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We're going to need bigger drums.

A collective amnesia by perceptualvortex.
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Lyrics
Sound bites from presidents and newsreels.
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Comments: 19
Fans: 5
Plays: 392
Downloads: 175
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Uploaded: Dec 28, 2005 - 06:35:43 PM
Last Updated: Dec 28, 2005 - 06:11:44 PM Last Played: Jul 07, 2019 - 03:30:39 AM
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Mac G4, M-Audio Keystation 49e
Software:
Soundtrack, Kompakt, WireTap, SoundEdit
Comments
Stun Nutz said 4947 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
yeazoirrrré
Nice boom boom, PV... and a fzwipp at the end... ha!
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perceptualvortex said 4947 days ago (December 28th, 2005)
yeazoirrr
Boom Boom b'BOOM boomba, thanks man!
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said 4947 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
I Like Big Drum
Bam Bam Boom.
perceptualvortex said 4947 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
I Like Big Drum
Thanks Mr. Nougat! BOOM.
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ledebutant said 4947 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Gianormous Drums
Well, no one can say that the drum's not an emotional instrument. The
commentary in this song comes as much from the power and
aggression in the drums as from the sound bites. I'm truly blown away
by how much you captured in this song, almost in tears, this was so
powerful.

The only suggestion I have for future version is that I found the
samples a little muddy and difficult to understand in spots and I'm
listening on good headphones. I think the drums are so big that you
may need to play with the EQ on either the vox or the drumlines to get
the worlds a little clearer. Although the power in the song comes from
the drums and it's less important what is being said.

BLOWN AWAY IN SEATTLE!
perceptualvortex said 4947 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Gianormous Drums
Thank you for that great comment and suggestion Lisa. The balance of drums versus voices was indeed the hard part here; I wanted the drums to be overwhelming, and somehow my attempts at bringing up the words tended to belittle the drums. So I leaned towards making the drums almost drown out the voices. I did try to make sure that you can understand every word, even if it takes repeated listenings, but I'm not convinced that I got the balance between the two just right, so it's nice to hear your opinion on that. It doesn't help that the samples of JFK are over 40 years old and thin and staticky! I'm glad to hear that this moved you and blew you away, thanks Lisa!!


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ledebutant said 4946 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Gianormous Drums
Maybe EQuing some of the midrange out of the drums (especially the deeper
ones that aren't using as much midrange anyway) might help make the vocals
clearer without increasing the volume.

Again, not that it matters. I don't think it's crucial to hear every word.

Still blown away in Seattle.
eltopo said 4947 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Brilliant
Loved the tribalish agressive drums, the cheering and the sound
snippets. All really well assembled, giving the whole thing a brilliant
sense of foreboding.

When I first heard this I thought someone had remixed my track
Election Day, which used the first George Dubya sample. Ain't Wiretap
fab for getting sounds from streaming media and such like?
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eltopo said 4947 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Brilliant
Loved the tribalish agressive drums, the cheering and the sound
snippets. All really well assembled, giving the whole thing a brilliant
sense of foreboding.

When I first heard this I thought someone had remixed my track
Election Day, which used the first George Dubya sample. Ain't Wiretap
fab for getting sounds from streaming media and such like?
Check out my latest song called Gentrification (live)
perceptualvortex said 4946 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Brilliant
Hey thanks eltopo, I'm glad you like this and that the foreboding came
through alright. I'll have to go check out Election Day. Yes, WireTap is a
great tool; I'm so glad I found it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
drakonis said 4946 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Good choice of soundbites
great use of drums & crowd cheer... I think what you might have trying
to achieve is the idea of whipping the crowd into a frenzy, which
started off well, but then lost momentum when you shifted to a faster
beat in the middle... I'd have liked to have heard the crowd cheers
begin to rise and fall with the drumbeats as it progressed, getting
them drawn in, so to speak, so it becomes a rhytmic chanting with the
big drums, and have the drum rhythm stay consistent but maybe
slowly fill in more downbeats with other percussion as it grows. But
that's where I *thought* you were going to go with it, so I could be way
off base here :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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perceptualvortex said 4946 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
Good choice of soundbites
Thanks for listening and commenting Eduard, I like the ideas you put here. I
was originally thinking of the crowd as more of part of the setting, and less
reaction to the words spoken (though there's a few spots where I placed
swelling crowd roars at particular spots), but I think you're on to something
with the description you're suggesting.

Arranging the beats into something coherent was a challenge here; the
beats are all in different time signatures and tempos, and I wound up using
only about 1/3 of the loops I made for the song (the drums were played on
my M-audio keyboard). I think as a result, I went for something of a
flashing-around-from-one-place-to-the-next arrangement, more than the
gradual building which you describe. But your approach might be the
better kind of shape for the song--using one part to build on the others. I'm
rambling, but thank you, this is all good food for thought. mmMMmm...
brainfood...
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mrhappy said 4946 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
cool
ya this is pretty trippy im trippinout on this shit i like it alot u guys keep it up
perceptualvortex said 4946 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
cool
Thanks mrhappy, right on glad you like it!
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JOAN said 4945 days ago (December 31st, 2005)
war drums
i'm seeing dubya,cheney,rice et al dancing around a bonfire on the
white house lawn as the war drums pound. whipping themselves and
the pliant masses into a frenzy.
great job PV
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perceptualvortex said 4943 days ago (January 1st, 2006)
war drums
That's really quite a fitting image. Thank you JOAN!
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BigBagofPORNO said 4940 days ago (January 4th, 2006)
cool
freaking cool, all presidents are crooks. My fellow americans Blow me!!
Oh, cool drums too.
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perceptualvortex said 4939 days ago (January 6th, 2006)
cool
Thanks PORNO, I'm glad to see some evidence that cynicism isn't dead, heheh. Glad you liked this!

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