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TAB   "Circles"  -  9  COMMENTS  -  PAGE 1
Circles      [GP5]   [252 hits]   [Version: 2]   [Id: 105685]
Artist: Ambient Competition March 2009
File Size: 38.3 KB     Number of Tracks: 8
Submitted by: JazzDeath  (All tabs)  on 05 Mar 2009 16:09, commenting:
Close your eyes and drift away... use headphones if possible.
Validated by Generis Humani on 05 Mar 2009 16:26


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Circles - JazzDeath

The hard thing about rating a song like this is that... there isn't much to talk ABOUT. It's virtually the same piano line throughout the whole thing, with instruments slowly coming in to complement it - then everything disappears at the end, leaving the piano again.

I think the main thing this suffers from is repetition - perhaps that was the actual aim - but I started getting a little sick of it towards the end...

I reckon the bass could've been mixed a bit louder, personally, but that is a pretty minor thing.

So, I guess, overall, there aren't any actual composition flaws, but it's just an average song - no real substance for me - some more variation and different sections would have helped.

Posted by Quibokk  {{ 16 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 13 Mar 2009 21:22

Rated as: Unrated
Different sections would entirely ruin the point of the song, but thanks anyway for the comment. And yes, the idea is repetition, and I'm aware that's what will turn most people off, but the song is meant for meditation, and the repetition is meant to allow you to... shut your brain off, so to speak.

Posted by JazzDeath  {{ 22 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 13 Mar 2009 21:31

Rated as: Unrated
Nice piano. Reminded me a bit of Coldplay. The layering on of new elements was nicely done. Yes, there was repetition, but the layers added the variation, which made it seem unrepetitive. However, what you could have done was vary the piano phrases a bit, maybe with passing notes or a run or something similar, just to add a little twist here and there. The clean guitar could have been louder. Pleasant song but not in the same league as your Feb-09 song.

Posted by blackiel  {{ 0 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 16 Mar 2009 16:35

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I'll be honest, first time I listened to this I was kinda annoyed with all the R E P E T I T I O N ... even if you did introduce the instruments step by step, giving it some variation, it still was mostly the same 3 bars over and over (btw, it was a nice idea to have 3-bar phrases, caught me by surprise in the beginning, but it was a good one).

But then, I came back to this song a few days later and something amazing happened... I was listening to it and my mind started wandering away, thinking of something else... for a few moments I actually forgot there was a song playing... and when I came back to myself I realized, "wait a minute, this IS ambient!".

So, that's one of this song's good points (a big one!): it's probably the best fit in the "ambient" style (which I'm still trying to understand...) of all in this competition. The other big plus is the story it tells, very inspired, and perfectly summarised in the poem. Only in death are we free? Well I hope not.

Overall... I get the idea. And it's a very good one. So you get a 4, even if the repetition turned me off a bit.

Posted by |_JR_|  {{ 13 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 17 Mar 2009 04:35

Rated as: Unrated
JazzDeath – Circles

...*sighs* Jazz, what do I do with you? Strictly speaking, your song is... well... ambient. It's pretty bare (in a good way), conjures some sort of atmosphere and sticks to it... but it was a really, really tiring listen. The thing that greatly detracts from the piece is an accidental pulse that the tune has, it's this monotonous, slow rhythmic pounding that obstructs everything else in my ears. I sit there and wait for the next pound/drop of water, and the Chinese torture makes me feel very, very uneasy. Sadly, the piece does not offer anything to distract me from this, as the atmosphere is bland and (thankfully, in a way... another “ambient” song with a shreddy solo would be too much) there is no real musical substance to be found. Summing up – it's a well written ambient tune that falls into the trapdoor of an accidentally conjured, yet insanely annoying and uneasy-feeling pulse. Drop. Drop. Drop. Drop. Drop. Drop. Drop. Yeah.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Posted by RumpyTheRubbuhChikin  {{ 30 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 17 Mar 2009 14:12

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JazzDeath – Circles

For what it is, as you say a meditative piece, it is quite ok. Although for me listening all objectively it does get tiresome after a while. I think this is due to the constant pulse that pounds away – which is not for the songs own good I think. Since you mentioned Phillip Glass and Metamorphosis One on the forums I can say that that piece shines in the way that the music flows and is not bound by a constant pulse. Also how it has a few different parts, so that each part never grows dull by itself because it changes to another part before that happens.
I really think that what makes your tune seem so “dull” if you will, is that the pulse is always so strong and never give you a chance to relax and enjoy because you’re always focused on the beat. I guess in that effect it is quite hypnotic actually, but musically speaking I think it lacks some lightness and less restriction rhythmically.

That is really the main flaw of the tune, because this strongly emphasized beat and rhythm unfortunately also emphasize the repetition.

The ambience is fine, and you never go crazy with the instruments which some of the other people did in this competition. You seem to know how ambient music is supposed to be, just next time try to break a little loose of the rhythmic pounding.

Rating – 3.0

Posted by Beckkill  {{ 11 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 27 Mar 2009 12:23

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Let me start by saying that this is really different from most of the stuff I’ve heard from you. I almost miss the cool dissonance in your songs.

But, I think (well, I guess everyone thinks) that doing stuff that you’re not used to is good, and it’s much better if you succeed at it. And that’s, imo, what happened here.

First af all, I have to admit that I almost hate repetitive songs (except for electronic stuff), but I did like how you used that in your favor in this song. I never thought “humm, it’s getting boring” while listening to it. If this song was a little bit longer, I would have thought that, so well done.

On the other hand, the poem you wrote is kind of depressing (that’s my interpretation), but I felt the song was on the “bright side” of music, it wasn’t happy per se, but that’s just how I see it. “And so we walk paths already traveled...” I did felt like walking when I was listening it, so thumbs up.

As much as I liked this song, I dont fell like it deserves more than 3.5 stars, I feel that it stills need some work.


Posted by Todo Winterwolf  {{ 11 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 31 Mar 2009 21:45

Rated as: Unrated
JazzDeath - Circles

Interesting piece fella, all the repetition stuff and the concept of a circle put into music is very interesting and, it's a field where you can find a lot of inspiration, but I guess these concepts were not "translated" into music in the very best way.

Your piece was constructed over a single melody, then you made some variations and added more instruments, but this turned to be very repetitive cause every single new instrument you brought to the song didn't made anything new, just when all the orchestration sounded together your piece got more sense, the atmosphere was constructed too slowly and listening the same cadence through the whole song didn't help.

Innovation & Evolution were fine, I won't go any further with them cause they both do the job, but it wasn't a very good idea to "dub" the piano on Variation, it sounded too loud and it appeared too suddenly.

I felt the whole REPETITION stage as a Construction, you were building the roots for something that would be the main theme, the most important part of the song, but as soon as we arrived there (Culmination) I felt that your piece was already fainting. I guess your intention was to make REPETITION the main theme, but you were building up this atmosphere so slowly that became endless, and then when the song was already "grown up", it started to die. REPETITION was way too extended compared to the rest of the song.

I like what you did on Repression, fading out the other instruments, leting the piano go solo: back to the roots were all started, to the beggining just as a circle. Extinction was also Ok, I thought you would finish with a fade out cause it fits better with the concept of the circle, but no problem, the ending was pulled off fine and I guess it's the release you mentioned on the poem.

I don't know if I'm understood at all, sometimes is hard for me to explain some concepts or ideas in English but I guess I spoke clearly, if you have doubts about my comment feel free to ask and I'll answer as soon as I can.

Rate: 2.5, the concept is great and it has a lot of potential, the song is completely ambient but unfortunately you didn't manage repetitions as well as you could.

Posted by Daslaf  {{ 22 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 02 Apr 2009 13:48

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Mmm well, to be honest I expected horrible ratings, but I was moreso curious if anyone would hear the song the way I do, and I guess I got that answer with JR and beba.

I understand all your negative points but the reason I cannot consider them is because every single reproach about the song up to now (except for the dubbing on the piano) was done on purpose.

I'm glad I'm not crazy though, seems a few people felt the song really take them away somewhere. I would have probably rated my song low, considering the competition criteria, but I guess I see ambient differently than most.

Posted by JazzDeath  {{ 22 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 02 Apr 2009 14:56

Rated as: Unrated
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