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Memory of friends gone by


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VicDiesel

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Something that happened this past weekend reminded me of the fact that I've lost a couple of friends way too early in their lives. This track is dedicated to them, and in particular to Marian Moffett, who lent me her bass viol, but who died before we ever had a chance to play together.

This is a long improvisation from which I've snipped the bits that were (more or less) in tune. Production only involved riding the faders on the straight sound and the processed sound.
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Hits: 3767
Comments: 31
Fans: 5
Plays: 390
Downloads: 194
Votes: 14
Uploaded: Feb 14, 2006 - 08:36:16 AM
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2006 - 04:51:25 PM Last Played: Feb 16, 2017 - 08:31:00 AM
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Hardware:
7-string bass viol, Mac G5
Software:
Logic, KTGranulator
Comments
said 4297 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
Ethereal
and mournful and cathartic and interrupted, like these peoples' lives.
said 4297 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
PS
I would love to know what the person who left the 5's and 6's was thinking. I
could understand votes that are further up or down, depending on the
reaction ... but "average"? This is anything but average.

---
Ars longa, vita brevis.
jmt said 4297 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
forward
Yeah... very emotive! Excellent, I look forward to hearing some more.
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jesushairdo said 4296 days ago (February 14th, 2006)
sadness
i certainly felt the sadness you mustve felt when you lost your friend.
nice to listen to something not so looped up music.
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Dayton said 4296 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Really Raw Sound......Very unique
I don't know that I have heard a bass viola before, but the pickup that
you have gotten on this one is quite interesting.

I am not sure wether I like it or hate it. In artistic standpoint, well
done. Way to solicit an ambiguous emotion from me, as it keeps me
questioning my opinion on the track. Where as the majority of music
out there tends to lead the listener to either favor, or not favor the
experience, you left me hanging right in the middle.

I applaud your creativity and willingness to push the sound beyond the
norm.

Will certainly look forward to hearing more, and perhaps this track
finished up, as it seemed to cut off without really ending.


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VicDiesel said 4296 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Really Raw Sound......Very unique
Thanks for your thoughtful commentary.

First of all: this is a "viol", not a "viola". The viol, or viola da gamba is an older
family of instrument than the current violin/viola/cello family. Compare for
instance the sloping shoulders to the straight shoulders of a cello.
Furthermore, this instrument is tuned in fourths, not fifths, and has 6 or in
my case 7 strings. It also has a thinner sound (and softer) than a cello, but
the range is comparable.

Secondly, this piece was intended for a composition on another web site
(kvraudio), and for that it had to stay under 2 minutes. As a result, what I
intended as a long plaintive chant came out more as a single anguished cry. I
am definitely going to make a longer version of this piece with much more
development.

Finally, this was recorded through a microphone, but I have little experience
with live sound, and my room is far from studio quality where acoustics are
concerned. I'll try to improve that a little.

Cheers,

Victor.
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VicDiesel said 4296 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
Really Raw Sound......Very unique
Thanks for your thoughtful commentary.

First of all: this is a "viol", not a "viola". The viol, or viola da gamba is an older
family of instrument than the current violin/viola/cello family. Compare for
instance the sloping shoulders to the straight shoulders of a cello.
Furthermore, this instrument is tuned in fourths, not fifths, and has 6 or in
my case 7 strings. It also has a thinner sound (and softer) than a cello, but
the range is comparable.

Secondly, this piece was intended for a contest on another web site
(kvraudio), and for that it had to stay under 2 minutes. As a result, what I
intended as a long plaintive chant came out more as a single anguished cry. I
am definitely going to make a longer version of this piece with much more
development.

Finally, this was recorded through a microphone, but I have little experience
with live sound, and my room is far from studio quality where acoustics are
concerned. I'll try to improve that a little.

Cheers,

Victor.
Check out my latest song called Black Recorder
The Fritters said 4296 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
I can dig it
I appreciate the imaginative effort here. The production could be a bit
tighter, but the idea is really beautiful. Looking forward to hearing
more from you--kelli
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The Fritters said 4296 days ago (February 15th, 2006)
I can dig it
I appreciate the imaginative effort here. The production could be a bit
tighter, but the idea is really beautiful. Looking forward to hearing
more from you--kelli
Check out my latest song called Swingin' Door 2009
Stunt Kabbage said 4295 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
Stunning textures
I tried to leave a comment on this a day ago but for some reason my
comment disappeared! Essentially what I tried to say was that this was
amazing... but it ended when it seemed to be getting going. Lots of rich
overtone stuff going on and even a hint of Elgar's 'Cello Concerto... I just
want to hear more.

Treated bass viol... now that's probably the most obscure instrument I've
come across on MJ!

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ACWAT said 4295 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
Wow love that sound
Checked out your song, fantastic emotion in there real thought provoking
stuff, keep up the good work.
That KTgranulator works a treat with this source material and that
distorted sound on the end part mmmmmmm. Would love to get my
hands on some samples of that Viol.

P.S. Can't wait for the longer version.
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alanfraser said 4295 days ago (February 16th, 2006)
The feeling is there
but it's much too short. I understand that's the point but it's still
frustrating in a way. You're way out on the edge and I seriously respect
that. Looking forward to more.
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thoddi said 4293 days ago (February 18th, 2006)
soulful
This is shows how powerful feelings can be expressed through music. It's so strong in how it shows the sadness and the feeling of not knowing how to reach through to our lost one's anymore.

The sudden stop is in a way a reminder of how our lives will eventually end...

I like the impulsive way of this recording. It's full of the energy present at the time.
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screamalexz said 4292 days ago (February 19th, 2006)
sad
it has a bit of a gritty sound to it, mournful and painful sounding, almost has a hint of chaos. nice.
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dreadmon said 4292 days ago (February 19th, 2006)
primal screams
the EQ could soften some of the harsher textures, but there is no tuning an impassioned wail nor a cry of anguish - and from that heart, this is a very primal and evocative piece, well communicated.
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said 4292 days ago (February 19th, 2006)
Too short...
My only complaint is that this ends too soon. As I listened I recalled the
various friends (4 so far) that have been taken from this life. Makes me
want to light a candle and sit quietly for awhile. Thank you.
beauty.cult said 4230 days ago (April 22nd, 2006)
a most appropos cliche?
i shall not even attempt words...
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Liemannen said 4229 days ago (April 23rd, 2006)
So sad..
I love that Sergio Leone feeling! Almost like unplugged doom..
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bethrobin said 4229 days ago (April 23rd, 2006)
truly emotive
this cuts right through to the heart. if it were 3 minutes long it would be
a perfect cathartic moment with a beginning middle and end.
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VicDiesel said 4229 days ago (April 23rd, 2006)
truly emotive
Don't worry. I'm working on a longer version.

Thanks for listening and commenting!

Victor.
Check out my latest song called Black Recorder
drakonis said 4227 days ago (April 25th, 2006)
hmm...
I could definitely feel the longing, this is a great instrument for that,
and very aprropriately played to evoke that edge-of-the-seat, what's
coming next, type of feeling. The post-processing of the chopped bits
helped create tension. But two nits. One is on EQ, it sounded in a
couple places like there was a midrange peak, certain notes came out
rather loudly, swamping others. Also, as for creating the literal
musical analogue of a life too short, I think having the music file stop
in mid-play is good, but I would have given a haunting room echo
afterward for it to fade away into, so that (1) the listener knows you did
that on purpose and they didn't get a corrupt mp3, and (2) the memory
of the person lives on in echoes of the survivors, as shown here, so I
would capture the echo as part of the musical metaphor. Overall, this
was edgy and effective.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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SmokeyVW said 4173 days ago (June 18th, 2006)
hey! what?!
i was listening and getting engrossed and *thunk* it stopped. hey! what?!
i clicked the playbar towards the end and played it again. it just stopped,
right in the middle... and then, i'll admit, i cried when it struck me that
that was the point.




i've been sitting here trying to think of what else to say... nothing
coherent...
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SmokeyVW said 4173 days ago (June 18th, 2006)
longer version? no
now that i've regained my composure, i read the posts.

you mention a longer version.
well, my take on it is: don't.

it's perfect as it is.
it's almost brutal how it just chops off.
that's why it works so well. you got me.

you'll lose this if you lengthen it.

(just my opinion - but, man, you struck a nerve. these days that is
really hard to do!)
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DJ WERD said 4165 days ago (June 26th, 2006)
mmmm...tasty
this sounds as though it could be in an independent trippy film.
almost like donnie darko or ghost world.
i enjoy it mostly because it makes me feel like i always have to be alert or
something, like im on the edge of my seat.
great sounds you used.
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Hectorious said 4161 days ago (June 30th, 2006)
Crazy Tension
It goes up your spine and up to your brain COOL!!!
You try different things I dig that.
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Sarutobi said 4134 days ago (July 27th, 2006)
Very Ambient
I really like this it really seems to express something. It is very haunting.
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Sarutobi said 4134 days ago (July 27th, 2006)
Very Ambient
I really like this it really seems to express something. It is very haunting.
Thanks for the comment on my track btw.
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Sarutobi said 4134 days ago (July 27th, 2006)
Very Ambient
I really like this it really seems to express something. It is very haunting.
Thanks for the comment on my track btw.
Check out my latest song called How Could You Leave Me
timothy devine said 3613 days ago (December 30th, 2007)
moving
very special.
peace to you and your friends
always
tim
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said 3477 days ago (May 14th, 2008)
Yes I can undrestand
How you may have been feeling when you created this music
it speaks for itself. Thank you for sharing your pain with us all to.
it was very Emotive and sad,
I have two on my Page both dedications
One to my Brother Who comitted Suicide and one to Droop Paul Davis
who suddenly passed away from a heart attack whom I thought very highly of also.
Peace Dee.
Feter said 3332 days ago (October 6th, 2008)
Memory of friends gone by
this Viol has a stronge mood sound ...you used it
so perfectly with this sad music ...a true dark
lament ...a real master touch ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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In past lives, VicDiesel was a country fiddler, a shawm player at the Burgundy court, bellows pumper for JS Bach, Geoff Emerick's factotum, and a beggar playing drums in the streets of Calcutta for alms. Unusually, the memories of all that co... [see more]

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