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Simple Simon

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About Simple Simon

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    New Zealand
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  • Lyricist, Composer or Both?
    Both... ish
  • Musical Influences?
    Lots... mostly with a jazz influence
  1. Simple Simon

    TIME WILL TELL - New Album teaser ;)

    Huge congrats, Jodi! I went to buy your album on Amazon and got, "Sorry, but your Amazon account is registered to a different region than the current marketplace. Your digital music order cannot be completed; we apologize for any inconvenience." *sigh* This is the kind of crap (excuse me) that I get so sick of with the entertainment "industry". But anyway, I loved the excerpts I heard in your sampler and I wish you every success with your album. Nice to finally hear a good dose of your own musical creations!!! :-)
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    Best Of The Year

    I'm printing out your entire post, Lazz. Now that I have discovered Spotify (for better or for worse), I'm keeping your list at hand so I can go through and check out your recommendations during my more exploratory moods. Thanks :-)
  3. Simple Simon

    Fly Me To The Moon

    You should hear her singing Billie Holliday's Gloomy Sunday. Savant?
  4. Simple Simon

    Free Downloads??

    A great interview of one of my all-time favourite musicians. Thanks, Lazz! Metheny talking about his criteria for selecting musicians for his band: "And then there’s another component which is; it’s a really hard gig. You play sometimes three and a half, four hours straight with no intermission; a hundred and fifty to two hundred nights a year; six, seven, eight nights a week without a night off. It’s one of the hardest gigs there is. Also, the standard that I maintain for myself is one that I expect from everybody else, is to play every night like you’re going to be dead tomorrow. Anything other than that is not really acceptable, so it all adds up to being a really hard gig." I guess that represents a level of commitment and dedication that very few of us have. I doubt whether Metheny is particularly wealthy. I doubt that he cares. I would would hope (and I assume) that he earns enough to pay his way in life. He's a musician (not a songwriter, note), who doesn't give a damn about the music "industry", but who is passionate about music. He'll never be a "celebrity". He'll never be super-rich. His work-reward ratio probably approaches that of a caregiver in a rest home. And he hasn't a single complaint to make about any of it.
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    Bagatelle - Doubt and Resolve

    As I listen to this I am reminded a little of Wendy (Walter) Carlos' Switch on Bach - a very formative musical adventure for me. I've always liked Baroque, contrapuntal music, and this piece has some very nice moments of counterpoint. It also has occasional moments that don't quite gel for me, and I wonder whether these might have been more accident than design. I've occasionally dabbled in attempting to compose along a similar vein over the years - particularly when I first discovered midi - and your piece is certainly better than anything I ever achieved.
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    Chrome OS for multitracking

    Rather than select from the options I found, perhaps it would be better to suggest that you simply Google the words: chromebook daw multitrack I would then suggest searching for online reviews of those apps that you find with the above search that might interest you, and perhaps also inquire as to anyone around here has any experience with them. I admit to knowing little about Chromebooks, but I would suggest that whatever app you end up choosing, you will need hardware with reasonable processing power to work with multitrack audio, so you would probably want to do a bit of research on that side of things too.
  7. Simple Simon

    I just wanna say...

    I was just thinking exactly that.
  8. Simple Simon

    Sweet spot

    Thanks, Lazz. Nice to have one's droppings missed. Life in recent years hasn't had much in the way of MusesMuse-sized gaps, but I have still been popping in from time to time to see how things are going. Hope all is well with you! :-)
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    Sweet spot

    I don't know about "unique", Lazz, but I have long felt that playing jazz (or improvising in general) represents something of a pure representation of this "zone" or "sweet spot" under discussion here. I have never had the discipline required to become a real jazz player, but I have certainly been involved in a great many improvisational contexts that I might best describe as transcendent…. as "spiritual" experiences. It is such moments that pretty much define the joy of music for me.
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    Welcome neuroron :)

    Thanks, Ron. :-)
  11. Simple Simon

    Mastering Plug-ins

    Alister said it all. Mastering is ultimately just about adapting a recording to a particular playback medium. Originally this was vinyl. Nowadays it has more to do with maximising the bandwidth of a 16bit digital representation on CDs or MP3s or maximising audience impact on radio or TV video formats. While we home recordists can occasionally enjoy some instant gratification from the illusion of "improvement" some marketing presets can give to our mixes, the truth is (as, again, Alister noted above) simply turning the playback level up a bit would achieve the same kind of thing but without the listening fatigue that squashed (over-mastered) recordings inevitably induce.
  12. Simple Simon

    Muse Quirks V

    One of the best yet, Nige!
  13. Haha.... cute story. I found myself trying to make it fit to 7/8, but I could tell that wasn't quite it. In fact, it turned out just a semiquaver short of that. I don't think I'd like to try playing it!
  14. Simple Simon

    Live Compression

    Discussed this today with a friend of mine who has around 25 years experience in professional live sound and recording/production as well as a performer. He largely agreed with my take on your situation, Neal, but suggested that limiting would probably be preferable to compression. Why? Because limiting will give you the control you need over those extremes in your wife's dynamic range without risking increasing the noise floor as compression can sometimes do.