[LAU] Cedars ... my CD made with Linux
zotz at 100jamz.com
Mon Apr 14 12:29:56 EDT 2008
On Monday 14 April 2008 11:36, Christopher Stamper wrote:
> What's MMA??
Musical MIDI Accompaniment
> (Dumb question?? I hope not...)
> On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 1:02 PM, Bob van der Poel <bob at mellowood.ca> wrote:
> > First off, thanks for taking time to listen. I truly appreciate that.
> > > I just listened to the demos on your side. I like the saxophone,
> > > itsounds really warm. But the rest of the sounds is too MIDI for my
> > Funny that things sound too MIDI :) After all, it is just that. I guess
> > that I could take that as a criticism, but honestly this record is more
> > a demo of how easy it is to create "acceptable" backgrounds with MMA.
> > Well, that what it started out as. I really do know crap about mixing
> > and audio. I do know what I like to listen to, and play. And, yes, I
> > agree that a lot of the tracks are a bit mechanical.
> > > taste. I think even with free software and free sounds you could have
> > > found a nicer piano and nicer drums. Also especially in Wynndel-waltz
> > > the ride is played a bit too MIDI-like in a few places.
> > Okay. Too midi-like? Does this mean too mechanical?
> > > Even though the songs are simple little tunes, for dancing, you did
> > > yourself harm with the sound-selection. I know this sounds hard,
> > > especially, when I read, that it took you so long to get this CD done.
> > You read too closely the words. I really did not work on this record for
> > 40 years :) But, I have been playing for at least that long (not sax,
> > but that is another story).
> > > BUT: perhaps you will get back to a few of your tunes or start another
> > > CD, from which I definitely wouldn't discourage you, and then you can
> > > just take care of the sounds. Probably even invest a little in either a
> > > few samples or some synth-module. I'd hope so. And I hope, that you're
> > > not too sad about tis answer.
> > Heck no. Not sad at all.
> > I do find it very difficult to hear the things you talk about.
> > The crappy piano sounds on a $20 synth sound to me like "piano sounds".
> > The old piano at the school sounds like a piano. The grand at the
> > concert hall sounds like a piano. Do they sound different? Sure. Is one
> > sound more clear, more vibrant, "better". Sure. Does it matter? Not to
> > my ears. I listen to the music. What the musician is putting into the
> > song. The interpretation (which is the stuff that I think is lacking
> > from my own playing, even after all these years). The melody, etc.
> > I listen to a lot of the so-called modern music and the pure sounds and
> > wonderful mixes and I just don't get it. Sure, the audio is wonderful
> > ... but that's about it. And don't get me started ranting about a lot of
> > the radio we are subjected to each day.
> > Oppps, I'm ranting ... and it might even sound like I'm trying to
> > justify or defend my little project. Sorry, that's not the intention.
> > I'd like to redo the album some day with a live band in a real studio.
> > Ahh, such are dreams. I live in a little community where the only
> > popular music is playing on old guitars which are capable of only 3 or 4
> > chords :)
> > Again, thanks for listening.
> > --
> > Bob van der Poel ** Wynndel, British Columbia, CANADA **
> > EMAIL: bob at mellowood.ca
> > WWW: http://www.mellowood.ca
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