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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11590
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 8:10 am:   Edit Post

It's been a while since I've uploaded anything new, but I thought I would share this one that I've been working on recently. It still needs polishing, but I'm slowly making progress with it. This is my arrangement of the orchestral passage that opens the second movement of Beethoven's fifth piano concerto. Uploaded to soundcloud here.

(Message edited by davehouck on December 19, 2014)
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1429
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

The link doesn't work Dave, it says they can't find this track.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11591
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:09 am:   Edit Post

Whoops; okay, I've edited the link. Let me know if it's still not working. Thanks!
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1430
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:14 am:   Edit Post

Now it works! That was beautiful Dave! Great job & killer tone! Nothing like the pristine clarity of an Alembic!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11592
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Rusty! In addition to Alembic, Beethoven deserves a lot of the credit; I love hearing that passage played by an orchestra.
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1432
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 9:34 am:   Edit Post

Yeah, Beethoven definitely had some skills! I love orchestral music. My son used to play in the Houston Youth Symphony & they sounded every bit as good as the Houston Symphony! I miss those days!
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1810
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 4:35 am:   Edit Post

Very nice! I love the lute-like tone!!!

Peter
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11595
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 6:17 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Peter!
klinkepeter
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Post Number: 158
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

nice work Dave! love also the variety and dynamics of the sound made by your fingers :-)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11597
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Peter; the passage depends on dynamics to be effective. The original has pizzicato in the bass at the beginning, which is very effective; but I didn't even try to pull that off.

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