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this was really a pain in the butt at first, the loop was kind of un-intimidating, so I got cocky. i then ran into a brick wall, threw everything out and had to start over again. then it just seemed to flow naturally for me. usually for these challenges I take the loop and write a song around it with organic instrumentation. on this one I decided to do everything in the box: no real instruments, no external keyboard, i even used the pinhole mic for the vocals. it was an exercise in self discipline (doing a piano solo is not easy for me in the piano roll). one more thing: this definitely a head phone song (especially the end vocals).

i took the loop, put it on a bunch of tracks, and then assigned it to different synths and sampler instruments. converted them all to audio and then started slicing and dicing (although some are left entirely intact). this morning I added a dub element to the song (just for kicks). everything you hear is the loop with the exception of drums, bass and vocals. there are no real lyrics, as I did a scratch vocal to build the song around, and then just got lazy and kept it. the title comes from the song being a tango (i think - what do i know), and in the middle of my mumbling the melody, i say something that sounds like silent. a lot of times when i write lyrics, I listen to my mumbled scratch track and write the lyrics around what the mumbles kind of sound like. didn't get that far this time. remind me to tell you the story sometime, about Buzz from the Melvins approach to lyric writing.

anyways, I hope you like. i had a great time. now on to listen to all the rest of the entries.
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Lyrics
mumble mumble, greezlke drttwah....
(repeat)
(piano solo)
mumble mumble, greezlke drttwah....
(repeat)
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Uploaded: Aug 21, 2009 - 01:21:34 AM
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2009 - 10:05:55 AM Last Played: May 19, 2017 - 04:28:58 AM
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LE8, EZDrummer (i used the cocktail kit for the beats and the vintage kit for the dub stuff), EXS24,
Comments
Marlon said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Nice one Michael
I am getting a Billy/Associates vibe from this

Love it
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michael2 said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks
i won't be killing myself anytime soon though. thanks for stopping by.
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particledots said 2828 days ago (August 27th, 2009)
phew
that tha lord for that
still has a billy/assoc vibe to my ears tho
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MarkHolbrook said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
M2
The vocals sound really pretty darned good! Lots of neat sounds. Really great stuff!!
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michael2 said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks mark
little EQ is good for the soul. thanks for the listen.
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Feter said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Silent Tango
You turn this totally to be your sound with
the incredible vocal work and the spheric sound
from behind ...and sure the chores ...this is
so ...perfect pyscho tango ...loved this ...kudos
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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michael2 said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks Feter
glad you like. i had a great time trying to turn this into a song. thanks for the listen.
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mr.turtle said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Dude
You are an E ticket, You really out did your self with this one. Hell of a Rorschach test

Here is my interpretation of the mumbles.

Its a time for the woken
live in time
the unit sung
good day
all done
all day, lay a time
for the seance, for hope
in a seance, a holler

Hells gonna tempt us
lets see a tango
lets see where you are
I see her in a jar
Leslie's disciples
they didn't say much
they look the same
they won't frame it in silence
It's a time for _ _ _ _ _
live in time the unit sung
any day
any way
in silence

(I know, creepy lyrics, but you're the one who made them up)

seriously, great tune, Love the way you swing for the fences.

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michael2 said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
whoa
excellent. i love the lyrics you wrote. I may have to re-do this and use them. so my Melvins story: years ago Buzz told me that he never writes lyrics usually; he just mumbles and tries to enunciate them so that they sound like words: "humba nabait witch girl silkything. yeah." stuck with me. thanks for the lyrics.
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bud said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Seductive as all hell
this is amazing Michael - the feel is so delicious and the production is incredible - all the atmosphere and the intensity of the beat with the floating vocals is just too much. Great work. I love the lioli tunes - they're like Children of the Corn.
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michael2 said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
kevin
you are too kind. don't think the word delicious has ever been used as a description for anything I've done. so glad you liked, once i got settles in I found myself having a lot of fun. i gotta go out to the field and burn a man in effigy now. thanks.
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egobandit said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
I hear
A radio head vube from this, I love that. Some cool drums excellent tune!
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michael2 said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks Tim
glad you liked the drums, really been working hard on that side of things. love EZdrummer. thanks a bunch for the kind words and the listen.
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said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
spooky tango
Your work paid off... this came out really cool, definitely in keeping with a dancing song. great.

. - Harold
michael2 said 2835 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks
i didn't even make the whole "still a dance song" connection. thanks so much for stopping by, really happy that you liked this one.
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Lennon714 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Thom Yorke
has made a career out of incoherent mumbling, so why not? Great piano solo for being done on piano roll. You've got the patience of Job to do that. The sounds underneath the solo give it a really creepy Hellish sound.
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks
glad you like. yeah, the piano roll was a slow process; getting the rhythms right and adjusting the velocities of the notes. so glad you dug it, thanks for listening.
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maxruehl said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
NIce,
subdued take on what was, in its initial form, a rather bright and upbeat sample. Very nice work.
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks
these challenges are really fun. always learn some new tricks while trying to beat the loops into submission. thanks for the listen.
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sschedra said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Michael
What a clever and really well written and produced song. I am especially intrigued by your lyrical approach and I will have to try it some time myself. Very unusual and very good music.
Stephen
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
hey
thanks a lot. glad you thought so. definitely give that lyric writing approach a try, somethimes I'm pleasantly surprised at the way it makes sense (in a stream of conscious sort of way). thanks so much for the kind words.
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Relic67 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
cool
really interesting rhythm and basslines.
I love that mumbling idea. I think K. Cobain might have done a bit of that too, not too surprising given Melvins influence. I'm definitely going to have to try that.
I thought I might have heard some clipping at the beginning? or is that just my headphones....
anyway, really liked it!


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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks
glad you liked the rhythm section, I did put a little time into that aspect. as for the clipping at the beginning, that was intentional: i used a bit crusher to get that sound. almost mentioned it in the song notes as I figured that someone would comment on it. you're probably right about Kurt too.
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Henke said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Cool piece
Hm, maybe I should try one of these myself, never did that before. Inspirational!

/Henke
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
hey man
you definitely need to jump on the LIOLI train, you would tear it up. thanks for listening.
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awigze said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
alot going on
and I like it. The vocals are blue and crazy...
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks man
i like the us of blue as an adjective. i'll take that in a heartbeat. thanks for the listen and the kind words.
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Diviner said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Very nice
and uniquely you. Love the sounds and like the idea of ambient dub tango. Very cool track that was a lovely listen.
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
hey
thanks man. i like the idea of that genre too. what's next, minimal two-tone waltzes? thanks for coming by.
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Jim Bouchard said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
the us of blue
That would be a good title in itself. Not to pick on your typo above but I thought it was sort of interesting.
Not as interesting as your song here...this is pretty dang cool. You have so much attention to detail, it's definitely inspiring! Very enjoyable but I'd say the lion's share of what you produce is massively enjoyable...
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
oooh
that would be a good title, and works perfectly with the theme of accidental composition. thanks so much for the kind words, you're stuff always sounds so good and you are always honest, so I appreciate it a bunch. thanks.
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sloparts said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Wonderful work Mike
Love the tango feel to this and the way you, "sang" the song. When I did mine I copied the loop to a bunch of tracks, then took out all the highest notes on one track leaving just the low notes. That's what I did for the bass line on it.

You went a lot farther on yours than I did with all the slicing and dicing of the audio tracks. And the thing is after all that work, it came out great. Love the song Mike.

Ed

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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
hey ed,
thanks man. i really don't know how the tango came about, just sort of happened. music always seems to remind me of water, just kind of flows where it wants to. as for the slicing and dicing; i haven't had much time to record, and I am constantly researching what I can do with Logic. things like this challenge give me a chance to try out some of those idea's (without waking the family in the middle of the night). thanks so much for the kind words.
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ktb said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
finally
have a chance for another couple of listens and proper comment. Jeeesh Michael, you are one creative bastard sir. A tango no less. The piano solo was intoxicating. Love the sparse-ness. Brillaint effort here.
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks
glad you like the piano. i think i was originally going for aladdin sane, but it wound up being a tango. it's a toss up what was more fun: the vocal effects automation, the piano, or the drums. so glad you liked. thanks man.
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richard13 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Too cool
I especially like the percussion from about 2:00 to the end. I was about to slap your wrist for stealing my lyrics but then I saw that you transposed the drttwah and the greezlke so that makes it ok. ;-) Good stuff, man.
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thank you
the percussion is really just four eighth notes in a row on a floor tom. the tape delay plugin and the mute button did all the work on that but. and I realized about halfway through that I was knocking off your lyrics, so I changed it up a bit. : )
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filmscoremike said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
Neat!
Awesome. Love the "instrumentation" you've used; Neat combination of sounds, and the vocals bring it all together. Really enjoyed this unusual tango.
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michael2 said 2834 days ago (August 21st, 2009)
thanks man
this was a great exercise for me, as it was hard to mix. there's not really much going on audio wise, but the automation took awhile. luckily I like to tweak out on things. thanks for the listen.
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Jarvoid said 2834 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Greezy tike Dirtwash ?
Wha'? Looping definitely drives you loopy,but it came out good and groovy....and that was a pin-hole mic.....sheesh !
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Son-of-lavalamp said 2834 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Made me...
...smile. Bravo brother.

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mr_mordenus said 2834 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Oddly haunting
Kind of a Casablanca, 'round up the usual suspects' feel. Have no idea where or why. Hot, rippling heat on the streets and hidden paranoia in a strange land where everyone speaks a strange language where the words are blurred into the heat and paranoia, but in a dark doorway is a place where cool safety might be found.

Or perhaps not.....

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rabittwhole said 2834 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
the next
007 theme song ..... the box was good to you.
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AcetyleneJukebox said 2833 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Impressive
You developed a new genre here- dub step tango. Its great how you took that loop and went Latin with it. Love the wall of ambient sound behind the drums and piano. Your "speaking in tongues " lyrics remind me of Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance who I think did the same thing. I have feeling Radiohead does that too. Excellent work!
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sonnyjim said 2833 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Lots of work
and an interestingly organic path to follow. That piano is a beauty!
Great sounds, infectious groove; this is really satisfying stuff.



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drakonis said 2833 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Can't resist...
I am a nut for a good tango rhythm... wonderful ears to pull TANGO out of the loop, and have it dance to your bidding here... and the mumbled lyrics just add to the dark ambience... nice!
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rsorensen said 2833 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
crazy good
this is so creative, man. right from the get-go. the percussion is amazing and that piano solo is perfect. love the bit crushing as well. as for your method of writing/recording vocals, it's pretty much exactly what I do as well. For this song though I think it deserves some coherant lyrics. maybe it's just personal preference but i feel like i could cinnect even more with it if it did, and i kinda want too. its up to you though - i still was thoroughly entertained by it and will continue to be no matter if you revisit it or not. thanks for the great song!
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magnatone said 2833 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
Silent Tango
geez michael - this is AMAZING! you outdid yourself!
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magnatone said 2833 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
forgot to mention
WOWZA on that piano!
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cjdaley said 2833 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
you never know
where these loops (and compositions processes) can take you. You flashed the good Eno card, here. This is pretty original, even for someone as flexible as you in terms of style.
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Vic Holman said 2832 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
it's.......
.... those background tracks that are so intriguing. plus a great melody on top of it all.
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five_extra_arms said 2832 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
Wango Tango
That bass, those drums.... very dark and smokey room sounding and your vocals sound more mature than normal. Must be what happens when you live in Brazil and drink scotch.

This sounds like a live performance. I dig all the little nuances behind the obvious show stoppers. It fills my head with good stuff.
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SmokeyVW said 2832 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
nice all around
you did say it became a tango on the forums - still i was surprised when i heard this - a great tango feel to it for sure! i like the bed of sounds, and the bass. a perfect setting for your vocals. just plain nice all around.

thanks
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Slashh! said 2832 days ago (August 23rd, 2009)
Tango! Now that's different!
I thought you were speaking some language but then I read the lyrics -- hilarious!! The tango choice is a great idea.
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tempie said 2832 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
cocteau twinning
love the nonsense vocals man, very cool, love when people use the human voice as an instrument, reminds me of a male Cocteau Twins. some human beatboxing in here would have been cool too (just in case you revisit it sometime).

this type of stuff is definitely your thing - not to be flaky but the joy you take in this type of thing comes through in the tune. always a fun listen. you are a musician's musician dude.
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lengold said 2831 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Really enjoyed
this...
Cheers
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threefootfall said 2831 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Wow
This is really great. The piano solo sounds fantastic. Well done!
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Heroin_Marys said 2830 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Great great
treatment. You can tell you put some time in to this. The lyrics you have posted crack me up. Fantasmo!
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Calchas said 2827 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
Dang!
Just listened to Bud's and now this. Same loop but songs as different as night and day...yet both EXCELLENT! Nice job Michael. Damn nice...

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racerat said 2826 days ago (August 29th, 2009)
mumble,
mumble, mumble, great song, mumble, burble, (repeat)

P
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Ed Hannifin said 2825 days ago (August 30th, 2009)
Needs to be filed...
...under 'Alternative Tango'. Small but growing category. Just grew by one, for instance...

Vocal improv is excellent, right in the dream Rorschach territory...

The whole thing ends up having great swing...

Ed
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thoddi said 2822 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
You're a great singer
Your voice is very good. I dig how you make your way around the groove. Cool harmonies.
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ic42 said 2819 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
reality blurs
she dances into your mind. she reboots all your thoughts. there is only her. her lips say yes. your mind can not say no. she makes you happy when she is there. she makes you crazy when she is gone. it is a bipolar tango. it is amazing music, always from michael2. 0x0
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MannequinRaces said 2816 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
Super!
That's freaking awesome! I don't think I've heard a tango from you before so this was a treat. Nice mumbles! Pretty cool that this was all done in the box and the vocals sound great for using the pinhole mic!
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The Orbiting said 2807 days ago (September 17th, 2009)
Listen to the Words
Your approach with the lyrics, which I use myself sometimes, which I picked up from echoroom who also does it, just goes to show that some of us obsess too much over what the words of the song say. I actually had no idea you were singing nonsense until I got to that part of the song description and, even then, had a hard time focusing on that fact.

This reminds me of the time I was watching the Oscars and Celine Dion was singing "My Heart Will Go On," and someone attending my Oscar party shushed me and said, "Listen to the words." I think Celine Dion should sing a few like this.

BTW, the only reason I wrote the above comment is that it's not acceptable to write, "Holy Crap, you're a genius," in the comment box and then run away in terror.

I love this so much, Michael, I can't even start to tell you how much. I love the space and the creepy glockenspiel and the vocal melody and the Dub feel, especially on the vocal. You just rule.
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