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The Song That Never Was - Imogen Heap Remix


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not my vocals!!!

i only added the strings.

"Imogen wants you to download the parts and add your own musical interpretation. You can then upload your mix to her SoundCloud Dropbox and put the best efforts up for everyone to listen to and enjoy."

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http://www.twestival.fm/?page_id=195
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there are some, but they're Imogen Heap's.
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Downloads: 166

Uploaded: Feb 14, 2009 - 07:36:54 PM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2009 - 07:11:08 PM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 09:09:17 PM
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Char said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Oh, this so pretty.
Thank you for posting.
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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thanks Char
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abfkingsport said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
Wow. Very nice. Great vocals. Wonderful melody. The lyrics are great as well. I truly like this, I am going to mark this as a fav. Going to listen this many times.
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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i can only take credit for the strings. the rest is Imogen's brilliance.

thanks
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
The Song That Never Was
WOW BILL!!! You really took this and ran with it! Fabulous instrumentation you added here and the way this is orchestrated is just fabulous! Hope she hears this!
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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thanks, i'm pleased with it.

(me too!)
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Estella said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Wowee!!!!
Smokey, this is fantastic!! Make sure you post to the SoundCloud Dropbox because this one is great! The strings are perfect and just the right amount of darkness with the sweet.

Makes me proud I put the info up in the forum so you could do this! Now I've got to get cracking myself...
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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i did as she asked. i really hope she hears it.

(did you listen to the other remixes? don't! i did not until i was all done with mine. for fear of contaminating my ideas.)

so many thanks for pointing me at this one! i'm very happy with how this came out.

it points out that real pro artists like Imogen really know what they are doing. this felt like it just fell into place, like she had set it all up just for me to find the right notes to go with it... all i had to do was listen closely to the notes she was singing.

thanks!
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
wow
Smokey this is awesome! Did you do this in Garageband? Awesome composition around Imogen's very cool vocals (i LOVE her) and the strings are wonderfully rich and full. I love how you add the lower register later in the song, filling it all out slowly. Very cool stuff. VERY cool ending. I love this.
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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thank you so much. it all flowed out with little actual thought. pure inspiration.
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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oops, just GarageBand Orchestra JamPack.
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bug67 said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Just LOVELY!!!
Oh, boy. I just loved EVERYTHING about this. From the chilling, cut to the soul vocals, to the extremely lush orchestration. What a treat!
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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glad you liked it!

thanks
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Pete_NB said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Geez Bill
Didn't take you long to get this one in the can. Great job! Sounds like the vocals came after the strings. You found a real complimentary approach to this.
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
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i really felt like the vocals strongly implied the string backup - just listening to the notes in the vocals set me on the path...

thanks!


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LunaTrick said 3142 days ago (February 14th, 2009)
Very clever Smokey...
Tasteful backing track - works well!
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
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thank you Daniel
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bud said 3142 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Excellent work Bill
You really hit the perfect backing. if I didn't know how this was done I would have sworn it was a ground up collab. You really have a good feel for string arrangements and the technical skill to pull it off. This is great.
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SmokeyVW said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
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thanks Bud

i still hear some imperfections, but still i'm pretty happy with it. there's a rhythmic phrase (like right at the end) that makes setting chords really tough. and the transition into the bridge, and out of the bridge just isn't quite right... but all in all, i'm happy with it.

pro vocalists are amazing. if you mess around with cutting up a track, or checking pitches, you'll find that every phrase is exactly (or darn close to being) on time and on pitch. it's just awesome!

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bud said 3138 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
I'd hate to think
that the accuracy you attribute to Imogen is the result of digital correction - but why not? If a take is emotionally right but slips off a little here and there - what professional wouldn't correct it so it would fall into time and key? I'm not being cynical or passing judgment - just wonder how prevalent this activity is.
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SmokeyVW said 3138 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
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it's possible, but i doubt it (although my first audition of the raw tracks had me wondering) - it's just that a pro singer has really tight control over their voice. i'm always impressed with that.
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Skean said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Wow
I jumped from Alannah's song to this... Both is a pleasure to my ears.
It's should be cool to have them on a CD... Yep that's it.. Thanks.
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SmokeyVW said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
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good vocals makes all the difference!

thanks
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Skean said 3140 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
Yep
That's so true.. Peace
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Andy-bm said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Nice Job!
I did a version of this song too. The coolest thing is all the different things the same vocal track inspires in different people. I would not have heard it this way if you didn't do it. I took more of a pop/rock direction with it. I really love this. I had to listen three times!

//Andy
SmokeyVW said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
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wow, three times! that's quite a complement. i appreciate it.

thanks

i know what you mean and there being lots of possibilities!

after i finished my remix i listened to all the ones on Twitter at the time.

i had an overwhelming impression that many people were running roughshod over Imogen's lovely vocal melodies and trying to force the tracks to fit their own ideas for a song. there's a big difference between passing tones and outright dissonance; and ninths or elevenths only go so far before they sound darned awful.

(sorry, i felt the need to vent. i guess it happened right here, right now. my apologies.)
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bent said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
Pro stuff!
Among the better I have heard here on MJ. This just shows what good vocals do to a song. The strings you have added so much enhances the feel of the song, and if this was on the radio I would say ... "yeah, that´s a hit"!

Great!
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SmokeyVW said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
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you named my goal:

showcase Imogen.

all else is secondary

thanks!
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Jim Bouchard said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
late to the party
but I was busily working on my own version and didn't want to listen too much to other versions until I got mine done. This is really pretty different and I must say totally great! Nice little passing notes to push the harmonies in different directions, to resolve phrases in an inventive way. Now I feel like mine is the caveman version and yours is the modern man version. Seeing that you got yours done so quick did make me feel like I should charge on and wrap up mine as soon as possible.
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SmokeyVW said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
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i agree: don't listen to other versions until you've captured your own ideas.

i feel very strongly that the notes Imogen sings clearly imply chords. and i think modulations from verse to chorus to bridge are plainly evident. i suspect a detailed analysis of the melody would bear this out, but it's only a hunch on my part. i was driven by mesmerized intuition on this song, so i'm probably completely wrong on that.

in any case, thank you very much!
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ic42 said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
skillful art
imogen heap is an expert singer. however, smokeyvw is an expert of orchestration. to add a bed around a voice, it is difficult. to make sampled strings dance here, it is difficult. you have great success here. it is a beautiful song. 0x0
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SmokeyVW said 3141 days ago (February 15th, 2009)
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i would love to score a real quartet some day...

i think the song is in C.

the opening verse is in the fifth, G. Imogen never sings an F#, but i'm certain of it.

the following chorus is in the tonic, C. i feel the chords are I IV V-, and since it ends with V (G) it's perhaps not so obvious. but it's in C for sure.

we get another verse and chorus, and then the bridge begins in the relative minor, A minor. we hear i - iv - i - iv v. then it modulates to G briefly.

the final chorus is again in C and it ends there.

so the overall architecture is: V I V I vi V I

just wanted to say this.

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davisamerica said 3140 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
VW ....
perfect strings .... absolutely perfect Bill ... you should be way pleased with this
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SmokeyVW said 3140 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
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yes i am! very pleased.

thank you
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abfkingsport said 3140 days ago (February 16th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
I wouldn't have thought you could have made this song any better. Thanks for proving me wrong. Phenomenal. This should be on the radio.
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loricunningham said 3140 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
w00t!
Imogen Heap is really one of my favorite artists. You did her vocals wonders.
Willywagga said 3140 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Perfect
Really perfect, beautiful tone lovely voice. Hints of Aimee Mann in the vocals. The strings are strong and moving.
Beautiful altogether !!!


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Roxylee said 3140 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Bill, Wow
You heard the strings and they are perfect to her awesome vocals. Ear candy....:-)
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Muse Ritual said 3139 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
This a great re-telling
so quick but so so sooo damn beautifully done. Excellent job!
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thoddi said 3138 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
just right
It seems very right for the vocals what you have added. And I think it's very creative and strong to use just the strings. Her voice is so cool and strong in itself, that letting drums, bass and the rest of the band take a break, seems to be a wise decision. You play those strings with confidence and they sound brilliant in companionship with her voice.
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cchaplin said 3137 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Late, but glad I droped by
I'm checking out all the different versions. This is great ! Nice and upbeat.
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Doug Somers said 3135 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
To add what adds and doesn't detract or distract
with such dead on artistry is a real gift. This works brilliantly - support for the vocal that provides the right frame to show off the singer in her best light. Kudos!!!

Doug
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scaustrita said 3133 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
You got me hooked
I am a fan of the project.
I love your string arrangement, the quartet it is so delicate. The dynamics are wonderful.

After hearing your interpretation, I had to give it a try.
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Hydrogen3 said 2977 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
The Song That Never Was
LOVE the vocals! nice harmonies going on here. very uplifiting feel. I nee to hear this in the morning when I get up!! the mix is way cool!! Holley :)
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Epileptic Gibbon said 2830 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Lovely!
Nice addition to her vocals. I wonder what the legality of posting this elsewhere is - I'm assuming it's fine. I only ask because I would love to play this on my podcast show at some point.
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ShadowofNine said 2800 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
I luv what you did with this
I am going to give it a shot for my own amusement, I guess I won't use strings LOL..Nice work..
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Loob said 2347 days ago (April 21st, 2011)
Great work Bill!
Fits like a glove!
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egobandit said 1739 days ago (December 18th, 2012)
Very cool
It came up in the chat that you had some Imogen Heap, very cool string additions ! Im taking a copy
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MarkHolbrook said 769 days ago (August 15th, 2015)
I was gonna say Bill...
You have quite the voice! You sound like a girl! LOL... Nice indeed!
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say said 769 days ago (August 15th, 2015)
The Song That Never Was - Imogen Heap Remix
This is really beautiful ! Great collabration !! Fits like a hand in a glove , it's great ! You should do more like this : )

Thankyou, really enjoyed this!
J.A.Stewart said 769 days ago (August 16th, 2015)
Nice Job, Bill
You really did a terrific job of punctuating the feel of this piece with your orchestration. ;)

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FEEL said 768 days ago (August 16th, 2015)
Wow
Fantastic strings to a really cool song. This gives me goosebumps.
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