent
of something Geddy Lee would come up with, until then it
really reminded me of Vangelis with a bit more edge.
Being a drummer I did imagine Neal Peart doing an
enormous dugga dugga dugga vrrrrrooomm type roll after
the pedal part had been introduced and some wild guitar
solo taking off but it's great as it is.

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TobinMueller said 5198 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
Vangelis meets Rush
Thanks. I didn't have a guitar solo in mind when I arranged this and should
have. But now I can do another one...! Yes, Vangelis was a model when it
came to potential for electronic music, but I was trying to do something
different, at once more edgy and more operatic.
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chikoppi said 5469 days ago (June 1st, 2004)
Inside Your Head
I don't know how you think musically, but I wish I could get such a good grasp of stucture. Do you write front to back (beginning to end), bottom up (rhythm to melody), or some other approach?
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TobinMueller said 5469 days ago (June 2nd, 2004)
Inside Your Head
I write differently for different occasion. I write musical theatre mainly from
lyrics/character/dramatic context, and so it is about melody and the
emotional context of the accompaniment figures. This piece was about flow,
setup, evolution; most definitely not about normal structure. In fact, I try to
ignore the rules of harmonics and structure when doing this sort of piece. It
is about letting sound and emotions flow out spontaneously, without
justification; and letting intuition rule. I was actually seeing events occur as I
wrote, and the audio follows the mind's eye to illustrate in music what I am
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mulletsrock said 5461 days ago (June 10th, 2004)
every lesson learned
its like you took every kind of music (except maybe contry western) and figured out how to meld it all together into a fresh and unique sounding style. your jazz chops show through, and classical training, and theater drama sensibility, and storytelling, and love of progr rock, and folk music roots... what a trip life is; and this song.
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TobinMueller said 5151 days ago (April 15th, 2005)
every lesson learned
I find it difficult to stick to a genre when creating music. When just writing for
myself (and not a specific audience or client), it is what I enjoy most. I lave
that all sorts of styles not only can co-exist, but can complement and
nurture. Thanks for you thoughtful comments.
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bloosman1 said 5418 days ago (July 23rd, 2004)
Very well done!
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Epileptic Gibbon said 5286 days ago (December 2nd, 2004)
All eights from me!
Good stuff! Definitely fits in more with the electronic
end of the prog spectrum (Tangerine Dream and
Vangelis), and quite an impressive example of that
genre it is too!
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TobinMueller said 5198 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
All eights from me!
TD, yes, I thought they were one of Windham Hills better finds. Thanks for
then comparison.
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thedeadends said 5282 days ago (December 5th, 2004)
Grave Robbing
warm, progressive tune pushing the limits of modern music from a talented artist. Great title as well.
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said 5275 days ago (December 13th, 2004)
Very nice
I quite enjoyed this.
thetiler said 5199 days ago (February 27th, 2005)
Love the suspense of it
Quite a nice built up. That is a sign of a great composer,
to have the gift of suspense.

Like how move into another level in the middle.
Wow, bells - cool.

Then softer towards the end. I am finding many times the
most powerful part of music can be the most delicate

But then you go stronger towards the end, that part is
powerful though like the picture. Wow, wow and more

Nice going Tobin - what an ending that totally relates to
the picture.

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TobinMueller said 5198 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
Love the suspense of it
Thanks. I will eventually fill some of those slower parts with singing, too.
Some parts of the song are merely music beds right now. This is still a song
in progress.
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SpasmodicMan said 5154 days ago (April 13th, 2005)
Flew by
For a long piece, it sort of flew by. I can hear the spaces
you're leaving for singers, but dig the spaces, too. The
ending is WoW.
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FEEL said 5019 days ago (August 25th, 2005)
This is so Yes
One thing that I just love about your music is the Yes feel.
It's like you were one of the members. I like the way the
sound travels through the room though I look into that
room and it sit there in front of me. As far as guitar. I felt
it more at the start and it sounded like Trevor was there
heavy on the effects. Have you heard 3 Ships. Just
reminded me of that a little too.
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TobinMueller said 3404 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
"It's like you were one of the members"... How cool would that be! A definite fantasy of mine, for sure.
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