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Sleep, oh sweet sleep


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VicDiesel

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My take on Jacob Van Eyck's take on "O slaep, o zoete slaep".

This uses a soprano (and occasional bass) recorder. Synth pads by Synplant and bass by Trilogy. Unfortunately the dark synths are a bit rich, and the sound seems to distort on small speakers like in my laptop. Listen through headphones or decent speakers!
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Uploaded: Apr 02, 2010 - 07:52:20 PM
Last Updated: Apr 05, 2010 - 12:40:54 PM Last Played: Mar 23, 2017 - 12:26:11 AM
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PaulaMunk said 2668 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
This is
ethereal. You are certainly a master. Much enjoyed.
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michaeljayklein said 2668 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Yes, very beautiful!
What a piercing and yet captivating sound--and played like a virtuoso violin. Marvelous work on this--I'm glad I listened!
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kristyjo said 2668 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
Love the recorder.
The high pitch of the recorder combined with the deep bass continuo, and nothing in between at the beginning gives the feeling of being suspended at a great height (maybe in a hammock?) Really interesting combination of electronic sounds with that virtuosic recorder playing.
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drakonis said 2668 days ago (April 2nd, 2010)
as always... intriguing blend
Your recorder playing is so mesmerizing... I love the the resolution to major, that was surprising and fulfilling. The low bass was great, although the slow back-n-forth pan, although gentle, was slightly distracting to me, but only as a headphone listener. Sheesh, at 4:20 you just go all virtuosic on us, but it still remains meditative, just sparkly now. Perhaps the soft stepper-synthesizer should have been spread-center, instead of mostly off to the right, that's about the only suggestion, or balance it with something similar on the left... the mix felt slightly right-heavy, for some reason. But overall, this was really gorgeous.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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ted23 said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Wind
Nice, almost a journey of moods. Can imagine this on a movie.
Really like the backing to your recorder. Worked a treat together
Jarvoid said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Much as I
really enjoy and admire the playing in this piece and there is somegreat virtuosity this is one occasion where me and the recorder fell out in places.I find it too shrill at about2:10 and there is a little wobble and after that it just grated on my ears so sorry, I am positive that it is just me.The composition and playing are absolutely great but I must not like the high frequencies.

By the way who is Zoe the Slapper.....? Okay Okay I,m out of here put that pointed recorder down.... please !
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said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
O slaep
A little modernized touch with the bed behind this, it works. The second melodic voice at ~1:00 worked well too - why didn't you use it more, or again?

. - Harold
VicDiesel said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Actually,
the second voice reappears towards the end when it plays the original melody under the most virtuosic variation. But yes, I could have done more with it.

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alackbass said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Beautiful
Is that wind instrument a software instrument or are you (somebody) actually playing the recorder? I ask because the tone and vibrato are wonderful. I also believe I hear a hint of humane inhale between phrases. The mixture of acoustic and electronic tones and fabulous.
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VicDiesel said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
thanks
The recorder is quite real. That's my Kobliczec soprano, with an occasional dose of a Kueng bass (recorder). If you go through my back catalogue you'll find more recorder pieces.

Do you torture your children with recorders? Too many people get the wrong idea about the instrument from the way it's used in schools.
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alackbass said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Torture No, Teach Yes
For years I taught 6th grade classroom music. The students all bought cheap plastic sopranos. I would use a drum machine and strum a guitar to accompany them. It was a great 1st instrument and an ideal when to teach them how to read music.
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musichead said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
very nice
The breath you draw before each phrase really makes the song sound real human! very nice!
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crissew said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Just love your recorder playing
Just a beautiful sound to this. So serene and pure. Love the melody of this one. Soo relaxing. Loved it!
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Bowman said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Rich
and mesmerizing. Beautifully played.
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Moviz said 2667 days ago (April 3rd, 2010)
Almost
haunting in it's depiction of the realms of sleep... the accompaniment is just right in it's balance..... you play a mean recorder I must say and I'm full of admiration, regards M
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thoddi said 2666 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
not many
can play the recorder flute as good as this. Cool to hear advanced performance like you show here.
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caymanjazz said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Wow!!!
Wow!! This is excellent!! I really like the feel and flow of the melody!! This would be a nice piece of music for early morning meditation!!
Thanks Mike
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egobandit said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Sleep
Such a full and soft sound, your blending of electronic sounds with the recorder set a relaxed mood I like the leading you do towards the end. Excellent playing Im glad I listened!
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SomeMadGirl said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Wow!
I love live instruments in these songs. Very pretty!!
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davidmurphy1899 said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
HOME THAT I RECOGNISE
A HOME FOR THE HEART TO REST.WILL PLAY THIS MANY TIMES.GREAT
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Sigmund said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Sleep
The recorder is well played. The music certainly conjures up images of the Renaissance. Something you might hear in King Henry VIII's court perhaps. Enjoyed the listen - thanks,
Sig
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michael2 said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
nice
sounds good on my speakers. i always love your stuff, and how you mix the electronic aspect with more naive sounding organic instruments. very cool.
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MotherofMeursault said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
Very fond of that bass recorder am I
That change at 2:02 caught me with my flank exposed: strange but satisfying. You play very well, of course, and your decisions are very smart. I'm here so little these days that when I stop in it does my heart good to hear something worthwhile.

MoM
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Ed Hannifin said 2665 days ago (April 5th, 2010)
It's neat....
...the way those deep notes slowly pan back and forth....

They ARE rich, but they're GOOD rich... A nice synthy fur on them.... On the Sennheisers they sound like a million bucks...

On these headphones the soprano recorder could stand just a smidge of taming so as to avoid any shrillness.... I really like the way you're playing and phrasing. I don't know the piece, so I don't have a way to judge what's you and what's the composer, but I like the overall feel...


bud said 2664 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
Really nice piece Vic
You have great command over your instrument and it's great hearing your breath between what at times are very long sustained sections. Do you do breathing exercises? Seriously - I'm interested. Very nice mix of acoustic and electronic too.
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VicDiesel said 2664 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
Breathing
No explicit exercises. And it very rarely happens that I need to put a mark in the score "really deep breath here". I guess from years of playing you simply get big lungs. And you get good at little cheater breaths... Though I did have trouble with playing the phrases on that bass recorder, which takes a lot of air. Then it becomes a matter of finding the most logical places to breathe.
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Vic Holman said 2664 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
nice one Vic
wonderfully done on the recorder. and of course i like the subtle blippy synth in the background.
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psexnyc said 2664 days ago (April 6th, 2010)
How Appropriate
I am in Malaysia as I listen to this track, dealing with Jetlag....I can't tell how this song just hits the spot! Right on the money!! Going to sleep now!! Awesome!
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Ibstrat said 2663 days ago (April 7th, 2010)
This
is quite amazing beautiful playing.Your tone is wonderful.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2661 days ago (April 9th, 2010)
This is music...
... I'd listen to forever. I love how the backing builds up while the main melody repeats. A great post, thanks for sharing.
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davisamerica said 2661 days ago (April 9th, 2010)
Back to download
...playing on Bose computer speakers and the sound is lovely.
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Parichayaka said 2661 days ago (April 9th, 2010)
Second listen
The contrast between the haunting recorder solo and the synth chords is mesmerizing. To me the 'stepper' or 'arpeggio' of the synhts could be slightly less pronounced, but the soundbed - volume wise - I find perfect.
The building intensity in the last two minutes before bringing back the main theme completes a wonderful listening experience.
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Hickling_Stan said 2654 days ago (April 16th, 2010)
Enjoyed
The old recorded gets heard very little these days and I loved the contrast between the natural "wood" sound and the "artificial mechanical" sounds. Haunting and beautiful. Well done. Cheers Mark
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ste said 2652 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
great
instrumentation in this, didn't think the synths were too rich - fit really well. nice job
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Joanna said 2651 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
Vic
My father used to play the recorder. He wasn't accomplished as you are. He was a very gifted singer, which is where most of his focus was, so the recorder was just for fun. Even so, the sound of the recorder in this piece brought back memories of him. I listened to the entire piece with a giant smile, loving that familiar sound, but also admiring your gifted playing. Thank you, Vic, for this lovely piece of music.
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jdholliday said 2651 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
I find it hard
to comment on your music other than it's absolutely breathtaking, beautiful music, I have very little experience with this style and instrumentation, and I'm not a good tech person, I can only say this is very soothing, relaxing beautiful music, very well done.
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kassia said 2650 days ago (April 20th, 2010)
for me
there was an interesting interplay between the (possibly imagined) harmonics of the synths and the soprano recorder. i love the very low drone-ish synth flowing slowly underneath your gorgeous playing. i'm very envious of your skill with your flutes and recorders. while your ability to make one breath last an amazing amount of time is impressive, there were a couple of places where I felt like the melody could have used a slight pause, but for the most part your phrasing is smooth and serene. Despite the full, deep synths this has a wonderful delicate quality which I'm guessing is what some listeners found as the shrillness. to me it felt like that soprano recorder was releasing small pieces of glass, floating and shimmering in the waning light as the darkness gently moved over the land underneath. this is breathtaking vic.
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richard13 said 2645 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Very nice
Thank you.
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Dadai.2 said 2645 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
The effect of...

the soprano recorder and the synths are hypnotically soothing and at the same time riveting... and interesting result in listening. The recorder playing is quite inspired, as well as flawless. Thanks for sharing this one.

Jack
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Symphony101 said 2637 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
A masterpiece
Melodic, there is a lot of emotions in this. So much enjoyed listening to this Vic.
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Dead End said 2637 days ago (May 3rd, 2010)
Awesome track
This is such a moment of zen. Thanks for sharing!
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Cameron said 2634 days ago (May 6th, 2010)
The richness
of the synth pads works fine in this piece, in fact it is a pleasantly unexpected blend with the recorders. Truly a melding of old & new which especially in this case is very convincing.

I particularly like the way you wove the bass in and out of the texture, and would have enjoyed hearing it take more of a solo role at times.

Interesting work and virtuosic performance!
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awigze said 2634 days ago (May 6th, 2010)
the soprano
recorder is just on the edge... just where it needs to be. my jaw is reacting to it in the listening... ya ever get that when you are listening to an instrument that you have played and you know what is going on in the performers head... might be a bit of a weird comment but, there it is... nice work. Liked the resolved sound of this and the classical feel of the synths and bass.
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yrp said 2632 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
Smooth...
and it´s really a lesson on a perfect marriage of the natural and the artificial...
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LonePineMusic said 2595 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Instant Favorite!
Great work, Victor! Your soprano has a very thick, sort of 'throaty' sound to it that I love (may just be because it's wood; mine are all plastic.) The synth pads and bass are very nicely done and support the recorder very well. A little EQ on the lower mids would definitely help with the speaker distortion. Also, it might be advisable to thin out the pads during your virtuosic section. You've got a lot vying for that frequency range, and the rapid notes get a little lost in the reverb and pads... Anyway, It's wonderful! Great juxtaposition of new and old! :)
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VicDiesel said 2595 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Rapid notes....
Actually, I was kinda faking that part, so I didn't want you to listen too closely.

Thanks for the compliments.
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