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Caught In The Current (w/ BBarner and Komrade K)


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TobinMueller

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NEWER VERSION of this track adding organ: Caught In The Current (v2) - feat. BBarner & Komrade K.

This marks my 3rd collaboration with Bill Barner and my first with Martin Kember-Smith (Komrade K). The tune started as a jazz rendition of a song from my musical CREATURE. But the stylings of the new solos give it a AfroCeltic feel, so I've posted it under Celtic for fun, even tho it is more World Jazz than traditional Celtic. (There is no AfroCelt of World Jazz genre at MJ, and I figure since I already have several Jazz submissions, maybe I could get some cross-over listeners from the Celtic crowd.) This is truly a quartet, with all parts having solo moments and equal importance. Dane Richeson, percussionist, came with 2 suitcases of stuff, spread them on the floor, and we recorded him in six passes (I have no idea how many instruments he ended up playing!) Clarinet was added by Bill, with the final pass adding Martin on Violin. The violin part had some distortion, which I fixed in places cutting and pasting lines, but kept in when I thought the notes were too cool to erase and when I thought it added to the sense of live playing, which I hope the track captures. A delightful and energetic result, for me.

The track that exists on my jazz CD, What Survives, based on this tune (titled "The River Song" on the CD) is a piano/percussion duet only and does not have Bill and Martin. This version is totally unique, available only on MJ. Kudos to my nephew Chris for wonderful work on the piano.

Previous collabs with BBarner:
Secret of Life
Let Me Play (w/ McBoy too)

Previous collabs with Komrade K:
Can't Complain
Hold On
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Uploaded: Jan 11, 2006 - 03:01:35 PM
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2007 - 08:11:44 AM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 09:56:46 AM
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Original piano and hand percussion recorded using Performer, mastered in Peak. Clarinet and violin added using GarageBand, with remixing inside GB 2.
Comments
iliketolaugh said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
fan
i've always enjoyed your stuff
Einarus said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Quite the journey
The first few seconds really captivated me and didn't really let me go until
the end, which incidentally was the only thing I didn't love. It didn't seem
to have the epic, vibrant ending I had come to expect after the colorful
journey. It was a bit too weak and sudden, somehow, for my taste.

Otherwise a very graphic and colorful journey.

Fav & DL!
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TobinMueller said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Quite the journey
Thanks. I'm glad you liked the journey. A river can seem endless, until it dilutes
itself by emptying into a lake or ocean, sliding under a sunset or just narrowing
beyond the next bend; I imagine the ending to be that sort of finish, where
you've been running along side the boat, only to run out of gas as the music
recedes and you just can't quite keep up until the end. A wave goodbye. I like
playing those sorts of endings (it is easier on the wrists).
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Tom Atwood said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Hardware
Nothing synthetic about this. This has a real 70s jazz feel to me,
reminds me of the band Oregon. I especially enjoyed listening to all the
percussion, which seems to dominate the piece. Very nice, odd mix of
instruments and rhythms. Delightful!
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TobinMueller said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Hardware
Oregon was one of my favorite bands. I loved their use of percussion, double
reeds, lute, piano. Such a great band. I still listen to them. It was tough coming
up with a jazz track that seemed to fit a violin. I think this was Martin's first
foray into jazz ensemble. He did marvelously following all our changes, as did
Bill. My favorite moments are the percussive spots where Dane expresses
himself so exuberantly; and the way the violin finishes the phrases. I still hear
new percussion phrases even after all these listens. Thanks for your comments.
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said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Eclectic celtic jazzmen...
A very rich assortment of improvisational performances
which never get repetive and weave in and out so well
with each other (a true mark of good musicians). The
beginning has a very definited celtic flavor which gradually
yields to a more eclectic or world jazz sound (for lack of a
better description). All of which is very cool and alive. And
that percussionist... he makes this piece with his layered
playing of all those "noisemakers" : ) And always nice to
hear a good clarinet player... such a clean tone.

Good jorb, fellas...

Jack

TobinMueller said 4298 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Eclectic celtic jazzmen...
Yes, describing the percussion instruments as an assortment of "noise makers"
is quite accurate. He used legume pods, scratching things, bundles of sticks, all
sorts of organic thingies, as well as African hand drums. I loved watching him
as he grabbed stuff from his pile of choices. I always believe in letting real
percussionists lose to do whatever they hear, cuz they always hear cooler things
than i could ever score or suggest. he was limited only by how much he could
carry to the recording site. As for the Celtic moniker, I do have 1/8th Welch in
the midst of my Germanic jazz genes, so I felt comfortable choosing the genre.
Thanks for your comments.
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Ed Hannifin said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
First off, who cares....
...about the song, it has such a cool graphic I'm going to give it high
numbers anyway... I REALLY like that image...

This reminds me some of the band Nightnoise, and...can't
remember...another of the Windham Hill bands....with Daryl Anger...

I like the use of the hand percussion that isn't too perfect... And the
piano has a human quality to it, too...

I hear the Celtic quality in there, which in my book is a good thing...

Ed
TobinMueller said 4298 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
First off, who cares....
Thanks for the comments. The image is a detail from a Vladamir Kush painting,
a surrealist from Russia who is still painting and doing sculpture there. I love
his stuff. He has a marvelous book entitled "Metaphorical Journey" that has a
ton of great color images with poetry and other annotations, very nice.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
perceptualvortex said 4298 days ago (January 11th, 2006)
Wow
This is just amazing. All of the instruments are played so beautifully, and weave together perfectly. If Oregon sounds anything like this I've got to check them out. And I entirely agree with Ed about the artwork, which is great.
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thoddi said 4298 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
I'm in the boat
What vivid images came to mind listening to this. I found myself on a river made up from images seen on TV or something from the Lord of the Rings. Swirling around without much control over where the boat would turn next.

Great performances by all.
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thoddi said 4298 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
I'm in the boat
..and I'm curious about the artwork, which is really great:) Who is the artist?

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- Albert Einstein.
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Tadashi Togawa said 4298 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
The earth somewhere
I traveled.
It was invited to this music.
Wonderful travel.
Travel of sound.
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Mcboy said 4298 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
classy music
that defines description.....oregon comparisons are fair tho.....the
percussionist is playing djembe. talikng drums(armpit held drum hit by a
stick on its head) while the piano, viloin and clarinet have a
discourse....how kool can this be.....hehhhe....i like the balance beteween
delicateness and the driving percusssion.... the melodic lines swoop and
sweep acrosss the soundscape......what a delight!!!! 10-10-10-10.....great
musicianship, composition and arrangement!
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Emily Rohm said 4298 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Fantastic!
This makes me want to do modern dance again. It has an infectious
sense of movement that pushes on throughout the song. I absolutely
love the surrealist artwork. I am definitely going to check out more of
Kush's work. 10s from me.
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Jim Bouchard said 4297 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Ah yes...
Nightnoise indeed. I do like this a lot! I think of it more as Jazz than
Celtic, so the genre police could come around and slap the cuffs on you,
but it's really great. The fiddle is really well done, as is the clarinet.
Incredible how this sounds like you were all in one room, a testament to
the players I guess.
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thetiler said 4297 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
like the pic
and of course the music is nice. The piano provides a terrific backround
to the violin. Like the clarinet as well.

Like the free style as well, like that modulation with the violin caring the
lead into that.

Good going
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jgurner said 4297 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Honestly....
...the first time I listened, I found myself paying most attention to the
percussion, no offense to the rest of the awesome performances, but the
perc is just all over the place. Lots of interesting sounds and rhythms. The
whole thing just has such a light, joyous feel. So much fun and energy. It
doesn't just feel "live" it feels "alive."
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K.I.S.KISMET said 4297 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Wonderful....
more traditional with flickers of AfroCelt. So colorful and moving. Tell me...is this the same BBarner that created his tunes on the metro in N.VA? Just wondering.
Loved every minute of this song. Something to aspire to (in my case, in another lifetime)
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bbarner said 4297 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Wonderful....
Yes, it's bbarner from Northern Virginia. I've posted some tunes to Macjams and there are more at http://homepage.mac.com/bbarner.
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jiguma said 4297 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Complex and challenging
Complex and challenging (well, to me anyway!) - lots to like here, but I
suspect "Celtic" is not the rght genre - "World Jazz" sounds right to me.
A lot of the percussion was fragmented, as you would normally hear on
top of a drum kit rather than instead of the kit. To me a live drum
track would round this out nicely, and hold it all together more.
Having said that, there is no doubt that everyone played beautifully
and that the piece is very well written. The "liveness" makes you feel
like you're listening in a club. Also loved the art!
Neil
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Komrade K said 4296 days ago (January 13th, 2006)
Wonderful experience
This has been a fantastic virtual ensemble experience and I'm very
grateful to Tobin for letting me have shot at this. It's pleasure to 'work'
with such fine musicians.

I've seen Oregon mentioned in some of the comments above and that's
very flattering - what a terrific band to be compared with!

KK
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dreadmon said 4295 days ago (January 14th, 2006)
Totally refreshing
Now, how delightful was that? Simply delicious!
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Leon said 4295 days ago (January 14th, 2006)
I was caught in the swirl of music...
Love the superimpositions of classical and world/tribal sounds. The flute
and the congas juxtaposed on the decidedly classical piano background
gives this a rather adventurous style and a rugged theme yet smoothly
rendered texture. The somehat syncopated rhythm, and twists and turns
paint a picture of the swirling currents of emotions, just like the raging
waters depicted in the artwork, which is very well-selected by the way.

Downloaded for my further learning and appreciation.
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said 4294 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
the talking drum
spoke to me. Actually, so did the rest.
cheers and thank you
Happy New Year!

iSong said 4294 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Hölle hölle hölle!
Best track I heard so far (sorry Cameron!)
Great compsition, "Masterlymastered"

:)
Q:Authored by: K.I.S.KISMET on Thu, 12 Jan 2006 19:20:24 -0600
more traditional with flickers of AfroCelt. So colorful and moving. Tell
me...is this the same BBarner that created his tunes on the metro in
N.VA? Just wondering.
Loved every minute of this song. Something to aspire to (in my case, in
another lifetime)

I have never heard "AfroCelt"
like that word

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perceptualvortex said 4293 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
H? h? h?!
KISMET might be talking about the Afro Celt Sound System.


http://realworldrecords.com/afrocelts/


They make great music!

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SpasmodicMan said 4294 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Joy
Ok, so I hate joyful, or distruct joyful, and this track says Joy Joy joyfully Joyous all over it and I tried to distrust it but try as I might it won me over. I'm glad it ended without a flourish since I might not have kept trusting it since joy almost never ends in a flourish. A "wave goodby" maybe. Better than nice. Next time I see someone walking down the street with a suitcase, I'll wonder if it is some guy carrying shakers and pods. Or hope at least.
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Stun Nutz said 4294 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
complexity
So much going on, but doesn't sound too cluttered... very
energetic and rich... needs to be listened to multiple times to fully
comprehend. I really enjoyed the combination of various
instruments/styles.
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MNTNJAM21 said 4294 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Captivating
piano sounds excellent, clarinet and violen additions work well w/ the
song. thoroughly enjoyed listenting. great picture as well.
loyd vader said 4293 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
good effort
your write i was confused as to whether it was more world jazz than traditional celtic.............................lol
the change to the piano is awesome....does sometime sound like the percussion is hit for the sake of being hit rather than to create interesting and earthy poly rhythms and thus makes things sound confusing and too busy sometimes.......
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jakgetar69 said 4292 days ago (January 17th, 2006)
Beautiful song
Most people think of gloomy mournful music when the celtic genre
comes up (which I personall enjoy) but this is a good example of the
many upbeat celtic songs. good job.

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FEEL said 4291 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
Where do you start?
I'm thinking a Tobin composition and everything else falls in place.
What a delight to listen to. This is above and beyond any skills I
posses and just goes to show me what an outstanding group of
musicians collaborated here.

Regards,
John
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composerclark said 4171 days ago (May 19th, 2006)
Infectious
It has an infectious feeling of fun/play running through it. Love the
opening; strangely enough, the first few violin notes reminded me of
Toots Theilman, the great jazz harmonica player. The low drum (might
be a conga; it comes in only on one of the first few bars then becomes
slightly more active) is pitched in such a way as to form a dissonance
with your repeating pedal note (E), and this bothered my ears a bit--
not sure if anyone else would feel the same way. Maybe it's just got
some overtones that clash or something. Not sure what it is.

I like the section changes, and the transitions between them. They all
work really well. I especially like the piano transition/modulation that
occurs at about the 40% mark.

I also think the violin could take more breaks from playing than it
does. It plays steadily almost all the way through (except that
transition I just mentioned). The violin sounds great; it's just that it
assumes the role of primary importance here, and it'd be nice to have it
back off a little more often to let the others shine.

Finally, I think it'd be nice to vary the texture even more. This relates
to my previous comment, but basically, if you ever do this again (and
there's no need to; sounds great as is), consider sections for just piano
and percussion, piano and clarinet, clarinet and violin, etc. Lots of
permutations possible.

Very nice work by all.
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Feter said 4067 days ago (August 31st, 2006)
Giant Work !
such stream of emotions there ..alot of pictures
telling stories there ... wonderfull ...just so Huge
well Done ..! !
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said 3841 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
Hey!
This is a really good offering of world-fusion w/ a celtic twist. Somewhere between Fairport Convention and Orb-era Boiled-in-Lead (only not as loud). Wonderful experiment. Yes! "Delightful and energetic" sums it up for me also! Bravo and encore!

Be well!
Doug Somers said 3674 days ago (September 27th, 2007)
It's all joy,
dancing and light, each part with its own voice and vibrant personality! Thanks!
Doug
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Char said 3407 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
I am so glad
that I got invited to the party. I am grateful you posted under Celtic, which may be my most favorite music. Otherwise, I might have lost my way. Wonderful. All 10's.
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