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butterfly gone berserk

I have a new song ! Inspired by the numerous posts I've had the pleasure to listen here, I've added a tech touch to my music. My butterfly has decided to rebel against nature and has gained a synthetic voice... but fortunately, he soon gets rid of it and returns to real life.
posted by nicolin on Aug 24, 2007 - 5 comments

début

just to stay in touch
posted by nicolin on Aug 22, 2007 - 9 comments

from the bridge,

watching the river flow, I stumble upon some memories - more vivid than others.
posted by nicolin on Aug 6, 2007 - 10 comments

rice jam

acoustic guitar, wood, steel, glass, and some rice.
posted by nicolin on Aug 1, 2007 - 5 comments

hens and rooster

It's nice to be at home with some guitars at hand. I wanted to participate to the challenge, but this tune has nothing to do with water. To me, it evokes a procession of hens in a courtyard, near and around a drowsy rooster. Images of aimless loopsided wanderings, long seductive dances. What is the rooster dreaming of ? just another bunch of hens I guess. Then he awakes suddenly. Too bad this wasn't the theme of the challenge. Enjoy.
posted by nicolin on Jun 25, 2007 - 6 comments

blues a la basie

The Count Basie variation of the standard blues changes. Just two guitars, solo and rhythm.
posted by nicolin on Jun 15, 2007 - 2 comments

spanish cakes

As fresh as possible, in a slightly different mix than my previous upload, to give some more presence to the tune. The rhythm track was under electronic dust somewhere on my drive. I had recorded it without bothering to turn off the radio, so it is heard at the quietest moments. I've added a melody and a solo, as well as some percussion, but it's still a very tiny addition. Flaws included.
posted by nicolin on Jun 8, 2007 - 5 comments

seafront

Two short and very meditative improvisations from some time ago.
posted by nicolin on Jun 5, 2007 - 2 comments

imp 4

Four years ago, I was trying to feel what it's like to be able to improvise. These are three takes over the same short chord cycle : take 2, 1, 3. My conclusion is : to improvise, you have to be able to wait.
posted by nicolin on Jun 2, 2007 - 2 comments

chinese no groove

Improvised trio. Guitar, keyboards, doorbell. When you've got a pebble in your shoe, you can't look at the stars.
posted by nicolin on Jun 1, 2007 - 1 comment

little bossa

I knew I had to play the flute. I found a bundy on ebay, and when I received it, began to play right away. This recording features guitar, flute and harmonica. Improvisation as usual, raw bossa vamp as background, no composed melody as such. Could have been longer without the telephone.
posted by nicolin on May 27, 2007 - 6 comments

GFHFG

which stands for : guitar flute harp flute guitar. Last year my sister gave me her old dell inspiron 3800. I installed audacity on it and was in for multitrack recording. Actually, I didn't know that I could listen to the previous tracks and recording at the same time. So I recorded the first four tracks trying not to lose the tempo and then moving the track so it fitted with the rest, adding layer by layer. By the time I recorded the solo I had managed to listen to the background. Composition is not too ambitious, it was just a matter of testing.
posted by nicolin on May 26, 2007 - 11 comments

glass spiders

In a cave, several hundred feet underground, a mysterious glow can be seen in the distance. Beyond the dark corridors, a strange music fade in as you're getting close. The spiders are here, tall as houses, moving gracefully, feeding their babies, chanting soft lullabies under the crystal dome of a large chamber. One of them approaches and weaves shining threads of sound. You're not really frightened. Actually you feel rather comfortable as you're listening to the friendly speech. Going back ?
posted by nicolin on May 19, 2007 - 4 comments

langsam

hi, Sometimes you're just looking for something as peaceful as possible. Sorry for the unavoidable flaws.
posted by nicolin on May 18, 2007 - 2 comments

shaking

hi, it's raining outside, I just wanted something warm. Short and improvised.
posted by nicolin on May 17, 2007 - 5 comments

satin doll

Another excerpt of a previous too long post. Tired of playing over improvised and random changes, I brought the Ellington tune to Olivier. I played the rhythm track, he played the melody, then I managed to play a solo. Hope you like it.
posted by nicolin on May 15, 2007 - 4 comments

real book

Hi, This is not what you can call a song : rather a collection of recordings pasted together. As in the Real Book, some standards are included. But this track also includes sounds taken from the real world, like a street scene, or rehearsals. It is a deliberate effort to try to match apparently unrelated recordings, from different sources. The Real Book, paradoxically, features charts for some idealistic land. Here, I wanted to use sounds both from the inside (music) and from the outside (raw field recordings) to see how ironically they are related and to provide some contrast. What you're about to hear : a saxophone playing Don Quichotte, a late night Dulcinea, two versions of a standard, and guitar comments.
posted by nicolin on May 6, 2007 - 2 comments

vamp

hi, here's the sequel to my previous post, lo-fi vamp. During a jam with a friend, I unearthed the two chords vamp from my memory and we noodled a little bit around it. He recorded my rhythm guitar part and a solo, and said he could be working on it in order to add something more orchestral to these basic tracks. Well, he's got craft but my vamp now sounds like a soft porn movie soundtrack to my ears.
posted by nicolin on Apr 30, 2007 - 2 comments

lo fi vamp

hi. This is actually my first attempt at improvising over a vamp. It was recorded with a 500 mhz computer and a webcam. First track recorded first, then played through the speakers so as to allow me to improvise over it, and then the whole recaptured by the webcam again. Hence the muddy sonics. The computer had trouble to play and record at the same time : results in clicks. On the whole.. I like it. Listen to my next post to compare with a cleaner version. Sometimes the rawer the better.
posted by nicolin on Apr 29, 2007 - 1 comment

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