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The Ghosts - Underrated (Doosloo's Bliss Remix)

doosloo on October 09, 2012 22:41

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    The original version of The Ghosts 'Underrated' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIC-bOdZmA4) is a fantastic little slice of uplifting electro pop goodness. When this remix comp first arose I was quite excited at the thought of getting to pick apart the original and see what I could come up with. After downloading the stems, the first thing that I laid down were all the vocals to see what I could fit around them. Initially, I thought I'd go for a straight acoustic version of the song so actually sped the vocals up a touch (20BPMish I think) so that I could half time the rest of the track into a much more slow and laid back affair.

    The next thing to go down was a basic piano part (using an excellent VST I've found - http://www.supremepiano.com/product/piano1.html - it's free and with some tinkering can produce a really warm tone :) to lay down the main chords that I'd be working with. I'm pretty sure the chords are close to the original version so this made it easier to implement some of the samples from the original track, which was the next step.

    I used a picked guitar part from midway through the original and sliced it up to produce a double time riff that worked with the main chords of the chorus and verse and then added a touch of delay to give a half time second hit. I also added one of the secondary synth lines which, with the guitar part, gave the track a bit more ooomph :) Once this was done, a rough drum beat was laid down (using the original cymbal samples) so I could lay down some acoustic guitar parts. First of which was a straight up strum, the second a main picky lead line and the third a supporting under track. At this point everything seemed to be falling into place nicely so two bass lines were added, one using a slightly tweaked saw wave in Massive and the second recorded live on my Fender Jazz '69 to give the saw a bit more punch.

    Next up a bunch of pad synths got added (Massive / Absynth) and a few more of the samples from the original were implemented in, namely the bells, a supporting piano part and another of the synth lines. To flesh out the main vocal line a bit, a number of backing vocals were recorded and I roped a friend of mine to come round and record a violin line to lay over the top. And that was pretty much it... Except that when coming to the mixdown, I had major problems getting my "rough" drum parts to sit right so... 2 days before the deadline, I completely scrapped them and started again, doh! I kept the drums pretty simple (I do have a habit of over complicating things :) as the rolling drum part seemed to compliment the way the track was structured - I know they could be a little more delicate but I really liked the big beat mixed with the acoustic nature of the track!

    That's about it - quick mastering in T-Racks (oh - and a lot of automation!) so it didn't sound like I'd recorded everything in a matchbox and it was done!

    Hope you all enjoy - as always, all feedback is very much appreciated!

    Doosloo x

    Release date: Oct 9, 2012

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