Original Track Length: 11:40
Original Track Key: Cm
Edited Track Length: 3:43
Edited Track Key: Dbm (semitone increase)
Following Track Mix Point: 2:48
Following Track Key: Abm
Following Track Transition: Dominant (perfect 5th)
‘Spirits Dancing’ beckoned in the first track for the 2 discs that was only available on 12″ Vinyl, and as such had to be processed and cleaned up before even entering into Ableton as it needed the various pops and dust crackles removing, and the volume boosting.
From an editing point of view it was incredibly tough, as editing a track that is originally 11:40 (!) to just 3:43 would need a lot of attention to detail to try and keep the overall vibe intact.
The main focus for the editing was to make the track have only one breakdown similar to ‘Blue Fear’ previously, and alter the progression to follow a strict 16/32 bar rule.
The breakdown was very difficult to edit, as there were lots of overlapping reverb tails and backing vocals going on, and to do this successfully I had to layer the track twice on a separate channel in Ableton, and use cross-fade techniques to mix from one audio file to the next, and it was these short 10 millisecond overlaps that helped ease in the transitions. Although this works, I must admit I find this short section to be my main gripe across the two discs, as it is not as perfect as the standards I like to set myself.
‘For An Angel’ comes in at 2:48 and the main idea of bringing the track in here was that the percussion loops of ‘For An Angel’ were using complimentary frequencies and rhythms to what was going on in ‘Spirits Dancing’ and after a shuffling of the outro arrangement of ‘Spirits Dancing’ I found the build up to ‘For An Angel’ to work far better rhythmically than expected.
Mix transition between ‘Spirits Dancing’ & ‘For An Angel’ :