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Mirror (Electronic Epic Mix)
by spinmeister
Recommends (26)
Sun, Jul 5, 2009 @ 2:48 PM

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essesq
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permalink   Sun, Jul 5, 2009 @ 4:20 PM
Very nice, never would have guessed who made this one ;-). Electronic Epic is a nice subtitle for this. Well crafted and constructed, and a very enjoyable listen. Glad you got past the internal gremlins. I sure know what a hassle they can be.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sun, Jul 5, 2009 @ 8:55 PM
lol - thanks Ms. E.! I guess it would have been futile to submit this under a different alias :-) Hope you’re winning the battle with your gremlins, too!
SackJo22
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permalink   Sun, Jul 5, 2009 @ 5:29 PM
Spin! I love your treatment of this song which showcases your incredible pop sensibilities and mixing skill. This is the only pell I have uploaded so far from a song that I had previously arranged/recorded. To hear it completely re-conceptualized with such care, is really a treat! And I truly appreciate the trouble you took cleaning up the original pell which is indeed quite a mess! (I’m going to replace the original pell with the repaired one you so kindly forwarded to me) Thank you so much!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sun, Jul 5, 2009 @ 9:08 PM
Thank you for a great song, for entertaining my special request for the FX free version and for forgiving my hijack of your original musical concept, SJ22! I think your song is so strong, it stands up very well under the scrutiny/abuse of rather different genre’s and interpretations. Thanks again!
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Sat, Nov 6, 2010 @ 11:08 PM
Ah! The song that started it all! I just revisited it when it came on rotation at dig.ccmixter and was reminded once again about what a super job you did with this track. Thanks again!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sat, Nov 6, 2010 @ 11:55 PM
Thanks SJ! — How time flies. 16 months and counting since that fateful upload! :-)
CiggiBurns
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permalink   Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 6:00 AM
Oh this is so, so good, Mr Spinmeister! Lovely SJ22; lovely mix. It’s going on my mp3 now!! xx
 
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permalink   spinmeister Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 11:20 AM
Thank you, CB! I get all sweaty palms when you talk blue to me! ;-)
colab
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permalink   Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 6:37 AM
You have a great ear for classic pop harmonies and arrangement - this really takes me back - way back. I really like what you’ve done here.

One thing that stands out though is that the sound levels could be tweaked more. The vocals sometimes feel a bit too low - especially in contrast with the drums (snare and toms).

That’s minor though. Nice work.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 11:26 AM
Thank you Mr. C.! You have no idea how hard I fought the levels on this one. I think it’s the fact that the vocal track has such a wide dynamic range in volume and pitch. I may have to resort to a mixing trick I know conceptually, but have never yet tried.
TheJoe
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permalink   Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 8:25 AM
To echo colab, yes you have a good ear for classic pop harmonies and arrangments. There are not many people here on this site who do this. And your drum programming too makes this to a Spin fingerprint.
Btw, I love your new avatar. You know it_s something like “Die neue “S”-Klasse, which is not meant for an automobile ;-)
 
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permalink   spinmeister Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 11:33 AM
Thanks TJ! As you can probably imagine, one of the things that fascinated me about this song, was the need for a rather elaborate chord progression. Nothing against a good 2 chord song, but an 8 chord song (in my arrangement) is like musical honey - too good to pass up! p.s. I think just like me, the S class is more about comfort than speed! :-)
ditto ditto
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permalink   Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 8:39 AM
You touch the sky with this. I have the feeling to be floating over the clouds. Perfect with the voice (really beautiful) of SackJo, your arrangements remember me those “unstoppable” (in french we say “imparable”) hits of Abba.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 11:42 AM
Thank you, DD! I just wish I could write or produce like Björn & Benny! :-)
Loveshadow
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permalink   Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 9:42 AM
Not convinced entirely by the shuffly drum track.

But i like the arrangement. I would guess that you have Yes by the PS Boys by now. If not you should have.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 11:57 AM
Thanks LS! Interesting what you say about the drum feel. It was pretty much the first thing I settled on. Maybe I should see if something straighter will still work with the rest. p.s. This may be really hard to believe, but I’ve never owned an album, tape, CD or mp3 by the Pet Shop Boys (or ABBA). So it must have been the generous radio play they got, that implanted itself deeply into my sub-conscious. :-)
duckett
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permalink   Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 10:49 AM
Like everyone else has said, killer arrangement; Spin rides again!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 12:01 PM
Thanks D.! Your comment made me think, that maybe your avatar isn’t really dancing either - maybe it’s riding? :-)
panu
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permalink   Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 1:17 PM
lord, lord. this is a perfect case of major league minimalism. it sounds like a pop hit just as it stands. no flash, no ego-driven solos, just let that gorgeous voice loose on the mic and they will come. oh, yes they will come.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Mon, Jul 6, 2009 @ 3:17 PM
thanks for your kind words, PM! When you play as slowly as I do, it’s easier to resist temptation to solo extensively :-)
HEJ31
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permalink   Thu, Jul 9, 2009 @ 11:42 PM
Great. As someone familiar w/the song as “written”, I can say I never heard this coming. That hook filled chorus with the minor chords - I love it. I was gonna mention Depeche Mode, but I think Abba, as cited by another reviewer, is more appropriate (It’s meant as a serious compliment). Let us continue on our quest for the perfect poignant pop hook.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Fri, Jul 10, 2009 @ 12:05 AM
Thank you so much for your kind words, HEJ! Guilty as charged - I do like messing with chords! Glad and relieved that you approve.

As you hopefully heard by now, I was (still am) totally in awe of your guitar work in the original! That’s not just excellent playing, but serious compositional craftsmanship at work. Every part, every chord, every note is thought out. Stunning work! And yes, let’s continue our quest for the ultimate pop hook!

Thanks again!
 
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permalink   HEJ31 Fri, Jul 10, 2009 @ 2:42 PM
Quote: spinmeisterThank you so much for your kind words, HEJ! Guilty as charged - I do like messing with chords! Glad and relieved that you approve.

As you hopefully heard by now, I was (still am) totally in awe of your guitar work in the original! That’s not just excellent playing, but serious compositional craftsmanship at work. Every part, every chord, every note is thought out. Stunning work! And yes, let’s continue our quest for the ultimate pop hook!

Thanks again!


Hey, thanks.
drive on the wayside
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permalink   Wed, Jul 15, 2009 @ 3:51 PM
Trademark Spin action! If Leonard Cohen was a woman, and sounded happy, this would be it. :-P

Very fun listen!
 
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permalink   Calling Sister Midnight Wed, Jul 15, 2009 @ 3:56 PM
Leonard happy? Never.
 
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permalink   drive on the wayside Wed, Jul 15, 2009 @ 4:34 PM
No I said “sounded” happy, haha. There are some things that will just never happen. :-P
 
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permalink   SackJo22 Wed, Jul 15, 2009 @ 4:08 PM
Quote: waysidedriveIf Leonard Cohen was a woman, and sounded happy, this would be it…

I love this analogy! :)
 
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permalink   spinmeister Wed, Jul 15, 2009 @ 4:29 PM
Thanks J.! You know what he said: First we take Manhattan … and note the synths in his original!
 
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permalink   drive on the wayside Wed, Jul 15, 2009 @ 4:36 PM
WOW! That is right on the money! :-) There’ll never be another one like him. That’s for sure.
airtone
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permalink   Tue, Aug 18, 2009 @ 2:41 AM
Really liked this, reminded me of St. Etienne in places.
 
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permalink   spinmeister Tue, Aug 18, 2009 @ 9:16 AM
Thanks for your friendly words! Now I have to look up and listen to St. Etienne!
Scott Altham
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permalink   Sat, Feb 6, 2010 @ 6:38 AM
Its always nice to go back through an artists recent work and compare the mixes. You have a good range of styles that your mixes showcase. This electropop mix is right up my street, I love a good old singalong electronic cut. Nice
 
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permalink   spinmeister Sat, Feb 6, 2010 @ 12:38 PM
Thanks for cruising my back-catalog, SA. And for the kind words! Means a lot coming from one of our ccM masters of the genre!
myvanillaworld
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permalink   Fri, Feb 19, 2010 @ 6:47 AM
A real delight, Mr Spin! Such deft mixing skills. And Ms SJ22’s melody is beautiful!
 
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permalink   spinmeister Fri, Feb 19, 2010 @ 11:55 AM
Thanks for your kind words, Ms. MVW!