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This is a new mix of an old song. It's almost a complete retread. The vocals and guitar are new and some of the synths have been changed up a bit. This is also my first mix done with Logic Express. Most of the tracks were recorded in GarageBand with the exception of a couple of backing vocal tracks which were done in Logic.

There's no telling how many versions of this tune I've posted over the past couple of years. There are one or two different mixes up, the last one from about a year ago. Feel fre to compare and contrast.

Hope you enjoy.
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Brainwash Games

©2006 Joseph Gurner

Plug in my iPod
Tune in to the songs
We played so long ago

Sit and watch the TV
with the sound turned way down low

I can't see
I can't feel
I can't do what they tell me
Voices on the screen

I can't laugh
I can't cry
I can't get away from
These modern brainwash games

Watching static
As the satelites movie in space
above our lives

Listen for the message
On the radio

I can't feel
I can't see
I can't do what they tell me
Voices on the screen

I can't laugh
I can't cry
I can't get away from
These modern brainwash games

Clouds are breaking
Curtains cast their shadows down
On my computer screen

Disconnect yourself
from this cold and tired worlds
and step outside
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Plays: 172
Downloads: 136
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Uploaded: May 02, 2007 - 05:57:30 PM
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2012 - 08:39:34 PM Last Played: Feb 19, 2019 - 10:44:45 PM
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GarageBand for recording, Logic for mixing
dajama said 4345 days ago (May 2nd, 2007)
First time
This is my first time to hear this song, and i am impressed. Some mightily impressive harmonies on those backing vocals, that remind me somehow of Pink Floyd (circa The Wall) and some nice musical touches on the keys. The overall vibe is so sweet, that it's almost possible to miss the dark undercurrents in the lyrics. Nice work. Downloaded.
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jgurner said 4344 days ago (May 3rd, 2007)
I'll definitely take....
...a Pink Floyd comparrison. I actually call myself channeling my inner Thomas Dolby on this one. This is one of my favorite tunes, which is why I keep "upgrading" it every time I make an advance in technology or in mixing and recording skills. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment and thanks much for the download. That's awesome!
Vic Holman said 4345 days ago (May 2nd, 2007)
very nice
even a little haunting on the lyrics. i like that. i vaguley remember this from last year. the added vocals has that beach boy quality to it. Your going to love logic express! great work
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jgurner said 4344 days ago (May 3rd, 2007)
Can't beat...
...the Beach Boys for good, rich harmonies. Along with CNSY, a big influence on a lot of my stuff. I'm quickly learning to love Logic Express, though it's tough love. Helluva learning curve, but no worse than Photoshp, QuarkXpress, Indesign or any other programs I've learned from scratch. It's just been an awfully long time since I've had to do that....

Thanks for stopping in Vic!
jiguma said 4345 days ago (May 2nd, 2007)
Logical step!
Hey Joe, nice production on this - Logic sure makes a difference doesn't it?! The extra harmonies sound great. Very Brian Wilson sounds in the chord structure and some of the synth work as well. Not 100% sure about that pulsing bass, but maybe it will grow on me.
Good to see you back with a new post.
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jgurner said 4344 days ago (May 3rd, 2007)
Since I'm a Star Trek fan....
....I guess Logic is the only....er....Logical choice. :-)

I'm glad you stopped by for a listen Neil. I haven't been too active lately around here. Been mainly lurking. I'm glad I have something to post, even if it is a rework. Since this tune is a perpetual "work in progress" I do plan to replace the synth bass with some real bass at some point in time when I come up with something I like. That may be around revision #9,427 in the year 2053, but I'll get to it. :-)
mikkinylund said 4345 days ago (May 2nd, 2007)
I am bored. No Spring in sight, love is long lost. This is my new medicine. And a very good one.

Love the piano.

Keep the piece.

L>ove you brother.

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jgurner said 4344 days ago (May 3rd, 2007)
Good to see you, my friend!
We skiped spring and went straight in to summer. Love may be gone for now, but there is a wonderful smile on the horizon. And music makes everything seem so much better.

Thanks for you words and supprt, always, and from almost my first day here at MJ.

And I've been loving the poetry and writing.
said 4344 days ago (May 3rd, 2007)
this is really nice...
... a very realxed feel. the harmonies really remind me of the carpenters. nice touch!
i like the chorused guitars, a nice thick layer, they add.
very nice tune!
jgurner said 4344 days ago (May 3rd, 2007)
The Carpenters? Really?
That's one I haven't heard before, but is a very cool comparison. That's to my older sister, who was a teen in the early 70s, I heard pleanty of Carpetners. I soaked in everything I could wrap my ears around.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. It's very much appreciated.
Dj French Toast said 4343 days ago (May 4th, 2007)
I like this song alot
The words .....yeah very nice . Some how made me want to throw all my shit out the window and meditate on the world .Thanx for re sharing this song good stuff ! : )
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jgurner said 4340 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Thanks for listening...
...and if you decide to throw all your stuff out the window, I'll be glad to come by and pick up any iPods or Macs that might be cluttering up the yard. :D

I appreciate you stopping by.
Leon said 4343 days ago (May 4th, 2007)
This song showcases all your strengths that I know you for... the melodious music, the emotional lyrics... your soothing voice and the uplifting harmonies... Another wonderful song from you!
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jgurner said 4340 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Thanks, my friend.
Those are some very nice comments. When I can get a great comment on my vocals from someone here at MJ whose vocals are as amazing as yours, it's a good day! I appreciate it very much!
MJG said 4343 days ago (May 5th, 2007)
Very relaxing and enjoyable
A good listen, tiny bit of Pfloyd at times, overall grew on me, thanks for sharin'.
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jgurner said 4340 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
'preciate it
Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. And that's very much for the Pink Floyd comparison. That's awesome.
rtcooper said 4342 days ago (May 6th, 2007)
That's some Re-Mix.
Keep Those Charts.

Great Production Values.
Very Cool.

Very Best,
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jgurner said 4340 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Are the man who got me started on the mixing and EQ path. I'm just branching out from what you taught me. Logic is going to be like night and day.

Always appreciate you're comments and your friendship.
lavalamp said 4341 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Loved everything except....
Man, think it's a great song. Love what you did with the vocals. Very well produced. I agree with the Floyd comments. But, I must say that I HATED the iPod line in the beginning(something very unpoetic about it). Otherwise great. I'm such a nit-picker sometimes.
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jgurner said 4340 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Pick all the nits you want....
...I'll make more. :)

I can see where the iPod line might be a little awkward, but since the whole theme of the song is about enslavement to technology, it felt appropriate. But, I appreciate your comment. I'm glad you stopped by and took the time to give my tune a listen.
kristyjo said 4340 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Sweet melody, nice harmonies. Your backing instruments weave in and out of the melody line with just the right hint of darkness in that chord progression that is otherwise really nice and mellow. I'm glad you're learning about Logic Express, because this is a very fine posting of this piece.
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jgurner said 4340 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Glad you enjoyed the tune
I wanted a melodic coldness reminiscent of the coldness of technology to try to set the mood. I think it works out pretty good. I've mixed and re-mixed this tune a number of times, but the mix in Logic Express was by far the best one I've done. I'm going to love that program once I get going good with it. Thanks for taking a listen and commenting.
JOAN said 4334 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
awesomely beautiful!!
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thetiler said 4325 days ago (May 22nd, 2007)
like the shimmering
Like those backround vocals, has that R and B feel. Nice wha type synth floating from ear to ear. Almost reminds me of I can't get no satisfaction wording in a my. Cool crowd sounds.

Again lots of nice instrumentation.

Like the words disconnect yourself from the worlds. Ya, important do that for sure. Especially the way the world seems either to gaudy and harsh.

Thanks for sharing
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saymme said 3960 days ago (May 22nd, 2008)
Very harmonic & 'goodfeel'
I was caught by the title!...'funny' lyrics I'd love to hear this tune with other lyrics as well as I really enjoyed the music& Your voice : ) that would make a totally'different' kind of song ..Brainwash is a good theme...interesting for sure Lovely singing ! TX
alackbass said 2501 days ago (May 20th, 2012)
Brainwash Game (New Mix)
The opening chord changes had me thinking Rush. Then it went all Pet Sounds (which is always a cool thing). Nice vocals. I think you were really beginning to find your voice here. I like how forward you have them in the mix. It really helps that you wrote yourself such a strong melody to sing. The Brian Wilson inspired backgrounds are excellent.
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