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Summertime 3.0


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echoroom

 Genre: Electropop
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reposting of a 'cleaned' version of this cover. with added spookiness.
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Plays: 363
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Uploaded: Jun 28, 2006 - 02:08:51 PM
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2006 - 02:08:51 PM Last Played: Oct 13, 2016 - 11:48:32 AM
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ledebutant said 4163 days ago (June 28th, 2006)
Added Spookiness
Instruments are great. I love the bass and this is much closer on the
vocal track, nice and clean and static-free. Now the only issue is the
muffled or compressed sound. I think people would take it in the spirit
intended if you ask for help in the forums. You're so close and won't
need much assistance, I don't think. I have the nagging feeling that it's
to do with the signal coming in, rather than production and there are
lots of people who know lots about mics and interfaces around here.

I have to admit, this is for selfish reasons as much as anything. I love
your music and want recordings that do your singing justice. I really
enjoy it.


ledebutant said 4163 days ago (June 28th, 2006)
Added Spookiness
Instruments are great. I love the bass and this is much closer on the
vocal track, nice and clean and static-free. Now the only issue is the
muffled or compressed sound. I think people would take it in the spirit
intended if you ask for help in the forums. You're so close and won't
need much assistance, I don't think. I have the nagging feeling that it's
to do with the signal coming in, rather than production and there are
lots of people who know lots about mics and interfaces around here.

I have to admit, this is for selfish reasons as much as anything. I love
your music and want recordings that do your singing justice. I really
enjoy it.


echoroom said 4163 days ago (June 28th, 2006)
Added Spookiness
Hi Lisa,

thanks, I think part of the problem was me re-using cheap CDs. Please don't feel
that I would ever get offended by comments or criticism - it's this sort of
feedback that helps me improve. I will seek advice on mics and inputs, and see if
I can sort out the vocal sound - -failing that, I'll see if I can get surgery on my
vocal chords (maybe it's my nodules causing the problems)!?.
Thanks again, and look forward to hearing some new tracks from you soon.

Steve
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allsaints said 4162 days ago (June 30th, 2006)
title
a perfect hit. enjoyable all around. great hooks and melody and words.
if you hadn't posted a comment on one of my songs I probably wouldn't
have found you. keep doing songs like this and you will have no
problems getting attention and fans.
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echoroom said 4161 days ago (June 30th, 2006)
title
Thanks for returning the comments, AS.
I'm glad you liked this, though I can't claim credit for the words and the chords, of course.

I love this song, and really enjoyeed singing it, and trying to create an atmosphere - I'm now looking for other old standards to tinker with (maybe some Nina Simone?).

Cheers

Steve
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Komrade K said 4161 days ago (July 1st, 2006)
A damn fine arrangement
Particularly like the intro - has a fantastic eerie edge. You've done
such a fine production job on the instruments and your voice sounds
great - but there's something about the way voice comes across in the
mix which isn't quite there - I'm no expert on recording so I can't help.
I don't think the vocal needs to be more forward in the mix (not by
much anyway) but your treatment of it needs a bit of tinkering.
Anyway, I've probably laboured this point - when I should just be
telling you what a good track it is and that I've listened to it several
times and despite the spookiness it brought a smile to my hungover
face!

KK

PS - not sure why but I imagine you were wearing a lilac shirt with big
frills when you recorded this!
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echoroom said 4160 days ago (July 2nd, 2006)
A damn fine arrangement
Lilac shirt, wot, like Laurance Llewellyn whatisname!
As you would imagine, my wardrobe is mainly black (but a lighter shade for
summer).

Thanks for the comments KK, I'm not sure what it is with the vocal, but i will be
seeking professional help (as well as buying a new mic - when in doubt, shop).

Glad it helped your hangover!

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
jiguma said 4160 days ago (July 2nd, 2006)
Class act
er, I like what you've done here with this old classic. The keys sound
great and the production on the instruments is very nicely done. I
don't know what you've done with the vox, but I like what sounds like a
separate octave shifted (down) vox in parts. I think Lisa's comment
about the compressed sound is referring mainly to your lead vocal, and
i can hear what she's getting at. I'm definitely not an expert either, but
there are certainly people here that will be able to offer advice on
making the most of what sounds like a very good voice.
I like this - look forward to the next version :)
Neil
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echoroom said 4160 days ago (July 2nd, 2006)
Class act
Hi neil,

Thanks for the comments. You're spot on, I used the vocal transformer to reduce the octave of my voice and then put this under the main vocal - gave it a kinda creepy effect.

Thanks also for the comment on the vocal sound/mix - hopefully someone on the site can enlighten me.

Cheers

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
jiguma said 4160 days ago (July 2nd, 2006)
Class act
er, I like what you've done here with this old classic. The keys sound
great and the production on the instruments is very nicely done. I
don't know what you've done with the vox, but I like what sounds like a
separate octave shifted (down) vox in parts. I think Lisa's comment
about the compressed sound is referring mainly to your lead vocal, and
i can hear what she's getting at. I'm definitely not an expert either, but
there are certainly people here that will be able to offer advice on
making the most of what sounds like a very good voice.
I like this - look forward to the next version :)
Neil
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
ktb said 4158 days ago (July 4th, 2006)
a classic redone
Your voice and choice of intrumentation is a perfect match. I really
liked the brief rhythym section interude, that backs up the
"summertime" refrain. A cool little jammin bass and drum thing. Nice
arrangement. Very hip and stylish
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echoroom said 4158 days ago (July 4th, 2006)
a classic redone
Hip and stylish - what a compliment!
Thanks KtB (what a great name, by the way), glad you enjoyed it.

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
Bowman said 4112 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Gershwin wouldn't have cried!
Always loved this song and it's great to hear your take on it. It's as
timeless as ever and I don't think George Gershwin would've have cried -
fact he'd probably be smiling.
The only thing I would have preferred is more reverb. I liked your voice
but the production felt a bit cramped. Still I really enjoyed this.
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echoroom said 4111 days ago (August 19th, 2006)
Gershwin wouldn't have cried!
Thanks Bowman, appreciate the feedback. I was trying to make this sound kinda
claustrophobic - maybe that's why it sounds cramped (or could be just my poor
production!). After previous postings, I tried to take back the reverb on my
voice, against my natural instincts - maybe up it for V.4?

Ta

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
eleveneyes said 4104 days ago (August 26th, 2006)
Summer's almost over :(
cool version of this classic. love the eery perspective on this one.
Production and performance is great. My only qual is that cowbell in the
beginning. It detracts more than adds and it seems to diminish the affect
of the drum groove kickin' in. The more space in the beginning the better.
Nice work echoroom. enjoyed this very much.
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echoroom said 4093 days ago (September 6th, 2006)
eleveneyes
Firstly - where's the reply button gone?

Secondly, thanks Eleven eyes.

The cowbell at the start was supposed to be a bit like the one at the start of the movie The Usual Suspects, but didn't quite work out that way!

Thanks for the comments

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
Schello said 4033 days ago (November 5th, 2006)
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do you like Summertime??? =))


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echoroom said 4033 days ago (November 6th, 2006)
Ha!
Ha - very funny.
I kept working on this until i was happy with it, hence the multiple versiosn!
I promise I won't put another version on Macjams!

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
C.O.Jones said 3842 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
WOW!
This song is simply amazing. Great singing,song writing,and pro-quality production.
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echoroom said 3842 days ago (May 16th, 2007)
Summers here
Thanks AJ. This is probably the best sounding track i did in GB ... after this I moved onto Logic. I've always loved this song, and must admit was pleased with this cover... must do another one sometime.

Steve
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
michael2 said 3838 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
you
know, this is one of those songs that has been played so many times, you're sure you don't want to hear it anymore. but.... you did an awesome version. i love those synth strings, and your voice is so cool on it. it's reminiscent of peter murphy/bowie ( agood thing). like the rhythm that comes in at the end right before the pretty little piano outro.

as far as recording quality goes: sounds good to me (i am probably the guy least concerned with that sort of thing in all of macjams tho). i can hear everything, and it's got some nice bottom end to it. you did a really nie job with this one.
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echoroom said 3837 days ago (May 20th, 2007)
Pete Murphy!
Well Mike, I gotta admit I was a big Bauhaus fan in my youth, so maybe some of Pete is still rattling round my skull ( a scary thought). This was def the best recording I did in GB, and ut was nice not to have to write lyrics or chords!

Ta for stopping by

Steve
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Scott Carmichael said 3767 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Hey Steve
I remember thinking that you can really sing on "they come w smiles" but this made me sit up and take notice... I'm betting that you have some stage experience... you really understand passion in the moment. this is something that is often lost in "the recording" process... there are "Prince moments" in your performance. not just because of he effected vocal... which I didn't mind at all... it worked in the genre... I did think it would have been cool to blast a chorus with the vocal effect off... a kind of braking out... I was so taken with your singing that I hardly paid attention to the production... so a second listen...and you are very creative.. textured and clever... any Thomas Dolby in your past? I like the elements that you employ to build... PRO

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echoroom said 3766 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Prince???
Man, i haven't a funky bone in my body! Oddly enough, we used to cover When Doves Cry ... you can hear that on itunes (the band was Who By Fire), but dont buy it as its a bit rubbish.

I've always loved this song, and wanted to try a more modern arrangement ... I really like the mood of this, and keep looking for other songs to cover in a similar manner. This was the best i got out of GB, with a lotta help from Ledebutant.

Thanks for the kind words

Steve
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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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