mre's 100 Most Recent Comments

Quiet moon by lyla 8 hours ago
Lovely! Nice to hear it all together! smiley
Shades of Green by ozgurcanalkan 15 days ago

Global colours and rhythms shifting, wondrous horn playing. I like this a lot! smiley
"I Feel You" by abzwork 1 month ago
ffej55 wrote:

Loved everything especially the Eric Gravatt style drumbs

Drum 'n bass, reminds me of Jojo Mayer. Signature octave displacement in the bass, altered horn and guitar lines; I like the clean and nylon guitar sounds for contrast and the aux bells and percussion. Maybe tail out the ending gong with a fade would be my only suggestion . . . fab work! smiley
Impathogen #3 by DJShadowkat 1 month ago
This Impathogen has an infectious groove! smiley
Baby It's You by RubyDubidoux 1 month ago
Way to go, Elaine, nice song! Cute pic too! smiley
flashing lights instrumental cover by lyla 1 month ago

Very smooth and groovy, tempo is just right!
Impathogen #1 by DJShadowkat 1 month ago

Cool rhythms, expansive tones, righteous build!

Peace and carrots! smiley
"My Love.."(Bday set) by abzwork 2 months ago

Hey Erin, I like this a lot: interesting groove displacement in the drums that resolves once the other rhythm parts enter; enjoying the space in the horns versus the extreme extended lines in the guitar; most of all I liked the ensemble harmony horn interjections, you should do more of that, man! Like a Big Band! Cool stuff, best wishes! Happy belated birthday/father's day/solstice! smiley
Lacy by MrJones 2 months ago
Aaahooooo… Ruff!

Brilliant! Much enjoyed ode to our furry companions! smiley
Blue In Green (Turquoise) by mre 2 months ago
@DJShadowkat and @Gadzooks, thanks for listening, your comments are much appreciated! smiley
"Ode 2 Prince" by abzwork 2 months ago
May he rest in peace! Fitting tribute, funky groovy bass, amazing trumpet, masterful guitar lines . . .
bells and constellations by lyla 2 months ago
Welcome back (is it really you? smiley ) Nice tried and true descending line over a minor chord progression, passionate singing, could use a return to an initial theme after the breakdown, maybe a bass . . .
Georgy by Dadanaut 2 months ago
Enjoyed, thank you. @Dadanaut is this a midi re working using different virtual instruments or a re play using the same song structures? smiley
Gå På Vatten by brnPetra 2 months ago
Restrained yet effusive, much enjoyed, thank you smiley
Aperdikhan (Transient Audio Metaphors)... by LouisLacey 2 months ago
Nouveau avant garde!
WE'VE CHANGED (#2) by KCsGROOVE 2 months ago
Classic rockin' tune! smiley
Some Assembly Required (boxed remix) by MissKatonic 2 months ago
For me it's the altered vocals! [Altered!] smiley
90 degrees Fahrenheit by SebastienGabriel 2 months ago
Nice work, deep bass! smiley
Blue Monday by ffej55 3 months ago
Minzeresque udu samba . . . masterfully composed arranged and produced! smiley
steam radio by Xolv 4 months ago
Cool chord progression, expressive leads, awesome bass! smiley
Be Happy for your Crookedness by Sheth 4 months ago
Beware the ship builders for they seek crooks for braces and knees . . .

A fine story, sonically illustrated smiley
"The Flava Sava" by abzwork 4 months ago

Cool brush beat, massive bass indeed, singing lead lines smiley
Storm In The Garden by DJShadowkat 4 months ago

Rediscoveries are always fun such as this jammy sortie, lots of transitions and changes of landscape in this story. I have a bad case of on-to-the-next-thing-osis, not good for getting stuff finished but good for lots of yet languishing projects on various drives. Enjoyed your piece, Happy birthday, Mark! smiley From your friend OWHG#1 smiley
WHERE WE SEE by ldecarmine 5 months ago

A cool piece of blues tinged jazzage!
Eishlyah by AlHughson 5 months ago
Heavy but cool, glad you got your chops back, M8! smiley
"LaLa Land" by abzwork 5 months ago
Electric Lala Land - are you experienced? smiley

Great stuff! smiley
Cose Sospese by MusicLeft 5 months ago
A beautiful thoughtful piece with Spanish overtones. smiley

Also love the painting, the draperies and fabric are amazing, hard to do! I've been in some photography duels before but a painting duel is really to the next level! I'd like to see the painting she did of you . . . smiley
Darkness by Mysteria 6 months ago
A beautiful song, sad but beautiful.

Give yourself credit for the playing though, not "only loops"! smiley
Saint Thomas by mre 6 months ago
Thanks for your interest and comment @JonCSebastian smiley
Saint Thomas by mre 6 months ago
@lyla thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment smiley
@DJShadowkat Hahaha, thanks for your listen and kind complements, especially the "grey" part! smiley
Black Widow by AlHughson 6 months ago
Nice double bass and drum feel. Cool song! smiley
Night Stares by Jacalore 6 months ago
Cool! Nice trumpet, great tone! You as well? smiley
pee wee (Tony Williams) by mre 6 months ago
Thanks @Jacalore, that is my little pocket trumpet . . .
Joe's no Schmo by ffej55 6 months 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! smiley
Hard Knocks (Squishy Mix) by DJShadowkat 6 months 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! smiley
Saint Thomas by mre 6 months ago
Thanks, @zincshed I'm lucky to get to play with such players! smiley
BROKEN DRUM by Lagusaya2 7 months ago
Way to go, Stan! smiley
Star Eyes- Bossa Nova Version Jazz Quartet Live by FranEstein 7 months ago
Nice to know jazz lives in other places! smiley
Stand-Up Funk by 8MonthMalfunction 8 months ago
Looks like everybody's having fun on this one! Fun to watch, thanks for sharing. smiley
On The Sunny Side of the Street by zincshed 8 months 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. smiley
Room for a Night by gonzalez6389310 8 months ago
There needs to be more songs about this issue!

Well sung smiley
ode to: the planets by ShadowofNine 8 months ago
Cool, well developed smiley
Face the Dragon (Version 2) by elfdaughter 8 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. smiley
Eleven Commandments by eftos 8 months ago

Brilliant! What if Zappa, the Chipmonks, UK and King Crimson got together to jam? smiley
Slam Bang by Neumuzik 8 months ago
Some serious twang goin' on! smiley
I Cant Quit You Baby (Willie Dixon via Led Zeppelin) by Tony2008 8 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 . . . smiley
A WAY by ldecarmine 8 months ago
Crisp and clear presentation. Cool guitar solo. smiley
Suspended Modulation #1 (Remix 2015) by DJShadowkat 9 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 9 months ago

Foot stompin with lots of technical goodies. I especially like the chromatic distorted bass lick! smiley

I'll get to the other two . . .
Sea Shore Jazz 1 by abzwork 10 months ago
Swingin' smiley
Before The Humans Came by AlHughson 11 months ago
Gorgeous piece, glad you're back on track! smiley
Red Highway by Argales 11 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. smiley
2 Million Light Years From Home by DJShadowkat 11 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. smiley
"Believe In Yourself" by abzwork 11 months ago
New colours, love the 12 string sounds and the jazzy guitar tones... smiley
One nighter by macoconuts 11 months ago
smiley HAPPY smiley
smiley BASS smiley
Empty Carrots by kyrka 11 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. smiley
I Will Surely Promise You (I am Forever Yours) by pharmakeus 12 months ago
Cool that you two got together! Amazing collab! smiley
Greenfields ft Northpoint by lyla 12 months ago
Sentimentally lovely. smiley

ps zippy ending!
Like I Dream (My City Glory Version) by ReadandReturn 1 year ago

Radio ready, nice work! smiley
"Phone Home" featuring Kasimera on vox by abzwork 1 year ago

Good collaboration! smiley
Alimahru" by abzwork 1 year 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! smiley smiley
Sit Down Darlin' - Spin Me Around Darlin' by MoorNoki 1 year ago
Mod and retro at the same time, cool and catchy! smiley

Spinning records was fast becoming anachronistic, nobody spins mp3's, ACC's, WAV's...
Mamelor din lumea-ntreaga! (Remastered) by KaztravetH 1 year ago
Cool prog metal. Mother's rule!
E-Beth by kyrka 1 year ago
Nicely done. Hope she likes it! smiley
Hexatonics by kyrka 1 year ago
Ha, thought it was going one better than "pentatonics" smiley [augmented scales are actually hexatonic] smiley

Enjoyed the Stingesque bass part and leads. smiley
Dunno where it's going. by kyrka 1 year ago
Layers of lydian guitars. Enjoyed! smiley
"Birthday Bites" by abzwork 1 year ago
Cool, enjoyed the guitar and flügel sounds.

Belated HB, Erin, don't you worry about all those candles, just keep playin'! smiley
Hasta LaVista Fantasma by RubyDubidoux 1 year 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 1 year ago
Like our earth, a gradual unfolding, an evolution, which urgently goes into high gear when the drums enter…
Glömda kärleksord by brnPetra 1 year ago
Beautiful vocal harmony smiley
With All Good Intentions by jrahn 1 year ago
Can this be all loops?

Great sounds, esp. drums; I enjoyed the arrangement of discreet sections and use of space… smiley
Soulful singing, beautiful harmonies and nifty guitar chords… smiley
Scattered Papers by ZipZipper 1 year ago
^Me too!

Wow, what could you do if you were focussed? Beautiful work! smiley
"All In A Daze Work" by abzwork 1 year ago
Cool guitar work, sparse and unfolding. smiley

ps nice Warwick!
Wet Sombrero by pharmakeus 1 year ago
Cool layers of electric guitars smiley

Are wet sombreros consequences of climate change?
Larks Tongues in Aspic II ( King Crimson cover, An Interpretation) by revoltington 1 year ago
Fripping cool!

The fiddle & electric guitar together remind me of Mahavishnu… smiley
Sanctus by dirigent 1 year ago

Minimal to the max smiley

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. smiley
Space Sonata (Unmastered) by Argales 1 year 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 smiley
A red play( instrumental) by lyla 1 year 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 1 year 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… smiley
cake working song by csamarripas 1 year 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! smiley
Riddle of the Assassins (unmastered) by Argales 1 year 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! smiley
Sabato by pptrent1 1 year ago
Beautiful expressive playing, expansive tonal range, fascinating harmonies.
A Mother's Prayer (Finale 2015) by Mike_Lynn 1 year 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 1 year ago
Heartfelt singing, gently guiding guitar rhythm and harmony, beautiful ending. smiley
When I Hug You by maestrodog 1 year 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… smiley
Where have all the flowers gone ( scene one) by lyla 1 year ago
Nice work, a story unfolding… smiley
Skedaddle by jrahn 1 year ago
Creative, love the arco bass and drums especially smiley
Cotton Club Blues by pharmakeus 1 year ago
Rockin'! Love the Aussie perspective: "Down to Harlem" smiley
Freak Weather by ffej55 1 year 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! smiley
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 1 year 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'! smiley
Third Eye by brewchugger 1 year ago

Delightful! smiley
Freak Weather by ffej55 1 year ago
Just checked out Some Down Time on Ewe Tewb... you were doing t h a t then? smiley
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... smiley

In The Moment by ldecarmine 1 year 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! smiley
Deep pocket rock, nice work! smiley
Homo Viator by Ziur 1 year ago

Beautifully sung folk like melody. Masterfully harmonized, orchestrated and embellished, fascinating sound choices…
Freak Weather by ffej55 1 year 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! smiley
sword art online in your past remix by StrangeGraphs 1 year ago
Anthemic. How about that unresolved… smiley
Dodge Monaco Garageband by Xolv 1 year ago

Deep, deep, pocket; love the bridge, that turnaround! smiley
My Song 22 by jonsmjohnson 1 year 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! smiley

ps maybe fix the ending...