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  1. Nice vibe and mix and great vocal - nice job and good luck from me also.
  2. Tom - you know what I think of this - I already commented on SoundCloud. I didn't think I could like it any more but now you've gone and given away the inspiration. I've seen mine leave to make their way in the World - and it hurts like hell to let them go. But they do come back to stay once in a while: older, wiser and richer - in a thousand ways - it's all part of the journey we're on I guess... Andy
  3. Well it's a thought Nigel, but I figured if 23 minutes was good enough for Peter Gabriel then it should be good enough for me. 😉 #SuppersReady I'll flag it as a 'work in progress' then...
  4. Cheers all for the encouragement and your observations are spot on @Kevin Walsh - I do feel inspired as it's quite a departure for me so I shall keep working on it. Once I have completed the full 23 minutes (including a Catastrophe in 9/8) 😉 I'll post it here. I might be while... Andy
  5. This is just a snippet of something vaguely Prog I've been playing with - it's a mix of original riffs and EzKeys (mercifully only one minute long). https://soundcloud.com/andyb01/sunrise2019 The simple question is, should I carry on investing in this or did I waste too much time already? 😂 All opinions welcome and valid. Andy
  6. Oh Gary, that's one great sound. When's the album out? I love me some blues and that really hit the spot for me (great harp) - I loved it! Andy
  7. I love the narrative - really works - and whilst some of the mood changes are subtle some are much more dramatic. You should be proud of this, I thought it was a great showcase. Well done! Andy
  8. Thanks Daryl, after a few listens now I think you're on to something there - I will try that cheers.
  9. Thanks and agree 100 per cent - and their latest product EzBass is coming out in Q4 2019! 😂
  10. You see, I read those lyrics cold and I thought: hmm - good luck making this work. Then I listened and not only does it work, it does so brilliantly - with superb flair and craft. I particularly like the hard stop after the instrumentals. Oh and one more thing - the mix - as tight as a drum. Terrific stuff - never stop writing. Andy
  11. Interesting vibe David, great instrumentation - what an eclectic mix. My ears detected what I felt was the odd timing issue but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Andy
  12. A lot of people prefer sampled pianos and there are some great examples out there. My personal favourite however is Moddart's Pianoteq Stage - which is a modelled instrument - but you'll never get consensus on which is best because it's such a subjective decision.
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    Wow, wow and just wow! I loved this, it really drew me in. Terrific vocal and lyrical craft as well as the overall mix. Absolutely top drawer. Andy
  14. Ditto - great sound, great vocal and cool vid. Really enjoyed that. Andy
  15. Great groove, sounds pretty cool to my ears. I love this kind of stuff - just meanders all over the place. Fab. Andy
  16. I think it's great software as the stock clips can be endlessly customised or you can compose your own chord sequences and use it as a session pianist - very clever (although be warned, the MIDI add-on packs can prove an expensive addiction - look out for seasonal deals). Fair point on the guitar, I'm still not over the moon with it so I knocked it down a bit. I'm a competent guitarist but lead riffs just aren't my thing - my son says all my guitar riffs sound the same - I've told him, I'm playing all the same notes, but not necessarily in the same order. 🙃 Cheers Gary, coming from a man with your immense vocal talent that's a very kind comment. I think the tune is really catchy - that's why I used it. I know using stock clips from stuff like EzKeys will always split opinion but there it is - I'm not trying to pass it off as my own work. Thanks all - appreciate you taking the time out to listen and comment as always.
  17. So here's one I put together recently - the piano is built entirely from EzKeys and apart from changing the tempo and key of the stock clips I have made very few changes as I just think it works pretty well as it is. The lyrics are all my own work and and I have committed my usual crime against singing 😂. It's supposed to be upbeat'ish (well for me anyway) and a made up story about a couple who are having a 'sliding doors' kind of moment and can't quite work out whether they're going to split or have another go at things. Nits and crits welcome. Enjoy Andy
  18. Rik - I used to do the very same thing and achieve (what I thought) were spectacular results (in reality they were probably spectacularly bad). How could my 16-year old self ever have imagined that over dubbing would be as easy as it is now. Today, all those original tapes lie either lost, damaged or broken - a metaphor for the intervening forty years I guess. This is getting far too nostalgic, I'm off for a lie down... Thanks for sharing this - sounded pretty good to me considering the set up. Andy
  19. John - I was immediately transported back to Ant Phillips (Private Parts and Pieces), especially with the alt tuning. Nice stuff and great that you still have a copy of this - LoFi and all. If you re-recorded this digitally, I doubt you would ever re-capture the same soul and expression - even if you tried for a thousand years. Thanks for sharing - took me back to another time; life sure was a whole lot simpler then. Andy
  20. Definitely prefer the remix - I mean the original wasn't too shabby let's be honest - nice blend of funk and fab overdriven guitar tones (love the doubled lead at around 3 mins) - very good and great listen. Great tune. Andy
  21. I've missed you David 🙂 Jazz is a brave genre - especially the timing - I can never get it right so kudos to you for trying this; there's definitely a basis for something here. More craft on the ending for sure (one of those spiralling sax descant licks that tails off springs to mind). Looking forward to more. Andy
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    Lol you should hear mine without Melodyne! 😁😂🤣 Very anthemic this - 80s UK Synth Pop - I was reminded of the Pet Shop Boys Andy
  23. I could listen to stuff like this all day long - I agree more bluesy than prog but there are shades of Gilmour for me too. A very enjoyable five minutes Andy
  24. Production is great with great instrument separation on my cans and the lyrics are well crafted (which I always appreciate). Although I agree with @bjornpdx about the rhyming in v1 - I did think that was clever (and I may steal that idea) 😉 - would have been great to see that carried to v2, but I know that when you end up searching for a rhyme it can end up sounding contrived so vive la difference! Andy
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    I mean, it's not as if any decent music was ever made with two guitars, a bass, drums and some vocals. 😂 I like this, it has a live feel and I imagine it sounds really good live - my only very minor crits are that I would consider adding some slightly more complex harmonies on the vocals and I would definitely open up that lead guitar a touch and really let that thing rock! Andy
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