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Tour Board / Re: Ben Folds 2014 Australian Orchestra Tour
« on: November 29, 2014, 06:47:45 PM »
Aww jealous!
RTB in Sydney also took up a good couple songs worth. We missed out on Gracie AND Cologne, and we didn't even get an Army at the end.
Although in Ben's defence, he did have to catch a 7am flight to Tokyo in the morning.
Was still a brilliant concert. SSO did a wonderful job keeping up.

Tour Board / Re: Ben Folds 2014 Australian Orchestra Tour
« on: November 15, 2014, 07:29:05 PM »
Saw him with the SSO last night.
Utter brilliance.  \m/

Transcription / Re: Pigneguy's Smoke?
« on: June 16, 2012, 06:35:39 PM »
Hmmm... thanks for pointing that out Andy. Sorry everyone for giving false hope!  :P
I will e-mail Andy the mp3 and let him decide what to do with it.

Transcription / Re: Pigneguy's Smoke?
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:56:24 AM »
Here's a midi mockup if anyone is interested. i use it as a backing track to play along to. i love it.
The strings could be tighter, as well as many other improvements, but for my first orchestral mock-up i'm happy.
For those interested, i used East West Symphonic Orchestra Gold for the virtual instruments. Lotsa fun


EDIT: Here is a working MP3 link.

General Board / Re: Ben Folds / Five backing tracks
« on: February 10, 2012, 09:11:14 PM »
Consider this a 'BETA' or draft. This is a backing track to Wandering. I apologise first-off for the lack of count-in. For some reason the count-in click was not bounced into the mp3.
This is to get feedback, particularly from DAVID as to what you would change about the track (besides a count-in).

More on the way!

General Board / Re: Ben Folds / Five backing tracks
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:41:15 PM »
Excellent suggestions there! I will add them all to my list of what to consider.
I have already done Uncle Walter, Summer B, Sports & Wine, Alice Childress, & Video, so you can definitely have them when the time is right.

Just to confirm, is "Brainwascht" the leaked version or the official album version? Because if it is the official Way To Normal release, then backing tracks can be made easily using the Stems from the Stems and Seeds album. I was originally going to avoid them but since it has been requested i will probably throw one together.

Dr Pyser is an AWESOME request, as i have been playing that solo for a while now, and to have drums, bass, and strings would be shweet!

Thanks for the suggestions!

News / Re: 6 am day after Christmas
« on: December 13, 2011, 03:53:31 PM »
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Good effort guys. It's always good to hear someone else's take on a Folds classic. But, you just can't beat a classic.
As has already been stated- the mix, particularly the vocals will probably put a lot of people off. It really gives it that "demo" sound. But it's obvious you enjoy the song, and i although we can all criticise, i doubt many of us could do that song justice (of course i only speak for myself here).

I laughed at the "Have yourself a merry little Chris-mice" when the next track started too. not my favourite style of vocals i'll say that much.

General Board / Ben Folds / Five backing tracks
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:23:59 PM »
So i have this plan, that over the next month or two i will compile a whole bunch of Folds' backing tracks for you to play along to on the piano.
I already have quite a few in mind, but my question to you is...

If you could have any backing track, what would it be?

- Jdog  \m/

Transcription / Re: Pigneguy's Smoke?
« on: December 10, 2011, 08:14:14 AM »
Troyer, send me your e-mail address in a personal message and i might just have a special gift for you.

And that goes for anyone else who might like a backing track of this arrangement. \m/

News / Re: Ben's keys
« on: December 04, 2011, 04:30:05 PM »
Arrived this morning! It doesn't have a number, but it looks like a low F or C.

News / Re: Ben's keys
« on: November 17, 2011, 03:56:45 PM »
Mine is yet to turn up, although i do live in the far-away land of Oz. (I hope they deliver to here??)

General Board / Re: Digital pianos
« on: October 27, 2011, 01:44:32 PM »
Excellent choice! Casio are definitely hard to beat when it comes to great value in an inexpensive board.
And if your answer to my question about knobs and sliders was "no", this would have been one i recommend.

Yayy a new toy!!  \m/

General Board / Re: Digital pianos
« on: October 27, 2011, 05:08:46 AM »
Just bought an MP10. THE BEST DIGITAL PIANO I HAVE EVER PLAYED!!!! in terms of feel anyway. A digital piano built for pianists!
I use it for MIDI also, but i wouldn't recommend it for a pure midi controller.

I used to own a Yamaha P85 which was a good practice board, nice response from the keys with the ability to play fast repeated notes (necessary for Dr Pyser), and although it has MIDI I/O, it has no midi controls.

I would also recommend looking at Kurzweil, as they are great value for the money, but they are unfortunately still a little above the budget, though i would keep an eye out for a bargain 2nd hand unit?

I mostly use as a midi controller

Like an actual MIDI controller? i.e. you need the modwheels, expression pedal, sliders, knobs, trigger pads etc etc? And i assume you want full 88 keys?

General Board / Re: Ben Folds + Tim Minchin
« on: October 27, 2011, 04:46:38 AM »
It's a shame we lost him to the Brits.
He started here in Australia about 7 years ago, then quickly moved to London and suddenly got really big in the comedy scene. He's pretty big over in the UK.
I've seen him twice In Australia, got a good laugh out of it. There are clear Folds influences throughout some of his works, mainly his earlier stuff though.

If you haven't heard it, look up "Rock and Roll Nerd" by Tim Minchin.

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