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Ghost (w/Bud and Particledots)


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michael2

 Genre: Electronic

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Kevin had written a song and dropped it into our shared dropbox. Bryn did a whole version and Kevin and him were going back and forth quite a bit with it. I was busy with family and didn't get to join in on that version (which I'm sure will appear shortly). The stems were up and I grabbed the Omnichord part that Bryn had done, and wrote a drum part to it. Then I just started jamming to it and added Kevins vocals. It's all pretty simple musically, but I did have some fun experimenting with plugins. I consider this an APOD song, but we just posted another one, and I thought it would be more interesting if you could compare this version with the version that Kevin just posted. His is called "Always Losing."
http://www.macjams.com/song/69629

The first sounds you hear are Bryns omnichord (a little more gritty sounding than the bells). The bell type sounds are a sampler instrument made from a HAPI drum, and then pitched too high, and another track of Logics FM synth.

The drums were made with some drum samples that I found online and loaded into EXS24. basically a high hat and a poorly recorded kick drum. I also have an EXS24 instrument made out of a bunch of sounds sampled in an office, I used those for all of the clicky sounds, and then ran them through Logics Spectral Filter and Delay Designer for some movement and variation in the sounds. I also used the free Pancake plug in to draw out panning for some of the percussion.

all of the droney stuff and the track of something that sounds like it's dripping and stretching were audio snippets from Kevins vocals that I stretched with Logics Flex Time until they didn't sound like vocals anymore. These were also ran through filters and delay designer. I basically just kept turning knobs, bounced it all out and then chopped out the bits I liked and placed them throughout the song. The "aah" parts at the end of the song are Kevins vocals: I looked for a note in the right key and then cut it up, reversed, and then ran through a bit crusher at a 12 bit setting.

Kevins vocals are phrased a little differently in his version and come in on the beat differently. I cut them up and moved them where I wanted them and then used flex time to make them fit in with this version. Once they fit I messed with flex time a little more to give them a sound like an old tape being eaten.

I used a few delays on this one (my favorite effect). I used Logics Delay Designer for the ambience, the kick drum is sent to a bus with Logics Tape Delay that I automated a bit to come in and out, and I used RP Delay on Kevins lead vocal track. Really liking this mellow, almost soundtrack sort of vibe lately. My 4 year old daughter was playing with some photo app on my phone and took this picture. Wish I knew how she did that.
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Lyrics
looking for something
you don't know what it is
looking for something
you don't know what it is
but you know there's a hole
you don't know what it is
you don't know what it is
you don't know what it is
a hole in your pocket
a hole in your pocket
a hole in your pocket
and you're always losing
Song Stats
Hits: 2039
Comments: 18
Fans: 18
Plays: 116
Downloads: 50

Uploaded: Aug 18, 2011 - 12:38:50 AM
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2011 - 12:45:27 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 09:41:56 PM
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Software:
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Comments
Feter said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
Ghost
Wonderful collaboration ..tight mixing job

peace !
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michael2 said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
feter
thanks a bunch, always good to see you.
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spitlogic said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
Dreamy
Must be the bells that do that to me. I liked the layering of the voices in it too.
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michael2 said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
thanks
your comment led to me wandering through your back catalog last night. some amazing stuff that I had missed. cult of anubis blew me away.
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aRcTip said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
Ghost
You continue to amaze me. Thanks for both the song and description.
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michael2 said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
aRcTip
thank you, very kind of you. glad you liked.
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finkeldink said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
The song
lives up to the name.

Nice spooky sound track.

Good stuff.
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michael2 said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
finkeldink
'tis a little spooky huh? thanks for stopping by.
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bud said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
Great picture Sophie took
APOD staff photographer. I love the skipping beat that you created here Michael and the way drums and ambience become mixed where there's no line between them. I joked on my page about you using stuff from the back yard - here you end up using stuff from the office.Your use of hi and lo tech has really exploded in the last year or two - creating some really cool tracks.
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michael2 said 2197 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
kevin
ha, you're right. her pictures have ended up in a few APOD projects. she'll be stoked when she's older (or horribly embarrassed). thanks for the kind words, and for noticing the drums were more of an effect than a beat. maybe we should put together an APOD sample pack for people to download. bits of beats, sounds and some sampler instruments.
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Henke said 2196 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
Pretty cool stuff
Sounds like good fun being able to make music this way... Thanks for letting us in for a peep :-)

/Henke
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Vic Holman said 2196 days ago (August 18th, 2011)
Ghost
so a hole in my pocket is actually a ghost, i had my suspicions.

cool tune and flex is the best thing since sliced bread i think
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magnatone said 2196 days ago (August 19th, 2011)
Ghost
good grief - this is just so cool! i love both versions for different reasons - you're such a magician michael!
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Mosaica said 2194 days ago (August 21st, 2011)
Spine-tingling
Atmospheric and mellow piece.
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K.I.S.KISMET said 2193 days ago (August 22nd, 2011)
full of intrigue
sounds awesome in my little cave. wish i had the production skills of your pinky finger!puh!



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sammydix said 2190 days ago (August 25th, 2011)
Ghost
haunting beauty. so eerie in all the right ways. i listened to--and liked--the original, but this version adds "something"... some sort of palpable, airy aura. excellent team up.
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Char said 2181 days ago (September 3rd, 2011)
Sweet.
Not scary but fascinating. It is mind expanding to listen to your compositions. Thank you.
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Estella said 2121 days ago (November 1st, 2011)
Wow!
AMAZING.
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