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well, I just thought I'd post a work in progress today. I got a good response to the demo, and this does still have a lot more work to come, but I am just on a high from the great tracking session I had last night. please let me know how you think it's progressing.
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The girl gave too much of herself,
It was the only way she knew how to give anything at all.

Rushing here, waving there,
She learnt to smile in eight directions,
The girl gave too much of herself.

She was a hollow stone,
though still one with many facets.
Her character bore out by our refractions.
And now it's too late.

It was the weight of our eyes,
the vacuum of her heart,
and the burdensome way in which we loved her back.

She was a callow one,
and not without her faults,
and a certain charm,
made certain by whatever we wanted to see,
not by whatever she wanted to be.

Rushing here, waving there,
She learnt to smile in eight directions,
The girl collapsed in on herself.

It's the only way to put it,
she just collapsed in on herself.
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Uploaded: Feb 07, 2011 - 03:58:48 PM
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2011 - 05:23:37 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 11:50:54 AM
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Hardware:
Fender Telecaster, Maton Acoustic, Mac-Mini
Software:
Garageband + Jam Packs + Absynth
Comments
alackbass said 2449 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Happou bijin (update)
There's that acoustic guitar that sounds like a bass guitar being two hand tapped. That's a signature sound for you. Don't ever sell that instrument.

This is great. I love the song. What I really love is the layering of the instruments. Guitar parts that would make the Edge proud. Great production and mix!
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dantimmermans said 2449 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Thanks Andrew
There's much more to be done here, hoping to add some pipe, ukelele, and mandolin, and a lot more voices at the end. finally there's already a lot of mud to EQ out so mixing this is gonna be a lovely headache:)
about the guitar; I'm finding this tuning (and number of strings!) has really opened a door, creatively. try it out: C# G# C# D# (low to high)
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magnatone said 2448 days ago (February 8th, 2011)
Happou bijin
this sounds fabulous already dan! your plans are big, and i'm sure you'll pull it off beautifully. there is a "signature sound" in here for sure. looking forward to the next - thanks for this!
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dantimmermans said 2442 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
Thanks Karen
I'm glad you enjoyed the track, and I hope the final version will be even better. The support is very much appreciated.
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jdholliday said 2447 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
hey Dan!
Sounds great dude, I think you might try doubling your vocal on this, I think that would sound great, nice start!
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dantimmermans said 2442 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
you may be right
I'll try doubling the vocals, James - I definitely need to get a little more 'prominence' at the end. the problem is, once you've doubled something it's so very easy to triple it, and quadruple it, and.... you can go a little mad scientist before you know it.
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Gaylen75 said 2447 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
I am a fan
Just really great.
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WharmtonRise said 2447 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Aye
really nice start Dan.
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jiguma said 2447 days ago (February 9th, 2011)
Dan, this sounds great
the acoustic sounds beautiful - similar to Sting's nylon stringer. A friend (who now plays with Tim Gaze) has a acoustic/electric Maton nylon string - maybe the same model. I think this is sounding really good. If you are after suggestions, I'd bring the vocals up just a tad and maybe separate out the harmonies with some subtle panning. If you did nothing it probably wouldn't be a problem though.
A very cool song!
Cheers from the very deep south!
Neil
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dantimmermans said 2442 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
good point about the harmonies, Neil
I need to get some more clarity in there once it starts getting bigger; I"ll try pushing the harmonies further from the center. you've got me thinking: this is a steel string I'm playing, but maybe I ought to consider trying out a nylon string guitar. hmmm
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jiguma said 2441 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Steel string!
it sounds so much like a nylon to me. There you go :)
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hackneybloke said 2443 days ago (February 13th, 2011)
happou bijin
hey dan.....this is sounding sweet. i was just going to say that some percussion could come in and then it did. love your vocal delivery and those harmonies. love those 'stops' at the end of each section and how everything hangs in the air. cool ending too. a perfectly rounded journey...neatly resolved.
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dantimmermans said 2442 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
thanks Julian
It feels a little drawn out but I can't think of a better place for the drums to come in. that said, there's a long way to go with the percussion overall (I've still got temp rolls from GB loops in there!). anyway, thanks for coming by for a listen and commenting. There Isn't Anything is a super smooth track, by the way - I need to start checking out some of those jazzier chords :)
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racerat said 2442 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
Happou bijin (update)
Always transported by your stuff Dan. Beautiful. Thanks for the hint on the tuning, love the experimentation. I'll have to try it out. Do you only have 4 strings strung on the guitar? Or do you just play the 4 that are tuned to this- and none of the others? The drums change at 2:42 I found a little jolting - seems a little out of context to the buttery smoothness of the rest. Otherwise, swept away as usual.
RR

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dantimmermans said 2442 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
just four strings
thanks for dropping by, dude. yeah, it's just the four strings at the moment - the B and the high E are missing in action. you are right about a certain joltiness; I have some work to do selling and smoothing out some of the transitions. a buddy of mine pointed out that bass and kick work at the end really call to mind the original Knight Rider theme:) It certainly wasn't intentional but I don't know whether that means it has to go, or it definitely has to stay!
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KCsGROOVE said 2442 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
lovely song!
Fine vocals and warm mix!
very much enjoyed!
KC
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tf10music said 2442 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
i can hear
a sprawling, lush landscape beginning to form. please continue painting. I can only hope that the watery, tremulous quality of this version endures in the final incarnation.
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I grew up on Dire Straits, Def Leppard, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, and Eric Clapton. Then I discovered heavy metal. [long pause] Did the post-rock thing for a while, thinking my 'tortured' soul could could only express itself in chaotic guitar crescen... [see more]

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