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1969


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Tom Atwood

 Genre: New Age

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This is an adaptation of a piano piece I wrote when I was thirteen--in 1969. It was never recorded until tonight, when it became my first all GarageBand tune. I bought a digital keyboard this week, plugged it in, and feel like a kid in a candy shop. Almost like I'm 13 again.

Since this is my first GB piece, I welcome all criticism, comments, suggestions re: mix, percussion, strings, etc.
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Uploaded: Mar 12, 2005 - 01:51:51 PM
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2005 - 09:06:24 PM Last Played: Jun 09, 2019 - 08:15:01 AM
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Casio Privia PX-300
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said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
Repetitive
But hey, you were only 13.

There's a number of muffed notes that could easily be
massaged in the editing window.

I think the amount of echo you used may be counter-
productive in spots. Double the keyboard track onto a
new track, same instrument with less echo on it and use it
in the denser parts, cutting out the less desirable track in
sections.

You choice of percussion is pretty unusual. Be nice if it
played a larger part.

The strings sound very synthetic. May as well jump into
the deep end and use a full blown synth pad and go for a
more obvious synth sound.
Tom Atwood said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
Repetitive
Thanks for listening and for the suggestions. The piece is repetitive by
design, a teen stab at early minimalism. But I agree with you about the strings
sounding synthetic. I probably need to explore the different synth sounds and
replace the strings with something else.

This is much different from what I am used to: a mic and a guitar.

Thanks again.
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thetiler said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
I'll bet it is nice ro reminise
Nice, you must have a good memory.

Sounds like your music kind of matures at the end.
Seems like your gonna have fun with GB :)

Thanks for sharing
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said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
In 1969
The strings would have been done on a Mellotron. :)
I think that it sounds fine as it is.
I enjoyed this, the rhythm, melody and production.
Iseae said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
Loved that lead
I agree with Troy, it would have been great to have taht
percussion play a lager part in the song. It's so
interesting. The song was a little repetative, but still held
my attention for the whole song. I really liked your lead
synth, but would have like the background strings to
come in a little louder, they were hard for me to discern.
Not bad for a 13 year old.
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Tom Atwood said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
Loved that lead
Thanks Leila. In recording this I was trying to be true to the minimalist
approach I took to this doodle when I composed it 36 years ago (ouch!).
That's why the percussion is so spare. But I suppose to be really true I should
just record a piano only version.

Glad you like the lead.
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Peter Greenstone said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
nice idea
It's really cool that you still had that idea in your head
from back then. I like this melody a lot. It's simple yet
complex in its emotions.

This is an iteresting change from your other music.
You've got quite a range of styles. That's very cool.

I'm not sure exactly what to suggest for this. Well,
something does come to mind: It does seem like there is
space for more in there. I know you were going all digital
on this one, but you know what I hear fitting in here really
well? ...a live solo cello or perhaps violin. As far as I
know, you don't play (or own) either of those instruments,
but that's what I hear fitting in there with what you have.
Midi probably just wouldn't sound righ on a solo
instrument like that. Maybe someone could play a part
that you write.
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Tom Atwood said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
nice idea
Thanks Peter. There aren't many piano pieces rattling around in my head, but
this is one that has always been with me. Whenever I sit down and try out a
piano or keyboard, this is what I play. In fact, that's probably why it's the first
tune I recorded with the new keyboard. When I brought it home and hooked it
up, this is what I played. And then played around with the GB toys...
Check out my latest song called Vanishing Pezzicato
said 5302 days ago (March 12th, 2005)
Thirteen!!

This is real good for a thirteen year old. Kudos. I found
this keyboard song to be a delight. As far as GBand input,
I'll leave that to other's with more knowledge and
experience. Just knwoing you composed this at 13 and
now hearing you play it at age, hmmm let me think now...
49 (close enough), kind of gives a little window into
knowing that kid who now sings and plays guitar so well.
Have fun with GB.

Jack
Tom Atwood said 5302 days ago (March 13th, 2005)
Thirteen!!
48! (at least for a couple more months)

Thanks for the kind words, Jack. It's fun for me to think about the 13-year-old, with all his dreams, who wrote this. Imagine if GarageBand had existed in 1969?
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said 5301 days ago (March 13th, 2005)
Thirteen!!
If GarageBand had existed in 1969... then no one would have shown up at
Woodstock!! That would have altered the time/space continuem and,
and......................... too scary!

; )

Jack

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Making melody with your heart...
_nderscore said 5302 days ago (March 13th, 2005)
light & airy
very upbeat & nimble batch of sounds. i enjoyed how the
elements build. the use of stringed synth washes in the
latter half was a masterful way to take the song in a
different direction without altering what was already there.
my critique would be that the notes in the first 30 secs or
so seemed a little scattered compared to the remainder of
the song (see troy's comment re: echo FX). really nice job
on the keys & perc
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Tom Atwood said 5302 days ago (March 13th, 2005)
light & airy
Thanks _nderscore. For someone who has only rarely played on digital instruments, it is very tempting for me to overuse the effects. When I firstplayed that echo piano, I liked how some notes doubled, almost like two pianos at once. But I think for some listeners it is distracting.

What I may do is rework this piece with multiple pianos, no echo, and see where that goes. Thanks for the comments.
Check out my latest song called Vanishing Pezzicato
Rebsie said 5302 days ago (March 13th, 2005)
I was born in 1969 ...
... so I thought I'd come and have a listen. Very
tuneful and thoughtful. I particularly like the passage
which leads up to the ending. Very nice. Congrats on
your first GB production ... may there be many more
to come.
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said 5301 days ago (March 13th, 2005)
First Time Firing up the Casio.........sweet.
Nice work man. I really liked this piece of music and it
was different and unique enough so that I even listened a
second and then a third time. Each time I liked it more
and more. I like that there is some complexity in your
chord progessions and thing aren't going just where we
expect them to in this one. Nice job with being different
in your style. I don't know that this song needs to be
changed at all...........or if you do change it up then be
sure and save this mix as well. I like the simplicity of
instrumentations here, and the sample that you used is
really mellow and nice. I think that if you add too much of
anything to that it may just cloud things up........who
knows though.

Great Job with this one!! Here's to many more to come!!!!
said 5301 days ago (March 13th, 2005)
First Time Firing up the Casio.........sweet.
Nice work man. I really liked this piece of music and it
was different and unique enough so that I even listened a
second and then a third time. Each time I liked it more
and more. I like that there is some complexity in your
chord progessions and thing aren't going just where we
expect them to in this one. Nice job with being different
in your style. I don't know that this song needs to be
changed at all...........or if you do change it up then be
sure and save this mix as well. I like the simplicity of
instrumentations here, and the sample that you used is
really mellow and nice. I think that if you add too much of
anything to that it may just cloud things up........who
knows though.

Great Job with this one!! Here's to many more to come!!!!
Mystified said 5299 days ago (March 16th, 2005)
Wow...
That you could take something from that long ago and
recreate it...and so beautifully.

I simply and honestly enjoyed every moment of it.
Can't think of anything to say, except...

Kudos to you, and thanks for bringing it back and sharing
it here!
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K.I.S.KISMET said 5298 days ago (March 16th, 2005)
Unaging zeal
Terrific and original melody . Love the choice of percussion. All the right elements are here, they just need some accentuation. The build up at the ending was a nice touch, I would have liked to have heard more of that.
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Tom Atwood said 5298 days ago (March 16th, 2005)
Thanks
Rebsie, MMM, Mystified and KIS, for the kind words. I
remember in 1969, most of the people (friends & family)
who heard this tune just thought it was odd. The
reception 36 years later is much warmer...
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packosmokes said 5297 days ago (March 18th, 2005)
Strange
Y'know, I can totally hear this in some kind of
documentary on PBS.... might not sound like a
compliment, but it is. It's that strange sort of thought
provoking sound of the early 80s... okay, I'll shut up now.
:P

Doesn't sound at all like 1969, though... you were ahead
of your time!
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Tom Atwood said 5296 days ago (March 18th, 2005)
Strange
Hmmm...now that you mention it. Maybe I should use this as a soundtrack for
one of my own documentaries??? Thanks Mr. Smokes.
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TobinMueller said 5296 days ago (March 18th, 2005)
Joy in playing
I hear the joy in the playing. Love the choice of dreamy
circus sounds. I like the mellow falling bass line. As for
suggestions... after the B-section, when you end it and
start your recapitulation, it sounds like a cut and fade in,
which made for an off-putting transition for me. I like the
variations to the chordal structure in the recap section,
and the addition of strings and lower frequencies. Nice
use of the stereo field. It perculates in a compelling way
throughout, altho perhaps takes too long to deepen and
widen, and then stops before the promise of something is
fulfilled. (Consider a coda?)
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TennesseeVic said 5293 days ago (March 21st, 2005)
I like this!
The piano sounds as if there is a sync'ed echo on it. This
is a very cool texture. Interesting chords too.
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said 5293 days ago (March 21st, 2005)
"New Teenage" - a new genre?
Sounds good to me. I like the floating, traveling sensation
this piece evokes. I had no problem staying quiet in my
seat for the entire ride.
White Hawks said 5292 days ago (March 22nd, 2005)
Great!!
Coool! This song sounds a bit mysterious and I like it. I
can't believe that this song is composed by 13 years old.

I really enjoyed listening to it!

- Hawks.
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said 4587 days ago (February 26th, 2007)
Fantastic
Vive la repetition!!!!

I really like this song

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