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I just discovered the Jazz, Band, Pop, Rock page today. I honestly had no idea this place existed. So here's one of my Rock songs that I wrote, recorded and produced. It will be included on an upcoming EP that I have been working on.

 

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JBegly, what a fantastic song! In my view it is an obvious candidate for the opening credits music for the next Bond movie. If I had not encountered your song on this website, I should have been trying to work out which Bond movie I haven't yet watched. Well done.

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Hi JBegley - Very good work,  Yes, you have a GREAT voice..  You're playing and riffs for each instruments are quite 'on target' If going for the James Bond feel, you got it.  It sounds like you have a lot of experience in your composition. 

My comments are more stylistic tastes of mine,  and you may feel totally not applicable for what you want to do. and these are  'fine points'  You're soundstage is very uniform through out the piece.  Everything has the same amount of reverb, and density of notes. etc.   I might prefer a slightly drier soundstage, with some more 'in your face sounds'. Our single best tool is our ears and brain. To focus on only one aspect of the song at a time. As you learn to focus your attention more finely, you will begin to notice small details, not apparent to you before, which you can apply in your piece...

And it's obvious, you've been doing some of this, consciously or subconsciously  for a 

 

I sometimes like to have some instruments playing in a slightly different sound environment, or sound stage.  I see music as a walk thru a garden, with some spotlights on certain aspects, that come  up, and then fade into background.. Sort of like a tourguide pointing out certain singular highlights.  A spot light is created, by simplifying some instruments for four bars, so one can stand out a bit. and this sound garden changes continually changes, morphed, thicker, thinner complexity of different instruments at certain times. 

The lone piano riff playing (Hit the Road Jack) might be a little cliche. you could alter the riff a bit, so as not to be so identify-able.  Each instrument plays with about the same complexity thru the piece.  Dropping out small sections in some instruments would give your music a bigger scope if some things come/go..  You could also accomplish this, if a couple of instruments got simpler. 

I often 'graph out'  songs I really like. That is I get some high school graph paper (small squares).  I graph out each instrument with a different colored felt tip pen. So that way I can see where each instrument comes in - drops out.. I also imply squiggly lines, to show more note intensity, of complexity..  You can make further details apparent, by employing your own kind of musical short hand.. You end up with a sort of art piece for each song.  Or sometimes I will just focus on one instrument throat the piece.. Where it changes sound, effect used, notes get busier, or more  sparse.  a new different motif. etc. 

 

Again what you have done is quite accomplished, and you may feel these techniques might not apply for your style used in a song..  Keep up the GREAT work. I look forward to hearing more of your work.

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On 8/19/2018 at 11:18 AM, markstyles said:

Hi JBegley - Very good work,  Yes, you have a GREAT voice..  You're playing and riffs for each instruments are quite 'on target' If going for the James Bond feel, you got it.  It sounds like you have a lot of experience in your composition. 

My comments are more stylistic tastes of mine,  and you may feel totally not applicable for what you want to do. and these are  'fine points'  You're soundstage is very uniform through out the piece.  Everything has the same amount of reverb, and density of notes. etc.   I might prefer a slightly drier soundstage, with some more 'in your face sounds'.

Thanks! 

Normally I would produce my Rock music with a drier more in your face sound, but I figured the wet sound heard in a lot of older music would work better for this. I figured something that sounds like it was recorded in the 70s would sell the Bond feel.

But perhaps I'll go back into the session and make a drier mix to see if it works.

Thank you for your feedback!

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I feel that the vocals are a bit drowned out by the volume of the other instruments, but that could be a stylistic choice.

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On 9/18/2018 at 2:50 PM, Pascal said:

Are you alone on this one or you have a band ?

 

Sorry for late reply.

This was just me. I recorded this by myself.

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