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45 minutes ago, MoonBassAlpha said:

Do you ever find you start out in one direction and end up somewhere quite strange? I often find the tunes take on a life of their own and lead me to odd places. Or is it just me?

All the time. I started out with a country lick and am now waist deep in thick disco soup. I am trying to source a midi controller so I can add the synth wierdness this country lick simply needs 😁

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25 minutes ago, Doctor J said:

All the time. I started out with a country lick and am now waist deep in thick disco soup. I am trying to source a midi controller so I can add the synth wierdness this country lick simply needs 😁

Would that be Pea Soup flavour?

 

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Entry for November comp. It's a spoof of a 1960's American TV show theme.

Back story in spoiler box.

Spoiler

 

Planet of the Dogs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Planet of the Dogs is an hour-long American science-fiction TV program that aired on CBS for one season beginning on September 22, 1966, and ending on March 22, 1967. The show was created and produced by Walter 'Ricky' Richenbacher. Planet of the Dogs was the fourth of Richenbacher's science fiction TV series. The show was aired on CBS and released by Del Var Studios Inc. The series was filmed entirely in color and ran for 26 episodes. The show starred Ralph Barker and Nora Boehn with special guest star Roddy McDowall as the voice of President Towser

Show premise

Set fifteen years in the then-future year 1981, the series tells the tale of the crew and passengers of a space ship named StarTreader. In the pilot episode, the StarTreader is en route from Earth to Venus when it  encounters a space storm, and is dragged through a space warp-hole to a mysterious planet which resembles Earth in 1966 but where the humanoid inhabitants have ceded control of society to intelligent, talking dogs led by the sinister President Towser. The StarTreader crash-lands, and the damage renders it inoperable.
 
Critical and commercial reception
Critics universally panned the show with Chicago Tribune TV writer Studs Turtle commenting 'It's so bad I had to smack myself in the face with a fry-pan just to regain my self-respect'. Planet of the Dogs was the lowest-rated fall show in CBS's history and was not renewed. Richenbacher's proposed spin-off series Planet of the Frogs was never made.
 

 

 
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My entry for the Basschat November Composition Challenge inspired by the picture chosen by Upside Downer, co-winner of last month's comp (along with Dad3353 & xgsjx).

*** Hope I can get let off here... Soundcloud says it's 5:20 long but it's not, it's 4mins 50 secs. I had to re-do the fade, but when I've uploaded it, the whole time between the locators has been included. There's no sound at all after 4:50.***

Due to being the wrong side of the generational, cultural and social divide, I never anticipated the opportunity to write a tune about 'beeeaches' as appears to be popular nowadays among the yoof, but here we go!

I wanted that chilled, sparse Scoopy Dog-Dog feel, but with proper instruments, as that's all I know how to use (a bit). Recorded using my Elwood L for a lighter touch than usual (plus it takes a filter better), and my Vintage V6, both through the Helix.  Drums provided by the Mrs, using Roland's 909 sim.

Genuine imported South American dogs in the playout! 🤣

My partner has always talked of the soundtrack to her growing up was dogs barking. Apparently, suburban Buenos Ares is awash with them, 24 hours a day. Leave your house, cough, fart or whatever, and they're off for hours.... So I messaged the MIL and asked her to stick her phone out of the window and record the canine cacophony... and she did... bless her!

Apologies for all the doggy puns, and the general roughness of it. There's a lot I'd tidy up about it, but I'm up to the neck in finishing some demos, and I'm up against the clock.

 

 

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Ha... Awesome. 

6 likes, and 2 offers of assistance in world domination from producers/influencers/ bloggers.... from a grand total of 2 listens!🤣

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31 minutes ago, NickD said:

Ha... Awesome. 

6 likes, and 2 offers of assistance in world domination from producers/influencers/ bloggers.... from a grand total of 2 listens!🤣

You MUST be doing something right! arf arf! :)

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1 minute ago, MoonBassAlpha said:

You MUST be doing something right! arf arf! :)

They're talented people these influencers, they can tell if a tune is ground breaking, earth shattering stuff without even listening to it!

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Here's my entry for November. This dog is chillin' with nothing to do and all day to do it, he's just going for a spin and will take whatever comes his way with imperturbable serendipity. Living and loving life, this is one laid-back pooch. Recorded with blithe insouciance using Wavepad, Audacity, Roland Micro Cube, Zoom pedal, Epiphone Special Gibson, el cheapo Spider brand bass and Hydrogen drums. Stay cool 😎

 

 

 

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A little editing of the drum track
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Entry into this months basschat comp, using picture as help !
Walking through our local woods, I often see dog owners having to pick up bags of crap and then have to walk round with it. Which led to the thought of them chasing the wheelie dog with a bag as it crapped down the road.
Anyhow, in this effort I used ; ye olde squire for all guitar parts, tbird bass, mt drums and me own vocal chords. All done in reaper, and not a dog in sight or

Roll on the Christmas cover !!

 

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10 minutes ago, fingers211 said:

Entry into this months basschat comp, using picture as help !
Walking through our local woods, I often see dog owners having to pick up bags of crap and then have to walk round with it. Which led to the thought of them chasing the wheelie dog with a bag as it crapped down the road.
Anyhow, in this effort I used ; ye olde squire for all guitar parts, tbird bass, mt drums and me own vocal chords. All done in reaper, and not a dog in sight or sound !!

Roll on the Christmas cover !!

 

Can you repost the link? I'm getting an "Oops, we couldn't find that track" message.

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Just now, Doctor J said:

Can you repost the link? I'm getting an "Oops, we couldn't find that track" message.

Odd, It worked for me the first time, in the browser, but now I'm getting the same error!

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You did post the track though.... Like a Duane Eddy bass part at the beginning.... but then it went!

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On 17/11/2020 at 23:16, lurksalot said:

I am so itching to listen to these , really looking forward to it B|

I wouldn't get excited about mine, it's pretty much dog poo.  💩

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I've been busy mixing, grading and tarting up a half hour set for the band's online benefit...

But I did get an hour yesterday to record something - including for the first time, guitar... Not sure how you play those things with the cheese wire for a top string. Perhaps next time I should try a pick?

Anyway, should get chance to coat it in glitter tomorrow!

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Back in the room!

I went for an unstable feel on this one, alternating bars of 7 and 9 keep it sounding wrong, and unbalanced.
No synthesizers were harmed in the making of this tune, but it does mark a reappearance of my trusty Sonic Screwdriver, and a debut for my electric drill. And bongos.

 

 

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If anyone's wondering just what sort of old tosh you can produce in just over 2 hours, check this! 

It would be the perfect 3 minute pop song, if it was actually 3 minutes, a lot more poppy and a whole lot better... It may become a new song for the band though!

 

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ok here is some beach bum boogie for you , and I am a bit gutted I didn't think of that for the segue at the start :facepalm:

I think I have covered most bases with the lyrics and layout on the photo and am reasonably happy with the result , even managed to collar Mrs Lurks for some input, I was intending to ask the lady across the road but I mentioned doing a bit of recording back in March .......... they are moving house on Friday , I don't think there is a connection :D

 

now for a listen through to all your offerings :drinks:

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A dog with somewhere to go. Perhaps he's a country dog who moved to the city? Who can tell? Anyway, Pearl Export kit, Bacchus Jazzray bass, Bacchus Duke P90 for the guitar, Reason for the synth, all into the finest gear the Behringer corporation can make at the lowest price.

 

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On 21/11/2020 at 19:11, MoonBassAlpha said:

Back in the room!

I went for an unstable feel on this one, alternating bars of 7 and 9 keep it sounding wrong, and unbalanced.
No synthesizers were harmed in the making of this tune, but it does mark a reappearance of my trusty Sonic Screwdriver, and a debut for my electric drill. And bongos.

 

 

My drummer says it sounds like porn music on acid. " Just needs some sexy sound effects on top", apparently.

Gotta love drummers, eh?

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