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Apr 9, 2012 | 3:51 AM EDT
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2 min 53 sec
4.61 / 5.00

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Mainly submitted for the next NAC 2012: misery.
Recorded with Logic 9. Must be a 50 layered project.
Try to listen the songs on your monitors instead of your apple headphones ^^ -> i have the feeling it's missing a lot of low frequency if you do.
Guitars played by Sander Tijburg. Drums played by Jorn Juist. Bram Juist was drum engineer on this one.

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‘Above the Basement’ combines interesting classical harmony with a modern indie rock style, all with smooth voice and an incredibly well-polished production. The melancholic mood of small orchestral arrangements, gentle guitar riffs, baroque keyboards, clean vocal harmonies and borrowings from Jon Brion and Brian Wilson makes it easy to visualize film scenes when listening to the tracks. This is not strange when you know an orchestra of talented international musicians has been summoned to record the songs. ‘Above the Basement’ might be compared to listening winter-songs on a hot summer evening, or listening summer songs on a cold winter night. Either way, after listening these songs you are left with this particular emotion of both hope and melancholy.

Duration: 15 minutes
Year: 2015

Mixed, Mastered, Video and additional vocals: Bram Juist -Studio Engineer: Paul Nieuwenhuijsen - Drums: Tom Rutgers & Jorn Juist - Guitars: Sander Tijburg - Strings: Niels Hendriksen & Naree Park - Brass Producer: Samuel Hebert - Trumpet: Félix Rheault - French Horn: Alexandre Derguy - Trombone: Jérôme Boisvert - Clarinet: Marco Danesi - Artwork: William Hackney. Compositions, vocals + add. instruments by New Hansen.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

NAC Judging
Love the soundscape in the intro! And then when the music starts, it's really well produced and dark and odd. Doesn't quite sound like Despery though. More like melancholy, close enough I guess! This is a really song, cool but weird vocals, the drum sounded splendid, the piano added a lot and there were lots of additional sounds that added a great layer of cake to the song. Really good. Yeah the only point you lose is not conveying that much despair or misery.

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newhansen responds:

Thx for the review!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This is right trippy, man. If misery went on an acid trip through the 60s, this is definitely what it would sound like. I especially like the very dramatic ending; that's an appropriately creepy music box progression you've got there. I also think that the drums sound pretty darn good. Did you sing the lyrics? They words themselves are pretty catchy, but I did think it sounded kind of nasally. Eh, maybe it's just me. Good stuff, mate!

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

OMG man this is so nice song i feel like i am in heaven !!!!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Freaking sweet, bro.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Awesome song man. Looks like I got competition now. >:)

As for the mixing - your bass and drums mash up with the vocals a bit. I'd try cutting off the high frequencies of the bass and raising the mid-high frequencies of your vocals. Also, make sure that your background counter melodies / fx's are more in the background. i.e. - lower the volumes of them. That should clean up your mix.

good luck in the contest man. :) have a listen to mine if you want.

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newhansen responds:

Yay! This actually is helpful! I'm gonna try it right away.
The problem is that the last chorus has 100103432 tracks at the same time, so the vocals dissolve in the stringsocean :P To lower the volumes might do the trick. Thx!