Eddie Davis

Electric Wind Music

(and some actual "real" acoustic sax music at the bottom of page)


The Yamaha WX5

Electric Trumpet, Saxophone, Bass, Flute, Trombone, Violin, & virtually ANY other Instrument made or imagined.

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Here's a little history and a brief description of this dream instrument I play and some of the equipment I use to make my music. If you just want to hear the tunes scroll down.

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In early 2005, after many years away from playing music, and while searching the internet for a good keyboard, I read about something I'd never heard of called a "breath controller" that could be used on specially equipped keyboards to allow your breath to control volume while playing. This intrigued me and I began a new internet search for more information about it. That search led me to discover an even more amazing marvel of technology - the electric wind instrument. There are several different models currently available. Yamaha's version of the instrument is called the WX5 wind controller and for various reasons is the one I decided to pursue. I bought it and was instantly hooked.

 

That was 4 years ago and after struggling through a few brief periods of frustration I now play every day. Most days I'll play hours and hours at a time. The frustration I went through was mostly due to having to learn the saxophone fingering system. I learned to play trumpet back in school so that was the only wind instrument I'd ever played and three valves have very little in common with saxophone keys. I struggled with it for about the first two years and would play for a month or two then not play for six months. On again off again was the way it was for those first couple of years until I finally "got serious" about it and committed myself to daily practice around November 2007.

 

Since then I've developed many techniques to make my instrument sounds as realistic as possible. I'm primarily focused on playing Trumpet and Saxophone but I've dabbled with many other instruments and they're all so much fun to play and I still can hardly believe I get to play them all with this one instrument. Basically the notes are fingered the same but the playing characteristics are very different for each instrument. The saxophone voice I'm currently playing is such a soothing, relaxing saxophone sound and the trumpet sound I have spent literally hundreds of hours adjusting "just right" is just so saweeeeeet! I used to pride myself on having a very clean but full, rich trumpet tone but I honestly believe I get a much better trumpet sound now than I ever did with my "real" trumpet. This is of course a matter of personal preference but listen to some of the songs below and judge for yourself.

 

All of the songs below are played on my Yamaha WX5 and a special Yamaha tone generator. I have modified my WX5 in many ways to suit my needs. I've added a large right thumb hook to make it much more stable while playing, spring tension tabs to the keys to give them better force feedback, and a small button on one key to raise it slightly which facilitates special fingering combinations I developed for easier playing. Internally I've removed a small piece inside the mouthpiece which I believe gives much more precise and better control of tonguing as well as a fuller, richer sound across the entire note range.

 

One thing that used to really annoy me was the appearance of the instrument. Fresh from the factory, right out of the box it just doesn't look to me like the professional musical instrument that it truly is...

 

 

 so I invented a skin kit which I make in a variety of colors, complete with silver mirror key strips and hand painted pearl finger button decals to make it look better (shameless plug warning - see the main page where I sell them HERE). This gives it a much more traditional instrument appearance. Here's what mine looks like now...

 

 

Now more about the tone generator I use. It's a Yamaha VL70-m Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator. Here is what it looks like...

 

 

***Update - February 2012 - Sadly, Yamaha has now discontinued this marvel of musical technology!

HOPEFULLY they will replace it with an updated, improved model. Yamaha, PLEASE do not let me down!***

 

If you want one don't worry they can still be found on eBay now and then but they're growing more scarce as time passes and the price is going up. One sold a few days ago for $750 and the retail price was consistently $599 for many years so if you see one $600 or under grab it!

 

 The unique thing about the VL70-m is the way it produces the sound as you play. It doesn't use pre-recorded sounds of instruments being played by other people as many other tone generators do. It actually creates the sound LIVE as you play. It does this by utilizing actual physical models of each instrument to calculate a very precise and extremely realistic sound which changes constantly as you play. It responds to breath pressure, reed pressure (embouchure with which you control up and down pitch bending as well as vibrato), and of course the fingering combination of keys. The control parameters it offers are outstanding and make the sound of the instruments very natural and extremely unique to each individual player when you take the time to customize them. Among the hundreds of editable parameters are Pressure, Embouchure, Tonguing, Amplitude, Scream, Breath Noise, Growl, Throat Formant, Various filters specific to each instrument, Harmonic enhancer, Damping, and Absorption.

 

The VL70-m is amazing in it's factory configuration but takes on an even greater realism when the professionally programmed Patchman Music TURBO VL Upgrade chip for the Yamaha VL70-m is added. I have it in mine and it makes a huge difference.

 

In conjunction with the WX5 and VL70-m combination I use a Technics SH-8066 programmable stereo equalizer and an Alesis Wedge reverb unit to further shape my sound. I add no software effects during or after recording and always record audio only, no midi. Most of the songs here I play along with professional backing tracks I have purchased. I also make some of the backing tracks from midi files which I edit out the melody from, adjust the key, instruments, and tempo to my liking then save them as mp3's and import into my recording software which is an old version of Cool Edit Pro.

 

The first files listed below are a couple of my original compositions. I've just recently started recording some of my original songs (after much procrastination) and have several more "in process" right now as well. I'll also be posting them here when they're ready.

 

I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoy playing them! Feel free to e-mail me at

 

eddiedavis@roadrunner.com

 

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Original Compositions

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These are my original instrumental songs. I wrote all parts, play the melody, harmony, and solos with Saxophone and Trumpet as well as the bass, flute, and a few other instruments here and there, all on The WX5. The rhythm, strings, synthesizer, and several percussion parts I play on a Yamaha DGX-500 keyboard.

 

January Jam

Someday We're Gonna' Find A way

If I Could Hold You (For A Minute)

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Christmas 2013

The Chipmunk Song

Christmas Is A-Comin'

Do You Hear What I Hear

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

 A Holly Jolly Christmas

 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

A Marshmallow World

Mistletoe and Holly

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

Shake Me I Rattle

Somewhere in my Memory

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Wonderful Christmastime

You're All I Want for Christmas

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+++ New for July 2013 +++

Worship Favorites

WX5 Trumpet. I started recording these back in August 2012 and finally finished them today (July 2013).

Agnus Dei - Michael W. Smith.mp3

Everlasting God - Brenton Brown.mp3

Great Is The Lord - Michael W. Smith.mp3

He Is Exalted - Twila Paris.mp3

Here I Am To Worship - Tim Hughes.mp3

Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) - Paul Baloche.mp3

How Majestic Is Your Name - Michael W. Smith.mp3

In Christ Alone - Keith Getty.mp3

Indescribable - Laura Story.mp3

Lead Me To The Cross - Brooke Fraser.mp3

Mighty To Save - Ben Fielding.mp3

The Power Of The Cross (Oh to See the Dawn) - Keith Getty.mp3

Still - Reuben Morgan.mp3

There Is A Redeemer - Melody Green.mp3

The Wonderful Cross - Jesse Reeves.mp3

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WX5 Trumpet Duets

(WX5 trumpet - recorded and added May 4th 2013)

 

14 - Menuet - 18th Century.mp3

 

15 - Adagio - 18th Century.mp3

 

16 - Gigue - 18th Century.mp3

 

17 - Chorus from Preciosa - von Weber.mp3

 

18 - Larghetto - Mozart.mp3

 

19 - Menuet - The Cuckoo - 18th Century.mp3

 

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Eddie Davis - Andante Cantabile.mp3

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The Shaping of the World.mp3

(from The World of Warcraft soundtrack) added May 4th, 2013

 

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Update - February 2012

Here's a tune from Les Miserables - I've been working on my trumpet voice again lately and am very excited with the sound I'm getting now. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

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WX5 Saxophone

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Variety...

 

Star Dust

 

Green, Green Grass of Home

 

Wonderful Tonight

 

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

 

Candle in the Wind

 

One Day I'll Fly Away

 

The Pink Panther

 

Pretty Woman

 

Dear Heart

 

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

I Don't Know How to Love Him

I Dreamed a Dream

I Know Him So Well

Imagine

A Good Man Is Hard To Find

After You've Gone

As If We Never Said Goodbye

Basin Street Blues

Blackie's Tune

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Bring Him Home

Charade

Close Every Door

Copenhagen

Days Of Wine And Roses

Don't Cry for Me Argentina

Dreamsville

Floatin' Down To Cotton Town

Fluter's Ball

Georgia On My Mind

Gus The Theatre Cat

It Might As Well Be Spring

Killing Me Softly With His Song

King Porter Stomp

Le Jazz Hot!

Love Changes Everything

Meggie's Theme

Milenburg Joys

Mr. Lucky

Nights in White Satin

Puttin' On The Ritz

Slow Hot Wind

Softly

That Old Black Magic

The Music Of The Night

The Sweetheart Tree

Too Darn Hot

Unexpected Song

Whistle Down The Wind

Your Feet's Too Big

 

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WX5 Trumpet

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Variety...

February 2009 update...

Brass On Ivory - a cappella

Charade

Copenhagen

Dear Heart

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

Dreamsville

King Porter Stomp

Meggie's Theme

Milenburg Joys

Moon River

Peter Gunn Theme

Slow Hot Wind

Softly

The Dancing Cat

Your Feet's Too Big

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Classical...

February 2009 update...

Bizet - Toreador Song

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach

Oh Promise Me

On Wings of Song

Schubert - Moment Musical

Tango

The Song to the Evening Star

Two Minuets - Bach

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Gospel...

February 2009 update...

'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

All Creatures Of Our God And King

All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name

Amazing Grace

Be Thou My Vision

Blessed Be The Name

Brethren, We Have Met To Worship

Come Christians Join To Sing

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Fairest Lord Jesus

For The Beauty Of The Earth

God Of Grace And God Of Glory

Holy, Holy, Holy

I Love Thee

I Need Thee Every Hour

I Stand Amazed In The Presence

Jesus Shall Reign Where'er Sun

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

My Faith Looks Up To Thee

My Faith Looks Up To Thee 2

O Worship The King

Praise To The Lord, The Almighty

Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart

Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us

Take My Life And Let It Be

This Is My Father's World

To God Be The Glory

We Have Heard The Joyful Sound

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

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Classical...

 

Air (from The Water Music)

 

Ave Maria

 

Ditterdorf - Tournament of Temperaments 1 The Melancholic

 

Ditterdorf - Tournament of Temperaments 2 The Humble

 

Ditterdorf - Tournament of Temperaments 3 The Gentle

 

DLW Lippen schweigen

 

DLW O Vaterland

 

DLW Vilja-Lied

 

Donizetti - Una furtiva lagrima

 

Handel - Lascia Ch'Io Pianga

 

Jupiter (from The Planets Suite)

 

Mendelssohn - Solemn March

 

New World Symphony, 2nd Movement - Dvorak

 

O For The Wings Of A Dove - Mendelssohn

 

Pathetique Symphony, 1st Movement - Tchaikovsky

 

Puccini - O mio babbino caro

 

Schumann - Traumerei

 

Symphony No. 3, 3rd Movement - Brahms

 

Symphony No. 5, 2nd Movement - Beethoven

 

 

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Classical - WX5 Trumpet & Organ

 

Charpentier - Prelude to Te Deum

 

Lully - Trumpet March

 

Purcell - Trumpet Tune

 

Mozart - Sonata KV67

 

Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary

 

 Mouret - Rondeau

 

Stanley - Voluntary from Suite No. 1

 

Purcell - Sinfonia

 

Handel - Hornpipe from The Water Music

 

Handel - Air from The Water Music

 

Stanley - Trumpet Voluntary

 

Manfredini - Trumpet Finale

 

Handel - Let The Bright Seraphim

 

Handel - Where'er You Walk

 

Handel - La Rejouissance

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Variety...

 

Adios Muchachos

 

Adios Vida Mia

 

Bring Him Home

 

Caminito

 

Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu, Paloma

 

Good Morning Baltimore

 

Gus The Theatre Cat

 

Ni Yao De Ai

 

Qing Fei De Yi

 

Quizas, Quizas, Quizas

 

Speak Softly Love

 

The Phantom Of The Opera

 

Try To Remember

 

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Christmas Tunes for 2008...

 

 I Saw Three Ships

 

 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

 

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

 

 Angels We Have Heard On High

 

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

 

Once In Royal David's City

 

The First Noel

 

 Silent Night

 

Gesu Bambino

 

O Holy Night

 

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Folk Carol Suite 1 - O Du Froliche_Echo Carol

 

Folk Carol Suite 2 - Noel Nouvelet

 

Folk Carol Suite 3 - Masters in this Hall

 

Folk Carol Suite 4 - Coventry Carol

 

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Believe (from The Polar Express)

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

 

 Jingle Bell Rock

 

O Christmas Tree

 

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

 

Winter Wonderland

 

You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

 

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

 

 Feliz Navidad

 

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Karaoke

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If you made it this far here's a bonus. Me singing! Ha! I've never really thought my voice is much for singing but I really enjoy singing as well so here's one that isn't too awfully bad.

 

Everybody's Talking

 

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I began playing tenor sax (an actual "real" saxophone) in October 2011.

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Here are some of my tenor sax recordings...

 

 

breezin - vento tenor sax - march 7th, 2013

 

Eddie Davis - Harlem Noctune.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - This Masquerade.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Casablanca.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Allegro Guisto.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - E-Motion.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Farewell to Mr. Dodo.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Two Songs - Lullaby - Brahms.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Morning Dance.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - duet - All I Have to Do Is Dream.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - When a Girl Like You.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Div. No. 5 - Minuet, Trio, and Adagio - Mozart.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Walk along the Sand.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Nova Bossa.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Amazon Express.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - tenor - Andante Cantabile.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Seven Short Pieces - May 2013.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Four Short Pieces - May 2013.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Losing My Mind.mp3

 

Eddie Davis - Rachmaninoff Symph.2 - Theme from 3rd mvt.mp3

 

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