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    I'm back... with a Ponty-style fusion piece!!!

    Hi gang!!

    It has been a very long time... work and life have consumed me for the last few months, and I've only recently re-entered the glamorous world of music-'enthusiast' forums...

    Hopefully, you've all been well...!!!

    I just finished my first work for violin... actually a medley of two "jazz-rock fusion" songs. You'll hear immediately my love of Jean-Luc Ponty and Didier Lockwood... although whether the piece itself is worthy of mention in the same sentence as those two masters is another story altogether...

    This was created in the wee hours, in half-hour spurts, in the waning hours of night between stopping-my-real-work and passing-out-from-exhaustion.

    This was also the last piece for which I had to draw every single note and drum/cymbal hit in with a mouse... I finally gave in and bought an Alesis ControlPad. I've got to work out some latency issues with it before I can really use it but, once it's up and running, at entering least the drum parts should be a much more manageable (i.e., much less ridiculous) task.

    I've got a few other new tunes that I'd like to share with you all and get your feedback on but, in the meantime, you can check out Pathogenesis/Path of Futile Resistance at:

    http://alanb.org/music2.shtml

    Comments/critiques are welcome, and would in fact be greatly appreciated!!

    Alan
    — alanb

    ...........................

    http://alanb.org

    http://www.myspace.com/arsperspicuus

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    Re: I'm back... with a Ponty-style fusion piece!!!

    Alan,

    Wonderful work. This is a highly energetic piece with a nonstop edge. I really enjoyed the gymnastical violin. The various articulations sound very good, even though at some points the busy drum playing covered over some of the violin nuances. Some of the upper spiccato (or staccato) articulations seemed a little unnatural to me, but it could just be my ears.

    I'll give it another good listen later.

    Marko

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    Thumbs up Re: I'm back... with a Ponty-style fusion piece!!!

    Great website and graphics.

    You did a fine job on the fiddle.

    I missed the Wah-Wah Phaser though.

    That was GigaViolin wasn't it?

    Ladies And Gentlemen............................Alan B.

    Please,...stay seated.
    JimmyV

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    Re: I'm back... with a Ponty-style fusion piece!!!

    Hi Marko,

    Quote Originally Posted by Marko
    Alan,

    Wonderful work. This is a highly energetic piece with a nonstop edge. I really enjoyed the gymnastical violin. The various articulations sound very good, even though at some points the busy drum playing covered over some of the violin nuances. Some of the upper spiccato (or staccato) articulations seemed a little unnatural to me, but it could just be my ears.

    I'll give it another good listen later.
    Thank you!!

    Do you mean "unnatural" as in "synthetic" or as in "difficult to play"?

    If you can point to specific notes/transitions that sound "unnatural" (i.e., "the fast double-stops at 1:25..."), I'll be sure to subject them to additional scrutiny...

    I hope that the piece stands up to a second listen!!

    .
    — alanb

    ...........................

    http://alanb.org

    http://www.myspace.com/arsperspicuus

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    Re: I'm back... with a Ponty-style fusion piece!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by scope4live
    Great website and graphics.

    You did a fine job on the fiddle.

    I missed the Wah-Wah Phaser though.

    That was GigaViolin wasn't it?

    Ladies And Gentlemen............................Alan B.

    Please,...stay seated.
    Thank you!!

    The website is as much a labor of love as is the music...

    ...I just wish that I had enough time to populate the "text" portion with notes on composing/producing using the sample libraries.

    Yes, It was GigaViolin. Featuring nearly as many keyswitches as notes...

    I love it when J-LP played through his wah-wah...

    If you want to hear some real jaw-dropping, pin-you-up-against-the-wall rock violin soloing, you owe it to yourself to check out:
    • Didier Lockwood's breathtaking extended solo in "Kohntarkosz, Part 2" on Magma's "Hhai" (a/k/a "Live") 2LP, and
    • Sugar Cane Harris' blistering extended solo in "Little House I Used to Live In" on Frank Zappa's "Burnt Weenie Sandwich" album.
    Two wildly different styles of unbelievable!!

    .
    — alanb

    ...........................

    http://alanb.org

    http://www.myspace.com/arsperspicuus

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