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John's Isle Of Mirrors
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:20:28 PM »
Hello, it's John here. I'm not a composer as in writing music down on notation paper, but merely a 'songwriter.' I'm hoping over the next few months to add something to this page as I've been playing the guitar for 21 years or so now. I would like to upload a recording of my dad and I performing a piece we both created through improvisation titled Painless Objections. It's a 21 minute 'suite' if you like. I might just make a YouTube page and post videos from there to here.

I don't know it's all kind of up in the air right now. Hopefully, something will come together.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 08:27:45 PM »
Cool.

(not smooth  :) )

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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 03:30:02 PM »
Cool.

(not smooth  :) )

Don't worry there's plenty of jagged edges in the music I play. 8)
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 06:59:50 PM »
I uploaded a short guitar solo here, but I'm having trouble getting it to play:

http://yourlisten.com/IsleOfMirrors/unknown-guitar-solo-from-2003
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2014, 07:13:35 PM »
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 04:44:48 PM »
Okay, so I started a Sound Cloud page and I uploaded that short guitar improvisation from 2003 for those that want to check it out. My next upload will be the 21 minute piece my dad and I wrote around 2001 titled Painless Objections.

http://soundcloud.com/isle-of-mirrors/unknown-guitar-improvisation
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2014, 07:09:35 PM »
Painless Objections, Parts I-IV

http://soundcloud.com/isle-of-mirrors/painless-objections-parts-1-4

Myself on rhythm guitar and my dad on lead guitar.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2014, 07:21:59 PM »
I would like to talk a minute about guitars, effects, and amplifiers:

Guitars: My guitar of choice in most cases is a Fender Stratocaster, but lately I've been playing an Ibanez SA-160 which I've really been enjoying. I have also playing Les Pauls and an SG in the past.

Effects: I mainly use a Boss ME-50 multi-effects board these days going through an old Alesis Microverb (even though it's 16-bit, it still has a gorgeous hall reverb setting that I've fallen in love with). I used to have a pretty good size pedalboard with an assortment of various effects pedals, but I've found pretty much all the effects I need with the Boss ME-50 and it takes up less room, which is a definite plus for me.

Amplifiers: This is all over the map, but to make a long story short, or list in this case, I have come to really love this old Randall amp (don't remember the model number right now), but it has a beautiful, warm sound even though it's a solid state amplifier.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2014, 07:39:00 PM »
My guitar of choice right now:



My multi-effects unit:



My Alesis Microverb:



Can't find a picture of my Randall amplifier.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2014, 02:29:34 AM »
Not bad at all, John! I hear Dogs in part 1 of Painless Objections. ;)
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2014, 05:24:04 AM »
Listened to both tracks. Very enjoyable stuff and very mellow throughout. Nice to just hear the arrangement of two guitars without once ever thinking that it could use drums or bass.

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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2014, 08:50:34 AM »
My guitar of choice right now:


Matte black, I would have a bigger, "fuller bodied" ;) one. Wanna play such a guitar later, making "artists art". :)
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2014, 04:34:59 PM »
Not bad at all, John! I hear Dogs in part 1 of Painless Objections. ;)

Thanks, Henk. I appreciate the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2014, 04:36:59 PM »
Listened to both tracks. Very enjoyable stuff and very mellow throughout. Nice to just hear the arrangement of two guitars without once ever thinking that it could use drums or bass.

Thanks, Greg. Coming from another guitarist, it means a lot to me. I actually have an early incarnation of Painless Objections that I'm thinking of uploading. This version lasts around 15 minutes with a different lead guitar improvisation from my dad.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2014, 05:20:58 PM »
Uploaded the early 15 minute demo version of Painless Objections:

https://soundcloud.com/isle-of-mirrors/painless-objections-parts-1-3-early-demo
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2021, 03:44:40 PM »
Please everyone give this a listen and let me know what you think:

https://soundcloud.com/joshua-rosenbaum-84215650/piece-for-horror-film

I’ve become increasingly interested in the idea of writing for film even if it’s for a non-existent one. ;) Basically, the idea behind this particular piece is a monster awakens from a century slumber to feed again. The beginning of the piece is characterized by the monster waking up and looking at its surroundings and then it begins to go on the prowl and the scene ends with it arriving in a suburban neighborhood.

The monster looks something like:

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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2021, 05:10:53 PM »
Please everyone give this a listen and let me know what you think:

https://soundcloud.com/joshua-rosenbaum-84215650/piece-for-horror-film

I’ve become increasingly interested in the idea of writing for film even if it’s for a non-existent one. ;) Basically, the idea behind this particular piece is a monster awakens from a century slumber to feed again. The beginning of the piece is characterized by the monster waking up and looking at its surroundings and then it begins to go on the prowl and the scene ends with it arriving in a suburban neighborhood.

The monster looks something like:



Very nice, John, bravo!
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2021, 05:40:30 PM »
Very nice, John, bravo!

Thank you, Karl! This means a lot to me.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2021, 03:52:59 PM »
I uploaded a short guitar solo here, but I'm having trouble getting it to play:

http://yourlisten.com/IsleOfMirrors/unknown-guitar-solo-from-2003

It's very nice John.
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Re: John's Isle Of Mirrors
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2021, 10:36:44 PM »
It's very nice John.

Thanks a lot, Jeffrey! I appreciate the kind words. I’m not sure if it’s ‘nice’ as I was going for something a bit more sinister. ;) ;D
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