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First Breath
by fourstones
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Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 5:01 AM
permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 6:08 AM
I’m really drawn to the way the vocals seem to revolve around the non-stop chug of the groove. The vocals become ambiance somehow as opposed to being the center. Nice job, Vic!!
permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 6:15 AM
Nice job with a tough assignment. Some will have to forgive me when I say that I think anyone who signs up for this thing, barring serious extenuating circumstances (they do happen, and I understand that) really should step up and do something. There have been some absolutely stellar compositions this round, but even a modest attempt is owed to those who threw their hats into the ring. If you weren’t up to the challenge of making something, you shouldn’t have signed up. This is what a community is, we take responsibility for what we say we will do to the best of our abilities, however meager. Forgive me for editorializing on your mix, Victor, but this kind of thing gets my goat.
MC Jack in the Box
permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 9:01 AM
so be honest, did you stay up all night working on this?

for those not in the loop, fourstones decided to keep the uploader open until after midnight for any late entries. then a bunch of us admin types usually try to mash up the folks who got left out the next day. if he kept this open until midnight, and this was submitted at 5:01am, and he wouldn’t know who to include until after midnight, that’s some serious dedication!

so in addition to making sure the party favors are all in place and the logistics are all dialed, he makes sure all the guests are looked after and cleans up afterwards and shuts off the lights. the consummate host.

so thanks not only for setting this up and managing it, but making sure everyone’s looked after, even it means sacrificing things like sleep.

oh yeah, i guess there’s one person left who Victor missed (probably in a sleep deprived state). we know who you are. i guess i better get busy. :)

permalink   fourstones Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 9:35 AM
Well, I have an advantage - a 9hr one.

Midnight PST is 9AM where I am, so I woke up at 9, waited another hour or so, then started downloading. I do feel a little bad because what I uploaded would only be considered my first draft in any other situation but when all the pieces hung together I had to get back to my day job - preparing for the server move to ATM tomorrow.

Meanwhile, can there be any doubt this is the best feature/most fun/best music emitter (!) we do at the site? There were easily half a dozen ed pick worthy uploads in just one day lol. I don’t know what it is about this secret stuff that people respond to (and I DON’T CARE) all I know is it generates brilliant music and everybody seems to have a blast doing it. It seems like the right place to put as much energy as I can muster. ;)
permalink   snowflake Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 8:20 PM
yes, i think this secret mixter thing is magical. i can’t quite put my finger on it, but i feel it. the tracks are excellent. thanks for all you do for us victor.

oh,and awesome mix!!!!
permalink   essesq Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 9:37 AM
And Here I am ranting about people not being good community members … Thank you Victor. It took me a while to figure out why I didn’t see your entry. You threw a heck of a good party. Now go take a nap :-).
permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 9:43 AM
man that’s a high bar … (/self shudders in fright)
Kaer Trouz
permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 10:44 AM
I like this and thanks for including me, although I did get remixed this time, by simonlittlefield. For me, these secret mixters are more about stretching myself as a producer, and working with material that may be alien to me. The reciprocity is a plus. Computers blow up, babies get sick, dogs run away, work is demanding- there are a million little reasons not to finish. It says something though, about the culture of this site, that the administration notices and takes time out to make everyone feel included and valid.
permalink   fourstones Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 10:52 AM
Quote: I did get remixed this time

Ah, indeed, you were included in his remix, but you were not his assignment ;) The person assigned to you was a no show and that’s all I saw in our system. Well, it’s not like you don’t deserve all the remixes that we can all conjure ;)

And for the record: I don’t see a distinction between the reciprocity and creativity (‘stretching’ as you call it). If anything, observing this site from the front row all this time has proven to me they are necessary for each other to work - the reciprocity is why the music is as good as it is.
permalink   Kaer Trouz Fri, Nov 6, 2009 @ 10:09 AM
I can see your point about reciprocity; I was trying to be magnanimous and forgiving. I am certainly now officially the queen of the wallflowers, unsigned dance card in hand:(
permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 10:51 AM
What MCJB said is pretty much the way I feel to. It takes a special someone to do what you do for the love of music and I think you are truly what every musician should or at least strive to be. This secret mixer project is really great for procrastinating musicians like myself to actually put work in and then that later leads to inspiration.. So I must thank you for setting all of this up. CCmixter has helped boost my extremely low budget FL beats into stuff I am actually proud of. Can’t wait till the next secret mixer!

and as for the song.. haha

I love it, I really like how the “just breath” pella fit but at the same time each individual vocal could of made the track alone yet together it seems to be a very unique and catchy mix that works really well.

permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 12:31 PM
Nice. Both the music and the write-up about what led to this remix.

The instrumentation is great - the pad is vaguely Angelo Badalamenti-ish and works beautifully with KT’s vocals. The GoN and J.Lang’s rap upload are both a bit out of place for me, but I very much appreciate what you were doing here by including them.

I think the ccM spirit is quite alive and kicking.
permalink   Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 1:07 PM
jeesh, you’ve got everybody but sir paul mc cartney on this track!
but there’s no excess in it, a sublime, understated example of where music is now.
permalink   panu Thu, Nov 5, 2009 @ 1:16 PM
by the way, i think you’re the best at it i’ve seen, pound for pound, site for site. thanks.
permalink   Fri, Nov 6, 2009 @ 5:01 AM
I’d pray to get stiffed if it meant I was included in something as good as this. xxxx
permalink   Fri, Nov 6, 2009 @ 6:47 AM
Yeah. You are in a class of your own Victor.
permalink   Mon, Nov 9, 2009 @ 1:17 PM
I can echo colab for most points. The bt is sort of bitter sweet heartbreaking.

It_s probably only me, but for my thinking Kaer is at some points out of tune. This is no critic on Kaer but I sometimes thought that she is a bit out of tune when she tries to sing in a higher range. But this is though the unique character of her vocals. I like her voice very much because she is crying out her mood so intense.
Kaer, if you read this, it is not meant as an offend!!