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The very first thing I created with Garageband. The purpose was to acquaint myself with GB and the use of loops and samples. I only had a bass at the time so other than the bass and the melody, which is also my bass using the voice modulator in GB, the rest is all loops from various sources.

The inspiration was an occurrence in my wife's life that was particularly poignant. The melodic influence was "What's New Pussy Cat" which I play a bit of in the fade.
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Uploaded: Jul 06, 2009 - 03:01:18 PM
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2009 - 03:01:18 PM Last Played: Jul 08, 2019 - 05:22:05 PM
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FrankAxtell said 3696 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
nice
very sweet groove
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awigze said 3696 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Clambake
Love the bass line... The melody works as well on bass. Nice touches.
Andy
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Chimalus said 3696 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Pristine sound...
Since it's mostly loops I can't comment too much on the instrumentality (other than the bass, which meshed perfectly), but I really like the arrangement. It's a clean progression that leaves me nodding my head and smiling. And the context is humorous. Mysterious even. I wonder what that poignant occurrence was. X3
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Clambake said 3696 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
That would be telling
the story is a bit too personal to share here but I can say that it is one of growth through adversary and an eventual return to one's basic nature, older but wiser. Sorry if that only adds to the mystery.

Thanks to all for giving it a listen. When I have time I will start to replace the loops with real playing.
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ktb said 3696 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
catnip
like its namesake, playful and full of sweet textures. Hard to believe you can pull such continuity out of the gb loops its sounds really seamless. Must be that bass playing :-) and hey you got Frank to comment on it, so thats a gold star right there. Check out his stuff, its insane(ly) good.
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Elevator_Funk said 3696 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Man this is good
it's hard to believe this is loops it sounds so smooth. I wish I could use loops that well. The bass and melody are killer by the way. who needs more instruments really, if you can do this.
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Clambake said 3696 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Loops
I am far from an expert with loops but if it helps anyone flesh out their ideas I will explain how I use them.

In GB when searching for a suitable loop I order the loops by type so that the midi loops are all together at the top of the list. I do this because I would prefer a midi to a real instrument loop, editing midi is much easier. The midi loop doesn't have to fit nearly as precisely, as long as melodic and rhythmic content is anywhere close it can be molded to fit. Changing the midi instrument, editing the notes, editing the expression and sustain until the loop fits as perfectly as possible. As the song progresses all the midi loops are constantly being tweaked for timing and pitch.

Real instrument sample loops are a different chore. Because the instrument cannot be changed and the pitch and rhythm can only be changed slightly before the sample sounds weird, all I can do is apply effects and then cut and paste. I find I can usually change the pitch by two or three semi tones and the tempo by five to ten BPMs before it gets strange. After that it is all cutting out any notes or rhythms that don't fit and pasting in ones that do. This is painstaking work and means zooming all the way in on the wave form and making all edits at the zero line. I have found that if the visual representation of the wave form looks good at the edit, it will sound good too.

Sometimes I have done so much micro editing on a loop that I feel that in a way I played it. I know for sure that I have spent more time over some loops than the musician that originally played it did. If I had a keyboard I would not use loops as often, but until I do I am learning lots about how to manipulate the lowly loop, the musical tool that most people love to hate.
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mowguy3 said 3695 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
Just like
this style music and you certanly do it well. Fine recording in my ears,very smooth. Thank you.
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scaustrita said 3695 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
Bass
Great bass line, and extraordinary use of loops.
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Kody106 said 3695 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
whew..
Your very clean when it comes to this kinda stuff! Keep it up i like this!
kody
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Jarvoid said 3690 days ago (July 12th, 2009)
Ja Verrrry
nice indeedy ,had a little noodle around this and very relaxing it was too

I should get some more relaxing jazz in my diet...good one ......Jarvoid
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MikeRobinson said 2519 days ago (September 25th, 2012)
Nice and simple
Anything with catnip is going to attract my attention, of course! Very nice music to work by. Engaging shifts and variety throughout the piece. The loops aren't objectionable.
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