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This was the final project for last term's digital music class, made with Pro Tools and Reason 3. I've made some further edits to it, so I feel pretty safe in making it public now.

Variously in 5/4 and 4/4 time. Made entirely from the following newly-recorded sounds (isolated regions with Pro Tools, then imported into Reason):

-Chewbacca voice imitation (looped)
-Glass hit
-Pop bottle whistle (looped)
-Tuba low
-Tuba high (looped)
-Tuba multiphonics

-Shoe zipper
-5 mouth noises
-breath in
-"ding" (voice)
-Ruler twang
-Ride cymbal hit

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I dig most of it and I definitely give you props for trying ANYTHING in the damned 5/4 signature. The only thing that got me was the high tuba part. I guess I would have preferred it to be trumpet or maybe a lil quieter because the whole song seems just kind of chill to me and then the tuba comes in and it just seems to be a lil too loud.

Esn responds:

Thanks for the review. I often feel most comfortable in odd time signatures, oddly enough. It's an easy way to do interesting things with rhythms. The new song that I'm working on is in 7/4.

Now that I listen to it, I think you're right about the high tuba/trumpet part. It should sound as if it comes from a greater distance, and a bit more fuzzy.

Of course, songs can sound very different on different speakers, also...

Nice to know I'm not alone

It's nice knowing I'm not the only person who enjoys playing with odd time signatures. (One of my latest pieces - "Fox Hunt Over Rooftops" - is composed entirely in 7/4.)

My only real complaint about this song is that the trumpet is a bit intrusive; when it comes in, it kinda' takes over the piece. I'd've toned it down a bit if I were you.

My fave bit is the transition that starts around 1:44. Very nifty.



This is an absolutely terrific little piece of music. I love the trumpet and the accordion... so bizarre and sarcastic.

Cool song

It has a very mysterious circus feel to it. The one thing that kinda bugged me was the Tuba part at :35 and 2:15 or so. I was thinking something about that needed to be changed, like maybe if you added some release it might blend with the song better. It was a good song regardless, nice work Esn. :)

Esn responds:

Thanks Snowman. I'm not quite sure what you mean about the tuba part, though - it's not obvious to me... it's possible that it sounds differently on your speakers/headphones than it does on mine... that's a constant headache.

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3.90 / 5.00

Jun 21, 2009
3:14 PM EDT
File Info
3.3 MB
2 min 37 sec

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