Firefly Secret Mixter Remixes!

Reviews for "They Are Not to Be Trusted"

They Are Not to Be Trusted
by Kara Square
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Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 7:57 AM
permalink   Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 8:11 AM
Outstanding - musically and literarily (I’ve made that word up). I love the tension and hectic quality to your b/t and Rob can bloody write, can’t he? Brilliant setting for his words.
permalink   robwalkerpoet Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 12:15 PM
Thanks Ciggi. (And thanks for “literarily” - I have to use your newly-minted word somewhere!)
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:43 AM
Thank you so much, Ciggi. Soooo so so much. (And yeah, I totally agree… Rob’s an incredible writer!)
permalink   Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 8:36 AM
This arrangement, to me suits very well the poem. It’s spooky and psychedelic to my ears, but lovely at the same time :D
Congrats for your high skills
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:45 AM
Wonderful… I’m so glad it suits you! You’re right… it is a bit spooky. Thank you, dear DICE.
permalink   Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Wonderful!!! What a treat to listen to. All available ’s UP, please… . .
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:45 AM
Thank you kindly, panu. Very, very much!
Admiral Bob
permalink   Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 9:46 AM
Springy plucked strings with mournful bowed ones. Nice combo. I think the sprightly bells at the end tip the balance though!

Even though it isn’t your ukulele, your sensibilities are all over this, just as much as Rob’s. And I think that is what I enjoy most about secret mister… when the remixer creates a 50/50 hybrid of their own and the subject’s style.
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:47 AM
Awesome… I’m glad you like the combo. I hear you about the ending… it’s actually the tail of Rob’s heavily delayed uke. It worked for me, but I can hear what you mean.

I am so with you. I always aim for the 50/50… I think I learned that from you!
permalink   Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 10:08 AM
Loved the experimental nature of this and fits the words so well. Beautiful combination of plucky strings and soft orchestrals.

Beautifully fitted moods to verses.
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:48 AM
Thank you so much. This means a lot to me.
permalink   Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 12:12 PM
Our paths just seem to keep crossing don’t they? I’m so grateful that you were my secret mixter Kara. As is to be expected your approach is highly original and the two samples seem to be made for each other. (Can’t understand why I didn’t think of that myself!) The addition of the mournful cello and oboe are typical of your deft & subtle approach.
Thanks for choosing two samples which have NEVER been remixed by anyone else!
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:41 AM
They sure do and I’m grateful, too. I’m so happy that you enjoyed my remix. It was really difficult to decide on what samples to use (I genuinely adore and relate to your work) and I’m glad you liked how I chose two that hadn’t been remixed before. I try to do this with each Secret Mixter… find the neglected gems! Thank you for all your contributions on ccMixter. You add an important voice to the community.

p.s. I almost worked with “Al Zheimer,” but it was just too emotionally challenging. That’s an incredible piece, Rob.
permalink   Sun, Mar 23, 2014 @ 12:48 PM
a true musical piece of art. i am listening in headphones, relishing in the clarity of each sound, its subtlety of each treatment and placement. The over-arcing beauty of this mix is undeniable. could be a short film. brilliant work Kara.
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:50 AM
Great! I’m glad you tried it out through headphones! The placement was quite important to me while arranging. Could you hear this in “House of Cards”? That was in my subconscious… with the political nature of the lyrics (at least, that was my interpretation). Thank you, Em.
Rey Izain
permalink   Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 5:32 AM
I can actually see this as a short animation. Lovely piece
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 6:51 AM
Very cool. Thank you!!
permalink   Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 7:03 AM
Excellent mix. Complex sound but simple arrangement. All those echos could be musical metaphors for all you have to look for behind everything ‘they’ say. Really well done.
permalink   Kara Square Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 8:58 AM
Ooo… I love your thoughts about echo metaphors… I hadn’t thought of that myself. Thank you for your kind words, Speck.
Piero Peluche
permalink   Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 1:43 PM
I agree with Speck… and also I like your ukulele sound :-)
permalink   Kara Square Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 2:59 PM
Thank you kindly, Piero. The uke is one of the samples I used from Rob. :) As soon as I heard it, the piece fell together.
permalink   Thu, Apr 3, 2014 @ 11:06 PM
What strikes me most as I listen to this immensely creative, delicate and rich work is how much you have grown as an artist since you first appeared at ccM. This is an outstanding arrangement and excellent production.

What has been present since the beginning and remains so clear is your kind heart which is apparent in how you approached Rob’ work.
permalink   Kara Square Sun, Apr 6, 2014 @ 12:54 PM
What a touching review… thank you so much, Susan. You have given me a great boost of confidence. It is truly wonderful to connect with like-minded and like-hearted people like you.
Steven M Bryant
permalink   Sun, Apr 6, 2014 @ 8:49 AM
Hi Kara, You are so gifted and talented. This is an excellent mix. Excellent work as always.
permalink   Kara Square Sun, Apr 6, 2014 @ 1:01 PM
Helloooo Steven! So nice to see you here. Thanks for the listen and the kind words.