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MINES OF MIRAK by davajonah


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I (or rather Retro Plien, my long-suffering identical twin - or "niwt") spotted this track http://www.macjams.com/song/44993 by davajonah (Dave) a week or so ago and really loved it as an ambient piece. It seemed to me that it had huge potential to be taken to another place altogether (Mirak perhaps) by adding bass and drums.

Dave agreed and I set off using midi drums and a beautiful fretless bass sound I found in Logic Studio (I love Logic Studio!) to “add some snat”. Once that was done it was screaming out for a vocal.

I had my own idea for a bluesy lyric, but Dave made the following suggestion in an email: “A SciFi story - about some race trapped on the planet as slaves of the [?] to mine the important mineral [?] . They long to break away from their servitude, but never can. They can only dream - there is no escape. Every evening they are allowed outside, can look to the stars and to where they are from, but during the day they are forced back into the mines and can never see the sun. Could be a first person thing about the thoughts of one of the slaves. Or is that too corny?”

This was so much better than the idea I had, and an hour or so later the lyrics were done – so much easier when someone else comes up with the idea!

Retro Plien will be going on an extended vacation (again) and I’ll be posting all my tunes as jiguma from now on.
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Lyrics
Mines of Mirak
© 2008 David Jones/Neil Porter

Deep in the Mirak mines
They let us out at night
Digging the Mirak seam
We never see the light
We know that we’re here to stay
Spend all day thinking ‘bout the light of day
Deep in the Mirak mines
They let us out at night

It was my father’s dream
To feel light on his ghost-white skin
To see the pea green grass
Of his favourite field again
We know that we’re here to stay
Spend all day thinking ‘bout judgement day
It was my father’s dream
To feel light on his ghost-white skin

I had a dream one day
I saw the sun hanging up in the sky
Every night we cry
As we see our home and wonder why
We know that we’re here to stay
There’s no point thinking ‘bout getting away
I had a dream one day
I saw the sun hanging up in the sky

They rob us of our shadows
They turn our world to night
They work us blind
Then they leave us here to die
We know that we’re here to stay
There’s no point thinking ‘bout the light of day
They rob us of our shadows
They turn our world to night
Song Stats
Hits: 4434
Comments: 27
Fans: 23
Plays: 1742
Downloads: 141
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Aug 13, 2008 - 07:35:58 PM
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2008 - 08:27:25 PM Last Played: Jun 15, 2017 - 01:37:17 AM
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Hardware:
Dave: G5 iMac, Edirol midi controller
Neil: Yamaha PSR 300 midi keyboard, Rode NT3 mic, Behringer UB802 preamp/mixer
Software:
Dave: Logic, Zebra 2 softsynth, DubStation AU
Neil: iMac G5, Logic Studio, Ozone 3
Comments
alfalpha said 3241 days ago (August 13th, 2008)
!seitsriF

Nice electronic foundation Dave, & Neil, you're really exploring the possibilities of your new software!

Good stuff Gentlemen! Great collab!
!sreehC

flA

;)


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egobandit said 3241 days ago (August 13th, 2008)
and now for something
completely different. Cool collab some intersting sounds in there. I think your voice lends itself to this very well. Downloaded thanks!
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Vic Holman said 3241 days ago (August 13th, 2008)
brave new world
I like the Metropolis theme. and the fact it's so different Neil.

What I really like though is the fact that I have always wanted to do something along this line but have yet to get it together. You beat me to the punch. excellent twist
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Feter said 3241 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Mines of Mirak by davajonah
its so strange but its the good about it ..here again
I can hear the protest accent od G Nash here on your
singing ...enjoyed ...thnx alot for sharin !!
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thoddi said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
cool groove
It's the kind of groove that gets me feet tapping and head nodding:)

Are you singing in a higher key than you usually do...? I think it sounds like you've found the sweet spot for your voice in thins tune. Very good:)

Many things going on in this song, and they fall into place very well.


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jiguma said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Thanks Thor
It's funny, but because I haven't used a guitar anywhere here, I haven't even considered what key it's in up til I read your post. Yes it is a little higher than usual for me, and once I got the feel for the pitch it was comfortable to sing here. Not sure how much pitch headroom I'd have though.

Always enjoy your comments,

Cheers,
Neil
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Moviz said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
What a
great combination of sounds.... it's worked out perfectly. This could be a new found branching out for you both. Excellent sounds from both sides and the lyrics as always are great Neil. Really original sounding piece, cheers M
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magnatone said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Mines of Mirak
oh wow - this is just such a great listen. Incredible collab and neil, I'm so impressed by what you're getting out of logic - sigh - you're so brave. I LOVE these lyrics - this is a collab team that MUST continue!
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lavalamp said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
you know?
I love the rich, full sound on this one. Synths are superb.

Your voice is mixed quite well.

I very much enjoyed this. Reminded me a Peter Gabriel, musically.

Have to say, one of your best!

Dave
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Skean said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Cool Neil
I love your work here... And I wish I had LOGIC STUDIO as well.
I have borrow L Pro 8 from a friend who want to sell to me... I maybe buy it... But right now I don't really now what I'm doing in it..lol
I wish I was better in English terms it's so many things I don't really understand in this app... You're a mix master in it... Cool collab great mix... Cheers

Kenta
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Peter Greenstone said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Loving it
Right off the bat I love it. Great groove and I think your vocals on this are perfect. Love the whole lyrical theme. I'll have to go find the original piece you built this off of. From what you said it sounds like you really worked it over. The mix on this is particularly good too.

In the long instrumental stretch at the end I think it would be cool to have some kind of wild instrument solo, something quirky. Imagining Herbie Hancock on keys.

I like this a lot Neil. Very cool.
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jiguma said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
THanks Peter
Remiss of me not to mention the link to Dave's original: http://www.macjams.com/song/44993

I've been wanting to do something like this for a while (I miss Massi!), and Dave's piece was perfect.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Neil
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jiguma said 3236 days ago (August 18th, 2008)
Peter
I asked Herbie, but he was busy.

:)
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davajonah said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Wayhay!
Can you favourite your own song? Well I have anyway. You've done a top on this Neil - I love it.
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said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
I like this one a lot....
Neil and Dave, this is very cool, different. It totally had my interest all the way through. Great concept and production, according to my "professional recording studio" ears!

cheers,
Jack
said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
Viva la diferencia!
Another brilliant departure from your usual fare Neil. I too find that working with keyboards/software brings out a different side of me.

Very cool arrangement. I LOVE that trancey mid-section. Strong 80's feel throughout.

Be well!
Roxylee said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
It works well
The soundbed is great for this story. Made me imagine a life without any sunshine! Cool collab, guys!
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Jim Bouchard said 3240 days ago (August 14th, 2008)
really cool
But the first thing I thought would be also cool would be if the vocal was entirely vocoderized by the EVOC. It just would make it not jiguma sounding and more Retro Plein. davajonah's stuff is always so cool and I'm just so glad you got a collab with him going, and of course it's really cool just as it is, too. Some of those bell sounds are a bit piercing, but only a bit. It's all good.
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jiguma said 3240 days ago (August 15th, 2008)
EVOC
I attempted to do the vocoder thing Jim but it sounded pretty average - I think I need to experiment a lot more with it first. Dave is doing some really good tracks, but to me this was a standout.

I'm really pleased that you enjoyed it.

Hopefully, "Close Your Eyes" is next.

Cheers,
Neil
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stevel said 3240 days ago (August 15th, 2008)
Mines of Mirak
Nice track Neil.. a different sound for you but it works really well. Is it me or do you sound a bit like a ghostly Simon Le Bon on this one hehe? I half expect the chorus of 'Girls on film' to appear. The bass sounds a bit like 80's band Japan too
cool song
Steve
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Diviner said 3240 days ago (August 15th, 2008)
Lol, brilliant!
This is a really good track, I really like the original and you have done a very good job with this esp love the lyrics. I love tracks that make me smile and this certainly did. Really impressed, its a very good track.
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tokai said 3239 days ago (August 15th, 2008)
interesting tune
nice vox to this weird texture of music which i like. Good collab guys.
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said 3239 days ago (August 15th, 2008)
out of the ordinary
thing for you, it seems, but what a nice fit! Nice bed of electronic for you to expand on.

. - Harold
said 3239 days ago (August 15th, 2008)
Very Trippy
Love it !

LTMP.
Komrade K said 3238 days ago (August 16th, 2008)
Feel that 'snat'
It's good to try something different from time to time - and extra specially good if it works as well as this. The collaboration on lyrics as been very successful too. Perhaps the track was a tadge overlong but it gels strongly and doesn't feel at all like an overlay on someone else's track. That luscious fretless bass sound is well and truly lodged in my brain.

KK
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regulus said 3236 days ago (August 18th, 2008)
I got to
get in here too and say, " it really is". All the above and then some like this might replace the Hall an Oats on future scoreboards on the charts.

The vox to me could go up one mm, but then I'm listening to this with really old ears.

Nice work, will stay tuned to this same bat station to see what'cha got next in mind.
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guygrooves said 3236 days ago (August 18th, 2008)
Hey Neil
Haven't been around much. I'm glad I stopped by for this though. Great song and production.
Peace
Guy
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EZamor said 3235 days ago (August 19th, 2008)
MINES OF MIRAK
groovy collab! the mood and instrumentation sort of remind me of japan (the band), and broken frame-era depeche mode. the vocals are very cool!

cheerz,
-=ez
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peacepiano said 3234 days ago (August 20th, 2008)
Bass
That bass line is soooo cool! Listening again, all the synths and drum beats work well to provide the quirky sci fi atmosphere for those lyrics.

Thanks
Bill
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Ed Hannifin said 3212 days ago (September 11th, 2008)
A lot of cool stuff going on...
The fretless bass line(s) especially... The sci-fi lyrics work for me...

Neil, you've become one of the MacJams masters of the compressor. On this one, though, I find myself wondering if it would work better to have less compression on the vocal, so that in that one area there's more 'life', and so you have to 'work' your voice more and get a little on the edge of wild...

That's only a thought, though. It hasn't even risen to the level of 'suggestion'...

Ed
lengold said 3211 days ago (September 12th, 2008)
What a surprise!
Inspired collaboration. Davajonah laid down a great bed for you to jump in and play on. Really enjoyed this. Great production all round.
Cheers
Len


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