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#1 Jimi369

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Posted April 7, 2016 - 10:05 PM

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell on You

Saxophone on keys

 

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins - The Whammy

Saxophone on Keys

 

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Constipation Blues

Saxophone and trumpets on Keys

 

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Otis Redding - Respect

Trumpet on keys

 

 

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Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine

 

 

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The Romantics - What I Like About You

 

Jimi369 and samjjones with guitar and bass based on the cover charts by Nunchuk

Harmonica solo charted to keys.

 

 

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David Bowie - Rebel Rebel

 

Keys & Pro Keys by Ollie
Guitar: Jimi369 and samjjones with Musicgeekxyz coorections by Ollie
Bass: Jimi369 and samjjones with Musicgeekxyz, corrections by Ollie

Drum reduction corrections by Ollie

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The Muppets - Mahna Mahna (ft. Mahna Mahna & the Snowths)


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#2 Jimi369

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Posted April 7, 2016 - 10:05 PM

I claim India for Britain this space for future posting.

Flag.


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#3 jloboc

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Posted April 7, 2016 - 11:12 PM

Nice one... it must be fun playing the muppets Mahna Mahna, thank you

 

Saludos!



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Posted April 8, 2016 - 01:06 AM

Excellent Muppets pick.  Ah wow the childhood memories.



#5 glarms

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Posted April 8, 2016 - 06:03 PM

perhaps a request or two for nostalgia reasons :

 

 



#6 Farottone

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Posted April 8, 2016 - 06:27 PM

Awesome release!



#7 Jimi369

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Posted April 23, 2016 - 09:36 AM

Thanks for the comments, guys!

And now for something completely different.

For a limited time only here What I Like About You by The Romantics. A collaboration with mr samjjones.

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Normally this wouldn't/probably shouldn't have been posted, but time is ticking for this one as Harmonix seems to be at most a week away of announcing the song as dlc for Rock Band 4.

Is it playable? Well it depends on how high your standards are, but I would say "Yes" (go download and play this weeks episode of the House of Customs [/shameless plug]).
Guitar has the chart of the cover's conversion by Nunchuk as a basis with notes stretched and added to make the timing better suited for the original.
There are lots of pitch collisions though and it should get a complete overhaul to make it actually good. It is also rife with 3-note-chords which, while they do add challenge, could be used a lot less for my taste.

It will be interesting to see how Harmonix chart the guitar, almost nine years after they did it for Guitar Here Encore - Rock the 80s.
At least it will finally get me to take Rock Band 4 from its shrink wrap.

Hope you enjoy!

-Update- And it's gone.


 


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#8 Farottone

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Posted April 23, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Yay!



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Posted April 23, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Oh sweet. Better grab this quickly.
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Posted April 23, 2016 - 01:09 PM

Grab it while it's hot!

 

I remembered that this song also appeared on Guitar Hero Rocks the 80's, so just for fun, I grabbed that midi, a vocal midi from some karaoke game, and dumped the original Romantics' audio (not the cover) into a project to see what it looked like.  After doing that, it was pretty clear to see how/why Activision got sued, because it was a pretty close match tempo wise.  Once Jimi heard I was working on this, he jumped in with both feet and really did the lion's share of actual work here in trying to modify the tempo and charts to match the original's audio.  Much thanks and appreciation to him!

 

Of course, all of those combined assets still didn't give us a "releasable" song as-is, and Jimi really worked hard on the guitar/drums/bass/vocals charts this past week to try and make it a little more playable.  We both think the guitar chart is still way too difficult, but when HMX listed the Romantics as a release this month, that kinda forced our hand to try and get it out the door sooner rather than never :)

So I hope everybody appreciates the short turnaround on this guy, and hope that it's not too unpleasing to play.

 

Harmonica solo on keys, guys!



#11 Jimi369

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Posted July 17, 2016 - 09:46 PM

You are watching Amazing Improvements and here is your host:

 

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Hi everybody,

 

Are you ever tired of seeing your friends on Rock Band night, rocking out to David Bowie's Rebel Rebel, while you sit on the couch with your keyboard, not playing?
Sure you cold play bass and guitar with your trusty two-octaves but it doesn't quite scratch that same piano itch.
No other options but to sit it out, or serve drinks in sad, sad black-and-white video.
But all that has ch- ch- changed!

Now, there is the incredible Ollie's Aid ™

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Thanks to Ollie's Aid ™ there are not just five keys to press,

Pro Keys are included as well!
 

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If you order now you get improved drum reductions as well.
 

"But Mike, the people want more!"

"They want more? Well how about I throw in corrected Bass and Guitar parts? All thanks to the incredible Ollie's Aid ™"

Improve your Rebel Rebel custom experience. Feel the difference for yourself

Don't wait any longer and order Ollie's Aid, TODAY!!
 

About two months ago, seemingly out of nowhere I got a PM by Ollie sending me a Reaper project for Rebel Rebel with keys and his blessing to use it to update the existing custom.
As if that wasn't enough he also made improvements to several areas of the custom.
This upgrade was meant to go up a lot earlier than it did. And I am sorry to keep it from you guys for so long.

All credits go to Ollie who not only knows how to make great customs, but is also a great person to have a conversation with.
Thanks a ton!


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#12 Housequake

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Posted July 18, 2016 - 06:04 PM

Wow! Two Ollies Aid for the price of one?! I'm jumping on this deal before it sells out. Usually deals like this are limited time offers, or until supplies last.

GET YOURS NOW!!!

Lol!

Thanks for the awesome update (Bowie deserves FB treatment). Also, for a very imaginative and entertaining post. This truly is a two'fer one deal.

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#13 Ollie

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Posted July 24, 2016 - 03:49 PM

Ah ah ah, well I know who to hire if I ever need a publicist, nicely done, Sir :)



#14 Jimi369

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Posted September 9, 2016 - 11:51 PM

On 9-9-1941 Otis Redding Jr. was born, which would make today (for the good people across the pond at least) his 75th birthday.

Here are two of his songs. The first one, Respect, comes from his biggest selling album during his lifetime, Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul.
This is the song that Aretha Franklin took and made her own version of. It turned into a massive hit for her.

 

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Otis Redding - Respect

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This is an overhaul of the version I posted in 2015. Every instrument has been redone, hopefully for the better. There is still room from improvement, especially on the guitar part. Vocals are now properly scrubbedd (which I thought I was doing at the time, but I missed the part where you use the Alt-key). Still unsure how he pronounces "asking" in this song though :)

 

The second one, These Arms of Mine is the song that got him his first major record deal. It subsequently became his first hit single.

 

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Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine
 

I hope you all enjoy these songs and please feel free to leave suggestions on improving the charts.

Have fun.

 




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Posted September 10, 2016 - 12:23 AM

Thank you Jimi369 for this wonderful tribute to one of the greatest Soul singers of all time! This is 'download immediately' material for sure!


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#16 Farottone

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Posted September 10, 2016 - 12:24 AM

I approve of this awesomeness.



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Posted September 10, 2016 - 01:34 PM

Tremendous release Jimi369!

 

"These Arms of Mine" is such a great vocal.  Can't wait to play.



#18 Jimi369

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Posted November 1, 2016 - 01:24 AM

Remembering the "Father" of Shock Rock

 

After missing his birthday on July 18th the next opportunity to give mr Jalacy Hawkins some well deserved attention was Halloween. 

So here we are: a three pack of songs, including his greatest commercial succes, I Put a Spell On You.

A powerful song, of which the most well known interpretation by the artist himself is said to originate from a drunk recording session. It is also a song that has been covered by a whole lot of other recording artists, such as Nina Simone -who, incidentally, could do with a more prominent place in the Rock Band library- and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

 

This song doesn't have more than one singer, but as an experiment I put a less simplified version of the vocals on harmonies to see if it would work and left it in. Keys are an interpretation of the saxophone and trumpets.
 

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After I Put a Spell On You Screamin'Jay Hawkins was never really able to replicate its succes. He released several singles and albums for multiple labels, but those songs didn't set the charts alight.

She Put the Whammee on Me was the closest thing to another hit he got, in the States at least.
A later interpretation of this song The Whammy, was released before in 2014. This is a complete remake of that custom.
 

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The last song in this pack was banned in at least several states and was a modest hit in Europe where Screamin' Jay remained popular long after he ceased to be in the US.

 

Constipation Blues is a song about a man sharing his tale of a particularly unpleasant bowel movement. It is a lot more tastefully done than the title might imply and really rather funny.

The custom has its problems: It is certainly playable, but the least polished and perhaps more suitable for the work in progress forum. The sound starts too early and the vocals are stupidly hard to get a perfect score on. This is also a song that really needs pro keys, as a delightful solo now goes uncharted.

Still it is a fun song to play.

 

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Despite not being the most succesful recording artist in history, with his vocal skills and outlandish stage persona mister Hawkins enjoyed succes and popularity as a performing artist and a ladies' man.

 

As always, constructive feedback to make these customs better is genuinely appreciated.

Please take these customs for what they are: a far from perfect tribute to a great performer which I hope you all will enjoy despite the flaws that are present.

 


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Posted November 1, 2016 - 01:57 AM

The is the customs equivalent of sitting down to sip an outrageously rare red wine vintage: priceless.



#20 Sideshow

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Posted November 1, 2016 - 02:44 AM

For the longest time I thought CCR was the originators of "I Put A Spell On You" until years ago I discovered the Screamin Jay Hawkins version in Singstar.  Very cool release.






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