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Reviews for "We are Free (at the Root)"

We are Free (at the Root)
by Snowflake
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Fri, Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:11 PM
 
Abstract Audio
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permalink   Sat, Apr 23, 2011 @ 1:16 AM
This is cool!!
Funny to see that we where some what on the same page for the beat with the vocals. The only thing I’m missing here is a bassdrum, a big tom sound or something like that.
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:05 PM
thanks for your feedback Feddo! i guess my kick and bass were really buried. i remixed my remix and would love your input on my aim to improve it! thanks so much. :)
 
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permalink   Abstract Audio Sat, Jun 11, 2011 @ 8:01 AM
Little late but I just listened to the updated version sounds much better!!
Admiral Bob
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permalink   Sat, Apr 23, 2011 @ 4:44 AM
Great production - really clean and clear with an excellent use of the stereo field (on the voices particularly.) I like the minimalist approach to the musical parts, letting the voices and the digging carry the weight - important to the feel of the piece, because its literally sounds like an army of garden gnomes with trowels (to me) trying to uproot a big bad tree. :)
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:08 PM
your visualization is the same as mine! i remixed my remix and it is less minimalistic now — not sure if that is a good or bad thing? i left the understated mix up too as an alternate mix. thanks for your feedback!!
PorchCat
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permalink   Sat, Apr 23, 2011 @ 9:25 AM
I’m really digging the electroclash post-folkpunk protest song vibe. Truly excellent work.

*meow*
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:09 PM
thank you! your parts were really integral to the melodies. :)
Kara Square
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permalink   Sat, Apr 23, 2011 @ 2:37 PM
Okay… LOVE IT. Seriously cool. I can totally picture the dancing, marching gnomes (thanks Admiral) and the gnarled, creepy tree… I’m completely jazzed to have helped inspire this innovative and creative blurred idea… Extra jazzed that it includes Abstract, spinningM, PorchCat, Lessig, and your awesome vocals/ lyrics…
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:11 PM
it was wonderful to have your voice part of this creation - and your imagery was so viscerally clear, i felt i needed to continue it…..
 
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permalink   Steven M Bryant Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 8:46 PM
Quote: Mind Map That!Okay… LOVE IT. Seriously cool. I can totally picture the dancing, marching gnomes (thanks Admiral) and the gnarled, creepy tree… I’m completely jazzed to have helped inspire this innovative and creative blurred idea… Extra jazzed that it includes Abstract, spinningM, PorchCat, Lessig, and your awesome vocals/ lyrics… DITTO….lol Said it all!
Fireproof_Babies
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permalink   Sat, Apr 23, 2011 @ 9:37 PM
Ahhhh… I like it! Kara sounds great on this, as do you, snowflake. Great vocal mix. Sure, it has not a bottom end, but that begs the question: Does it need it? It’s a protest song, and many of my favorite older protest songs were just one person and a guitar.
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:12 PM
hey FPB - thanks so much! (have i mentioned how much i love your pell for this project? listened to you in the car todiay!) i actually put up a new mix today — with the kick and bass up. i left the thin mix up too - not sure which i like better - too close to it. :/
 
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permalink   Fireproof_Babies Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 8:10 PM
I prefer the “thin” version myself. Not that the thumping new one doesn’t have its charms. I was in your car today? Hope my Babies behaved themselves.
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 8:13 PM
your babies made us all smile :) yea, maybe i should try to split the difference between the dance mix and no bass at all. any ideas on how to do that?
 
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permalink   Fireproof_Babies Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 8:52 PM
Thank you, snowflake. If it were me adding the percussion, I’d do it all on my Korg Wavedrum. Alternately, I’d add interesting live hits and fills from my drum set. Just in certain spots to add emphasis. I realize you may not have access to either of these devices; so I’m at a bit of a loss.
 
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permalink   Snowflake Wed, Apr 27, 2011 @ 8:32 AM
i do not have those devices, but i love hearing more about tools and trades of others :)
Steven M Bryant
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permalink   Sat, Apr 23, 2011 @ 9:43 PM
I’ll answer the bottom end question…lol..I don’t think so. I really got into this one and especially likes the vocals!
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:13 PM
i just put a new version of the mix with the kick and bass turned up quite a bit. not sure it is right? thanks for your kind words!
 
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permalink   Steven M Bryant Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 8:45 PM
My ears are not what they once were…lol So I’ll say this..Your vocals are to die for!!!They are coming through crystal clear and you have a most beautiful voice!
copperhead
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permalink   Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:19 PM
Very creative! I dig how the song breaks down now and then!
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:14 PM
thank you! :)
texasradiofish
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permalink   Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:24 PM
Walk like your-e-mer-ging
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:14 PM
great idea! we were listening to some of your mixes today - who are the musicians you work with? amazing stuff.
 
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permalink   texasradiofish Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 10:48 PM
Thanks, Emily.

Wrt working in real-time with musicians, it’s usually me creating songs or song parts with ElRon coming by on Friday nights to (re)arrange, mix or record. ElRon and I play/record lots of parts. I also program lots of instrument MIDI parts and vst plugin parameters/control/automation. ElRon created MIDI input for “Move Your Body”. Some of the songs, like “Radio Moscow” and “James Brown d’Funk” were literally pieced together and MIDI programmed a note and phrase at a time, then we recorded on them.

Besides ElRon XChile, who has been playing guitar and bass with me since the early 1970s, some of the audio is provided by producers, musicians and vocalists via licensed audio recordings from pro studios, licensed samples/loops, free material downloaded from the internet and, of course, ccMixter. We started using ccMixter samples years before joining the party “:0) Over the years, we’ve amassed a huge IP clean, royalty-free sample/loop library, which is still growing.

Some of the pro audio is provided by well known and not so well known folks like Tower of Power members, Morcheeba, Laurie Webb, Mandy Edge, David Byrne, Slap Johnson (sax), Doru Malaia, Mick Berry (drums), Jason Gianni (drums), Mike Kalajian (drums), etc. We use pro drummers whenever practical. Makes the home grown parts sound mo’ better. The drums on “Why” were derived from studio tracks provided by Gemini Productions in El Paso based on what the owner heard on ccMixter. He said, “see what you can do with this STUFF.” “Morning Emerges, “Move Your Body”, “Take Two Shots” and “Wiggle Room” were mixed with the help of West Texan, Eddies880. ElRon has twice invited local guitar players to record: William Frick on “Take Two Shots” and Danny Douglas on “Too Slide 4 Wiggle Room”. And, the story goes on …

Just put the STUFF in the creative cauldron and stir!
 
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permalink   Snowflake Wed, Apr 27, 2011 @ 8:34 AM
impressive. you are really taking collaboration to a new level here at ccM. thanks so much for sharing the details. i’m feeling inspired….
Vidian
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permalink   Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:20 PM
Omg, The Orgy of sounds at every beat strike is intriguing. So much original sound :D Where is your a capella?? D:
 
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permalink   Snowflake Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 7:54 PM
thanks Vidian! it should be there now :)
Papa_Zulu
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permalink   Fri, Apr 29, 2011 @ 11:18 PM
Damn Em this has a mad hook, great vox arrangement too!
grapes
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permalink   Thu, May 12, 2011 @ 7:21 PM
very cool!