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The Orbiting

 Genre: Electropop

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Matt and I have been working together virtually for almost exactly three years now and have finally managed to be in the same place at the same time. We're here together in Seattle posting this song and spent the last 24 hours at my house creating it and his taxi comes in 18 minutes, so we have to call it finished for now.

It was a ton of fun to be together and it definitely sped up the whole process from start to finish. We weren't sure we could pull it off and this isn't as polished as we know we could get it with more time, but we're pretty pleased with what we were able to accomplish in one day. Any and all feedback and suggestions are welcome. This is a work-in-progress.

It was wonderful being able to work together in real life and finding out that we don't hate each other.

A shout out to Carm Sciarotta for the live cymbals that make their debut here on the track.
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Cartographies of misery and ecstasy,
mapping avalanches of falling stars
and burned-in scars.

Single stars in the spiral arms of nebulae,
growing closer,
leaking brightness.
They love this black hole
they call home.

How far are we from Earth?
Understanding how
to transmit ourselves home.

This is a song of innocence and experience.
Mis-spun orbits,
broken planets and forgiveness.

Dark-haired King of science,
draw the curtain on the sky.
Revolving stars indivisible
by the ground beneath us.

They love this black hole
they call home.

How far are we from Earth,
understanding how
to transmit ourselves home?

This is a song
of innocence
and experience.

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Uploaded: Jul 22, 2008 - 02:50:45 PM
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2008 - 08:35:16 PM Last Played: Jun 13, 2019 - 04:49:00 AM
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ktb said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
little river band
never sounded this cool. ethereal with a wonderful groove based on that excellent bass and drum soundbed. I'm really glad you guys don't hate each other, cause that might mean a slow down in the music production.
its great you guys took the effort to get together.

Lisa, love your voice and might suggest it get a wee boost in the mix.
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The Orbiting said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
Thanks, John! The vocal is the very last thing we were working on trying to get placed in the mix and you're probably right that in the next version, that we'll work on getting it to stand out a little more. We literally ran out of time to do any more with it.

Matt just got in his taxi about two minutes ago and is zooming to the airport as we speak, so The Orbiting is official virtual once again.
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Skean said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
Hi!!! friends
I wish I was better in our language so I'm sorry I can't help you w/feed back.. The only thing I can say right now is I really like this a lot.
Should I vote no I don't think I can do this justice... Peace and thanks for the download.

Take care

P.S cool you guys flow together and did this and I'm glad you don't hate each other...hehehe
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The Orbiting said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
You're such a good friend, Kenta. I'm glad we don't hate each other, either and SO happy you and Linda are together. I think of that with a smile almost every day. Now that Matt's visit is finished, I have a moment to look around and listen to everything, I've been missing as well, so you'll see me around your place, soon.
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Feter said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
Far From Earth
how great to work togther :-) same place !!! ...
very nice singing ..and sure a great setting for
the sound bed behind ...loved the ending ...with
all the keys wavings ..enjoyed this so my freinds
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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The Orbiting said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
The ending
I love the ending, too. I think it's one of my favorite parts. Matt did some cool stuff with the keyboards and some backwards vocals and echoes. The whole thing takes him like 2.1 seconds, as well, which makes me ill.
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rsorensen said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
you guys gotta get together (in real life) more often if this is the result. very cool track. love the kit effects especially and the vocals are tight! love your choices for melody. another outstanding tune. Be proud!
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Jim Bouchard said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
It's really great to get together, eh? Kelli's moving a lot closer to Boston and so maybe we'll be able to make music in the same place at the same time soon. I'm jealous!

Anyway, on to the song, I'm not sold on the loose high-hat sound during the verses, it totally drowns out the vocal and crowds the bass line. When it switches to the closed hat between lines and at the chorus it is sort of a relief. Other than that there's a lot of cool synth sounds. If it was me, I'd pare some of those sounds back a bit to have a better chord structure standing out under the vocal to support the melody line in the vocal. As it is, it doesn't seem quite jelled, but it's a great start. Cool lyrics and concept. I've been reading William Blake to Maurice at bedtime lately.
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lengold said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
That must have
been great to work in the flesh together. I can find no criticisms at all. Love the lyrics and I find the vocal very clear in my headphones. Lovely track and great production.

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perceptualvortex said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
Real band
Next step is touring together!

This is way cool; I dig the big ominous bass, Lisa's hypno-singing, and the 80's flashback synth lines. My first critique thought was the same as Jim's: the washy hi-hat seems an iffy fit--I prefer it when the hat goes tight, as during the fills, etc. The other is that the vocals need more volume. I like the words, and I'm a sucker for spacey stuff anyway. Oh, sometimes the synths remind me of Thomas Dolby from the Golden Age of Wireless, which is awesome. Cool music, dudes :)
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The Orbiting said 3979 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Thanks for the
Thomas Dolby comparison. He's my hero, probably the reason I plunked down my graduation money in 1985 on a synthesizer never having played a musical instrument before i turned 18. And Wireless is the beginning of it all. Thanks go to Paul Plunkett (who, ironically, lives in Seattle now from what I hear, though I neglected to contact him when I was there) for forcing me to listen to it on his walkman during Creative Writing class our senior year in high school.

I actually like the wavery hi hats in the verses, but I think in our haste, we didn't eq the top end of the drum tracks down enough, got their volume a little on the high side, and didn't get Lisa's vocals up high enough. This was my first time mixing with real monitors and I think it probably takes more than a couple of hours to get the feel for them. All that said, I am already toying with the cleanup on aisle 7 of this song and should have a remix of it soon.
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thoddi said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
That was my first thought... and it stayed with me all the way.

I really like the laid back way you sing, and especially on this tune Lisa. You flow very good along the groove.

And the groove is a sexy one that would do good on any dance floor.

If anything was to be altered (as this was said to be work in progress)... Maybe a clearer hook-line of some sort, or a more "pop'ish" chorus...

I dig the mumbled stuff you do under the chorus...

There is a sort of hook-line thing going on in the keys, but it may be to dreamy to be something I wake up singing tomorrow morning...

But my proposal on the hook-line, is of course only actual if you think of this as a pop'ish tune. I think it has the potential of getting some pop'ish attention though:)

I did use a lot of 'ish' in this comment... sort of?
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Elevator_Funk said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
That sounded pretty cool. I think since this is 'electropop' it would be cool to hear your vocals tweaked more. Maybe more echoey or reverby, bouncing around the room. However the songwriting and and everything else was excellent.
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egobandit said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
Just reminds me of them or the cardigans I like the electronics as always a nice mix
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Moviz said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
original sounding music as always... love the sounds and the lyrics, but for me through my speakers I could do with the vocals turned up a fair smidgin...... they don't seem to be above or separate from the backing in parts. Otherwise great stuff, cheers M
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E-Frame Wrecker said 3981 days ago (July 22nd, 2008)
Good Music & Vox...
I remember Ledebutant several yers back when I first found MJ and recall being impressed by her voice and the quality of music she was assoiciated with. It was probably you guys. =)

I like the song, the low harmonies stood out and the transition to the chorus. I think there is still work to be done in the area of production. As other have mentioned before, making a few changes to the drums might be all you need. I don't think you have the right sound for them. I'm guessing your looking for a big sound, I think I go with something a little less acoustic sounding.

Enough of my unsolicited opinions. Its cool that you started out as a virtual band and came together face to face. Keep up the good work.
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The Orbiting said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Thank you so much for such a detailed and generous comment, E-frame! Your opinions are very, very welcome and we love getting them. It's a very big part of this place, to get honest feedback and support.

It's interesting you mentioned the low harmonies. Matt kept saying he didn't think I'd ever sung this low for The Orbiting before, but I was of the opinion that I sing this low all the time (like on Paper Cranes). What I don't do often, though, is sing low harmonies, so maybe you've hit on a solution to our mystery. Thanks! :-)
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8piscean8 said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
I really dig the lyrics. The chorus sort of reminds me of E.T. (you know, the phone home part). This is a great start. A think the lyrics are a little low. The first chorus on the line "to transmit ourselves home" sounds like you weren't quite sure where you were going with the melody. In the other choruses it sounds more refined (I like the last one the best). The sound-bed on this is delicious. I'm also back and forth on whether or not I like the drum sound. I think with a bit more polish this could be super! As usual you two rawk!!!

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MarkHolbrook said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Sometimes we need that push (18 mins) to just get the song up and out.

I sure sounds great to me!
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drakonis said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
blinding facets of alluring experiences
Wow, my mental retina is still recovering from the blinding excitement of knowing you two got to meet, enjoy each other's company, take absolutely hilariously fun photos, and put together this great song... love the slightly off-kilter groove this has, and Lisa's singing and enigmatic lyrics are great to chew on for awhile, as always. Bravo/Brava, what fun!

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Peter Bauckham said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
to see you working together in the same environment on this one - I think it's amazing what you've done in such a short space of time. I don't think it needs too much more work - I did find Lisa's vocal buried a bit too much in the mix and the drums perhaps a little bit over powering at times - just a bit of tweaking really. I'm only listening through my iMac speakers so I'm sure it'll sound much better on something decent kit.

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Reinholt56 said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Great work....
I love how you guys always push the envelope. There seems to always be something that's a little bit different that you do with your mixes. Brilliant ideas and everything else that goes with those ideas.

I can't wait for the next mix. I'm positive the wait will be worth it. Meanwhile. To listen again, and again, and again.........

Take care, the both of you.

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Drew Kopr said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Great writing, singing and production. Very cool tune.
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said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Ha ha...
Your new Orbiting THEME song perhaps? It's so great that you two could get together in the same location to work on this collab.

Really nice arrangement. I LOVE the change-ups! The strong bass line pushes things along nicely.

Your vox is a treasure, as per usual.

Be well friends!
said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Unusual, oblique mix
Muted tones and buried treaures

Ed Hannifin said 3980 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Here I am...
...having just picked up a book on 'Exploring the Universe Through The Hubble Space Telescope' from the library with my wife and son in mind, and here's this song...

I really like it, as I tend to do, and I don't think this is the final mix...

I'm with Jim in liking the synth sounds. In particular, I like the deep, deep bass tone, and the tone that sounds a bit like an electric guitar at points...I kinda liked the loose high hat sound, but go figure... I like the lurchy rhythm...

The main thing I thought as I listened through, sound-wise, is that I'd like some space carved out of the synth-and-drum-scape for the vocal to sit in, so that the vocal is effortlessly clear.

I very much like the lyrics. Again. Lisa, you seem to be developing a whole sub-genre of songs with falling celestial objects in them. Since I am working on one of the 'Prog Projects' with falling stars in it, I may have to ask you for a license. Or franchise. Or something. Plus, I think all of your songs have innocence and experience in them, only this time you came right out and made it explicit. So. Songs about innocence and experience with falling celestial objects...

I will be eagerly back for any remixes...


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Votan said 3979 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Very nice
I think the music in the track is really good. The sounds you have created tickle my ears beautifully making a kaleidoscope of sound. The lyrics are good but the voice seemed flat in places (or was it suppose to).
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bud said 3979 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Great post
and quite brave of you two to actually sit down and crank this out in so short a time. Isn't it wonderful when reality lives up to virtuality? I just had a chance to hang out with Michael2 for a few hours and he's an even cooler guy in person.
I really like what you put together here - sounds like a band at work.
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jiguma said 3979 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Not sure
what happened - I was certain I voted, faved and commented on this when it first appeared.

For me, the drum sounds are a bit much - I'd love to hear this with straight drums. As with all your stuff, I really enjoy the way the melody goes places unexpected and the great synth beds.

Fantastic that you got together "for real" to do this - must have been a blast.

This is a very nice bit of work and I like it a lot.

Matt, you'll have to stop Lisa mumbling in the background ;)

Cheers from Oz,
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peacepiano said 3977 days ago (July 26th, 2008)
Other World
Cool sound. Takes you to another world :)

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Diviner said 3922 days ago (September 19th, 2008)
Lovely music
Cool beats and really good soundscapes. Its a really good track as a whole. Enjoyed.
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timothy devine said 3913 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
hey guys
cool find!
Great combo u2
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TracyVosh said 3888 days ago (October 23rd, 2008)
Love this
First time stoppin' in. I love your style and your voice is gorgeous! Can't wait to hear more.
musicmitigation said 3836 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
Seattle, represent!
see you guys at the Decibel Festival!

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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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