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  1. I think most artists only have one decade of continuous releases and then struggle. M managed to stay ahead of them. I'd say Mylene Farmer, perhaps Laura Pausini in Italy. But then, I think every country has a popstar that has had a long career and is still active and manages to sell good enough in spite of not having tremendous commercial success. Alla Pugacheva in Russia, Maryla Rodowicz in Poland, who else?
  2. Her obvious PS limits the roles she could do. I don't think there is much she could do. I watched Swept Away on netflix recently and honestly, it's better she sticks to music. I know some fans would bring some examples where she was decent-to-good but those are only a minority in her whole acting career.
  3. This is post-production editing. Been used in videos for a long time. They simply use some filter that smooths the skin. If you look closely on Britney's Stronger video, her face is smooth but somehow is really sharp around her eyes and lips. This FX was very popular back then. I remember reading about the German girl group No Angels paid 20k out of their pockets to have their video edited to make them look "smooth". I wonder if it's available for sale.
  4. To use copyrighted YouTube videos it is good to: 1. use keepvid.ch to download the video 2. create an dropbox.com profile and upload the file. create a link of the file. 3. paste the link in the app. it will take 20-30 minutes to edit. then, you will have to find the "video.mp4" file, but that's explained in the app. I spent some time today editing my faveourite videos, took hours, files were 300+ mb. It doesn't always get the right colors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoA9teyiyTE
  5. it works best when you have the video file uploaded to dropbox, then put the link into the AI. spent over an hour fuguring out different options. great app tho.
  6. Vocal Type: Mezzo- Soprano Vocal Range: 3 octaves 2 notes G2- B5 (approx) Longest Note: 17 seconds (Ray of Light at Live Earth) Vocal Pluses: Adapts her vocal style to the music she's singing well. The middle of her range is her strongest suit: it's solid, with a warm colouring and a clear timbre. Her chest voice is bright and sharp. While her head voice can be either soft and delicate, or direct and solid. Vocal Negatives: Voice becomes thin and nasal, very quickly, as it gets higher up and into the chest range. http://www.divadevotee.com/2009/03/madonna-vocal-profile.html
  7. NOTHING REALLY MATTERS stands out, the slower tempo and the harmonies really show a different side to what later became an anthemic song. HAS TO BE 1 - I like the vocal here, it sounds very intimate, rough yet polished. Probably one of her best vocal moments for me. HAS TO BE 2 - it's so trippy, I don't feel it 100%, but it slightly shows the direcrion. FROZEN - it lacks the pizzazz, but still very beautiful. Orbit elevated this into a different dimension. YOU'LL STAY - beuatiful, the chorus is sublime, the verses lack a bit of direction SKY FITS HEAVEN - I like the Orbit version, but the core magic is here too. TO HAVE AND NOT TO HOLD - one of my gaves, in every shape and form. THE POWER OF GOODBYE - I know it leaked long ago, but it doesn't sound right without the FX effects Orbit added. They could have easily put this as a b-side naming it a "remix" or sth FLIRTATION DANCE - I like it while it plays, but it's not memorable at all, it's too "same" sounding, not big moments. NEVER LOVE A STRANGER - it sounds so 1994, reminds me of some Selena song I'LL BE GONE - the sound of 1994 again, but I understand her trying that sound in 1997. Could have worked with a more modern production approach
  8. Toy Soldiers sounds nothing like Madonna. Causing A Commotion is only known among fans. It sounds as 80s as it gets and not in a memorable way.
  9. I think they could do anything of they bothered. Kathy Perry's censorship in music videos long after being released is a proof that things can be done.
  10. I think she is too complex for the younger generations. There is also lack of embracing her past on her side that makes young people only know/have any idea of her based on her current music, which, even though is very "sound of the moment", it still isn't as vapid as most of current music.
  11. The first remix Ive heard was Britney's Boys which was remixed for the single release, but the one that shocked me was Me Against The Music - Gabriel and Dresden Club Mix... I remember playing it on full volume, it's so pumping and massive in sound. Still love it. Since then I was fascinated with remixes. I love them, I love when they manage to take the song to another level.
  12. An unreleased remix from 2002 with a great story behind the project: "Die Another Day" Thunderpuss Mix *The Back Story* Once again in 2002 we were invited by Caresse Henry (Madonna’s manager at the time) to her office to discuss remixing Madonna’s new song from the upcoming James Bond Movie. Caresse told us that the movie producers actually wanted her to do a ballad but she said no. We were told this song was called “Can’t You See My Mind” at the time to (keep everything secretive i suppose), were hand given the parts on C.D. and went to work at our studio. When i first heard the drums that my Tpuss partner had created i immediately saw Roxy NYC in my mind and how great this would sound there. When it was time to sink my teeth into it, i felt the mix should be very different from any mix we’d done before. It didn’t need new music composed. Let it be what it already is. There are lot’s of hooks in it already. I felt it should just take a lot of turns and twists and stay focused on how the mix would kick ass at Roxy. As the track was already very electroish, I thought it would also be cool if the kick digitally disintegrated at some point. When we felt it was done, we set up a return meeting with Caresse at Maverick Studios on Sunset Blvd. She played it in her office with us sitting there, listening and decided right then and there that she liked it therefore indicating there were no changes to be made. Done, let’s do this. In those days, there wasn’t really such a thing as a ‘spec mix’ yet and Thunderpuss never ever did do any spec mix. If a mix was scrapped (which happened rarely but yes, now and then it did e.g. N-Syncs “Bye, Bye Bye”) the record company usually put us on another project later on. I reconnected with Caresse & on FB messege when i first joined Facebook Fall of 2009. We had a few chats back and forth. I knew she had retired from the Madonna camp by then. She was very sweet & down to earth IMO. I was very saddened to hear that a few months later in 2010 she would take her own life. I just came across this today going through old Thunderpuss DATA Working Mix C.D.’s. I had totally forgotten i even made this. I did remember doing something with sampling Bohannon’s “Let’s Start The Dance” within this but honestly had not listen to this mix since i made it 2002 (16 years ago). For the Madonna fans & or Thunderpuss aficionados…this one’s for you!! Alternate DL link (.wav .mp3 .jpg) we.tl/t-DaGW990JEo
  13. Most of the titles sound way too generic, but then nothing will surprise me after Gimme All Your Lovin'...
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