Reviews for "Brilliant Day (DURDEN version.)"

Brilliant Day (DURDEN version.)
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Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 10:50 AM

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permalink   Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 11:06 AM
Holy smoke, this is awesome! Kick-ass guitars, the wonderful build-up, there’s too much to list about what makes this a great track. That was one month well-spent, my friend!
permalink   Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 11:11 AM
I agree with duck. Big poppy sound, and great treatment of the vox. They almost sound slightly vocoded. Absolutely love the guitar!
permalink   DURDEN Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 12:43 PM
Thank you. And yep. The voice has a little treatment to change intonation and the effect is kinda vocoder sometimes when I change the pitch in one note. But I hope this will be unnoticeable in my future tracks, jejeje.
permalink   Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 1:29 PM
Sometimes, a long time of bits and pieces really gives one perspective on a piece. About 15 seconds into the piece, I could tell it would be good. Well conceived, from theory to praxis. This is an excellent example of compositional remixing. It’s difficult to even find anything to burden you on from the production side. Putting on the headphones really adds depth.
This remix is really so full of sound, you’ve created several layers of texture and amped up the emotion. Particularly around 2/3 of the way in, the guitar solo that comes in does a great job of capitalizing on the buildup you’ve done. This is just sparkling. In many areas, the beat is so basic and background, all I hear is the musicality of the entire piece, very very nice. I know I’d like one of these as everyone would, but if I were an editor, this would be a pick.
permalink   DURDEN Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 1:34 PM
What a review. Thankyou!. It’s nice to take your time on details…
permalink   Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 6:08 PM
Yes very nice feel to this but I did think the vocals were fighting a bit against the accompaniment at times and tended to get pushed back too much.

Great sounds throughout the mix but also with a slightly edgy feel to it.
permalink   Wed, Apr 2, 2008 @ 8:53 PM
Great Job, its all there, can’t fault it. Oh yeah and i love the mescaline guitar
permalink   Thu, Apr 3, 2008 @ 3:49 AM
Very accomplished production.

I like it all except the subject shes singing about in this moody setting ( which i think is about a wedding ? )in relation to the dark tone.

But some really nice touches throughout.
permalink   DURDEN Thu, Apr 3, 2008 @ 8:17 AM
Completely Agree. I think that in a song the lyrics and the meaning should go with an intention reflected on the music. I hate when people don’t take into account this and make those trance remix very jumpy whit a very nostalgic lyrics and kill a great 80’s song.
What I wanted to do with this song is to add another perspective to the song, a happy lyric and a dark tone to create some suspicion, trying to change the meaning, somethink like a sarcasm reflected on the music.
permalink   Loveshadow Thu, Apr 3, 2008 @ 10:03 AM
`all in a vampirical way…’ perhaps ?
permalink   Thu, Apr 3, 2008 @ 6:49 PM
Brilliant, this is just right for me, love the guitar, love the build. Really nice sound all round.
I think your comment on making this cast some suspicion is interesting and think you achieved that quite well. The guitar coming in at 3.45 is lovely. All wonderful from me.
permalink   Fri, Apr 4, 2008 @ 7:01 AM
Beautiful song, great arrangement and mixing, the guitars compliment the mood perfectly. Downloaded it to my ipod for later listening ;)

I don’t know what pitch editing tool you’re using, but it sounds to me like it could be auto tune or waves tune? I’ve found the latest version of Melodyne to be the most transparent personally, because it deals more thoughtfully with human voice variables like formants, and vibrato/pitch drift.

I’m a sucker for dark music, and personally I think the juxtaposition of dark music versus bright vocals works excellently here. The scratchy creepy thing at 1:29 before the drop in is great too.

On a more critical note, probably my most favourite part of the song is at 2:00, when the vocal hits a couloured note (a natural?), but I think the effect is a little spoiled by the colouration of the pitch edit. Its a shame because I think that choice of melody in that place is musical genius.

My only other criticism is I think the harmony notes in the chorus on a few peaks like “different” and “seperate” don’t feel right. I think its because the harmony is going to the major fourth or third, but the chords and root below are still minor.

My lord there’s some amazing guitar work in here! It sounds like you’ve recorded it all yourself, is that so?

I have to agree with the previous respondant about the “mescaline” guitar solo, it really picks up where the vocals leave off and lifts the song up a whole nother emotional notch.

you know how right at the end there’s that guitar motif (4.31):

E,E- (strum chord)
E,E- (strum chord)

I would love to hear a little snippet of silence after the first couple of those EE bits, I think is might add a cool emotional accent.

Argh I’m blathering, but let me just say Awesome song, and althought I can’t seem to find anymore by you for some reason right now, I’ll definately be checking back regularly to keep up.
permalink   DURDEN Fri, Apr 4, 2008 @ 10:26 AM
Well, thanks for that long review. I’m using melodyne, I think autotune sucks, hehe… but maybe I used too much and that was my first attempt to pitch a voice, thats why the vocoder effect. Maybe the choruses or the backing vocals gives that vocoder fx too cause they have an echo with a variable lenght that produces that low res bit sound…

And yes, all the instruments are played by me, even the percussion. I like to use loops sliced and rearranged and played with a controller to give a little more human feel, obviously not too much.

I’m working on a track with kaer troutz voice since 2 or 3 months ago.. that was my first but then I found this track and I was doing both.. I hope to finish the next week. That is in another completely different style, kinda neo punk rock or something.. and mixing guitars are driving me crazy, hehehe.
permalink   Surveillance_Party Fri, Apr 4, 2008 @ 6:14 PM
haha sounds good, ambitious even :) I don’t think I even know what neo punk is to be honest. Loko forward to hearing it though :)
permalink   Mon, Apr 7, 2008 @ 1:56 PM
Ah well, this is really good and great pop music! My lack of english language keeps me away to criticize some mentioned points between darkish mood of the song and the meaning of the lyrics.
My ears are the only judges for this track.
You have spent a lot of time doing this remix and you did a real good job!
permalink   Tue, Apr 15, 2008 @ 7:42 PM
Hey Durden,

This truly is brilliant man. You’ve raised the bar yet again!
permalink   DURDEN Tue, Apr 15, 2008 @ 7:47 PM
Thank you. It’s been a while. Glad to see you.
permalink   Sat, May 10, 2008 @ 11:06 PM
What a great remix. This evokes a real sense of nostalgia in me - the good kind. Love the layered guitars!
Doghouse Riley
permalink   Mon, May 12, 2008 @ 5:37 PM
Wail, again this here’s the first I heard a you Durden, ol pal. Sorry, cause this here’s wonderful. Establishes and holds the feel. And what a feel. Makes my putter flutter, at least. Woof!
permalink   duckett Mon, May 12, 2008 @ 5:49 PM
Heh.. even if I can’t quite yet make audible what I hear mentally, nice to see my sonic taste-buds haven’t withered away….