October 29, 2016
October 21, 2016
Two horn sections again here. The one playing the punches is tenor sax and alto sax playing octaves and a ‘brass’ preset playing the thirds in the middle, while the other is the more melodic part is simply a trombone and another ‘brass’ preset in unison. I guess that, in terms of trying to learn how to write for horns, using these presets is cheating a little…but hey its early days yet.
October 19, 2016
October 18, 2016
October 8, 2016
Yes another play with a horn section in a track. I’ve been fairly simple with the horns here just some gentle chords here and there but I think I’m beginning to voice them fairly well. Still working in Gadget, this time using 3 instances of Darwin for the horns: a trumpet for the high voice, trombone for the lower one, and a sax/trumpet sound for the middle voice.
I am having fun with this 🙂
October 1, 2016
Even though my Track A Day year of posting has ended, some of you are still visiting this blog daily; so a big thank you for the interest. It’s because of you that I decided to keep posting here, perhaps as some kind of musical diary.
Anyway here is the second of my horn arrangement attempts. Like yesterday’s it is intuitively played in with one horn sound, dupicated, then spread over other sounds; today I used the Marsaille gadget, starting with the muted trumpet and then adding the brass ensemble, trombone, and alto sax sounds. Today I got slightly more adventurous and alterdd the octave for part of the trombone and ensemble sounds.
The drums here are from Bilbao and the bass is from Darwin with very occasional Chicago.
Also like yesterday the time is 5/4 which also an experiment for me.
September 30, 2016
As you may have noticed if you checked out yesterdays MixCloud Show I have started to use horn arrangements. This is a new obsession that arrived out of the blue the other day and I have no idea what I am doing, so lots of research and listening is in front of me. It is going to be an ongoing side project for a while and I thought that I would share my trials and my progress or lack of it with those of you who care to follow along. Motown and Stax as well as Afro Beat are the sounds in my head here.
This is the track where this idea arrived unexpectently. I’m just using Gadget here: a muted trumpet from Marseille, a trombone from Darwin, and a Trumpet sax sound also from Darwin.
Oh and it’s in 5/4 time which I’ve never used and don’t really ‘get’ but…well you’ve got to try new stuff at times don’t you?