Talk:I've Been Seeing Things
Number one on the ratings list
I honestly didn't expect that. With an average of 9.40, I've been seeing things is actually the highest rated song on the wiki (Octobre third, 2018). Sure, it's only based on ten ratings and it probably won't last, but it's a milestone nonetheless. I can't remember the last time Birdhouse in your soul was dethroned, and even then it never really stuck. I've been seeing things is truly a great song, definitely top 871 material ;-), but I think in the end Birdhouse will prevail. Richards on Richards.
- It briefly happens now and then with brand-new songs that have hardly any ratings, actually. I can remember seeing it with "Let Me Tell You About My Operation," and I know it's happened a few other times I've seen but I can't remember now what the songs in question were. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 15:21, 3 October 2018 (EDT)
I think the Communists B-side and the Dial-a-Song versions are slightly different -- in the instrumental solo maybe. MarkingDaff (talk) 23:20, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
- Sounds like the guitar was turned down a bit in the DAS version. —The thing Talk 00:39, 1 November 2018 (EDT)
- I took a look/comparative listen in Audacity; the whole mix looks quieter in the DAS version, especially the guitar and drums. And there is definitely a different solo at 1:25; the Communists version has some noodley guitar stuff, and the DAS version has some synth-horns. Also, at 2:55, the Communists has further noodley guitar that the DAS version omits. The DAS version also has a longer tail on the fade-out. I wonder which version will be on the album? MarkingDaff (talk) 03:45, 2 November 2018 (EDT)
These are different mixes - it's immediately noticeable in the way the single version's vocals and vocal harmonies sit, and in the separation of the rhythm guitar and overdriven Rhodes parts. The lead guitar is also absent on the DAS version. In both sections where it is missing, there are additional synth horns. My guess is that the DAS version is the earlier one, sent to the video director before they did the studio tracking of the lead guitar over the summer, and probably released that way as an oversight. -Deysian
Now that the video version has been reuploaded, does anyone have a backup of the old version? It'd probably be good to have for the sake of recordkeeping. GrizonII (talk) 13:09, 9 November 2018 (EST)
Dang, if anyone has the original video mix, can you let me know? I sent Flans a message about the different versions on Tumblr, I guess he didn't realize... -Deysian
- I've got a copy (a WebM obtained with youtube-dl). What do y'all want me to do with it? MarkingDaff (talk) 05:16, 11 November 2018 (EST)
I just posted on your talk page - if you can e-mail it to the address I left, I would really really appreciate it! Thanks.
- I'd actually like a copy too, and I'm sure other people would as well, so maybe you should upload it to one of those free file-sharing sites and post the link here? --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 16:58, 11 November 2018 (EST)
- I've also popped the opus onto archive.org:  Can't have too many backups. MarkingDaff (talk) 22:05, 13 November 2018 (EST)
Out of ideas?
Venues. Mayors. States. Letters and Numbers. So it hasn't been announced as a project, but I've got to believe that at some level (perhaps not as explicitly enumerated as the others) Linnell is engaged in a quest to musically encapsulate a new set of related "stuff": the cognitive and perceptual biases that are purported to subtly undermine & make mock of our supposedly rational, integral selves. One could reasonably guess that he has read Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow and/or Michael Lewis's The Undoing Project.
This is not a categorical dismissal of the project. Linnell wrote some truly great State, Venue, and Alphanumeric songs. I'm sure great music awaits us to illustrate phenomena like Pareidolia, though I didn't care for Apophenia or this one. He's at his best when he keeps the topic deeper under the surface & gives it some humor or poignancy. I enthusiastically offer The Communists Have The Music as a wholly successful instance of this new(ish) category. --Nehushtan (talk) 03:47, 20 August 2019 (EDT)