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Sign of Life


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Cori Ander

 Genre: Acoustic

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Just a sign of life from me after having had a long non-productive time, and also having been not very active MacJamming. (So the title isn't aimed at anything more pompous that that).

This time I got a quite confined sound out of the recording - not completely pleased. Don't know the reason. Maybe mic placement etc. Or maybe I don't understand to handle the Presonus Firebox interface which I borrowed from a friend.

The artwork is a self portrait I made 1979 (so if it is pompous, that's outlawed now :)
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Hits: 4725
Comments: 32
Fans: 16
Plays: 224
Downloads: 197

Uploaded: Apr 19, 2007 - 10:28:39 AM
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2007 - 10:42:36 AM Last Played: Jun 15, 2019 - 04:05:06 PM
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Hardware:
Furch D-24 dreadnought acoustic guitar
Two Golden Age Project R1 mics
A Presonus Firebox interface
One BowerBook G4
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Comments
said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Taking Acoustic...
...to a new level. What emotion! Thanks for posting.

Alimar
Cori Ander said 4506 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
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Thank you Al!

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Tom Atwood said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
You are the guitarist
...I always wanted to be. Maybe I didn't practice enough? I would not worry about the "confined" sound of the recording, Johannes. This is a very intimate piece, one that communicates fully.
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Cori Ander said 4506 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
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Wow, thanks a lot Tom .. and you know .. a comment from professor Atwood !! nowdays !! that's an HONOUR! ..... And maybe most of all an occasion that makes me very happy .. still miss the days when you were all around the place Tom!

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Johannes Curry
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composerclark said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Introspective
Another wonderful piece of music by you, Johannes. It's very thoughtful, introspective, mellow, and compelling at the same time. Beautiful.

The sound is good, but not as bright or resonant (or something) as the sound you usually have. Knowing next to nothing about recording, I couldn't suggest anything very helpful, except to suggest you try recording about a minute of music using several different microphones, and different mike placements, and then see which one gets you the sound closest to the one you want. The other variable is room resonance; for classical music, we usually try to record chamber music in a resonant space like a nice concert hall or church, although there may be a room in your house that has good resonance.

Always happy to hear your music, Johannes.
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composerclark said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
uh...
I meant to try recording a short excerpt of music several times, like maybe 10 times, using different mikes and mike setups. In case that wasn't clear. :+)

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Cori Ander said 4506 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
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Thanks a lot Clark .. though I seem to be too lazy to go make it the methodial way .. and another strange thing is that I'm not sure it will work either, because the setup that works one day seem to not work on another. Even if it's roughly at the same place in the same room. So many small differences seem to matter much. It is a mystery to me.

What I use to do (and which maybe I cared too little about this time) is to move around things with headhones on before the recording session, so searching for a satisfying sound.

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Johannes Curry
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dreadmon said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
No limits
I don't think there's any circumstance that could confine your music, Cori - it's always as wide open as the fields. This song has your signature style, familiar changes, colors and inflections, and little surprises that run up and down the neck, a rare bird flown through the field, a summer snow flurry. You play with such tenderness and here's another one for download. Thanks for your gift!
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Cori Ander said 4505 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
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Wow Bing. Thank you for a beautiful poetic description of how you percieve my signatures!

Like it!
Saving it ..

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Johannes Curry
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thoddi said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
self portrait
The art work combined with the music is some self portrait. Truly great art Johannes.

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Cori Ander said 4505 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
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Thanks a lot Thor!

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RickW said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Alive and well
Wonderful to hear you again Johannes!

God bless,

Rick

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Cori Ander said 4505 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
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Thank you Rick! Great to see you here!

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said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
a thing of beauty
could be born of strife, you may have demonstrated here. Great to hear your work, as always.

. - Harold
Cori Ander said 4505 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
Thank you bro!
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jiguma said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
: )
Lovely piece Curry - I hear what you mean about "confined" - as though you recorded in a bathroom (the English/Australian meaning of the word, not the American one). I don't hear it as a problem because all your trademark "signs of life" are there - clear, clean playing, emotion and a certain sense of wonder at the world. It's just a different sound on what you do with the Furch - most of us go out of our way to vary the sound of our guitars - I don't see why you shouldn't too.
Very relaxed and relaxing.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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jiguma said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
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Oh, and the self portrait is not at all pompous! You paint too???!!!
Neil

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Cori Ander said 4505 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
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Made some few paintings around that time (seventies). Found I don't have the patience needed to work with painting, sculpture, ceramics and koncrete things like that.

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Jim Bouchard said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Hi, Curry!
Very nice to hear you again. I like this type of recording with the microphones for your Furch guitar style more than the direct recordings you do with the Yamaha, but that's just my personal preference. I do sense something funny in this recording, like the microphones are out-of-phase with each other. Is there a phase switch on the Firebox? That is a hazard with doing stereo recordings, because with 2 mics it's fairly easy to get phasing problems, and sometimes that has to do with mic positions and the way the sound wave is hitting them. That's why I usually record my acoustic in mono with one mic, I don't trust my own mic placement technique! I downloaded this and tried a couple different things in EQ and multiband dynamics to experiment with, but I couldn't really get that sort of hollow sound out. It's mostly noticable in the beginning. I think you are justified in not being pleased, something is not quite right with the recording technique. On the other hand, there is nothing at all wrong with the guitar playing technique. I wish I could play like you!
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Cori Ander said 4505 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
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I am with you toatally in your personal preference. I also dig the acoustic recordings better. They last longer. Lined recording wear out faster. On the other hand they are so much easier to make. I can have the house full of kids while making them. And no other unforeseeable acoustic factors appear, as in the case of this recording. You line it and KNOW what kind of sound you're going to get.

Couldn't find any phase shift setting on the interface. Could maybe be the mic placement you mention. On the next recording made a few days after this (next post) this strange sound doesn't reappear.

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Johannes Curry
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Mystified said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
Nice to hear...
...this Sign of Life. :)

Beautiful music, full of emotion.
Love the painting, too--light and life!

Thanks for sharing this here, Curry
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Cori Ander said 4501 days ago (April 25th, 2007)
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Thank you for listening and commenting Mysti!

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Johannes Curry
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Ed Hannifin said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
This is just to say...
...that I have been here and listened to this very sweet piece, and enjoyed it very much, and I'll be back after a bit of sleep with some thoughts...

I couldn't pass up a listen when I saw your name in the email list...

Ed
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said 4507 days ago (April 19th, 2007)
A place of rest...
That is how I feel as I listen to your wonderful guitar playing. And this is a piece of music that meets a need in me to repose and let all of the clutter, confusion, and trauma of this world fade away. Peaceful, easy feeling... thanks.
best to you.
Cori Ander said 4501 days ago (April 25th, 2007)
Yes
Yes Jack, it is a difficult world. Thank you for your comment!

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Johannes Curry
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Macaudion said 4506 days ago (April 20th, 2007)
ummmm....
Nice.

Nicer.

Nicest.

Very nice.

Thank you! Dion
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Ed Hannifin said 4506 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
I keep coming back to this...
I like the way that this combines a meditative, introspective mood with a sense of improvisation... There are a few points where a melodic idea verges on the dissonant, stepping away from the flow of the piece, but that aids the feeling that I'm privileged to be sitting and listening while you play something for yourself...

There IS a phasing sound on some of the clicks that I take to be the clicks of your nails. It doesn't bother me in a major way, but I do hear it, and I do take it to be something that's out of phase. I'm wondering if you have some effects on this, like reverb or delay, and if either eliminating or varying those effects would make it go away by putting the wave forms back into phase with each other. I don't hear a 'confined' sound, although it DOES sound like a close-mic'ed sound.

The self-portrait is clear and bright, a flare of energy.

I'm always pleased to hear new music from you, Johannes...

Ed

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Scott Carmichael said 4505 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
wonderful delicate
Curry I love the subtle movement inside the chord and picking pattern... although your technique is excellent... it doesn't proceed or hinder your heart from coming thru...

you are good enough to pull Tom Atwood out of the closet
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guitapick said 4504 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
Great to see and hear you again...
I know this mood quite well. I'm glad you're on it, Johannes. Back to writing.
Very very nicely done. Looking forward to more.
Bob
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kristyjo said 4504 days ago (April 22nd, 2007)
Beautiful playing
Introspective. Not quite sure what mode you're in sometimes, but that's what life is like sometimes, eh? I like the totally acoustic sound you have here. It IS miced up close, but I think that gives it a more authentic feeling, and it brings me into the emotion of the piece.
I hear the odd artifact - It's like there's a little hole on the inner edge of the left side. When you mic that closely, is it possible that even a hand can disrupt your sound enough to cause that?
It's good to hear a new piece from you. I've personally been so busy writing and arranging for students, that I haven't given myself time to do music for me, lately. You've inspired me to take out the guitar and start playing around. Now, when I get a quiet household, maybe I'll be able to actually record something.
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timothy devine said 4479 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
Johannes
This is a treasure.
I think dreadmon said it best.
Beautifuly played.
This gave me peace in an otherwise less than peaceful day.
Thank you for your kind words about my daughters song..."Mommy"
peace
I will download this and check out more of your music
a new fan
tim
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paddler said 4465 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
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Great portrait.

Lovely composition too by the way - there are some of my favourite major to minor chords in there and alot of emotion.Many Thanks
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