Get Fabulous

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“Welcome swingers! Pull up a groove and get fabulous! We’ve set the bar high with a bar-none no holds barred wet bar. Get loosey goosey and party hardy - it’s time to mingle!”

As I’ve gotten older I’ve really come to appreciate the kitschy ‘60’s era pop-jazz. This is the stuff being churned out by Henry Mancini, Esquivel, Herb Alpert, and was featured as intro music to such shows as Bewitched, I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space, Star Trek, and more. Granted there are minor stylistic differences between all the aforementioned themes, it all occupies the same kitschy space in my heart. There was very serious jazz happening at this time in many different pockets, but this is the music that Dad’s got on vinyl party compilations promising light dinner hits, swingin’ cocktail parties, and “exotic” dance stylings of the mambo, bossa nova, and cha-cha. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this stuff. I’m sure a lot of it comes from my love for Archer and The Venture Bros.

This track was created for a game called Pixel Hero - Prologue. This is game is actually a teaser - merely an appetizer for what is to come. If fully funded, I’ll have the opportunity to REALLY stretch out and write more music in this style. Please consider making a donation if you’re even the slightest bit interested in this project. Here’s more info:

This is really posted for review purposes, but you can find a loopable uncompressed version on my blog.

As always, comments and critiques are appreciated. I'm also looking for more work so if you would like to commission some custom music, please get in touch.

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Dude, you have a lot of really radical songs that I just checked out but I thought I'd leave a review for this one in particular.

It's convenient that you have so many songs out at this point that are loops and it shows you have a certain degree of diversity to what you are able to compose.

Love the samba-esque vibe on the percussion.

I don't hear much strings in modern jazz, it's something that I miss from the later end of the big band era where you would hear that more frequently. Very light and relaxing song overall, I think that you definitely got the desired result you were trying to achieve here.

I hope to hear some more of your work that is fleshed out into fuller compositions, while this is great, and I'm sure you would agree, this could be spun into so many wild and interesting directions! It would be great for a simple jazz trio or quartet to improv on at a club or something too.

Looking forward to more tunes!

sleepFacingWest responds:

Thank you! I recently ventured out into the freelance world after nearly a decade of post-school shit jobs and attempting to be an artsy fartsy avant garde arteeeest. Some of the stuff I'm putting here was written for specific projects which required short formats for a segment. A lot of the other stuff was written to showcase versatility. I've found people won't hire you for a project unless you can demonstrate that you've already written something in the exact style they want. I still haven't found professional niche yet, so I've been writing a bunch of short vignettes to cover more stylistic bases.

All that said, I totally agree. It's more satisfying writing something longer and more developed. A lot of what I find interesting in music has less to do with the raw musical material, and more with how it is manipulated and developed. If I can ever get through this "how the heck am I going to pay my rent, oh crap" phase of my life, I would love to work on some longer pieces.

I love the cute and mellow vibe this has. The instruments all work so well together, and the progression and sound design make this piece quite charming. I love the melodies around 1:00. I thought the drums were a bit too quiet, though. I know this was made for a videogame, but it kind of bothers me that the ending isn't either a) conclusive or b) good for looping. That said, you established the mood and atmosphere in this piece extremely well and I compliment you on your high-quality samples. Keep up the good work!

sleepFacingWest responds:

Thanks for the great feedback! This gives me a lot think about. I agree with a lot of it. Here's some of what I was thinking to give these choices some context:

The quiet drums were partially a mix choice based on the style from the 1960's. Amping up bass and percussion is something that people started doing a lot more starting with Disco and moving forward to Hip Hop and other synth based production. That said, I could probably pull the reverb down a bit in the congas and maybe compress them a bit more to make them pop. I'll play with it.

The Major 7th chord ending was made to lead back to the beginning of the track again. It was supposed to be good for looping, but I admittedly may have missed the mark on this one. Here's a sample of the track looped out once so you can hear what it should sound like.


That said, I was also hoping it would stand alone as an ending by itself. This version of a jazz standard has a similar sort of thing at the end.

Please hit me with suggestions, though. A lot of commentary I've gotten here criticize the abrupt endings. They're supposed to be short and sweet and loopable (each track is distributed on my blog with split intro and loop files so you can just loop the loopable bit as long as necessary for the game/video/whatever), but it's come up enough that I feel like I may be doing it wrong. OR maybe I should post tracks already looped out so it's obvious how they work? Donno.

Amazing, simple and well done, you have really done a really good job here.

sleepFacingWest responds:

Thanks! Every time I do a track like this I learn an awful lot about production. Who knew that making something sound like cheesy 60's soft pop was so hard?

Wow, I don't see this kind of music often. A very good job!

sleepFacingWest responds:

thank you!

Credits & Info

4.50 / 5.00

Jun 11, 2015
7:47 PM EDT
File Info
2.6 MB
1 min 9 sec

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