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Open Air for Those Who Don't
by Tom_Ena
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Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 2:49 AM
 
Mana Junkie
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permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 3:02 AM
It reminded me of the opening of The Blues Brothers where the lads would come on stage and introduce the boys in the band. Sweet mother of all things blues brothers! :) This is my way of telling you that I diggs it.
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:52 PM
Being compared in any way or shape to The Blues Brothers is a very high compliment. Thanks!
gurdonark
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permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 4:04 AM
You can’t go wrong with a bass line/percussion set like this. I love the little organ melody as well—it’s smooth and sleek and a bit 60s and makes me feel as if the synths are all having fun. I hope this gets picked up for a soundtrack for a video about a cool game, because it’s got that playful feeling and yet it’s not at all simple 8bit, really. The extro is neat, with this little horn-synth sound delaying off into the horizon.
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:57 PM
Wow, thanks! The extro sound is actually a sample from the start of the same sample used within the song (the two horn synths doing the glissando down), lengthened a bit and with some reverb. Glad you like it!
DoKashiteru
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permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 4:48 AM
Fantastic! oh man, this is so, so cool - excellent work here!
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:57 PM
Thank you so much!
Ivan Chew
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permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 5:44 AM
Sounds to me you’ve blended a sound that’s your own, without destroying the original feel in the stems.
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 10:59 PM
Thanks, that is a big compliment indeed!
Snowflake
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permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 9:20 AM
energetic indeed :) love that thumping bass line underlying the creative synth melodies. this is a unique and delightful mix!
 
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permalink   Snowflake Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 3:28 PM
second listen. even better the second time. your transitions are so smooth and seem effortless. how did you do that?
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 11:03 PM
Thanks!

Re: transitions, I think there are three things at work:

1) (and foremost), the underlying samples from 1932 were *really* easy to work with for transitions. Many of them just flow smoothly into each other without me doing anything

2) My classical training might be showing; I didn’t even think of using the word “transition” inside this song - for me, a transition is just like the full stop sign between sentences and if the music flows to/from it properly on both sides, it will be natural even if it changes a lot

3) Doing something else for 10 minutes, then listening to the whole song again highlights the places where something is amiss. Then just adjust according to ear (quieten a drum roll sample; add a pad after the transition that was there before and that the ear yearns for after it; etc)
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 9:54 AM
great perspective. and solid advice. thanks for sharing.
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Tue, Nov 9, 2010 @ 8:59 PM
I agree with Snowflake.
Kara Square
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permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 3:26 PM
Okay, this is awesome. I totally love this. Seriously.
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 11:17 PM
Thanks, much appreciated!
Grizzly616
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permalink   Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 8:54 PM
this is a great surprise for me, since i love chiptune. I have to disagree with gurdonark, I think this is actually 8bit, just with a different instrument setup :P it being 8bit, I have to dig it!
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Sun, Nov 7, 2010 @ 11:18 PM
Yes, 1932’s original synths do sound like chiptune. Funny how I didn’t even notice that while remixing, just thought of them as abstract sounds. Thanks!
The Orchestral Movement of 1932
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permalink   Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 2:39 AM
This is terrific! The original idea behind the two pieces you sampled, was a line in my head of making something that would be the ‘punk music of punk music.’ Something that is just the opposite of everything. You’ve recaptured that spirit perfectly. Great job!
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Fri, Nov 12, 2010 @ 1:15 PM
Ahh, that clarifies those two pieces to me a lot. Thanks!
captainstupidity
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permalink   Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 7:11 AM
A very nice groove. I love the transitions and everything flowed quite nicely together.
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Fri, Nov 12, 2010 @ 1:15 PM
Thanks!
colab
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permalink   Mon, Nov 8, 2010 @ 7:29 AM
Great track. Love the playfulness in this because you’ve made it fun without making it a joke.

Really nice work.
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Fri, Nov 12, 2010 @ 1:18 PM
Thanks!
SackJo22
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permalink   Tue, Nov 9, 2010 @ 9:00 PM
I am sorry to be late this party, because everyone clearly is so enthused by this track. You did a remarkable job transforming the source tracks into something wildly exciting, and masterfully put together. Bravo!
 
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permalink   Tom_Ena Fri, Nov 12, 2010 @ 1:19 PM
Wow, thank you so much!