mre's 100 Most Recent Comments

20 in 30 (Mov't 1) by soulima 4 days 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 6 days 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 7 days ago

Very nice, many influences apparent. Beautiful arrangement and playing. Awesome guitar fills... smiley
Jazzy Jazz Blues by anders007 9 days ago
Snazzy and jazzy improv.
Insomnia by Piyali 9 days ago

Wonderful conviction and range in the singing! Now I'm wide awake! Crack backup production and playing too! smiley
Distractions by jrahn 9 days ago
Nice work, kick azz drums! smiley
My Lovely Friends by Piyali 9 days ago
Beautiful vocal colours, orchestral sounds, a wonderful collaboration! smiley
{the Usual} Whiskey, Straight Up and the Truth by pharmakeus 9 days ago
Cheers! smiley
Something, 'Bout Nothin' by scaustrita 10 days ago
Groovin', airy and free! smiley
Nutrinos In Three Flavors (Electron, Tau & Muon) by DJShadowkat 11 days 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 12 days 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 12 days 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 20 days 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 22 days 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 22 days 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 26 days ago
Had to listen as I am actually in Paris on holiday! smiley
Long Vacation (English Version) by otadehan 27 days ago
Lots going on here! Well done! smiley

Thanks to Phamakeus for the plug!
goes to egypt by lyla 27 days 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 28 days 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 29 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago
This song touched my heart, well done, Maco! smiley
ADIOS by RAMZAR 1 month ago

Fantastic! Trans atlantic, pan genres and across the hemispheres, a triple whammy! smiley
superstar symphony part 1 by lyla 1 month ago
Bring on part 2! smiley
Disco for everyone by lyla 1 month ago
Yay! *applause* new pic, new sound! smiley
How can you be so wrong? by lyla 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago
Love the spoken intro, makes it personal... smiley
Weird (Music Video) by musika 1 month 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 1 month ago

Your going to Europe to find something,hope you find it by lyla 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

Mellow latin morning listen smiley
Birland by doghouseman 1 month ago

Nice!! A favourite song, thanks for sharing! smiley
Vierd Blues by mre 1 month ago
Thanks @Xolv, it was a truly inspiring week! smiley
maybe saturday by lyla 1 month ago
A jaunty little tune. Interesting interactions between the 3/4 metre of the tune and the drum sounds...
Asthmatic Hyperbole by DJShadowkat 1 month ago

Groovy! Nice long build, clever arrangement and such clarity and depth to the sonic technical mastery. smiley
Le Fleurs du Temp by MusicLeft 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
A fine collab! Another gem from this great virtual community! smiley
Lasers for you by lyla 2 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 2 months ago
I got the 1st play! And a swing song! Thanks! smiley

Got vocals?
Playing with guns by lyla 2 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 2 months ago
Nice! smiley I like the theme and variations form, also the ending makes sense!
Eve improv 7 2 14 by jptiptonsr 2 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
Goodbye (demo) by MrSwifty 2 months ago
A very moving story. Music is such a blessing to get us through those difficult roads in life. A very strong song with excellent lyrical structure. Very musical lead playing! smiley
The night they let you die , , by lyla 2 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
Let's be kids again, if only for a while by lyla 2 months ago
I like the over lapping rhythms and the pentatonics that give it a child like character. smiley
Are Friends Electric? by DJShadowkat 2 months ago

Nice work, has that '80's sound fer sure! Everyone is self conscious about their voice, it sounds good to me! Singing is a human right, not just for the elite...
My friends are mostly acoustic but some are definitely electric...
Breathe Your Love by Everine 2 months ago
So glad that this woman's work is still available. Gorgeous still, revisited! smiley
in the moonlight by lyla 2 months ago
Yeah, nice and peaceful. But the tag ending is busy and syncopated which makes the ending a surprise. A tag is a common device to signal a close to a song, usually repeating the last phrase up to three times (3peat) You sure post a lot of songs! smiley
Jump in the ocean and let's dive under by lyla 2 months ago
I like the form: AABA variations on the theme and the chromatic lines that lead back to the tonic. You have a good sense of when to go to the dominant and when to return and sense of form. The detuned sounds are a little edgy for me and there's a slight lurch in the loop point of the first idea which detracts from the rhythmic drive. A proper ending would also be nice. I hope you don't mind my attempts at helpful constructive criticism... smiley
you never really wanted to feel lonely by lyla 2 months ago
Interesting mix of timbres and genres. Your descriptions are priceless! smiley
Where do you want to go to be free? by lyla 2 months ago
I agree, @borris. I love re pentatonic. It could have more bottom; know any idle bass players? smiley
I was working in the lab when suddenly. . . by lyla 2 months ago
This bugged me all morning so I had to come back. Finally figured out the quote... I couldn't like it "more", thanks for the ear worm!

PS Welcome to iComp @lyla! smiley
"Just Doin' Thangz" by abzwork 2 months ago
Space bass ready smiley
Matilde Miel de Luna by MusicLeft 2 months ago
Much enjoyed, Anto, thanks for sharing. The instrumental sections just cook! Love the bass work smiley
Aurora (Borealis & Australis) by DJShadowkat 2 months ago
Cool groove, nice build. I like the ostinato, quirky the way it shifts the accents over 16 beats. The beach near our house looks NE, sometimes during solar activity we can get quite a show even at latitude 50 º.
The Hidden Stream by JonCSebastian 3 months ago
A pleasant ambient sortie. I enjoy hearing nature sounds mixed in with music, very grounding, even though water sounds... The hammered dulcimer sounds are very realistic but tuning is a little funky. I'm gaining acceptance of the free rhythmic style, am so used to a rigid time regime, though. I like the waltzing piano arpeggios, they anchor the piece with their metre and chord motion. The best music always is going somewhere: there are departures and arrivals, sometimes to contrasting sections... Great job on the production values, very clean and clear with all the sounds, your work in the mix shows.
Fields of Midnight Blue II Vocal by JonCSebastian 3 months ago
Gorgeous, I like this combination of voice and orchestra. smiley
Wild Sanctuary by JonCSebastian 3 months ago
Beautiful well matched orchestral sounds singing modal melodies weaving in counterpoint. Contrast between sections sounds minimal from a textural standpoint. Metre, changes in tonal centre, repetition, rhythmic variation, harmonic patterns and progressions are some musical devices that can delineate sections within a composition. Very nice work, a pleasant listen. smiley
The End by alexmcelwee 3 months ago
Sounds like lots of fun, keep it up! Good luck! smiley
Eight Guitars, One Drum Machine by DJShadowkat 3 months ago
Ya got the Pink Floydy thing going on with this one. Studio cats always like music though few choose to participate... smiley
James Bond Theme by LikelyBrotherhood 3 months ago
Captures the sixties vibe through the harmonies and phrasing but from a warped 21C electronica perspective. There are so many evocative melodies from that era for my cohorts, thanks for sharing! smiley
"FlowerGarden" by abzwork 4 months ago
Like the clay drums, clean guitar and overlapping timing. smiley
Majhong (Wayne Shorter) by mre 5 months ago
Thanks for listening, Anto, I'm honoured by your comments. This song results from a post by Igor with Antonello Messina, Grant liked the song and learned it and it's become a regular in our bag... smiley
March of New Exiles by annamaria 5 months ago
Thank you for calling attention to this issue of the plight of the young through your beautiful and sad piece. You let your vision and ears guide you, tempered by your sensibilities. Thank you for sharing. smiley
14 Jazz by MusicLeft 5 months ago
Sentendo le vostre composizioni e giocare è sempre un piacere!


This piece is no exception, a beautiful easy groove within the complexity. Some of the changes remind me a bit of Stella By Starlight, coincidentally this is a tune I've been working on lately and in 3! Love the bass fills at the end especially, could it be that Mr. Bass is getting ready to step out for a solo? smiley
Forest is amazing place by mikerocky 5 months ago
Beautiful playing. Interesting ending, too; is this leaving the forest? It is an amazing place but coming out onto the shore is always a thrill, suddenly feeling the space... smiley
Tomorrow Wendy by pharmakeus 5 months ago
Down tempo rock - ripping lead solo, Chris! smiley
Two happy squirrels by mikerocky 5 months ago
Jolly chromatic!

I have squirrels too, but i n the walls of my studio, I inadvisably made them double...
There's Something Wrong With You by DJShadowkat 5 months ago
A righteous groove underneath a sweepy expansive synth sound. I too am a cat person. "Talk to the hand!" she seems to be saying. Expressive chin marking would make for an interesting marionette effect when mewing...
Room 608 by kpenson 5 months ago
Nice romp over Rhythm Changes on the keys. I like the way you get out yet still land those long phrases. Always driving and swingin'! nlsn sent me BTW... smiley
TOSIN by Tony2008 5 months ago
Mister Abasi should be lookin' over his shoulder! smiley
The Swinggin Beat That Makes That Body Go Shake by DigitalRedux 5 months ago
All the elements to the well told story are there. So this was all played by you? Well done! The aeolian sound is unusual in jazz... smiley
colors by eagle 6 months ago
Beautiful, I love the way the vocal floats over the background textures. A thorough study of the piece is necessary to sound relaxed in the vocal entries as well as stylistic familiarity, kudos! smiley
American Life (Argales Mix) by Argales 6 months ago

Well done, Maria; wow, you have learned so much. An exciting club ready piece... smiley

ps I checked out the original... yours is musically more interesting by far! The long slow build, interesting harmonies, beautiful background vocal harmonies. Well done!
A drop in the sea by MusicLeft 6 months ago
A beautiful thoughtful work, as with the girl in the yellow hat. smiley
Spring Rain by eagle 6 months ago
A refreshing take on an old standard. Beautiful solos too! smiley
"BaseJump" by abzwork 6 months ago
Base jumping in style: smiley Your music is hipper! smiley
"BaseJump" by abzwork 6 months ago
May I give it a go?
Just A Little Relief by BMSSP 6 months ago
Nice backing for something, be interesting to see where it goes. Welcome to iComp! smiley
Self Destruct by Sleet 6 months ago
7/4 I believe. There are 7 "beats" which are further subdivided. I appreciate how much work you have done. May I suggest some sort of bridge to give a bit of formal structure and an opportunity for a return?
Velvet Touch (6/12) by Mungo 6 months ago
Drums are phat and in the pocket, Harmonies make good sense and create a pleasing form to hang something on...
Midnight Blue by nlsn 6 months ago
Excellent work Nelson! These snowy days are perfect for listening to and making music, eh? smiley beautiful trumpet work too, @Jacalore as well as bass and drums from Shael...
Walkin' Man by Gadzooks 6 months ago
I'm a fan of live recordings, there's magic in the immediacy. Nice mellow groove, good rhythm section work sets off the vocals well. smiley
"The Bush" by abzwork 6 months ago
Loved the drops, the tight (real tight) snare, drum parts are integral yet constantly evolving. Fantastic regrouping passage in the middle. I wanna play along... smiley
Sarang Om by chilladreams 6 months ago
Nice work, very serene... Hi to Matt, I'll be over soon to jam smiley
Chocolate by ffej55 7 months ago

Beautiful! Pleasing form, interesting interludes, able improvisations, perky syncopations with everything arriving just as it should. Very "LA" sounding; sweeeet! smiley
No Mas Mermaids by Bonecage 7 months ago
Brilliantly naughty! Thanks to @Axelbreeze for plugging you on chat! smiley
Poco prima di svegliarmi by MusicLeft 7 months ago
Love this, Anto! Beautiful playing, I'm hearing lots of North African tonalities. Groovy bass with cool fills and harmonics. Solid drum track, sounds live. The simple harmony gives lots of room for your guitar solo, love the ways you get "out'! Great track! smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley

And the painting! You are a modern renaissance man! smiley
"Rockin' That" by abzwork 7 months ago
Other worldly backing vocal sounds...
"The Way To Love" by abzwork 7 months ago
Thanks for the B-day present! Just clicked over a new decade this week smiley Digging the orchestral pad, the tweety arpeggiator, polyrhythmic drums, and Abz trading... smiley