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Alien from Banjoplanet (Violin and Banjo)

Posted by Violanjo


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Size: 6,480kb, uploaded 2/17/2009 2:52:40 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Let me show you a new contemporary banjo and violin piece of mine featuring the Bb-minor-tuning. The harmony progressions of the fast stuff are similar to those found in compositions of vivaldi. The title was an idea from Jammer and I thought it fits well. It has a slow intro and ending which is supposed to be kind of spacy. The middle part is more from Earth. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

15 comments on “Alien from Banjoplanet (Violin and Banjo)”

Laurence Diehl Says:
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @3:44:46 PM

Well, Manuel I can't critique your music in relation to other music because you don't sound like anyone else! That tuning sure has a funky sound to it, sounds almost like a different instrument down low. I hear the references to Vivaldi, and I think his arpeggiated-style compositions lend themselves to the banjo quite well - lots of material awaiting in that direction! I don't know if you record this stuff all in one take - I couldn't possibly do that without messing up, but maybe if you have classical training...anyway, good playing and an adventurous composition! - I had a girlfriend who said she was visited by aliens once, but I don't think she said that they played the banjo, so you are carving out new territory my friend!

banjomikey Says:
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 @5:09:58 PM

I thought it was great! I love it! I really like the classical aspect of the piece. Beautiful, with lots of tension. Keep it up! I like the title, but if it were my piece, I would call it something like "Thread of the Devil's Loom" or "In the Chamber by Candle Light" or something spooky like that!

MrNatch3L Says:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @3:05:30 AM

Well the banjo basically replaces the harpsichord doesn't it? Now that's a cool use for the banjo I never would have thought of (let alone manged to play!) Vivaldi would have approved I think. He was a pretty happy guy I understand (teaching music in an all-girls school)   :-)  Anyway, very cool, interesting stuff!

John D Says:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @7:17:48 AM

I really enjoyed this!  I think it is very down to earth rather than alien sounding, however.  Full of earthly emotion, mostly sorrow.  Thanks for posting.

John D

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 @2:37:49 PM

That was utterly brilliant - as usual.  You are a phenomenal composer/arranger, and your musicianship on both instruments is formidable and worthy of international renown.  Your classical application of three-picking on the banjo is as good as exists anywhere, with only Bela Fleck (other than you) capable of such three-picking pyrotechnics.  Borrowing John_D's comment, I would substitute the word pathos instead of sorrow.  This composition of yours is worthy of being used as a movie soundtrack, but it is hard to imagine a movie worthy of having it as its soundtrack.  The best compliment I can think of at the moment is that you are to the violin and classical, 3-picked banjo what Dan Gellert is to old-time banjo and fiddle.

John Kuhn Says:
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @7:54:54 AM

You are an amazing talent my friend !!! Pieces like this make me wonder what planet you DO come from.LOL Your material is always delivered flawlessly. Ill borrow a piece of what Laurence said and echo the sentiment."Well, Manuel I can't critique your music in relation to other music because you don't sound like anyone else!"...Enjoyed it! John

Jammer Says:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 @1:28:53 PM

Yes, truly amazing!! I love the tuning, that 4th string has a tone I would love to be able to create on my rb250. I like this song every bit as much as your others. BTW: Back when I played heavy-metal-banjo (electric/distorted) I used to RAP about a place called "Banjo City"- ;)

Mark Sylvester Says:
Sunday, March 8, 2009 @4:27:46 PM

Nice piece. I like the tuning you use here. And I definitely hear the Vivldi influence.

John M. Says:
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @10:48:13 PM

This is great!.  I love the chord progression you work through after establishing the main theme. 

banjoy Says:
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 @5:52:58 AM

Very cool indeed.

Nelson Says:
Thursday, October 29, 2009 @12:22:34 PM

I was skeptical at reading the title but I really liked it... a lot. Bravo.

Tuneager Says:
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @7:20:07 AM

I don't even want to try to describe it.
I'll just use one word, fantastic!
Have you issued recordings of these pieces?
If not, you or someone should.
Regardless, thanks for sharing them here, I'll be making my own CD out of downloading your tunes. Awesome!

Tuneager Says:
Monday, January 18, 2010 @1:34:09 AM

As I was listening to this tune again, I kept thinking of the score by Philip Glass to the movie Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance, a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. It's a favorite film of mine.

Your composition would have fit in perfectly.

The movie has no dialogue but does feature the Hopi word koyaanisqatsi, translated as "life of moral corruption and turmoil" or "life out of balance."[11] "Koyaanisqatsi" is chanted at the beginning and end of the film in a dark, sepulchral basso profundo by singer Albert de Ruiter over the score by Philip Glass. Three Hopi prophecies are sung by a choral ensemble during the latter part of the "Prophecies" movement are translated just prior to the end credits:

* "If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster."
* "Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky."
* "A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans."

The film took about six years to make. Three years were spent shooting the film. Glass and Reggio spent an additional three years in a state of collaboration, with Glass composing score to fit the film and Reggio re-cutting the footage to fit the score.

ukuleleph Says:
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @4:02:54 PM

That is outstanding !. Keep up the great work. I know that outside the USA, the banjo has some credibiliy problems, but after hearing this, people must surely see that it is such a versitile instrument. Well done. I'm sure John Bullard would love it !. Peter. Australia

cordelia Says:
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @9:18:12 AM

Inspired and outstanding, takes the banjo to another audience. The violin and banjo complement each other so well creating a thoroughly memorable piece of music.

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