Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds! (SPOILERS-ish)

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Offline melissa

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Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds! (SPOILERS-ish)
« on: December 15, 2008, 10:25:23 AM »
up on ben's myspace blog currently.
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=9158119&blogID=456567311

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We're giving away a new 2 disk set to all current members of my fan club, The People's Front Of Judea and to anyone who joins the fan club before Feb 15th.


As you may have noticed, records have been getting louder and more compressed over the last ten years or so. Many like a loud record, many do not. The official version of "Way To Normal" is very loud and this was the intention. Loud records sound good on car stereos, iPods and on the radio. Quieter records are more dynamic and while they don't compete so well on a mix tape, they often sound better on good audio equipment.

Many of my fans are audiophiles and there have been requests for an alternate less compressed version of Way To Normal to be made available.
Although I stand behind the official version of this album and have the utmost respect for the producer and engineers involved, I'm a populist at heart and saw no reason not to provide a slightly different approach for those who prefer more old fashioned dynamics along with a sequence that builds.

And so we have "Way To Normal: Stems and Seeds" - two disks. One disk is a remix, remaster, re-sequence of "Way To Normal" along with the now legendary (in our own minds) 'fake' tracks, the Japanese version of "Hiroshima", the Conan Rehearsal of "You Don't Know Me" and the Piano Orchestra version of "Cologne" - a total of 20 tracks.

The other is a disk of files, called stems, which will pop up in Garageband and allow you to mix the album yourselves. Just click on the file of the song you want to mix and you'll quickly understand how it works.
If you'd like to turn the drums off or down, or if you want to use loops or turn that damn singer off and sing it yourself, its all possible. We've included extra loops with the song "You Don't Know Me" hoping someone could maybe come along and make a hit out of this f*cking song.

Yours,
Ben Folds


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!
and i'm so high not even you and all your love could bring me down

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Offline Allison

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008, 10:36:22 AM »
power of the fans!!!!! :P

yayayaayaayay, thank you mr folds.


PS- fanclub membersip? NOW COMPLETELY WORTH IT.

PPS- sound better on car stereos?? has he tried listening to his own record in the car? or at least free coffee??
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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008, 10:49:05 AM »
holy f*ck, I need to join!
"The public persona of a piano-playing geek has kept the mainstream mostly at bay. Keep it to yourself, but the nerd in the glasses is really a Rock God." -Times Online

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008, 10:54:02 AM »
Hmmm... Is it worth the 30 bucks?
I don't have garageband, but getting that remixed, remastered version of WtN would be nice.
Will the remastered version ever get on WUWTL by chance? Or would that violate some policies somewhere?
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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2008, 10:56:34 AM »
Hmmm... Is it worth the 30 bucks?
I don't have garageband, but getting that remixed, remastered version of WtN would be nice.
Will the remastered version ever get on WUWTL by chance? Or would that violate some policies somewhere?
We could potentially get in a lot of trouble for it, depending on the way the it's released.

and the bffc, the new one, is still in infanthood, but is promising exclusive merchandise and free shit (though this sure counts) and swag and shit. not to mention, if you're an american, it's helpful with presales.
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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2008, 10:58:48 AM »
i'm gonna wait to re-up my membership until i've got some xmas money in my pocket.
then, it's on!
and i'm so high not even you and all your love could bring me down

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Offline MikePigneguy (Kipp)

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2008, 11:01:29 AM »
Hmmm... Is it worth the 30 bucks?
I don't have garageband, but getting that remixed, remastered version of WtN would be nice.
Will the remastered version ever get on WUWTL by chance? Or would that violate some policies somewhere?
We could potentially get in a lot of trouble for it, depending on the way the it's released.

and the bffc, the new one, is still in infanthood, but is promising exclusive merchandise and free shit (though this sure counts) and swag and shit. not to mention, if you're an american, it's helpful with presales.

Hmm... I see. That sounds prrretty good.
Well I'll most likely go for it after Christmastime like Mel.
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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2008, 11:04:44 AM »
wow. guess i joined that bullshit for a reason now.

so are we not going to get this until christmas next year, or what?

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2008, 11:09:15 AM »
that's a good question...
and i'm so high not even you and all your love could bring me down

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Offline Allison

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2008, 11:19:13 AM »
I was figuring Feb 15th.


Maybe I'm wrong.
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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2008, 11:21:42 AM »
yay! i can't wait to re-mix it!  :o

ben told us he was going to do this when i met him but i didn't think i should say anything  ;D

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2008, 11:28:20 AM »
you knew about this and said nothing?!
HOW DARE YOU!
 :P
and i'm so high not even you and all your love could bring me down

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2008, 11:29:37 AM »
you knew about this and said nothing?!
HOW DARE YOU!
 :P
lol. ;)
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Offline kingrikk (Kirk)

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2008, 11:34:17 AM »
Anyone know if it's valid worldwide? There's nothing on the website yet.

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Re: Way to Normal: Stems and Seeds!
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2008, 11:55:53 AM »
you knew about this and said nothing?!
HOW DARE YOU!
 :P

sooooorrrrrrrryyy!! i thought about it but was too scared...lol.
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