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West and East! Section breakdown as follows:

0'00"-1'55 INTRO
1'56"-2'32 VERSE 1
2'33"-2'56" CHORUS
2'57"-3'48" MUSIC BREAK1
3"49"-4'25" VERSE 1
4'26"-4'55" CHORUS
7'07"-FINISH TRANSPOSITION TO EMin Harmonic (Counterpoint theme)

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Uploaded: Mar 27, 2007 - 11:15:31 AM
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2010 - 05:49:27 PM Last Played: Jul 14, 2019 - 07:43:22 PM
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Gibson Explorer with Korg CoolTron Snake Charmer Compressor (valve), Line 6 POD XT Live, Wah-Wah, Classical Bow
Fender Jazz Bass
Roland RD300SX
Apple G5 Quad
M-Audio Nova Cond. Mic
M Audio Ozone (input)
M Audio Firewire (output)
GarageBand (Authoring) with software instruments (Violin; Drums: Rock, Hip-Hop, Ethnic; Saz; Ood; Bazouki; Erhu Violin)
LogicPro 7.1 (Mastering)
michael2 said 4592 days ago (March 28th, 2007)
i like this alot
really nice feel. you are very creative with the software instruments. where did you get the violin from? some of it sounds like it may be a processed guitar, and then some maybe a good software instrument? in any case, i do like it.

did you just sign up for macjams? me too a little over a week ago. i don't have much time right now (i just had a baby), but when things free up a bit, I'd like to take a stab at some vocals for this. nice job, can't wait to hear some more stuff.
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Girk said 4592 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Thank You!
May I firstly say Thank you for your comment! The sample I sent up to Mac Jam has some dithering errors from 24 to 16 bit, and I tried to supplant it with a correct version and don't know how to do it! I joined Mac Jams last week as I was reading some articles on Wikipedia regarding Sampling theory (fourier analyses) and ended up on the Wiki site for Apple. It then talked about GB, I pressed a link and bang... As they say, the rest is history!
The music I submitted was done somewhat on a Whim: Not the piece itself but not being too savvy with broadband. I didn't get huge time to fillet it well into the MP3 format either as I too have two young daughters and family life is gone so quick if you blink you might just miss it!
Cornucopia (literally "The Horn of Plenty") is a piece of music is still a song, although writing through the 210 second v-c-v-c-b-c-c barrier and tired old format is what composition (in my opinion) is all about. I put as many references to Turkish and religious music (such as the canon reprise which is common in such genres) as I could get away with without destroying the DnB feel. I used mainly guitar for the music harmony, rhythm and texture: Plucked harmonics, pinched harmonics, classical Bow and good, no nonsense Wah-Wah and metal hammer-on/pull-off! The software instruments were the Saz, Oud, Bazouki, Violin and Erhu Violin (it is the latter that is the dominant "vocal" instrument that sets the theme to the music) with a little Korg MS-20 legacy cell (software synth) twitching at the end of each verse. I took a basic rhythm and then added live MIDI drums (70's rock and Asian kits) over the top for accent, remembering that the cymbal is very dominant in Ottoman and Turkish music (indeed, these instruments were inventd by the Ottoman Armenian Zildjian in 17c to impress the Sultan of the day!). Voila! (Or is that viola...I never can remember!).
Kind regards and I hope that the above is of use! Girk
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Scott Carmichael said 4592 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Welcome Girk
you've really got some production chops here... and you've seem to be spilling over with ideas... great stuff, a real fun listen... the genre that you chose is fine, but I have to say that this is so visually provocative
that you might have chosen to post it under film score... this would be a great sound bed for the next "Mummy" movie... or some such

a great start
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Girk said 4592 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
What can I say...
Well actually, I must say that I'm pleased as punch to get such a great rating from a bonafide Bluesman whose contributions are outstanding. I'm thrilled to see such positive reference to visual evocation that I think I must be dreaming. Hang on... Ouch! I've just stuck the pin in and found I'm not! Thanks very much indeed and best wishes! Girk
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Scott Carmichael said 4592 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Hey Girk
I a blues man wanna be... if you want to here the real blues master here at MJ...go listen to Ziti... he's the king
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drakonis said 4591 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Holy TazGirkistan!
Welcome to Macjams, what an entrance! I think you will love this place, and will now need to learn the delicate dance of balancing family, Macjams, and the other obsessions of your life.

Absolutely love the tasteful genre-mixing you get in here, well thought-out structure of music that builds wonderfully to the end, very satisfying middle-eastern melodies, and fun scoring for traditional and modern instruments/sounds/rhythms. Excellent job trying to shoehorn all the instruments into a single stereo space without it getting too muddy.

Which MP3 compressor you use may help/hinder the final quality... with a little work, you can install the well-renowned free "LAME" MP3-encoder right into iTunes, and use that to do the final encoding of your MP3s at high quality, and it generally does better than the built-in iTunes MP3 encoder. Also, (before Peter Greenstone chimes in) it is very important advertising to give yourself credit INSIDE the MP3 file by filling out the MP3 ID3 tags, with author and contact URL information, so that when somebody downloads this most-excellent mp3 and shares it with friends, the friends know where to go to contact you/get more... this MP3 file does not cite you as the author. I also put my Macjams artist page URL in the "COMMENTS" section too, as well as adding artwork.

Anyway, I look forward to more of your work, I'll just tag along back here and quietly learn from you :-)
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ledebutant said 4590 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
Thanks for inviting me to come over and take a listen; I'm really glad that you did because this is a really well-done, well-played, orchestrated piece of music. You've done so well with the software instruments that I can't tell what you're really playing and what's emulated.

The excellent production doesn't go amiss, either. ;-)

Welcome to macjams. I think you'll have lots of fun here.
said 4590 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
a piece of work here for certain...

A long trek into the adventure, but quite enjoyable through the journey. Nice job! and Welcome!

. - Harold
Girk said 4590 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
Thank You!
Indeed! It's a long piece very much centred on DnB tradition of tight drums and rhythmic bass but accented with diverse music breaks. The main instrument is the guitar, played backwards (using a Line 6 POD algorithm) in the first break and bowed as counterpoint harmony on the frenetic wah-wah section of the second break. The software instruments were standard: I just spent ages fiddling with the modulations on the Erhu Violin to get it to sing and on the bazouki to get it to trill. The software saz sounds much better than my actual saz as the frets are damn delicate wire things in real life that buzz and dampen with their own sense of fun and unpredictability. Kind regards, Girk
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falzaabi said 4590 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
top, this is the best song I have ever herd around . wawa wya so nice

If u could u can add in the back some chanting like HO HO HO HO

rely hypnotic
thank you thank you

u see the Art work this is Also deep Deep
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Parichayaka said 4590 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
Fantastic array of interesting instruments. You blend them extremely well. How on earth did you do the percussion - all midi or loops - please say "loops":
I can understand why you're recommending a good sound system to listen to your music - it's got enough power and detail to make that worth your while. I like how you pan the drums and erhu. The flow and structure is intuitive and well executed. Your sound reminds of the "Kaya Project" or Lisa Gerrard's solo albums (or the Insider soundtrack, now that I think of it) - one rarely comes across such original and well mixed music, played and produced by one person. Truly astounding!
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said 4590 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
... i am totally sold! i am a full on fan now!!!
this is amazing. love the feel! truly a diamond of a track!
Girk said 4587 days ago (April 3rd, 2007)
Thanks you
Thanks for your comments! I'm very pleased to see how well this track has been received in just a few days. Its awesome! Cheers!
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stefaan said 4585 days ago (April 4th, 2007)
This is really great music. Love it!
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DaroMode said 4582 days ago (April 7th, 2007)
one word
I just have one word to describe it MASTERPIECE absolutely love it.
I like the sound of this song, it makes me feel like in egypt or any arabic place, it is a mysterious song, well i think everybody would like to work in this song including me.
well keep doing great.
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Girk said 4582 days ago (April 7th, 2007)
To get a comment from Stefaan (who is a fantastic guitar player... Truly!) and to have DaroMode describe it as a masterpiece is very high praise. Indeed, all the comments I've read are so inspiring for me to go away and do another! Cheers gents!
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***itiswotitis*** said 4582 days ago (April 8th, 2007)
this is awesome
Love the big heavy swaying beats with the litling arabic strings....then going into screaming guitars what a blend!!!
really nice track!
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SickTransit said 4577 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
A lot has already been said, but I'll repeat it: fabulous job on using software instruments, the bowing work... on first listen I thought "My god, is he playing an oud?" Well, you had me. At the risk of drawing facile comparisons, it had the feel of Mercan Dede crossed with Transglobal Underground. A fine piece of work with a truly epic feel, and an entrancing beat underneath. A new fave.
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TobinMueller said 4564 days ago (April 26th, 2007)
World music of high quality
Really good. Consider placing this under the genre "World: Ethnic-International." I always feel like "Other" tunes get lost, orphaned. This deserves to be heard.
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Girk said 4422 days ago (September 15th, 2007)
World Ethnic or Other???
Thanks for the very kind comments: I've no idea what genre this piece is. It reminds me a bit of the old Queen tune "Brighton Rock" on their "Live Killers" album... What is that??? The one thing I've found with GB is that the Jam Pack software adds are dirt cheap for the quality they deliver and they can take you prety much anywhere your imagination takes you. In my case, it helped having been brought up in a house where lots of Turkish music was played but never-the-less, the Celtic instruments are beguiling too.
I remember once seeing a Dulcimer player on the streets of the Byzantine section of Istanbul up around the Covered Bazaar, if anyone's familiar with it. Bashing away he was with a fiddle player by his side who had a very strange face... They proceeded to play an amazing rendition of the The The song "Infected", which just showed there and then that electronica/beatbox/rock can be translated to acoustic. In otherwords, music has practically no boundaries, save for the ability of the player and the imagination behind the composition.
A few days later I was over in the Anatolian side in a district called Moda and walked past this music shop. You should have seen it! I was 17 and my eyeballs nearly burst their sockets. All sorts of fancy istruments. Oh, and there was a dusty old Framus guitar from the sixties for about £1. I'd never heard of Framus then, but I have now: It's a shame I lost my key to my TARDIS...
One thing that Logic allows you to do is to further define the way the instruments sit together and also their temper. In this case, I selected a Middle eastern/Arabic tuning system and just kept fiddling with my Gibson Explorer's machine heads until it sounded fine. I had to chop some of the guitar work out due to the issue of guitars having semitones and Turkish music having microtones (my old saz has wire frets which you can set the intonation to vary the microtones). But what the heck: Less is more (sometimes!) and the piece still weighs in at over seven minutes!
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said 4338 days ago (December 8th, 2007)
Masterpiece ..
Very great .. truly huge master work .. hats off and sorry for being late to comment friend !!

samichi said 3762 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
hi, i love this piece of music

i make hip hop instrumentals and use Logic Pro,,, where can i find a free erhu violin software instrument?

samichi said 3762 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
hi, i love this piece of music

i make hip hop instrumentals and use Logic Pro,,, where can i find a free erhu violin software instrument?

Girk said 3493 days ago (March 31st, 2010)
Thanks for the great comments
I haven't visited for a while and played this on fresh ears after a good year or so away from it. It was a real labour of love at the time and reading the thoughts its generated has been fabulous. Thank you everyone for your support. Enjoy and download at your leisure!
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Char said 3475 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
world sounds that conjure strange lands and strong emotions. Thank you.
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hackneybloke said 3475 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
excellent creation, fantastic mix. love this. everything moves effortless in and out of itself. perfect production, great virtuoso performance. A R Rahman got nothing on you man.
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