Original Track Length: 8:37
Original Track Key: Am
Edited Track Length: 3:46
Edited Track Key: Bbm
Following Track Mix Point: 3:17
Following Track Key: Cm
Following Track Transition: Tone Above
‘El Niño’ was a welcome relief in terms of editing after the relative intricacy of ‘Shine’ previously, as all I had to do here was take a short section from the first breakdown to speed up the proceedings and thanks to the solid arrangement of ‘El Niño’, remove the entire buildup before the second breakdown and attach the end of the second breakdown onto the first, which created a single breakdown version of the track.
I then went on to remove a 16 bar section from the outro to tighten the flow ready for the introduction of ‘Nightmare’ which comes in at 3:17.
It is worth pointing out here that bringing ‘Nightmare’ into the mix was an odd choice for me, as although I would never really mix these two tracks together in a set, I found the sound design of each track very similar in places, which can be heard in the percussion of both tracks towards the end, with the snare of ‘Nightmare’ perfectly complimenting the blend.
Mix transition between ‘El Niño’ & ‘Nightmare’ :
Another aspect worth pointing out is the drastic change of key to a tone above, as this kind of transition is usually reserved for a boost in energy and used for quick fades or crossovers, and I used it here to introduce a complete change in mood for the next 3 tracks, I wanted to make a point that the mood of the disc was going down a different path – very similar to how ‘Walk With Me’ blends into ‘Getting Away With It’ on the first disc.