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JRG (The Grid)

The Netherlands
Real name: James R. Grit
Country: Netherlands
Composing since: was it around 1980?
Music style: Exclusive concept.... s t y l e

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Title Comments
A BedTime Story"A BedTime Story" is what it is: drowsy but not a lullaby, a small journey into a mysterious world just before you fall asleep. Ingredients: one piano, two drumkits, a very complex customized sound (of which I am quite proud), and the right mood. (spring 1997)
A Dark Slow Glow"A Dark Slow Glow" is a slow and heavy Rock piece. I tried my utmost in this mid to create and mix good rock sounds - 3 guitars, 2 drumkits, a plain dark bass, a complex string, an organ - and worked several days on the guitar tracks. However, what I myself like most about it is the simple bass line. (spring 1997)
Angels from the East"Angels from the East" is a simple progressive rock style piece of music particularly inspired by the more recents albums of the great U.K. band "The Comsat Angels" (albums like "My Minds Eye" & "The Glamour"). This mid still needs a thorough remix. (winter 1996/97)
BWV 952 - Fuga (allegro moderato)Fooling around a bit with the QS300 bulkdump mids that Clemens Kurtz made available, I discovered a few nice Church Organ voices. One thing led to the other and before I knew it I had sequenced a nice little Fuga from Bach. It's not the thing I normally play; it is a bit of an experiment.
Breaking Waves (Alchemic Experiments #I)"Breaking Waves" is a first quest into boundary territory - you may understand that in every im-/-possible way. Suffice it to say that, in a musical sense, it means that long stretched 'watery' synthvoices slowly curl and swirl around stone hard and relatively fast beats. More of a soundscape than a song in the strict sense. (summer 1998)
Carrers Humits (Wet Streets)"Carrers Humits" is a story of love betrayed. The theme is so universal that anyone can relate to it. Nevertheless, the symbol-charged lyrics of songwriter ASIMOV combined with JRG's music evoke a very particular image and mood. Ingredients: Catalan lyrics (English translation included) two OD guitars, a nice bass, reasonably intelligent drums, an ordinary organ, a broad soft synth layer, and a sax. (summer 1998)
Floating"Floating" is an attempt to use my Yamaha daughterboard to make some "airy" synth-music (instead of imitating a rock band), i.e. just twisting and reshaping the presets while improvising a bit on a simple theme. Smoke something and fly away... (spring 1997)
Fool's Gold"Fool's Gold" is some sort of "symphonic wave rock" experiment. Thumping drums, pounding bass, a rock solid organ, one heavy rhythm guitar and two freaky guitars, and some basic "deep synth tapestry". It sounds pretty good, but the melodic lines seem not entirely unfamiliar. Hmmm, I can't help thinking, wouldn't Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) just love to hear his own voice sing on top of it :-> (X-mas 1997)
Gully of the Sad Boy"Gully of the Sad Boy" tries to paint the unique environmental emotion that I only know from my visits to the Scottish Isle of Iona. On this holy island rough nature and ancient memories are closely intertwined. I doubt whether you can understand what I mean if you haven't been there. No single sound or instrument in this ballad-like mid is particularly exciting; it is the whole shifting of space and movement in time I was interested in. (autumn 1997)
Icicles"Icicles" is a kind of prelude to a modern "Arctic Synfonia" which I intend to write somewhere in the future. I have always dreamed of this, but ... it may never happen ;-( Style: the electronic music of the 70's and 80's; a bit of Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, etc. (winter 1996/97)
Live CollaborationCollaboration with MrRED, Rob Litjens, Dude, Crackhead and Fukuri.
Mario in the Loonybin"Mario is a jolly little fellow who is always ready to embark on some exciting adventure with guys and girls like you. This ingenious problem solver and brave soldier takes you anywhere. On one particular occasion Mario enters a secluded merry place where illogical problems defy solution and battles prove to be rather pointless. Hahaha..." (autumn 1997)
Moraine"Moraine" is eh... well, let me quote ASIMOV; he said he heard "disorientation, anxiety, a bit of dissapointment, uncertainty, but a lot of energy to face the troubles...". I couldn't have put it any better. Heavy drums & bass, and screaming guitars soothed somewhat by strings. (winter 1998/99)
On the Plain"On the Plain" is my personal favorite, although composing it was originally an act of sheer desperation. I HATE the hot and oppressive continental climate of summer in Holland; thinking of rain and a cool sea breeze is the only means of survival. Of course, I could also try to force the gods and perform a raindance... A curious didjeridu-like guitar sets the stage, the heat beats your ears, the pressure builds up gradually, and ends in self-destruction. (summer 1997 - autumn EDITion)
Rhizome"Rhizome" can be called the "earthy" counterpart of "Floating". A lot of pompous banging with and tearing apart of metallic sounds intended to customize your ears a bit ;-) Coffee is the most appropriate hermeneutical tool for understanding this mid. (summer 1997)
SliabhOnly for DB50XG, SW60 and MU10 (QS300 voices...) "SLIABH; (moorland) is a personal fascination: the sheer beauty of this mixed underground glistening in the sun, the puzzle whether you're dealing with water, a deep pool, grass, mud or firm ground, and also the small exitement about the results of your next slippery step ... The music: The Cure midified? (autumn 1998)
Solid Speed (Alchemic Experiments #II)"Solid Speed" is the second exploration of boundary phenomena. In a sense the same applies as is said with respect to "Breaking Waves." The focus in this mid, however, is the riddle of speed and movement (trains). The tempo of this melodic soundscape is constant, and yet... Allow yourself to be amazed! (summer 1998)

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