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Reviews for ""October" - Chillout / Jazz-Rock ReMiX"

"October" - Chillout / Jazz-R...
by The.Spirit.Of.Light
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Tue, Nov 27, 2007 @ 8:15 PM

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plurgid
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 7:01 AM
that electric piano … the cymbals … the chimes … the wow guitar …the overall production sensibilities …

Don’t know how else to say it.

I’m transported back to 1978 and I’m listening on headphones to my parent’s old zenith turntable.

This is AWESOME, AWESOME, sir!!

 
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permalink   The.Spirit.Of.Light Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 10:10 AM
Quote: plurgid
I’m transported back to 1978 and I’m listening on headphones to my parent’s old zenith turntable.


Glad you enjoyed it! Actually, that was exactly the goal, to make it sound like those old records back from the end of the 70’s
 
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permalink   duckett Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 11:52 AM
Oh yeah- I could hear this easily being the wind-down track following “Give Me The Night” and “Just The Two Of Us”… awesome job!
spinmeister
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 12:23 PM
uuuuuhh — sweet!

I’m just wondering, if the drumming was a bit less hectic on some of the fills. Too many long one’s in too quick succession (for my ears). From about 1:30, it seems like there’s a bit of lead drumming. :-) You might want to consider having very few long fills, and have the drum fills spaced apart a bit further in general, and maybe revisit, which fills are in which spots.

Lovely remix, though — love the ePiano and especially the guitar!
 
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permalink   The.Spirit.Of.Light Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 2:17 PM
yeah. i know what you mean, i wish i could have spent more effort and time into the drums part.
essesq
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 6:58 PM
Great free form rambling jazz feel. Beautiful production. A lot’s been said already but truly fantastic sound. And like many I would say the restraint is as important an ingredient as the actual stuff that’s laid down here.
 
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permalink   The.Spirit.Of.Light Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 2:21 PM
Quote: essesq.. A lot’s been said already but truly fantastic sound.

Thanks. But, personally im not really satisfied of how does sound the general master. I have encountered some issues while trying to spread the different instruments across the phase. That E-piano and voice caused me the most of the trouble, it was very tricky to play with the EQ’s and panoramics. Not really entirely satisfied of the results here. But that could be just me ;o)
Loveshadow
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permalink   Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ 1:37 AM
Excellent sound, I think the chord pattern in the intro is really nice ( sting Fragilish )

But those go into the three chords with the vocals and dont come back. Which is a shame.

Agree with spinmeister a bit on the drums, it would have been nice to have a simple straight pattern as the flow keeps getting disturbed.

But i can tell you have a lot of skill. What Guitar are you playing on here. It sounds like an Ibanez/or a 335.
 
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permalink   The.Spirit.Of.Light Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 2:29 PM
Quote: LoveshadowExcellent sound, …

hmm.. I think i have a problem with myself, or that could be my ears? Because i was trying to get close to those compressed old vinyl records.

Quote: Loveshadow
But those go into the three chords with the vocals and dont come back. Which is a shame.


This is very interesting. As you mention something that concerns the musical part itself. Please explain further what you intend by ‘don’t come back’. if you have any examples, i would appreciate.

Quote: Loveshadow
Agree with spinmeister a bit on the drums, it would have been nice to have a simple straight pattern as the flow keeps getting disturbed.


Yep. i hear what you mean.

Quote: Loveshadow
But i can tell you have a lot of skill. What Guitar are you playing on here. It sounds like an Ibanez/or a 335.


lol. what made you say Ibanez? Indeed. It’s an ibanez AF 125 NT with some gibson mics. and the bass is an US Fender Precision Highway. I use an SPL Channel 1 preamp with amp-sim software processing effects and some ‘voodoo’ for all the guitars here.
TheJoe
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permalink   Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ 3:50 PM
Hey, No. 3 finally with a reasonable length! Congratulations not only on this point ;-)

Lovely and tasty arrangement, indeed some “just the two of us” mood on the more melancholic site which is not bad!

As for the drums: Drummers just love to play that way sometimes. I don´t know who had played or programmed that groove and fills
on your track. I can live with that drum arrangement, but I can imagine it too with a more straight groove.
 
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permalink   The.Spirit.Of.Light Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 2:36 PM
Quote: TheJoe
As for the drums: Drummers just love to play that way sometimes. I don´t know who had played or programmed that groove and fills
on your track. I can live with that drum arrangement, but I can imagine it too with a more straight groove.


Well, that’s all ‘one-man-show’ here, i work alone. Keyboards, guitars and so are the drums written by me. :o) and i know that i could have made them sound a bit better. a matter of time and effort spent into it. ill do something better next time ;o)
 
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permalink   TheJoe Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 2:53 PM
Ah well! I still assumed that it_s a “one man show”. The more you have all my respect for it!

Towards the drums: my friend Peter( drummer) sometimes plays the drums kind of that sort with a lot of fills, breaks etc. Sometimes it is probably good to have a straight groove when it fits the intention of the song. But sometimes it is also good to have a real “life” feel as such on your recent rack. For this song I like your drum version very much. Do you play it over Midi drums or is it finally a real drumset?
 
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permalink   The.Spirit.Of.Light Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 3:21 PM
Quote: TheJoe
Do you play it over Midi drums or is it finally a real drumset?


i play sometimes a couple of notes when there is a need to fill some missing things manually, but most of the time i edit and arrange drum midi parts using a drum vsti synth.
that’s a matter of feeling.
 
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permalink   ztutz Tue, Dec 4, 2007 @ 9:40 PM
Great job - the drumming feels totally human. Nice track, technically, but more importantly, musically!
fmat
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permalink   Sat, Feb 9, 2008 @ 1:49 PM
Really cool song, very good. But it’s a pity that this song is recorded with to high level, which is clipping. Please do it with lower level. This song must be done with nonclipping level.

Again, i love this song.
 
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permalink   The.Spirit.Of.Light Sun, Feb 10, 2008 @ 7:52 PM
Quote: fmatReally cool song, very good. But it’s a pity that this song is recorded with to high level, which is clipping. Please do it with lower level. This song must be done with nonclipping level.

Again, i love this song.


i’m afraid but i never heard any clipping here.
oldDog
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 2:03 AM
A nice, laid back, late-night atmosphere.
J.Lang
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 7:11 AM
Beautiful
narva9
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 8:43 AM
I love the minimal style. I really showcases the vocals beautifully.

Wonderful.

n9
gurdonark
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 6:02 PM
I like the smooth way the intro brings us into the song. It really does have a chill-out feel. The vocal works well into the mix.

I like the way that the remix fits together so nicely. I like the way that all the parts work well together, without any element having to carry all the weight of the mix. I like the little keyboard sounds. This mix really works very well. It’s got a 70s pop/r&b vibe going that I find very appealing. It’s a good accompaniment to the Calendargirl vocal. I like that although there are a lot of elements here, the feel is not cluttered at all.
Very nice job.
Incoherent Mumble Train
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permalink   Wed, Nov 28, 2007 @ 6:38 PM
Wow….

Outstanding…out…effing…standing.

Amazing work good sir. I commend you. You could not have improved on this at all.
Doghouse Riley
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permalink   Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ 9:54 AM
Yea there TSOL, ol pal. I like tha idea of takin it on back to the seventies. And derned ifn they didn’t actually play too busy back then too often and like this here kinda loosey-goosey. My take is that ifn you was tryin to really capture that feel ya shoulda analoged/tubed up ol calendargal’s vocals quite a bit more. They’s just too clean an purty. But a beautiful idea there, ol pal.
fourstones
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permalink   Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ 6:16 PM
yea, there are times where things go a little over the top (it’s all a matter of taste but another set of ears on this could have straightened that out). Overall though a great treatment.
Analog By Nature
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permalink   Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ 8:44 PM
they say it all, really good!!
Abhi S.V.
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permalink   Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 3:45 AM
what can i say? let me express my feelings in thumbs ups.

Darkroom
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permalink   Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 11:05 AM
Love it!
G-Harp The Producer
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permalink   Fri, Dec 7, 2007 @ 8:56 PM
As a fan of a more soulful, melodic sound I was hooked from the extensive and ornate sounding introduction to the record.

Perhaps this is just me, but at about :45 into the song I would’ve actually started with a softer drum with less of a hard snare and more of a rimshot and had a fill transfer into the full drumline of the song.

The mixture of guitars that come in towards the middle of the song all compliment each other well and end up adding a more layered, complete feel to the song. The electric piano/soft jazz organ is a nice compliment to the instrumental aspect of the song.

What impresses me most is the mix of live instruments and how the music so perfectly matches the tone and feel of the vocal. It does have a very “chillout” feel to it, quite melancholy in sound but certainly not a dark song…

A truly beautiful (re)mix…
shagrugge
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permalink   Sun, Dec 9, 2007 @ 8:59 PM
so much going on in this all the way through, great interaction of each instrument with the vocal. The interplay of each element completes this mix
bento box
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permalink   Sat, Dec 15, 2007 @ 6:58 AM
Reminds me of a downbeat Steely Dan song. I really like the electric piano. Nice arrangement.
John Pazdan
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permalink   Tue, Dec 18, 2007 @ 6:58 AM
This is a good track..and not to steer attention away from it..but the comments on the drums bring up a basic pitfall of working with pella tracks..in a studio with live recording utilizing good musicians who are experienced in the form, there’s a response in intensity in back of the singer (and the singer responds in kind if she/he is any good), because the musicians are backing up the vocalist..if a vocal track is more or less static (and by this I mean “pre recorded”), then any increase of activity in the instrumentation is brought out in the track, and often seems to pull attention away from the vocal. That’s what I am hearing when the “drummer” starts to get busy in this track. Interestingly, it’s also what makes things innerestin’, but due to the above mentioned form and restriction, IE using a pella as the basis for the track, it is also what distracts.

sorry..it’s just a sideline to a really good sounding track, and the little video of Xmas and Paris that I found it on this morning.
Victor Frost
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permalink   Wed, Dec 19, 2007 @ 7:32 PM
Whow, if I didn’t know better, I’d say this was the original song!
Nickleus
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permalink   Mon, Feb 11, 2008 @ 12:25 AM
i like it. nice and chill =) putting it on my “Best of CCMixter” playlist.