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Common Bones


Tom Atwood

 Genre: New Age

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A companion piece for Three Loops (my contest entry which used 3 TUMi loops). Like Three Loops, this composition features the Fitch cello. But there are no pre-recorded loops in this piece, although it does have a looped feel, is very repetitive, with subtle shifts.

The title is a play on the title of John Adams' orchestral masterpiece, "Common Tones in Simple Time," and "dry bones," Ezekiel's vision of corpses being reanimated. "There was a rattling," the prophet writes, "and the bones came together, bone to its bone."
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Uploaded: Apr 08, 2005 - 02:42:56 PM
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K.I.S.KISMET said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Love it!!
My kinda stuff, sounds like something off of Peter Gabriel's 'Passion'. Unique, intriguing....I don't know what else to say right now other than the picture scares me a little.
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Tom Atwood said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Love it!!
Hmmm...maybe I should label this explicit? I did not mean to frighten you,
KIS. Thanks for the comments, and for listening.
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said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Kind of Boring.......but that is the way it was meant to be.
Very Minimalistic, as some would say that Adams was a
minimalist. I think that you do a good job in the objective
of this song, at least as far as your song description goes.
I also lked the Fitch Cello quite a bit, your use of it that is.
I myself have not had much luck in making the fitch cello
sound very nice. I think that the sampling is just so rich
that it is hard to blend with other instruments. The
accompanying parts that you choose in this piece seem to
blend well with the fitch cello.

Any suggestions that I could make would be in reguards
to the overall interst level of the piece. However, I
understand that the style that you are trying to hold to
here is such that would not call for many of my
suggestions. This is just my personal preference though,
as I tend to like more "busy" sounding music.

Considering the style you were after, I congratulate you on
a job well done.
Tom Atwood said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Thanks MMM
I understand this kind of music--minimalism--is not for
everyone. My wife dislikes it, so much that I wear
headphones when listening to it. But I have always found
it interesting, in a subtle way. Thanks again.
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SlimGirlFat said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
I love this, I love the alternating melodies and beats
within the track. The cello is wonderful,, you are so very
very talented..

White Hawks said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Kewl song Mr. Atwood!
nice electro tunes and the cello tunes;) I like it very much!

thanks for sharing.

- Hawks
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alley-oop said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
Always tasty chops
Everything is tasty and it all fits. You're quite precise,
which I really admire. The picture a bit chilling. You're
guitar work on other tunes floors me.
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bronco said 5245 days ago (April 8th, 2005)
A definite Mood

I don't know what to say about this one. You are going
way beyond my limited knowledge of symphonic sound.
The mood is sort of foreboding and threatening. Don't get
me wrong, I know all music doesn't have to be happy and
for the right movie this would make a great soundtrack. In
fact, the pulsating rhythmic part reminds me of Risky
Business. I have always liked Cello and this is a nice tone.
I just miss hearing your vocals which are always so great.
But, as in everything you put out, the obvious musical
talent, taste and knowledge are there.
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said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
I like this. It also reminds me a bit of Passion, or more
specifically, some of the violinist's Shankar's inflections
when he plays in the lower registers of his 10 string violin.
I'll have to check out more of John Adams and, IIRC, the
pieces on the cd were not minimalist (not that I am
doubting that he does not also wirte in that style). Piano
reminded me of the german band Neu.
Very well done!
Tom Atwood said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Thanks Mungo. If you want to listen to Adams, here are a few suggestions to
start: Shaker Loops, Christian Zeal and Activity, The Chairman Dances, Short
Ride in a Fast Machine (along with Common Tones and Simple Time, my
personal favorite). His roots are defintitely in minimalism, although his later
works have broadened to the point where he is now probably the most
popular living American composer. His latest, On the Transmigration of Souls,
a 9/11 memorial piece, will bring tears to your eyes.
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said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
I'll check these out. (runs downstairs) OK. I have the Ensemble Modern's 1997
compact disc with Shaker Loops, Phrygian Gates and Chamber Symphony but
probably never read the liner notes until now. :)
I think what stuck with me most from my initial listenieng of this cd was
"Chamber Symphony".

Mr. S said 5245 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
yeah, I liked it, but it was a tad to repetitve for me. liked
the sound tho. Good job.
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Peter Greenstone said 5244 days ago (April 9th, 2005)
Great Companion
I love this. Such rich slow builds... Subtle. While it is
repetative in nature, there is plenty of variation and build
to keep it interesting for me. The cello parts give it so
much emotion and play so nicely with the tones and
patterns of the underlying music bed. This definitely
makes for a great companion to your Three Loops piece. I
think you could do a whole CD based on this concept.
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Stun Nutz said 5239 days ago (April 14th, 2005)
I love minimalism!
This reminds me of Steve Reich as well.
Great tune you have crafted here. Glad to here you
are exploring more within this genre...!
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Stun Nutz said 5239 days ago (April 14th, 2005)
About the pic...
...don't change it! It really adds to the mood of the piece.
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