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    Name that tune...

    Have any of you ever recorded a new tune you heard in your head and then finished up thinking, "Hmm, this seems strangely familiar..."?

    I'm working on promo and station id stuff, and when I finished this one up tonight I had that sinking feeling that I just "wrote" something that's already out there. I don't mind similarities in style as we all have our influences, but out and out copping someone else's song is just downright embarrassing.

    (I also discovered that blaring brass didn't translate too well to mp3, but that's the topic of another discussion.)

    So, I could use an objective ear or two. If this is an identifiable tune from someone else, let me know (a link to the real thing would be fun) and I'll delete the midi files and wash my ears out with soap before composing the next thing. Or maybe it's not someone else's music and I'm just having flashbacks from the 70s. It's late, and I've lost all perspective. These are the little dilemmas you get yourself into you when you start listening to the voices in your head, boys and girls...

    http://www.showprograming.com/audio/...nidcharlie.mp3

    Thanks!
    Christopher Duncan
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    Author of
    Unite the Tribes and The Career Programmer
    www.PracticalUSA.com


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    Re: Name that tune...

    Never heard it. Nice spot though.

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    Re: Name that tune...

    Hmm. Reminds me (just) of the theme to Deep Space Nine.

    Stevemitchell

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveMitchell
    Hmm. Reminds me (just) of the theme to Deep Space Nine.

    Stevemitchell
    Sounds like a spot that is...well,...'spot on'!

    This should work nicely. I don't know if I would worry too much. In the computer game industry we used to write tons of fanfares for adventure games. I mean, how many fanfares can be written? Enough, I suppose.

    Although your piece sounds similar to those fanfares we did (usually only 5 seconds in length in most cases), to my mind, your music coupled with that excellent VO says "Hey! You're listening to a show of class". Leaves the listener wanting to run to the kitchen to fetch some tea and crackers to get ready to sit (and listen) for a spell.

    If no one on this forum can point out a 'lift' from a known work, chances are its not really lifted. And if, in the future some copyright owner contacted you to complain, you could drop it and replace it with a new one. Is that an over simplification of a hypothetical scenario? (or talk to your lawyer, I guess)

    I'd say its a job well done.

    -Rudy

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    That sounds excellent Chris....and it doesn't ring any bells hear....must be original!

    I was going to pull your leg by saying it was used during one of the Royal Weddings....but hey it's Christmas (Well Boxing Day anyway! )

    Frank

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    No, ah doesn't sound...wait, wait a minute...I know what this is! That's the song I heard when I woke up last week and it was ringing in my head but I was too tired to fire up the DAW and fell back to sleep! I guess God doesn't wait for the lazy ones.
    Really, can't "spot" it anywhere. Very nice!

    I got it now...Bent Hurr.
    Styxx

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    Re: Name that tune...

    Thanks, guys. If it was the obvious blunder that I was thinking last night, I'm sure it would have jumped out at you. Perhaps all I needed was a good night's sleep and a little perspective...

    Onward to the next piece!
    Christopher Duncan
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    Unite the Tribes and The Career Programmer
    www.PracticalUSA.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by Styxx
    No, ah doesn't sound...wait, wait a minute...I know what this is! That's the song I heard when I woke up last week and it was ringing in my head but I was too tired to fire up the DAW and fell back to sleep!
    Hey, you snooze, you lose. Or is it "finders, keepers"?

    That'll teach you to sleep...
    Christopher Duncan
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    Author of
    Unite the Tribes and The Career Programmer
    www.PracticalUSA.com


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