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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,600 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 19 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb.

The busiest day of the year was November 12th with 97 views. The most popular post that day was About me.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were youtube.com, talkbass.com, en.wordpress.com, bossarea.com, and rickresource.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for miguelbass, miguel bass, miguelbass.com, miguel falcao, and miguel falcão.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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About me July 2009

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FAQ #2 – How do I get my bass sound February 2010
9 comments

3

FAQ October 2009

4

Suggestions July 2009
17 comments

5

Email September 2009
1 comment

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Practice Versus Perfect

This is an original song I made over the last weeks that I would like to share with you. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for sticking around! Miguel

The idea started while trying to make another (yet unfinished) song. I thought it was getting too complicated and took on some accidental playing on my guitar. I found the riff ok and thought it could be the base for something simpler where I could work out an arrangement with all instruments, as to prepare myself for finishing the first song.
Anyway ideas started flowing and it ended up a bit more extended than I initially wanted. The basslines (intro and pre and post solo) were made up a bit after, while I was having fun experimenting with a demo of the Ampeg SVX plugin.

Then the drums – I wanted to find something that would make it sound simple (in spite of having to deal with some odd meter – a blend of 7/8 with 4/4) – and anyway, something I would be able to play by myself. Then the middle sections came about while I was inspired to write some lyrics.

The choral section is a four-part harmony (2 tracks for each voice) that starts – intentionally – very “Bulgarian” and ends up a bit more CS&N (that’s a nice combination :) as to make a passage to the acoustic guitar section and the main poem that I wrote with my dad’s old Ramirez – still sounds incredible. Some more arrangements were made by then, especially the double-bass parts.

Finally the second harmony part, probably the most difficult bit, because my idea was to link to the finale that was already made. Again a four-part harmony but a different one, that finally melts with the kind of repetitions towards the end. The bass solo was the last thing to be thought of.

Well that’s part of my memory description for this song. Most important is that it’s ready now and I can present it to you!
Thanks for watching!

Miguel

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Koprivshtica 2010

(i) “Koprivshtica sings!” . I would like to share with you some of my wonderful experience at the Koprivshtica festival in Bulgaria.

With the few pictures and video clips I was able to record, I hope you will taste a bit of the atmosphere of this unique event, celebrated only every 5 years, and to enjoy the music, dances and colours…

(ii) One of the highlights of this segment is an off-stage performance by a choir that was leaving after their act on the regular program (see part one). As they were leaving, they heard the song that was at the moment being sung at the nearby stage and they naturally sang along, just as naturally as anyone breathes – this is their life, after all.

The last section is the evening at the centre of the village, with the Horo dances, at one of the restaurants.

(iii) The program was arranged so that on each stage would perform groups from each folkloric zone of Bulgaria. I can’t remember all right now, so any of you Bulgarian friends watching this… I would like to add some information on the comments… thank you! :)

(iv) Two more ensembles in Koprivshtica, including the famous “Ku-ku”

(v) This section focuses on the Horo dances and I try to figure out some of the odd-time signatures used. The images become a bit dark but the music never has been so spectacular!

(vi) Last bits recorded at Koprivshtica 2010. Hope you like it!

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More from MIA 2010

Two more sessions where I played at the MIA 2010 festival of free improvisation music.

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MIA 2010 – Free improvising session

Over the last weekend I had the privilege to attend the first edition of the free improvisation encounter at the town of Atouguia da Baleia – MIA 2010.
The format of this festival consisted in making a draw of trios and quartets among all musicians which would improvise together. It was my first experience with this sort of events and I really enjoyed it. A different way of expression, a musical conversation where you learn to listen to others. This clip is the very first session and my name was on that first lot. On I went…

I believe this is the second session that I played. Experimenting with some unusual bow technique :))

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Panda Pompoir – Mundial da Boa Esperança

Panda Pompoir did the politically incorrect anthem for the Portuguese national team’s campaign on World Cup 2010 in South Africa – World Cup of Good Hope (Mundial da Boa Esperança) is actually a support song for both Portugal and Brazil – The lyrics, written by featuring artist Felipe Flamboyant (aka the voice of “Bruno Aleixo” character) professes that both teams will make it to the final 16, that Brazil can win Portugal as long as they doesn’t thrash us too much, and that in the end Brazil will be 1st and Portugal 3rd. On the top of that, the song is sang in Portuguese but with a hardly convincing Brazilian accent! Confused? Good – that’s the whole point!

The song was recorded in one afternoon, that’s the way we could afford it… anyway this is the bassline I came up with in something like 20 minutes. I used my 1978 Fender Precision Bass, and yes – fingerstyle only! I don’t appear on the clip since I had to be at work :))

The song features on the closing/opening title’s of Bruno Aleixo’s special series about South Africa 2010 – Highly recommended, even if you don’t get a word of Portuguese!