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It's been storming here: everything is soaked, the mountains are covered in snow and the sunsets are beautiful. This is both a mental vacation and a tribute to Martin Denny. I had a hard time mixing this one; any ideas? are the vibes too loud, too much reverb on the overall mix (i used the matrix reverb on the master track at about 23%). thanks for listening.
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Uploaded: Jan 08, 2008 - 01:08:14 PM
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2008 - 01:08:14 PM Last Played: Nov 01, 2018 - 02:59:57 AM
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Hardware:
intel mini mac, m-audio 49e
Software:
GB4, world music jampack, ben boldt vibraphone (from the 24 instrument pack), i also used a sample of bird sounds by digifishmusic at the freesound project

http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/samplesViewSingle.php?id=38560
Comments
Reinholt56 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
A great piece, Michael.....
This is just fine the way you have uploaded it, in my opinion.

The tune side reminds me of a scene of people in a retirement home. (Don't know about the howling noise though, in this context).

I'd never heard of Martin Denny so I've learned about someone else, here on MJ's. I love information sharing!!

Take care.

Paul
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michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
thanks Paul
i can totally see the retirement scene. maybe i can take out the bird sounds and sell it to a pharmaceutical company for their next misleading commercial: "Benzinex, brings aging to a halt. Side effects may include shortness of breath, sudden death and irregularity in some individuals.:

thanks for listening. martin denny is actually kind of cheesy 60's loung music that has been absorbed by tiki culture. he's got a Hawaiian theme going, so you always hear birds and rain in his stuff. i love his sound though.
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Estella said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
michael
I hear you. I need a mental break too! I've been getting to know your work more, and I'm a fan!

Hard to tell--if it's for a soundtrack-type deal, it feels like a Mothersbaugh/Wes Anderson feel, and the mix sounds good. If you were going for a more ambient sound, I'd suggest bringing the nature sounds up more in the mix. This is all my opinion, and I'm no expert.
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michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
estellie
thanks for listening. i'll take Mothersbaugh any day, i love his stuff. i end up doing a lot of instrumental stuff as recording vox is probably more than my poor family can take. next time i have a good pop melody though, i want to get you to sing some vox with me. thanks for coming by.
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echoroom said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Right on
Wes Anderson- that;s spot on Mix sounds fine to me - the vibes are a touch loud in plces, but reverb works.


this is a great chill out track
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michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
thanks steve
glad you stopped by. i may have to have another go at this one, thought the vibes were a bit loud and now that others agree, they're driving me crazy.
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said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Im in Beach Boys Smiley Smile heaven
What else can I say?
michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
thanks Bryn
vibes are always dangerously close to the beach boys huh? thanks for listening.
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Feter said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
After The Storm
Awesome ..the feel of the resting and watching
and more to enjoy it that what I got from this
wonderfull piece .such a gem thnx for sharin !!
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michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
thanks Feter
restful is exactly what I was going for. our house flooded last time it stormed, so whenever the rain is done and the house is still standing, we breath a big sigh of relief. thanks so much for coming by.
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ktb said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
surreal
wonderful ambience to this. I think the vibe may sit a little on top but otherwise flawless. Creative with the threaded nature noise. Really sweet
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michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
thanks Karmatoburn
vibe is too loud, agreed. i'm really glad that you like the piece itself. i may try re-mixing when i get a chance. only problem is, if i am going to invest the time on something, i get antsy; meaning a re-mix would probably end up as something completely different. thanks a bunch for stopping by and commenting.
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said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Martin Denny@
Yes this is so Martin Denny without the tropical, instead this is like a North American woodsy Martin Denny
Great work Here, very imaginative!
michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
your killing me
i love the idea of a Pacific Northwest version of Martin Denny; sitting around banging on elk skulls and a marimba he made from old growth redwood trees. thanks for checking this out.
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Chimalus said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
Inspiring
This song makes me want to go spend some time outside... Really, it does. I'm inspired to walk out my door after a rain storm and take a nice walk. This song will be playing in my head. Thanks for the good feeling.
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michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
thanks Zagar
glad you enjoyed. that's kind of the feeling i had when it stopped raining. thanks for stopping by and enjoy your walk.
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Vic Holman said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
what the?
this is different. You never cease to amaze me. I have no idea who Martin Denney is. But no big deal. Nice, melody and very loungy. Evokes a mental image of you appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show with your vibraphone, with velvet wrapped around it.
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michael2 said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
thanks Vic
you gotta check out Martin Denny. some of it as hokey as can be, and some of it is truly amazing. he does an amazing version of the Hawaiian Wedding Song. Thanks a bunch for listening, glad you liked it. Now I got to go wrap my mac in velvet.
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Mystified said 3966 days ago (January 8th, 2008)
yeah..... :)
This sounds like a nice vacation, all right...
For a moment, I thought I was in a more laid-back version of the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland :D
(and that's a great vacation)

I love the groove, and the sounds that you've incorporated here!
Thank you for posting and sharing.
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michael2 said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
yes
exactly the sort of vibe i was going for. i originally had brushed snares playing and then took them out at the last minute. all of the other instruments seemed like no brainers. thanks so much for listening mysti.
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timothy devine said 3966 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
nice vibbbbb
great mix/ i wouldn't touch it
reverb sounds great
very cool sounding tune


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michael2 said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
thanks Tim
glad you liked this one. fit the mood that I was in. thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.
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thoddi said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
the mix sounds fine at my end
What a peaceful mood and ambience. I can almost smell the clear air that's present after a storm. For me the sounds of the birds where correctly placed in the mix. You've created a feeling of perspective and distance to every object in place. Well done:)
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michael2 said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
thanks Thoddi
glad you enjoyed. the bird sounds were probably the hardest to blend in. although they were recorded very well, there are some birds that are just way louder than others. thanks so much for listening and for your kind words.
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Cori Ander said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
Love this one
It is a beautiful piece. I am playing it repeatedly.
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michael2 said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
thanks so much
Cori. i'm a big fan of yours so this is high praise indeed. so glad you appreciated this one. thanks for stopping by.
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Doadars Uncle said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
Restful
Warm! Peaceful listen. We're having the first sunny day after a few days of fog. This is a welcome song!

Doug
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michael2 said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
thanks man
i know the fog well (grew up in Northern California). it's a beautiful feeling when the sky clears. thanks for giving it a listen.
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lavalamp said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
Good one Michael
Sets a nice mood. I like the vibes the way they are. Reminds me more of a 13th song on an album. Like a good-bye.
Charming.
Dave
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michael2 said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
thanks lavalamp
i can see it as an interlude on a record too (unless of course i came up with a whole record full of this type of thing). glad you enjoyed the mood that I was setting up. thanks for stopping by.
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wonderpus said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
You know I went right to Martin Denny
before I read the description. I think his music was written to be played in fall-out shelters while the kids play checkers and you open another can of spam. Think you did a great job here - the balance sounds good to me.
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michael2 said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
i'm surprised
that more folks don't know Martin Denny. Your description of him is awesome; i could see the same folks who decided that pink was a soothing color come up with the idea of playing him to the "poor unfortunates to lighten their mood." chemical free anti-depressant. thanks for listening.
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Pongo said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
What the...
The sound of it is almost beachlike.
By the name of the song i was expecting an intense song.
But i guess not.
Great work though!!!
Pongo
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michael2 said 3964 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
only
intense in an intensely mellow sort of way. glad you liked though. thanks for stopping by.
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said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
This took my head
From one place to another, I was feelin one way now i feel I want to roam in supermarkets and suck the gas out of wip cream cans. When Im finished with that I want to roam around in the cereal Isle and wait for non expectant mothers and offer them milk. OH what a wonderfull world! Great song!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wonderpus said 3965 days ago (January 9th, 2008)
sucking gas from whip cream cans -
you really are back EB.
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michael2 said 3964 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
that is so
crazy sick i can't even believe it. i'm thinking high school, loading up the cart with whipped cream and rolling around the store for hours. thanks for coming by and spreading your sickness. :)
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said 3964 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
errrr
this just ain't my cup o tea. skillful and very good production, i grant you that. but it is just too nice and too tranquil...go figure;)
michael2 said 3964 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
that's okay
Marc, can't please everyone. i'm glad you gave it a listen anyways, and I of course appreciate your honesty (i actually laughed when i read your comment). thanks for coming by brother.
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stevel said 3964 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
Chill out
Nice High Llamas kind of feel to this.....now where is my deck chair and suntan lotion?
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michael2 said 3964 days ago (January 10th, 2008)
nice one
i remember liking the High Llamas, sort of Brian Wilson-ish. I remember reading that they couldn't tour in support of their records as the band was so big it would have cost a fortune. thanks for stopping by.
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dajama said 3963 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
Very nice
It's just shy of 7 am on a Friday here, and shortly I'll be heading out into the snowy world for another day, and frankly, I'm just not in the mood! However, this helps. Hee hee! Thanks, dude. I like this a lot. I'll second (or third or fourth) the apparent consensus that the vibes are a little forward, but it's a tiny nit to pick. I'm with lavalamp - hidden track that pops up 2 minutes after the "last" song ends. Very cool. Peace.
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davisamerica said 3963 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
do u remember walter?
old kinks tune....anyroad, now this is a stretch cos this is really just another u tune, but reminds me in places of some later ray davis work...lol and where did that come from??? amyway, going back again..sorry to comment so late...crazy busy bro...cool tune will d/l this time!
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davisamerica said 3963 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
oh....one last thing
this sounds fantastic on my home speakers...nice mix michael
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Macaudion said 3963 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
I can never know what I'm gonna hear from you...
But, you never fail to amaze me, Micheal.

Thanks - Dion
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thetiler said 3962 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
I expect some heavy rock
and what do I get a side I never heard from you. I enjoy this, there was a great organist years ago. I think his name was Earl Grant, but he would make sounds like this and put in nature and animal sound etc. This tune brings me back! You did it.

Thanks for transporting me in time back to some of those very precious tunes!

Way to go and you put a smile on my face in the process!
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guitapick said 3962 days ago (January 12th, 2008)
Sweet tune...
...easy to drift with...very nice and relaxing
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singingshrink said 3961 days ago (January 13th, 2008)
nice job
cool song - great sound - nice mix
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said 3961 days ago (January 13th, 2008)
Ben Boldt
This is very, very nice; I think it's very satisfying to put together a song like this, and orchestrate it so well. Makes it seem unfair and shortsighted to smirk at a guy like Martin Denny........ Well, really good job.

As for the vibes: that Ben Boldt one rings out well, but the attack is pretty hot and you don't get much leeway in softening it. I don't know what's in your arsenal, but I've gotten a good result with the Apple factory vibes sound (which you can tweak the volume on) plus a celesta to fill out the bell sound. Just a thought.
Best,
Cameron said 3960 days ago (January 14th, 2008)
incidental music
Very pleasant choice and mix of sounds. The balance between the instruments sounds fine to me, and so does the reverb.

It reminded me of PeeWee's Playhouse, with the vibes and bird sound-effects, and mood.

The chord progressions are predictable but create a certain feeling of order, sanity and peace after the intensity of a storm. Very effective.

I would have liked to hear a more distinctive melody in this piece; it sounded a little like music minus-one.
The vibes came closest to a melody -- perhaps imitate it in other instruments to give it more of a punch.

Nice work overall.
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michael2 said 3960 days ago (January 14th, 2008)
thanks
for listening. I agree that I could probably have fleshed out the melody a bit more, but then decided against it. I realy do appreciate your honesty, and your listening to the song. thanks.
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Einarus said 3959 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Has Maxis contacted you yet?
The first thing I thought of when hearing this was "The Sims" - and I do mean that as a compliment. This has such a laid-back and relaxed feeling, much like the soundtrack to "The Sims" (I can almost smell the dry wall tool).
:)

Seriously, though - I really like this.

A very cozy piece of music. I do agree with Cameron about the melody, though. But still, very nice work.

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Heightened said 3959 days ago (January 15th, 2008)
Pleasurable listening.
Feels more like morning to me. Wait a second is that an Indian Fantail I hear in the background?
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dolby said 3953 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
I can't...
...keep up with your output these days Michael. It's all so good as well.

This has a touch of the Jon Brions about it, I think. Next stop a Paul Thomas Anderson movie- nice!
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NIghtshadeSyndicate said 3853 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
respect!
very mellow.
i picture antonio carlos jobim with scott joplin sitting on the front porch shucking corn.

xylophones pwn.
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segiperkasa said 3602 days ago (January 6th, 2009)
cool song..
Cool and relaxing.. remind me of the old days....
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