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Basicaly I was just trying to solo over some GB out-of-the-box loops I liked, ended up with a song - quite unexpectedly. I might re-record the sax some day (and watch the levels this time, so GB wouldn't choke).
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Hits: 5011
Comments: 21
Fans: 3
Plays: 383
Downloads: 177
Votes: 14
Uploaded: Jul 15, 2004 - 12:11:36 PM
Last Updated: Sep 09, 2004 - 09:22:56 AM Last Played: Apr 25, 2019 - 08:50:26 AM
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Hardware:
Tenor sax, standard issue RadioShack mic.
Software:
GarageBand
Comments
said 5486 days ago (July 15th, 2004)
Oh the tenor sax!
I really got into this. I gave good ratings even though, as you said, there are a bunch of background loops because I thought your sax playing was cool, a lot of feeling. And the tenor worked so well with the loops. I played tenor sax in a band for years and currently don't have one. I have been thinking of getting one. Now I know I have to get one. It is my first love in instruments. Again, thanks for putting the song up.
Jack
iG.STUDiO said 5485 days ago (July 16th, 2004)
Oh the tenor sax!
Thank you, I didn't expect such a positive comment on that little experiment of mine. Promise to do better next time :)
And yes, get a horn ( after years of playing beat-up Czech horn I was given as a gift when I was 14 - it's the one on the recording - , I finally treated myself with a Yamaha CustomZ YTS82 series a couple of month ago - I play every day now, can't get enough), let's jam.
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TobinMueller said 5486 days ago (July 15th, 2004)
Breathing
I love the breath you capture in the closely mic'd tenor
sax. The sax distorts some times, too loud, but the
breath is fantastic. Half way thru, when the chord
changes, the sax switches sides and changes effects, and I
wondered why. The extra reverb was cool, yet slightly too
roomy compared to the groove. But with any effects or
none, its that breath that is so cool. Great playing. Hope
you can create a melody and a more unique music bed
next time, cuz your playing deserves it. Would you
consider collaboration? Email me...
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iG.STUDiO said 5485 days ago (July 16th, 2004)
Breathing
Thank you, very perceptive and constructive comment. The sax changes balance and effects - true (I recorded the melody-in with a table-top PC mic, then went out and bought a standard issue low-imp dynamic RadioShack - sound was, of course, different, so instead of re-recording the whole thing, or trying to get the same sound, I just tried to make them different - like I said, that was an experiment...). Same goes for reverb settings :)

As for collaboration - I WOULD LOVE TO (this is why I joined in a first place, I tried »THIS« at first, then found MacJams, and several other communities.
Ideally, I would imagine a collab, which would start with the GB "sketch" of a tune, where the tracks would be replaced one by one by the original solos and parts by whoever would like to participate - I am new to doing this over the net and will need more info on technology...


I will email you from home. Thanks again.

iLYA

PS. I have "World Out There" in my iTunes Library, but it's not listed on your page. Where did I get it from?... hmm...
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TobinMueller said 5483 days ago (July 18th, 2004)
Breathing
"World Out There" was the original title to "I Wanna Fly" which is the name of
the song listed in my MacJams profile. It is based loosely on a song World
Out There from my show "Creature" but is so different I decided to rename it.
It deserves to stand alone as its own composition, I think.
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said 5485 days ago (July 16th, 2004)
Selmer Mark VI
For years I had a Selmer tenor. I fell out of playing it and somewhat foolishly sold it. Later had a Conn. Nothing now. But....that Selmer cost me brand new in 1966 (if I remember correctly) only $350.00. Today (?) Talk about inflation. I am definitely getting the itch to get one and again get lost ad libbing a solo in a rhythm and blues progresssion.

Give us some horn.

Jack
freakyjazzyfunky said 5485 days ago (July 16th, 2004)
82z
Yeah the 82z is a great model. I personally play an Alto
YAS-82z but im thinking of getting a tenor 82z. I love
your improvisation! I respect any sax player who can
improvise and is not afraid to.
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iG.STUDiO said 5484 days ago (July 17th, 2004)
82z
Thank you. I've been doing this for a while, and steel feel that I am just
learning the trade, but then again, when you stop learning, you are dead...
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iG.STUDiO said 5484 days ago (July 17th, 2004)
82z
*still (can't spell in the morning :)
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gudkarma said 5484 days ago (July 17th, 2004)
loops
personally i see no problem in using loops. its creative in
my book. this is a sparkly sultry tune!
very nice work. i can't play a wind instrument to save my
life, so i have no idea, but i do know that i like what you
play here.


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Cameron said 5484 days ago (July 17th, 2004)
nothing like a REAL wind instrument
GREAT sax! It's so refreshing to hear a REAL, live wind
instrument playing on a tune here!

You combined your live playing very well with the loops.
Tobin is right that it would be even more fantastic with a
more unique accompaniment, but this is a good tune as it
stands.

I like the two different sax sounds, which create an
interesting mood, like "offstage" instrumentalists playing
an orchestral piece.

Your "live" wind playing is stimulating me to get a
microphone so I can subject you all to my FRENCH HORN
playing!

I'm looking greatly forward to hearing more of your stuff.
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iG.STUDiO said 5484 days ago (July 17th, 2004)
nothing like a REAL wind instrument
Thank you.
And yes, please, get a mic :)....
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Barbapapa said 5484 days ago (July 17th, 2004)
Badalamento
A little bit Angelo Badalamento, combined with eighties
jazz feeling of B-movies. That was a compliment. :)
chipuni said 5483 days ago (July 18th, 2004)
Wow!
A lot of jazz is improvising over a constantly repeating background. By that definition, you've got a wonderful song.

You did well! The sound of the real instrument over MacJams was fantastic.
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Andrew Peterson said 5482 days ago (July 19th, 2004)
Like This
I like the atmosphere of it. It's sultry and breathy (sp?), a
great, late-night, slow dance of a song. Good job.
Mcboy said 5482 days ago (July 19th, 2004)
i love that prez..stan getz..sound....
breath..is good;......
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djreca said 5482 days ago (July 19th, 2004)
Wish I could play like that...
Great sounding jazz-a little like Paul Desmond's stuff
(even though he played alto).

How close to the mic is the horn? In what kind of room
are you recording in? sounds lovely

Your tunes make me want to pick up the sax and learn!
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iG.STUDiO said 5482 days ago (July 19th, 2004)
Wish I could play like that...
Thank you.
I record in a regular room with a dynamic stage mic (directional), all the reverberation and echo I add later in GarageBand.
The proper position of the mic for recording is considered to be between your left hand and the bell, closer to the hand; but the actual mileage varies...
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timothy devine said 4374 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
:)
This song just shuffled up on my Random Player.
I read a lot of the comments and took a listen.
Great playing.
Nice!
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iG.STUDiO said 4360 days ago (August 15th, 2007)
:)
that was one of my first tunes... thank you much!

---
iLYA
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fambroski said 3928 days ago (October 20th, 2008)
Deep Cat
Hello, I'm commenting solely on the content. There's only so much you can expect from a radio shack mic. With that said, you're a deep cat. (ahh I miss talking like that). I listened to several pieces, the song featuring "Dar" was particularly nice, samba-esque, symmetrical. When I heard "Empty City Blues" that's when I realized "this guy is a serious composer". This song has a somewhat blues form and feel (ala Oliver Nelson) but harmonically it was ... different. I can imagine a film-maker hassling a composer for a Noir scene but wants the music to not be so predictable. Poor composer. Ah, but this is what he'd want. Very impressive.


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iG.STUDiO said 3898 days ago (November 19th, 2008)
=)
Thank you! This is an older tune, I was pleasantly surprised to see it still gathering comments... =)
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