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    Hi gang,

    You know that feeling when you're juggling too much stuff, and something starts to wobble a bit and you get that moment of realisation that everything's about to come crashing down, and there's nothing you can do about it?

    ..

    A few things happened in the past couple of weeks that caused that feeling... and although I swore I was gonna rest for a couple of weeks after Heroes and Within These Walls, the Muse will not be put off... I was on the way to bed last night and I thought, well I'll get the studio up and running and just noodle around for a bit... (yeah, I write at night too!) So at 4am, the first two themes were done, and by 4 this afternoon the whole thing was complete.... I think that's the fastest cycle time from idea to mastering I've *ever* had!

    The style is really a gallop with two snare ostinati and the occasional castanets, and the form is pretty easy: AABBCCAA. The piece is sort of a 3-minute-ish exhibition piece; there are some fiddly xylophone bits although it's not a xylophone feature. Plus the remaining full orchestration of course.


    John Hawksley - Masquerade.mp3 (4.7MB)


    I hope you enjoy listening too it as much as I did writing it.

    All the very best,
    John

    PS - Full Disclosure: GPO, LOP, A90EX/VE-RD1
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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    Excellent, John Hawksley, excellent!

    This is very melodic, rhythmical and enjoyable. Good show, young chap!

    What is: LOP, A90EX/VE-RD1 ?

    Regards,

    Larry Alexander
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    Excellent, John Hawksley, excellent!

    This is very melodic, rhythmical and enjoyable. Good show, young chap!

    What is: LOP, A90EX/VE-RD1 ?

    Regards,

    Larry Alexander
    By the beard of Larry Alexander -- thanks so much for listening, Larry

    LOP is London Orchestral Percusion from Big Fish Audio;
    A90EX/VE-RD1, the A90EX is a master controller keyboard from Roland, the VE-RD1 is a little expansion board with some nice workhorse pianos on. The piano in Masquerade is from this synth.

    Best + thanks again Larry!
    John 'Ole!' Hawksley
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    John Hawksley
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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    John,

    I enjoyed this piece immensely--infectious energy and rhythmic drive and great orchestration. You've created something very special here.

    Best Regards,
    Ric Zimmerman
    The little voices in my head are singing four-part harmony.

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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    Wow John!!

    This is amazingly wonderful I love it!!! It's my favorite so far!!!
    I'm glad that you had a visit from your Muse! As usual, a very fine piece.

    Many Bravo's my friend

    Steph

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    it's rellay nice. A Beautiful melody and a very nice orchestration. I would put a more dramatic moment in the middle of the piece to change the atmosphere and then return to the initial idea. Just my opinion.
    Very well done
    Michele

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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    Quote Originally Posted by John Hawksley
    By the beard of Larry Alexander -- thanks so much for listening, Larry

    LOP is London Orchestral Percusion from Big Fish Audio;
    A90EX/VE-RD1, the A90EX is a master controller keyboard from Roland, the VE-RD1 is a little expansion board with some nice workhorse pianos on. The piano in Masquerade is from this synth.

    Best + thanks again Larry!
    John 'Ole!' Hawksley
    John, This isn't, in fact, Larry's beard, by the way. I have it, on good authority, that it is actually a 'floor standing beard' (a beard mounted on a stand) and Larry is merely standing behind it! Funny enough, I'd never noticed that he had a beard until you drew my attention to it.....Thanks.

    I agree with the rest on your new piece....excellent.

    Frank

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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy Heern
    John, This isn't, in fact, Larry's beard, by the way. I have it, on good authority, that it is actually a 'floor standing beard' (a beard mounted on a stand) and Larry is merely standing behind it! Funny enough, I'd never noticed that he had a beard until you drew my attention to it.....Thanks.

    I agree with the rest on your new piece....excellent.

    Frank
    Frank,

    You're just envious because you don't have the hormones to grow a beard.

    As a matter of fact, I don't think that most Brits have the correct hormones to grow a beard...except maybe the prince's new wife.

    I'm kidding...I'm kidding! RULE BRITTANIA!

    Larry Alexander
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    No fighting in my thread!

    Frank, crr, Larry, ricz, Steph, thanks ALL very much for having a listen, I think this is one of my all time favourites too, I really like how it came out and I took a bit of a step forward in coherent orchestratation with it

    John

    PS - I'm cursed with a thin beard so I never even bother trying any more
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    Re: Masquerade (Spanish sort of flamenco/gallop)

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    Frank,

    You're just envious because you don't have the hormones to grow a beard.

    As a matter of fact, I don't think that most Brits have the correct hormones to grow a beard...except maybe the prince's new wife.

    I'm kidding...I'm kidding! RULE BRITTANIA!

    Larry Alexander
    Larry, I've got better things to do with my hormones...thanks!! (please don't ask for details)

    Regarding your comment on our Royal family....I couldn't possibly comment for fear of ending up in the tower!!

    BTW, you've just thrown away your very last chance of being knighted.....What a pity,....Sir Laurence Alexander....yes that's got a nice ring to it. Too bad Larry.

    You'll notice that Gary won't comment on this as he's still in with a chance......I can see it now.....Sir Gary Garritan, standing proudly on the Edinburgh Castle battlements......a beautiful sky as a backdrop, and his sporran filled with a nice malt.....what a picture.......

    Frank

    PS Apologies John, for hogging the thread. Larry forced me....honest.

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