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#197469 - 03/08/13 10:19 AM [User Showcase] Crop Circles
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This month’s Kara-Moon quarterly review is about Crop Circles , thus the title of this song.

I used Biab’s Cloud style (Cloud-Slow ev.8 Pop) but with the following changes:
1-bass part was deleted
2-drum part was deleted
3-strings – copied into two parts
part 1 = crystal bells
part 2 = timpani and cymbals
4-guitar – copied into two parts with both using pads
5-piano – pad sounds

I played the Theremin via my midi control keyboard and the guitar part using my Rondo Tele.

I hope you like it for what it is, a 50ths sci-fi sound.
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#197470 - 03/08/13 11:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: MarioD]
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Hi Mario, nothing like the theremin for those haunting sounds! Very interesting and creative how you used the strings to "translate" into percussion sounds, I like that idea. Very good track indeed. Do you mind telling me what do you used for the timpani's part?
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#197471 - 03/08/13 11:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: MarioD]
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That was cool. You are obviously have fun! (thought the Theremin just a touch too "up" - just a little). The ending pan was fun, too.

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#197472 - 03/08/13 05:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: floyd jane]
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Neat!!! I think the first Theremin I heard (other than in 1950's scifi movies) was in Good Vibrations. Very creative. Thanks for the post.

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#197473 - 03/08/13 06:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: Janice & Bud]
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interesting music, would make a good scifi sound track tune. Thanks for sharing!


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#197474 - 03/08/13 10:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: PgFantastic]
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Mario,

This is extremely cool! Love the overall feel and vibe... Great title as well.

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#197475 - 03/09/13 01:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: rsdean]
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Hi Mario,

Very very enjoyable. You DEFINITELY have to put a video together and use this as backing music. It's incredibly atmospheric. I love the theremin touch!

All the best,
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#197476 - 03/09/13 04:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: Noel96]
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Hi, Mario !

Spooky enough ! (Lol):)
Very nicely put together.
I got the impression that
this was a long intro, so
you left us intently waiting
for the chorus part ?
I can wait, I am a pensioner (Lol):)


Cheers
Dani

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#197477 - 03/09/13 10:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: dani48]
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Phenomenal work with biab. I would also like to see a video.

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#197478 - 03/09/13 10:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: dani48]
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Hi Mario,

a great film score!
Very inventive.

Guenter

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#197479 - 03/09/13 05:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: boehm]
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Sorry Mario
For some reason it wont play on my android-it just downloads pages of gibberish.
I,all try again when we get back from holidays.
Cheers
Ian
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#197480 - 03/10/13 07:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: sixchannel]
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Very clever Mario! I don't think anyone would recognize Band-in-a-Box as part of the arrangement. Well done.
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#197481 - 03/11/13 08:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: MarioD]
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WOW!! I had no idea BIAB could do this!! Love it!

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#197482 - 03/11/13 09:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Quote:

Neat!!! I think the first Theremin I heard (other than in 1950's scifi movies) was in Good Vibrations. Very creative. Thanks for the post.




The "Theremin" in Good Vibrations was originally a lap steel guitar. I've seen it in a 60's-era video but couldn't find it to provide a link. I did find This Video On Youtube in which it seems to be played on an electronic instrument that appears to be some kind of pre-synthesizer strip controller, but still not a Theremin.

Responding to the OP, you're breaking the mold as far as BIAB usage goes. It's something to which I aspire and occasionally achieve. I love the mix of the ethereal high notes and those deep bass sounds, too. Thanks for sharing.


Edited by Ryszard (03/11/13 09:18 AM)
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#197483 - 03/11/13 02:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: Ryszard]
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Superbly innovative.
COuld make a good Film score for "Close Encounters".
I LOVED the Tele guitar playing with the hint of slap-back echo there- Top Marks.
Great fun
cheers
ian
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#197484 - 03/13/13 07:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: sixchannel]
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Thanx all for listening and the extremely kind comments. I really didn’t expect such reviews on this one, as it is completely different than the norm here.

Cubanpete – the timpani are from Kontakt’s orchestra percussion that comes with Kontakt.

Peter Gannon – thank you for such a fantastically versatile piece of software. IMHO with BiaB, good sound sources (midi, RTs and RDs) and a little imagination one can create a song in almost if not all genres of music.

PS – I don’t do video, yet, but if someone want to add video be my guest.
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#197485 - 03/15/13 10:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: MarioD]
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Mario,

Oh man! That killer ending. How did you do THAT? I also wonder, like CubanPete how you got the Timpani in there. This is innovative stuff. What would you do if assigned the job of producing a sound track for a movie like, say, "Alien" - something authentically stealthy, menacing and, above all, terrifying?

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#197486 - 03/15/13 04:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: aleck rand]
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Very interesting....got a Pink Floyd thing going on there in a few places...kinda expected David Gilmour to drop in there at any minute...I liked it!
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#197487 - 03/15/13 05:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: MountainSide]
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Should use this as a background for my Cosmic Impressions CD's...did five or six of them.

Sitting here sucking on my Chocolate-Flavored "Ensure" Nutrition Shake, petting my ol'
Cairne, reaching back for my "Jews Harp" to accompany your Theramin inro...and then you beat me with that crazy Rondo riff-and-dip....well...
THIS one really surprised and made my "shake" quiver with delight. Almost as good as a Fontana solo. Now, back to my "Jews Harp"!
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#197488 - 03/23/13 03:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Crop Circles [Re: GDaddy]
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Aleck, Mountain Side and Gdaddy thanx for listening and the very kind comments.

Aleck – the ending is a sound from Zed 80 called Alien Swamp (Zed 80 is a third party Kontakt product) that I cut short for the ending. The Timpani was originally the B section of the BiaB string part. I lowered it one octave so it would like up with my Kontakt Orchestra’s Timpani patch. I wouldn’t mind doing the music a short scary ET video, provided that they gave this old guy time to do it!

Gdaddy, be my guest if you want to use this.
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