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This song has been brewing for a while. Since I recently got a new Mac I have going back and finishing some tracks that my old G4 couldn't handle.

Some of my older songs sound cinematic in nature but this one takes the cake. It has a dark brooding cadence complete with a short drum break. It's not a happy song and might make you feel sort of desolate or alone.

Compositionally this song started out with the drum pattern and grew from there. I'm not sure why I chose the title 'Mad Man' or why I picked a picture of Einstein but in some ways I thought it was fitting.

Anyway, this song is dedicated to crazy geniuses whose academic work is at first scoffed at but later realized as the real deal. It must be maddening to know your right when others bring you down. Here's to Mad Men everywhere.
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Comments: 33
Fans: 13
Plays: 55
Downloads: 82

Uploaded: Sep 22, 2009 - 12:29:34 PM
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2009 - 12:29:34 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 11:14:58 AM
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Comments
Lennon714 said 2799 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Sounds like
my upright piano. Great tone. The machine gun drum hits are quite mad. You really captured t he feeling of dejected madness. It would be infuriating to have the answer only to have people not believe you. Makes me think of scientists who work with stem cells, only to have funding pulled by people freaked out by it. Think of what we could have accomplished by now.
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MannequinRaces said 2799 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Exactly!
That's a good point about the stem cell research. Scientists have known for a long time the benefits of doing it but finally the red tape is getting cleared so they can make some head way!

I wish I had a 'real' piano to record! Oh well, sometimes it's just easier to play a sampled one!

Oh, and thanks for being the first to comment on this!
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Feter said 2799 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Mad Man
Hmmm ..this is deep ...pyschodelic of the neo
70s ..loved the moog violin sound here ...lovely
the piano as solemn as the a choir ..the drums
just reflect the new world shot guns ...awesome
scene for modern world to me here ...maybe the
sadness I feel today just reflected by this music
great arrangement and mixing ..and vocation ..
good job my friend ...thnx a lot for sharn !!!!
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MannequinRaces said 2799 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Mad Man
Thanks for the lovely comment Feter! I'm glad it elicited some sort of mood in you even if it was a sad one.
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michael2 said 2799 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
awesome
maybe your best yet. that piano sounds perfect for the tune. i have a piano, and it's just easier to keep buying software piano's. which one is this? anyways I love everything about this, the melodies, the vibe, the found sounds, but that drumming is killing me. unreal.
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MannequinRaces said 2799 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Mad Man
Ah that piano. You might have heard it on some Beatles stuff. The piano used is called the Challen and it can be found in Propellerhead's Abbey Roads refill that includes several instruments from that studio. I'm not sure if the Beatles used that particular piano or not. The refill came with a really nice short book about all the instruments and their history and what songs they were used on. More info about the refill can be found here: http://www.propellerheads.se/products/refills/ark/index.cfm?fuseaction=get_article&article=what_is_it

Thanks for the awesome comment Michael! I initially had the drum 'solo' a bit longer but shortened it (my wife thought it was 'too much'). I also toyed with the idea of making the panning more extreme but settled on the version you hear.
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michael2 said 2798 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
aha
i was interested in that abbey road thing, I think there is a non propellerhead version that is supposed to be good to. probably wise to edit the drum "solo" and curb the instincts to go crazy with the panning; could've turned a great song into a gimmicky song.
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ConnieO said 2799 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Mad Man
Very interesting sounds you have going on here.
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MannequinRaces said 2799 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Mad Man
Thanks for the listen and the comment! I checked out you and your bros work and really enjoy it!
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Relic67 said 2799 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
kool
kind of a genius type of song.
who needs a real piano with that kind of sound?
drums also superb.
really liked it!!!
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MannequinRaces said 2799 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Mad Man
Sweet! Thanks for taking a listen. Yeah, you're right, who needs a real piano with a sound like that! Glad you liked the drums. I've been waiting for a song to get crazy on.
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MarkHolbrook said 2798 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Interesting
Lots of cool sounds in this!
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MannequinRaces said 2798 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
Mad Man
Thanks for checking it out Mark. Glad you enjoyed it!
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tempie said 2797 days ago (September 24th, 2009)
whoa.
drums are brilliant. they get under the skin, they don't let you relax. sounds and piano lull you into an idea and then the drums come back and kill it. this tune gave me the feeling i get when i'm trying to write or make music and i just don't have it going on at the moment, how frustrating that is, you just want to kick the dog. great execution of concept dude.
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MannequinRaces said 2797 days ago (September 25th, 2009)
Mad Man
Don't kick the poor dog! I know the feeling though! Thanks for the great comment. It was a pleasure to read. I'm glad this song gave you a feeling!
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rabittwhole said 2797 days ago (September 24th, 2009)
yep
...excellent!
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MannequinRaces said 2797 days ago (September 25th, 2009)
Mad Man
Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!
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johnnyblues said 2794 days ago (September 27th, 2009)
E=MCC
Love the sound effects in this song. This is quirky and I like quarks and keys!
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MannequinRaces said 2793 days ago (September 28th, 2009)
Mad Man
Awesome! Glad you enjoyed this one. Your work has a similar quirkiness that I enjoy!
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magnatone said 2779 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
Mad Man
wow - how'd i miss this the first time around? yes, it's dark and brooding, in the coolest possible way. i really like your use of piano in here (i'm a little biased toward piano though). great work Adam!
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MannequinRaces said 2779 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Mad Man
Thanks for stopping by and listening Karen. I'm glad you liked the piano. You're piano work is top-notch!
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Char said 2776 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
It has
a sustained mood of resolve, determination despite all circumstance. I was very engaged. Loved it. Thanks.
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MannequinRaces said 2765 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Mad Man
Thanks for checking this one out Char!
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Doadars Uncle said 2767 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
Wow Adam
Interesting weave! Nice percussion transitions. Machine sounds, almost. Driven.
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MannequinRaces said 2765 days ago (October 27th, 2009)
Mad Man
Glad you liked this one Doug! Thanks for listening and commenting!
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Daugrin said 2763 days ago (October 28th, 2009)
Mad Consideration
Sounds like a composition and I can't sing the melody...
Must be modern plumbing... enjoyed the little drums trying to be bongos...and the piano wandering pushed things along.
Funny about the bass frequencies being so open... your decisions here are unique, can't ask for more!

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MannequinRaces said 2763 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
Mad Man
Thanks for the great comment, especially about the bass frequencies! They were a pain to EQ.
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Elevator_Funk said 2757 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
not so creepy...
...with the picture of einstein. Maybe if you had a link to the creepy old Tool videos, this would sound dark. anyways, cool. I also saw you commented that you shortened the drum solo due to your wife's advice... now would a true 'mad man' submit their creation to the opinion of others?!?! Aha!!!!
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MannequinRaces said 2756 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
Mad Man
Ha! I agree that those old Tool videos are creepy! Also good point about a true 'mad man'! Thanks for listening and commenting Brian!
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smokey bacon jnr said 2736 days ago (November 24th, 2009)
Love the drums
Those drums are relentless! Did you put them together in redrum? I like the contrast between the ultra military precision drumming and the loose deep piano chords. What reason instrument did you use to generate the piano sounds? Was it one of the samplers? Very nice work.
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MannequinRaces said 2736 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
Mad Man
I penciled in the drums in Reason's sequencer but the sounds were all coming from redrum. The piano is the Challen from the Abbey Roads refill. I highly recommend that refill! It's a bit pricey but it has great instruments in it! Thanks for taking a listen to this one!
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sschedra said 2735 days ago (November 25th, 2009)
Love the Piano
and the whole arrangement, except the drums. I'll have to listen on some decent speakers, but the drums sound like a typewriter. How did you do the drums? The piano is really haunting, just the best.
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MannequinRaces said 2735 days ago (November 26th, 2009)
Mad Man
Thanks for listening and commenting! I was so back and forth about the drums. I agree wholeheartedly that they sound like a typewriter! I think I'm okay with that. The drums were done in Reason 4.0. I think I used a couple redrums with some samples from the Jason McGerr refill. The drums were all penciled in. I'm glad you liked the piano. That piano was in the Abbey Roads refill.
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