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Topo's Revenge (remix)


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This was the first song I ever recorded on computer, decided to see if I could remix it and make it sound any better. It was very confusing looking at that track again, made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Sounds different, don't know about better. I wrote it about my old drummer Scott (AKA Topo). He always wanted to be called Topo but no one would ever call him that. One night while talking to some cute drunk girls at a gig, he said his name was Topo, and she was like: "tugboat?" This led to him being called tugboat, mr. T, lil' T, and endless variations on a theme. He's a great guy, teaches handicapped kids and plays like a demon. That's him in the picture.
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Lyrics
none, just the wailing sad moog.
Song Stats
Hits: 3040
Comments: 31
Fans: 23
Plays: 210
Downloads: 125
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jul 15, 2009 - 07:14:13 PM
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2009 - 07:14:13 PM Last Played: Oct 27, 2016 - 03:19:05 AM
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Hardware:
m-audio 49e
Software:
originally GB but remixed in Logic
Comments
sloparts said 3074 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
Delightful song Michael
Topo would be proud, assuming he's heard the new version. Haven't ever heard the original, but this is a happy little song that works. Yeah, that's it, "Topo, the song that could"

Great work Michael,

Ed
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michael2 said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
hey
thanks Ed, glad you liked. I think I'm going to work on it some more.
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Feter said 3074 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
Topo's Revenge
Man .... what amazed me is that floating thoughts
those never ending with the swirl music you ve
done here ...a tight job and arrangement ..really
liked this ...kuods ...thnx alot for sharin !
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michael2 said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
feter
thanks man. i added some sonic texture to it that weren't in the original. really glad you liked this version.
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Go_Turtle_Go said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
delicious
as it travels along like a gentle boatride, really! not tugboat, but i'll take it ;-)
awesome picture, btw.
What I really like about this song is its lightness, melancholic but from a positive perspective. Those little arps on guitar, the swelling and decaying synthpads that taste like butterscotch. I genuinely ad an excellent track/ ride after hearing all of my own heavy duty stuff. Since you posted some reservations on the final mix, maybe a two cent advise. The track sounds very balanced and gentle, the drums (brushes I think) are a tad soft in the mix, but what i wanted to say to you is that your final mix sounds like the material i end up with before using compression, on any instrument for that matter. There is enough room for it, just too add a somefin somefin to it, BUT the price, when poorly executed, could end up killing the character and gentleness of the song.

In any case a truly magical boatride you took me on

love, Marc
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johnwhitehead said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
Lovely
..lyrical interlude. Shades of Nina Rota. Very deft musical touches. It needs the right animated short subject. Really enjoyed this.
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michael2 said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
marc
thanks. i think it still needs a lot of work (the synths briefly get a little loud at some points), and I am going to change the drum beat I think (and maybe add a real bass while I'm at it). I have decided I hate that beat. So as far as compression goes, would you add it on bus for the overall mix, or on the individual tracks? I have been doing a little research and some believe that a touch of compression on the master output will "glue" a track together. Trying to learn more about that end of things (this the remixes). Thanks for listening and giving tips.
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michael2 said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
John
thanks a bunch. will be checking out Nina Rota as I am unfamiliar. thanks so much for the listen and the kind words.
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Go_Turtle_Go said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
bus or glue
tough one, i used to do compression on the entire track, but what i noticed when doing it just on the indiv. busses is that i can use indiv settings, suiting the instrument instead of my "idea" of what sounds good for the entire track. in my latest it worked, in others..mmmm...i think so too. i guess it is all in "the not too much" approach and understanding the parameters.
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bud said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
That old upright piano sounds so great
Is it the same one you have now? Hope you never tuned it. This is so wonderful Michael - you were way ahead of Jon Brion with this piece - could have been on the Huckabees soundtrack for sure.
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michael2 said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
thanks kevin
it's actually not a real piano. i used a sampled upright piano i bought not long ago. good deal, i paid like $20 for the set when it was on sale. i really prefer it to the Logic/GB pianos. it is a little out of tune and crappy sounding, so it sounds more like when i write the songs on my piano. Thanks for the kudos, I like Jon Brions soundtrack stuff a lot. Just recently discovered it all and it was a treat as I don't really love his solo stuff. thanks for the listen.
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Vic Holman said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
tugboat..... what a name
been a long time since i listened to the original. the mix sounds great Michael. ya did it justice.

One of those types of tunes that could fit easily on Something/Anything by Todd Rundgren
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michael2 said 3073 days ago (July 15th, 2009)
thanks Vic
think i'm going to mess with it some more. i keep hearing a drum beat in my head that's more like "take 5" by dave brubeck instead of that rat trap snare waltz I'm doing now. that's a great Rundgren album by the way. Thanks for the visit and the kind words.
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particledots said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Absolutely Brill
!!!
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tempie said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
that story
is hilarious and human, i dig it. and the song is wow...instantly reminded me of my favorite movie of all time, Vigo's L'Atalante, there's a scene where the provincial young wife of the barge captain is being entertained by the grizzled old first mate playing an accordion, and its like he's opened a box that contains the wide world in it...this should be playing behind that scene.
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lavalamp said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Sounds like...
...it's from Curb your Enthusiasm.

Really, really liked this. Can't believe it was the first thing your recorded on a computer. Great job

Dave
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Lennon714 said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Full circle
This version is great! More dynamic. I see people have been making the soundtrack comparison a lot, and I agree. If'n I were a director I would use this piece in the scene where Topo finds all the girls that dogged him from kindergarten through college and planted a big sloppy smooch on 'em. Thus getting his revenge. And the girl that called him "tugboat" would get... something. I haven't thought this through enough. Anyway, love the song. Loved the original, but this tops it, imho.
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ShadowofNine said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Dang
Charming piece yaaa enjoyed this one a lot....
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daibhre said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Excellent
Sort of an instrumental Harry Nilsson feel to it. I like it! (the tee hee hee hees are perfect.)
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rsorensen said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
topo
sounds good michael. a real sweet tribute to what looks like a pretty fun guy. love the bounces and the way it just ends. i'd have to do an ab comparison to hear if this sounds better than the original, but this sounds pretty loud and clear to me. nice work
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LunaTrick said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Nice Waltz Michael
Well done!
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mikkinylund said 3073 days ago (July 16th, 2009)
Viva La Topo!
Love it. Love you. Love Topo. Love Circus (pre 1940ish). Peace/Mikki
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Roxylee said 3072 days ago (July 17th, 2009)
tugboat, heehee
Michael, I think this song should be in the soundtrack of a movie about a misunderstood man, a Mr. Magoo type guy who happily bumbles his way through life, always smiling. I really enjoyed this.
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ktb said 3071 days ago (July 17th, 2009)
just for the story
I would have fav'd. :-) A delight. Melodic and wonderfully upbeat. Lil things that happen in the band of close knit friends can provide years of smiles like this one
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mowguy3 said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
A joy
Fine track sir and fits the description well. Never heard the origional but this is a clean crisp recording. Enjoyed!!!
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Daugrin said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
Topo's Tugboat
Maybe some bells and sticks would make a good additions. IMHO this needs to toughen up a bit, it just floats along, tugboats have attitude...

Daug
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egobandit said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
What a cool
Story about your friend, funny how one incident can lead into something not expected. I love this kind of happy circus spinning in a circle daydreaming and floating through the day music! excellent!
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egobandit said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
What a cool
Story about your friend, funny how one incident can lead into something not expected. I love this kind of happy circus spinning in a circle daydreaming and floating through the day music! excellent!
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lengold said 3069 days ago (July 20th, 2009)
Fantastic Picture
That would fit perfectly on a circus ringmaster.
Loving this beautifully light and dancing tune. Really conjures up sunny days and fun.
Cheers
Len

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Re-al said 3069 days ago (July 20th, 2009)
waltzing around
Hi Micheldeux,
I'm happily lost in French movies listening to this little joyous gem; Gabriel Yared or Yann Tierson, for starters. I'm off to check out some more ! Thanks !
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Ed Hannifin said 3067 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
Neat. You could almost read...
...your description over the music and send it to NPR...

Has some of that nice, quirky, "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" vibe...
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