Fathom Blue – Brave Anything (The Nemesis Remix)

I said I was going to post this last week, but I’m just getting around to it now… I have a lot more to say about this one than the other. I think this is one of my favorite remixes I’ve ever done, and I was pretty surprised it didn’t win.

Fathom Blue – Brave Anything (The Nemesis Remix) by the_nemesis

I knew from the beginning I wanted to do something a little darker with this. I was originally picturing the vocals being low in the mix and distorted, and the music being pretty much 100% drums. Ironically, there are very little drums in my final version. I pitch shifted the vocals down about three notes, then autotuned them to make them sound even more alien. I think during the intro you can’t even tell it’s a vocal track. I really like how the new sound of the vocals matches the agony of the lyrics.

One problem I have with a lot of my electronic stuff is that the loops will be pretty short, usually one or two bars. For this song, I decided to hold notes a lot longer (usually at least one bar, with one drone holding a single note for eight bars) and patterns lasting for four, eight, even sixteen bars.

I think the winning remix (which you can hear here) went for a similar feel as mine, mostly vocal driven with minimal drums.

Posted: Friday, August 19th, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
Categories: music, remix, the nemesis.
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2 Responses to “Fathom Blue – Brave Anything (The Nemesis Remix)”

  1. Mike Signorelli Says:

    I’m the vocalist. You did an amazing job. I absolutely love how you picked up on the “agony of the lyrics”. I really attempted a “Morrissey” brand of juxtaposition. This song gets translated as a love song…but it’s much more desperate and genuine than that. Again, amazing job!

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    The Nemesis Reply:

    thanks! i didn’t actually listen to the original until i was at least halfway through my version, and i was surprised how poppy the music was. maybe poppy isn’t the right word, but you know what i mean. i think hearing the vocals alone many many times before i heard the music helped me focus on the lyrics and tone more than the feel of the finished song.

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