Published on Jun 16, 2012
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After almost a year without posting videos, I decided to return with something big. "The Mirror", one of my favorite Dream Theater songs, from the album Awake (1994). It is heavy, agressive, yet subtle, emotional. I just love the dark atmosphere of the song in general!
The song for itself has a mention to the beautiful "Space-Dye Vest" which I had to keep. Also included in this arrangement is the last instrumental part of the song "Lie", from the same album - which would be nothing but a revisit of "The Mirror". And for those of you familiar to the Twelve-Step Suite, there is also a surprise in the end of the video. ;)
This is my second One-Man-Band cover, and I think I've improved a lot since the first one. I'd like to make it very clear: I am not a singer, so my voice is really bad compared to LaBrie. Also I'm not a keyboardist, so I'm years away from Kevin Moore. Just like with the other instruments. This video is NOT intended to sound perfectly like the original song, so please don't ask me that. I learned it all, created this arrangement, played all the instruments, recorded and produced the whole audio and video. I know lots of things could be better, but this is all I can do/afford right now. And I really hope you enjoy!
P.S.: Don't get me wrong, criticism is always welcome! Let me know what you like and what you don't like.
About the recordings:
Electric Guitars: Cort Viva Series (DiMarzios D-Sonic [Bridge], HS-2 [Middle], The Breed [Neck]); Ibanez RG7321 (DiMarzio D-Sonic [Bridge], Air Norton [Neck]). Rocorded line-in.
Acoustic Guitar: DiGiorgio Bird's Eye. Recorded line-in / mic MXL 990.
Bass: Cort Curbow 5 Strings. Recorded line-in.
Keyboards: Behringer UMX 610 MIDI controller, usb connection, using Quantum Leaps Colossus sounds.
Korg Monotron / Monotron Delay (analogue ribbon synthesizer). Recorded line-in.
Main vocals: Mic MXL 990. Backing vocals: Mic Behringer XM8500.
Drums: Initially Pearl, mics Shure. Due to technical problems, some recordings were lost. So I ended up programming the exact drums line I had played, using Toontrack EzDrummer Metal Machine.
All the instruments were recorded at my home-studio, except the drums (recorded at the Mousikê studio). The song was mixed and mastered in my home studio, with Cockos Reaper. I used only freeware plugins for that, including the guitar amp simulation.
Music: The Mirror / Lie
Album: Awake (1994)
Composer: Dream Theater.
Lyrics: Mike Portnoy.
SPECIAL THANKS: To Leandro, Lygia and Mousikê Escola de Música, for the drums recording; To Daniel Gimenes, for partial videos of the Drums.
I DO NOT own any rights over this song; This is a non-profit video. All rights reserved.
Mousikê Escola de Música - www.mousike.art.br
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