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The Berlin Years (w/Bud)


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michael2

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The other day I was listening to Roxy Music and David Bowie, thinking about what awesome rhythm sections they always had (especially considering they were "art rock" bands). Then Bud sent me this beat that he had put together, and I dragged it into GB and just started jamming over the top of it. I picture Bowie running late to the show, hung over from the night before. The promoter is pissed, so Eno and the band start jamming without him. Bowie shows up at the end of the song, takes the stage and says "Good Evening Berlin" and they launch into "Look Back in Anger." The crowd never even knows it wasn't planned.

Bud is a crazy man, you should have seen the files for this. There are a whole slew of drum loops that he cut up and layered together. I don't know how to even begin to think along those lines. thanks for throwing this my way Bud.
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Comments: 33
Fans: 17
Plays: 144
Downloads: 131
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Uploaded: Jan 04, 2008 - 07:00:04 PM
Last Updated: Jan 04, 2008 - 11:13:02 PM Last Played: Apr 26, 2015 - 03:58:41 PM
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Hardware:
intel mini mac, m-audio 49e keyboard, whatever Bud used (you'll have to ask him)
Software:
GB4, Eve soft-synth, free Alpha soft synth, jam pack 4
Comments
Feter said 3370 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
The Berlin Years
What an Incredible job .I dunno I cant relate
into roxy music or Bowie this is so thoughtfull
and deep music certainly art Rock ..just you ve
done awesoem work over the drums .thnx alot for
sharin such great work KUDOS !!
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said 3370 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Very cool
This could indeed be an outtake from Low or the infamous 'Enowie' bootleg that I have never been able to find

Bravo


Estella said 3370 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
michael and bud...
This is beautiful. Great composition from the two of you. I was expecting to hear a great male voice to go with this. Hope that might be in the works sometime.

But this is brilliant on its own.
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michael2 said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
hey estellie
thanks for the listen. i came up with a vocal melody for it, but was really liking it as an instrumental (although there is talk of a vocal version). thanks so much for the comment.
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Vic Holman said 3370 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
thin duke
what a wierd coincidence.
The other night i was watching "the man who fell to earth" w/Bowie. who was in his red hair stage. which in turn made me think of the "low" album which i haven't listened to for years, considering the turntable is long gone. Then you post this little number. That kind of completes the circle.

Bud may be crazy, but he's OK in my book.

very enjoyable Michael, i dig it.
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michael2 said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
vic
how was that movie (watching it 63 years after the fact)? i can't even remember any of it, it's been so long. i love that period though. i can hear him in the studio: "just turn the flanger on and hit record." thanks for stopping by.
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davisamerica said 3370 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
right then
bud and michael2..lol...no brainer!! very cool guys!!
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said 3370 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
Neat Music
Wonder why you didnt tackle this vocally Mike?

Besides you I can see Echoroom turning this out real nice, nice key work!
michael2 said 3368 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
thanks for listening
you know I thought about adding vox, but was just getting into it the way it is. although I just sent the track to Steve earlier today, we'll see what he does to it.
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ktb said 3370 days ago (January 4th, 2008)
a warm
Berlin evening. That picture combined with this jam made me think close encounters. Very hypnotic and wildly creative track. Outstanding mix
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michael2 said 3368 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
close encounters?
cool. i can see that. i loved that soundtrack when I was younger, and the lights do give off that vibe. thanks for stopping by and giving a shout out.
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echoroom said 3370 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Sound(bed)garten
Wonderful soundbed - the drums are ace, and the layers of sound really cold/ blank East Berlin.

Oddly enough. I'm of to Berlin next week.

This is a great instrumental, but O must admit I'd love to play about with this some time - if you guys dont mind me playing about with it, I'd love for you to send me the GB file, but i wont be offended if you dont want me wailing on it.

btw, the 2 of you work really well together - doing some powerful work.

steve
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bud said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Hey Steve
Enjoy Berlin.
I'd love to hear what you might do with this.
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said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Yes
I hear it is quite the town! sounds like fun!
Reinholt56 said 3370 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Hey Michael....
This music is superb bedrock for 'something' but exactly what I haven't quite worked out yet.

The 'artifacts' around 1:40 through 2:00 added to the sound and the vocoder-type effect towards the end lent the Bowie connection real credibility.

(Maybe the artifacts were just my hearing playing trick on me or were put there on purpose. Either way everything mixed together very well).

Take care.

Paul
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michael2 said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
thanks Paul
yes you definitely heard some artifacts in there, and the vocoder stuff at the end was just a synth with no decay ran through a flanger and panned. thanks a bunch for listening.

haven't had a chance to listen to your Stockhausen tribute yet; that's really sad though. he was a ground breaker for sure.
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gail60 said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
COOL tune
What an awesome beat and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing missing is your great voice Michael!
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said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
very nice again
Love the intro, subtle bell/xylophone sound. Good drumming, love the snare n tom rolls. The build-up of the song reminds me not of RM, but of Pink Floyd. It has a good pro-longed intro effect, you are waiting for stuff to explode, but it just moves on dangerously close to just that. I can see this song on a festival, I don't know why. I just do, dancing in the moonlight till I can't feel my legs no more (getting so stuck in the mud).

bud said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Michael the intro is so dead-on
Berlin/Beno it's great. I love what you've done with the track I sent. I knew if I kept it simple enough you'd take it somewhere cool. I could definitely here Steve doing his thing with this then sending it back to you for backup vocals. I think the results would be awesome.
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dajama said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
Great stuff
This is inspirational. I love the sounds and the great sense of something about to happen. Love the drums, and the great interplay between the different keyboard sounds. I have a feeling this could turn into something even more wonderful, though, and i can't wait. Nice work, guys. Peace.
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said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
I was struck
LIke a deer in the headlights when I played this, so encapturing. I wish I had this kind of dicipline to keep it so simple,But rounded and complex at the same time. Great collab you guys. Excellent!
said 3367 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
Stuck like a deer in the headlights
I love that, perfectly fitting transfixed description.

Took the wind out of my sail, with that :D

Cool tunage guys...

. - Harold
rainfice said 3369 days ago (January 5th, 2008)
on its own
I'm not going to make any comparisons here. I am totally impressed, though not at all surprised by what just happened to my ears. This is excellent. Nice work indeed lads.
Peace,
-Rain
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that80sboy said 3368 days ago (January 6th, 2008)
coool
mysterious sounds going on here...like a sci fi soundscape!
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timothy devine said 3368 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
cool
great listen
nice collab boyz


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bud said 3367 days ago (January 7th, 2008)
On another listen
realized how much this sounds like 801 Live - one of my all time faves. Great job Michael.
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jiguma said 3364 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
The description fits the song so well
Talk about setting a mood :)
Would love to hear this kick into something else.

Neil
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Heightened said 3359 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Lucky bugger!
This drum loop was awesome but your music did it justice - big time!
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cjdaley said 3357 days ago (January 17th, 2008)
eerie & scary
can't wait to hear what Steve will be doing to this soundcape.
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michael2 said 3357 days ago (January 17th, 2008)
me either
his voice will be perfect for it. thanks for giving it a listen.
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dolby said 3353 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Yeah....
....it's big and moody and very very well produced. A great wandering idea that will sound perfect if/when Steve has added his distinctive voice.
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five_extra_arms said 2887 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Berlin
How'd I miss this?

Love it!

You need to remind us more often about tunes like these that are tucked away in your extensive library of tunes.

Thanks facebook! Thanks Michael!
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five_extra_arms said 2887 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Uhhh...
Thanks Bud!
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