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PC11: Death Penalty (produced by VicDiesel)


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dimm witness song produced by VicDiesel for producer's challenge :-)

Eddie: Victor pushed me past my limits on this. I hit several walls. a big problem -- started on Adobe Audition Beta, moved to GarageBand and ended up in Logic Express. 2 months 3 different DAWs and Victor trying to get me to play something other than eighth note Es. lol. I'm scared to ever play an E again. the song came out far different than I ever would have expected, from the minimalist approach I envisioned at first to a full blown production. I'm crazy and I was afraid Vic had lost his mind! but each time I listen I like the mix more. for a song with no chorus there is a lot of variety now! like Roy Thomas Baker Victor pushes everything to the max and compresses, and each part can be heard clearly. this is the best dimm witness has ever sounded, and I am very proud to have Victor take me to new levels :-) I learned more in 2 months than the past 8 years of digital recording, and I will be a lifetime just trying to reach the level Victor is at now ;-) enjoy.

Victor: Eddie is very gracious about my skills, but the fact is that I was making it up as we went along. Eddie's song is not of a genre that I normally listen to, let alone that I myself practice. However, I have a general philosophy about arranging, which is mostly concerned with keeping parts independent, and the original arrangement had too much duplication. To my taste. So I gently dragged him kicking and screaming to my point of view. After some back and forth, I had a number of great tracks to work with. Initially I was letting my job be limited to selectively muting tracks (and shifting a rhythm guitar by half a beat), but at the last moment I decided to add some keyboards.
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Lyrics
please give me the death penalty don't you know i deserve to die
for committing a crime of deviltry where i took two innocent lives
i killed my wife and my son while in a drunken rage
the devil he was havin his fun while i prepared their graves

don't tell me that i'm innocent just because i went insane
there's no excuse for what i did i'm the only one's to blame

so here i sit in this my cell wishing i could die
battling with the forces of hell that torment me day and night
so please give me the death penalty so that i can just go away
away from a world that cannot see that the world made me this way

don't tell me that i'm innocent just because i went insane
there's no excuse for what i did i'm the only one's to blame
Song Stats
Hits: 3515
Comments: 45
Fans: 18
Plays: 94
Downloads: 61
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Feb 01, 2011 - 12:14:57 AM
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2011 - 01:12:26 AM Last Played: Mar 22, 2017 - 12:20:17 AM
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Hardware:
Yamaha acoustic 6 and 12 strings, Cruise bass, Roland JP8000 synth, Akai Synthstation 25, iPhone
Software:
Adobe Audition Beta for Mac, GarageBand, Logic Express (and Studio I think is what Victor uses), Drums on Demand, Synthstation, Zebra, and whatever else Victor added in for spice :-)
Comments
Demeter7 said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
I never...
not in my wildest dreams would think a song would be made with this content and be so full on rambunctious about it. That is something that grabs you by the neck and shakes the living daylights out of you. Tremendous effort guys. Sentence is guilty of being entertaining, awesomely so. Thanks.
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dimm witness said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
amen!
hey the lyrics are a poem sent to a Christian radio prison ministry back in around 1996. the dude who wrote this was really in his cell wanting to die! I was so blown away when I heard the poem (I worked at a Christian station KHIS-FM) I grabbed the tape afterward and transcribed. very dark content -- insanity and death, mayhem!! and we can hope, ultimate redemption. irony is not dead as we hear Victor's production on this ;-)
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alackbass said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
PC11: Death Penalty
I love the song. Digging the heavy guitars. Well produced and the mix is outstanding!
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
guitar
is Vic's idea he wanted scary death metal. lol. I used iPhone through akai synthstation nanostudio eden synth guitar. I don't know how to play a real guitar that way :-) thanks for listening!
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Moviz said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Nothing
sounding 'minimal' about this now with it's very full production... excellent job on all parts, regards M
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
victor
did it up big I'm very pleased and flattered!! real ego boost :-) like nick mason of Floyd said a studio makes you sound GREAT and it sounds studio to me. Vic rocks.
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Producers_Challenge said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
wow!
Eddie and Victor... totally blown away. lol.... sometimes a producer does drag you kicking and screaming. Man this a wonderful track.
dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
victor did that!
he dealt with a stubborn recalcitrant procrastinating sluggard and is to be commended! most impossible to get me out of my self imposed box but I am growing as a result. future dimm projects will utilize his suggestions I can assure you! thanks for listening :-)
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VicDiesel said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
stubborn
Hey, after I finally got you to stop playing all those damn Es, you were quite pleasant to work with :-)
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dimm witness said 2365 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
lol!
I'm changing my ways from now on! :-) my old vox organ won't play e's it got dropped. maybe I'll dig it out of the garage ;-)
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magnatone said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Death Penalty
this is really fabulous! i know what char means about the content vs. the energy and yet they don't seem to work at cross purposes at all. love the guitars in here - congrats guys!
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
yup!
it all came together despite the disparate elements. if I'd done this it would have been mud instead it is golden! I will keep gushing on Victor for a long time. this is one song I want everyone to hear in real life too :-D
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Daugrin said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Uplifting indeed!
A pairing made in the prison of self.
Vic is always pushing. Great job bringing in the sauce.

Daug
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Vic's embellishments
bring to mind the insane brain of the convict as haunting memories and stark realities combine with a bleak future indeed!! thanks for the listen
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jdholliday said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Wow!
Great story to go with this song, such a dark lyric to pull off but you guys did it and in style, I can hear this song in a Movie for sure, awesome job Victor, This is why these challenges are so cool, learning new stuff, making new friends and better music, awesome!
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
all Vic all the way
I sent him two identical acoustic guitar parts a tobacco ravaged vocal and a rudimentary drum loop at first. he turned those couple things into all this! amazing. thanks ;-)
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davisamerica said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
:-]......
damn eddie... this is amazing...keep your producers telephone number !
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
I wish
Victor would produce all my stuff from now on :-) unfortunately I can only offer to pay him $1000 a day and I'd have to take on a 2nd 3rd and 4th job to pay him. I wouldn't have time to record lol :-D if I had say $3 million oh yes
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guygrooves said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
I like
this song.. but I like the original more (dp dim+Zip?). This is far more busy and almost seems like you were aiming for everything and hitting nothing. At least with the dw+zip version it had more of a linear flow. I think your minimalist instincts could have struck a beautiful balance if they had been listened to. I like your work DW and will be listening for a simpler version of this... maybe?
Peace
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VicDiesel said 2367 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
as played by
The danger with producing is always that "X produced by Y" can turn into "a Y song played by X". I'm sure that some of that happened here. Thanks for your honest feedback. If I ever produce something again I'll bear it in mind.
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
I appreciate
the honest feedback as well and i don't mind a bit -- I encourage mjers to do this. if i get all butthurt too bad!

that being said I will defend victor. he had my minimal crud to work with, and a few experimental scratch track experiments until last week. i went on a mad flurry binge of recording and bombarded dropbox at the last minute :-) he had little time to work much less reflect

I think he did FANTASTIC!!
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MotherofMeursault said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
This's a good one!
The acoustic guitar is essential to keeping the darkness of the subject (and the dark vocal, for that matter) at bay. Good contrast in those keyboard choices. That stab-y rhythm guitar is aces! Some BV's would push me over the top.....

Love,

MoM
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VicDiesel said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
rhythm stabs
I think that "stab-y rhythm guitar" is a good example of why a second pair of ears does wonders. Eddie recorded that guitar on the beat, and I decided to drag it half a beat forward. It's not that I'm any sort of genuis to come up with this, it's just that if you've just recorded that part you're unlikely to make that sort of out-of-left-field decision about it.
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
well
it was an acoustic song to begin with and I'm glad you can still hear that :-) it was actually quite stark and boring which I supposed was the point but the added layers evoke for me the insanity aspect. I'm grateful for Vic's hard work and hearing the songs produced so far makes me glad I wasn't a producer. I never would or could have done a better job!
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dimm witness said 2365 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
what?
is a BV???
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MotherofMeursault said 2364 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
BV
Backing (or Background) Vocal.
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dimm witness said 2362 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
TY!
(thank you) there are some light BVs typical out of tune dimm 3 part harmonies lol. I should post more on icomp I heard they like that lol. oops was that controversial sorry ;-)
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Vic Holman said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
death penalty
well this turned out pretty sweet. I think Victor put his todd rundgren pop rock/producer hat on for this. excellent work from the both of you.
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
love todd
Brian eno and especially Roy Thomas baker whom I think Vic does nicely :-) I hear some cars in this but I'm a weirdo ;-)
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MotherofMeursault said 2365 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
Dimm hears the Cars
I hear some "Sniff 'n the Tears" in it...........
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dimm witness said 2365 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
lol
drivers seat! is the only song i recall by sniff and the tears! I need to widen my scope
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rjspark1980 said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
awesome!
great guitar work!
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
wow
only like one person has ever told me that before mark Holbrook ;-) lol
e very guitarist on mj I've heard is far better than me !! but thank u :-)
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crissew said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Cool
For not doing this genre, you sure picked up on it quickly. The vocals have a different character in this than I have heard from dimm witness before. Mix sounds well balanced.

Cool how you added little bits of jazz in there. Enjoyed it!
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 1st, 2011)
Victor?
can respond to this :-) suffice to say from my viewpoint Vic is knowledgable theory-wise to work in any genre comfortably. and as I've gushed over and over his production skills are first rate - Eddie
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Calchas said 2366 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
Hot damn!
What a pairing this turned out to be!

Great song. Great mix.

You boys done yourself proud!

Be well friends!
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
heck ya :-)
dimm diesel rocks! or is that vic witness? vic dimmsel? dimm witsel? anyway we had fun, I learned A LOT, and hopefully made a lifelong friend ;-) this challenge was a great idea. now, excuse me I have to order Vic's flutecore cd :-)
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davisamerica said 2366 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
you know....
this production really does high light some areas you tend to under play sometimes. The guitars are working for me and as daug has said ...Victors's "saucy" additions spice it nicely.I really like the vocals here and must say... I liked the collap with zip alot and still do ... this one is so much letting the true "Witness" in ways I hope you keep in future work. As artist we want to keep true to ourselves hopefully but sometimes we find tools to make it better. GREAT tune! Hats off to BOTH of you !
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
learning
multiple daws has been daunting for me... I like bias deck when I was limited to 8 tracks. early digital recordings although not mixed well sound, sincere. as I upgraded I piled on too many layers, without subtracting parts. then GarageBand I surrendered to midi and loops but never did up variety as some are capable. now adobe audition is out for mac and I LOVE IT but I am hooked on midi and loops -- so I am surrendering to logic. as people say the learning curve -- ouch.
Victor is a logic expert and knows how to eq and compress. I don't. but with his example and helpful tips I hope to hear parts more clearly in the future. like he has done here. also to spend more time in postproduction something I sort of hate but really need to focus on :-)
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bud said 2366 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
Great collab - sounds like that was the process
which is a nice way of working. I can hear both of your influences very clearly here - and at the same time the song is the star. Very cool.
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dimm witness said 2366 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
I agree
and I am proud of and happy with the result. Victor was kind but firm and ultimately a joy to work with :-)
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egobandit said 2363 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
the devil was haven his fun
The greatest lyrics come from nothing more than reality, you can t make this stuff up. Some crazy piano in this, I dig the relentless bass !
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dimm witness said 2362 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
no doubt the dude
was remorseful. I remember the radio preacher correcting one thing -- where the guy says the world made me this way. a great line and fits the rhyme scheme but with no personal accountability lol.

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TERRAPLANE said 2362 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
all Instruments & voice
arranged so well to make an unique sound.. lyrics from a twisted mind,, interesting choice ,, they are out there,, I'll be looking over my shoulder ,, thanks for the reminder,, ;>) ,,T
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dimm witness said 2362 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
I agree
great lyrics -- written from prison. wonder what happened with the guy a google search turned up nada.

the arrangement is all Victor all the way. I'm incapable of this level of expertise ;-)

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