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Watchin' Girls Go By


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richard13

 Genre: Dub

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GrooveMaker Series


GrooveMaker is an iOS app which allows you to arrange a variety of samples (loops) in a variety of ways, usually within a genre. After trying the free version I sprang for the Reggae, mon, and finally got a chance to put it through its paces early last year while I was away from the computer.

Like many of these apps, they are somewhat limited and limiting. I put together a dozen or so tracks using the app but I treated them as sketches for something better. Several I thought might benefit from further work so I imported the relevant samples into Garageband, remixed, added effects, delay, EQ, etc. Just before Halloween this year I posted Omniphobia, which has a backer made with GrooveMaker. In early December I posted Summer Nocturne (feat/awigze) which has some tasty sax additions by Andy Wigzell. At Christmastime, for a change of pace, I posted Searchin', and in early March I posted Deadbeat.

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This tune, to me, is fun, upbeat and slightly frivolous and for some reason put me in mind of one of my favourite pastimes, girl watching. It consists of a bass, several drum tracks, 4 synth tracks, a couple of brass tracks, and piano.

The image is from the web. I hope you enjoy both the music and the visual.
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Comments: 16
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Plays: 149
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Uploaded: Aug 17, 2012 - 10:16:22 AM
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2012 - 11:05:29 AM Last Played: May 14, 2017 - 05:18:39 AM
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sammydix said 1859 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Watchin
mix sounds good! great weird changes and surprises. gonna play wit dis.
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richard13 said 1859 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Watchin'
You must have been listening to mine while I listened to yours ;-)

Thanks for the comment; glad you like, and play away!

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Philip18 said 1859 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Watching
Cool groove, Richard, with a few weird sounds adding variety. I like the way this works. Smooth. Good one!
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richard13 said 1858 days ago (August 18th, 2012)
Weird sounds Philip?
Oh well, as long as you like them, I'm happy. Thanks for checking in.
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Philip18 said 1858 days ago (August 19th, 2012)
Vocabulary
Not weird in a bad way - perhaps I should have said "spacey" or "synthy" :-)
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gadzooks said 1859 days ago (August 17th, 2012)
Watchin' Girls Go By
Richard! where have you been? Nice to see your cartoon face and even nicer to see those girls. Like the feel of this tune ... clavinet sound is pretty cool along with that groovin" dub bass. Well mixed and nicely done. Enjoyed
Cheers
SG
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richard13 said 1858 days ago (August 18th, 2012)
Hey Stan
I'm touched that you like my cartoon face, as well as the girls. Even better that you enjoyed my little dubby tune.

BTW, I never gave you proper acknowledgement for your contribution to sammydix's "Jiggy Man": I really, really enjoyed both of your efforts.
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Jarvoid said 1858 days ago (August 18th, 2012)
subtly nuanced
reggae/dub mon....for me the hardest thing about doing reggae is finding a drumbeat track...this sound very good......and I always think that reggae is about less rather than more...I over egg it so it sounds rancid ....spot on here.

Jarvo
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Jarvoid said 1858 days ago (August 18th, 2012)
PS
artwork is cool as well !!!!!!!!
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richard13 said 1858 days ago (August 18th, 2012)
Good to see you again Chris
Re: reggae/dub -- at least you make the attempt. I have to resort to apps or other aids: the result's pretty fair but it ain't me makin' the music. Oh, I don't really care how I get there as long as it sounds cool, and I think this one does. Happy that you agree, and that my choice of artwork gets the Jarvoid Seal of Approval.
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davajonah said 1857 days ago (August 19th, 2012)
Very nice
Hypnotic bass, as it should be. It's hard to create an authentic skank using synths, [I know only too well] it's nice that you've concentrated on the rhythm and not worried too much about the realism of the sounds. Some people seem obsessed with doing that. I don't know why really! Dub is about bass and rhythm it seems to me, realistic sounding instruments are of less importance.

Really cool sound Richard, I agree with Chris above, less is more for a dub tune, and you've certainly got that going. I especially like the "clav" sound that comes in at 2.40. I'd have been tempted to really dub that one up! I might also have upped the volume on the snare delays and maybe put in a few rim hits. Minor things really. Very cool indeed. I've taken a copy so thank you.
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paul f. page said 1857 days ago (August 19th, 2012)
loops and loops....
It's cool the way you have grown a whole song from endless loops with the addition of specific melodic elements sprinkled throughout your track. The rhythm keeps the whole thing unified, but all those special licks that keep dropping in are what keep this piece fresh from beginning to end. Nice going with this concoction of sounds. They somehow fit your programme, too. Indeed!
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DWL said 1849 days ago (August 27th, 2012)
This works well
Echoing what others have said, you've used the loops really well to produce a very listenable piece of music. Like DJ says, a couple of rim-shots wouldn't have gone amiss or some timbale.

Nicely done.

Cheers

Dick
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PeterB7858 said 1840 days ago (September 5th, 2012)
A worthy pass time
I had to come across and listen to a song titled "Watchin' Girls Go By". It is certainly not the worst way to spend some time. The track has a nice subtle bounce to it :-) It is also nicely understated but holds interest easily. Nice one. Regards, Peter.
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alackbass said 1838 days ago (September 7th, 2012)
Watchin' Girls Go By
Sweet groove and warm analog synth tones. Dig the gurgling clav! The title sure fits the sultry forward motion of the piece.
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scaustrita said 1838 days ago (September 7th, 2012)
Nice
Great arrangement and musicianship.

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