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Abell (distant galaxy mix)
by spinmeister
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Fri, Dec 28, 2007 @ 10:42 PM

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permalink   Sat, Dec 29, 2007 @ 4:05 AM
Great stuff, Spinmeister. Of course it helps (a lot) that the overall feel of this track is quite familiar to me, all that nice 80’s synthy stuff being amongst my favorite music.

Your technical description above made for interesting reading. There was nothing sonically that I found out of place. The vocals are ever so slightly de-humanized (for want of a better word) when they are harmonized but that fits the style, so no one can criticize you for that.

Thanks for this one, a very enjoyable listen, and a very ambitious technical achievement. Also very nice to see that you and the synthesizers are working together so nicely. I was beginning to worry a bit :-).
permalink   spinmeister Sat, Dec 29, 2007 @ 12:33 PM
thanks for your kind words - essesq! Aahh yes, I just can’t help myself - bought my first synth in the 80s and have been addicted ever since. :-)
permalink   Sat, Dec 29, 2007 @ 10:14 AM
Spin- what a fantastic song! I could hardly like it more. It reminds me of
one of Stephen Meritt’s songs (Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes). I have no criticism, as I can find no fault in this. Great job.
permalink   spinmeister Sat, Dec 29, 2007 @ 1:02 PM
thanks so much, FB! c.layne deserves all the credit for writing a great song and setting the mood with his vocals. I just tried to blend the music around it how it was unfolding as I got immersed in the song.
permalink   Sat, Dec 29, 2007 @ 3:22 PM
This is a pretty song. I like the mix’s full feeling and sense of harmony—like 60s pop, only less obvious than the kind of 60s Cow Sillsy folk/pop I’m thinking about when I hear this. This one has interesting progressions, like a Rundgren song might. Good job on the mix. This one is a solid and entertaining listen. Thanks also for the notes on process. Now I must go listen to the original to hear what is variation and what is “core” :).

permalink   spinmeister Sat, Dec 29, 2007 @ 6:09 PM
thanks for your very kind words, Gurdonark! And yes, I felt a lot of flower power psychedelic vibes while working with this song. :-)
AussieJohn - OneMUSICk
permalink   Sat, Dec 29, 2007 @ 11:25 PM
Nice Idea, love the mix
permalink   spinmeister Sun, Dec 30, 2007 @ 4:10 AM
Thanks AJ!
permalink   Sun, Dec 30, 2007 @ 4:53 AM
I agree mostly with Gurdonark. He has a good sense for
writing critics/reviews and it_s always a joy reading his notes.

I first had a listen to the original and than to your
version, to detect the changes between original and remix. I am glad that you choosed a synth based arrangement for the core. On first listening I thought that these twinkling, sparkling, glitchy high tuned bell(?) sounds panned very left and right is a bit irritating, but on second and third listening I didn_t wanted to miss them. Adds some special mood as they are mixed in a subtile way in the arrangement.
The overall sound is very good and as Gurdonark mentioned, I love the way how you wrote your “How I did it”. It_s always exciting to read how somebody else is working in his laboratory! ;-)

For me your very personal interpretation of this a capella starts at around 3:20, where you play a more instrumental part with a very lovely and dreamy solosynth. Is that the Minimogue VA?

I also (and I guess Mozart would have too)love your ending because this is a real ending as sort of breakup on the harmonies.

Great job Spinmeister!

Wishing you all the best for 2008!
permalink   spinmeister Sun, Dec 30, 2007 @ 11:38 AM
Thanks for your kind review, TJ.

To be honest, the high pitched bright noizes had the same effect one me. After they had been in for a few minutes, I tried removing them, but ended up missing them too much. (How dominant they are also depends a lot on the speakers or headphones one listens on.

The dreamy solo synth is played on a piece of hardware: my beloved Access Vrus TI synth. And again, special credit should go to c.layne who already had the spacings in the vocal track, which was practically an official invitation to do a question/response kind of thing.
permalink   Sun, Dec 30, 2007 @ 6:35 PM
I must admit that when I first listened to this it did not do to much for me. However on second time around it does have some interesting qualities that I missed the first time.

Its one of the problems with this site as so much gets uploaded a lot of good stuff doesn’t get the attention it deserves or commented on and I am guilty of this myself.

So well Spin on this what I now think is a very very nice piece of work.
permalink   radiotimes Sun, Dec 30, 2007 @ 6:37 PM
That last line should have read “So well done Spin on what I now think is a very very nice piece of work!!”
permalink   spinmeister Sun, Dec 30, 2007 @ 9:16 PM
thanks RT for giving this remix a second chance. And I know what you mean - there is so much work flowing in here, that it is impossible to do proper listening justice to every individual song. In addition I find on many pieces it takes me 2 or 3 times at the very least to discover some of the nice touches contained in them. And commenting takes even more time. So I’m deeply grateful to everyone who leaves a little note. Thanks again!
permalink   Thu, Jan 3, 2008 @ 5:59 PM
This is excellent. I like how you took the vocal melody in a different direction with the chord progression. It still feels very epic. I’m compiling a remix album and this may be the closing track. Thanks!
permalink   spinmeister Thu, Jan 3, 2008 @ 6:25 PM
thanks so much for your kind words C.L. I was really hoping you’d be ok with this remix, since it’s definitely not quite as avant garde as your excellent original. (of course you could always take some of this remix and weird it up some more!)

By the way, I tried the progression on the acoustic guitar as well, and it becomes quite open chord playable with a capo on the second fret, so it plays like: Am - Em - G - D - F - Dm - Em - E, etc.
permalink   Thu, Jan 3, 2008 @ 7:08 PM
I admit, I’m a sucker for the combination of warmth, precision and playfulness that I always hear in a spimeister remix… this is a great example of this, a sweet combination with c. layne’s pella being brought into a wonderful Barrett-like focus.
permalink   spinmeister Thu, Jan 3, 2008 @ 8:50 PM
stop it, stop it! you’re making me blush, D.! thanks!
permalink   Fri, Jan 4, 2008 @ 8:37 PM
I really like this Spin. It has a wonderful sound quality. I really admire the way you put so much time and effort into you work, that attention to detail shows.
As Duckett said, warmth and precision. Very well done.
permalink   spinmeister Sat, Jan 5, 2008 @ 12:28 AM
thanks so much AT! Yeah, it’s always quite a while for me, until I feel I’m really involved with a song and start feeling and hearing things that hopefully will do it some justice. I’m quite jealous of those who can do that in an afternoon or two! I’m eagerly awaiting your next opus, too!
permalink   Wed, Jan 9, 2008 @ 9:59 AM
Between us we can keep this arpy synthy downtempo vibe alive.

I was not to sure about the live type drums in places and a solid kick would give a lower form.

But i like the work a lot, have a great 2008 .
permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jan 9, 2008 @ 11:05 AM
Thanks for your kind comment, LS! lol - yes, somebody has to fly the flag for downtempo arpeggio’s :-)

I hear you about the live type drums, but in this case I was actually trying to create a bit of a cross-over feel between the looped/arpeggiated and the live (the synth bass is live, too). Essentially I flipped the (more common?) approach of having live feeling guitars and keys over a looped rhythm section by having looped/arpeggiated keys and (fake) 12string over a more live rhythm section. That artistic choice is most certainly debatable, but it is a bit at the core of this particular remix idea. Probably makes it less commercial and possibly slightly bewildering to the ear, but hopefully a bit more unique? :-)

And I should probably confess, that I actually tried the more looped rhythm section approach at first - for quite a long time with numerous different feeling loops, but ended up rather dissatisfied with the predictability of the result at least for my own selfish ears. :-)

In any case, a very happy 2008 to you as well!
permalink   Sun, Jan 27, 2008 @ 5:38 AM
You did a great job on the audio-tech aspects of this offering…but more importantly (to me at least) is how does a piece of music make one feel? This is beautiful…those harmonies are great and the over all mood is lovely and joyous.
permalink   spinmeister Sun, Jan 27, 2008 @ 8:51 PM
thanks so much AM! A lot of the credit goes to c.layne. I found the original vocal track very inspiring and had a lot of fun putting rather different chording and atmosphere around that vocal track .
bento box
permalink   Sun, Apr 20, 2008 @ 8:03 PM
Has a great New Wave feel to it.I think a gated snare would have been over the top. Nice work.
permalink   spinmeister Mon, May 5, 2008 @ 11:19 PM
thanks for your kind note, BB!

Quote: bento boxa gated snare
lol - and maybe some shiny pants for the drummer, too ;-)
permalink   Sat, May 10, 2008 @ 10:08 AM
Really like the mystical quality of it. Like the flats ( or are they sharps ) too.
permalink   spinmeister Sat, May 10, 2008 @ 10:46 AM
thanks M! I like your snowy owl, too!
Scott Altham
permalink   Tue, Dec 23, 2008 @ 10:03 AM
Myself, i don’t feel you can go wrong with an 80’s style synth arp. This has a real Pet Shop Boys feel, and being a big fan of theirs, i warmed to your mix almost immediately.

Regarding the drums, they do sound a little light weight… but that’s a characteristic of 80’s keyboard drums right? (setting aside those power pop snare’s usually found in a roland power set kit (especially in the Roland D series)…

So in summary, this is pure 80’s electro pop, which i am in appreciation of… Top job.
permalink   spinmeister Tue, Dec 23, 2008 @ 11:14 AM
Thanks again and guilty as charged! 80s electro pop left a permanent mark in my musical psyche, and I still count a Juno60 and a DX7 in my collection, although I haven’t used them in a while.

Speaking of 80s drum sounds/modules - my first serious drum machine was the Drumulator.

Aahh the good old days! :-)
permalink   Scott Altham Tue, Dec 23, 2008 @ 11:28 AM
Hey, thats a sweet looking unit… as big as a car battery? :-) I too had a DX7 as a kid and didn’t appreciate it (fool), now I’m in double numbers times thrice I’d love a tinker on a DX7 again… That and a Roland D-20… better get over to ebay me thinks. Keep those electro pop mixes coming… they never get old…