The Wagtunes Corner (Poll Added)

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What CD Would You Like To Hear Me Do?

Modern Pop (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, etc.)
2
4%
Classic Rock (Stones, Beatles, Who, Zep)
2
4%
Prog Rock (Yes, Genesis, Kansas, etc.)
6
11%
Show Tunes Style (Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, etc.)
1
2%
Country (Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, etc.)
0
No votes
Disco (Bee Gees, Tramps, etc.)
10
19%
Metal (various sub genres)
3
6%
EDM (various sub genres)
4
8%
80s (various genres)
4
8%
Your Music Sucks. Please Stop Making It
21
40%
 
Total votes: 53

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wagtunes
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19152 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:12 am

vurt wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:07 am
youre getting in to the polls lately :hihi:
Well, I can't decide what I want to do next so I figured why not let the forum decide, assuming nobody doesn't care, which is a definite possibility.

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Erisian
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1211 posts since 21 Mar, 2020

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:22 am

I voted prog although I had never listened to any of your music before but I picked a page at random and listened to Zenith. Musically it was really quite good and very polished on the production side. You have an unusual voice but then so does Jon Anderson for example so don't let that put you off. (I hate the sound of my own voice!) I like that your song themes are varied (I have looked at some of your lyrics even if I haven't played all the songs) Cool stuff! :tu:

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lessera
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160 posts since 16 Oct, 2016

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:23 am

Maddy Narz: Lyrics are good. The processed vocals fit the piece (the transistor radio effect add enough of a retro vibe). Good contrast with the more open sounding backing vocals. Drums sound good, though almost too good/modern (like Lars Ulrich as a session drummer for Roy Orbison :hihi:).

The sax is alright, but sounds a little tame for this piece. I would have liked to hear some nasty growl/tongue-roll articulations (maybe that's asking too much though).

The melody is catchy as hell. :)

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vurt
addled muppet weed
65158 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:32 am

wagtunes wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:10 am
vurt wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:59 am
read that last sentence especially :)
Thanks. I did. Not sure I deserve the praise but I'll take it.

FWIW, just recently a friend of mine who I used to record with back in the 70s and 80s emailed me out of the blue and long story short, I emailed him links to some of my recent stuff and his reply was "2 words, f**king awesome"

Coming from him, that was the ultimate compliment as he never really thought much of anything either of us did. Of course neither did I. We were really bad back then. But he had a lot more natural talent than I did. Oddly, he abandoned music while I kept plugging away. I never gave up, as bad as I was.
see, so maybe theres a little more there than you allow yourself to hear...

2 complete strangers agree! :)

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wagtunes
KVRAF
19152 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:39 am

Erisian wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:22 am
I voted prog although I had never listened to any of your music before but I picked a page at random and listened to Zenith. Musically it was really quite good and very polished on the production side. You have an unusual voice but then so does Jon Anderson for example so don't let that put you off. (I hate the sound of my own voice!) I like that your song themes are varied (I have looked at some of your lyrics even if I haven't played all the songs) Cool stuff! :tu:
Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate them. Jon Anderson is one of my favorite singers. I wish I could sing like him.

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wagtunes
KVRAF
19152 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:41 am

lessera wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:23 am
Maddy Narz: Lyrics are good. The processed vocals fit the piece (the transistor radio effect add enough of a retro vibe). Good contrast with the more open sounding backing vocals. Drums sound good, though almost too good/modern (like Lars Ulrich as a session drummer for Roy Orbison :hihi:).

The sax is alright, but sounds a little tame for this piece. I would have liked to hear some nasty growl/tongue-roll articulations (maybe that's asking too much though).

The melody is catchy as hell. :)
The thing about the sax is that it's one of the best libraries out there and I could have gone crazy with it but decided not to. Maybe that was a mistake because, yes, it is a little tame.

Anyway, thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate them.

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wagtunes
KVRAF
19152 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 7:43 am

vurt wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:32 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:10 am
vurt wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:59 am
read that last sentence especially :)
Thanks. I did. Not sure I deserve the praise but I'll take it.

FWIW, just recently a friend of mine who I used to record with back in the 70s and 80s emailed me out of the blue and long story short, I emailed him links to some of my recent stuff and his reply was "2 words, f**king awesome"

Coming from him, that was the ultimate compliment as he never really thought much of anything either of us did. Of course neither did I. We were really bad back then. But he had a lot more natural talent than I did. Oddly, he abandoned music while I kept plugging away. I never gave up, as bad as I was.
see, so maybe theres a little more there than you allow yourself to hear...

2 complete strangers agree! :)
We are our own worst critics. Yeah, it seems like I've got a few fans. It's humbling believe it or not. It's not something I ever expected. Not after years of comments like "You really need to stop singing" or "I'd rather listen to a cat crying"

It didn't happen overnight.

It never does.

Music Bird
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349 posts since 23 Apr, 2017 from Eastern US

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 10:38 am

I chose 80s. I’d love to hear some 80’s style songs like 80’s music from around the world. That should be an interesting challenge!
Synth1, PG8X, Dexed, Sound Canvas VA, FB-3x00 series, blooo, scrooo, qyooo, SQ8L, GTG FM4, DSK Asian and Indian DreamZ, and much more VSTs. Casio, Yamaha, Korg, Alesis HW.

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wagtunes
KVRAF
19152 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 10:54 am

Music Bird wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:38 am
I chose 80s. I’d love to hear some 80’s style songs like 80’s music from around the world. That should be an interesting challenge!
I actually did an 80s CD a couple of years ago, albeit with all Vocaloid vocals. It was a 2 CD set with 32 songs.

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim ... 0s-squared

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Jace-BeOS
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6173 posts since 7 Jan, 2005 from Corporate States of America

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 2:28 pm

What? No option for

“Pop-industrial synth & guitar metal (NIN, Gary Numan, early Stabbing Westward)”

?
- dysamoria.com
my music @ SoundCloud

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vurt
addled muppet weed
65158 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 2:30 pm

Jace-BeOS wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:28 pm
What? No option for

“Pop-industrial synth & guitar metal (NIN, Gary Numan, early Stabbing Westward)”

?
this!
i want wags going full reznor!

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Jace-BeOS
KVRAF
6173 posts since 7 Jan, 2005 from Corporate States of America

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 2:41 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:54 am
Music Bird wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:38 am
I chose 80s. I’d love to hear some 80’s style songs like 80’s music from around the world. That should be an interesting challenge!
I actually did an 80s CD a couple of years ago, albeit with all Vocaloid vocals. It was a 2 CD set with 32 songs.

https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim ... 0s-squared
:tu:

I’d like to hear a bit of edgy/noisy electric guitar in there, maybe some bits of rapid jumpy hihats to sort of liven up the feel (actual tempo is fine), and real live human voices on those.

The songs have a really pleasant poppy quality but vocaloid just sounds so artificial to me, and it’s very hard for me to understand the lyrics with them (so far, at least).

The songs remind me of very early Depeche Mode & Gary Numan, and also some Magnetic Fields. I’d try to push them more toward “Pretty Hate Machine”, sonically, were I in a producer’s role, but that’s just my personal take on it :-)
- dysamoria.com
my music @ SoundCloud

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wagtunes
KVRAF
19152 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 2:46 pm

Post an example of what you're talking about. I know I can emulate it fairly easily.

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Jace-BeOS
KVRAF
6173 posts since 7 Jan, 2005 from Corporate States of America

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 3:06 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:46 pm
Post an example of what you're talking about. I know I can emulate it fairly easily.
Examples of NIN and Gary Numan’s pop-industrial-synth-metal? Hmmm... which to choose...

Nine Inch Nails has had a LOT of diversity in sound and song structure across Trent’s career. One of my favorite NIN songs with a mixture of elements, from the mid 90s:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi6_QkXvpMY

Some modern Gary Numan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHomCiPFknY

Here they are performing together:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qlUFKFHNIU

Here is a demo unreleased song from before Trent Reznor published NIN’s first album “Pretty Hate Machine”... it’s reminiscent of Depeche Mode, IMO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuntkgvD5KU

Stabbing Westward (also from the 90s):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBoKQSywJbU
- dysamoria.com
my music @ SoundCloud

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wagtunes
KVRAF
19152 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 3:07 pm

Okay, so you basically want me to do a NiN CD.

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