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Nortaren

member since: 12/11/2003
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Subject:

GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


Track 1 - Desert Wind by Bernie Dulieu

Ok, someone need to get this guys singned NOW!!! OK???!!! Bernie, your playing blows my mind away - literally. Technically superior to most of us in the forum both on lead and rhythm. Love the rhythm guitar on this tune. It just has its own way of setting a great mood for the song. The lead is plain awesome!!! You mentioned Vai in you txt file. Well I think this sounds more Satch, but that's just my humble opinion. Great song overall, great arrangement, the guitar playing is in a league of its own, great arrangement and mix, and fabulous production. I take my hat off for you buddy. Can't wait to buy your cd in the stores one day (or I'll just DL it illegally - lol ;) This tune is one of my favorites on the GenX 6...


Track 2 - Funk'n'Roll by Bernie Dulieu

Cool funky sounding tune with lots of elements. You render me speachless and at loss for words. Can't brag enough about your skills with the axe. Not only can you play, but you also know how to write great music. Cool part in the middle with clean guitars... Hat off to you buddy. Keep em coming!!!


Track 3 - Pod Divided by Johnny "JV" Cule

Dude what can I say? You set a list of objectives, and all I can say is mission accomplished! It still has that JV signature sound, but you made great musical progress from your GenX 5 tunes. Love that you still keep that experimental spirit alive!!! Great piece of work. REALLY cool intro - "Hey someone find my fins and octo". If there would have been no drums, I could have closed my eyes and felt like I was scubadiving with a bunch of big, fat whales. Great tune, great arrangement, big props for originality, and overall great production! Cool drums man...


Track 4 - Kalypso by Sergius

This one gave me an ethnic vibe. Wonder why? lol... Cool tune. Great vocals - the dude can sing... Very interesting beat and drive throughout the song. Needed a few listenings before I "got it"... Nice piece of work Sergius!


Track 5 - La Unica by Sergius

Sergius, this tune kicks serious ass man. Loved the drum and bass groove. This is down my alley as far as taste go since I used to do lots of techno and elctronica stuff before I picked up my axe again. This song also does more justice to your abilities on the axe. Nice melodic lines, the shredding sits right in the guts, and the synthwork is awesome. Let's make a piece together sometime... Overall a superp tune and production. Liked absolutely everything about it...


Track 6 - Sacred Ground by Greg Cerenzia

Heavy guitars man!!! Really cool drums. Not exactly my genre at the moment, but nevertheless a cool piece of music. Great shredding towards the end and cool riffs thoughout the song. Cool arrangement, mix and production. Great job!


Track 7 - Bottomed Out by E.J. James

F me slowly!!! EJ this rocks. Deep man. Deep... Loved the riffs, the bass, drums, everything!!! Great arranement and the mix was exactly where it need to be. Superb production. Can't wait to hear this one with the vocals. Keep us posted!!! Did you use your Truths for this one???


Track 8 - You're A Liar by Armada 1

Not my particular style at the moment, but the song had some cool riffs and nice shredding in it. The mix seemed a little muddy, and I had problems hearing the lyrics (maybe it's just me). Think for future recording you need to bring that voice of your more up front. You vocals are great and deserve to be heard bro!!! Tune with great potential!


Track 9 - Vatertag by Eric Thomas

Zehr gut Gwar. Different and "standoutish"... Nice intro, liked the piano playing along with the guitars. Cool fingerpicking and chord progression. Could probably add a little more variation to the lead throughout the song, but it was nevertheless good the way you made it. Sweet tune. Good work!!! Waiting to hear more from you...


Track 10 - What Is Best by Jim Kirkhoff

Hmmm... Hard to get this one is (in my best Yoda voice). The vocals reminded me a little of Roger Waters on the Wall album (58 channels on the TV vs 16 channels of shit on the TV to choose from - PF ;) Interesting song, but not sure if the mix sat with me. Some orchestral arrangement would definitely had added some spice to it...


Track 11 - Jesus, Lover Of My Soul by Hilton Roberts

Hilton is cruisin' and has figured out the Boss ;) A very different song on this cd. Definitely stands out. Sweet clean guitars, nice theme, wonderful picking. Overall great tune, mix, and production. Keep em coming Hilton :)


Track 12 - WiseGuy by Kenny Lipowski

Dude you're nuts - lol. I'm a victim of circumstance too bro :) Upbeat tune that made my foot wiggle. Cool riffs and some nice lead. Short tune, but exactly the length it needed. I digged it man! The first song I have heard from you and me like a lot... Keep em coming man. Felt the urge to get on top of my desk and shake my booty (and tits if I had a pair). Great tune overall production... Rock'n'Roll man!!!


Track 13 - Seawind Blues Leslie Perjes

Surely a different kind of blues from what I am used to hearing. Overall a cool tune, but maybe a little repetitive. Lead needs to be a little more up front in the soundscape. Shit could be that my headphones aren't doing justice to your sound. Bottom line, I liked it and it was different. Gave me a 70'ish vibe for some reason... Keep up the good work!


Track 14 - Too Sad To Say Goodbye by Mike Cummins

Well as always (arrgh!!!) the productions from Mike are annoyingly perfect. When are you planning on making one that sucks bro? Love the intro - now pass me a "33"!!! Cool blues tune in the style of Gary Moore IMHO. And I love Gary Moore's blues stuff, so I guess I don't have to elaborate. As always the drums and bass are perfect. So is the mix and arrangement. Not to mention the lead guitar. Cool theme throughout the song. Dig the organ and the lead tone. Nice change in the bass line at around 1.40 into the song. Very fluid song that never gets boring. And the man is modest enough to give himself applause at the end of the song - lol ;) Loved it and one of my favs...


Track 15 - Wings by Mark Bratcher

An 80s pop song signed Mr B. Hey I liked your vocals man. I used to sing too, but had to stop after a surgery. A fun change from the other songs on the CD for sure with lots of 80s styles synth riffs. Would have liked to hear more from you Strat though ;) I liked it...

Track 16 - Short Stories by Thomas Pedersen

Ok, my own contribution so I won't review it. All I will say is that the drums need some work. So does the overall mix. This song was my first shot at recording in Sonar and my first guitar instrumental ever. Prior to this I had spent 2 years making techno music using Reason and had barely touched my axe... It was a fun learning experience to work on the tune. Muscially, I am pleased with the end result, just need to polish my drums and mix. Hey, it was mixed down through a pair of AKG headphones - what's your excuse - lol ;p


Track 17 - Sunday In The Grass by Mark Dodds

Mellow and sweet tune it took me a little to figure out. Lots of interesting elements. Nice lead theme occasionally interuppted by some shredding. Nice tune, mix, and production.


Track 18 - Terra ~ Forming by Mike Cummins and Bernie Dulieu

Pro framework by Mike and fabulous guitars by Bernie. Awesome prodution. I say no more. Let the tune speak for itself!!! A truly great team and I would look forward to hear more coop stuff from the two of you :) One of my favs on the GenX 6. Bernie, once again, what a talent with the axe. Mike, what a talent behind the console (well the cpu) and what a great midi programmer!!! Kick ass tune that I will listen to in my car while getting speeding tickets!!!


Mike, thanks for putting together yet another remarkable cd. To you all, I am privileged to have been allowed to participate on a cd with so much talent and diversity. It all came together just perfectly. We should all be proud of this one!!!

Cheers,

Thomas

Nortaren

member since: 12/11/2003
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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


Bump

COSMAN

member since: 08/01/2003
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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


First let me say I am humbled to be on this CD with you guys. What incredible talent the Digitech Sound Community, Mike C. and Mark B. have brought together. When is Digitech going to wise up and realize we are their biggest artist endorsers FOR FREE! NOTE: Sometimes I’ll use another band to describe a song. I only do that because that’s what it reminds me of. I do not mean to say anyone is ripping off another player. I hope that someone reading my review my like the “known” artist I mention and that may encourage them to give the song a listen or two.

Desert Wind- I already downloaded this song. I love it. This guy is very talented. Great tone, great playing.

Funk and Roll- Nice lead tone. Has some cool original playing. Again great playing. He’s in another class. Look forward to hearing more from him. Still say he has a Satch/Via feel also reminds me of Greg Howe. Good feel for speed vs. technical. Nice mix LOVE IT! Bernie you rule dude!

Pod Divided- Cool intro. Got my attention. Has a Led Zep feel to it. I could almost hear Robert Plant jump in and start wailing. Very nice tune. Great playing and mixture of tones.

Kalypso- Very smooth. Make sure you read the notes for the English trans. Very powerful words. Cool to hear similar equipment be used to create a very different style of music. Great Job!!!!

La Unica- Another Original sounding smooth song. Nice singing leads. Santana sounding (maybe a bit better!) Again great job, look forward to hearing more from you.

Sacred Ground- George Lynch/EVH wannabe. This guy should wash the frost out of his hair, take the stripes off his guitar and learn how to play. He should also quite playing with his guitar tone and equipment and work on writing better music. He has no place on a CD with the caliber of these other players. The 80’s are over dude! :-0 ahhhhh!

Bottomed Out-I also downloaded this one and used it to sand blast the rust off an old Ford truck frame. Plus all the windows in my house that were painted shut can now open!! THIS SONG ROCKS!!! This is in your face heavy metal JAMS. This makes the Monster Garage songs sound like children’s nursery rhymes. Can’t get this out of my head now! Thank you so much for your tips that will help me make better sounding songs!!! AWESOME!!

You’re a Liar-Has a Megadeath/Ozzy feel to it. The solo! Hey Randy is back! Cool great playing! Man you vocal range is up there good high screems! A great in you face lets rock song! Good job.

Vatertag-Very soulful. I like all the chord changes nice phrasing. Very peaceful and relaxing. Just what a father needs! And of course outstanding playing. I though the keyboards added a very nice feel to it.

What is Best-What if Tom Petty and Pink Floyd got together and made a tune. Well this is it. Another treat from Jim K. This guy always has something unique and interesting to listen to. The Gen X CDs would not be the same without hearing a Jim tune. I am one of you biggest silent fans dude. Great job! I love it.

Jesus, Lover of my Soul-Threw me at fist I was expecting a cover of a well known song. Very nice classical/latin sounding piece. Very original and well orchestrated. This really adds another flavor to the CD. Nice guitar tone and Excellently done!

Wiseguy- Hey the Stooges. Satch would be proud! Hey I need to wake up at this point good song placement Mike. I’m listen to this as I write. Satch that’s really you messin with us??? Great Jam!

Seawind Blues- Aerosmith/G&R first thought. Great playing, great tone. Nice mix. Tone has good presence. Cool harmony. Good job liked it a lot.

Too Sad to Say Goodbye- Review for Too Sad to Say Goodbye
Liked added extra effects of the crowd. Great song and an Awesome jam! My only constructive comment would be a SRV tone and slow the playing down a bit and fix a few bends. I would like to hear Mike spend some more time on this one, I heard lots of great licks and chops in there just stretch them out a bit more and let it sing! This has to potential to be a MASSIVE blues HIT!!

Wings-What a surprise I never thought I’d here a song like this here. I’m secretly a huge FFH and Newsboys fan. Had a great airy positive feel. Very nice guitar tone. Great mix. Neat to here vocals of some of the GNX regulars.

Short Stories-Man what a great guitar sound! Your hooked now! Great job. I’m sure we will be hearing lots more from you. What patches are you using? Great tone. An epic guitar jam. I love this kind of stuff. You making it talk dude! Great job. Glad you shared this. You play like a seasoned veteran. The slow vibrato gives it away! If you only been playing a short time then the world better look out! Great job. Did I say Great Job!

Sunday in the Grass-WOW what a great job your first time around. Nice guitar tones. You did a great job getting a drum track together. Find myself bobing my head and tappin’ my foot here. Nice groove. All this and he got the house cleaned!

Terra~Forming-Very cool tune. Great playing by Mike and Bernie. A very cool progressive jam I love this kind of stuff too. More solid backing tracks by Mike! I think it’s safe to say Bernie is the star of this CD!

Thank you Mike, Mark, Digitech and everyone for sharing your music!

Bernfab

member since: 03/04/2004
messages: 238
 

Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


Excuse me, I cannot make a review because my English is too bad but I just wanted to say some words.

I listened to everything the songs of Genx6 CD and I congratulate all artists.
Everybody made a magnificent work and I liked all the songs, of course I like 1 or 2 more than the others (I do not speak about mine).

Cosman says " I think of it safe to say Bernie is the star of this CD ".
I thank him but I AM NOT THE STAR OF THIS CD !!! and I would never be there one, I am just a simple guy who play the guitar at home and who tries to do his best, as you.
Everything the guitarists of this CD have a big merit.

Finally I would like to thank warmly my friend Mike Cummins who made an extraordinary work and all this free of charge.


Bernie.F

Nortaren

member since: 12/11/2003
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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


Hey Bernie,

Always so modest bro.. Cosman is right, you are in a league of your own on this cd, just face it ;) You shine dude. Can't wait to hear more of your music!!!

Cosman,

Thanks for the great review. Glad you liked my little tune. Not really seasoned (had barely touched my axe in two years before I started on Short Stories). If I told you what patches I was using you would laugh your ass off - no kidding!!! LOL...

Peace,

Thomas

Sergius

member since: 11/24/2003
messages: 121
 

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


Hey you guys, thanks sooo much to everyone who contrybuted to this cd, for me it is the first time I let other people hear my work, and I really appreciate the words of encouragement, thanks a lot, I still can't give my review because I've got a shitty dial-up connection and right now I'm a little bit busy with school, but in a couple of weeks I'll be able to download and hear everybody's work, which i'm sure is really good, because of the songs some of you have posted here in the site. An special appreciation to Mikey and Mark, you guys are really really nice people and you certainly love music so, cheers!!!
And a BIG cheer to all the people in this marvelous forum, you know some of us doesn't even use de gnx anymore but we keep coming here because of the great vibe!!!
Keep it rocking!!

SERGIO

Stratofan (hungary)

member since: 03/31/2004
messages: 76
 

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


Hi Guys, I want to say same as Bernfab!
My english is not good enought to write a longer (or shorter) review. I just van to say big THANKS for all contributors and MIKE for this CD :)) I enjoy all songs :)

Mark Bratcher

member since: 04/02/2010
messages: 1940
 

Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/28/2004


I hope to write a longer review later, but for now I just want to say that the songs on this CD are awesome. I'm almost embarrassed to have mine in the list. Great grooves, composition, form, thoughtful guitar playing. Definitely in a high league.

Bernfab

member since: 03/04/2004
messages: 238
 

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/29/2004


I forgot to thank Mark Bratcher in my last reply.

Sorry ;o)

armada1

member since: 09/03/2005
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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/29/2004


Desert Wind, I have been listening to this for a while. This is superbly done; there are no weak spots only high points. Very inspirational. I love the rhythm the leads the feel. Just a great song.

Funk N Roll… some more shred. I love this style. Mix is incredible. Double-stops Vai style. Great back-to-back shredders. Holy Toledo batman we have rock. Bernie this is really good stuff.

Pod Divided… Jaded you freaked me out with the whale sounds dude. But I really like the changes & the moods. The mix is good & even I can appreciate mellow rock. Nice Job.

Kalypso- the acoustics are very good, I love the phrasing. The singing is great. I like how it picks up for the chorus back down again. Then the lead is perfect. Done with taste not haste.

La Unica - Nice groove & super tasty leads. Wow I love all the directions this song goes. This took some time to create. I really like those sustained bends with harmonies blending super song.

Sacred Ground – I have several of your songs in my jukebox. I am a big fan of Lynch, EV & 80’s metal flair. I like the Bass & drums & how you use the flatted 5ths in this song. This not franticly paced but nice with a lot of heart.

Jammer – You know how much I dig this jam. I listen to it everyday. Give me the word I will pollute it with my banche whelps & metal screams. I listen to this song everyday & it a grand slam in my book. This song is what metal is & why I hang on this website.

You're a Liar - I wish I had a cleaner tone now!!! There are some incredible tones on here. Well I have the stars to shoot for now.

Vatertag – I love this intro with the panning & the smoothness. This is a very relaxing & then the lead comes in & gives comfort. The song stays true to itself by lending superb melodies & with bursts of intensity here & there. Bravo

What Is Best – kind of Dylanish, interesting & stylish Great job.

Jesus Lover of my soul – Mr. Roberts please stand up & take a bow. Interesting counter melodies & some cool panning effects. I love the flamenco flare. Good job.

Wise guy – Really a fun song outa the Hot for teacher Yankee rose genre. I enjoy a good blues/rock deal. Fun stuff.

Seawind blues – Hey someone let Joe Perry on the Genex 6 CD. Love that rhythm tangling & intermingling with each other. Keep waiting on Steven T. to come out & “ MAMMAMMAMAMAAAMAMA. This is memories of the past hitting me back in the face.

Too Sad To Say Goodbye – Intro is very reminds me of “Somebody’s House Is Burning”(Hendrix). Then explodes into some sweet Blues phrasing and mighty fine chops. This is what we strive for is good notes swelling from the heart. I still had this from when it was originally posted. I really get behind this kind of playing. The mix is… tops. I must admit the song is tops too. Great Job…

Wings – The underling guitar work at first was hidden by the pop/rock sound in this song. I really think that this song is put together ingeniously. After 4-5 listens I really can say that the guitar work is incredible. More importantly though is the message this song brings. Mark you are a talent and it surely shines in this piece. Also I cannot stress that the guitar work is really good. It blends so nicely you can’t tell you are ripping the guitar limb to limb.

Short Stories – Ok this is my opinion only! This is the best song on the CD. It is so tasty it drips with emotion. It is a song that you wish you had performed yourself. What I really enjoyed was I thought I could predict the next phrasing in this song. Much too my surprise it was always different & better then what I had imagined. Now that is incredible to fool me like that. I really love the way this song is performed from the heart. Like I said. I believe this is the best song.

Sunday in the Grass – Mr. Dodd’s, goodness sake. Here is another example of someone playing from the heart. I can here in your phrasing that you can tear it up anytime. But you save it for the perfect spots. This is a gift & you use it to its fullest. Great job!

Terra Forming – Gigantic, colossal, huge, & amazing. Those are the first 4 words that come too mind. The mix is SWEEEEEEEET! Bernie I know that’s you on the first shred, & I think in the second shred too. But oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my. Wow! Left me with my mouth wide open. Everything single part of this song from melody to leads and keys & rhythm comping. Is just an incredible masterpiece. For now on I am sending all my tracks for Mike C. to mix. Incredible sound. This song is over the top. Superb Job.


Mike & Mark, thank you so much for doing this. We would never hear all this unsigned talent without you both. I am truly inspire by everyone & song here. This pushes me to hone not only my axmen ship but my recording skills as well. I am proud to be associated with everyone here. The truth is without Mike & Mark putting this project together. We
would not have this opportunity to hear all this incredible talent.

Thanks again Mike & Mark, I truly appreciate all your time and effort.

Mark Bratcher

member since: 04/02/2010
messages: 1940
 

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/29/2004


Mike C's definitely your man for most of the time put into making these CDs happen and making them fit together the way they do. Without him, these CDs just wouldn't exist. I'm just a distibutor. ;)

Stratofan (hungary)

member since: 03/31/2004
messages: 76
 

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/30/2004


Hi armada1!

Thanks for the nice words about Seawind Blues :).
I never heard Joe Perry, but I made serarch for his name. Very interesting, this guy looks like me (long, thin, monkey face, and crazy like me :))) but he have a little bigger nose and shorter hair :))))))

And I wanted to say, I re-mastered this song, and recorded one more track for "decoration" in the name of variety :) (I wrote about whammy and octave effects on the info file, but I think Mike downloaded some earlier version without this track. Or these ornaments lost on mastering?) I don't think it is possible I just ask because I'm not sure. If somebody like Seawind, here is the upgraded version:

http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=376616&T=1183

SF

Mike C.

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/30/2004


Stratofan,

For someone that said they hard time writing English,you sure
seem to do well when promoting your song !
Write a review please ! This is the review thread !
Welcome to Mikey's darkside ;)

Mike C.

Stratofan (hungary)

member since: 03/31/2004
messages: 76
 

Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/30/2004


Mike, why do you want to read my really bad English in a longer messages? :). I think we can talk in the forum sorry if it's wrong :)))

Mike C.

member since: 04/01/2003
messages: 4554
 

Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/30/2004


Talk in the Forum yes, this is a GenX 6 cd review thread !
It's like pouring oil in to vinegar ! Makes a nice salad
dressing,other wise why mix them ? Also, if any tracks
were lost,it's your fault for not telling me.I posted several
last chance posts in the forums ! So don't try and make me
the bad guy,cuse you didn't finish your song OK !

IMHO,
MIke C.

Stratofan (hungary)

member since: 03/31/2004
messages: 76
 

Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/30/2004


Mike, the question is not that I do or not, the question is can I do or not :)))) Welcome to my verydark side :))))))
------------ PEACE ------------- AND FUN -------------
But okay. You all right. I need time to write longer review. As short summary (this is a rewiew! :)))), the sound quality of songs are amazing, I think professional musicians make same or just little better sound quality with millions of value on studios compared to these songs. I don't know whose are the real and known artists here who can make money with music, but I have to pay if I want to play somewhere with my band, and I can be happy if it is not required (now is the time when it is true). The second which is amazing quality, the music. Very perfect composing ability, and technical knowledge. Especially I like Bernie's songs, first of all the sound quality, and the composition. Sergius is very good (maybe the best on this CD) as singer. So I think all songs are much better than something from the "hobbyist community". Now I think I have to use the effects more bravely like I do now. Lot of local musicians hate effects, but I like, so I want to keep my multi and learn how to use functions like all others who contributed songs to this cd.

If somebody is real or famouos artist here, then he must ignore my rows :)))))))))))

SF

GNX Jammer

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/30/2004


Sorry I haven't been able to get to posting a complete/formal review yet.

Currently wrapping up vacation, so review will have to wait until I get back to work Tuesday (IE, when I have time to goof off again...no such thing while on vacation ya know =).

--
E.J. James
A.K.A. Phurion Phyre
A.K.A. GNX Jammer
My Music Site
My Acid Planet Artist Page

Mike C.

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/31/2004


StratoFan,

There were some very good articles that DAR wrote here about
different effects and how to apply them you might wanna read.
I agree with you about how well the GenX cd's sound compared to
other Hobbiest cd's,

IMHO,
Mike C.

doddsm

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messages: 574
 

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

05/31/2004


Just got back from a long weekend of camping. Downloaded the tunes today and am just starting to digest them. Review will be coming.

Thanks to the kind words so far towards Sunday In The Grass.
And yes COSMAN, I did get the cleaning done (I had been home alone for 2 weeks while family was away. Of course I picked the day they were flying home to start noodling with the GNX2 and Guitartracks when I was supposed to be making the house look nice for their arrival. It made for quick production decisions. "Good Enough. Next!")

Nortaren

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messages: 2270
 

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/02/2004


Bump

Post more reviews please folks!!!

COSMAN

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/02/2004


bmp

Jaded-View

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/02/2004


Let me see if I can add some realism to our expectations on reviewing the GenX cds. Have some patience. To expect that everyone will have time to listen through "several" times, then write a decent critical review of each song in just a few days is a joke. Everyone has fit a life into the mix with all this music-making and forum posting. Well... except me. lol

I would rather a little time taken and some honest input. I'm not talking about hacking on people, but "critic". It's great to hear someone likes your song, that's the main point. However, it's not the only point, in asking for a review, aren't we asking for how others feel about the songs? Their opinions, suggestions and ideas? Primarily from our peer.

I tell people about the cds and where to listen, but most of them are not musicians. They're not going to feel comfortable "reviewing" each song on the cd. In this case, the number of downloads or hits, is the only way to tell if people are listening. My suggestions, and I know people are doing it already, is to post links on your websites, other forums, etc. Tell people about it. Everyone you think will listen and tell them to tell others about it too.

My review is on it's way. I haven't even had time to hear the whole cd yet, let alone comment on each song, but there is some great stuff on there. I'm both humbled and proud at the same time. Ofcourse, I could have listened to three or four songs in the time I typed this... lol

Lighten up, be patient and keep the review posts bumped and the reviews will come.

Johnny

Nortaren

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/02/2004


Hi Johnny,

I spent all my day on Friday listening to the CD (yeah I found the time for it - somehow). I agree with what you are saying. However, the point is not to rush people into reviewing, but to "remind" them to do so ;) Lots of oldies around here with senior moments - like yourself - lol. They kinda forget these thing. Nyuk, nyuk...

Simon C

Jim K

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/02/2004


Cover Art – Freaking AWSOME! Very professional looking cover. Well done Stratofan. Nice to see the unit worked into the cover, but not in a cheesy corporate way.

Mike - Great work on this and song assembly. Everything fits perfect.

Track 1 - Desert Wind by Bernie Dulieu
Intro reminds me of Midnight Oil (Blue Sky Mining). The rest of the song takes a different turn. Great musicianship.

Track 2 - Funk'n'Roll by Bernie Dulieu
Great feel and sound. Very professional. Love the rhythm riff. There is sort of an 80’s esque quality to it, but better than an 80’s song.

Track 3 - Pod Divided by Johnny "JV" Cule
Great whale call and response on the intro. I love how well you work it though the whole song. Not just a gimmick, but something that is integral to the piece.
Well produced. At first, I thought that the drums started off a little thin. I think that you were going for that contrast because of how well it works in the breaks.

Track 4 - Kalypso by Sergius
Funny – the drums start off similar to JV’s song. Well arranged, but I think that the vocals could come out front more. Also, the lead and rhythm guitars could be more contrasting in their sounds.

Track 5 - La Unica by Sergius
Intro reminds me of Floyd’s Welcome to the Machine. Love the building and layering of beats over each other. Excellent fusion of different genres. Dance, trance, Spanish guitar, rock – this has it all! Sound effects in the middle are brilliant and I love how they work to a crescendo before returning to the main theme. The guitar playing is awesome, but it sounds distance in the mix (except for the shred up before returning to the main theme at the end).

Track 6 - Sacred Ground by Greg Cerenzia
Yeiks! This is a contrast from the previous 5 songs. Plesant change because I started to get mellow. Drums sound great. The two guitars sound very similar to each other and are tough to differentiate. Maybe seperate more on the richt and left?

Track 7 - Bottomed Out by E.J. James
Great sound and really well mixed. Great play between all of the different guitars. You work in a lot of sounds and different riffs, but they don’t walk all over each other. Great song.

Track 8 - You're A Liar by Armada 1
Lead ax needs “umph” and vocals need to come out front more. The problem may be my work speakers too. Good rock and roll jam!

Track 9 - Vatertag by Eric Thomas
So nice to hear some keys and different sounds. We are all too guitar ladened! Nice sweet solo. Very mellow tune that is perfectly produced.

Track 10 - What Is Best by me
Thanks to Mike C for the input on this track. I did not have that much time to work on the mix and it kind of shows. Mike brought it up to snuff and really helped me out (with what limited time I had).
COSMAN – Thanks for the props. I appreciate it very much.
Armada1 – I pick up on the Dylan thing too after playing it for a while. I think that the cord progression is similar to She Belongs to Me or Masterpiece. Actually, it was inspired by Wilco’s Red Eyed Blue:

“We've got solid state technology
Tapes on the floor
Some songs we can't afford to play
When we came here today
All I wanted to say was how much I miss you
Alcohol and cotton balls
And some drugs we can't afford on the way
When we came here today
We all felt something true
Now I'm red-eyed and blue”

Track 11 - Jesus, Lover Of My Soul by Hilton Roberts
Well crafted and put together. You play the 2 guitars off each other really well. Only gripe would that the drums are thin and maybe the cymbals too much. That is a problem I have with my DR5 is that I can’t balance the instruments within the drum track.

Track 12 - WiseGuy by Kenny Lipowski
Any song with a stooge sample is OK with me. The shred is good enough to stand on it own without the samples, but they are a nice touch.

Track 13 - Seawind Blues Leslie Perjes
Rythem has a kind of a Neil Young feel to it (OK – I may be an idiot, but that is what is coming to me for some reason). Solo is awesome, but lacks Neil’s “simplicity”.

Track 14 - Too Sad To Say Goodbye by Mike Cummins
Good job on the sample into. Guitar playing (as usual) is really great. Whole song has a “late night” feel about it. That is probably where the intro was required, eh?

Track 15 - Wings by Mark Bratcher
Excellent – more keys. Maybe too much. At 1:49, you have the keys and then a guitar in the left speaker. I would be interested in hearing the keys less punctual and bringing the guitar out more in front.

Track 16 - Short Stories by Thomas Pedersen
Well produced. The panning of the lead guitar fits really well at first, but I would have slowed it and reduced the pan as you go one with the transient period.

Track 17 - Sunday In The Grass by Mark Dodds
Like this song. Has a Widespread Panic feel to it (especially with the Mike-esque trippy guitar at 1:40ish). Like the percussion and the simple chord progression. To use an old line, “It has a good beat and I can dance to it”.

Track 18 – Beuatiful Woman by John Bounpane
Another nice groove that is more along my taste. Great jam that is the base for excellent guitar work.

Track 19 - Terra ~ Forming by Mike Cummins and Bernie Dulieu
Well, as a sort of desert this puts the rest of the meal to shame. Production, mix and musicianship is well above my capabilities or ability to generate criticism. The only bad thing is that there is no clavinet or B-3. Also a horn section would be nice.

THat is it from me for a while. Work sucks and music is taking back seat for a month or so. Just long enough for my fingers to loose their strength and calluses.

Later
Jim

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06/03/2004


Thanks for the kind words about my song so far.

I think JV made some good points! Even as a musician I do not feel comfortable reviewing others. Nevertheless I started writing a review while I was listening to the songs for the first time (and I didn't even have the time to listen to the whole CD yet). But all these reviews were like "Great production, cool guitar playing, great song" - even though it's true I thought maybe I should take some more time to write a review so that I can write more about the songs. I mean a song is something very personal. Someone put hours and hours of work into these 4 or 5 minutes of music. So he or she deserves more than just a standard review. The people that contributed to the CD deserve that you at least try to hear all the little details of their music. and this WILL take some time. Just keep this topic bumoed up for a while so it isn't forgotten!

IMHO,
Gwar

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06/03/2004


Good points Gwar. Looking forward to reading yours.

Peace,

Thomas

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06/06/2004


Bump,

Also thanks for the positive reviews on my stuff. Jim K. on Sacred Ground it's only one guitar. I panned it to one side and created a big reverb that I panned to the other. Was trying to get that old EVH sound thing going. Guess I didn't get it right if it sound like two guitars. I gotta learn to take a break for a few days when mixing and then come back fresh rather then blasting stuff out the door.

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06/08/2004


Overall impression: WOW! Every time there is a new GNX CD the stakes get higher. The talent on this CD is superb. I think someone must have contacted Chef Emeril because the first thing I thought about this collection is that it got “kicked up a notch” compared to the previous CD’s.
Remember when you read my comments that opinions are like a**holes (everyone’s got one and you probably don’t agree with what is coming out of it.) I hope that my “criticisms” are taken as constructive. I think that you all should be commended for putting your work out there for the world to enjoy. Great job everyone!

Track 1 - Desert Wind by Bernie Dulieu
Very talented individual. Production and overall polish/slickness of the sound is great. I was a bit distracted by the abundant delay on the clean/acoustic guitar part towards the end. I would prefer that the delayed signal be lowered to allow the cool acoustic riffing to shine through.

Track 2 - Funk'n'Roll by Bernie Dulieu
My fave of the two of your songs Bernie. Nice to hear that you have great rhythm chops to back up your stellar lead style. I think you might have the only slide guitar playing on this CD (and it fits nicely in this piece.) I also liked the Vai-esque harmony spot. Tough to find criticism with this tune. The only thing I could come up with is I would have liked to have had a more bombastic ending. It just kind of whimpers down to nothing instead of slamming me on the head at the end.

Track 3 - Pod Divided by Johnny "JV" Cule
Great job Johnny. I particularly liked the lead playing in the up-tempo parts (reminds me of 80’s era Scorpions. Can you say Mathias Jabs? Very cool.) Interesting drum pattern choice. The hip-hoppy beat lightens the feel. This might be a much heavier sounding piece with a different drum style.

Track 4 - Kalypso by Sergius
The coolest thing about the forum is the international flavor. Sergius, this song is really good. It reminds me a bit of some of the music that a Chilean co-worker of mine plays for me when we carpool. Very nice acoustic guitar playing. The shredding is good too. I would like to hear the vocal a bit louder in the mix during the verses.

Track 5 - La Unica by Sergius
This could be the soundtrack to a wonderful bedroom experience. You can feel it in the air with this one. Fantastic. I particularly like the main lead them on electric guitar. It contrasts nicely with the acoustic background. The sound effects are also well placed. No criticism on this one.

Track 6 - Sacred Ground by Greg Cerenzia
Good to hear some in your face metal amongst all this other mellow stuff. Nice theme. I really like the lead playing at the end. All of the guitar tones are very similar and therefore kind of mush together a bit. I recommend trying some different amp/cabinet settings for the different instruments (lead vs. rhythm for example).

Track 7 - Bottomed Out by E.J. James
I like the contrasting guitar sounds here. The stops in the song are well executed and well placed. Great slamming type tune. I miss hearing a vocal or other melody (can you add one and let us hear it?)

Track 8 - You're A Liar by Armada 1
Like the energy here. Cool Dave Mustaine meets Sebastian Bach vocals! I like the harmony that you get with the guitars. I thought the end of the world lead solo had a cool George Lynch feel to it. I would like to hear the vocal louder in the mix. I would recommend working a bit with punch ins/outs to tighten up the transitions. Also the guitar tones are all pretty similar and kind of mush together. You might try some different settings for lead vs. rhythm. I would also like to hear a different ending to this tune. You kind of just kill it at the end.

Track 9 - Vatertag by Eric Thomas
Wonderful tune. Some of it does remind me of Pink Floyd. Knowing your taste in listening (metal), I understand why your father picked this song out as a favorite. Great melody and very nice accompaniment. I really like this one. The melody is wonderful. If I could find anything to improve, I guess I would recommend trying to work on wrist vibrato. Maybe borrow (or buy) a live Clapton or SRV video and watch them work string vibrato..

Track 10 - What Is Best by Jim Kirkhoff
Fantastic imagery from the vocal line. This tune is a great departure compared to some of the others on this CD. I was in Iowa for a six week work stint and the words at the beginning of your tune sounded just like my hotel room. You have a real talent for stories. I would maybe shorten the outro portion and possibly come up with an ending sequence that doesn’t just stop.

Track 11 - Jesus, Lover Of My Soul by Hilton Roberts
Great Job Hilton! I really like the way the bass notes mirror the high melody. I would love to hear you work on your vibrato a bit more to spice up your beautiful melody.

Track 12 - WiseGuy by Kenny Lipowski
This track puts a smile on my face instantly. The track stands on it’s own, but the added soundbites just put the icing on the flipping cake. Some of the tunes on this release are kind of serious so it is always great when someone puts out some levity. I found the rhythm guitar tone a bit on the buzzy bee side of sound quality. It would be cool to try to keep this tune arrangement and work a bit more on the tone of the backing guitar.

Track 13 - Seawind Blues Leslie Perjes
As far as I can tell, the only ¾ time track. Good guitar tone. The waltz feel kind of rocks me in to another headspace (not a bad thing to happen sometimes!) At over 5 minutes, I thought this song could possibly be trimmed a bit.

Track 14 - Too Sad To Say Goodbye by Mike Cummins
The extra crowd at the beginning set this tune up nicely. The backing tracks are fabulous. That is some of the most pain ridden playing I have heard in some time. You can feel the painful emotion just oozing from the strings. I like the guitar tone. I didn’t really “get” this one at first but after reading Mike’s notes and listening to it some more, it is starting to grow on me. Mike, definitely not one of your more technically correct pieces, (you have been way more in tune/time on other offerings. Jokers Final Fall for example.) but as you alluded in your notes, you were going for feel and not perfection. This one drips of feel.

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06/08/2004


Part 2.

My review was too long and wouldn't fit in one reply.

Track 15 - Wings by Mark Bratcher
Mark, I read your notes. Would you stop berating yourself please! LOL. You claim to not be a songwriter and yet you deliver one of the most completely crafted songs on the CD. Great job on this. You are the only one on here that put your vocals out front where they should be. Most of us didn’t even have the balls to sing (or write any lyrics for that matter) on our tunes. Great work on the keyboard. Though I don’t think this tune needed more guitar, I look forward to other things from you where you feature the guitar as the lead instrument. Also, I would like to hear you find some more aggressive drum patterns.

Track 16 - Short Stories by Thomas Pedersen
Wow Thomas. Fantastic emotional playing on this. I love the singing legatto bent note phrases starting in the middle chapters of this piece. Nice vibrato on some of those notes as well. It appeared to me that your themes were more thought out from the middle to the end, but the beginning of the piece was kind of spewed out (therefore I find myself waiting for the beginning to finish so that I can get to the wonderful middle section.)

Track 17 - Sunday In The Grass by Mark Dodds
My little toe tapper song. It is what it is. Enjoyed making it. Thanks to the others for the good reviews and many thanks to Mike C for prodding me to reecord something. You helpled me open up a whole new world Mike!

Track 18 – Beautiful Woman by John Bounpane
Reminds me a bit of Jimi H. (jam back at the house type stuff). This would be a cool background piece for a movie scene. Nice double stop bends and phrases. This tune is kind of the calm before the storm that appears in track 19.

Track 19 - Terra ~ Forming by Mike Cummins and Bernie Dulieu
Another stellar production from Mike C. and more outstanding playing from Bernie. I think this song should have been track 1 as it grabs your attention from the first second. Did someone else put something about this tune being the icing on the CD cake. They were right!


Thanks to Mark Bratcher, Leslie Perjes and especially Mike Cummins for their extra contributions to make GNX6 possible.

Mike C.

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06/08/2004


Some very good posts since I went away :(
I really liked Doddsm's cause he is doing what
I originally envisioned for the review part and that's
to provide in depth info about the songs. I know I
tried to get my drums together better after UKR Paul
brought it to my attention on a previous GenX CD.
We all are a different levels in playing,engineering
and production,but the point is we can learn from those that
are better and those that aren't too. I usually don't post a review,
cause I feel to close to the songs,but will post my feelings about the
songs soon ! Also a trick you might wanna use if your on dial up
is to write your review in note,word pad or any writing program
at your own speed and when it's done,copy and paste it into the
review thread,just one of many thought while in the psychiatric
ward ! Didn't see anyone I knew there,so why go back Hahahahaa

IMHO,
Mike C.

Nortaren

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/08/2004


Shit does this mean I have to redo my reviews now ;)

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/10/2004


Bump

Mike C.

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06/12/2004


Desert Wind - Bernie Dulieu
Funk + Roll - Bernie Dulieu
Terra Forming - Mike Cummins-Bernie Dulieu

I liked Bernie's guitar playing the same as I did Jimi's, Satriani's or Luay's and that was immediately ! It just touched me ! I count him as a invaluable partner in making music ! A true musician and friend. Loved mixing his multitracks and his playing on Terra Forming was exemplary! It was all a great experience for me !

Pod Divided - John Cule

I always love Jaded Views post as a very witty and intelligent writer at the
forum. Have gotten to know him as both a good friend and very creative song writer,
who picks up stuff from the forum, me and other places surely quicker than almost anyone
I know ! John has done 3 songs for us and look forward to many more and I hope we can
work together one day !!! I love this song also.

Calypso - Sergius
La Unica (The Only One)- Sergius

I was so happy when I asked Sergius to contribute a song or two
and he was like so gracious. I had missed a long time forum member
named Waupauchoso "Alvaro" and his band's music. I love Spanish
influenced music.Thank you for the great songs and emails Sergius !

Sacred Ground - Greg Cerenzia

Love Gregs' tones and songs ! Thought he had done better on
previous songs. Guitars are always strong,but backing tracks...
well. Cosman, makes me wanna take my 60's,70's guitar playing to
a 80's - 90's style. I think he's very gifted and hope to work with
him again.

Bottomed Out - E.J.James

Great song all around ! Great mix and production !
I use it to solo over in wha's,straight,harmony solo's.
It's great,E.J. why no solo ? Come on back to the forum !

You're a Liar - Armada 1

Structure coulda been better,but FEEL and SOUND were cool with
me! Reminded me of OLD Motley Crue ! I dig the new guy,keep em
coming dude !

Vatertag - Eric Thomas "Gwar"

What can I say! Always have liked your music or Delenda Carthage's
Would like to hear more of you though,it get so much better each time and that's the truth !

What is Best - Jim Kirkhoff

Jim's songs are always different,but one or two things shine
thru for me and his lyrics always do and sometimes his approach
to the sound of his songs ! Anytime Jimmy !

Jesus,Lover of my Soul - Hilton Roberts

Hilton,just started recording like 4 weeks or less before the
CD and comes out with 2 winners ! One on GenX 6 and his version
of Amazing Grace. Have no doubt we will all be enjoying Hilton's
songs !

Wiseguy - Kenny Lips "Puppetking"

Heard a couple of versions of this song and loved it from go !
Great playing and a hats off to the best slapstick 3 combo !
Love this tune,wish I coulda had a hand in it,like Kenny's last
song on a GenX CD.

Seawind Blues - Leslie Perjes

Les volunteered to do covers and did GREAT also in a awesome
song ! Thanks Les for being such a Pro at your crafts !

Too sad To say Goodbye - Mike Cummins

Should have learned to push notes in a Eb tuning ! Why I was
there will remain a mystery LOL.Wrote it for Jason E. Did best
I could "Yeah right !" I was drunk and looking for trouble ! Then
these two rednecks...... Oh,Yeah I love them late night blues jams !

Wings - Mark Bratcher

Retro and dig it ! Mark has finally shown a side of his music !
I dig that it points to Jesus ! We had conversations about mix.
In the end Mark was right I think ! Also thank you for the GenX website ! GOD bless ya Bro !

Short Stories - Thomas Pedersen

Why do you care so much about me ?
Damn don't need tips or tricks !
Your music is great in my opinion !

Sunday In The Grass - Mark Dodd "Doddsm"

Mark finally sent us a song after years of
begging LOL ! This tune drips with feel and also
Vintage guitar sounds.

A Beautiful Woman - John Buonpane

I thought this song would end the GenX CD for sure !
People have told me this wasn't my best mix,but I'll live with
it. Hope John contributes again !

I loved this CD from the get go,took awhile to shape up,
but everything from Covers "THX Stratofan" to distribution
"THX Mark B." and the all the artists made it posisble !!!


IMHO,
Mike C.

Gezz, I never want to do another !

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/15/2004


Bump

Come on folks. The cd has been out for weeks now. Post some more reviews guys.

Mike, to answer you question: that's cuz you my brother man :)

Cheers,

Thomas

Nortaren

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/17/2004


Time for another BUMP!!!

Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/19/2004


Hmmm,

400+ D/L's + 6-8 reviews =** **** **'*

IMHO,
Mike C.

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06/19/2004


I don't know what "** **** **'*" stands for, but it's probably better that way. lol My review's coming soon. lol

400 downloads is not bad in my opinion. Review or not, the more downloads the more people listening. I'll keep spreading the word and as long as the rest of you do the same, there won't be any trouble. lol I'll also encourage my pals to chime in and comment on the cd too.

The cd is great. I'm proud as hell.

Johnny

Gwar

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/20/2004


I'm truly sorry that I could not write a review yet.
But it will take me at least 3 more weeks until I can write a review.

I am currently way out of time because I am programming SMTP and POP3 servers and some bet system for the university and in one week all the exams begin. I could not even start learning because of all the programming.
There will be no time for writing a review until I finished programming :(

But as I said before: I WILL write a review.

Peace,
Gwar

doddsm

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/20/2004


Gwar,

keep your eye on the prize. Your other work is much more important than anything on this forum. Don't feel bad about this place. Please!

To everyone else..

Writing a thoughtful review for this entire CD is time consuming! I enjoy the reviews, but I understand why we haven't seen more (people have lives to live.)

If any of the songs on the CD's have moved you in one way or another, let us know by posting here. You don't have to cover the whole CD. Just a thought about a particular item is cool too.

MD

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06/20/2004


NP Gwar,there are more important things in life and my post didn't
mean you in anyway.Doddsm is right about this,just some sorta
acknowledgment of the cd projects

Mike C.

armada1

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/20/2004


Does each individual song count as 1 download? Or does 400 daownloads mean 400 people have picked up every song?

I don't know but if you divide 20 into 400 that equals 20. With commentments to reviews & reviews all ready given that is a good pecentage.

However if that is 400 different people downloading all the songs that is not a very good response.

can some one clarify which is the proper download percentage

Dave

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06/20/2004


This discussion about the number of downloads for CD6 is starting to sound like a committeee meeting of record company beancounters. Take your ties off guys and just enjoy the music.

Nortaren

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/20/2004


**** I never even wore a tie at work even though I am a "blue collar"...

armada1

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06/20/2004


eddie, IT IS OK IF I ASK THAT QUESTION, MIKE OR MARK PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION.
iT AINT THAT HARD

Nortaren

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

06/20/2004


Totally valid question from armada... And a good one too!!!

Thomas

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06/20/2004


The count at the bottom of the page is how many times that page has been hit. That's all. Doesn't indicate how many downloads. A hit can occur with no downloads, or many download might be contained in one hit.

Maybe I should take those numbers off.... ;)

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06/20/2004


Johnny Jaded says most of his favorite websites track users by hits and wants to know why it would be any different for Mark's website. Jaded says it's not awfully bad and encourages all of you to continue spreading the word. He thinks adding a link to personal e-mails is a good idea too. He'd like to hear other suggestions to get the word out too.

Jaded can't afford $200-$300 for pro-quality duplicates made, but he can't use 100 copies either. He is asking if anyone else has considered pooling in on some quality copies. Jaded encourages those interested to check them out at Guitar Center or Musicians Friend.

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06/20/2004


Armada1 says thanx for info Mark. I have put at least 15 hits up there myself. I honestly had no clue on the hit thing. But now I do.


Johnny what are you talkin about on 200-300 dollars. A master of the Genx 6 from guitar center?

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06/20/2004


Johnny Jaded says to check out this link. He received it in his typical e-mail crap he gets from Guitar Center. He says Musicians Friend has a similar deal.

Although Jaded would like a few copies to share, he's to much of a tight-rear to front for the whole deal. He is very big here in St. Helens, but it hasn't really panned out financially yet. He says soon, very soon. lol Jaded says iconic rock status is really hard to do on his budget. He still refuses to sell out and go commercial. He is like the Eddie Vedder of St. Helens. lol It is fans and supporters such as yourselves that make it all worthwhile for him. He does it all for the admiration of his fans. lol

http://www.guitarcenter.com/diskfaktory/

Johnny Jaded hears you ask, What kind of a trip is he on? He replies, an ego trip. lol

Nortaren

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06/21/2004


Norty thinks Jaded needs to expand his fan base and pocket some of their $$$

IMO,

Norty

Gwar

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06/24/2004


Naaah, doddsm! I don't feel bad about this place!

@all:
Thanks for yur understanding

Gwar

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09/20/2004


Though not all of the songs were "my cup of tea". I really enjoyed each and every one of them!

You guys are incredible. I applaud each and every one of you.

So when is 7 coming out? I cant wait to hear more.
See Ya!
KiLLiN-TiMe

Nortaren

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/20/2004


When Mike has it done ;)

Mike C.

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/20/2004


KiLLiN-TiMe,

Thanks for the comps for everyone that contributed to the GenX 6 Cd.
GenX 7 will probably start 01/01/2005 due to the holidays coming up
and I only wanna do 1 CD year instead of 2. Then again the people will
decide when,where and how much the music goes forward !

IMHO,
Mike C.

P.S. KiLLiN-TiMe. Would you like to contribute to GenX 7 ?

Peace,
Mike C.

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09/21/2004


Mike C. wrote
P.S. KiLLiN-TiMe. Would you like to contribute to GenX 7 ?
Peace,
Mike C.


Hey, if you think I'm good enough to hang with you guys, I'm game!
See Ya!
KiLLiN-TiMe

Nortaren

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/21/2004


Hey KT,

It takes a lot not to be good enough to hang out with us - lol... As you can see, we're pretty informal... I assume you have checked out the GenX CDs that are out??? That should give you an idea of the skill level of the different contributors and as you can see it ranges from my 50bpm picking to Bernie and Luays 200bpm stuff - lol... Just messing around... If you can put together a tune (you have to use some GNX stuff in your song) the accepted contributions work off from a first come first serve basis...

PS. Songs posted in the members music area will not be accepted on the CDs...

Once Mike announces that he is taking GenX contributions, send your song(s) to him and he will do his best to get it on the CD (unless you are too late)...

Cheers,

Thomas

KiLLiN-TiMe

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09/21/2004


I have posted a couple of songs to the GNX3 site. Check them out and feel free to give me some feedback.
I just got my GNX3 about 3 months ago. All I can say is wow! I really like the sound community too! There are some amazing tunes that you guys have layed down. It's great to be able to talk to fellow 6 shooters too!
Let me know...
KiLLiN-TiMe!

Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


KiLLiN-TiMe,

Heard alot of good stuff on your song !
Of course you can hang with us,We aren't
the elitist kinda LOL Welcome to the forum Man !

Peace,
Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


Thanks for the Red Carpet Welcome!
KiLLiN-TiMe!

Maxxkisa

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


Welcome KT. There are a bunch of really good guys in here incase you haven't figured that out yourself. There are many who don't have a GNX2. Some of us don't even have a GNX. I started coming in here when I had a RPX400 and have since moved on to a GNX4. Outstanding piece of equipment.

Open arms bro.

Maxx

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


I'm standing here with...

Nothing to hide, but...

So here I am with...

LOL

I gotta be careful, there's a guy here with a Journey cover band. No worries.

Johnny

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


Who has a Journey cover band???

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


I don't know, but don't laugh. Mr. Schon can play circles around most anyone else with an electric guitar. The dude is a playah!

Oh and seriously, who here has the Journey cover group? I would love to hear some of it. I can sing about one song in that Steve Perry range and then my voice is gone. You know, I work about 45 minutes from San Francisco, so every once in a while I will hear "When The Lights Go Down In The City" playing on the radio and I have to sing along. Trouble is that I have then ravaged my voice enough that I can't sing to anything else for the rest of the drive home.

Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


Believe Mr. Schon started out his career with Carlos Santana at
the old age of 16 or 17 yrs old. I heard a version of Journey back
before they became the #1 hit monsters they became.They were into
a Jazz Rock Fusion thing and the whole band could play their collective
ass off !

IMHO,
Mike C

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


Hmmm... I'm not making fun. I like a bunch of their stuff... So who has the cover band???

Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/23/2004


Of course you would like them Thomas !

Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/24/2004


Greg Rolly(SP?) the bass player for Journey was also with Carlos. Made some killer songs. And yes Neil Schon is a great guitar player...or playah.

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/24/2004


Saw them live in 98. Had no clue who they were back then until I found out during the concert that "hey I know that song... Hey I know that one too, and so it went." The new singer back then was some Kenny G look alike which I found rather amusing, but the dude shure could sing...

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

09/24/2004


Not bad mouthing Journey at all. Over-exposure like most bands at the time. Great music and great musicians. Especially Schon. I dig on Santana big time and Schon has that influence in his own playing. Too bad they could never work out their differences and reform the original line-up.

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Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/05/2004


Better late than never they say.

01 – Desert Wind - Bernie Dulieu

Some real smooth guitar. Very Satch like. Nice mix. Guitar at 3:10 great diversion from rest of song. Awesome work!


02 - Funk ‘N Roll - Bernie Dulieu

Two words for you Bernie, “GO PRO!” Put me on the waiting list for your CD.


03 - Pod Divided - John Cule

Clever concept. Johnny Cule doing something cool by getting the whales to talk. Very well put together. Solo guitar is very soulful. Nice work Johnny.


04 - Kalypso - Sergius

Nice guitar work. Good job on the mix.


05 - La Unica (The Only One) - Sergius

Great tone on solo. Nice sustain. Good work on song.


06 - Sacred Ground - Greg Cerenzia

Like always, your song composition and style are powerful. Sad to see you getting rid of your GNX.


07 - Bottomed Out - E.J. James

Great job on mix. Like switch from heavy to soft and back again. Good work.


08 - You’re A Liar - Armada

Work on the mix and you have great song. Dave, I can feel your voice just wanting to break through. Cool lyrics.


09 - Vatertag - Eric Thomas

Do all Eric’s have good tone? Eric Johnson, Eric Clapton and Eric Thomas. Nice ballad feel. Good guitar work. Nice story behind song.


10 - What Is Best - Jim Kirkhoff

Interesting lyrics. Modern folk sound. Jim is in a style of his own.


11 - Jesus, Lover Of My Soul - Hilton Roberts

Amen! Can I hear an amen? Nice arrangement.


12 - Wise Guy - Kenny Lipowski

Ha Ha! Yuk yuk yuk. Very original. Very well put together. Good work Kenny. Some great guitar work. Nice solo’s.


13 - Seawind Blues - Leslie Perjes

Good blues tune. Cool licks. Nice song.


14 - To Sad To Say Good Bye - Mike Cummings

Another great composition. Your backing tracks are great as usual. Great tone.


15 - Wings - Mark Bratcher

Fitting name as I could hear Sir Paul McCartney singing this song. Good work and nice vocals. Great production Mark.


16 - Short Stories - Thomas Pedersen

Great tone. Nice arrangement. Great guitar licks. One of my favorites. Nice work Thomas.


17 - Sunday In The Grass - Mark Dodds

Nice backing track. Good guitar work. Not over done. Nice track.


18 - A Beautiful Woman - John Bounpane

A beautiful woman deserves a beautiful song. Good guitar work. Cool funky sound.


19 - Terra-Forming - Mike Cummings and Bernie Dulieu

Nice work guys. Great arrangement. Fantastic guitars. Great track.


Overall the best CD to date. I have listened to this many times. The guitar work on this thing is tremendous. Everyone of you have produced a masterpiece. I am very glad that I came in here and found you guys. Amazing! Very inspiring. With you guys around I don’t need to buy CD’s any more…although I may get Rush’s new one.

Mike, I have to say you did a incredible job of producing this CD. By far your best job. I imagine with the talent you had to work with on this CD that they made it easy for you…well easier anyway.

Thank you for your efforts. All of us appreciate it a lot.

Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/05/2004


Whoa ! Talk about a blast from the past Hahahaha !
Thank you for the kind words Maxx ! I'm sure my fellow artists
also appreciate your review of GenX 7 ! I hope to have you on
a GenX CD in the not to distant future !

Thanks again and be safe !
Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/05/2004


Echo that!!! Better late than never - lol. Yup... Thanks for the kind words. Hope to have ya on 7 Maxx :)

Cheers and happy sailing bro (how long till you return?)

Thomas

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/05/2004


Ooops, I meant GenX 6 CD ! Hmmmm, wonder where Mikey's head
is at ! " NO ! Not up his arse !"

:)
Mike C.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/05/2004


Always one step ahead - LMAO :D

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/06/2004


Ok, I cannot tell you how long until I get home for operational security reasons. If you can remember when I left I will tell you that I am 2/3rds of the way done.

Hey guys, it was my pleasure to review them. I had actually meant to do it sooner (but of course) but with getting ready to go to sea and all I just didn't seem to have the time. Then I downloaded all 6 CD's from Mark's site over the last few days (Net Transport is awesome) and listened to all the CD's again. I have a copy of them spread out all over the place but wanted them all together. Anyway it is really cool listening to you guys in the beggining and listening to you now and seeing how much all of you have grown musically in all aspects. The 5th and 6th CD's are so much more professional than the previous ones. I am really amazed.

And that being said, I have a lot to learn. I would love to be on the CD but will have to learn a lot to get something together. I have recorded a bunch of song ideas. Just amazed at how much different the sounds are from the headphone in my berthing to the computer speakers. Go from something that sounds pretty cool (to me) to something that sounds like elevator music.

But now Santa has given me gifts. So something is in the works, I just need to learn to get the mix down right. That is my biggest thing now.

Maxx

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/06/2004


Ok, I cannot tell you how long until I get home for operational security reasons. If you can remember when I left I will tell you that I am 2/3rds of the way done.

Hey guys, it was my pleasure to review them. I had actually meant to do it sooner (but of course) but with getting ready to go to sea and all I just didn't seem to have the time. Then I downloaded all 6 CD's from Mark's site over the last few days (Net Transport is awesome) and listened to all the CD's again. I have a copy of them spread out all over the place but wanted them all together. Anyway it is really cool listening to you guys in the beggining and listening to you now and seeing how much all of you have grown musically in all aspects. The 5th and 6th CD's are so much more professional than the previous ones. I am really amazed.

And that being said, I have a lot to learn. I would love to be on the CD but will have to learn a lot to get something together. I have recorded a bunch of song ideas. Just amazed at how much different the sounds are from the headphone in my berthing to the computer speakers. Go from something that sounds pretty cool (to me) to something that sounds like elevator music.

But now Santa has given me gifts. So something is in the works, I just need to learn to get the mix down right. That is my biggest thing now.

Maxx

Nortaren

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/06/2004


A BIG double post form Maxx ;)

Mix down on the ship will be tricky (using cups and PC speakers ;). Get a decent pair of monitors when you get back on shore (if you don't already have some) and do your mixdowns at home. Spend the time at sea getting all your ideas down on tracks and learn how to use what Santa brought you :) PS. Santa is many people, so thanks to all the Santas out there :)

Sea Slug Claus

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

10/07/2004


Will do. Thanks for the input Thomas.

It is a wonder I don't have more double posts.

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Subject:

Re: GenX 6 CD Review

01/16/2005


You guys really kick ass!!!!!

Ruck

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