mre's 100 Most Recent Comments

Van Gogh by lyla 3 days ago

Way intense! There's really a lot of stuff in here… When I was in Musée D'Orsay I got to see the Van Gogh self portrait with the swirls, I recently learned that he pre dated expressing quantum fluid dynamics by almost 2 centuries with those swirls, I looked at it for a long time. Glad I hung in past the rapid panning, if you were designing a listener filter that might be it... Thank you, thank you for the little French rapperette! smiley
In a sentimental mood by lyla 5 days ago

Wonderful sentimental singing! <3 It's amazing to hear the progress of this piece in all its iterations... that it has come so far is a testament to Lyla's hard work and perseverance! It underlines that musical creations are works in progress and what we hear are but snapshots along the way. smiley
Sunset by lana 5 days ago
Nice build, groove, changes and wind down at the end...

Maybe a melody and bridge to make the structure more complete? smiley
Ex millitary by lyla 6 days ago

That's some mighty fast talking... and there's that quote again, what was it now?
Est-ce que tu le rap en français? Je aimerais ça!
You nail the consistency of the beat through the craziness. Creative, cool stuff! smiley
In A Sentimental Mood by mre 7 days ago
Thanks for taking the trouble to comment, Jon @JonCSebastian and Joyce @Little_Hooligan and your listens. I will pass on your suggestions to Lyla, as this was her project. I initially gave her some tracks intended to outline the form and harmony in a functional way to scratch and replace later but she took the initiative to include them in this version of a Billy Strayhorn standard. We had much correspondence about the form as there are some interludes added, it's been a good challenge. We have another jazz ballad in the latter stages where this time I've had the pleasure of being in the driver's seat, stay tuned... smiley
You Don't Have To Cry (Crosby, Stills & Nash cover) by Little_Hooligan 7 days ago
Good work to nail all those vocal harmonies, captures the spirit of the song. The arpeggios on the keys provides a good grounding and the back beat tambourine lays it down. smiley
Nature Boy by Piyali 8 days ago
@OpenC perhaps you are feeling a different initial down beat, unlike rock the downbeat is not always accented; it is all timed out with a click in 2, if you count from the downbeat ("was") you will find it is so. I was going for a cuban son type of feel whereby the downbeat is most often anticipated; I also sometimes indulge myself with the time, disguise the downbeat or reorient the sense of the beat to the listener. Thanks for your listen and taking the time to comment! smiley
Nature Boy by Piyali 8 days ago
Many thanks for your appreciative comments and taking the time to listen. It was a long and involved process, begun in June, with discussions as to key and tempo, trying different temporary backing accompaniments as a guide to vocal takes, then many instrumental takes to replace the scratch tracks and finally the mixes of which there are at least 5. All this to be able to approximate a live performance, I try to do a continuous take with the instrumental tracks but must admit there was a little surgery smiley
I have really appreciated working with Piyali, her rich and expressive voice and her patience with me. Thank you! smiley
Songs 18-2 by RTe 9 days ago
A fine group collaboration! smiley
Hello yeezus 2 by lyla 10 days ago
Yeesus! An energetic pastiche with elements of post industrial film noir, smaug reappears to engage a Gagaesque motif. smiley
Don't go by lyla 10 days ago
... smiley
Doctone Blues (For Kenny Kirkland) by FranEstein 11 days ago
Blues always gives a lift smiley
Junk Bass by FranEstein 11 days ago
Groovy in a Marcus kind of way! Lovely piano at the end... smiley
Equinox (J.Coltrane) by FranEstein 11 days ago
An interesting take on this tune with a hip hop influenced beat. Enjoyed the improvised keyboard lines, great phrasing! smiley
Peace by Lagusaya2 12 days ago
Peace! smiley
Lyla's curse final part : The sacrifice by lyla 15 days ago

Can it be the final? Fascinating 'til the end, I am partial to munchkin choirs; incredible gender transformation of the lead voice... I await the re-birth from the ashes.

Really like the image, the colours... smiley
Lyla's curse part 2 by lyla 16 days ago
Dammit, Lyla! Totally OTT at the end… amazing!

<3 the bass!
Lyla's Curse by RTe 16 days ago
The addition of the bass ties the harmony together and cements the groove. The mix is spacial and detailed. Inspired and brilliant! smiley
lyla's curse part 1 by lyla 19 days ago

"The night is dark and full of terrors!" Better stay on your right side... smiley
Distorted dimension by lyla 22 days ago

U've been busy! Lots of stuff in here! Can't quite make out what the "dude" voice is saying... sound design and effects are cool and of course early choral snippets. Like, like the painting!
In A Sentimental Mood by mre 25 days ago
Thanks for your listen and comment, Ramona, yes she's very clever! smiley
Cosmopolitan by Argales 27 days ago

Expansive, sophisticated, you're on to something here, Maria! smiley
Message in a bottle (Cover) by wescurry45 29 days ago
Very musical and lyrical, enjoyed the bass! smiley
Black and blue by lyla 1 month ago

Nice bottom! Nice and low, the way I like it smiley the vocals are a sweet surprise. Super subs of the future will thank you for their raison d'être...
Birdemic by lyla 1 month ago
Reminds me a bit of Indian pop smiley lots of 'verb on that flute. Poor birdie... smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 1 month ago
Thanks for the observations and listens @Mungo. Practically speaking, when playing in small clubs, the bandstand will only allow the drums to be set up on the side. But his allows far greater communication with the rhythm section than the typical set-up with drums at the back and behind everyone else. Thanks for the references, I'll check them out! smiley
UnRepentant by Mungo 1 month ago
Drums and guitar has always been a thing... smiley
nightshift by eagle 1 month ago
A choir of one! smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 1 month ago
Thanks for popping by... smiley
Ritual for the beast by lyla 1 month ago
I love those early polyphonic contrapuntal choral works... We did some, when I was studying, by Palestrina, beautiful!

Monster sounds are smaugalicious! smiley
Sounds of death (car crash) by lyla 1 month ago
Itchy, edgy and dire...

I like the roll in the ground rhythm, cool, sounds as if it was done on a drum pad triggering a synth patch or something
Micheal jackson by lyla 1 month ago
Nice, I like when the harmony gets dense at 1:00 smiley

Michael Jackson had great bass lines... hmmm...
My last song by lyla 1 month ago

So long, it's been good to know you, hope it wasn't anything I said! smiley

This is beautiful, Lyla, the nature sounds are evocative and the free keyboard explorations are sensitive and musical. The harmony sounds like it's about to go into cool modal diatonic 4ths [there I go again! Just shut the ... up, mre!] anyway, I *think you should keep going making songs, especially with singing smiley

* Do I hear a seconder?

ps the birdies seemed unperturbed by the direwolf, if that's what it was...
Crosses ft Anna by lyla 1 month ago
Wont fall over then... smiley

Nice collaboration. smiley
Musical murder case 1 by lyla 2 months ago
Really like the art too!
Musical murder case 1 by lyla 2 months ago
A musical collage, er... killer! Hehe, how did you get that file size? smiley
Lyla in wonderland by lyla 2 months ago
Cool harmonic sequence and groove with lots of variation, you should rap! smiley

Only loops!?
some shiny stuff x A.L.Y.L by lyla 2 months ago
Existentially marks the spot. Righteously random... D-dorian!

Ask Lyla You L... [?] smiley
Rainbow girls 2 by lyla 2 months ago
Thanks for trying,
It Looks The Same To Me by DJShadowkat 2 months ago
Crisp and wide, enjoyed the nature sounds and laid back groove.

We all share responsibility to steward our world and live sustainably.
Funk Groove (8bars Preview) by Argales 2 months ago
So far so good, Maria! smiley
Rainbow girls 2 by lyla 2 months ago
New sounds for Christmas? smiley

I like the urgency, the mini breakdown, the modulation gives a sense of "going somewhere" then...

I don't get the "drag" bit, drag what?
TGTE by lyla 2 months ago
Too good to end?

Sey, gninnigeb eht yllaer si dne eht? smiley
rinca and me having a jam by rogerboreham 2 months ago
Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you too! smiley
you used to be there by lyla 2 months ago
Everything changes smiley

Speaking of which this is a really good harmonically since it includes all the chords in the key systematically unfolding in the most smooth and musical way possible. Good for improvisation as it takes you through all the modes of the diatonic scale. The strong sense of tonality makes the neighbouring chromatic notes really stand out. Yeah.

BTW MC & HNY best for '15! smiley
Mental Overdrive by DJShadowkat 2 months ago

Glad to hear you have a dedicated space, can save lots of set up time and avoid distractions!

Love the pseudo vocal sounds and groove in this, great depth and breadth and urgency to the sounds, many levels of dynamics.

Enjoyed! smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 2 months ago
Thank you for your listen, rating and kind comment @JonCSebasian! smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 2 months ago
Many thanks, Tom! smiley
LOOK, what a good boy I am, Mom & Dad by wescurry45 2 months ago
FYI I am legit listener, # 29...

Materfull music hall piano playing. The bolero triplets are amazingly consistent, remind me of fiddler's cut bowing. Captures the mood of impish joy on Christmas Eve, well done! smiley
Aphrodisiac by jrahn 2 months ago
Cool the way the "1" is disguised at the intro. Way funky! smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 2 months ago
Many thanks @jrahn smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 2 months ago
smiley Thanks for coming by and for your comments, I always enjoy hearing what the listener thinks, always helpful feedback. @ffej55 Jeff, I have lately developed a new appreciation for Tony Williams, I didn't realize his interest in composition and orchestration, what a tragedy that he was not able to realize his plans. When I put sounds together, I like the sounds of opposites, paring a breath driven non-fixed pitch sound like a horn or voice [un autotuned!] with a fixed tempered attack and decay sound like a vibraphone or fretted guitar. In this case the lead stringed instrument is a tenor 'ukulele strung with a low "G", this makes it possible to play the low Ab in this song. Fell in love with this song at a summer jazz workshop, love the changes, definitely from the Wayne school. The dusty end, hmm, never heard an out chorus referred to as such, what's the origin?

Thanks also @Piyali. Thankful you are getting some rain! Perhaps we could do a rain song next! ...oops, one thing at a time smiley
blah blah blah blah blah by Lapskin 2 months ago
Hey, just thought I'd stop by... Glad I did! smiley
City is a village by lyla 3 months ago
Cool Bandcamp page! It's never too late for black note Friday... smiley
Gypsy pop by lyla 3 months ago
Modal fun. I like the double tracking, the way it gives the melody power, the second voice summarizes and leans on the sweet notes. Now to reach into the heart of gypsy music and explore the altered scales... Sweet! smiley
My Love Chromium by pharmakeus 3 months ago
Suspended reality... powerful piece. Love the guitar work, Chris smiley
Chromium (chilled upbeat remix) by RTe 3 months ago
Beatzy to the max! smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 3 months ago
Thanks for your suggestion.
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 3 months ago
@Xolv Many thanks for your listen, comment and rating. It is a beautiful composition by Miles Davis' drummer from the '60s, I was trying for that retro feel, glad you liked it! smiley

Thanks for dropping by @KCsGROOVE I'm glad you enjoyed the piece. smiley

@toveco thank you for your comment and listen, I hope you liked my mix! smiley
Rock Paper Scissors by mre 3 months ago
Thanks for the listens and comments, much appreciated! smiley
stargirl by lyla 3 months ago

This is so catchy, excellent pop melody, an archetype of the ambition of youth. Some choice bass notes outlining the optimistic ascending harmony. Many embark on this path but few are motivated to make such great strides in production skills, but then it is mainly about "the journey". smiley
Analog Trap by jrahn 3 months ago
Lively and rich in inluences. Drum track rocks! Enjoyed smiley
Bhatiyali Revisited - Not Just Binny by binnysharma 3 months ago

I love boats, I love south Asian music and I love this! Awesome! smiley
Lylatronics by lyla 3 months ago
Very effective. Love your experimental approach and fearlessness! Rhythmic sophistication, some new ideas. Will have to listen again to get the words... cool stuff smiley
The Jacket by musicbybruce 3 months ago
A moving sentimental song of loss and comfort, speaks to the human condition. Your singer should come out into the light, she did a fine performance, choral like in the vocal harmonies. The last verse really got me, the way it comes around full circle... *sniff
Yep, beautiful! smiley
"Denizens Of The Dark" short version by abzwork 3 months ago
Multi layered, slow build, masterful guitar, cool bass smiley
don't **** with me by lyla 4 months ago
Love the vocals, double tracking in octaves is hard to do... Pumping compression on the bass, another TNE... technical improvements duly noted: excellent audio quality on the initial field recording, mix has more clarity width and depth. Good stuff smiley
your view from above and you can see it all by lyla 4 months ago
The accompaniment sounds work really well, the changes cast the melody favourably. smiley
Castles Made Of Sand (Jimi Hendrix cover) by toveco 4 months ago
Captures the vibe of the times, great backwards guitar and vocals, wicked bass. smiley
New york ft New york by lyla 4 months ago
Love the little song in the middle despite it's lo-fi quality. Again, who is this singer? Folk like but with good time and intonation singing a very good melody and later vocal harmonies. Another thermo-nuclear ending... smiley
Don't break my bones by lyla 4 months ago
This has a heavy vibe all right that "ratchets" up throughout. Love the Bulgarian quality of the vocals and the low frequencies (please credit the vocalist if you know who it is). Interesting and edgy.
I want your love to make things right by lyla 4 months ago

Whoa, this just keeps getting better and better, love the innocent sincerity of the vocals, gorgeous! The backing tracks are groovy but maybe a bit busy, the vocals still stand out well and they have to be the centre piece but whatever you feel/hear. The choppy bit in the middle with all the varispeed effects is brilliant, the way the groove stays throughout, the prog in me loves that kinda stuff. The ending... all for now, keep singing, love that voice! smiley <3
I don't remember being there by lyla 4 months ago
This has such a great time feel, down tempo trip hop and the parts are timed out beautifully with a nice spacious mix! smiley
Locked by lyla 4 months ago
I can't keep up with you... funny fadeout. The chords are classic smiley
Lifeline by ffej55 4 months ago
Bummer dude is right! A testament to your work ethic to come back and re write all your responses, so personal too! Thanks for sharing! smiley

ps have you heard Imogen Heap's song Lifeline? Off her new album.
A Little Bit Of Nothing ReMix 2 by jrahn 4 months ago
Cool, love the electronic monster voice vocal sounds and the drums sound great. Also appreciate the tremelo modulation effects having their own rhythm, very musical! smiley
In the streets by lyla 4 months ago
Lots of good ideas, synth scoops, drops, piano riffs etc. in this. The beginning could be a bit more sparse as it just kinda 'turns on'... Exciting to hear your progress, keep up the good work! smiley
Lifeline by ffej55 4 months ago

Brilliant blast from the past! Stellar lead solo, awesome rhythm work!
I Still Believe It's You by BillyLondon 4 months ago
Nice work, brilliant that you managed to quote the Toreador from Carmen... well sung smiley
men-an-tol by telecaster29 4 months ago
Beautiful, deep multi-dimensional sounds smiley

I remember seeing Stonehenge as a lad...
Life Is A Toy by BillyLondon 4 months ago
Cool vamp, interesting varied percussion parts, super clean vocal production. Well done! smiley
You! by lyla 4 months ago
Natasha is a soulful singer, nice that you're producing other's efforts smiley
Sandra by lyla 4 months ago
I didn't realize you had a rooster on your roster smiley Quirky, quirky! Bass player gets his ones fours and fives a bit funked up, as a bass player I've had it happen myself, I get looks... good stuff on the vocals, you deserve a decent mic!
If you must know by lyla 4 months ago
I must! smiley A deeply personal song... Glad to hear you are doing some vocals, well worth the wait!

Also glad to see some other comments! Yay! smiley
I'm just a Little Alligator (I just want to have some fun) by lyla 4 months ago
LIke the bass, tap dancing and quirky keyboard parts (played, not looped). smiley
crocs by bingsolex 4 months ago
Beautiful old school guitar tone. Well done! smiley
laying with eyes closed on a steel table by lyla 4 months ago
More beautiful singing; that soprano, wow! Are you singing in this choir?
The Badass of Catacombe#44 by pharmakeus 4 months ago
Gestalt off the scale, some serious primal catharsis... be well M8! smiley
glass roses by lyla 4 months ago
Beautiful singing.
Open Air by Filmscorz 4 months ago

Beautiful and thought provoking...
Open Air 2 ( Wisdom ) by Filmscorz 4 months ago
True about the world leaders, so bent on repeating past mistakes smiley

As for the piece, wonderful "out" flügel sounds masterful comping and piano coda smiley
POP! by lyla 4 months ago
A musical pop-puré ! Composition is structurally together and groovy, some interesting metre things in the middle section, well done! smiley

ps neighbours don't seem "into it" so much smiley
late night rainbow girls by lyla 5 months ago
Along the same lines:
Francis bacon 1959 / maybe I can by lyla 5 months ago

The Lyla doll is priceless! smiley Intriguing opening movement, sounds like a ring modulated choir (both of which I like but never heard together) also diggin' the Tolkeinesque spiders. Then a study in contrasts? The distorto bass line is V. good, glad to see you're giving the bass its due! Yay! smiley
j'taime by lyla 5 months ago
Très mystérieuse alors...
Beautiful like hello by lyla 5 months ago
^ seconding what @GuitariusMaximus says! Honest and real... smiley
Rock Paper Scissors by mre 5 months ago
Many thanks for listens, ratings and comments! The final snipping sound is made by rubbing 2 small cymbals in a circular motion with a release. All the sound effects were home made by close miking the rocks and paper etc. smiley
Dripping Tears ~ Cry ~ by Piyali 5 months ago
Beautiful emotive singing. Meticulous vocal production. smiley
fancy diamond tears by lyla 5 months ago
Field recordings add urgency. Edging toward the melodic minor, this way to jazz town... smiley
The dolls by lyla 5 months ago
Interesting mix of sounds. Disturbing to hear the smashing sounds...

A couple of things: You could wring more fidelity out of your pieces if you maximize the bit rate of your .mp3 files, this is in the options when you choose your compression method, if you can, choose a bit rate of 320 bps. the maximum. There is also the ACC method which preserves more dynamics in the audio. You will produce larger files but will still easily be within the 20 MB maximum file size. You and your listeners will be pleased with the increased fidelity smiley Also, your endings, while they do have a coda or outro quality to them, tipping off the listener that the end of the piece is coming, the actual end is kinda clipped. This kind of attention to detail is important; more musically satisfying to have a gentle fade to silence, even a brief silence at the end will help leave a positive impression. Hey, keep up the good work! It keeps me coming back... smiley