Saturday, February 23, 2008

Please Listen To My Demo (or not).




Here's my special "Friday night Garage Band oeuvre":



Nilpferd will have spotted the reference at the very beginning, it's all downhill after that.

18 comments:

Blimpy McFlah said...

Nice work, I dig it.

Kickin it old school.

More please!

Frogprincess said...

Love it. How's it done? Programme? Where d'you get the samples? How d'ya mix it?

nilpferd said...

Excellent! Intro sounds very much like "On the corner" tablas, that reminds me of Charles Lloyd's ECM album Sangam, which has brilliant tabla work by Zakir Hussain in interplay with drummer Eric Harland. Worth checking out if you don't know it.
Re Madlib, a friend introduced me to Shades of blue, it's the best jazz remix album in my opinion- it put me on to some more obscure blue note albums, especially Bobby Hutcherson's Montara.
Madlib is hugely talented- I also love his instrumental "Jazz quintet" albums under the Yesterdays new quintet name- nice play with jazz cliche to create the illusion of a real group, whereas Madlib himself actually plays everything.

ejaydee said...

Like steenbeck this was made on GarageBand, the (Mac) programme that allows you to do these silly things. The samples come from various soundtracks (Napoleon Dynamite, In The Heat Of The Night, Snatch, and some dialogue from Les Bronzes someone had on his computer). Basically you have all these sample instruments and you can also insert some of your own music
I thought you'd recognise it Nilpferd! Although the tabla didn't come from Miles, but from GB's "Indian Tabla 02"

I thought you'd have liked it, but I was a bit disappointed by YNQ. I got the Stevie Wonder one, but I thought it lacked some oomph, maybe sounded a bit flat. I might give it another try.

nilpferd said...

I didn't like the Stevie Wonder YNQ either, also found it flat.
I have Angles without Edges, which is reminiscent of Weather Report, and Yesterday's Universe, which is a very good combination of hip hop and 70's jazz. Both are very good, it's more the sort of instrumental playing you hear on Shades of Blue.

goneforeign said...

Ejay: THAT WAS GREAT!!
Really good, loved it, very clean, very creative,
Go to the top of the class!

goneforeign said...

There's been a fair bit of comment re Apple here so I'll toss this bit in. It's my response to an 86 yr old email mate in UK who recently switched and asked for my thoughts re Apple's advertising, sorry it's a bit long winded.

Re. Macs; I can only relate to the advertising personally, I'm always interested in anything they have to offer but I don't buy much. About the only 'peripheral' that I've treated myself to is the iPod and I'd have bought that if it had come from Washington; I see that as being the equivalent of the Walkman, something portable for playing a CD on except it's way beyond that technically and I like that aspect of it, I could store a thousand CD's on it if I wanted to, and I have a thousand CD's, but that's not the way I use it. One thought occurs to me; the Mac audience [present company excepted] is generally a younger audience and perhaps, if they're working, more inclined to buy 'toys', I'm amazed at the number if iPhones they've sold given the price, but it has generally had rave reviews and it's THE phone to have so I suspect that a lot of young people have plunked down their credit cards, 'cos it doesn't cost anything when you do it that way. I am mildly interested in Apple's computer to TV system, only because I have about 4,327 songs on my computer and it would be nice if I could 'broadcast' them to my stereo system and then play them throughout the house; I've got speakers wired into every room. But beyond that I'm not liable to buy much from Apple unless this computer caught fire or got stolen, if that happened I wouldn't hesitate to buy the best that they have to offer. But consider the other side, they've got 90+% of the market, what does that say about their advertising and selling, what's the difference 'twixt them and Apple?

steenbeck said...

EJAYDEE!! that was really good. I'm more ashamed of my poor song than ever. I'm inspired to try again, though. I had thought of using samples from actual songs, but I got so carried away with virtual dub horns. If other RRers have a try we'll have to release an RR compilation album.

ejaydee said...

I don't know what to say, thank you all for your support. You obviously have a better opinion of it than I do. However this is probably the best one I'll ever do, since I am chronically unable to follow up on anything "successful". Maybe the recipe is to drink a jug of passion fruit and cashew fruit juice, followed by a whiskey and a kiwi caipiroska. I wanted to use more samples, but I was using too much memory, as I had already used a lot of tracks. There's even crickets in there somewhere.

ejaydee said...

Hey steenbeck, where d'you find those dub horns? The only brass I have is 4 Blues Harmonica and Orchestra Brass.

steenbeck said...

Ejaydee, under "Software Instruments">> Horns. It's not under Loops, it's the menu that slides in on the right when you double-click on a track. You can add one note at a time. Which is what I did for every track on my song except the drum break in the middle (which is suspiciously like that Amen Brother beat that you posted a link to--apple's version I guess). You can either play the instruments with your mouse on the tiny virtual keyboard, or use your keypad as a keyboard. I'm sure there's a tidier way to do it, but you can hear how sloppy mine turned out.

Blimpy McFlah said...

Overspill housekeeping: I demand a wee picture with every post, please. k, thanx,

ejaydee said...

I looked for one Blimp, honest, but it was late last night and I couldn't find anything appropriate. I'll see what I can do.

Blimpy McFlah said...

Cheers, it's never too late.

I'm just hung up on aesthetics, soz.

Anonymous said...

RE - macs vs PCs - once you go mac there's no going back, for real.

I have 3 macs at home, and work with both PCs and Macs for a living.

Macs do things PCs can only ever dream of.

Boom, for real.

glasshalfempty said...

Brilliant ejd - it wasn't made with garageband, it was made with talent. More please. I binned garageband to save space on the hard drive - you've now inspired me to go find the iLife disk and re-install it. Not that I have an ounce of musical talent, but if you don't try, you don't get...

ejaydee said...

I can assure you there's no musical talent there. JUst to make sure, Steenbeck "played" the instruments. I just put loops and effects together. Not that I'm undermining this sort of music-making, most of the music I've listened to is done this way. I used the George Clinton technique of the reverse stewpot. Add everything in there, and retract things to your liking.
"if you don't try, you don't get...": Exactly, the best thing is to just play around with it.

TracyK said...

Cool, I love it! Nice to hear some unusual samples too, though I am left with an overwhelming urge to watch Napoleon Dynamite again.