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The Quiet Hours
by Siobhan Dakay
Recommends (40)
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 1:51 AM

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reusenoise
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 2:21 AM
The vocals fits the song really well,great vibes
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 2:25 AM
Thank you very much. :-)
Quarkstar
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 3:16 AM
You certainly achieved what you set out to do, though the 70’s never sounded so rich and deep.
I know how hard it is to have a style in mind and bring it up to date, excellent.
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 6:35 AM
Thank you Quarkstar.
I have tried hard to make it sound 70s but gave up.
I trust analogue equipment (instruments + recording stuff) is required to make sound real vintage.
saturo
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 4:53 AM
very beautiful song!
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 6:35 AM
Thank you very much Saturo.
Doxent Zsigmond
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:08 AM
Smooth and lovely. The Carpenters indeed.
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 6:36 AM
hmmm… I feel good with reading your comment.
Bluemillenium
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:13 AM
A beautiful work ,Whaouuuu !!

beautifully arranged.
congratulations
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 6:37 AM
Thank you very much!
Admiral Bob
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:14 AM
A lost 1960s classic!
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 6:38 AM
you really made me proud. Thank you.
Speck
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:50 AM
Wow, what an interesting choice of genres to shoot for (something that could have been on the Andy Williams Show) but boy did you hit your target. Great mix and super vocal work.
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 6:38 AM
I must dig the Andy Williams show.
Thank you for your nice review.
Kara Square
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 7:22 AM
Ummm… WOW. A work of art. Did you and SackJo hang out with Joni Mitchell for inspiration? SWOOOOOOOON!!! Beautiful. Uplifting. YES.
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 7:28 AM
I think I would have loved to do so….maybe in my dreams….

Thanks Kara !
Aussens@iter
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 10:59 AM
It’s amazing how you create harmonies for all the different instruments you use and everything works together perfectly. That’s exactly the reason why I used your strings for my remix. I don’t know anyone who can do stuff like this. The sound of your remixes is always excellent. I would be such a happy musician and human being if I had skills like you have. Maybe this is a bit too much, but this is the way I feel whenever I listen to a piece of music you created. Great job, dude!!
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 1:08 AM
Hey Tobias,

thank you very much for your extended compliments you made here.
Building the harmonies is mainly gut feeling and try and error. Sometimes I use a book (especially where strings go up and down in quints or so) with basic music theory.
Luckily there are only 8 notes in a scale of a base key to play with. ;-)
SackJo22
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 3:49 PM
Amazing!!!! I love this arrangement so much. The composition and production are fabulous. The harmonizations are gorgeous — with the instruments and with the vocals. I can hear how hard you worked with the pell. I always aspired to the Bacharach songbook…(sigh).

You touched me deeply with the care that you put into this track, and your very kind words. Thank you, thank you. It is an honor to be part of your musical world.
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 1:11 AM
I am very glad you like the arrangement.
The pleasure to remix you was all mine.

I can only imagine what a challenge it must be for a songwriter like you to listen to a complete different setup of a song - including different harmonies. I must admit that I never before tried to take care that lyrics and chords are that aligned.
Hans Atom
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 4:15 PM
This is just excellent. Excellent stuff. I dont know how you got these time travelling skills. But I love this a lot. You make SackJo sound so good!
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 1:12 AM
Thank you Hans!!

Are you still in Munich?
Keen to meet you again some time
 
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permalink   Hans Atom Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 11:26 AM
Yes my dear! Lets meet up soon.
Mana Junkie
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:43 PM
This is very Carpenterseque indeed! Something that could of been heard coming from the AM radio back in the 1979’s! Good stuff in my books.
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 1:13 AM
Thank you very much Tim.
:-) Glad you like it.
Snowflake
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:56 PM
You’ve taken our Sackjo’s angelic voice to new heights (iI’d love to peer in at how you did the editing, pitch-changes and treatment). You’ve created quite a wonderfully polished production my friend. Reminds me a bit of the Carpenters (my hubby grew up with them and they were close family friends so lots of spins in our home). The horns are especially awesome!
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 1:25 AM
Oh, I am a bit of jealous for your hubby - with regards of having the pleasure to have met them).

Re: What I did with the vocals
- nearly no pitching (just minimal corrections with the high notes)
- no time shifting
- heavy (really heavy compression) to get the quieter parts to a decent recognizable level
- Compression happen to bring up a kind of chirping up front which I got rid of by manually cutting out all parts without singing (and inbetween words) and fading out the “n“‘s early.
- That unfortunately got me to a point where I lost the “d”s (win”d”)
- so I copied a “d” and put it where it got lost by my early fade outs
- Eq is pretty much dynamic with a pretty heavy hole around 1250Hz (nose) and around 300Hz (interfearing and resonances with piano and strings). In addition I raised up frequencies north of 3k Hz by 4db
- Manual deessing - cut out all “s” and brought those down by 6 to 8 db.

All other tweaks were minor ;-)

I absolutely wanted to make a piano version of this song. Especially for that these tweaks were required.

Glad you like the production.
Scomber
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permalink   Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 6:23 PM
I agree with Snowflakes Carpenters reference. Fantastic arrangement !
 
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permalink   Siobhan Dakay Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 1:14 AM
In preparation to put the developed chords into the right arragement I extensively listened to the Carpenters.

;-)
texasradiofish
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permalink   Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 1:29 AM
WoW! The arrangement and production quality is A+

Sounds like a retro TV or movie audio track for Quiet Hours.

I was having problems loving Susan’s voice against your music in a few places. Since I have a lousy ear and poor pitch, all is probably well ‘;0)
Subliminal
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permalink   Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 11:03 AM
Impressive. Just impressive.
diaphane
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permalink   Tue, Nov 1, 2016 @ 5:56 AM
I imagine it like a moovie film; with Audrey Hepburn for instance. Very elegant mix, just like her
Jeris
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permalink   Thu, Nov 3, 2016 @ 7:27 PM
Love it! Had to Ed Pick!
Really one of best remixes of SackJo22 that I can remember.
latopa
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permalink   Sat, Nov 5, 2016 @ 6:02 PM
Bravo SD,

I can only say that music today (MSM) is a total mess. Thanks to you and CCM and all the creative souls…we build, creative music and listen. Keep the music.
urmymuse
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permalink   Sun, Nov 6, 2016 @ 3:10 AM
Exceptional
J.Lang
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permalink   Tue, Nov 8, 2016 @ 1:20 PM
Beautiful indeed
robwalkerpoet
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permalink   Tue, Dec 6, 2016 @ 3:56 PM
Music written, performed and produced to make us feel good!Congratulations. Let’s have more melody in today’s music!