mre's 100 Most Recent Comments

pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 7 hours ago
Thanks, Tom I guess I shoulda checked with headphones... smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 8 hours 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 4 days ago
Thanks for the listens and comments, much appreciated! smiley
stargirl by lyla 4 days ago

This is so catchy, excellent pop melody, an archetype of the ambition of youth. Some choice bass notes outlining the optimistic ascending harmony. Love the LG effect and the tape-coming-to-a-halt it provides a little s p a c e and yet the groove is still there afterwards! A man thinks the girl has had quite a bit of classical influence, been exposed to Mozart, chopin and Bach and she's not afraid to sing out. 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". To the man she is a rising star; what a sweet picture! smiley <3
Analog Trap by jrahn 5 days ago
Lively and rich in inluences. Drum track rocks! Enjoyed smiley
Bhatiyali Revisited - Not Just Binny by binnysharma 5 days ago

I love boats, I love south Asian music and I love this! Awesome! smiley
Lylatronics by lyla 7 days 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 12 days 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 21 days ago
Multi layered, slow build, masterful guitar, cool bass smiley
don't **** with me by lyla 1 month 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 1 month ago
I dunno, I'm drawing a blank... Nice attention to detail on the fade at the end, it was nice and smooth. Would like to hear some sort of corresponding build at the beginning. The melody is catchy and infectious and the singer seems to have a flexible voice but that is mitigated by the auto-tune imho, I prefer to hear the expressive human sounding scoops and slides that are erased by the machine, this "effect" dates any music that it is applied to and, to my ears, detracts and takes away more than it adds. Sorry for the rant. smiley The accompaniment sounds work really well, the changes cast the melody favourably and I like the new lead synth sound too. smiley
Castles Made Of Sand (Jimi Hendrix cover) by toveco 1 month ago
Captures the vibe of the times, great backwards guitar and vocals, wicked bass. smiley
New york ft New york by lyla 1 month 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 1 month 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). There is one thing: there seems to be a pretty heavy compression on the total mix, almost like the pumping and squashing that occurs with recording with auto level control. Would suggest compressing the channels individually, in particular the bass drum channel's dynamics are tied to the whole thing including the vocals, ie whenever the level control kicks in the vocals squash as well. If you put the compression on the strip, in the olden days via a channel insert, the vocal and everything else will be unaffected, just the bass drum. You still haven't divulged any details of your recording platform but with most DAWs there is separate compression available on all channels. Attention should be paid to the ending, it would be better if allowed to "breathe" instead of a summary cutoff! Interesting and edgy.

Duh, OK, I get the ending... smiley
I want your love to make things right by lyla 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago
I can't keep up with you... funny fadeout. Same issue with the opening as I earlier mentioned about a sense of build through the piece. Interesting vocal effect with the vari speed thing but after a while it becomes less so, be careful with repetition, I'll say that again be careful with... The chords are classic, minor one and a flat six major, it would be nice if it went to a five chord at the end of a section, say, and just for me throw in a flat 7 and a flat 9, please! smiley
Lifeline by ffej55 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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', suggest starting with just drums or bass or piano, then add instruments on each repeating phrase to give a bit of a build, this can be done again toward the end as well after a break down... Text is a little indistinct, don't know if it is meant to be but I can't figure out the words either. Maybe it's a mic thing, would love to hear you on a large diaphragm condenser, they are surprisingly cheap nowadays, you don't need a USB mixer either, though that is the most flexible to be able to plug in stereo synth line outputs and electric instruments, there are some really great USB mics out there, they capture way more sound information for the recording and result in a much richer sound. Great that you've started compressing to a higher level, bigger files but who cares if it sounds better, and it does! Also excited to hear those blue notes sneaking in! Someday maybe we can have a long chat about jazz scales and chords [if you can stay awake |-) ] Exciting to hear your progress, keep up the good work! smiley
They are dancing in here! by lyla 1 month ago
So t h a t ' s what you've been up to... quite the video editing job, lots of work in there. I like the uke chord rhythm track, I'm old fashioned and like a bridge for contrast every so often but... The keyboard solo fills toward the end changes it up enough to keep the interest.

ps smiley higher res mp3!
Lifeline by ffej55 1 month ago

Brilliant blast from the past! Stellar lead solo, awesome rhythm work!
I Still Believe It's You by BillyLondon 1 month ago
Nice work, brilliant that you managed to quote the Toreador from Carmen... well sung smiley
men-an-tol by telecaster29 1 month ago
Beautiful, deep multi-dimensional sounds smiley

I remember seeing Stonehenge as a lad...
Life Is A Toy by BillyLondon 1 month ago
Cool vamp, interesting varied percussion parts, super clean vocal production. Well done! smiley
You! ft Natasha by lyla 1 month ago
Natasha is a soulful singer, nice that you're producing other's efforts smiley
Sandra by lyla 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago
LIke the bass, tap dancing and quirky keyboard parts (played, not looped). smiley
crocs by bingsolex 1 month ago
Beautiful old school guitar tone. Well done! smiley
laying with eyes closed on a steel table by lyla 1 month ago
More beautiful singing; that soprano, wow! Are you singing in this choir?
The Badass of Catacombe#44 by pharmakeus 1 month ago
Gestalt off the scale, some serious primal catharsis... be well M8! smiley
glass roses by lyla 1 month ago
Beautiful singing.
Open Air by Filmscorz 1 month ago

Beautiful and thought provoking...
Open Air 2 ( Wisdom ) by Filmscorz 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago
Along the same lines:
Francis bacon 1959 / maybe I can by lyla 1 month 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 2 months ago
Très mystérieuse alors...
Beautiful like hello by lyla 2 months ago
^ seconding what @GuitariusMaximus says! Honest and real... smiley
Rock Paper Scissors by mre 2 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 2 months ago
Beautiful emotive singing. Meticulous vocal production. smiley
fancy diamond tears by lyla 2 months ago
Field recordings add urgency. Edging toward the melodic minor, this way to jazz town... smiley
The dolls by lyla 2 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
come to the opera by lyla 2 months ago
I admire your fearlessness! smiley
our love is black like the night by lyla 2 months ago
Very dramatic, I like the mix of tonalities with resolution at the end. No loops that I could hear, sounded like multi tracked layers of keyboard sounds, improvised therefore jazz... smiley
crossing alone by lyla 2 months ago
I like the more multi-track approach with the field recordings mixed in. Very expressive! smiley
20 in 30 (Mov't 1) by soulima 2 months ago
Vibrant! Rhythmically vital. I admire your discipline, setting goals is a sure fire way to increase productivity. Good luck with the project! smiley
hold on by lyla 2 months ago
OK, yur officially a "honky tonk woman"! smiley Sounds like playing with wild abandon, I especially like the polyrhythms and the drum break...
Duck Strut by ffej55 2 months ago

Very nice, many influences apparent. Beautiful arrangement and playing. Awesome guitar fills... smiley
Jazzy Jazz Blues by anders007 2 months ago
Snazzy and jazzy improv.
Insomnia by Piyali 2 months ago

Wonderful conviction and range in the singing! Now I'm wide awake! Crack backup production and playing too! smiley
Distractions by jrahn 2 months ago
Nice work, kick azz drums! smiley
My Lovely Friends by Piyali 2 months ago
Beautiful vocal colours, orchestral sounds, a wonderful collaboration! smiley
{the Usual} Whiskey, Straight Up and the Truth by pharmakeus 2 months ago
Cheers! smiley
Something, 'Bout Nothin' by scaustrita 2 months ago
Groovin', airy and free! smiley
Nutrinos In Three Flavors (Electron, Tau & Muon) by DJShadowkat 2 months ago

Very groovy and trance. A catchy main idea, deceptive in its simplicity, falling nicely into the changes. I like the returns to the main theme and the stuff in between, whirling, swirling pot-puri of sound... I admire your technical mastery and the way you've arranged the various elements into a complete and satisfying whole. smiley
Füssen by neurologist 2 months ago
Very accomplished, spicatto bowing even! I liked the journey the B section takes us on, it would be nice to come back to the predictability of the first theme for the ending, but perhaps there is a wider context... smiley
First snow by lyla 2 months ago
Aye, winter is coming! I like the background sounds of kids playing, it almost starts to rock out at one point smiley
Nice work smiley very good balance between the sound elements, mix is airy and spacious with lots of depth in every direction. The composition has a sense of urgency to it, all those unresolved tritones – sounds like a warning as the graphic first impression lends a sense of foreboding.
I was a mother's child by lyla 2 months ago
Nice and sad... Your backing vocals? Brief as they are, they add a lot – the "human element"...
we were doing something illegal by lyla 2 months ago
Yur busted, hehe smiley cool hip hop beatz.

Some constructive criticism, if you don't mind: take care to make sure your loop points come at the exact time of the down beat of each bar as there are little glitches in the time that detract from the groove. One way is to use the metronome for measurement to check that everything lines up. This is SO important and would improve your pieces a great deal if these rhythmic inconsistencies didn't happen. Once those all important phrase downbeats line up with the metronome, the click sounds can be muted. This means, though, that care must be taken to choose the right tempo at the beginning of the process; tempo and groove are inextricably linked in both this kind of straight 8th context or swing music. Of course you could also make a scratch click track to be erased before mix down, the old fashioned way. If you record clicks you will be able to line things up visually as well, as they will show up in the wave form display. It's more work but do it, you will be glad you did! smiley
UFO's are taking you all away by lyla 2 months ago
Starting the melody on the 4th does give a weird dark tension, released by going down from the 3rd instead at the end, giving a sense of conclusion. Some loops, but I'm pretty sure the melody was played on your keyboard... give yourself credit where it is due! smiley
goes to paris by lyla 3 months ago
Had to listen as I am actually in Paris on holiday! smiley
Long Vacation (English Version) by otadehan 3 months ago
Lots going on here! Well done! smiley

Thanks to Phamakeus for the plug!
goes to egypt by lyla 3 months ago
مقال مثير للاهتمام، أحببت عمق الأصوات مع الحبال بالتناوب. في البداية اعتقدت قال بأنه "أغنية صحراء رملية" لكنه هو في الواقع ما يكفي من الطعام الحلو ... smiley
goes to africa by lyla 3 months ago
This song's rhythm is based on 8 beats, it can be subdivided into 2 groups of 4 or 4 groups of 2
Try a 6 beat pattern which can subdivide into 2 groups of 3 AND 3 groups of 2 - simultaneously!
This is the origin of swing smiley
day dreaming about paradise by lyla 3 months ago
Gimme a one,
gimme a flat three,
gimme a four and a sharp four,
gimme a five,
but please, please do, gimme a flat seven! smiley

You're Just A ***** by Naaji 3 months ago
Cool! Although I don't condone blame and holding on to bitterness, it's sometimes helpful to get things off one's chest anonymously like this. Interesting tonality with some cool note choices, almost Eastern in flavour. Your voice is very clear and nuanced, am I detecting a new mic after all? hehe... smiley
Some of my best friends by macoconuts 3 months ago
This song touched my heart, well done, Maco! smiley
ADIOS by RAMZAR 3 months ago

Fantastic! Trans atlantic, pan genres and across the hemispheres, a triple whammy! smiley
superstar symphony part 1 by lyla 3 months ago
Bring on part 2! smiley
Disco for everyone by lyla 3 months ago
Yay! *applause* new pic, new sound! smiley
How can you be so wrong? by lyla 3 months ago
Interesting form and progression, like the way the chords walk back up to the ending/beginning. Drums are locking in, more consistent rhythmically. The final ending could be a bit more definite with a held note or some final repetition or some such signal... smiley
Vierd Blues by mre 3 months ago
Thanks everyone, it was a real treat to play those old Miles tunes, as well as the newer ones, with such an accomplished group of players! smiley
pass midnight by lyla 3 months ago
This piece marks a turning point. Nice work on the beatz and bass!
now for an improvised solo on the keys... smiley
The Colour by vegetal 3 months ago
Grooves like all get out!

I have not encountered this "serious mode" before, it must be a mode of dour minor which seems to produce a mood inversion... smiley
The Hidden Agenda by Everine 3 months ago
Love the spoken intro, makes it personal... smiley
Weird (Music Video) by musika 3 months ago

Thanks for posting. I had a roommate who studied animation when I was in college so retained an appreciation for independent productions, it's a lot of work... Enjoyed! smiley
Slap Head Boogie by ffej55 3 months ago

Your going to Europe to find something,hope you find it by lyla 3 months ago
Slightly more ambient than I expected, assuming that there are degrees of ambience smiley a jaunty F Lydian rondo. smiley

ps I am actually going to Europe!
Ascent of the Houselickers by shavingronaldscar 3 months ago

Beautifully blurring the boundaries between beatz and bass! Great to see you're back! smiley
1-7(Apenas Um Jogo) by Xolv 3 months ago

Mellow latin morning listen smiley
Birland by doghouseman 3 months ago

Nice!! A favourite song, thanks for sharing! smiley
Vierd Blues by mre 3 months ago
Thanks @Xolv, it was a truly inspiring week! smiley
maybe saturday by lyla 4 months ago
A jaunty little tune. Interesting interactions between the 3/4 metre of the tune and the drum sounds...
Asthmatic Hyperbole by DJShadowkat 4 months ago

Groovy! Nice long build, clever arrangement and such clarity and depth to the sonic technical mastery. smiley
Le Fleurs du Temp by MusicLeft 4 months ago
Sensitive and expressive, love the rubato feel. You know how to tell a story with your guitar. The ending made me feel that there was more to come... smiley
when it does then. . by lyla 4 months ago
Like the bowed bass smiley was starting to get other worldly toward the end. Excuse me... *toddles off to see if he can remember how to polka*
ragtime colors by lyla 4 months ago
Interesting! There's an extra beat before the 3 beat pickup which gets the background progressively further and further behind the whistling melody line, Lyla you are such a subversive! In the nicest possible way... smiley
lyla's waltz by lyla 4 months ago
Wanna dance? smiley Definitely old school. You seem to like major sevenths... Love the ending whole tone motif. smiley
finger in the electric outlet makes people dance by lyla 4 months ago
Cool ideas, this would really rock if the time could be ironed out... I crave a consistent groove. smiley
I dreamed last night that. . . by lyla 4 months ago

I enjoy your singable melodic ideas, repeating in major then minor on different tone centres, the contrasting section gives relief from too much repetition and the ending idea, borrowed from the song, sums things up nicely, well done! smiley
Another Way by RichardJohn 4 months ago
A fine collab! Another gem from this great virtual community! smiley
Lasers for you by lyla 4 months ago
Thanks! smiley

I like the overlapping rhythms with the 3/4 metre superimposed over the 2 beat; good use of space to create expectation; using an "A" idea and a "B" idea creates a sense of form; the catchy melodic ideas make harmonic sense to me.

The ending (on the V chord) makes me feel like it's not quite over; at the start of the piece it just, well... starts. there could be some sort of introduction to build anticipation.

I like it when music has a sense of a build, where it progresses somehow.

It seems, Lyla, that you are having a lot of fun with this making music making and that sense of joy shines through your work! smiley
around the broken clock by lyla 4 months ago
I got the 1st play! And a swing song! Thanks! smiley

Got vocals?
Playing with guns by lyla 4 months ago
Guns are very dangerous, not to be played with! Composition could be more powerful with a sense of form, for instance a contrasting section about 2/3 of the way through the piece (B section or Bridge) before the first idea is re introduced, sometimes with harmony parts. The tag ending is good. Still waiting for some swing rhythms tho... smiley
Get away from me by lyla 4 months ago
Nice! smiley I like the theme and variations form, also the ending makes sense!
Eve improv 7 2 14 by jptiptonsr 4 months ago
Very expressive and free. Classically influenced, beautiful playing!

re the hum: it's only audible in the silences and quiet dynamic sections. May I suggest to try cranking the output on your keys and compensating by backing off the trim input on your interface. The theory being that if your pre amplifier is having to amplify more of the signal it's also going to amplify any noise in line. If it gets worse you can blame the keyboard signal and try a different output, headphone vs. line outputs. Good luck! smiley
The night they let you die , , by lyla 4 months ago
Very strong melodic ideas, they are different yet make musical sense and resolve their tensions... I like the way the B melody, with its quirky rhythm, still falls back onto the strong beat to keep continuity. This could potentially be part of a more elaborate orchestration... I would like to hear the completion of the ending idea, maybe with a tag for a proper ending. Intros and endings are powerful ways in and out of a song. The intro sets the key, tempo and mood, the coda or outro tips off the listener that the end of the song is nigh often book ending the song with the same idea, usually a melody quote or chords from the song. Good work, @lyla! smiley