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Yaaaawn, heard it all before, and this is no different, not experimental in the slightest, looking through your influences the only experimental influence, Van de graaf generator, and that's borderline experimental ... this is Rock music..as such it's good,..as experimental, and that's what it's meant to be, it sucks..
WOWOWOWOWOW.....colors set loose...r.
This...Is...Great! Love the transitions, braver than me! Floyd is in there, yes, but I believe there's originality there. For my thoughts on Afghanistan, please give my track 'Afghanistan' a listen
Great track. You stuff is always tight and right on. Could listen to your music anytime, anywhere....R
I know what its like to be inspired by your kids as I have three young ones but I don't know what its like to see them go. A moody and inspired song. Great feel. Like the room, like the ashtray and the beers, reminds me of me. Rated and thanks for listening
Excellent flow and feel, which was unexpected with all the changes.... Good tones on the instrumentation...
Rated, man listen to that sound...
I definately hear some of your influences coming through (and I mean that in a nice way). Cool guitar and really unique changes. You for sure get a rate.
awesome track, gosh I really like this sound, especially the break on the second part. My co-worker loves it...
You have just attained a new fan. :)
Odd as it may sound, it's the transitions I like the most about this, even though you don't sound too happy about them yourself. The switch up from the 1st to 2nd made my ears prick up, but, Christ, I love that piano bridge from the 2nd to the 3rd. It *really* works. You've certainly captured a mood with the rest, but for an addled power-pop addict like me, this shines when you're forced to be inventive with the transitions.
Oh yeah, and sorry for taking so long to get back to ya. :-S
Nice sound and the music fits the scenario of your son coming and going to afgan.
I hadn't heard him before so it all sounded pretty fresh to me. Not my normal kind of music but sounds like different parts could be copy/pasted into any arrangement you wanted for a movie montage or something.
performance wise very good... good sound choices... stucture is a bit weird...and as for originality...i cant find any.... weird cos i love floyd....but when do we get to hear something original? thats not a bad thing but it be nice to hear something and say wow james oakwood sound is amazing....not james oakwoods copy cat vibes from yester year...hope this don't come across as to harsh... cos you know me enjoys your stuff...i like this very much but its nothing i haven't heard you do already
ill say thumbs up but i wont press the button ;)
As far as I'm concerned James you get a 10/10 for composing & playing your own music (mines all samples as I'm sure you're aware) and as far as the arrangement and overall sentiment it def seems to convey what you mean to my ears buddy. Love the piano section, I'm into piano solos lately. Very jealous buddy, and added a rating to make you up to 40 and 'cos I wanted to anyways. Good stuff, will be back when time allows for sure, stay in touch and hit me up with a PM whenever you've uploaded anything new please. Cheers, take care, Clive aka Spyda/Seven/etc etc ;)
late 60's/early 70's feel. the change of tempo is surprising, interesting. great guitar sounds. the percussion has something that does not sound right, sort of too many fills or so. good track.
Very emotional right from the start. I really like that. Cool SD vibe man! That's got Walter Becker & Jeff "Skunk" Baxter's sig all over it. Then a very niced change back into the David Gilmore vibe. Well played instrumental... perfectly played. Gets my rate & nom.
for someone who started writing and recording in January 06 this is unbelievable i am sure your boy is proud as punch...does sound like 2 songs to me though..middle section is the one for my ears..dont know much about drums but i am sure you know they need something else..rate...stevy...BONE DEGREE
my kind of music 70's, Camel, Focus, Pink floyd, Triumvirat. wow!!! If you need me in guitar, just tell me, you got my nomination and a rate.
I meant to comment on this the other day, but ran out of time at the library and forgot about it until now. The opening is very much like your usual stuff, but the funky second part makes for a great contrast. The following piano section is also a nice touch. I couldn't detect any flaky bits, everything sounded top notch both performance and production wise. Have a nomination ;)
Has a mahavishnu orcestra feel tottaly dig it really nice work!
Well I think looking at below comments not much more I can add to them, I enjoyed listening to this, like the different sections, and they are all good in thier own way, so all I am going to say is that I overall, it's very good, only thing I am not certain about is some of the drum parts especially in the slower sections, but it's already been said. Anyway nice one Andy, buttons pushed mate!
Def the second for me that grooves!
interesting the contrast between the sections... i like it and think that works well... can sure see the influences shine in your work james! I like the 2nd section the best with the steely feel, but also like the first section too, it, to me, has a pinkfloydian feel with the slide.... great stuff R!
Gave it another listen Andy and I loved it even more the 2nd time!
Bless your son John during all these troubled times.
love part 2, it's my kinda music. Love the dan vibe.
Nice tune mate, I like the faster bit the best :) My only major criticism is that the drum sound doesn't really fit with the rest of the song, acoustic drums would sound better but I understand that it'd be more hassle than it's worth to record acoustic drums. The guitar sounds great as does the bass & the piano part is nice.
Nice track. Like Jon part 2 is my fave bit but is all good. Drums sound a little muffled and low in the mix to me but it's a minor point. Rated.
It's amazing how far you've come in two years of writing Andy... (finally got round to reading the bio ;-) you sound like you've been refining your craft for decades. I have to say that the funky middle section is the stand out part of this for me. Cheers, Jon.
Hi Andy, though not my genre, you can hear the sadness in your track. Very emotive, and you hear the changes of mood through track. Well produced. Rated. Sonya S.
I agree Sometimes you don't need words.
wowww....what a track man!!. Soz im a bit late, but i aint got the time right now coz o work...but, this is quite something. AT 1st, i was listnin for that S.D. sound ....and didnt quite catch it...then WHAM! in explodes the 2nd part...wow. Now that is one cool piece of work there...and i so wish it were full length stand alone...would be awesome. The last bit, i feel needed just something else....its a fine part, but the track died down too quick at that stage i feel.....i was still buzzin from the 2nd bit. Cmon man, ye cant just make me go cold turkey there!!lol.
Rated np. great work.
Sometimes you don't need words.
Has that nice blues sound I like, you have some crazy soundin synths in there, might have a little structure prob before it cuts loose at 1:03, that's about all I can say, good work, rated!
Masterpiece (in the making?) well its one already to my ears. You cleva bugga :)
Difficult times M8 - .......
This track is like a wholesome biscuit that you just want to keep dunking and nibbling at - great piece ;) - jon
Nice piece. Very well done to you.
Wow! This is quite a rollercoaster emotionally and genrewise also and shows very well, what an extraordinary musician and music writer you are. Who needs voxs, if you can make the guitar whine and weep the way you can? Of course I totally fall for the second part being a Steely Dan fan as well - very cool! Excellent, Andy.
May your son John have safe travels. Very nice tribute for him Andy. A series of emotions, wonderfully done as usual!
I really like this tune. From the intro it sounded like it was gonna be a slow, chilled out tune. But when the main jazzy part comes in,i was like, wow. I love that bassline and guitar. Very cool tune
I love the way u use the minors to represent the dischord in your emotions...it really works well. In style it ereminds me of Bohemian Rhapsody at times because of the structure and changing pace. It all works for me and although I found the jazz part the most exciting, I loved the more mournful pieces equally well.
oh i love the chord work in here and beatiful blend of various instruments. the guitar work is beautifully emotive in the first section, The scond part was very tv themeish to my ears and perhaps went on a bit too long, nice clever change into third section and returning to a more emotive feel. honestly the instumentation this is bloody excellent. well done. rated for sure
That Guitar opening is Hot stuff... I was expecting it to begin without it!! Very nice Job James mate!! This is a good instrumental indeed... That sort of Ethereal sounding guitar really picks this track up very well the build at 1:10 is well done. This bass is nice also man... Have a rate.
Massively emotive Andy! Captured the moods to a tee! the change into part 2 was great! Played from the heart! Prayer for your son too Andy! Godspeed! R8!
Very nice sound from you. I know it has an emotive side to this and as a father myself, and having served in the Air Force myself, I understand your concerns and pray that your son will be fine and comes home the better for ti. Words sometimes don't say enough but this message in your music he can take with him and you say it all.Excellent istrumentation my friend.ALL buttons pressed!!
I know nothing about this genre but in my humble opinion, a great listen James. As a worrying parent myself mate, my heart goes out to you but I'm sure he will be OK. Rated Bud.
Loving 1:04 (part 2) and remember it well from the song-version.....works great as an instrumental........I think the synth pads are a bit high-end......part 3 is nice and mellow and the bridge to it is good......maybe more verby drums would work......definitely enjoyed the listen Andy. Kevin Mooney
always making great music you got a 100%
and I'll hope your son doin well and that damn "war" ends and all our family come back.
got a bit of a smoke on the water vibe at the start,great blend of instruments blanced so well,oh that was just the intro:)some nice varation in the main section from guitar to paino,theres some great hook in here,fro some reason 80s tv show themes are popping into my head,they always had great hooky themes,great stuff
Noticed your descrip didn' mention the early Floyd we were gonna be gettin' along with the Dan, ha ha! What a treat! I like your motivation for this, and think you've done a right fair job of capturing an experience musically. Well done, and rated.
Nice Brother James, ain't it funny that when you write about something dear to you it usually has a good outcome. I, like Brother Dave, hopes your son gets through this with out a scratch. all buttons pushed
Man... just wrote a huge set of comments about how much liked this track and all of the various changes and it disapeareed when I tried to load it up! Oh well, great job James. Loved the hourney, struck a chord and had me there right to the end. Hope you boy appreciates this track and hope he gets back home safely. Good job. Rated for sure!
I also got a bit of Floyd in that first bit - getting a little bit of Yes in the second. The second bit really takes off and the instruments are very well placed in the mix. Great keys in the third - what a piece - prepare for the noms ...
Great intro James and like the almost funksome vibe it has after the minute mark, I can hear what you a trying to do (on second listen now) and it works very well with me, lovely piano melody leading up to the final part, nice sentiment and as a dad myself.. although my son is much younger than yours, I understand the worry, good stuff mate
Lovely, intro, i can hear, pink floyd in this 1st bit, great performance throughout, 2nd bit comes in strong, contrast to the 1st, i like music that has contrasting parts love the rhodes piano too
Have a feeling this isn't the last version of this track we will see since you are a born tinkerer :) Love it exactly as it stands now, main guitar theme at beginning and end is very plaintive, beautifully played, reminded me of Robert Wyatt a bit for some reason, 2nd faster bit was great as well loved the guitar on right channel going freaky near the end very grimy sounding, then theres a small mid tempo piano bit which sounded cool as well, then the main theme again till the end which was gorgeous. Bit of Wings here and there as well, think you just play a bit similarly to the lead guitarist of that group, Lenny Lane :) If your are looking to tighten up a bit the first transition could do with a tighten, and maybe the second faster guitar section could do with some really deep piano bass progressive type runs (similar to what Mark Holley did with his Keys on his last track that kind of stabbing really deep bass piano run that really funks it up) Maybe just slightly beef up the drums a bit there as well. Hard to be constructive since I either like a track or dont and I love this one, but it's very strong tune, rated and nommed now cos I love it :)
Splendid piece of work, Sir. Splendid. Rated!
I began recording songs in January 2006. Genre is rock, pop and jazz with electronica dabbles on a few toons. It's a hobby for me. I record using cubase.
Home studio using a PC, yamaha keyboard, a couple of guitars and a Rode NT1A mic. I use cubase for recording/mixing and wavelab for mastering.
A strange fact - in 1976, the term "Mega" was 1st coined by me and came into general usage as meaning something great or awesome. I was an apprentice electrician at the time and "mega" was a technical prefix meaning "a million times". I remember that all my fellow students started using the term so maybe this was down to me. Nobody hardly says it anymore so i guess it's run it's course.
Another strange fact - i designed a telephone for use in a mortuary. Dead interesting lol!!!
Nice strong melody & energy to this track, would be great for the movies.
wow i felt like i was actually at a pink floyd concert excellent tune.
James Oakwood is a new name to me from MP3 Unsigned but hey, he is a man in love with his bed obviously so he's cool by me. He's also a rock artist which, as you well know, definitely fine by me. According to his webpage, he's only been writing and recording since 2006 and features a tasty pick of all his kit (is that a Dell?); the kind of stuff you need to make rock music. Even
A refreshing track about my fave place, I love it!
Keep em comming Mr Oakwood!!