Description : This is all Burt's. I just had the privilege again of mixing. Burt narrates Emily Dickinson's 'The Snow' over an eclectic mix of hurdy gurdy, voice patches, string patches, bells. It seems the farm house and barn in Kerry Pardue's painting are abandoned. I focus more on the heavy blanket of snow covering everything.

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  1. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Thu 7th Jan 2016 - 4 years ago

    Love what you've done with this Dan. Now I'll need to update the yt video. I really need to invest in a decent mic. I recorded this on my tablet in the council room at my town hall job. I like doing it there or at my ops center training room because it's a very large room without noise and echo, and no one around ;) Never heard of a Hurdy Gurdy until I discovered the music of Faun. They use ancient acoustic instruments mixed with modern music technology, there's a guy that jams along on his laptop.

  2. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Thu 7th Jan 2016 - 4 years ago

    Beautiful piece of art...simply stunning !

    Compliments to all involved______Orlando

  3. MagneticRecords
    MagneticRecords on Tue 5th Jan 2016 - 4 years ago

    Hello midisparks. Interesting composition. I like the atmosphere in this Song. Awesome Work. Great job.

    Reply by midisparks

    thanks magnetic. collaborating with burt has worked out over the years for me. the only credit I might take here is bringing out more clearly what burt already conceived. but that is something. look forward to listening to your latest. Dan

  4. crucethus
    crucethus on Tue 5th Jan 2016 - 4 years ago

    The concept is pure art. The music is awesome. I love the spoken word poetry. Is it possible for you to go back and remix in the spoken word and eq it by removing the boomy muddling bass on the vocals and raising the mid range a twitch and then removing any verb on the voice but adding a small delay. I think that would make the words just sparkle against the awesome music. But 5 stars Dan really great idea.

    Reply by midisparks

    working on your recommendations this morning Steve. Really appreciate it. this is feedback worth its weight in gold. About what range do you consider "mid-range"?

  5. Zergmazter
    Zergmazter on Mon 4th Jan 2016 - 4 years ago

    Pretty cool. Never hear this kind of thing before, but I liked it. It's seems peaceful.

    Good work.

    Reply by midisparks

    It does seem peaceful. The painting it goes with is very peaceful. The poem says snow is the great "leveler" and maybe that's true. For me, mixing this track was a great chance to start thinking about vocal mix - something very new to me. Thanks for listening and glad you enjoyed. Dan

  6. DijamMusic
    DijamMusic on Fri 25th Dec 2015 - 4 years ago

    Wow Dan!!!
    you've probably rocking in your rocking chair when you worked on this?
    Well done

    Reply by midisparks

    yea - i have a special rocker for mixing this kind of track. how did you know brother? the sounds in this one took some taming but it came together okay. thanks.

  7. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Fri 25th Dec 2015 - 4 years ago

    Here's the video on you tube :D Thanks for mixing Dan, been so crazy busy with life and so many projects going on! I like how the farm fits with the pic, had to add the falling snow ;) What worries me is what's left inside that barn, I'm sure it was abandonded for a reason!

    Reply by midisparks

    i have no doubt some murderous act transpired in that barn! In the end, no amount of snow will obliterate the bloody deed (though Emily might disagree).

  8. theHumps
    theHumps on Fri 25th Dec 2015 - 4 years ago

    I'm not into much poetry but I do know who Emily Dickerson is and what a hurdy gurdy is. Hey Dan, hope you are well! This is cool. The vocal patches work well with the other instruments. Interesting effects on the main vox. I think the transition at 1:50 could be a little smoother, the only thing I noticed. Maybe stretch out the wind a bit more in that part or maybe soften the words as they come in with a volume envelope.

    It has a Native American feel to the music with a bit of Celtic thrown in. Pretty neat Dan!


    Reply by midisparks

    funny you should mention that section. I spent some time trying to smooth that out but obviously not enough time! LOL. I appreciate the real feedback Wayne. yea - I hear the Celtic thing with the hurdy gurdy. It is a sound perhaps more fitting for a medieval christmas scene - but it conveys something interesting with this pic as well i think.

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The Snow (Emily Dickinson)

It sifts from leaden sieves,
It powders all the wood,
It fills with alabaster wool
The wrinkles of the road.

It makes an even face
Of mountain and of plain, —
Unbroken forehead from the east
Unto the east again.

It reaches to the fence,
It wraps it, rail by rail,
Till it is lost in fleeces;
It flings a crystal veil

On stump and stack and stem, —
The summer’s empty room,

Acres of seams where harvests were,
Recordless, but for them.



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