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Ye Olde Monk Of Funk



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I was searching through an old hard drive and found these church organ parts I'd recorded 2 years ago using a boss digital recorder.I think the idea at the time as that I just switched on the metronome and improvised on whatever (1-4-5 chords it would seem) before the thing was dismantled and moved,I guess with an aim to using them at a later date.
So I put them into Muzys which is the software I use most (and has incidentally been re-released with a whole new bunch of features as Mutools/Mulab for osX & windows,though I'll stick with retro version which was the first softare I ran on a beige G3 Mac os 9.1) but my playing was a bit out of sync and the organ a bit out of tune with my (untunable vst) instrument so I fiddled around changed pitch of organ part to be in tune,then fiddled with tempo to get it as close as possible,then found some of my playing was simply not very good timing,so streched bits not very subtly here and compressed other bits here and there.
No part was supposed to go with anything else so I experimented then just shoved em together anyway.The weird timing in the bars is just because thats the best bit of my playing I could sample so it just had to end there - I didnt plan to have some weird time signature.I kind of got into it,because its always amused me for some reason the idea of somebody funking out in a cassock on a keyboard in church.I'm sure they probably do - and indeed why not! I am probably thinking of the Old Landmark from Blues Brothers there.I went to a church of england school but I was always fascinated by gospel choirs and still have never ceased the oppurtunity to go along,but am still fascinated.
May be a bit bass heavy as I 've no headphones so mixed it through some cheap usb speakers,and it probably goes on and on too much as I can be as much a glutton for repetition as for variety.

Anyhow - thank you for listening
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Uploaded: Aug 13, 2013 - 09:17:34 PM
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2016 - 06:35:07 PM Last Played: May 02, 2019 - 05:01:20 AM
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tmcfate said 2255 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
monk of funk
A bit soft machinie, who I love, on now maybe a bit of ELP, but quite original as well. This keeps me on my toes like a goal keeper in hockey. the rhythms and syncopation are a delight. great playing
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paddler said 2255 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
Thank you
now you come to mention it i listened to soft machine when i as an art student.still can't remember what tracks are on what albums though - numbering albums instead of titles confuses my simple brain.glad your train stopped by for a while and hope you didnt leave misconcepted! Rich
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Outtaorbit said 2255 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
So simple it's
Maddening .....
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Skean said 2255 days ago (August 14th, 2013)
Funk it up
Yes, this got me going, nice wake up, thanks.
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MarkHolbrook said 2255 days ago (August 14th, 2013)
You always
have the coolest stuff possible! A long time ago I told myself to get a little strange with my music but I just don't seem to be able to think that way. This is strangely good! Very good!

Nicely done!
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alackbass said 2255 days ago (August 14th, 2013)
Ye Olde Monk Of Funk
It's a rare man that can make a church organ sound funky! There's a nice hook to the main theme and some great riffing on a variety of tasty keyboards. So good to hear from you!
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PeterB7858 said 2255 days ago (August 14th, 2013)
Ye Olde Monk Of Funk
I smiled as I pictured the funky monk. Some really catchy improvisation that had me seat-jiving (not a pew in sight, though...) Creative, repetitious spontaneity :-) Enjoyed, thanks! Regards, Peter.
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Moviz said 2252 days ago (August 17th, 2013)
A Bit
of a 'with it' guy this old Monk Ha ha....there's some excellent rhythm and timings going on here Richard and that sound change about 3-03 sent my ears funny, but this is very catchy as well as original.....great keyboard work, cheers M
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peacepiano said 2250 days ago (August 18th, 2013)
Cool hook holding all this together. And maybe it is a bit longer than needed but I still listened a few times before commenting. When its good you can play over and over.
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DWL said 2250 days ago (August 19th, 2013)
I thought I'd commented on this.

Funky monk indeed.

Considering it's basically one riff this really trucks along very nicely. Lots of different textures and great fun.


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Loob said 2249 days ago (August 20th, 2013)
Fonky fer sure!
I can dig it!
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grah3am said 2249 days ago (August 20th, 2013)
and entertaining. Always a good combination.
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VicDiesel said 2247 days ago (August 21st, 2013)
monk of funk

(The initial organ rhythm is a bit obvious on the beat. I sometimes spice up pieces by taking such a rhythm and shifting it by a beat. Just a thought.)
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Jarvoid said 2217 days ago (September 21st, 2013)
What Vic said ....
whereas I listen to a beat and absolutely ,resolutely, do not play to it !!......lol
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sschedra said 2151 days ago (November 26th, 2013)
The sound is very full on this. A neat idea, executed well. I am listening on my speakers and I don't think its bass heavy (as I said its really full sounding, and balanced). Did you play guitar on this? I like it.
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racerat said 2140 days ago (December 7th, 2013)
Monk of Funk
Just goes to show that killer tunes can be made of bits and pieces with old software and non-tunable VST instruments as long as the dude at the helm of it all is as talented as our dear friend Richard. Very fun and funky and kind-of irreverent in a reverent kind of way.
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Skunkwrx said 2095 days ago (January 20th, 2014)
Ye Olde Monk Of Funk
Late to the party, but saw your name come up commenting on a Gaylen75 song and thought I'd swing by. Love the story about how this was created. Planned obsolescence is about the only thing that keeps me from loving the computer with my utter soul - though I'm pretty close. Good for you to buck the trend. This is a fun tune. Meanders around and just keeps you head bopping. Thanks.

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