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Description : Here is the outcome of Mark Ratcliffe jumping on board the Short Bus Proximal Vicinity craze with his amazingly emotional and powerful vocal and guitar performances. His account can be found here...


He used my mix 13B master B to record his parts, so it only seemed natural that he would send those parts over and let me mix them in, as opposed to just mixing over an mp3. His guitar and vocal parts were extremely well recorded and high quality, so it helped things fall into place comfortably. I tried to keep most of the power of my earlier mix, while giving space to the lead guitar and vocals. Also I fixed just a couple small problems that I didn't hear before. Mark has really helped take this song to another level, and I thank him for making trips to town to facilitate this project!

So I give you ShortBusMusic - Proximal Vicinity Ft Mark Ratcliffe - Spivkurl Mix 13IA

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  1. AllenV
    AllenV on Wed 14th Jan 2015 - 5 years ago

    Great track Spiv.
    The production is excellent and you know i'm a fan of guitar...especially Mark and Bear!
    I've been away for awhile and this is a great track to come home to.
    Thanks for the music my friend.


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you Allen for the kind comment on this one! It's good have you back around! Was definitely an enjoyable project to work with these two, and it was also a learning experience. Thank you again! See you around!

  2. soundhound
    soundhound on Fri 12th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    This is a Solid Hard Rocker, crazy good Guitar mix...
    The Lead Guitar in the intro, reminds me of a tune, (Magit Brains)
    By the Parliament Funkadelic...Eddy Hazel played all the parts
    a magical moment in time, deep in late night studio work...

    This is a really cool project, all around very well done...


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks much bud! That's a real compliment coming from you! Interesting that you bring up PFunk, as I've recently been working on tape looping from a George Clinton collection. Maybe it got into my head? I appreciate you stopping by to listen my friend!

  3. mystirP
    mystirP on Wed 10th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    I came to your page to see what's here. The first song I run into is incredible. This is a powerful song.

    keep this up and you'll make me powerfully jealous..LOL..just kidding..This is good stuff..serous on the keeping it up though..please keep it up..

    Mr. P

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello there! It seems to have been a while since I noticed you around, and I'm happy that you visited my page! To be amongst the winners of the mix and master competition, and then to be involved in taking this track even further with Mark's parts was a complete pleasure! It makes me happy to work with people who are so proficient in their instruments of choice, and in recording and composing. It was inspiring to work with such excellent stems, and has encouraged me to perform more and record better on my own works. Thank you for all your comments!

  4. deciBel
    deciBel on Fri 5th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    ...verywelldone as I expected befor pushing play button beside this ...well , due to the cast of this tune , we almost can say this was '' United States men's national looperman musicians team '' ..I really enjoyed the coperative tune of 3 of my best american friends ...
    I knew Mark is very good in such genres & sings fine & Barry is a maestro ,but I've wondered to find U such proff in such tunes & genres ..
    beyond everythings , Pat this is so god to find a new track of yours after awhile I've not had this chance to listen a new track of creative Sprivkurl .how U've been ,man..? hope all is well there beyond that monitor ..
    merci for sharing this Pat , Mark & Barry .
    take care.___B

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey my friend, it's been quite a while! I must admit to having had you in mind recently, and part of the mind was worrying about you. Hope you are well! I can't claim much credit for this track or it's success, as all parts were composed and performed by Bear and Mark. Once I was chosen as one of the winners for Bear's competition, Mark wanted a copy of the track to record his parts to... it seemed only natural that I would put the finishing touches on the mix once he was done. It was a sincere pleasure to be a part of it, especially with the quality of the audio involved. Mark wrote a good song to compliment the original. Thank you for the kind comment! Very good to hear from you again! I've been doing well, feeling ultra creative and productive... I usually end up doing so much in a day that I am just a mess by the evening, and still I find that there are so many things that I didn't get to do. I suppose that is part of life. Our new cat is pretty well integrated into our strange lifestyle now. Have smoked a couple holes in my head in recent months, but that's a different story. Please let me know you are okay!

  5. EricMilligan
    EricMilligan on Wed 3rd Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Mark's guitar work and vocals are great on this. I didn't hear earlier versions, but thoroughly enjoyed this track. I have to say that the mixing and mastering work on this just sounds so good. I realize from many of your other posts that you are very skilled at this and I've got a great deal to learn if I ever expect to get my stuff to sound as good as yours does. For example, I never use mono tracks, even for bass parts. I guess I should consider that. And, I never audition my tracks in mono like you do. Not even sure what I should be looking for. Phasing problems? Anyway, not really looking for a lesson in production techniques. just wanted to say that this track, with everything thing from everybody in it, sounded wonderful and you set a standard of quality that makes me really want to learn more and get better. Not sure my old ears are up to it, but I'm going to do my best. I can sure hear the difference in your stuff.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, it was good to read this comment as well as your others! You made me happy with your compliments and your eagerness to learn. I guess I should try to clarify the use of mono tracks... Bass is a good place to start. I only use a stereo channel with bass if the stereo image or effects seem essential to the feel or character of the bass sound that is being used. A lot of modern bass sounds are quite stereo, for example those used in dubstep or drum and bass.... however many more basic sounds are essentially mono. If I have my bass channel center panned, and on the meter I don't see differences between left and right, especially at different times, then I will change the track to mono (either using mono plugins, or adjusting the stereo separation on the channel). If say a bass synth patch is very heavy to one side or the other due to how it was designed, then it might be helpful to change to mono as well. As far as monitoring in mono, it can be useful. The biggest thing I look for is being able to hear all parts clearly when in mono. Not hearing certain things could be due to phasing problems or effects which are not essentially mono compatible. Probably secondary is that there is still good sounding separation of the panned parts even in mono. If you make some tracks mono, such as bass or drums which are not stereo to begin with, then your mix will be more mono compatible. Just a couple basics to help. I really appreciate the feedback you have given! Hope you are well!

  6. Oceanically
    Oceanically on Tue 2nd Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    The synths at the beginning were dreamy and a great build up to the guitar. Once that guitar came in, it became absolutely epic. Love the sound of a solo electric guitar riff - it's something you would walk to in slow mo! awesome! the vocals compliment the track nicely.^_^

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you for your kind comment on this track! Mark and Bear really did great work on their respective parts of this piece. It made me happy to help it all come together, and to work with some well recorded tracks. I appreciate you stopping by!

  7. Planetjazzbass
    Planetjazzbass on Sat 29th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Ok judging your mix craft here man....first impression..excellent vocal level....even better stereo imaging,plus great moving transients..cool!...You know Pat it's great to hear an accomplished musician like yourself step back and put on the production hat and even better to see the excellent results,as if there was any doubt!....I can appreciate the time and effort spent,the microtonal scrutiny involved..all hard and taxing work!..and then you start thinking is that the best mix I can do! lol...an audio engineer's job is not an easy one,but you do it like stepping off the curb!..much respect mate! cheers Dave

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Dave, good to hear from you! I really appreciate the support you've given here, and elsewhere over the years! I have trouble stepping off a curb sometimes, so in comparison the mixing and mastering seems easy...heh. It was so nice to work with some quality audio! I've come out of this project with a lot of new opinions about the process, and that is more than I could have hoped for. My mixing style is definitely not for everyone, but it makes me happy to know that it often appeals to people that I look up to artistically. Thanks again!

  8. kdlucas
    kdlucas on Fri 21st Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Powerful guitar work in this piece. The guitar solo is what really makes this one stand out. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Yes, Mark definitely knows his guitar playing! I really appreciate you leaving a comment! Thank you!

  9. joecramer
    joecramer on Fri 7th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Very cool song.

    Realy good work. All sounds nice and good and the new elements fits well. The solo guitar is great and sounds fantastic on my headphone. And Mark did a good job with his lyrics and vocal.

    Funny how diffrent SBM´s track can sound and how much lyrics change all to a new level.

    My own version sounds realy complete diffrent

    stay tuned

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you Joe for the kind review! It's always good to hear from you. Hope that you are well!

  10. monsterage
    monsterage on Fri 7th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    damn, this is very nice man has an amazing feeling and its sounds perfect the vocals and the bass are so smooth you can feel that bass hitting your chest hahaha amazing work Mr. Spivkurl

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks friend! I can't claim much responsibility for this song, aside from maybe that bass "hitting your chest" thing... Bear and Mark did all the hard work of composing and performing. It was however a fun and challenging project! I appreciate you listening and commenting!

  11. ProgRockDan1
    ProgRockDan1 on Fri 7th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Excellent sounds. Great songs. I would like to hear the vocals up a little more in the mix (I had difficulty understanding them). I think it is an excellent song.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, thank you for the kind comment! It was good fun to help make this song what it is. I know what you mean about the vocals, but I guess I liked it this way where the vocals were more on level with other instruments... as that is what they are, an instrument. By this time I had already heard this song SO MANY times, that I may have hurried it slightly. Probably won't go back though, as everyone involved seems happy with the results. Thank you again!

  12. kdlucas
    kdlucas on Wed 5th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Another excellent production. I like the mix, and how you blended in all the instruments to accompany the singer. Nice work.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you kindly! I think Mark deserves most of the credit for the "blending" you speak of, as he used my earlier master when recording his parts... they were tailor made to sit comfortably in this setting. I really appreciate the supportive comment!

  13. EazyBeatz
    EazyBeatz on Tue 4th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Very emotional passionate work here. love the story. definitely a fav. Thank you both for a wonderful collaboration. Simply the best here!!! -EazyBeatz- :)

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you EazyBeatz for the kind comment! I can't take much credit for this one, as Bear and Mark are the real artistic culprits involved. They were kind enough to let me post it to my pages though, and I thank them for that. Appreciate the support!

  14. MStokes
    MStokes on Tue 4th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    superb production that really highlights what can happen when great hearts and minds collide - bravos

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey M, great to see you here! Sorry about the late reply, but I've been deep into other projects lately. Makes me very happy you enjoyed the listening experience! Take care friend!

  15. ShortBusMusic
    ShortBusMusic on Tue 4th Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Pat, I knew Mark was on to something when I heard his rough sketch, but now hearing all of the additions, and then having them mixed and mastered by one of the best...well, it truly did turn out to be amazing song. Has a great Pink Floyd vibe to it with the addition of the vox and lead guitar. Your production skills are off the charts good. Thanks to both of you for putting in some extra effort on this one. It really is a special song now. Well done gents!!


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you so much for the supportive review! Of course you know that this song would be nothing without your amazing theme and composition. Really had fun and learned a lot working on this project, and it made me happy to get involved with you and Mark. Appreciate it friend!

  16. PeteTebar
    PeteTebar on Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hey hey, this sounds really good with vocals and guitars. I never imagined what it would sound with both elements, but I very impressed. Mark is just superb, love his effort and contribution to Bear's awesome piece. Very good production, congrats to both of you.


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you very much Pete, I appreciate the support, and I'm sure that Mark and Bear do as well! I'm glad you stopped by to hear this one! Looking forward to visiting your page!

  17. MWRatridge
    MWRatridge on Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Your mastering of this song shows why you won Bear's contest….superb!!! The pleasure was all mine in joining y'all on this gem.
    The lyrics sort of just fell into place … I wanted the listener to think I was singing about a lost lover the first couple of verses and then the surprise hits.
    Bear, well Bear is Bear and he never puts out crap…hats off.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey man, sorry about taking a while to respond, been a crazy few weeks around here. I'm sure you understand. Listening to this again right now, and it really is a winner! You're really talented both in performing and recording... not to mention song writing! I respect the fact that you have your own style, and I think it is very complimentary to Bear's work. It was an enjoyable experience to be a part of this songs progression! Hope you have been well! I've got a project in the works that I think you'll like, it will be posted on the blog in the next week or so hopefully. Thanks for the kind comment!

  18. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    What a pleasant surprise...really well done!:)


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy! Thanks for stopping by to comment on this! It was a genuine pleasure to help melt these two talents into eachother! ShortBus did some great composition here as you already know, and Mark added some amazing performances! They are both guys that I feel a connection to for various reasons, so this makes me happy.They were even nice enough to let me post it on my page, though I had nothing to do with writing the song... heh. Thanks again!

  19. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    thanks for your comprehensive reply. I am very impressed by the engineering work you did here and on the competition track.
    I said this only because of the perspective of my personal temporary preferences regarding to music as a listener I have... thanks for explaining the details - it is much appreciated! Alex

    Reply by Spivkurl

    I appreciate you getting back to me. I always try to keep in mind people's preferences when reading their comments, and I'm not usually offended by what people have to say... especially if I didn't compose the track. So, no worries. Between the first mix/master, and this new one to incorporate Mark's parts, a lot of hours went into this song on my end. Thanks for taking a listen!

  20. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    interesting... but not really the way I like. Guitars and vocals really follow the overall feeling of this track which is a good thing... I enjoyed it!
    I am not a fan of this song but from 3:15 it sounds very fine. I imagine myself jamming to this hahaha.
    how about make it mono by the way? Or at least remove the reverbs?
    very nice work,

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you for your comment! I see what you mean, but the vast majority of reverb and delay effects were present in the stems themselves, both from ShortBus and Mark. I used a subtle reverb in the master at 5% wet and about -13dB, which is actually less than usual for me since there was already a lot present in the wavs. I did tame the reverb in the main percussion/drum track with a gate, and that helped it pop more, but to go any farther than that would have ruined the whole feel of the percussion. I wanted Mark to be able to have control over the effect levels in his parts as well, so I just did my best with what he sent me. It definitely seems more pop than you would prefer, but that's just how it's supposed to be. Do you mean make the whole track mono? I prefer to make certain channels mono, and induce a wide stereo field. I always give a listen in mono before I decide that something like this is finished, and I found that it kept most of it's character, so that made me happy. I appreciate your feedback!

  21. Joyce
    Joyce on Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - 5 years ago

    Wow, this sounds really good. I love the guitar!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you very much for your support! I'm happy that you enjoyed listening. The lead guitar is by MWRatridge, and there are two acoustic and three electric guitar tracks by ShortBus as well. Thanks again!

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When I close my eyes I can still see
The times you spent with me
We used to watch the setting sun
But it was all taken away by someone

Now life is like a trance
Oh you know I miss you so?

Sometimes it feels I am walking in a mist
In the shadows of a busy world
All falling silent, my tears do flow
Oh what is so wrong with wanting to know?

I went to check on you as you slept so sound
But then I realized you weren't anywhere around
Oh how I yearn to eventually see
You in my proximal vicinity

I remember the day that you be born
All that blonde hair changed to sandy brown
You were my angel and my angel you
loved me
I loved you back, my little girl, you changed me

Now eight years later we are hanging
onto hope
The curtains blew that night in a window we never left open
Snatched away in the night
No trace, no body
Been trying to figure it out

Oh how I yearn to eventually see
You in my proximal vicinity



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