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beat amateur



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:55 pm    Post subject: latest writings by beat amateur Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

writing some stuff during my stay on the west coast...finished one song and this will be about it. All the engineering/sound work will have to wait until the fall or even later.

I think the main theme first introduced is a little strange harmonically (or something!), but for me the best parts of the track are melodies by the vibraphone and guitary-type thingey inbetween repetitions of the main theme. Oh, and while the theme is played in unison throughout the piece, adding voices to make triads in the closing phrase of the piece sounds kinda interesting to me. Needs a bit of tweaking, perhaps.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I dig it!

We do a lot of gripeing about the music industry, most for good reason. Still, you can buy Beat Amateur's CD at the electro-music.com store. He gets a very big percentage - most of the money - and the rest supports our site.

Forgive the plug, but he's one of us...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2004 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

cheeeezeeey As ever, Howard, you have my most sincere gratitude.. afro

well done more coffee!!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2004 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Another great one!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
He gets a very big percentage - most of the money - and the rest supports our site.

is there a top ten list or something like that to see Question
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nice one. I like the "unusual" harmony.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

K wrote:
mosc wrote:
He gets a very big percentage - most of the money - and the rest supports our site.

is there a top ten list or something like that to see Question

Go to the store and on the top right is a best seller list.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 11:20 am    Post subject: From San Francisco Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hey Beatster

Yeah, this is quite nice. I'm not a big fan of the sounds you've used - they're a bit sort of basic and computer-gamey for my oh-so-refined tastes. But musically it's really cool.

The main theme is pretty cool. The little xylophone melody which pops up at around one minute is very nice indeed. It's the king of the tune!

I also like the big switch up around two minutes. The chords you use around this time really remind me of Black Dog - if you don't know them, damn well give them a listen!!

I think the triads bit works very well indeed. Nice one.

Keep it up son!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It kind of reminds me slightly of this tune I did a while back.

The story of this tune is that about a year ago I was doing the beats for a hip hop EP. The rappers were starting to get a bit pissy about how long I was taking to produce it all. In particular, I got a voicemail off Ritual giving me shit.

The other rapper, Dermo, is a sound guy and a good mate. I did this song for him, just because he would find it funny. I never sent it to Ritual becuase the song calls him a homo. Hurray!

Beware: really really bad singing. But does have the world premier of rapping by my girlfriend.

Check it out:

www.dovdimusprime.com/Dermo I'm Sorry.mp3

Cheers

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Bugger.

Try this instead:

www.dovdimusprime.com/Dermo.mp3
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

http://www.dovdimusprime.com/Dermo.mp3

nope baby!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hmmm. Interesting. It's definitely working from this computer.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Well.. the universe is not what it used to be..
Anyway.. this is what gets shoved up my browser..


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

D P wrote:

Beware: really really bad singing. But does have the world premier of rapping by my girlfriend.


Plays ok for me, but then I'm part of the global network of pc domination.
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The bit with your girlfriend reminds me that your profile says you're from Bristol. It all makes sense now...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

worked on my mac

interesting track..good humour

the vocal sounds like it was recorded with your headphones plugged in the mic jack

aside from that..not bad sounds

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

btw.. i am referring to the dovidimus prime track
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Mr. Prime, I dig the tune. A real song. thumb up

Not too many people writing this stuff. Very nice. I'm a bit envious cause I've never been able to write songs, only abstract music. It's a real toe tapper. dancing

If you were in a band 40 years ago called The Beetles, this song would have been a big hit.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hey! Now it is working!
Great! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

beat amateur wrote:

The bit with your girlfriend reminds me that your profile says you're from Bristol. It all makes sense now...


Not sure what this comment means. Are you dissing the fair home of the Wurzels, and a large population of cider-drinking idiots?

I have a San Fran connection actually, a chap called Mikey who used to live in Brizzle but now lives with his new wife there. He's a DJ or something.

Cheers all for the comments on the song. It was only a very quick messaround track so I'm surprised about the positive comments so thanks.

Re: sound quality of vocals. My SM80 microphone doesn't deliver the world's best sound quality, but my almost total lack of production skills don't help either.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Dovdimus Prime wrote:
beat amateur wrote:

The bit with your girlfriend reminds me that your profile says you're from Bristol. It all makes sense now...


Not sure what this comment means. Are you dissing the fair home of the Wurzels, and a large population of cider-drinking idiots?


No, I was thinking about 'the Bristol sound' and what it would be like to write beats & rhymes in a city with that history (i.e., Massive Attack).

Pardon my ignorance, but what/who are the Wurzels?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

beat amateur wrote:

Pardon my ignorance, but what/who are the Wurzels?


Ha ha! The Wurzels are an old novelty pop group from Bristol. It's kind of hard to explain, but here in the Westcountry of England it's all supposed to be farmers and cider drinking and villages with not enough surnames in the telephone book - you know the sort of thing.

The Wurzels were playing up to that image.

Their most famous song is called "I've got a brand new combine harvester". Said in a proper Westcountry accent, that would be something like "Oi've gaat a braand new comboin aaaarrrvester".
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