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Sounds of New York City

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Here was something that I wrote while I was on a trip to the mountains. The trip was really nice but I missed the city a lot so I wrote this to try and combat the homesickness. There are certain things about the composition that I'd like to explain:

1. I picked the jazz medium because New York City (yep, that's where I'm from!) is a major jazz hotspot.
2. The rhythm of the bassline is a rhythm that was "played" by the subway tracks (I don't know how to explain it. New Yorkers will know what I'm talking about.
3. The piano rhythm is a rhythm I remember a street poet using.
4. The main melody (introduced by the organ) on top of all this represents my thoughts (The organ stuff at 3:36 is just a solo).


P.S. I know the sound of the horns suck. Fuck MIDI

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great synthdrum work!

see! compare this drumming with the drumming in wild car ride (wrote that review first), and you'll see what I mean. Im a sucker for complex drumming that adds more than beat, thats why Gavin Harrison appeals to me so much. but anyways,
I too would like to hear more melodic solos sometimes. something slow that you take your time with, but the solos in this flow well, and I enjoyed them more than in some previous work. that high pitched solo at around 2:10 is the best, flows very nicely. theres a gr8 variety of different keyboards in here and it makes for a very interesting and catchy song. I really like this song, and have little to dislike about it. excellent work!

P.s. you should try incorporating some samples sometime! like cool lines from movies or other archive stuff. I think u know what I mean.

and hey, forget genres man, im just gonna call this a cool jazzish song and leave it at that.


Too much bass drum for jazz :p
The straight-eights on the organ is kinda weird, maybe try swinging it?
The bass line is awesome, I like it.
The horns + piano sound really cool.
Just a personal taste, I would make the solos more melodic, but that's just me. :D
I noticed you like a much more organic-type of soloing, which is awesome.

On the whole, play on offbeats more (syncopation), less bass drum, cool rhythm piano and horns. :D

I want to give a 7.5, but I can't lol. So, you get an 8. :D


Ah, now the track is perfect!
First of all, l would like to thank you for following my advice...you know, you don't find many artists like you anymore...
Anyway the track really reminded me of a city at night...it has quite a lot of effects but it never gets messy, it's fresh, cool and stylish....great job!

adompeace responds:

Well I always take into consideration what others have to say in terms of improving and you gave some good advice :)

Different...yet somehow familiar.

For some reason, I've heard the first piano part before, and I've never been to New York. Wierd, huh? Great composition.

adompeace responds:

What you hear the piano playing is actually very common in jazz so I'm not surprised when you say you've heard it before.


Very good... I am just wondering... wut kind of jazz os this?... solos don't stick to the chords played by the piano on the background... it sounds kinda acid jazz?... free jazz?... the organ sounds as if the player is improvising letting himself get away from the melody, then letting the horns get the melody back :P...

If I am correct, you stick to only 2 chords the whole song... maybe adding a couple more (and some of them with their solos) would make the song richer... 'tis wut I would do :D.... I loved the track anyway... I dig the drum beat

adompeace responds:

I'm not sure what kind of jazz this is. I want to call it fusion but it's not rock enough. It's just jazz! lol

Yeah, only two chords. But my intention was to put focus on the rhythm of everything going on since the rhythms are programmatic, as I explain in the description.

Glad you liked it!

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Jul 17, 2009
9:42 PM EDT
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6.5 MB
4 min 43 sec

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