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Dec 13, 2017, 05:14 PM

Lol….. “Too Deep”? :)

 
     
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JAPOV Joined Jul 02, 2006
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Dec 14, 2017, 01:09 AM

Best.Thread.Ever!  :P

 
     
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Brad Jaggard Joined Jun 22, 2016
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Dec 14, 2017, 10:28 AM

Where you belong at the top of the charts, Tony!

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Dec 14, 2017, 12:48 PM

Darn!! I should have done the “BORG” thing lol…....

Sorry I went all “Breaking Bad” on you, but it was just too easy :)

 
     
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JAPOV Joined Jul 02, 2006
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Dec 14, 2017, 02:36 PM

I downloaded a VST plug-in called PitchProof which looks like it might do at least some of what you are talking about. I’ll let you know when I’ve had a chance to try it out.

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Dec 19, 2017, 07:20 AM

Well that took a bit of reading. Man you’re one popular dude.
Great song Gavin. I’m with Martin and Tony. I think a little stacking and shifting could be a good thing, but only in parts and any shifting should be subtle and not go so far as harmonizing. It seems to me that this song is a conversation between two people. Putting harmony (even if it’s yours) adds another person into the conversation.

Love the line “So much that’s a mystery, mister.”

Laughed uproariously at…
Tell who made God
And if he made man
in his own image
Tell me who made
Donald Trump

Love the way the sax comes in at the end.

The highlight of this thread…
“A tenor sax would actually make a great bong!”
Indeed.

https://soundcloud.com/jennystokes-nz
http://www.evansandstokes.com

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
- Bob Marley

 
     
Jenny Stokes Joined Sep 24, 2015
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Dec 21, 2017, 02:32 AM

I believe that’s been Gavin’s insinuation all along lol… “chain smoking saxophone playing midgit” :)

 
     
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JAPOV Joined Jul 02, 2006
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Dec 21, 2017, 12:00 PM

Aldo may be of minor stature, but he is a major talent. Persuading him to join the band wasn’t easy, but it was worth the effort.

From the official bio at http://www.mysteriousbeings.com, written before he switched from Gitanes to Gauloises.

I first met Aldo, the youngest member of the band, in Paris, where he used to play tuba in the subway. At that time, there were very few tuba playing dwarfs in the Parisian transportation system and, at only four feet three, Aldo had carved out a small but lucrative niche for himself. He was popular with other musicians, always willing to lend his amazing sense of rhythm in support of violinists and accordion players and earning himself the affectionate nickname of the Metro Gnome.

It took me two years and a couple of van-loads of unfiltered Gitane cigarettes to lure him out of his subterranean habitat and into the back of my roadie Ford Van Drijver’s unmarked Transit van. Ironically, none of our songs actually feature a tuba, but it turned out Aldo was also a dab hand at the saxophone, which was lucky really. The unfiltered Gitane habit is unfortunate, as it restricts Aldo’s playing to a maximum of twenty-eight seconds or one hundred and forty notes per song, whichever is longer, but he doesn’t take up much space in the van and we think it’s worth keeping the little feller around just for that.

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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Feb 20, 2018, 05:05 PM

Just for the fun of it, I asked the band’s Swedish audio-visual team Max and Minnie Mumsetting to make a video for this song and post it on our website. Here’s the link to the page where it can be found.

http://mysteriousbeings.com/portfolio/pretty-smart-sister/

I’d appreciate it if folks would let me know if it actually plays when you click on it. I had a few problems to begin with.

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Feb 21, 2018, 12:57 PM

Works for me. Nice Video. Still have no idea ...regarding the mysterious beings…

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

http://www.songcycle.org

 
     
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Feb 21, 2018, 05:06 PM

THE DUKE!!!! That’s all I needed to see!! :) Who’s the girl…....?

 
     
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Feb 21, 2018, 08:25 PM

Tony, her name is Robin. She posted a great collection of photographs of herself expressing various different emotions and attitudes at a website called Pixabay, which offers royalty-free images. Most of the other photos and clips are from there too.

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Feb 25, 2018, 05:34 AM

Hi Gavin.

Lovely to hear your Scottish accent coming through.

To me the lead Vox is a hair to loud, other than that the mix is fine. Like someone else said I think female BVox would bring an extra dimension to it.

About the lyrics, it might sound less repetitive if you left out every other ‘Tell me why’ and expanded on the theme of the first line.

I hear Beau on steel guitar…nice.

Great work Gavin

Sassanach Rich (Mines an Irn Bru)

 
     
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Feb 25, 2018, 02:03 PM

Thanks for the comments, Rich. Enjoy your Irn Bru. I believe it is legal for Sassanachs to drink it once every ten years or so when we actually beat you at rugby.

I’ll take a listen again and see if I agree about the loudness of the vocals. When you mix your own stuff, the temptation is always to bury the vocals, since everyone hates the sound of their own voice, and sometimes I find myself overcompensating.

Not so sure about the repetitiveness thing. That is intentional, a kind of recurring secondary hook. Of course, the fact that it’s intentional doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea :)

Yes, Beau is versatile, but this one is really all about Aldo Sachs on the alto sax.

 
     
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