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PatchAdamz
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11140 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Sat Jun 25, 2022 1:53 pm

https://soundcloud.com/user-871652166/f ... es-at-dawn

I like the idea of less notes....
Is this to few, I dont know.....

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Medvedium
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96 posts since 8 Jan, 2022 from Великая Россия

Post Sun Jun 26, 2022 1:42 am

There's one good way to distinguish when the "less-notes" approach is a noobish mistake, and when it's a solid minimalism - to listen to minimalists like Philip Glass, Vladimir Martynov etc.

I think this one is much closer to minimalism ;)
I like it.
And the mix is good too.

Rene Asologuitar
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523 posts since 2 Apr, 2022

Post Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:15 pm

Hi PatchAdamz,
This is not too few.
The melody line is solid, and the vibe is so peaceful and relaxing.
Lovely guitar playing, I am being transported to a very calming environment.
Thank you for this recording.
Rene

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Allomerus
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2745 posts since 28 Aug, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia

Post Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:55 pm

It's like the guitar version of the Berlin school where the "rhythm" is done by the guitar. All the effects add the spice. It has a lovely hollow feel to it.
Well done!
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Astralboat
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52 posts since 27 Apr, 2021

Post Mon Jun 27, 2022 12:44 pm

This is so pretty and peaceful. Good job!

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PatchAdamz
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11140 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:45 am

I have to say, one of the biggest challenges I have as a musician is to know how to make a tune be "still".
Some of the best ambient music does this.

The natural action of the mind it to think in terms of "moving forward" with drums and melody, but some artist get past that, and create music that gets "outside time".

I have heard those who have practiced meditation call this the monkey mind, it doesn't want to stop moving.

Its an interesting concept, "stopping the mind", especially when making music.
Still trying to figure it out.....(Or maybe that's the problem)

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ChameleonMusic
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1611 posts since 23 Nov, 2018 from Birmingham, UK

Post Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:12 pm

It absolutely works for me - nicely restrained but still has its own gentle flow.

Nowadays, I tend to rough draft / initially sketch out pieces very quickly and a big part of revising and redrafting is often focused on attempts to reduce the melodic content down to the important / essential notes! :)
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eph221
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141 posts since 2 Aug, 2014

Post Wed Jun 29, 2022 3:51 pm

:tu:

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seismic1
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10835 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Post Thu Jun 30, 2022 12:06 pm

I'm getting David Sylvian vibes from this one. Specifically, some of the tracks on his 1986 release - "Gone to Earth". The main riff is very pleasant, but the little embellishments really enhance the atmosphere on here.

Good work :)

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PatchAdamz
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11140 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Sun Jul 03, 2022 8:12 am

Medvedium wrote: Sun Jun 26, 2022 1:42 am There's one good way to distinguish when the "less-notes" approach is a noobish mistake, and when it's a solid minimalism - to listen to minimalists like Philip Glass, Vladimir Martynov etc.

I think this one is much closer to minimalism ;)
I like it.
And the mix is good too.
Well thats as fine a compliment as I can image!

I grew up on minimalism, seen Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Cage etc (got to meet him) a number of times.

Love that music :tu:

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PatchAdamz
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11140 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Mon Jul 11, 2022 5:58 pm

Rene Asologuitar wrote: Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:15 pm Hi PatchAdamz,
This is not too few.
The melody line is solid, and the vibe is so peaceful and relaxing.
Lovely guitar playing, I am being transported to a very calming environment.
Thank you for this recording.
Rene
Thank you so much for taking the time to give your feedback.

Its much appreciated :) !

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justin3am
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11837 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Wed Jul 13, 2022 8:58 am

I enjoyed this very much. Very effective minimalism. A bit low-mid heavy but otherwise it sounds fantastic. I think with minimal composition, there can an impulse to somehow fill the frequency spectrum, despite sparse instrumentation. In any case, I thought it remained engaging though out and the flow of sporadic flourishes complimented the main guitar part quite well.
Thanks for sharing!

enroe
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1877 posts since 19 Mar, 2008 from germany

Post Wed Jul 13, 2022 10:34 pm

When Mozart asked the king what he thought of his song,
the king said: "Very nice, very nice - but too many notes!"

Well, you will definitely not reap this criticism from the
king. It is a beautiful minimalistic composition whose forte
is contemplative meditative rapture. Wonderful! :tu:
free mp3s + info: andy-enroe.de songs + weird stuff: enroe.de

Opaque
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62 posts since 23 Feb, 2013

Post Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:47 am

enjoyed it very much

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margaret0547
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384 posts since 20 Nov, 2021

Post Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:40 pm

A beautiful piece, very calming. The sparseness of notes does not stand out, I didn't notice it. The piece completely flows.

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