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Air on a C string



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An ambient meditation on my viola da gamba.

There's a million things wrong with this, but I'm still figuring it out.
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Uploaded: Jul 05, 2017 - 10:07:01 PM
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2017 - 10:07:01 PM Last Played: Jan 11, 2019 - 08:30:49 AM
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Skean said 559 days ago (July 6th, 2017)
Air on a C string
Peaceful I like it a lot.

Thanks for sharing, peace.
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PeterB7858 said 559 days ago (July 7th, 2017)
Air on a C string
A picture of your younger self? :-) I like the drone like nature of the piece and the string sound you have captured. Haunting. In a good way. Thanks.
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Calchas said 559 days ago (July 7th, 2017)
wrong! wrong! wrong!

---How is it that even your "wrong" stuff sounds better than the "right" posts of the rest of us MJers?

Way to work out the "kinks" bro...

Be well!
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Char said 559 days ago (July 7th, 2017)
isn't all it is cracked up to be. In imperfection there is soul, feeling and childlike expectation. If you keep working on some things, you kill their vibrancy. I guess I don't have to tell you this. But, I'm old and I do have an opinion about everything. It i\s wonderful, Vic, in a million different ways.

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MikeRobinson said 558 days ago (July 7th, 2017)
If there is anything wrong with this ...
... then I am at a loss to know just what it might be.   Well done.
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paul f. page said 558 days ago (July 8th, 2017)
Just ... plaintive
Nothing "wrong" about that. 9 minutes of a C-drone might be a little much, but it does set up a tone that is somehow relaxing. The few measures where you shift to Bb provided a big of respite and I was thinking you might suddenly dive off into something more melodic and harmonically adventurous, but that was apparently not your intention. But there is nothing "wrong" with this track as is. The instrument itself sounds wonderful.
(Tried listening last night, but MJ didn't work for anyone! Glad I caught this this morning.)
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sammydix said 557 days ago (July 8th, 2017)
Loved this!
It sounds as though it could be divided into separate movements of an ominous theme.
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Vic Holman said 557 days ago (July 8th, 2017)
hard not to notice the long sustaining notes. did you use the EH superego on this? either way it sets up a interesting base to build from and has a touch of a middle eastern flavor.

nicely played Victor and very mesmerizing composition.
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VicDiesel said 557 days ago (July 8th, 2017)
This used the SuperEgo fed into a tape echo emulation on the H-9. The feedback on the tape echo quickly removes all highs giving a pretty cool organic sounding low drone.

Glad you liked it. It served for me as a way of documenting me working on my viola da gamba skills. That instrument has been hanging on the wall for too long.
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b0rn2w0rsh1p said 556 days ago (July 9th, 2017)
I really like the drone...
I hope you don't mind if I borrow that idea... I have played with a couple violinists, and had fun playing the "Cello" part on my eBow.

Great piece for a Sunday night! Contemplative and relaxing. It must be a challenge to master the bow on such a piece. If I may ask, how many parts are there... it sounds like 2 or 3 parts supplying the drone alone! Great ending!
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VicDiesel said 556 days ago (July 10th, 2017)
This is live, one take. I've been experimenting with live electronics for playing ambient stuff. So this is based on an ElectroHarmonix SuperEgo feeding into an Eventide H-9 tape echo emulation. I play a note or a chord, freeze it in place with the SuperEgo and feed that into the H-9. That's the drone, and then I just play over it. The harmony shifts when I freeze a new chord or bass note.

For the ending I turn off the SuperEgo, and then dial down the feedback on the H-9, so that the drone gradually disappears.
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Henke said 555 days ago (July 10th, 2017)
Thanks and take care,

P.S. There were definitely gambas in the renaissance ensemble I played in as a kid (alto basson), but they did not sound quite like this ;-)
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Warren Smith said 555 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
Airing it out
If there are a million things wrong, then how come it sounds so right?

Perhaps some of those things you think of as wrong are elements I think of as adding nuanced complexion.

Your sonic experiments keep creating unusual listening experiences.
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Calchas said 555 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
Seems several folks MISunderstood my "wrong, wrong, wrong" joke. (They should have read my entire comment!)

Back for a second listen to this fine piece!

Be well bro!
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bud said 553 days ago (July 12th, 2017)
Hi Vic
this is wonderful.
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In past lives, VicDiesel was a country fiddler, a shawm player at the Burgundy court, bellows pumper for JS Bach, Geoff Emerick's factotum, and a beggar playing drums in the streets of Calcutta for alms. Unusually, the memories of all that co... [see more]

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Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise.

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