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PostSubject: soundcloud   Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:34 am

Yellow's "song a day" thread inspired me to find my old Soundcloud. Most of it is just Wub Machine remixes, but the last three are something I'd completely forgotten about. I didn't post a thread here (or at least I can't find one), so I'm making a new one.

Four whole years ago, American Idol contestant Casey Abrams had a remix contest. He put up the individual tracks of his then-new single Get Out onto the internet and let everyone try to remix it.
As can be expected, there was dubstep, pretentious bullshit, and people actually recording new backing tracks.

I actually made three remixes of this song. Unlike my Bran & Friends remixes, which are terrible, these were actually made properly and using the individual tracks.

So, let's start with the original song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBBvytkPM8o
I've always felt like it has way too much going on, and the more interesting instrumental bits are just buried in the song.

My first (main) remix strips the song down to let these parts and the vocals shine. This is my favourite, and I am actually pretty proud of it.
https://soundcloud.com/mistourgreen/casey-abrams-get-out-remix

My second remix is stripped down further, with the standard Audacity echo effect added to it. This one is just vocals, drums, and guitar. Not all at once, mind you. No idea why I called it the "Headphone Mix".
https://soundcloud.com/mistourgreen/casey-abrams-get-out-headphone

The third remix is just the first one with a pretentious intro. It's just kind of there.
https://soundcloud.com/mistourgreen/casey-abrams-prelude-get-out



So, since I have no real musical experience or background, I have to ask if these are any good. One thing I noticed about the first remix is that the instruments just kind of start and stop, and there's no real momentum or true build outside of the vocals. Does this actually work, or does it sound really jarring to someone who wasn't there to make it every step of the way?
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PostSubject: Re: soundcloud   Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:25 pm

As someone who doesn't really like Ukulele used in typical "pop" ways and as a guy who LOVES wurlitzer piano, I prefer your mixes over the original.

I suppose my biggest critique on the main remix is that it is kind of jarring when it jumps from one section to another, mostly in the way the drums come in and out. I'm not sure that I like the isolated vocals on their own so much, and there was one section that was just his vocals.

You lose a lot of what the chord progression would be with only having the broken piano lines during the chorus. I would suggest adding a bass line through out the whole song. Keeping the drums on the second verse might be a good way to differentiate it from the first verse. Luckily there's more acoustic in the second verse, but I think more variation might be good here.

I guess my main complaint is the choruses. Verses are alright, but the repeated choruses get pretty boring.

(though, most of these faults are based on what is available in the original song. There's no bass line on the verses to use and the verse "drums" are just hand claps. It would take some decent sampling work to extend the drum line into the second verse. The wurlitzer is the closest they have to a bass line, so everything checks out. The bridge section is basically isolated vocals just like you did. The one thing I would have liked to have seen pulled from the original in all cases is that there's an atmospheric organ in all the choruses. Might have helped with identifying the chord structure without needing more guitar.)

The Headphone version is basically just a doubling in each channel. Gets kind of annoying. It could be pretty easily fixed if you turn down the echoed lines a bit so they don't sound like they're fighting each other. it'd make a world of difference.

The intro on the last one is slowed in a weird way where it's, like, clipping I think. not awful but not the best.
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PostSubject: Re: soundcloud   Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:13 pm

Yeah, once we get into the world of changing things or adding things that weren't present in the original, my lack of any musical experience would just tank it.
I'd definitely try adding the organ back if I had the tracks on this harddrive. I'll have to try and find them and recreate it.

I have no idea why I was in love with that Audacity echo effect back then.
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