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“Déjà-vu” - a song by JanKun & Tahiche

edited February 11 in Creations

Very excited to share the (first) song @JanKun and I worked on. It’s been a bloody great and fun experience, thankful to ABF for enabling it. I had personally never collaborated long distance and didn’t know what to expect but it’s been surprisingly easy, everything just seemed to flow.
We recorded and mixed on Logic 4 iPad, JanKun and I will get into all the nerdy gadget details, “how this who that…” in the comments. Hope you like it!.

Lyrics in the spoiler.

Déjà-vu

Fill my cup
Until I swallow
Everything you throw,
The bigger the lie,
The easier to follow.

Acting out
Like someone I know,
Just enough to feel
I'm not on my own
I'm not alone

Choke me up
With fear and sorrow
Light me up
Set the place on fire
The way you only know

Set me up
With ugly pictures
Paint the neighborhood
With proper complexion
... Wait...
... I heard this once before ...

When did we let go ?
When did we fail ?
When did we unseal
The doors leading to hell ?
I heard this all before
Can you tell ?
Something's not right
With your ringing bell...

Déjà-vu (ad lib.)

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Comments

  • Well that was fantastic. I was especially taken by that atonal orchestration that comes in near the end.

    Great job, guys!

  • Which one of you has that lovely baritone voice? Loving the "Dave Gahan fronting Radiohead" vibe you've got going on.

  • Impressive! Well done all around - and I personally love this genre. Please tell me, what does ABF mean?

  • Well that was unexpected! Great production on this, and a good piece of songwriting.

    You guys should keep this going.

  • Spectacular work, both visual and sound.

  • @tubespace said:
    Impressive! Well done all around - and I personally love this genre. Please tell me, what does ABF mean?

    ABF = where we are chatting now, the Audiobus Forum!

    @tahiche @JanKun really good stuff here!

  • @Gavinski said:

    @tubespace said:
    Impressive! Well done all around - and I personally love this genre. Please tell me, what does ABF mean?

    ABF = where we are chatting now, the Audiobus Forum!

    Oh! Thank you - I didn't think to put that together!

  • Wow. Quality production! I’d say definitely keep collaborating if this is what results from it. Stay in the flow. Listened in headphones. Sounded great.

  • Love what you did with the vocals and that little turn around at about 3:45. Really well written, played and produced.

  • @rottencat said:
    Well that was fantastic. I was especially taken by that atonal orchestration that comes in near the end.

    Great job, guys!

    Thank you 🙏

  • edited February 11

    This is really cool! I love the way it build towards the shouty bit then resolves itself with a nice mellow, but creepy outro. Good stuff.

  • edited February 11

    @jebni said:
    Which one of you has that lovely baritone voice? Loving the "Dave Gahan fronting Radiohead" vibe you've got going on.

    The beautiful lead Vox is by JanKun.
    Actually we tried at going for a dueto thingy, which I love and thought would be fun. But the fact is that the lead vocal is so good, clean and sincere that it sounded better on its own, at least on the first verse. Then there’s a ton of harmonies and background vocals from both of us. One thing I’ve learned from long-distance collaborations is that you can easily end up doing too much!.

  • Excellent, complex, and original track with an outstanding vocal and incredible arrangement. Great work. B)

  • @Gavinski said:

    @tubespace said:
    Impressive! Well done all around - and I personally love this genre. Please tell me, what does ABF mean?

    ABF = where we are chatting now, the Audiobus Forum!

    @tahiche @JanKun really good stuff here!

    Thank u Gav. Means a lot!.

    @michael_m said:
    Well that was unexpected! Great production on this, and a good piece of songwriting.

    You guys should keep this going.

    Thanks Michael!. I’d definitely love to do more, let’s see what @JanKun has to say about it. He’s probably quiet because of the time difference… Personally I found it very enriching, seeing how the song went to places we didn’t expect.
    Kept thinking about The Postal Service, how they recorded that spectacular album sending data DVDs back and forth via mail. iCloud is definitely a lot easier,

  • @Pxlhg said:
    Spectacular work, both visual and sound.

    Thank u @Pxlhg!.
    Geeky note about the video: I got a trial subscription to Final Cut iPad, and I actually loved it. I used to do videos with CapCut, then LumaFusion. Final Cut is a lot more intuitive and easier to use. Specially love the jog wheel to move in the timeframe. It makes syncing the video to the music a lot easier. Recommend it, it’s pricey, but you can always get a month subscription if you need it.

  • @richardyot said:
    Excellent, complex, and original track with an outstanding vocal and incredible arrangement. Great work. B)

    Thank u Richard!. The funny thing is that the base chord sequence is basically the same all long. Here’s precisely one aspect where collaborations really shine. The style of playing and interpreting will take the songs to places where just one person wouldn’t. Also different production instinct and taste. You keep surprising each other. Right?. JanKun sends back the project with the orchestral part and you’re like “WTF is this??? Yeeeeaaaah”.

  • @Dav said:
    Wow. Quality production! I’d say definitely keep collaborating if this is what results from it. Stay in the flow. Listened in headphones. Sounded great.

    Headphones, definitely!. Makes such a big difference.
    And yes, we should all collaborate more!. Feels like the centennial version of a rehearsal place, with less condensed sweat and smoke!. I believe we’re short on drummers around here, though :)

  • Outstanding! Compelling from start to finish. Great composition and production. Vocals sound great. You guys nailed it!

  • Absolute tops in every respect. My iPad actually broke down and cried. I didn’t know it could sound so great. Afraid to listen on actual speakers. !!!

  • @Gavinski said:

    @tubespace said:
    Impressive! Well done all around - and I personally love this genre. Please tell me, what does ABF mean?

    ABF = where we are chatting now, the Audiobus Forum!

    @tahiche @JanKun really good stuff here!

    lol @Gavinski
    Good call

  • @tubespace said:
    Impressive! Well done all around - and I personally love this genre. Please tell me, what does ABF mean?

    I personally hate acronyms and look at me… 🤦🏻
    Just curious… What genre would you say it is?.

  • @Paulieworld said:
    Outstanding! Compelling from start to finish. Great composition and production. Vocals sound great. You guys nailed it!

    Wow, thanks a lot!

    @LinearLineman said:
    Absolute tops in every respect. My iPad actually broke down and cried. I didn’t know it could sound so great. Afraid to listen on actual speakers. !!!

    Hahaha. I know a thing or two about broken iPads. Do listen on speakers!. Thanks for the exaggerated praise!.

    I’m speaking for @JanKun and myself here, I hope he pops up soon!

  • SO good! The video adds a lot too to a very great song. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is awesome @tahiche and @JanKun
    Always thought your work both amazing but this is a great collaboration

  • edited February 12

    @rottencat @jebni @tubespace @michael_m ael_m @Pxlhg @Gavinski @Dav @Ben @klownshed @richardyot @Paulieworld @LinearLineman @dreamcartel @Gratouilli
    I usually prefer to take the time to answer one-on-one but since @tahiche already did it while I was away for the weekend, a big thank you for all the great feedback! A big thank you to Tahiche for letting me work my way on this track. The result exceeded all expectations. And what a great video you made, it fits the lyrics so well. Hopefully, more will come!

  • Really awesome! Made me think of The Notwist a bit. Maybe the tone of it all. Really nice work.

  • @JanKun said:
    @rottencat @jebni @tubespace @michael_m ael_m @Pxlhg @Gavinski @Dav @Ben @klownshed @richardyot @Paulieworld @LinearLineman @dreamcartel @Gratouilli
    I usually prefer to take the time to answer one-on-one but since @tahiche already did it while I was away for the weekend, a big thank you for all the great feedback! A big thank you to Tahiche for letting me work my way on this track. The result exceeded all expectations. And what a great video you made, it fits the lyrics so well. Hopefully, more will come!

    Thank me?. No way, thank u!. I hadn’t had an enriching collaboration like this in literally 20 years. It was extremely easy, too.
    BTW I feel good about having used Logics Mastering assistant. I’m always dubious as to “is it muddy?”, “is it the headphones or it’s too bass-heavy?”, with this devilish AI thingy I just trust it.

  • @tahiche said:

    @JanKun said:
    @rottencat @jebni @tubespace @michael_m ael_m @Pxlhg @Gavinski @Dav @Ben @klownshed @richardyot @Paulieworld @LinearLineman @dreamcartel @Gratouilli
    I usually prefer to take the time to answer one-on-one but since @tahiche already did it while I was away for the weekend, a big thank you for all the great feedback! A big thank you to Tahiche for letting me work my way on this track. The result exceeded all expectations. And what a great video you made, it fits the lyrics so well. Hopefully, more will come!

    Thank me?. No way, thank u!. I hadn’t had an enriching collaboration like this in literally 20 years. It was extremely easy, too.
    BTW I feel good about having used Logics Mastering assistant. I’m always dubious as to “is it muddy?”, “is it the headphones or it’s too bass-heavy?”, with this devilish AI thingy I just trust it.

    Yeah the Mastering Assistant is really good at clearing that low-end mud that often creeps into mixes. It's a game-changer for me.

  • @richardyot said:

    @tahiche said:

    @JanKun said:
    @rottencat @jebni @tubespace @michael_m ael_m @Pxlhg @Gavinski @Dav @Ben @klownshed @richardyot @Paulieworld @LinearLineman @dreamcartel @Gratouilli
    I usually prefer to take the time to answer one-on-one but since @tahiche already did it while I was away for the weekend, a big thank you for all the great feedback! A big thank you to Tahiche for letting me work my way on this track. The result exceeded all expectations. And what a great video you made, it fits the lyrics so well. Hopefully, more will come!

    Thank me?. No way, thank u!. I hadn’t had an enriching collaboration like this in literally 20 years. It was extremely easy, too.
    BTW I feel good about having used Logics Mastering assistant. I’m always dubious as to “is it muddy?”, “is it the headphones or it’s too bass-heavy?”, with this devilish AI thingy I just trust it.

    Yeah the Mastering Assistant is really good at clearing that low-end mud that often creeps into mixes. It's a game-changer for me.

    It is indeed a great tool but in my case I will keep "mastering" the final mix by myself first before using the mastering tool. I was actually quiet surprised on my latest big project cause I was pretty close to what the mastering tool did.
    The thing that I don't like about it is that it wants to bring the master too close to 14 LFUS. I know it is the new streaming standard, but sometimes if a track sounds good at -11 or -10 LFUS it can stay there, no harm done when bringing this to streaming platform. In the context of an album, I can understand the need for loudness consistency though.

  • edited February 12

    @JanKun said:

    @richardyot said:

    @tahiche said:

    @JanKun said:
    @rottencat @jebni @tubespace @michael_m ael_m @Pxlhg @Gavinski @Dav @Ben @klownshed @richardyot @Paulieworld @LinearLineman @dreamcartel @Gratouilli
    I usually prefer to take the time to answer one-on-one but since @tahiche already did it while I was away for the weekend, a big thank you for all the great feedback! A big thank you to Tahiche for letting me work my way on this track. The result exceeded all expectations. And what a great video you made, it fits the lyrics so well. Hopefully, more will come!

    Thank me?. No way, thank u!. I hadn’t had an enriching collaboration like this in literally 20 years. It was extremely easy, too.
    BTW I feel good about having used Logics Mastering assistant. I’m always dubious as to “is it muddy?”, “is it the headphones or it’s too bass-heavy?”, with this devilish AI thingy I just trust it.

    Yeah the Mastering Assistant is really good at clearing that low-end mud that often creeps into mixes. It's a game-changer for me.

    It is indeed a great tool but in my case I will keep "mastering" the final mix by myself first before using the mastering tool. I was actually quiet surprised on my latest big project cause I was pretty close to what the mastering tool did.
    The thing that I don't like about it is that it wants to bring the master too close to 14 LFUS. I know it is the new streaming standard, but sometimes if a track sounds good at -11 or -10 LFUS it can stay there, no harm done when bringing this to streaming platform. In the context of an album, I can understand the need for loudness consistency though.

    I usually aim for somewhere between 13.6 and 13.9 LUFS in Pro L2, and the Mastering Assistant tends to leave that as it is. But you can always make it louder by turning the Loudness knob clockwise.

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