Reason to live (Shout it out) Remix

I asked Shi if she would mind me doing a little remix of her voice. Nothing much, just a little eq and exciter to give her sibilants that small extra sparkle which her voice deserves, without overdoing it of course. Hope you all like it as I do. Thanks Shi for your wonderful contribution to this. And thanks again to Tom (Cody Tripp) for the great template – it’s a work of perfection in itself.

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Thanks for listening!

Reason to live (CT bass by wjl)

In late November of 2016, Tom (Username Cody Tripp) put a really nice reggae template onto Wikiloops. And later he added another version, where he took out the bass, so others could play one.

And this is what I did today. I tried different things first, but in the end I played more or less exactly what Cody (Tom) had played himself. So my bass on his template sounds like this:

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So why did I go and upload what he had done before? First, because even if we try to play like someone else, we still sound differently. And second, listen to what Moonchild (Devin) had made out of his version already:

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I already told her 2 days ago that this is by far the most positive song I’ve heard on the loops until now.

So maybe the reason for me to play something very close to Tom’s original bass line was that I wanted to find out if I could be a session musician for Moonchild? Well maybe 😉

Anyway – I love her song and its positive attitude.

Thanks for reading and for listening.

Update, from the next morning:

A guitar player who names himself “BuzzBomber” made a remix of my track already, jamming along with his guitar over Tom’s sunny little theme. Here it is:

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Thanks again for reading and for listening.

And another update, from Sunday evening (German summer time):

Shi has sung on the same track where I (re)played Tom’s bass:

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So now it’s this constellation of musicians:

Love this. Thanks again to everyone!

Collaborations

After compiling and publishing my first “cool cats” album on Wikiloops this morning, people liked it but said I should as well make something which includes myself. Ok, here you go – this contains my collaborations since joining the loops in February, short before my birthday:

And just like with the previous one, clicking on the image will lead you to the album’s page on Wikiloops, where you can listen to it or even download it.

Edit: here’s the CD cover and inlet:

Collaborations_front

Collaborations_back

Thanks to all the other musicians involved here.

Enjoy…

The game of harmonic notes

Tried to achieve a bit of a medieval touch here. I come in very late, at around the 2:58 minute mark – the rest was more or less mixing and matching other tracks (of parallel branches further down below mine):

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So the image of musicians would be incomplete here – it would be missing Jypeka on his violin, and Caroljoice on her celtic harp. I have a screenshot from Ardour in Flickr, showing all the tracks I used:

The game of harmonic notes, in Ardour 5 (on Linux)

Enjoy…

The cool cats from the loops – Hit singles

I’ve just compiled my first album on Wikiloops. This one contains only tracks from others, without any contributions by myself. Still these are favourites of mine, and deserve to be heard. If you like that album, you can download it, and burn it onto a real CD to play it in your car or wherever. Looks like this:

Clicking this image will open a new tab or window of your browser to bring you to the album’s page on the ‘loops.

Oh, and that photo shows Tuna of course (who is a cool cat herself). See it on Flickr if you wish.

Thanks for reading and listening. Enjoy!

Fins…

Yesterday evening when I returned home, had eaten and played with my family a bit, I sat down with Wikiloops again, and I discovered a really nice new upload from davidaustin, a guitar player from England. So I took my bass and played along, then hit the record button and took this in one take:

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Musicians:

Just David and me, so far. But overnight while I was sleeping, Jim (GemmyF), a singer and also a guitar player from the USA with whom I had chatted the evening before added some tracks and remixed the whole thing. To this:

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Musicians:

So now it’s us three, with 4 uploads so far. I’m curious how this will develop, and which other branches might be split off at certain points – see my previous post about this. This is the nice thing about Wikiloops – take whatever suits you, and add something new. It’s a game of give & take, as someone sung long ago… 😉

Thanks for reading, and/or for listening.

Someone took my bass line

Over at Wikiloops, some guy named Jim took my bass from the ‘Ask Stephanie’ song, and merged it into a new and different branch of the same song – which is totally cool. Now that new one is at https://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-134557.php – and it has some 60s vibe to it. Nice. I chatted with Jim for almost the rest of yesterday evening – he’s a half year my senior, has lots of the same interests in music, and I showed him some Youn Sun Nah and Tom Waits / Jim Jarmusch videos and stuff.

Meanwhile, on my own version of that song at https://www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-133628.php someone had commented about my ‘bouncy bass line’ – which in turn reminded me of the Muppets’ ‘Swedish Chef’ making meatballs (‘Beansy bouncy burgers’ as he called them). Have a look:

Zuleikha loves this Swedish Chef, and indeed he’s almost as good as their ‘Animal’ on drums. Nothing beats a good Muppets show. 😉

Back to that ‘Stephanie’ song. Someone else also played drums over “my” version already, and it has kind of a half time feeling, which is ok as well. But my bass line consists of two lines actually, with one just doubling something which Joe did on his guitar already – and with that ‘bouncy’ part which is the main bass part you hear. This one I played with a plectrum on my fretless Squier VM Precision, something I normally don’t do. But what I wanted to emphasize is that kind of steam locomotive feel which the song has already – its topic is moving, and ‘Stephanie’ is the company relocation manager in Joe’s company (which really moved, he just rebuilt his studio at his new home). So that original song from Joe and Shi is about a woman who is kind of overwhelmed by her duties, and about moving – that’s what I had in mind when playing along with it. And at my workplace, we of course have such a ‘Stephanie’ ourselves, without whom nothing much would work around here, so I was reminded of her as well.

So that’s about ‘my’ – or rather, Joe‘s, Shi‘s, and my – version. But the whole purpose of Wikiloops is jamming, so taking and remixing is what it’s all about. What a nice and creative way of collaborating over the internet. Try it if you play any instrument – it’s fun!

Thanks for reading and/or listening and/or watching.

You should be here

A wonderful Jam collaboration on Wikiloops by Klaus, Stef, Anne, and Kimbo, to which I just added a bit of low end. Thanks everyone, it’s a pleasure and honour jammin’ with you!

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Thanks for listening.

Ask Stephanie (She will know)

Another masterpiece of Joe (Relativity) and Shi, to which I again tried to add a little humble groundwork type of carpet. Thanks to both for providing such gems of art on Wikiloops, I feel honoured that I could play along. Hope you like my noodling 🙂

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And I think that this time I even got the target loudness of -16.0 LUFS right, which is the ITU (European) recommended loudness for streaming media (like Youtube videos, music, and such):

The first export (from Ardour) is the mix, the second one my bass alone.

Thanks for listening.