Reviews for "A View Southward"

A View Southward
by John Pazdan
Recommends (3)
Tue, Mar 4, 2008 @ 12:41 PM

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Video: DEMENCIA by Rod Medina
permalink   Tue, Mar 4, 2008 @ 7:52 PM
I like the horn work and free jazz nods of the early going. Then the backing transforms into a kind of hiss-drone, and the curious percussive accompaniment begins.
I like the way that at 1:20 you’ve got this downtempo jazzy/chill thing going. It might benefit from a few backing washes of melodic drone, to take a bit of the edge off the percussion. I like that this piece avoids being “easy”, and goes instead for a sound that interacts with the horn sample. For me, the mix might benefit from a few atmospheric things to make it a bit more “smooth”, as the percussive sounds are a trifle harsher than they might be, and the piece might benefit from a little more drone in the backing.
Still, an adventuruous downtempo—quite interesting to hear.
permalink   John Pazdan Wed, Mar 5, 2008 @ 6:16 AM
..thank you for that review..means a lot to me when someone actually listens!

i don’t know about the percussion sounded better before I started fooling with the mastering maybe a remix is in order. as far as the drone..I wanted to use that as a transition before the “theme” (which i manufactured out of the clarinet sample)..but then, AS YOU SAID my good seemed to want to sneak its bad self back in! sigh..

the one thing I am happy about is the way the clarinet reacted with the plugin to make it sound like a few woodwinds..there really is only one sample on’s being manipulated..

anyway, i think i should try another one..
permalink   gurdonark Wed, Mar 5, 2008 @ 6:26 AM
I tend to go beatless more often than not, being a bit more ambient-oriented, and when I do use percussion, I tend to use it a bit satirically, as with things sequenced robotically for fun. Yet I find that when I do use it, one reason it’s too intoxicating for me is that I tend to love the way the effects plug-ins sound on the drums. I’m working on a remix of something dark ambient this month for a friend, and I had to lose 6 hours’ work because I just got too fond of slicing a percussive section. So I know just what you mean about plugs and percussion.
Here, why not try an old fashioned light snare and jazz brushes, and play this one very 1962?
permalink   John Pazdan Wed, Mar 5, 2008 @ 6:38 AM
I vanted to do z beatless, I really did..but there was this guy actually playing a djembe under that bridge! you couldn’t hear what he was doing ..but it was i was well, you know.

so much for realism..back to the remitz..
permalink   Sat, Mar 8, 2008 @ 7:19 PM
Nice vibes man!
Like the low clarinet on(0:19),its like a bassclarinet!
The high delay clarinet,mmm,I find less.
Good job,thx for using my samples,