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davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11105
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, July 05, 2013 - 2:18 pm:   Edit Post

I wasn't planning on uploading something today, but I got lucky on my recording levels, and I played the song half decently; so I've uploaded a tune to Soundcloud. The is the closest I've yet come to having something worth putting on a CD. It's still rough in spots, and I was a little too light on the open A string, and one fill was completely improvised when I forget the line as it was supposed to be played. But I made it all the way through (short song), and the quality of the tone isn't bad. Anyway, I thought it worth sharing with you guys.
that_sustain
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Post Number: 205
Registered: 8-2012
Posted on Friday, July 05, 2013 - 3:46 pm:   Edit Post

It sounds hopeful, like every thing is gonna be alright.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11106
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, July 05, 2013 - 5:10 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Daniel; I like your interpretation.
lbpesq
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Post Number: 5487
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, July 05, 2013 - 5:46 pm:   Edit Post

Sweet, Dave! Cool tone - I would have guessed this was a guitar or maybe a baritone guitar, not a bass!

Bill, tgo
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11107
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, July 05, 2013 - 6:41 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Bill! It's amazing what an Alembic bass can do. :-)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11109
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 3:49 pm:   Edit Post

I recorded another one; I seem to have hit upon a good combination of recording level and tone.
charles_holmes
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Post Number: 266
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 5:28 pm:   Edit Post

I'm diggin' the groove and those tones..man!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11110
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Chalie!
pauldo
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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1017
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 6:51 pm:   Edit Post

Dave, that was a beautiful Message.


It also did not go unnoticed that that song is 4:20 . . . :-D
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1524
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

I can't figure out how to rave enough about "Message To The Heart" without sounding as if I didn't like "A Spring Day" - which I did. A lot. But "Message"; man, that's gorgeous!

Peter
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11111
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 8:50 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2973
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 9:48 pm:   Edit Post

" A Spring Day" has got the grass hoppers and birds in action and the sweet fresh spring air filling my lungs and beautiful tress rustling in the breeze. Lots of visuals !
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2974
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 10:04 pm:   Edit Post

"Message to the Heart"

An introspective manifesto from the heart to ones sole in mindful cognition that the ship is on the correct course __________
that_sustain
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Post Number: 207
Registered: 8-2012
Posted on Monday, July 08, 2013 - 12:02 am:   Edit Post

Master of dynamics.
jacko
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Post Number: 3394
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, July 08, 2013 - 12:12 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful playing Dave. Wish I had your skills.

Graeme
811952
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 2326
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 6:21 am:   Edit Post

Very nice.

John
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11112
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 7:56 am:   Edit Post

Thanks everyone; knowing that you guys like what I'm doing is very encouraging and much appreciated.
musashi
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Username: musashi

Post Number: 194
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - 11:23 pm:   Edit Post

Message to the Heart.....

How worthy of you, Dave. Well done.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11145
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 5:21 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you!
eligilam
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Post Number: 408
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 8:24 pm:   Edit Post

I agree with the "master of dynamics" comment. Nice build-up. Cool chord progressions (especially that repeating climbing one). And, of course, unassailable Series tone.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11148
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 9:39 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Will; and yes, I love what this bass makes possible.
hammer
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Username: hammer

Post Number: 399
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 9:46 pm:   Edit Post

Dave:

I've listened to Message To The Heart as well as A Spring Day a number of times. All I can say is that both tunes bring out what I take to be your unique personality and bring me back to a much earlier time when unencumbered by other responsibilities I'd come home from work most days, throw on the headphones and listen to early Weather Report (Weather Report, I Sing the Body electric, & Sweetnighter).

Your work "sings" and evokes a visual as well as an auditory response.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11151
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 6:47 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you Brian! I had hoped that the songs would "tell a story"; so I greatly appreciate your confirmation.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11179
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:30 pm:   Edit Post

I wasn't going to upload this one. I recorded it a few weeks ago and then put it aside; but I just listened to it, and it's not too bad. So I thought I would share it with you.

There are some mistakes, so it's not CD worthy; but it's close. And there's some rig noise; I guess at some point I'm going to have to tear apart my rig and see if I can get rid of the noise.

This tune is in two parts; the first part is essentially a prelude, and the second is my arrangement of a song many of you may be familiar with. I would like to see if it's recognizable; so don't look at the name of the song and let me know if you can tell what it is. :-)

Like the others, it's hidden from public view; but you can hear it here.
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1903
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 1:09 pm:   Edit Post

That was wonderful Dave! Great tone too!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11181
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Art!
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1319
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 1:59 pm:   Edit Post

Great - I've enjoyed all the stuff you've posted here. The tone is stellar - iconic Alembic sound! Looking forward to you having some public sounds on your soundcloud page! ;)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11182
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:15 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Harry! Yeah, I guess I feel like I'm just putting these up temporarily just for you guys and a few other friends until I record better versions. (I wouldn't want the music police to hear this stuff.) But then I've yet to record a "finished" version of anything.
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1320
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:41 pm:   Edit Post

I think you can post what you have put here publicly with no embarrassment whatsoever. Just put "demo" or "work in progress" so people know.

But I know it's a personal decision so do what you feel. Now that I think about it, I slave over my stuff before I put it up, so I can't be the one to tell you to just post anything or how to run your soundcloud page!
musashi
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Username: musashi

Post Number: 196
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

What Came Before \ Somewhere

Just beau-ti-full, Dave. Clean up the noise and start releasing these gems. You have arrived in the here and now, brother.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11185
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 7:06 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Musashi, much appreciated. I guess I need to work on the rig noise :-)
klinkepeter
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Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 113
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post

fantastic, Dave! i loved every single note, did you use a 5 string with a c on top? Is there a way to avoid that noise in the background? My series II does it sometimes too but in the studio she is almost clean..., but once again: great playin!
klinkepeter
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Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 114
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

Man, this tone....awesome, and so clean- uve got ur fingers under control
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3049
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

Dave,

Your music is always very enjoyable for me to hear. I am impressed by your focus and mindful delivery . It sounds like your fingers are serving your mind well. Thanks for sharing this.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11189
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Peter! It's a six string, tuned normally except that the B string is capo'd at the third fret for an open D.

I don't know where the noise is coming from. I suspect grounding or maybe a bad patch cable; I don't know. I need to see if I can isolate it by starting through the signal chain, removing components and switching out cables.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11190
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 1:37 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Wolf! I'm really glad that you guys like these tunes.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11220
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post

Realizing that I'm forgetting a lot of the stuff I've been working on, I've recently been recording a lot of the songs even if I can't play them well yet. This morning I sat down to record a cover I've been playing for a while, though not much recently, before I forgot about it too. It turned out good enough to share with you; though the usual flubs and fluffs are included, and I haven't yet addressed the rig noise.

Some of you will recognize the name, it's by a well known rock artist. The original is beautiful. My arrangement significantly differs from the original; including that I leave out an entire section and substitute my own in its place.

The dynamic range seems a bit too wide; my rig is running a bit "hotter" than I've had it on past recordings, and sections seem a bit too loud. I like the way that it's now "breaking up" when it's driven, but I need to learn to control it.

And as with the past recordings, it's a rough demo and is not publicly accessible. Wild Theme.

[moderator's edit: original poster uploaded wrong song to soundcloud, and has posted new link to newly uploaded song below; edited to strike through previous link]

(Message edited by davehouck on November 02, 2013)
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1649
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post

Great piece! I always love listening to your music, the composition, execution and sounds are always a joy. The tone has a reminiscence of the original, as well, but it's all new enough that it's its own thing.

Thanks for putting it up!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11221
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:22 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Edwin; I'm glad you like it! And I appreciate the kind words.
artswork99
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Post Number: 1915
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 6:49 am:   Edit Post

Very nice Dave!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11222
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:15 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Art!
dadabass2001
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Post Number: 1776
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

Very nice indeed! and well played, oh Moder Dave.
Based on the thread title, I was thinking maybe "Wild Thyme" from ABAB by the Airplane. Obviously a wild guess on my part.
No more divergences from me here, but if the Highway of Life takes you to the Schlossen Cutoff - Stay In Your Car!
:-)
Mike
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5578
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post

Very tasty! Thanks for sharing, Dave.

Bill, tgo
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11223
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Mike and Bill! And no, not Airplane.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11230
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, November 02, 2013 - 12:22 pm:   Edit Post

Well this is embarrassing, or perhaps just a side effect of aging. I uploaded the wrong song last time.

So here is the tune I meant to upload previously - Wild Theme.

My apologies for any confusion; and I'll understand if you don't want me behind the wheel when we go into town for dinner.

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