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Ear Music Composition Challenge (EMC2) is here!

Wade Cornell

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The Ear Music Composition Challenge (EMC2) is on! Thanks to Pete Chris and Kev for sanctioning this new format.


The concept is simple: a backing track is presented that lacks a melodic line which we are encouraged to: download, listen to, play with, record and present back on this thread. For now the tracks are mostly modal (lacking changes) and played by guitar.


This practice/exercise should be complimentary to the Ballad of the Month posts with EMC2 concentrating on a different aspect of improvisation: listening, playing by ear, and composing/improvising melodic lines (as compared to playing changes by reading a chart).



We'll start with an interesting mode in 4/4 that Davey might remember and will hopefully do great thing with. Eventually I'd like to see other backing tracks find their way here that suit this format (Chris?)



https://soundcloud.com/whampton-court/tui-backing


Listen, be creative/melodic, enjoy, and post as many renditions as you please.
 
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Good idea to launch the EMC2 concept (also) here Wade :). I will try to join with a take in time.
 

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Had a quick blow through this and pressed record. Hmmm! sounds like someone I know:) Anyway this came out.

http://snd.sc/11s1xAA

Chris..
 

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nice soft and subtle note selection, liking the repeating of phrases to give it proper continuity and a great sense of melody.
overall i hear a marked improvement in everything and your approach on the saxophone, the way you are going is great, so chuffed for you and great to see/hear your development.
 

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Had a quick blow through this and pressed record. Hmmm! sounds like someone I know:) Anyway this came out.

http://snd.sc/11s1xAA

Chris..

Nice Chris... I'm just about to transfer mine from the Audio computer, and upload it. But although we have different instrumentation, either you were listening in on me or it's great minds think alike. We have A similar feel for this ECM.
 

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Also pleased this type of
Improvisational thread has found a place on the Forum
 
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Had a quick blow through this and pressed record. Hmmm! sounds like someone I know:) Anyway this came out.

http://snd.sc/11s1xAA

Chris..

That approach sounds very familiar to me Chris ;}! Liked the feel and atmosphere of your take, fits the backing very well. On my (cheap) speakers it sounded like a bit too much reverb in the sax compared to the backing. Liked the way you coloured the track with the complete register of the tenor, from high to honking low.
 

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This is a first Look.
Also pleased this type of
Improvisational thread has found a place on the Forum


https://soundcloud.com/musicato/ecm-02

PS. This is very laid back, so i hope you dont fall asleep:)

Wow, very beatiful sounds and lines, fits the tune perfectly :).
 
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Wade Cornell

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Wow, what a start! I'm blown away by your rendition Chris. Captures the feel and uses the tenor well with that fine tone you're developing. Jamesmac also got the feel and complimented the lines. Wish I could have heard your fine soprano sound on this though. Great that you've both jumped in s quickly and set the stage for those to come. Feel free to post more if the muse touches you.
 

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The Ear Music Composition Challenge (EMC2) is on! Thanks to Pete Chris and Kev for sanctioning this new format.


The concept is simple: a backing track is presented that lacks a melodic line which we are encouraged to: download, listen to, play with, record and present back on this thread. For now the tracks are mostly modal (lacking changes) and played by guitar.


This practice/exercise should be complimentary to the Ballad of the Month posts with EMC2 concentrating on a different aspect of improvisation: listening, playing by ear, and composing/improvising melodic lines (as compared to playing changes by reading a chart).



We'll start with an interesting mode in 4/4 that Davey might remember and will hopefully do great thing with. Eventually I'd like to see other backing tracks find their way here that suit this format (Chris?)



https://soundcloud.com/whampton-court/tui-backing


Listen, be creative/melodic, enjoy, and post as many renditions as you please.

Will definitely give it a try...!!!
Cheers,
 
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I love this concept and will give it a go. Enjoyed both recordings, thanks Chris & Jim, very relaxing :)
 

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Tried all the saxophones, couldn't catch it. The clarinet was closer but not right. Then this happened.

https://soundcloud.com/colin-the-bear/tui-backing
 
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Tried all the saxophones, couldn't catch it. The clarinet was closer but not right. Then this happened.

https://soundcloud.com/colin-the-bear/tui-backing

Beautiful words - are they your own?
 
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Wade Cornell

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Tried all the saxophones, couldn't catch it. The clarinet was closer but not right. Then this happened.

https://soundcloud.com/colin-the-bear/tui-backing

I had hoped that you'd jump in as you're one of the more melodically inclined on this site. The narration was a surprise. Most of us would be happy to just play something that fit. You've added another dimension and made this completely your own. Very well done!
 
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Wow! turn your back and the thread moves right past you. Guys thanks for the comments on my version. Jim "great minds" think alike, your version was really smooth with some lovely sounds. Colin, your version paints a very good picture, like Wade said the narration was an inspired addition.

Chris..
 

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Tried all the saxophones, couldn't catch it. The clarinet was closer but not right. Then this happened.

https://soundcloud.com/colin-the-bear/tui-backing

No words to congratulate you...!
Very well done....!
As said by someone, I will be happy if I can play something.... ;}

Cheers,
 
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Colin the Bear

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Thanks everyone for your kind words. Never done anything like that before. I had a kind of narrative going on in my head as I played the recorder and it sort of reminded me of an old Vangelis album "China". The words came to me fully formed. I hope they're my own, but who knows what tricks the mind plays.
 

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