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SmokeyVW

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album: Mindscapes
track 1: 4:47 Atlantis
track 2: 4:18 Playground
track 3: 5:41 Tigre Blanco
track 4: 3:48 Covalent Bond
track 5: 6:07 Where Do I Stand?
track 6: 0:42 Time Flowing Backwards
track 7: 5:32 Tiny Soul
track 8: 5:12 Fade
track 9: 4:49 Induction
track 10: 6:06 Progress
track 11: 3:23 The Clairsentient
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Song Description

Adults are simply grown up children.

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sound effects used in this song:
SchoolPlayground.mp3 (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/samplesViewSingle.php?id=34056)
By acclivity (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/usersViewSingle.php?id=37876)
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Hits: 5666
Comments: 27
Fans: 6
Plays: 386
Downloads: 153

Uploaded: May 17, 2007 - 05:58:18 PM
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011 - 06:29:52 PM Last Played: Jun 11, 2019 - 11:57:59 AM
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Roxylee said 4415 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
Intriguing, Bill...
Is it my imagination, or do kids play more violently than when we were kids? Anyway, I'm always impressed with your creativity and perfect timing of all the instrumentation. This piece was mesmerizing to me. I imagined indians on the warpath, girls playing hide n seek, and a playground brawl that ended when half the kids left to go home for supper.
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SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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thanks for noticing that "warpath" thing - i had lots of fun pulling this together
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bud said 4415 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
I hear elements of Thomas Newman in
the earlier section - he's a fave soundtrack composer of mine - American Beauty, Six Feet Under etc. But really this pure Smokey magic. Really engaging and excellent composition defying description.
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SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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i always liked the junglegyms myself

thanks
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peacepiano said 4415 days ago (May 17th, 2007)
Smokey
You are one of the few artists who make really effective use of sound effects. Your percussion is also very well chosen on this piece and adds a lot to the different playful parts of the song. I'm listening carefully to see what I might be able to add to some of my stuff (hope you don't mind) Thanks for sharing.
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SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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i say: go for it!

imitation... etc...

my only tip on using sound effects is to really listen carefully to what is in the effect itself - that can help define how to use it for your own purposes.

here, i initially tried to force the effects to fit my presumed timing by cutting it up and rearranging the pieces - eventually i abandoned most of that, and returned to a mostly uncut version (there's one in the middle)

i have deep admiration for the person that recorded the effect track in the first place - i don't know if it is edited, it almost seems like it might be. at the very least they recognized that it was a good playground recording and posted it on freesound - who knows if they threw away a few other lesser takes?

thanks for listening & commenting!

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SmokeyVW said 4413 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
run for it
i especially love this: "RUN FOR IT"
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jamorama said 4415 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
great piece
clearly an inspiration at work here. This a very evocative work. Builds into a very pleasant rhythmic thing, then fades gracefully. Cool rhythm choices, and seamless production, over all quite a pleasant experience and it's a little like watching a movie --
it'd be a cool soundtrack bit -- and when the the rhythm builds for a while, in my mind's eye I see a bicycle-cam view of an intense young rider, pumping madly, maybe late to school....
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SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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i was also experimenting with poly-rhythms here - this song actually started out as an exercise in that. the effect track became the catalyst to complete it as a song: everyone in the "playground" contributes their own "rhythm" to create the whole that is life. the emotions from the effect track changed how i placed the rhythm tracks in the mix.

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said 4415 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
pretty piano
you've got the TOUCH. lovely stringing together of sound. the piano particularly calls me - it sounds so classy. ooo - big beautiful bass! strings are sensational. i too see that late to school kid on the bike, and the pedals are a blur. quite a cool ear journey! anne
SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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thanks!

the piano was in there from the very beginning. and that bass.

the strings were added on way at the end, to push on the emotions of the thing.

the field recording from freesound is definitely what cemented this song togther though - at least for me anyway.
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Doadars Uncle said 4414 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
Yes
I thought about your description, "Adults are simply grown up children." as I listened. I still love to play with my daughters...even the 26 year old! Thanks for sharing your inpiration!

Doug
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SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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i hear you! our kids both have kids now. so my wife and i have been enjoying playing both with our big kids and, more recently, with our littler kids too. but it sure seems to me that mostly everyone is kids at the core.

thank you
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Joe Brady said 4414 days ago (May 18th, 2007)
The things we learned on the playground;
An evocative piece for sure. Loved the string/bass work; I had visions of Schroeder and Snoppy playing the instruments while the rest of the gang played and grew up around them. Great mix, well done.
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SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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thanks Joe

the rhythmic stuff is where this started, but once i found that field recording of the playground this piece took on a life of its own. i like your image of Schroeder and Snoopy - that resonates for me.
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said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
Oh yeah....
Where aural fades to visual and back again...Very creative soundscaping...Nice jazzy rhythms and piano melody. Love the bass groove that kicks in midway...I concur with what Bud said about this great piece "defying description"...All I know is that it WORKS!

Be well man!
SmokeyVW said 4414 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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the sound effects are mostly from the field recording - go to the link in the description and have a listen!

i simply added some music to it.

thanks Amagi

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Talknrok said 4413 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
And
when all is said and done ....the kids still play. Beautiful imagry
SmokeyVW said 4413 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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yes, we do!

thanks
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guitapick said 4413 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
Beyond cool...
...puttin' you on my faves list immediately...

...love this...gotta get up onto them monkey bars!
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SmokeyVW said 4413 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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why, thank you Sir

very glad you enjoyed this!
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Ed Hannifin said 4413 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
For all your avant-garde-itude...
...there's some straight up, accessible, Vince Guarali-ness to this...

I could hear a more jazz-style upright bass kicking in on this... brushes on a snare, too... Prob'ly not what you're going for, of course, but I could HEAR it, as a possibility...

I really like the percussion that you did use, though...

Ed

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SmokeyVW said 4413 days ago (May 19th, 2007)
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hmmm... brushes on a snare? hmmm...

thanks Ed

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said 4399 days ago (June 3rd, 2007)
Hey Bill,
I love this! Kids need all the imaginative outdoor playtime they can get. Praise for the good parents, who "eight and skate" to get home to their real (fun) job - of joining in and giving their children the same wonderful childhood they had.
SmokeyVW said 4397 days ago (June 4th, 2007)
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now that i've some grandkids, i'm seeing it all over again. a fascinating cycle that we are all a part of...

i've never heard of "eight and skate" - a cool concept. i should try doing that from now on!

thanks

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said 4397 days ago (June 4th, 2007)
If you do the "eight and skate"...
you'll never make CEO by the time you're 60!, but you'll be my Hero till the end of time!!!! "Eight and Skate" refers to "give the Assholes (sorry for the foreign language lesson) your eight hour day and tell them you're not going to bend over and kiss their A__! You have the more pressing business of making this world a better place by raising your children to raise their children!!!!
said 4397 days ago (June 5th, 2007)
That's it.
Beyond a comment of "Gee, That's a nice song," I'm banning myself from posting anything more till I can remember to use only my best 'in church' language. Sorry I cussed Bill.
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