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The final, new and improved mix of this song is available on the Fists of Righteous Harmony CD! Check it out here:

http://www.thelostrecords.com/forh-artist.html


Neal Stephenson's book "The Diamond Age" is my favorite read of all time, give or take a book or two. The Fists make a dramatic comeback in this science fiction novel, swarming into the future Shanghai. Vac (Steve Vaccariello), who also loves that book, plays bass, and rhythm and lead guitars.
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Hits: 6218
Comments: 59
Fans: 11
Plays: 795
Downloads: 58
Votes: 22
Uploaded: Jan 02, 2006 - 05:16:54 PM
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2006 - 02:24:52 PM Last Played: Oct 17, 2018 - 09:26:33 AM
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Mac G4, Steve's gear
Software:
Soundtrack, SoundEdit, Kompakt, WireTap, GleetchLab
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said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Great Funkin' Jeff Beck
Great groove goin on here - also love the various guitar tones and solos.
Production is very clear - every instrument is distinct - the bass is very
tight - and the production doesn't distract from the performances, it
focuses on them.
PS. Cool picture.
perceptualvortex said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Great Funkin' Jeff Beck
Thank you DN, I appreciate that about the production. Thanks for listening
and faving this!
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Joshosh said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Man, Vac can
tear itt up! Love your tunes man. Production is always so tight. To me, the guitars and bass are mixed SO well. They really have room, stand clear of each other, and allow all the other standard PV effects and sounds to create depthin the music without interrupting the solo instruments in the forefront. Just really impressive production, and the performances themselves are sick too. I mean, legit sick. Damn.
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perceptualvortex said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Man, Vac can
Thanks Josh, you really nailed what I was aiming for; I didn't want to
obscure Steve's great playing while I was building on it. I have a lot of
respect for your musical ears, so it's nice that you like my tunes. And I'm
glad you like Vac's killer playing as much as I do.
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chakeres said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Nice
Another nice one David. So are we all going a little up tempo for the new
year. :-). Nice energy, now we just need to get all this energy we have
into one song. Tell Steve he is top shelf in my book, but you are one shelf
higher. Look forward to doing something new with you. John
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perceptualvortex said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Nice
Heheh, funny I thought the same thing when I heard your new tune. You
are too kind, thank you. I'd also like to work on something together soon,
and I've got a few ideas. Thanks John!
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richinthelbc said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Great guitar work
You are an amazing guitar player. I think I saw You do this song live
with at the G3 show. You could definatly hold your own with that group
of guys.
perceptualvortex said 4922 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Great guitar work
Steve would appreciate that, and I agree with that opinion! Thanks for
listening and commenting rich.
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hacked_to_pieces said 4921 days ago (January 2nd, 2006)
Really
like the the guitar nice playing nice arrangement only thing I didn't
care for was the drums at the beginning right after the first bass line
overall great tune and prodution thru out.
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perceptualvortex said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
Really
I think I know what you're talking about, because I struggled a bit with
getting the right drums for the beginning, before the lead comes in. I
appreciate your observation there. Thanks for listening, hacked; I'm glad
you like this.

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Einarus said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
You know...
...all these really fast, rockin' guitar tracks are unhealthy for me to have in
my system when I get my driver's license...
But until then...

...Rock on!
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perceptualvortex said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
You know...
Yes, you're going to be weaving through traffic, and doing screeching,
skidding u-turns. That'll be cool. Are you allowed to drive like that in
Iceland? ...yeah, here neither. Thanks for listening Einar!

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Mcboy said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
oh man
that bass line just cooks......the guitar is very very kool......the groove
happening....me likes! i love those licks.....!!! 9-9-9-9
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perceptualvortex said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
oh man
Thank you Mcboy, I always appreciate your comments. I agree that's a
cookin bassline and great guitar. Thanks for faving our tune!

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dreadmon said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
Excellent
This piece is just a funhouse of fretwork, and I'm digging it beyond all belief. My one nit - it's too short! One of those odd cases where I could've listened to this for another four or five minutes - so maybe it's good that you "leave 'em wanting more." Excellent work - great, solid production, awesome performances - killer energy! Way to start the new year!
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perceptualvortex said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
Excellent
Yes, I agree it's too short... this is one that could go on for me too! Thank
you, I appreciate your comments dreadmon, I'm glad you're digging the
production and performances here.

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said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
sound sensation
My knees are knockin and my synapses firing on all 8. Screamin
scintillation. A brilliant display of percussive polyphony. Yes. Nice gear.
Vac is the antithesis of vacuousness. This is extreme goodness.
springclock said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
sweet
this is a hoppin little number with great tones and nice production. well done....nice and firey
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caroline said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
pinkish pv...
but mostly purple!! i stayed and listened though - thank you xxx
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selters said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
cool!
nice little rockabilly feel to this (i think). A great instrumental!
I wish there were some vocals on it! good production and
great playing! really like the bassline!

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screamalexz said 4921 days ago (January 3rd, 2006)
completely amazing.
the bass is amazing, the guitar is amazing, the way it comes sort of screeching in. it has some awsome rhythem to it's lead soloing style. this is a great instrumental, but with such awsome playing it almost makes me want to hear some vox, to make it really powerful. i donno, i had the thought of the way eric clapton did the cross roads cover with like chords or something simple during singing then in breaks going into lead. the bass part was killer. made me think of the who's bassist a little. sad thing he passed away. i can't give any real criticism, because the musicians in this blew me away! sounds like that are why i love music. knowing there's something so great gives me something to strive for.
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said 4920 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
Tittillating Nipples!
I had to pull out the whip cream and dress up my girls tatas after this one! Dropped a cherry right on top and began licking like spanish fly on a group of virgin! Fresh meat where? At the deli! Hey Stevo great licks! Keep the tongue in shape! PV Always rippin and brilliant! Great song artwork too!
drakonis said 4920 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
Very nice
Great great groove, very well-played bass & guitars, fun fx, holds
together very nicely. Everything is mixed well, but I do have one
headphone gripe, and that is that the bass is permanently off to the right,
which feels unbalanced to me, at least in headphones. I'd have preferred
the bass to be really close to center (or centered but stereo-spread L-R a
little), and the guitars to dance a little to the left and right. My right ear
got bass-thumped :-) But other than that minor suggestion,
performance, writing, and production was wonderful on this! Great tune!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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perceptualvortex said 4920 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
Very nice
Thanks for pointing that out Eduard. My crappy headphones at home don't
have much bass so I didn't pick up on that. But yes, now that I'm listening
on better 'phones at work it does sound unbalanced. I'll definitely fix that
for the album. Glad you liked this, thanks for listening and commenting!

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FEEL said 4920 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
It does
guitar sounds a bit like jeff. Bass is right on. Never have time to read anymore but listening to the interpretation is quite pleasing. Great job the two of you...has a bit of a happy feel to it.

Regards,
John
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thetiler said 4920 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
like that electric funky strummin on the guitar.
Nice licks on the guitar, bass is groovin cool. Nice travilin funkyness
!

Thanks for sharing
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Tom Atwood said 4920 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
Very cool
Excellent guitars. I agree with Drak the bass might be better dead
center. Great piece.
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rtcooper said 4919 days ago (January 5th, 2006)
What A Break Out
Great Groove from the Get Go. MX achieves quite a spacial SoundStage
with no trainwrecks despite full charge going on.

Fine Licks. PRO Level Production.

rtc
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Tadashi Togawa said 4918 days ago (January 6th, 2006)
Book that music rings
I am not reading the book.
Ah, I want to read.
Rhythm and guitar.
All are very good.
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said 4918 days ago (January 6th, 2006)
yes, righteous guitar riff.....
Very high powered, high octane, and all that very high kind
of thing! Need to come for air. Everything sounds tight and
clear and funky. Kudos

Jack
Stun Nutz said 4918 days ago (January 6th, 2006)
great tune
Using Wiretap, eh? That's a great little simple program... what did
you use it for here? Just curious. I hear the gleetchlab, too. I
gotta figure that program out someday...
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perceptualvortex said 4918 days ago (January 6th, 2006)
great tune
Thanks Eric! I use WireTap a lot in making my own loops. In this case, I
used WireTap with Kompakt (the Demo version, actually); I try a whole
bunch of stuff in Kompakt, recording it all. Then I bring the sound file into
SoundEdit and chop out segments as loops (and mess with them, of
course). Most of the recording is discarded. WireTap is just a convenient
way for me to record whatever sound experiments I'm doing sometimes.



Another thing I use it for is with Soundtrack. Soundtrack has nice fx control
panels, and you can get cool noises by looping something and changing
the fx parameters. Sometimes it's easier to get the effect you want by
recording THAT, than by finding the parameters and changes that work
best, and then keyframing them (if that's even possible).



So, that's the long answer. The short answer is that I used WireTap to
create some of the synthy stuff in the background. As for GleetchLab, it
seems confusing at first, but once you understand a couple of basics it
gets easier. Not that I fully understand the whole thing. Grokking the matrix
is important.

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thoddi said 4918 days ago (January 6th, 2006)
tight
The future Shanghai... or the ancient city of Shanghai...
...anyway great tune, well performed. Could be the soundtrack to the movie:)

Great guitars on this:)
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perceptualvortex said 4918 days ago (January 6th, 2006)
tight
First one, then the other. Thank you thoddi!

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Drew Kopr said 4917 days ago (January 7th, 2006)
Whooo Doggy!
Kicking some major ass on this one PV. Vac's stuff is great and, it goes without saying, the drums and production are spot on, cool as an August sail boat ride in the San Fran Bay!
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Eseoh said 4915 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
sweet
That bassline is the best part of this song. Everything goes together pretty well too.
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Eseoh said 4915 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
asdf
Great great groove, very well-played bass & guitars, fun fx, holds
together very nicely. Everything is mixed well, but I do have one
headphone gripe, and that is that the bass is permanently off to the right,
which feels unbalanced to me, at least in headphones. I'd have preferred
the bass to be really close to center (or centered but stereo-spread L-R a
little), and the guitars to dance a little to the left and right. My right ear
got bass-thumped :-) But other than that minor suggestion,
performance, writing, and production was wonderful on this! Great tune!
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perceptualvortex said 4915 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
asdf
Thanks Eseoh! You took the words right out of... uh, drakonis' mouth! I agree about the off-center bass, and I've already corrected it for the next version. Thanks for listening!

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WG said 4915 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Cool Stuff
The art work rocks... Oh yeah and by the way I dig the sweet groovin
music too :D
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Scorpjammer said 4914 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Holy Smokes!
This is so cool! High energy from start to finish. OK, Dave, are you drumming, or using loops? Good choice if they're loops.

Man, can you mix a tune!

Great stuff!

Scorp:)
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perceptualvortex said 4914 days ago (January 9th, 2006)
Holy Smokes!
The guitars and bass are real, the rest are loops and homemade sounds.
The drums are all Drums on Demand loops, with a few exceptions. A lot of
the loops come from the East West Zero-g Pro Pack, and several are
homemade. I suppose I could detail this stuff up top.

Hey thanks for stopping by for a listen, Scorp, I'm glad you like this!

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Epileptic Gibbon said 4914 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Man, what do I need to say…
… about this? Not a lot, basically. I could hear this being recorded
by Liquid Tension Experiment (another recommendation to you, if
you don't know them). Very slick, very fine, very groovy, very cool!
Amazing playing and performance! A pleasure, as always, PV.
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perceptualvortex said 4914 days ago (January 10th, 2006)
Man, what do I need to say…
Oh yah, Liquid Tension Experiment... I haven't heard that for a while, but
the CD is around here somewhere. It was Tony Levin and Mike Portnoy
that sold me on them! Thanks for your kind words Eppy, glad you like our
tune!

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Macaudion said 4912 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Sorry that I missed this PV and Steve
You guys - Groove'n in a whole new way... This one is just silly good!
Cookn' - Very psychedelic and in a very good way. At least from what I
read about such things : )

This is very slick and kinda fun too PV. Very different. I enjoyed this,
and can't wait for it to pop outta no where and mix my mix up a bit to
create quite the interesting sceene.

Sorry that I'm running through here, but I'm playing catch up.

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Macaudion said 4912 days ago (January 12th, 2006)
Sorry that I missed this PV and Steve
You guys - Groove'n in a whole new way... This one is just silly good!
Cookn' - Very psychedelic and in a very good way. At least from what I
read about such things : )

This is very slick and kinda fun too PV. Very different. I enjoyed this,
and can't wait for it to pop outta no where and mix my mix up a bit to
create quite the interesting sceene.

Sorry that I'm running through here, but I'm playing catch up.

Thanks guys. Dion
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perceptualvortex said 4881 days ago (February 12th, 2006)
Sorry that I missed this PV and Steve
Well, now it's playing catchup for me... I'm glad you enjoyed this Dion, I
have a great time making these high energy songs! As always Steve's
guitar and basslines are always fun to work with. Thanks for commenting
and faving!

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said 4905 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
this rocks
Of course, I'm sure you already know that. :)
underdog. said 4903 days ago (January 21st, 2006)
tasteful jamming
this is a great piece - i hadn't heard much of your stuff before today but
i'm pleasantly surprised. you're definitely a top tier mac jammer.

peace

u.
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perceptualvortex said 4881 days ago (February 12th, 2006)
tasteful jamming
Thanks for the kind words underdog. I'm glad you enjoy my songs.

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glennkav said 4885 days ago (February 8th, 2006)
Kicks butt!
I love this! I think the guitar sounds great and production is good as well. Curious if you are micing the guitar or playing straight into the computer.
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perceptualvortex said 4885 days ago (February 8th, 2006)
Kicks butt!
Hey thanks glennkav, I'm glad you like this! My friend Steve played the guitar and bass tracks in this song, and he didn't use a computer. Instead, he played directly into his Korg D1200mkII digital recording studio, and burned his tracks to CD from there. Then he gave me the CDs with his bass and guitar parts and I imported them into my Mac, and mixed them using Soundtrack. Thanks for listening!

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glennkav said 4885 days ago (February 8th, 2006)
Kicks butt!
Thanks for the info!
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mandimonkee said 4880 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
tap tap tap
One of those songs that you start you bump along to and don't even know it...

Nice work, made me feel wired.
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perceptualvortex said 4880 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
tap tap tap
Thanks for listening Mandi, glad it wired you!

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chikoppi said 4603 days ago (November 17th, 2006)
Magic Ancestor Laser Canon
You know, this does sound like the soundtrack to an anime flick. All about young heroes with superpowers who fight demonic androids and experience every shade of teen angst in an adventure set in a post-apocalyptic landscape.

I really like the mix of the instruments. The delay and reverb could easily have become overwhelming, but instead everything blends nicely and has a lofty, soaring character (nice playing and riffs too!). A lot like listening to someone enthusiastically telling a story with many twists and turns. This never for a moment feels repetitive - though I was hoping for some break out in the bass line.

High energy drums that sound great... but then - what else should we expect?
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said 4389 days ago (June 19th, 2007)
nice!
great guitars, bass, production, etc. well enjoyed.
surak777 said 4379 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
Nicely done
Nice bass tone and the guitars remind me of Joe Perry (aerosmith) nice!
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said 4084 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
Great!
Cool work here my friends. I enjoyed this very much! This has some influences from Country style? (Progressive-Country). Enjoyed!

Take Care
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perceptualvortex said 4084 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
Country
Hey thanks, Yeman! Yes, Steve's guitar playing definitely has a country and rockabilly feel to it in a lot of songs. I think progressive-country is probably a good way to describe it. I'm glad you enjoyed this!
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