mre's 100 Most Recent Comments
|Black Widow by AlHughson||1 day ago|
|Nice double bass and drum feel. Cool song!|
|Night Stares by Jacalore||2 days ago|
|Cool! Nice trumpet, great tone! You as well?|
|pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre||3 days ago|
|Thanks @Jacalore, that is my little pocket trumpet . . .|
|Joe's no Schmo by ffej55||3 days ago|
You've captured the WR vibe perfectly with the shots, the backing searching harmonies, the spaciness; but this reaches forward to the present with the brilliant scratch voices and soundscapes. Love the bass work!
We all miss you Mr. Zawinul but you live on in your music and inspiration!
|Hard Knocks (Squishy Mix) by DJShadowkat||3 days ago|
|I love being stuck in a groove, the full body equivalent of an ear worm! Trancy and dancy, arranged with just enough breaks and changes to maintain contact; darn cool!|
|Saint Thomas by mre||4 days ago|
|Thanks, @zincshed I'm lucky to get to play with such players!|
|BROKEN DRUM by Lagusaya2||1 month ago|
|Way to go, Stan!|
|Someday in the country side by lyla||1 month ago|
|Ok, just found this. Nice job on the rhythm consistency front, a nice easy ballad groove, maybe a hair on the slow side . . . The intro does not set up the key to the piece, old fashioned guy that I am, I like to hear a V chord, or substitution, to point to the tonal center; same for the outro. Sometimes I like the bass to be in unison with the melody but not too much, I like bass lines to move in opposition to the melody most of the time. I hope you don't think I'm being too critical, Lyla, over all I like it or I wouldn't be here writing this critique; this piece definitely shows progress!
|Star Eyes- Bossa Nova Version Jazz Quartet Live by FranEstein||1 month ago|
|Nice to know jazz lives in other places!|
|Stand-Up Funk by 8MonthMalfunction||1 month ago|
|Looks like everybody's having fun on this one! Fun to watch, thanks for sharing.|
|On The Sunny Side of the Street by zincshed||1 month ago|
|Well scored, a curious mix of traditional ragtime and dixie with a few chromatic post-bopisms thrown in. A great way to really get to know a piece.|
|Room for a Night by gonzalez6389310||2 months ago|
|There needs to be more songs about this issue!
|ode to: the planets by ShadowofNine||2 months ago|
|Cool, well developed|
|Face the Dragon (Version 2) by elfdaughter||2 months ago|
|Lots of great ideas here, the "vocal" sound is stellar, love that long reverb tale at the opening. Not sure of the purpose of the piece––sounds like it would fit as a soundtrack for a visual sequence in a movie or game. Enjoyed.|
|Eleven Commandments by eftos||2 months ago|
Brilliant! What if Zappa, the Chipmonks, UK and King Crimson got together to jam?
|Slam Bang by Neumuzik||2 months ago|
|Some serious twang goin' on!|
|I Cant Quit You Baby (Willie Dixon via Led Zeppelin) by Tony2008||2 months ago|
|An interesting re-imagining of this rock classic. Let's not forget the contributions to this band of John Paul Jones whose harmonic and rhythmic underpinning brought the auditory pyrotechnics of Jimmy Page, fat pockets of John Bonham and lascivious wailings of Robert Plant into a cohesive whole . . .|
|A WAY by ldecarmine||2 months ago|
|Crisp and clear presentation. Cool guitar solo.|
|Suspended Modulation #1 (Remix 2015) by DJShadowkat||2 months ago|
|Can there ever be too much bass? I like it when the bass gives a clear outline to the harmony, as in the repeated ascending figure. Interesting panning noise ending. You raise an interesting issue for mixing as our hearing is certainly affected by sinus congestion; it would be an interesting investigation as to how congestion affects perception of various frequencies. The bass was full in this mix, but not overly so.|
|The Shadowkat Mud Stomp by DJShadowkat||2 months ago|
Foot stompin with lots of technical goodies. I especially like the chromatic distorted bass lick!
I'll get to the other two . . .
|Where is your heart? by lyla||3 months ago|
|This really sparkles! Great work on the sound placements, detailed and full of ambient space.|
|A perspective from space/ nebula eyes by lyla||3 months ago|
Wow, you've really been busy! Kudos all around!
|The Prettiest star by lyla||3 months ago|
Delightful! "This is bliss!"
ps powerful image! Happy Halloween!
|Sea Shore Jazz 1 by abzwork||3 months ago|
|Before The Humans Came by AlHughson||4 months ago|
|Gorgeous piece, glad you're back on track!|
|Red Highway by Argales||4 months ago|
|Interesting extended harmonic backgrounds. Solid clave based rhythm in the bass that is finally revealed at the end. Drum part should be (IMHO) subservient to the bass part, I feel. The bass drum is a 2-3 clave initially but then switches to a 3-2 then the snare echoes, at one point briefly hinting at 12/8... all very complex but distracting. Would like to hear a simple more spacious drum part that works with the simple effective bass figure. Always enjoy your sense of form, the way you put the various elements together. Hope you don't mind my criticism, it's intended constructively.|
|2 Million Light Years From Home by DJShadowkat||5 months ago|
|Nice piece, very clear sounds.
I hear you on the Apple front, now that Steve's not around... There is something to be said for staying with something that works for you, when you use an obsolete platform at least you cannot be railroaded into an upgrade that takes away features. The newer machines lack connections such as firewire for which one may have invested in outboard gear.
I use a 128 GB SSD as a working drive for its supposed tolerance for the writing and re-writing demands of tracking audio; it never occurred to me that it should fail since there are no moving parts but I appreciate the heads up and will do a backup.
|"Believe In Yourself" by abzwork||5 months ago|
|New colours, love the 12 string sounds and the jazzy guitar tones...|
|One nighter by macoconuts||5 months ago|
|Empty Carrots by kyrka||5 months ago|
|Cool song, great energy, interesting production ideas.
Sounds like the song wants to surge ahead of the drum beat a bit which may be a bit too slow for the song, tempo is so crucial to the groove... If this "flowed out of you", then maybe you can have another go with a crisper tempo, and some real drums... I'll be interested to see how the song progresses.
|I Will Surely Promise You (I am Forever Yours) by pharmakeus||5 months ago|
|Cool that you two got together! Amazing collab!|
|Greenfields ft Northpoint by lyla||5 months ago|
ps zippy ending!
|Like I Dream (My City Glory Version) by ReadandReturn||5 months ago|
Radio ready, nice work!
|"Phone Home" featuring Kasimera on vox by abzwork||6 months ago|
|Alimahru" by abzwork||7 months ago|
|Diggin this! Lots of new ideas, funky bass lines, dueling saxes, new (Sternesque?) guitar sounds -- arrangement has lots of room to breathe with the spaces that open up. Well done!|
|Sit Down Darlin' - Spin Me Around Darlin' by themodernorchestra||7 months ago|
|Mod and retro at the same time, cool and catchy!
Spinning records was fast becoming anachronistic, nobody spins mp3's, ACC's, WAV's...
|Mamelor din lumea-ntreaga! (Remastered) by KaztravetH||7 months ago|
|Cool prog metal. Mother's rule!|
|E-Beth by kyrka||7 months ago|
|Nicely done. Hope she likes it!|
|Hexatonics by kyrka||7 months ago|
|Ha, thought it was going one better than "pentatonics" [augmented scales are actually hexatonic]
Enjoyed the Stingesque bass part and leads.
|Dunno where it's going. by kyrka||7 months ago|
|Layers of lydian guitars. Enjoyed!|
|"Birthday Bites" by abzwork||7 months ago|
|Cool, enjoyed the guitar and flügel sounds.
Belated HB, Erin, don't you worry about all those candles, just keep playin'!
|Hasta LaVista Fantasma by RubyDubidoux||7 months ago|
|Cool, blue and haunting, enjoyed the spaciousness and B3 bass as well as the unusual guitar sounds. Vocals were beautifully relaxed.|
|the blue planet by Stockholm||7 months ago|
|Like our earth, a gradual unfolding, an evolution, which urgently goes into high gear when the drums enter…|
|Glömda kärleksord by brnPetra||7 months ago|
|Beautiful vocal harmony|
|With All Good Intentions by jrahn||7 months ago|
|Can this be all loops?
Great sounds, esp. drums; I enjoyed the arrangement of discreet sections and use of space…
|GOTTA LET THAT GO by SISTERS||8 months ago|
|Soulful singing, beautiful harmonies and nifty guitar chords…|
|Scattered Papers by ZipZipper||8 months ago|
Wow, what could you do if you were focussed? Beautiful work!
|"All In A Daze Work" by abzwork||8 months ago|
|Cool guitar work, sparse and unfolding.
ps nice Warwick!
|Wet Sombrero by pharmakeus||8 months ago|
|Cool layers of electric guitars
Are wet sombreros consequences of climate change?
|Larks Tongues in Aspic II ( King Crimson cover, An Interpretation) by revoltington||8 months ago|
The fiddle & electric guitar together remind me of Mahavishnu…
|Sanctus by dirigent||8 months ago|
Minimal to the max
Much enjoyed, the vocal samples are amazing, the chromatic harmonies would certainly be a challenge to perform live. I liked that the vocal parts were treated to a long reverb putting them into a celestial space relative to the rhythm section which is up close and personal. Interesting use of altered harmonic suspensions to edge the tonality up and down. A refreshing new take on a traditional form.
|Space Sonata (Unmastered) by Argales||8 months ago|
|Wow, lots in this, Maria, love the background sounds and percussive sprinkles. The backwards bass is awesome! The drums sustain a rhythmic tension by avoiding any strong beat by means of double (16th note) syncopation; I'm not sure that it might serve the song better to have a release at some point by defining the beat. As a listener I had trouble finding the quarter note pulse at first and had to work to maintain it in my ears throughout the piece which could potentially groove like crazy at some point if someone just played the quarter note toward the end… you work well together|
|A red play( instrumental) by lyla||8 months ago|
A beautiful Tuesday morning waking up piece! Love the ethereal background voice and the momentary space that opens up giving form. Patient building and receding, a warm play… yay GarageBand!
|Bloom (after the war) by lyla||8 months ago|
|Interesting multi midi-izations of a Japanese sounding melody with a very steady drum and some recalcitrant crows. I appreciate the melodic sense in your compositions…|
|cake working song by csamarripas||8 months ago|
|All loops!?? This sounds like instruments being played, rather well! You should take the credit where it's due! If all the instruments are being played, it's quite an accomplishment!|
|Riddle of the Assassins (unmastered) by Argales||8 months ago|
Beautiful work, Maria! Expansive! Had me going right from the beginning edgy off beat drums then into the lush atmospheric chordal sounds, tension and release on both a harmonic and rhythmic level. Really dug the swooping growling bass somehow outlining the changes (they reminded me a bit of Caravan) and the sparse lead break. Wonderful work, you two!
|Sabato by pptrent1||8 months ago|
|Beautiful expressive playing, expansive tonal range, fascinating harmonies.|
|A Mother's Prayer (Finale 2015) by Mike_Lynn||8 months ago|
|I enjoyed the arrangement, the rise for the final chorus, also the guitar playing and wonderful orchestral sounds, sounds like a real orchestra! Inspired work!|
|OverLook by ScottHorwath||8 months ago|
|Heartfelt singing, gently guiding guitar rhythm and harmony, beautiful ending.|
|When I Hug You by maestrodog||8 months ago|
Excellent work! Heartfelt premise, good song structure, great playing on all the instruments, cool attention to detail (backing vocals), awesome ending! Yeah, it's hard to be away from loved ones, at least you can write a song for therapy, hope she likes it…
|Where have all the flowers gone ( scene one) by lyla||8 months ago|
|Nice work, a story unfolding…|
|Skedaddle by jrahn||9 months ago|
|Creative, love the arco bass and drums especially|
|Cotton Club Blues by pharmakeus||9 months ago|
|Rockin'! Love the Aussie perspective: "Down to Harlem"|
|Freak Weather by ffej55||9 months ago|
|What a great opportunity for you, right place and time! Sometimes a quick nap and tending to other bodily requirements can allow a springboard to vault the performance standard forward since you never really cooled down... you guys were hot!
Duos are particularly fun and easy to administer, ultimate simplicity and flexibility, yet gives the live interactive experience for the audience... recording is fun too.
|Love star by lyla||9 months ago|
|Melody notes are arriving onto notes that are not agreeing with the background harmony which is a fixed alternation between I and ii. Melodically, lots of 4ths 9ths and 7ths which should have special treatment both from the harmonic content of the backing part and the resolutions of melody notes. There are no wrong notes, just notes that don't "go" to the right place. Would suggest mapping out the melody (notate if you can) then plan out the harmony more easily. I agree with @RTe that a bass would help, it has to "know" where the harmony is going, though, to do its job of leading the rhythm parts. Speaking of rhythm, a solid time regime would also help give a sense of direction to both the melody and harmony.
I realize that this is an exploratory work in progress and applaud your willingness to put it out to invite discussion for the common good! It seems people have 2 approaches to making songs: start with chords or start with a melody. This song seems to be of the first variety, toggling between C and D minor with lots of diatonic clusters thrown in. this means that on the first chord, notes that are not part of the tonic triad will want to resolve to those chord tones (C E G): A will want to go to G, an F to E and a B to C etc. Same thing for the other chord, in fact any chord in any composition… The two chord description is an oversimplification, I realize as you do go to an implied E minor or A minor once in a while. The most successful chord patterns eventually end up at V and resolve to I though! Try going from C to D minor then to G7 before returning to C! Ah, then ja'll be jazzin'!
|Third Eye by brewchugger||9 months ago|
|Freak Weather by ffej55||9 months ago|
|Just checked out Some Down Time on Ewe Tewb... you were doing t h a t then?
Music, along with everything else is constantly changing and evolving, including the way we listen, instead of going deeply into (wearing out) a favourite vinyl record we listen on earbuds to a mix of potentially millions of performances from all over the world. But nothing compares to the emotional impact of live music, it's just that folks don't come out in enough numbers to make larger local groups economic. Acoustic duos and trios can be fun though and will fit in way more places such as coffee shops and eating places, people need to hear live music and business owners need to see the potential for improving their bottom line. Maybe there is a hidden potential in your area if no one else is doing it...
|In The Moment by ldecarmine||9 months ago|
Groovy 16 beat, rich layers of guitar chords, bop influenced guitar lines anchored by a solid bass and all subtly changing over the course of the song to keep things interesting. Nice work!
|WHAT'S GOING ON by KCsGROOVE||9 months ago|
|Deep pocket rock, nice work!|
|Homo Viator by Ziur||9 months ago|
Beautifully sung folk like melody. Masterfully harmonized, orchestrated and embellished, fascinating sound choices…
|Freak Weather by ffej55||9 months ago|
Beautiful LA vibe going on… fine solos all around! Strong melodic elements form sections that fit together in a cohesive whole. Intricate detail in the percussion and transitional motifs make for an enjoyable listen indeed!
|sword art online in your past remix by StrangeGraphs||9 months ago|
|Anthemic. How about that unresolved…|
|Dodge Monaco Garageband by Xolv||9 months ago|
Deep, deep, pocket; love the bridge, that turnaround!
|My Song 22 by jonsmjohnson||9 months ago|
|It's a good structure, it does need words, sung or spoken. You've started already "in a hotel lobby on your iPad" Who were you out of town to see? Who would you like to see? etc. fact or fiction? Up to you!
ps maybe fix the ending...
|July 8th, 1947 by Komit||9 months ago|
|Interesting sounds, creative manipulation. I like choirs, warped or not...|
|Someone To Watch Over Me by mre||9 months ago|
|Wow, thank you for your kind comments and compliment @Odd, Sachmo was a hero to me growing up, his time was amazing and his influence on the development of the music was monumental. I appreciate that you were reminded of him. "Rechording", I like that!|
|Ticket Number 20 by Odd||9 months ago|
|Solid piece of work. Like the parallel minor structure. Strong rhythm section work. Some melodic overlays would give a bit more focus, maybe a vocal melody or some instrumental solos. The drum ending might be up for reconsideration... Overall a strong composition.
I hope your son has had a speedy recovery
|Scarecrow by MonikaEvans||9 months ago|
Wow, beautiful voice! Lots of space in this, wonderful attention to detail, love the background chordal elements and vocal adds.
|03 - Muhammad Ali Speaks & Queen of Hearts - POWER & Refinement Volume 8 by DJSelfBorn||9 months ago|
|Only loops? Very smooth sounding.
Thanks for the Muhammad Ali clip, I was unaware at the time of his speaking out on civil rights issues.
Perhaps consider shortening your titles in the series by omitting repeated info so as to leave room for others' in "recent posts" box
|Someone To Watch Over Me by mre||9 months ago|
|Many thanks @Ziur, three fingers of Jamesons, on me…|
|Viver by Ziur||9 months ago|
Vital and inventive well executed with depth and passion! Excellent in every respect!
|Someone To Watch Over Me by mre||9 months ago|
|Thanks @KennethLavrsen for your listen and comment. The first section is the verse, which in the show introduces the "chorus". We decided to perform the verse with a traditional rubato delivery as a nod to the recitative, which the verse has evolved from in earlier musical theatre forms. I'm glad you enjoyed!|
|8 mee-noot by lyla||9 months ago|
2) Make lists, sleep, reduce stress, stay hydrated!
3) 2 days late or 2 months early?
A delightful medley of contrasting styles, almost 9 mee-noots. Diggin' the depth of multi sounds and chromatics, very jazzy first piece. In the last section, watch the one chord harp arpeggios over a 4 in the melody! Poignant and introspective, hopefully therapeutic...
|Splinter by RadioSeanovan||10 months ago|
|Nice work! Able drums grooving bass, supportive piano… enjoyed!|
|"Time Is Mine" by abzwork||10 months ago|
Chill. Nice contrasts, cool beat, intriguing harmonic piano interludes, stinging guitar. Looking and sounding great, my friend!
|Stomping Polka by KennethLavrsen||10 months ago|
|Rolicking fun. Well crafted, infectious dance tune!|
|Prince Rupert Awakes (King Crimson Cover) by RolandOfGilead||10 months ago|
Well done, I was late to the party with KC from Discipline on but will look this piece up also. Great piano chops, cool bass and meticulous midi drums
|Black Widow Experimental sax by AlHughson||10 months ago|
|The sax sound is very effective and the piano accompaniment fills in the chords nicely. The drums are playing a good and solid shuffle (for a jazz piece the shuffle is a bit too definitive, to my ears a loose swing would be more effective). The bass is thick and full and harmonically very supportive, however there are some issues in the connective runs that could lead more effectively into the next chord for instance going up from the dominant to the tonic would be good to include the 6th, going up chromatically from there; I know that has been done many times and maybe you are putting an original spin on your work by avoiding clichés. At one point the sax voice starts to sound like it's going into a blowing section, this is especially tantalizing... Definitely not "horrible".|
|Nippon Blues by Argales||10 months ago|
Oh yeah, I like! Righteous bass melds it all together…
Glad yur back in town!
|Light Is On by Piyali||10 months ago|
|Let there be light! A fine multi faceted collaboration. I too like the breakdown with wailing guitar and vocals, nice to hear your full voice, Piyali!|
|Waves by lyla||10 months ago|
|Ah, ah! Sloof Lirpa!|
|Retrograde/ james blake by lyla||10 months ago|
|Gorgeous heartfelt vocal harmonies!
Would like less drums to cover them up tho...
|Diamonds and pixels by lyla||10 months ago|
|Innovative work, sultry image
Pixels are a girl's best friend... [btw diamonds are n o t forever...]
|Starman/ david bowie cover by lyla||10 months ago|
|Well produced relaxed vocals, cool back beat strum, a live feel to this cover.|
|Hey good lookin'/hank williams by lyla||10 months ago|
|"Big Ron's Party" by abzwork||10 months ago|
|Cool guitar work, new sounds…
So sorry for your loss...
|//// by lyla||10 months ago|
Soulfully apocalyptic, I should have known… Always trust your amazing voice as the core of your sound! Amazing.
|OGLINDA by KaztravetH||10 months ago|
|Interesting use of parallel majors and surprising resolution in the A sections. Form provides enough variation to maintain interest, ending could be a bit drawn out (tag?) to provide notice. Production is crisp and clear, well done!
Welcome to iComp!
|Someone To Watch Over Me by mre||10 months ago|
|Thanks for listening @SISTERS, I appreciate your frank comment!|
|/// by lyla||10 months ago|
Nice vocal breakdown…