Tags : | Trip Hop | 12.22 MB

Description : A remix of Golden Ookami's excellent track Midnights Travel. The original can be found here - https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/178407

Was a very different experience working with this sort of stem set, and I have not done a remix of someone's track in a while. Added a bit of my hardware flair to this one. Thank you to Golden Ookami for making these stems available to us! Hope that you enjoy it!

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  1. max13976
    max13976 on Thu 25th May 2017 - 2 years ago

    Pretty sweet, I think. And by “sweet” I mean the original tune, whereas your arrangement seems to add something raw to the track. At least, it doesn’t sound as sweet anymore, which I think is pretty cool. Love the way you work with all those percussive sounds, too.

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    I take your comment as a compliment! I actually never felt the original one as being "sweet," so I suppose I didn't take it in that direction.

    I do tend towards very raw sound, or at least ones which give the impression of being raw. When I get a set of stems which are well created, such as these, I can't help but try to bring out the qualities I appreciate in the stems, rather than trying to cover up "flaws."

    I've been having fun with any drum related instrument lately, it's a bit of an addiction. Glad it sounded okay.

    Thanks for listening and leaving your words!

  2. Arhum
    Arhum on Fri 23rd Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    I LOVE your use of reverb (especially in this track) to create actual depth to a track and shit. A lot of producers (I'm guilty of this too) tend to use reverb for that "big room" sound that makes it feel like it's ready for arenas and sh*t. It's definitely refreshing to hear most of your tracks employ this, but this one especially (which is why I felt a need to comment).

    Having said, I do have to say your saw synth at the intro needs some kind of gated reverb for the high-end (and the highs could have spread put on them). Going from no reverb to reverb in a track can sound really weird, artificial, unreleastic... whatever word you want to insert there.

    Now, I HATE using gated reverbs for anything but drums; I don't know why. What like to do is create a big-sounding hall reverb and then bring the reverb time to something ridiculously low, like 0.5 seconds. It sounds better to my ear when doing this, as opposed to putting a gate on your reverb...

    Also, around 0:36, I heard a lot of stereo-widening on your kick in the lower end. It sounds weird to me to do that. If what you're trying to achieve is a bigger-sounding kick, why not create a new track with just the side-image of the original kick and add some reverb to that? It's a cool little trick I found works if done right and in moderation...

    The last thing I have to add is there's a lot of conflict/spikes in your upper bass regions at times (first example I hear of it is at 0:50). I want to call you out on that, but I feel like you did that for artistic reasons. Don't agree with it, but I guess it's indy and experimental sounding that way.

    Oh, by the way... Fav'd this track... A listen to my advice would be nice though =)

    P.S. I'm praying you don't grill me alive for my critique; I was just trying to relay some advice from my little time in the production relative to yours. I'd rather not simply be a kiss-up... LOL =D

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey there, don't worry I won't grill you alive!

    I am confused by some of your advice though. You mention a saw synth at the beginning needing gated reverb. I got the impression that you thought it went from reverbed to no reverb. This is not the case. It was a bass from the original stem set, and part of it was cut to a one shot to play as an instrument. Any reverb was present in the original, as I generally do not use it on bass. What you may be hearing is resampling from using the sample at different notes. If I am confused, let me know.

    Likewise, the kick was entirely from the original stem set, and I assure you that they are mono and centered. Any stereo width would have been added to upper frequencies at mastering, and is constant through the whole track. In the same way, the reverb on the master is constant through the entire track, and any other reverb on the kicks was present in the stems.

    I can't really say I know what you mean about the upper bass frequency conflict. So I'll just leave it at that.

    I do appreciate the fave and the thorough comment! I'm glad you listened. I probably won't be doing anything else to this, since it's not my song and the comp is over. I will probably delete it soon.

  3. NateJMusic
    NateJMusic on Mon 19th Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    I love the Timbo/Aaliyah feel with (no disrespect intended). I guess the only thing I would recommend having a radio friendly version (3mins 30sec with a clear verse, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus out format). A singer/song writer would love this. Those vocals at the end are so dope too.

    Good job, a nice smooth track overall.

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you for listening and leaving a comment! Regarding "Timbo/Aaliyah" I actually have no idea what you mean. I don't listen to pop music, aside from that which was made quite some time ago (60's through 90's mainly). Since this was simply a remix of someone else's song for a competition, and I did not succeed, then I probably won't take your advice to change the mix. Probably will delete it soon to make room for more songs! Thanks again!

  4. theHumps
    theHumps on Fri 16th Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    Hey Spiv! I can certainly appreciate all the effort and fun you had putting this together. It's a lot tighter and cleaner than the original and has your styling added. The mix is quite good, crisp. I am not a fan of the fake hand claps though but that's a personal preference issue more so than anything technical. I've checkout a couple remixes, this one stands out, maybe it's the overall quality of the mix.

    Take care!

    Wayne

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hello Wayne! It's good to hear from you! This is definitely not my usual style, but since it was composed by someone else, I can forgive that... ha ha. You're nice to compliment the mix when compared to the original and other remixes. The claps were in the stems, and I was making an effort to use them all... partly because I had only heard the original once before making this. I thought it might help give more of a nod to the original that way. They do however sound pretty artificial though, I agree. Having the midi files was really helpful, since I could do some hardware sound design with the composition in mind, at least without a bunch of thought and analysis. I appreciate you taking a listen and leaving your words!

  5. DoctorPyro
    DoctorPyro on Fri 16th Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    A lot of middle east/indian sounding stuff... very interesting and it keeps it ambient! WAY different from my version! This deserves a win for sure! A+ mixing!

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks for listening and leaving the kind feedback! I guess I never though of an Asian influence in this, but I suppose I understand the reference. Looks like you won the comp, and I congratulate you for that! They were fun stems to work with!

  6. starpyro
    starpyro on Thu 15th Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    interessting song

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    It's not really my song originally, so I can't take credit. Just a remix for diversion and changing my thought processes. Thanks for listening!

  7. PeteTebar
    PeteTebar on Thu 15th Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    Hey Spiv, this sounds amazing. I don't listen to trip hop much, but I knew hearing this I would not be disappointed. Very good use of your synths, I admire the hard work in making your own hardware and sound, sounds big. I haven't heard the other entries but you got me interested and curious to hear all the others. The beginning is killer, has industrial elements. Sub bass sounds big. Interesting elements you used to fill this track, especially at 1:47...nice transition and melody. Fabulous break at 3:03 and then the build up at 3:20. Very good mix, good clarity and stereo field, Mad props for a fabulous production Spiv, I will certainly fave this, Thank you for sharing :)

    Pete

  8. TeeGee1965
    TeeGee1965 on Sun 11th Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    Hey man, this music type is not my area of expertise, so can't give much of a feedback. Having listened to a few of your tracks in the past months, I think you know what you are doing without my input :D . I listened to the original, that was not bad either but I think I prefer your version. Can't put my finger on it, but it is more interesting to me. And the sound and production are top!!

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey there! Thanks for taking a listen to this! I didn't place well in the competition, but that is to be expected. I'm glad you prefer this to the original, as I do too. I tried to add a lot more variation than the stems had in them... I'm not one to get bored, except with repetitive music. :) I really appreciate your support and your comments!

  9. Mosaic
    Mosaic on Thu 8th Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    Hi ya Mate

    Don't know this genre so can not give any feedback about genre at all, sounding here this has a few midi's playing?
    Have a fair amount of trip hop loops/samples here, never tried using them yet maybe one day lol...This piece has a vibe about it that wants you to listen too it and look forward to next part of the track, which is a good sign it is a good work...Very nice synths used and good arrangement...Fav...peace n respect...mosaic...

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, good to hear from you today! The original song was just labeled as "electronic," but with the raise in tempo and some other aspects of the mix, I felt that "trip hop" represented the song best of the choices we are given. Golden Ookami did provide some MIDI files for this remix pack, and I used a couple of them. I also did some custom composition for some of my MIDI instruments to compliment it. Most of the credit goes to Golden Ookami though, since pretty much every audio stem he provided was used in this arrangement. It was a fun one to keep me working on music while transitions are going on. Thank you for taking a listen! I look forward to a message from you! Take care!

  10. DesignedImpression
    DesignedImpression on Sat 3rd Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    Hey Pat, Interesting to hear Trip Hop from you like this. As it first transitions that chance was instantly felt nice work with that. Cool percs, dig the synth sounds and the ep type sound was awesomeness work bro. Diggin this one a lot, any more new methods of madness like this one? Ty for the walk through your town, such site to see! Keep doing it man! Peace

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy! Good to hear from you on this one! Of course I did not place high in the compo, I kind of expected that. I rarely work at a slow tempo like this, and it's been a while since I remixed... just needed some diversions and a wake up call. I think my biggest struggles recently are due to FL Studio... their plugin delay compensation seems pretty well broken in recent releases. Before v12, I never even thought about PDC, and in fact did not know that it was even there. Now it seems to take hours simply getting things in sync unless I use all native plugins (suck). I'm learning to adjust my workflow though. "The walk through your town..." That's funny... my town (literal city) looks like it has been carpet bombed right now! There is more construction now than any of the thirty or so years I have lived here. Big holes in the ground, empty lots, all night construction beeping, gravel where there were sidewalks, main road closed to let fracking trains through, blacktop smell permeates the air, and tweak is the real big underlying business. It's pretty hellish. Hope you are well!

  11. GoldenOokami
    GoldenOokami on Fri 2nd Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    Thanks for participating, man! Can't wait to get to judging. :)

    ~GO

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Great work running the competition! You got a lot of good submissions! Thanks for listening!

  12. jamid
    jamid on Thu 1st Sep 2016 - 2 years ago

    Wow mate this is some remix.
    I can easily detect some traces of your work in this remix.
    It’s wonderful brilliant job mate.

    Well done.

    Jamid

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you Jamid for the continued support! I didn't really expect to win the compo with this one, but I needed some diversion and different ways of thinking... it helped. I'm glad you enjoyed hearing this! Thanks much!

  13. Chams
    Chams on Sat 27th Aug 2016 - 2 years ago

    Very nice take on the original
    absolutely loving the drums
    the overall progression is outstanding
    very well done man!

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks buddy! I didn't win the comp, of course, since I was out of my element, and I mostly did it for diversion... but I'm still happy with the results. I'm glad you enjoyed listening! Thanks for the comment!

  14. MeIodicDreamer
    MeIodicDreamer on Fri 26th Aug 2016 - 2 years ago

    Great job on this remix. It's amazing that you were able to use all of the stems from the original and yet still give it your own feel. I'll be releasing my own remix of this song soon as well.

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks for taking a listen! Happy that you got a good reception on your remix! Was a fun sort of challenge, and not something I would usually do. Thanks for taking a listen and commenting!

  15. beerling1970
    beerling1970 on Mon 22nd Aug 2016 - 2 years ago

    I think you have proved that sometimes you have to come out from your comfort zone and try new stuff mate and this is bloody amazing work.

    Steve

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Steve, thank you so much for the continued support! It seems that I can always count on you to listen to what I've been working on, and that makes me happy! Trying to get back in the zone on original works, and working with some other people's stuff has given me a new outlook. Hoping that the originator of this song likes it as well. Thanks again!

  16. Wobbin
    Wobbin on Sun 21st Aug 2016 - 2 years ago

    Vibrrrrrrrrrrrrations! Very good job on the remix :)

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Buddy, thank you! It seems that you had a different name when this comment went to my email. It's good to make the connection for real now. It's been enjoyable to do some work with other people's songs lately... it always seems to help me think in new ways and experiment, and it's been a while. Hoping to get some real work done on my own stuff now, since the nearby meth lab is no longer taking my voice and health. I'm happy with how this mix turned out, and I'm hoping that the originator digs it as well! Thanks for listening and leaving a comment!

  17. midisparks
    midisparks on Sat 20th Aug 2016 - 2 years ago

    Very creative take on the original. I begin to recognize your home-made synths! Overall - a darker, more brooding version. As always, sounds are beautifully mixed and thoroughly enjoyed. Regards. Dan

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    To be honest, I only heard the original once, a couple of weeks before making this. Instead, I took the stems and midi as a constraint, and did what I felt like with them. There are actually no DIY synths present in this composition, but only some tracks recorded from MIDI gear, including Zoom RT-123 and Microkorg. Those are my go to MIDI gear, as I've been using them both for nearly fifteen years straight. I wanted this to be acceptable to all sorts of listeners, so I did not use any noisy modular or circuit bent stuff. On top of that, psychedelics are not something which I'm accustomed to integrating with my DIY gear. "Midnight's Travel" to me in recent weeks has been strictly to visit the crack head next door, in order to ask her to turn off her flood light or to bring her howling dog inside. I'm a day shifter now, so when people keep me awake until 2 AM I get annoyed. I haven't done a remix in a while, but I'm happy that you liked what you heard here! It seemed liked a vacation from the things I normally would do!

  18. BeatMaker4real
    BeatMaker4real on Fri 19th Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    What's up Spivkurl...Man you got down on this one..loving the mix..

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks buddy! It's not a style which I'm accustomed to doing, but since the stems and midi were in good form, I thought I'd give it a try. Was kind of a good way to take it down a notch from the serious times of late. Was fun to do a remix for a change instead of hosting one, as I used to do them all the time. I appreciate you always being there to listen and give support!

  19. Davidgotskill
    Davidgotskill on Fri 19th Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    Hey Spivkurl. This is good for music i dont normally listen to or create. Slow tempo and trippy is a weird style but its good i think for a normal sounding techno track. Im into Dutch Electro House and Orchestral Dubstep E.G xtrullor. I like the bass. Wish you tried trap. You might be good at faster tempos. Thanks Spiv. I think im getting better at my music

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Like yourself, this isn't my normal comfort zone. It is, after all, a remix of someone else's work. When creating electronic music, I rarely work below 130 BPM, and sometimes go as high as 200 BPM. I would never classify something like this as techno, and would never do something intentionally techno below 128 BPM. This remix is 116 BPM, which was up from 110 of the original. Trap is pretty much not my thing, but I have tentatively developed an offshoot, called "trip trap" which is different from trap in the way that drumstep is different from dubstep. Genre doesn't matter much to me, especially when the sounds are electronic. Vocals or real instruments are going to have much more bearing on my genre judgment, but beyond that, a synth is a synth. So... yeah faster tempos is what I usually do as well, but time stretching loops too far makes them sound rubbish. Thanks for listening and leaving a comment!

  20. mrwolf14
    mrwolf14 on Fri 19th Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    Hi Spiv,
    After a long absence, I was very pleased to find a new track of my favorite "trippy musician" :-)
    I had to listen to the original of course to make a comparison: while the original track was already very good, I think you made it a lot "darker" and therefore interesting (at least to me).
    I simply love the "simple synth" sounds you have used in the first section: they add a lot of "depth" to the track.
    The last section has something of Carpenter's work (simple slow lines which build tension in a positive way).
    The closing synth line... this is very 80ish and therefore how could I not love it? (but credit for this should go to GoldenOkami)
    Well done!
    Ciao, Domenico

    Spivkurl
    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Domenico! Good to hear from you today! It's interesting that you found it darker than the original, and listening again, I guess I can hear what you mean. With the "midnight" theme, I suppose that makes some sense. This remix used all of the original wav stems, so a lot of the credit goes to Ookami. I did however take one shots of some of his instruments in order to make the composition more complex. Also raised the tempo to 116 instead of 110 BPM... enough to give some energy without too many artifacts. I think the arpeggio I made on the microkorg may be part of the carpenterish feel that you get... using keyboard tracking to control the LFO modulation rate gives a pleasing time shift, with a touch of tension. Ookami's leads in this stem set were quite awesome, and I felt the need to use them all. It's great to have you back around the site, and it was pleasing to read your words. Thank you!

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