Marvin Cripps replied to Marvin Cripps's discussion Videos
"Thanks for listening and for your input, Douglas! I usually write a poem and try to set it to music. My performance skills are, I know, limited and would much rather just write. Thanks again for being honest and open."
Sep 13, 2021
Douglas Locke replied to Marvin Cripps's discussion Videos
" This isn't bad at all.  People don't really do music like this anymore, it seems.  Though it's not really in that style, the chords and lyrics remind me a little of something Pink Floyd might do with more electric guitar and sweeping…"
Sep 13, 2021
Marvin Cripps commented on Alistair Smith's video
"I enjoyed this quite a lot."
Sep 10, 2021
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Sep 10, 2021
Marvin Cripps replied to Marvin Cripps's discussion Videos
"Thank you for listening and for responding,Gavin. 
Sep 5, 2021
Gavin Brown replied to Marvin Cripps's discussion Videos
"Hi Marvin,
A decent pop/rock tune. Maybe a Neil Young influence? I think it could have benefited from your voice being a little higher in the mix, but it is also ok as is, other than the end, which seems cut off. Thanks for posting!
Sep 5, 2021
Marvin Cripps posted a status
I'm a simple man who writes simple songs. Is there room for simple songwriters here?
Sep 5, 2021
Marvin Cripps posted a discussion
I recently uploaded a couple of videos I made for my original songs. I'm unsure how to go about presenting them for discussion or criticism. I'm taking a chance on this posting - please tell me if I'm being…
Sep 4, 2021
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Sep 3, 2021
Marvin Cripps posted a video
I've been away from the forum for quite some time. I'm retired now and have a little more time on my hands and have made some homemade videos to go with my homemade music.This is a song about sharing things on social media and how people can be too…
Sep 2, 2021
Marvin Cripps left a comment for Robert "Robby" Piotrowski
"I enjoyed listening to your work. I'm still struggling with creating drum tracks. You do very well. I like the ethereal sounds toward the end of "Mental ways" particularly. Symphony 1 - very nice. Suite of dreams - your instrumental choices weave…"
May 28, 2011
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Oct 5, 2010
Marvin Cripps replied to Tombo Rombo's discussion What was the first computer music program you used?
"I strictly used the staff view in Cakewalk Pro Audio 7. At that time I Had the Soundblaster Live soundcard which has pretty good soundfonts. I only very recently upgraded to Sonar Home Stusio 7XL with a dedicated midi keyboard. Real time is SO much…"
Oct 5, 2010
Marvin Cripps left a comment for Jason Ward
"Hi Jason,
I've been out of the loop for a while, figuring out how to do things in real time. (eliminating latency). I'm listening to and greatly enjoying Great Bear Rainforest - nice work."
Oct 5, 2010

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  • Thanks for the compliiment Marv :)

    Checked out your stuff too, it sounds great! Reminds me very much of video game music, like back in the day playing something like Zelda (that's a good thing to me, I love video game music :)

    I can totally picture this music playing in the b/g while I'd be walking through a town or something :)
  • Howdy Marv-

    Thanks for listening to my tracks. I appreciate the good word.

    +1 to Gavin's comments below. If you applied some randomization to the volumes of the notes (velocity), as well as the timing... "groove quantize" or something (I'm not familiar with cakewalk's method of "humanizing" the groove, the note timings and velocities) I think it could bring more life to these tunes.

    I'd also suggest minimizing the drums. When dealing with a limited soundset, make that an asset, not a liability. Meaning, approach it as a percussion track, a shaker and hand drum, not a full pop kit. I think that would be more in keeping with the simplicity of the harmony and rhythm.

    Or not. :) Advice is worth the price.

  • I too enjoy melody. And thanks for your comment on my piece Must Be Said in the Dissection Forum.
  • Marv, it is great to hear from you after all of these years. It sounds like you're still active in the pursuit of great melodies. I had a chance to listen to some of the cosmic creation songs. Wow, what a flashback. Great material! Had dinner with John Williams (in Chicago) last spring. He and the family are doing very well. Take care, Larry C
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