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I Can't Imagine


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michael2

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I worked on this song today before I went to work, and then got home an hour or so ago and mixed it. It's about a friend. I have been listening to a lot of Bon Iver, Yes, the Beatles and Pink Floyd lately, so pardon the intrusion of my influences. There aren't any synths making ambient sounds in this, although I used the sampler in Logic a bit: there are some reversed piano notes I turned into an instrument, and another instrument I made with some weird sounds I recorded awhile back (i save all mistakes for future chopping). There is a low bass synth doubling the bass line and mixed in really low behind it (with an EQ boost 2 octaves above the songs root). The piano is a sample set that I bought called the rain piano (supposed to sound like a beat up upright - it's not bad). This is a long psychedelic tune, not sure if the genre is right. Been awhile since i recorded a song, so i hope you like. may re-do it with ebow.
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Hits: 3919
Comments: 48
Fans: 38
Plays: 300
Downloads: 122
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jul 03, 2009 - 03:07:56 AM
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2009 - 10:38:02 AM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 06:29:19 PM
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Hardware:
fender tele, ibanez bass, line 6 toneport, m-audio 49e keyboard, macbook
Software:
logic express, line 6 podfarm, exs24 sampler, sampletekk rain piano, ezdrummer, ultrabeat
Comments
cjdaley said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
great
It pulls you in from the first bar. Sounds laidback but with a dark dramatic undercurrent.

Pity for me you did not post the lyrics.
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michael2 said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
thanks CJ
good to see you around. thanks for the listen.
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ktb said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
life
if someone asked me to choose an artist to do the soundtrack, I would nominate you. A glorious collection of sounds. The vocals (esp the backing parts) are simply beautiful. Curious when you write if you find a "sound" (such the piano in this) and then let the process wrap around that and grow it from there. Outstanding Michael. The little ambient cameo's you intersperse mesmerize. Something for the white album :-)
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michael2 said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
KTB
thanks for the listen and the kind words. the way you described the writing process is basically how it goes. i had the little piano line and then when I got that new piano sample, it just ended up being the main line. as I listen to this now, there are a couple things I'd change, but that's what happens when you make stuff up as you go along. thanks so much for checking this out, glad that you can appreciate it.
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Jim Bouchard said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
nice bass, etc...
the bass really stands out for me. The drums seem to be the real floyd part to me. I was hoping this would be more Bon Iver than PF when I read you description, and what it really sounds like is more PF than any of the other influences, but I'll take what I can get of the genius that is m2.
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michael2 said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
thanks JIm
the bass turned out okay; I was actually wrong when I said no synths were used. actually there is one really low synth doubling the bass part. i mixed it really low and then tried out that visconti trick where you boost the EQ 2 octaves above the root note. the bon iver thing is only evident in the falsetto backups, but maybe i'll do a shorter re-mix that is less PF. thanks for listening.
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bud said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Beautiful Michael
You are so good at this kind of song - you have a great way of moving with conviction at mid tempo. Really like the treated bits that keep it organic while adding synthy spice. Your vocals sound excellent and the layering is really nice.
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michael2 said 3004 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
kevin
thanksa bunch, very nice of you to say. i do love a slow song. somehow they end up sounding mid tempo even though it's 60 BPM. i had fun, glad you liked.
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Parichayaka said 3006 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
wow
Multi-layered, smooth and with all the references you mention above, this has a contemporary feel to it. Love the backwards piano, and the fact that you don't resort to synths gives it an authentic quality. This is some solid songwriting with a great piano riff to remember. Very impressed. Like drinking a dark mocha smoothie with lots of heavy cream in it. It's not a matter of taste, this is just awesome.
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Lennon714 said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
I'm about 45 seconds
in to it and I love it. Zoned out and droney. I've said it before, but your ambient noises are so painstakingly precise. I can tell you approach the ambient noises just like you would a guitar or drum part. Enjoying this a lot.
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Vic Holman said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
floydian beatles
.. for sure.

cool tune, Michael. quite a mesmerizing piece. I dig the subtle reversing and the doubled bass works out great.

the backing vocals are a real trip.
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Boundless said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Dream like
Can hear the Floyd influence.
This said, great track.
Fine arrangement.
Mellow as
mellow
can
be.

T
ha
nks !
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Nausia said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
record it
get a band in the studio and get wasted all the time
i can imagine what it would be like
this sets an mj bar
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magnatone said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
I Can't Imagine
Michael - wow - this is just fabulous! Congratulations on one of the finest songs i've heard in a long while - and i've heard LOTS of excellent songs on MJ!
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oblique_strategies said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
keep letting the influences in michael
you take them to entirely new places

fabulous

b
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sloparts said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Pin Floyd meets the Beatles, meets Fleetwood Mac
Nice piece of work here Michael. Great backtrack full of drama and a surging energy that engulfs the listener. I too wish you had posted the lyrics, (for the deaf people in the crowd). That said, the feeling and delivery of the vocal and harmonies work really well with the rest of the mix.

Very cool my friend, this takes me back about 30 years sound wise, and I like that.

Ed
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Reggie_Pole said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Class act
Fantastic. You are a natural. Love that voice, and the harmonies are beautiful. I could some imagine some Gilmourish guitar somewhere in there, but I'm just biased that way. Very nice adornments throughout. Bass sounded great. Wonderful piece of music.
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Feter said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
I Can't Imagine
I cant Imagine how great you are ? ..straight moody and soulfulness ...
and its a true classic ...the sense of the real deal ...the vocal here is
amazing as it fits the sound bed your arranged here ..a true blast here ..
early 70s ..man ! thnx alot for the gem !!!!!!!
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egobandit said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Mike
Pull no stops love your sound, Yes ,Pink, Beatles but truly you. love it thanks for the download! truly greatness!
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lavalamp said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Great tune
Dark Side of M2 indeed. Did you record this at Abbey Road? Brilliant production, even more brilliant idea and execution.

Love this

Dave
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magnatone said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Downloaded
specifically for motorcycle trip playlist - leaving tomorrow - will REALLY enjoy this all week! thanks again michael!
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AcetyleneJukebox said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Mellow goodness
Besides the other influences you mentioned it also reminded me a little of Wilco. Very fine song writing and mixing. Really like the psychedelic garnishes.
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echoroom said 3005 days ago (July 3rd, 2009)
Havent seen you in quite awhile...
... so it was interesting to see what you'd been up to. Talent is still glowing in you - yes, this is PF-ish, but a wonderful track. I love the tempo, the subtle piano, the low aching voice (which just gets better). DL, fav'd, and makes ne feel guilty for not being around here for so much ... my loss.
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rsorensen said 3005 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
oh boy
this is good. really beautiful song, man. everything in it's right place. drums sound really good too. I gotta get me ezdrummer. very floydian, but i can hear those other influences you mentioned as well. good stuff dude. up there with some of your best indeed. curious to hear what it'd sound like with the ebow
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VicDiesel said 3005 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Dark side of the michael2
Great sounding song, especially in the vocals. Really nice job.

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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 3005 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Very cool...
.. this is simply superb. Gorgeous tune, fantastic mix and a wonderful vocal arrangement. It may have been a while since you recorded a song but it was worth the wait.
Downloaded
iPodded

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Roxylee said 3005 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Michael, wow
Everything they said. Floydish and Beatlesque, yet uniquely Michael2. I like the beat up piano sounds. It gives the song a more personal touch, like you're recording it from your den and not in a studio setting. You did most of this before work? Wow.
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mowguy3 said 3005 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Very layed back
yet full and rich recording. I personaly love this track. Wow!! indeed.
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oblique_strategies said 3004 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
Always the first steps
Random card drawn from the oblique strategies
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michael2 said 3004 days ago (July 4th, 2009)
i have
them sitting on my desk at work. good draw.
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racerat said 3004 days ago (July 5th, 2009)
yup
I join the chorus: "Beautiful". The distant strings-bowing-piano-backwards-whatever-it-is-its beautiful.

Thanks,
Philip
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five_extra_arms said 3003 days ago (July 5th, 2009)
I Can't Imagine...
...what it'd be like to sit in your studio and watch you work on something as amazing as this is. If there's a documentary on you, I wanna see it!

Your production skills have greatly improved since you left GB for Logic. This sounds so amazing. Besides your vocals that are always packed with emotion and darkness at times, I especially love that bass sound and the actual bassline you played.

I've always like when you and echoroom perform to a piano. You just have the right style and sound to nail it.

Worth the wait Michael.

Thanks.


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Elevator_Funk said 3003 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Sweetness....
This is the greatness I aspire to in so many ways. after hearing the drums on this I'm glad I bought EZ Drummer. Also the whole construction of the song is so good. I'm more of a jammer and not a composer, but if I could compose, I would hope it would sound this good.

There were also some Radiohead influences in here besides the others you mentioned. I can't believe stuff like this is available for free download, but I won't argue, i'll just take it! Thanks for a great tune.
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buckhorn said 3003 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Definite psych
This put me in a real flash back mood. Always nice to hear a vocal tune from you. Great sound to the mix.
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lengold said 3003 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
Really beautiful
song, arrangement and performance.
Cheers
Len

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tempie said 3003 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
imagine
i've got a real awe of people who can pull off an honest quiet tune. add the talent you have for creating your own electronic instruments and well, it's nothing i could do. but if you ever want to get away for a week of rural recording, i can help you out (just bring a generator and bear spray) :)

this is great man, and thanks for the DL.

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LunaTrick said 3002 days ago (July 6th, 2009)
I love this moody work of yours Michael
This is one of my faves yet... sort of 4ADish... and so well done!
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Daugrin said 3002 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
Imagination Fixation
Obviously the influence thing is working, but this could be an outtake from a couple of things which speaks well of your production. My hat is off.
Well done, enjoyed the listen.

Daug
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somebuddy said 3002 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
great great great
Pro sound and pro writing. I can't imagine being able to pull off something like this.
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paul f. page said 3001 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
John and Paul...
If you hadn't told me, I would have guessed this was a "lost track" from a 1966 studio recording. But, though the influence is pretty up-front, this is still a really interesting number. I do wish I could understand the lyrics better. I pick up a word or two, but it's pretty slurred, so...oh, well. ...This is a cool track and I enjoyed it. Bring out the oil pans!!!
Peace.
Paul
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Sigmund said 3001 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
can't imagine
No need to even consider a redo on this one - it is very cool just the way it is.
Very fine work - thank you for sharing your work here.

Sig
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sonnyjim said 3000 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
Dreamy
Organic and imperfect (in the best possible sense of the word, of course!). Very fine.



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rabbit_ears_motel said 3000 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
hmmm
pretty cool. couldn't have done this better myself.
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Jscott said 3000 days ago (July 8th, 2009)
great
I like it, souds great. Great mood song, lots of feel
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cplacito said 2999 days ago (July 10th, 2009)
Finally
I agree with cjdaley and boudless.

it is really laid and has an incredibly infectious groove to it! I also wish you had posted the lyrics...but maybe the first time if i was too busy reading i would miss the vocal melody and music a bit as a tradeoff. are the drums really ezdrummer? what version and kit? it sounds pretty good compared to my EZD
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michael2 said 2998 days ago (July 10th, 2009)
hey
thanks. i used the ezdrummer vintage expansion kit. when using ez drummer, you need to go into the piano roll and change up the velocities on the hits, so they don't sound so mechanical. i EQed them a bit, added a touch of compression and there is a master bus with some reverb that is slightly on them, but mostly it's the "room sound" in EZD.
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yrp said 2997 days ago (July 12th, 2009)
No matter
how much influences you may carry, your talent absorbs it all.I can hear none of these clearly.So, the song is all yours on its full and soaring glory.
Good to know the songwriting gears are moving again!
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MarcusPerry said 2363 days ago (April 7th, 2011)
Nice
Very nice work! I came here to check out the piano sound you recommended..sounds great.

This is a really great arrangement, wonderful voice, excellent mix. All around top notch.
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