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Many congrats to young @Leonard Smalls (again) for his double and @upside downer for the joint win in April.

That now puts Lenny on a hat trick and as he chose the picture last month, upside downer has provided the inspiration for this one.

As he says .............."I've gone for daft again, I'm afraid I just can't help myself :facepalm:"               :lol:

 

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I think this will provide the option for many stylistic approaches!

 

Usual rules apply. You know the drill:

✔️ Entries must be <5 minutes and written/recorded this month.

 No illegal samples, copyright infringements or other snide goings-on

 Bagpipes. please no bagpipes, Easter truce now Expired. Also on thin ice with panpipes, to be perfectly honest.

 No voting for your own entry. We'll know. And we'll shame you.

A line or two offering an insight to your inspiration will be good as well , it works nicely on the voting thread.

 

Deadline wise , following a Zulu theme last time, we will call midnight on African Liberation Day , and yes, yet again, you probably have till about 19.00 on the 26th, ( the clue given here is that African Liberation Day is the 25th) 

Go To It , no excuses , 2 bank holidays to spend recording as well :sun_bespectacled:

 

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After the unexpected success of grimey rap last month, I'm working on more rap... Possibly with a grunge edge, as genres are made to be mixed!

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Just now, Leonard Smalls said:

... as genres are made to be mixed!

OK, but go easy on the yodelling. ¬¬

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I always go easy with the yodel.

But a wet Bank Holiday gave me plenty of time to get a bit greasy and modal. With a rap that's like Medici getting anecdotal, not Saint Francis of Assisi taking a photo, more like a pugilisti getting scrotal...

Er, er...

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On 02/05/2021 at 21:51, Leonard Smalls said:

After the unexpected success of grimey rap last month, I'm working on more rap... Possibly with a grunge edge, as genres are made to be mixed!

Giving my singing abilities, I might try rap. Expect it with a capital C. 

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4 hours ago, MoonBassAlpha said:

I wonder if the picture was the casting call for this video? :

 

 

 

Copycats. Or copybirds, I suppose.

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Here is my contribution to the May 2021 Basschat Composition Challenge, inspired by a picture chosen by the previous winner: Upside Downer.
Suspense, anguish, doubt, bordering on terror, à la Hitchcock, with these inexpressive 'birds' watching every approaching step. What gauntlet do we have to run..? What are they waiting for..? What do they want with us..? The heart beats apace as the tension mounts. WHAT DO THEY WANT..?
A rather piece-meal approach, this month, with some MIDI tracks triggering various elements from Spitfire LABS instruments (they really are excellent, and free, to boot..!); with a healthy dose of various samples I have. Quite (or even, very...) 'cheesy' on their own, they meld into a curiously hypnotic, and somewhat spooky, atmosphere when arranged and mixed with Reaper. No other Fx nor mastering; t'would serve no purpose here. 
Recommended to be listened to on decent headphones, in a darkened room, with eyes fixed on the picture. 
Thanks for listening, if you already have; if you're about to, enjoy.

 

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10 hours ago, Dad3353 said:

Here is my contribution to the May 2021 Basschat Composition Challenge, inspired by a picture chosen by the previous winner: Upside Downer.
Suspense, anguish, doubt, bordering on terror, à la Hitchcock, with these inexpressive 'birds' watching every approaching step. What gauntlet do we have to run..? What are they waiting for..? What do they want with us..? The heart beats apace as the tension mounts. WHAT DO THEY WANT..?
A rather piece-meal approach, this month, with some MIDI tracks triggering various elements from Spitfire LABS instruments (they really are excellent, and free, to boot..!); with a healthy dose of various samples I have. Quite (or even, very...) 'cheesy' on their own, they meld into a curiously hypnotic, and somewhat spooky, atmosphere when arranged and mixed with Reaper. No other Fx nor mastering; t'would serve no purpose here. 
Recommended to be listened to on decent headphones, in a darkened room, with eyes fixed on the picture. 
Thanks for listening, if you already have; if you're about to, enjoy.

 

That's awesome!

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Well I remember the band "A flock of seaguls", so this must be "A band of pigeons", which means it's 80's.  So Synthwave it is!

I had fun making this & might go back to add things...

 

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I've been busy too...

The picture reminded me of going into the local butchers shop a few weeks ago... The butcher was expertly dismembering a pigeon for a customer who was going to do a fancy confit of leg with seared breast in hoojahcapivvy sauce. Hence a rap, in the form of a confessional, detailing with a total lack of empathy how being ignored, mistreated and abused as a child led him to a life of murder...

So can I just apologise now?

 

For those who are interested, 2 basses used - Wal and ACG. Keys are Ableton's own piano, plus baby Kontakt funky organ. Guitar is a strat (both) and drums are by Mr EZ, with a few programmed fills. Mixed in Ableton, with the help of Ozone, Neutron and Bassroom.

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Here is my entry for this month

Inspiration?  Seeing pigeons go round and round in circles reminded me of the discussions on certain, ahem, internet forums and the feeling that they aren't fully in control of their thoughts. So I took a synth and let the synth take over to an extent using the auto arpeggio function.  Like @xgsjx I ended up with 80s synth pop. Bits of it remind me of the Pet Shop Boys which would be a good tie in but that's incidental and I didn't set out to recreate that sound. 

 

For those interested its actually not that many tracks - but most are multi layered parts in Xpand 2, including the drum The only exception is the Prophet 5 sound which is Dexed. No real instruments were harmed in the making of this track. All in Cubase although if I'd set out to create this I'd probably have used Live10.

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