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Sketchbook

I really enjoy the StaffPad Sketches of @McD. I have encouraged him to combine them into a larger composition. The other day I offered to to do it. He took me up on the offer and sent me 32 of them! I used 7 of them in this piece. I should have called this Sketchbook One. I’m pretty sure there will be more. He invited me to add some of my own bits, but I didn’t think it was necessary. I don’t take credit for any of the composition. I just arranged them, set a few levels, and tweaked the EQ a bit. It was fun!

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  • McDMcD
    edited September 2023

    I like your combinations of the 7 different works… you have an ear for how two pieces might overlay or be conjoined in a way that seems organic. I tried briefly and it’s harder than it sounds.

    I title compositions based on how they sound to me: this one sounds like “The Island of Doctor Morose”. That’s not a slur on your work… it’s just how the whole hit me. A slog through some misery.

  • I didn’t find it to be morose at all. It reminded me a bit of something by Charles Ives or John Cage. Cage was quite a character. Here is one of my favorites.

  • edited September 2023

    @Paulieworld said:
    I really enjoy the StaffPad Sketches of @McD. I have encouraged him to combine them into a larger composition. The other day I offered to to do it. He took me up on the offer and sent me 32 of them! I used 7 of them in this piece. I should have called this Sketchbook One. I’m pretty sure there will be more. He invited me to add some of my own bits, but I didn’t think it was necessary. I don’t take credit for any of the composition. I just arranged them, set a few levels, and tweaked the EQ a bit. It was fun!

    @McD said:
    I like your combinations of the 7 different works… you have an ear for how two pieces might overlay or be conjoined in a way that seems organic. I tried briefly and it’s harder than it sounds.

    Great idea! I know I'm on both of your wavelengths. But I also thought of this regarding @McD. I wanted to write something about how you have all these pieces or fragments that are intriguing by themselves so why not build a structure with them? I just didn't want to sound nagging about it. By taking it upon yourself, @Paulieworld , you found a solution that works.

    The idea of how to structure music has often been an interesting problem. Although the various DAWs and some apps can sort of help with this, I wonder if there could be some way with an app to specifically deal with it or make suggestions about how to build.
    I know; that sounds vague.

  • Nice piece mate. :)

  • @Stochastically said:

    @Paulieworld said:
    I really enjoy the StaffPad Sketches of @McD. I have encouraged him to combine them into a larger composition. The other day I offered to to do it. He took me up on the offer and sent me 32 of them! I used 7 of them in this piece. I should have called this Sketchbook One. I’m pretty sure there will be more. He invited me to add some of my own bits, but I didn’t think it was necessary. I don’t take credit for any of the composition. I just arranged them, set a few levels, and tweaked the EQ a bit. It was fun!

    @McD said:
    I like your combinations of the 7 different works… you have an ear for how two pieces might overlay or be conjoined in a way that seems organic. I tried briefly and it’s harder than it sounds.

    Great idea! I know I'm on both of your wavelengths. But I also thought of this regarding @McD. I wanted to write something about how you have all these pieces or fragments that are intriguing by themselves so why not build a structure with them? I just didn't want to sound nagging about it. By taking it upon yourself, @Paulieworld , you found a solution that works.

    The idea of how to structure music has often been an interesting problem. Although the various DAWs and some apps can sort of help with this, I wonder if there could be some way with an app to specifically deal with it or make suggestions about how to build.
    I know; that sounds vague.

    I think @Paulieworld’s workflow is impressive. He makes what I call a musical collage by collecting various audio segments and gluing them together with his own creative MIDI constructions. In his work it’s hard to figure out what’s borrowed and what’s handmade… and it raises the question: does it matter? For someone that makes collages from magazine images… it’s still their decision what is included but many of us value the skills required to play the instruments. Some of us revere top instrumentalists like a Jimi Hendrix as an example. But few of us get anywhere close to that level of achievement.

    If anyone has any interest in chopping up some of my work, DM me and I will drop some audio files in a folder and send you a shared link. I enjoy hearing the music re-purposed. No request is made for credit or rights. But I’d appreciate a heads up where I might hear your results.

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

  • @Stochastically said:

    @Paulieworld said:
    I really enjoy the StaffPad Sketches of @McD. I have encouraged him to combine them into a larger composition. The other day I offered to to do it. He took me up on the offer and sent me 32 of them! I used 7 of them in this piece. I should have called this Sketchbook One. I’m pretty sure there will be more. He invited me to add some of my own bits, but I didn’t think it was necessary. I don’t take credit for any of the composition. I just arranged them, set a few levels, and tweaked the EQ a bit. It was fun!

    @McD said:
    I like your combinations of the 7 different works… you have an ear for how two pieces might overlay or be conjoined in a way that seems organic. I tried briefly and it’s harder than it sounds.

    Great idea! I know I'm on both of your wavelengths. But I also thought of this regarding @McD. I wanted to write something about how you have all these pieces or fragments that are intriguing by themselves so why not build a structure with them? I just didn't want to sound nagging about it. By taking it upon yourself, @Paulieworld , you found a solution that works.

    The idea of how to structure music has often been an interesting problem. Although the various DAWs and some apps can sort of help with this, I wonder if there could be some way with an app to specifically deal with it or make suggestions about how to build.
    I know; that sounds vague.

    Cubasis actually makes it pretty easy to do. You might want to consider his offer to do that. I described the process to him in detail. I'm sure he would be happy to elaborate. Have a good one!

  • @McD said:

    @Stochastically said:

    @Paulieworld said:
    I really enjoy the StaffPad Sketches of @McD. I have encouraged him to combine them into a larger composition. The other day I offered to to do it. He took me up on the offer and sent me 32 of them! I used 7 of them in this piece. I should have called this Sketchbook One. I’m pretty sure there will be more. He invited me to add some of my own bits, but I didn’t think it was necessary. I don’t take credit for any of the composition. I just arranged them, set a few levels, and tweaked the EQ a bit. It was fun!

    @McD said:
    I like your combinations of the 7 different works… you have an ear for how two pieces might overlay or be conjoined in a way that seems organic. I tried briefly and it’s harder than it sounds.

    Great idea! I know I'm on both of your wavelengths. But I also thought of this regarding @McD. I wanted to write something about how you have all these pieces or fragments that are intriguing by themselves so why not build a structure with them? I just didn't want to sound nagging about it. By taking it upon yourself, @Paulieworld , you found a solution that works.

    The idea of how to structure music has often been an interesting problem. Although the various DAWs and some apps can sort of help with this, I wonder if there could be some way with an app to specifically deal with it or make suggestions about how to build.
    I know; that sounds vague.

    I think @Paulieworld’s workflow is impressive. He makes what I call a musical collage by collecting various audio segments and gluing them together with his own creative MIDI constructions. In his work it’s hard to figure out what’s borrowed and what’s handmade… and it raises the question: does it matter? For someone that makes collages from magazine images… it’s still their decision what is included but many of us value the skills required to play the instruments. Some of us revere top instrumentalists like a Jimi Hendrix as an example. But few of us get anywhere close to that level of achievement.

    If anyone has any interest in chopping up some of my work, DM me and I will drop some audio files in a folder and send you a shared link. I enjoy hearing the music re-purposed. No request is made for credit or rights. But I’d appreciate a heads up where I might hear your results.

    Since I don't play any instruments these days, the collage approach works well for me now. Anything is fair game at this point in my life. Believe it or not, I was once a pretty good musician - piano and bass, mostly. Thanks for the kind words, but now that you know how I did it, you know it's pretty simple.

    I'll say it again - I think this turned out pretty good. If I didn't have first hand knowledge, I could be convinced that it is an undiscovered work by a "modern" composer from the early 1900s. I take no credit for the composition. I was just the conductor.

  • McDMcD
    edited September 2023

    @Paulieworld said: I might hear your results.

    Since I don't play any instruments these days, the collage approach works well for me now. Anything is fair game at this point in my life. Believe it or not, I was once a pretty good musician - piano and bass, mostly. Thanks for the kind words, but now that you know how I did it, you know it's pretty simple.

    I'll say it again - I think this turned out pretty good. If I didn't have first hand knowledge, I could be convinced that it is an undiscovered work by a "modern" composer from the early 1900s. I take no credit for the composition. I was just the conductor.

    Having an ear for what works and sounds good is key. To do that it usually takes listening a lot of music to have confidence in your decisions.

    Most of us generally produce sounds we’d appreciate when produced by someone else within the limits of our skills to execute.
    I got a sample from @gravitas to collab on and I frankly didn’;t have the chops to keep up with his capabilities as a keyboard musician or the technical skills to slow everything down for my contribution. So I asked for his DAW which was Aria Pro and it wouldn’t open in my instance without crashing. I was hoping to slow down the BPM and see if I could add something for my contribution. It was not to be.

    In general, it’s always useful to play with people that are better than you to force you to progress but sometimes someone is too good to keep up with.

  • edited September 2023

    @McD said:

    @Paulieworld said: I might hear your results.

    Since I don't play any instruments these days, the collage approach works well for me now. Anything is fair game at this point in my life. Believe it or not, I was once a pretty good musician - piano and bass, mostly. Thanks for the kind words, but now that you know how I did it, you know it's pretty simple.

    I'll say it again - I think this turned out pretty good. If I didn't have first hand knowledge, I could be convinced that it is an undiscovered work by a "modern" composer from the early 1900s. I take no credit for the composition. I was just the conductor.

    Having an hear for what works and sounds good is key. To do that it usually takes listening a lot of music to have confidence in your decisions.

    Agreed.

    I was a voracious listener and still am even to this day.
    Quite often very obscure and independent Artists
    as well as the more mainstream Artists regardless of genre.

    Most of us generally produce sounds we’d appreciate when produced by someone else within the limits of our skills to execute.
    I got a sample from @gravitas to collab on and I frankly didn’;t have the chops to keep up with his capabilities as a keyboard musician or the technical skills to slow everything down for my contribution. So I asked for his DAW which was Aria Pro and it wouldn’t open in my instance without crashing. I was hoping to slow down the BPM and see if I could add something for my contribution. It was not to be.

    I was going through a tough patch at that time which I’m sure you didn’t know,
    that collab was part of the many things that kept my head on straight and
    that was also when I started to notice that Auria Pro was becoming unstable.
    I still have the project floating around but I don’t want to risk
    losing it until or if Auria Pro gets an update.
    Saying that I could make a copy and see if I can extract a useable version.
    I know I still have the stems somewhere.

    In general, it’s always useful to play with people that are better than you to force you to progress

    Agreed.
    I wouldn’t have learnt how to sing for instance if the singers
    I had worked with in the past hadn’t given me plenty of encouragement.
    I had no confidence in my voice back when I started.

    but sometimes someone is too good to keep up with.

    Sometimes it simply takes time and sometimes it’s confidence,
    not saying that you’re not confident but it can be daunting sometimes
    and that stops one at the first hurdle.
    There are many musicians even to this day that I’m simply astounded by
    and for the record I’m still in awe of your Mozaic piece on Patchstorage.
    The one note symphony as I seem to remember.
    We all have chops and skills in different directions.
    For instance I still don’t know how to read or write music notation
    I compose solely by ear and by playing everything in manually.
    I just found that notation slowed down my musical output
    yet there are composers that don’t touch an instrument
    who write everything down and again I’m in awe of those guys.

  • Amazing! Very cinematic but also, very authentically orchestral sounding (except maybe for the very fast harps but that's OK - it was a great section too!). Very well integrated. I wouldn't have guessed it was made from 7 different pieces.

  • @McD Good sound advice from @Gravitas. Technical virtuosity is just one of many tools available. It's certainly nice to have, but not absolutely necessary. Confidence (or the appearance of it) is the thing. When I was growing up, I often did accordian and piano recitals. Mom would say to me - They're all here to see you. Belt it out! I was always scared to death, but I did what Mom told me. It always worked out.

    With that in mind... Belt it out!

  • @AlterEgo_UK said:
    Amazing! Very cinematic but also, very authentically orchestral sounding (except maybe for the very fast harps but that's OK - it was a great section too!). Very well integrated. I wouldn't have guessed it was made from 7 different pieces.

    All credit goes to @McD for providing great material to work with. I spent most of the day, mixing and matching, and just trying different things. When I finally looked at the clock, I realized it was over 11 minutes long, and my wife was calling me to dinner. On behalf of both of us, thanks for listening!

  • I can imagine this as the music to a sequel to North by Northwest starring the great Cary Grant … South by Southeast ?
    Anyway , great combination of talents 🙏

  • @GeoTony said:
    I can imagine this as the music to a sequel to North by Northwest starring the great Cary Grant … South by Southeast ?
    Anyway , great combination of talents 🙏

    A Bernard Herrmann score! of course, he is my standard for film music. Everyone else tends to borrow from his bag of tricks.
    Of course, some are truly unique but I still resonate most with his acolytes. John Williams is a perfect example of an acolyte.
    But John does continue to come up with great melodic material.

    But I don’t kid myself that I get very close to the masters. It requires a lot of editing and not just my typical first pass effort.

  • @McD said:

    @GeoTony said:
    I can imagine this as the music to a sequel to North by Northwest starring the great Cary Grant … South by Southeast ?
    Anyway , great combination of talents 🙏

    A Bernard Herrmann score! of course, he is my standard for film music. Everyone else tends to borrow from his bag of tricks.
    Of course, some are truly unique but I still resonate most with his acolytes. John Williams is a perfect example of an acolyte.
    But John does continue to come up with great melodic material.

    But I don’t kid myself that I get very close to the masters. It requires a lot of editing and not just my typical first pass effort.

    His score for Taxi Driver is one of the all time greats!

  • Greta work @McD ans @Paulieworld really enjoyed listening to that.

  • @HotStrange said:
    Greta work @McD ans @Paulieworld really enjoyed listening to that.

    Thank you for leaving a nice comment. @Paulieworld has been on fire lately producing his excellent work at a steady pace.

  • @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

    Just wanna state for the public record that this is entirely unacceptable here. I won’t tolerate objectification like this.

  • @Michael said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

    Just wanna state for the public record that this is entirely unacceptable here. I won’t tolerate objectification like this.

    Yes sir!

  • edited September 2023

    @Paulieworld said:

    @Michael said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

    Just wanna state for the public record that this is entirely unacceptable here. I won’t tolerate objectification like this.

    Yes sir!

    You got busted by the headmaster. 🤣 Kidding.

    Now all kidding aside, we do live in a society and age that's always trying to make a conscious effort to better itself. What was once "acceptable" (using the term loosely) in the frat house years ago isn't really acceptable anymore.

    Anyways, I relistened to the Sketchbook while forming my reply above, and it really is a magnum opus. 11 min of pure orchestral mastery. You truly have an ear and gift for mashups and matching various music together, a talent I'm still developing regarding producing tracks akin to Daft Punk and Justice.

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @Michael said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

    Just wanna state for the public record that this is entirely unacceptable here. I won’t tolerate objectification like this.

    Yes sir!

    You got busted by the headmaster. 🤣 Kidding.

    Now all kidding aside, we do live in a society and age that's always trying to make a conscious effort to better itself. What was once "acceptable" (using the term loosely) in the frat house years ago isn't really acceptable anymore.

    Anyways, I relistened to the Sketchbook while forming my reply above, and it really is a magnum opus. 11 min of pure orchestral mastery. You truly have an ear and gift for mashups and matching various music together, a talent I'm still developing regarding producing tracks akin to Daft Punk and Justice.

    I’m only as good as the material I have to work from. In this case @McD really delivered the goods. I could have easily gone on for much longer, but my wife said dinner was waiting.

    I agree we are living in a new world. At least I am. Personally, I liked the last one better. I’m old enough to remember the first hippies. I think that movement could have been a thing. Unfortunately, the long hair and the drugs turned off a lot of people that might have participated otherwise.

  • @Paulieworld said:
    I’m only as good as the material I have to work from.

    You always put things together in creative ways. It’s a level up from just picking out notes that theory or experience tell you fit together. It’s making a mural from scraps of paper and it’s actually pretty hard and when one image can bleeding through like layers in photoshop it gets even more tricky to pull it off.

    Dear reader: try it. It a workflow worth playing with.

  • @McD said:

    @Paulieworld said:
    I’m only as good as the material I have to work from.

    You always put things together in creative ways. It’s a level up from just picking out notes that theory or experience tell you fit together. It’s making a mural from scraps of paper and it’s actually pretty hard and when one image can bleeding through like layers in photoshop it gets even more tricky to pull it off.

    Dear reader: try it. It a workflow worth playing with.

    Try it… you’ll like it!

  • @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @Michael said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

    Just wanna state for the public record that this is entirely unacceptable here. I won’t tolerate objectification like this.

    Yes sir!

    You got busted by the headmaster. 🤣 Kidding.

    Now all kidding aside, we do live in a society and age that's always trying to make a conscious effort to better itself. What was once "acceptable" (using the term loosely) in the frat house years ago isn't really acceptable anymore.

    Anyways, I relistened to the Sketchbook while forming my reply above, and it really is a magnum opus. 11 min of pure orchestral mastery. You truly have an ear and gift for mashups and matching various music together, a talent I'm still developing regarding producing tracks akin to Daft Punk and Justice.

    I’m only as good as the material I have to work from. In this case @McD really delivered the goods. I could have easily gone on for much longer, but my wife said dinner was waiting.

    Hehe. Well still, putting everything together takes massive talent. Dinner sounds good right about now. :)

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @Michael said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

    Just wanna state for the public record that this is entirely unacceptable here. I won’t tolerate objectification like this.

    Yes sir!

    You got busted by the headmaster. 🤣 Kidding.

    Now all kidding aside, we do live in a society and age that's always trying to make a conscious effort to better itself. What was once "acceptable" (using the term loosely) in the frat house years ago isn't really acceptable anymore.

    Anyways, I relistened to the Sketchbook while forming my reply above, and it really is a magnum opus. 11 min of pure orchestral mastery. You truly have an ear and gift for mashups and matching various music together, a talent I'm still developing regarding producing tracks akin to Daft Punk and Justice.

    I’m only as good as the material I have to work from. In this case @McD really delivered the goods. I could have easily gone on for much longer, but my wife said dinner was waiting.

    Hehe. Well still, putting everything together takes massive talent. Dinner sounds good right about now. :)

    Dinner always sounds good. Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches tonight!

  • @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @Michael said:

    @Paulieworld said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    Nice piece mate. :)

    I used to use that expression to describe a girl I knew in college. :D Thanks for listening!

    Just wanna state for the public record that this is entirely unacceptable here. I won’t tolerate objectification like this.

    Yes sir!

    You got busted by the headmaster. 🤣 Kidding.

    Now all kidding aside, we do live in a society and age that's always trying to make a conscious effort to better itself. What was once "acceptable" (using the term loosely) in the frat house years ago isn't really acceptable anymore.

    Anyways, I relistened to the Sketchbook while forming my reply above, and it really is a magnum opus. 11 min of pure orchestral mastery. You truly have an ear and gift for mashups and matching various music together, a talent I'm still developing regarding producing tracks akin to Daft Punk and Justice.

    I’m only as good as the material I have to work from. In this case @McD really delivered the goods. I could have easily gone on for much longer, but my wife said dinner was waiting.

    Hehe. Well still, putting everything together takes massive talent. Dinner sounds good right about now. :)

    Dinner always sounds good. Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches tonight!

    Yum!

    In Racine, there used to be this restaurant called Pinocchio's (which I think is now an Enterprise Rent-a-Car), and they used to sell some of the best BLTs I ever had for under a dollar each. It was a nice place, but it closed in either the 90s or 00s, which sucks. Hard to find a good BLT these days.

  • Another shameless bump. Sorry. But I just really liked this one. Eleven minutes is way more than I usually do, but I never got bored with the material that @mcd provided.

  • “ If you're shameless enough, you can sell anything.”

    Ryan Holiday author “The Daily Stoic“

    My wife and I are listening to this guy in the car and she says “Turn it off… enough with the cults.”
    I replied “He’s not selling a cult… it’s philosophy from the Greeks.”

    I turned it off.

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