Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Stars and Dust (space challenge)


by

michael2

 Genre: Indie Rock

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
I have been really busy at school and with a reallly sick kid, so I didn't get to work on this as much as I would have liked, but turned out okay I guess. In my story, the favorite place in space is back on Earth; our hero is literally alone in the universe and wishes to be back home. Not the most original story line, but works for me. I resisted the urge to use synths on this one as it felt too obviously "space." instead i went with a lot of effects on the guitar.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
i'm a frightened little man
in a shiny metal disc
i'm a tiny little man
in a place that don't exist
floating alone
floating

everyone i've ever known
on a planet far below
it's so hard to understand
the distance that's between us
floating alone
floating

there's nothing here for me
nothing left to see
but stars and dust
and junk from space
there's nothing left for me
nothing here to see
but stars and dust
and junk from space
floating
floating

i'm so very far away
from the people that i love
the sun is shining, this i know
but it's cold and i can't feel it
floating alone
floating

there's nothing left to see
nothing here for me
but stars and dust
and junk from space
there's nothing here for me
there's nothing left to see
but stars and dust
and junk from space
floating
floating

i'm so very far away
from the people that i love
and the sun is out today
but i'm cold and i can't feel it
i'm a frightened little man
in a shiny metal disc
i'm a tiny little man
in a place that don't exist
and i'm floating
floating
floating away
i'm floating
floating
floating away
i'm floating
floating
floating away
Song Stats
Hits: 3706
Comments: 59
Fans: 48
Plays: 290
Downloads: 127
Votes: 4
Uploaded: Oct 03, 2009 - 01:21:44 PM
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2009 - 01:21:44 PM Last Played: May 07, 2017 - 12:44:43 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Hardware:
macbook, mbox, MXL condenser mic, ibanez bass, fender tele, harmony broadway acoustic gtr., line 6 toneport, fingers, throat, ears.
Software:
LE8, podfarm
Comments
particledots said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Excellent
Guitars in space!!

Loving the celestial chords
Check out my latest song called Nuclear Winter: (re)magination Challenge
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
thanks Bryn
glad you liked this, can't wait to see the APOD number up.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
Feter said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Stars and Dust
MAN ....what a cool beatlish style ...the missing
fab of the fifth ...such magic on your band set .
really sounds so good ..your lyrics just spoke
outta your cool singing ...good job with the
pyscho synth sound as well ...a trip !!!!!!!!!!
thnx lot for sharin !!!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
feter
you are too kind my friend. lyrics were the easiest part, but actually there are no synths on this one. thanks for the listen.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
sloparts said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Thanks Micheal
for reminding me that there is really no place like our dear mother Earth. At least not any we've found yet. But even if we do find "Earth 2" it still won't be home.

Great lyrics and excellent vocals and harmonies Micheal. Great work, Kudos.

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
thanks Ed
i like Terra Firma myself. space challenge was actually a little harder than I thought. glad you appreciated this one.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
your last name Lennon
Man you capture one of our idols to the hilt in so many ways, thanks. Vocalization and content.

. - Harold
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
thanks Rocha
really glad you liked this one. funny, a couple of comments have mentioned Lennon (really nice compliment BTW), but I don't hear it myself. I think it may be the little vocal pads before the choruses. I was actually thinking Bowie on this track. Thanks so much for the listen and the kind words.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
ktb said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
S&D
such a great track Michael. The vocal especially kills. The doubling with the guitars sounds too cool.

may i say Beatlish which i offer in the highest regard
Check out my latest song called Blackwater (by Tokai)
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
thanks ktb
stoked you like this. I actually wrote a different chorus melody before I had written anything else, and tracked the song without a scratch vocal. after I did the guitars, I liked that part so I just used that as the vocal melody (the other one wasn't working). Thanks so much for stopping by.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
Vic Holman said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
lost in space
funny i have the same subject matter coming up on my space tune

the effected guitars came off great. this is full of pop rockets. sounds finished and complete to me,
Check out my latest song called Strawberry Fields
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
vic
thanks a bunch man. i know that you are also an effects lover, so will take that as high praise indeed. now i need to get some listening in. can't wait to hear yours.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
bud said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
a truly universal theme (pardon the pun)
i love the chorus and the guitar effects where a great idea. Another excellent tune Michael - and I know you really under the gun this week. Hope all's well.
Check out my latest song called Polara
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
thanks Kevin
was trying to get the same vibe as some of those Bowie songs with a whole bunch of odd voices on the choruses, but ended up with this. Found some really wild effects buried deep in Podfarm, will have to keep digging. Thanks for the props.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
Henke said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
How cool is that
You seem to improve with stress, my friend. Can't imagine making a hit song like this under such circumstances, but you manage to do it - time after time. Kudos! This is really excellent.

Take care of yourself and the kid. Peace.

/Henke
Check out my latest song called Summer (Promenade) (WIP)
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
thanks Henke
the kid is getting better, school is getting really hard. don't be surprised if I disappear for awhile. Really makes me happy that you were into this one, couldn't really tell if it was good or just silly. Thanks for listening.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
rsorensen said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
cool
this has a real longing to it. good call not using synths. you managed to capture the space feel without them really well. love the lyrics and vocal delivery, and of course those BG vox and crazy guitars. very michael marquesen. awesome production too. you've gotten oodles better in that department it seems. is it logic?
Check out my latest song called Again
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
ridd
thanks. this was hard for me to mix. the noise guitars were either too loud, or just sounding like high end noise. tried to EQ them so they were a bit different from each other and spread them way apart. thanks for the kind words, I'm probably getting a bit better at mixing, but Logic makes it easier since I don't have to spend all my time figuring out work arounds. production question: why does it seem like everything is always in the mid ragnge? drums, vocals, guitars? it's all in the same area EQ wise. I find myself cutting off more and more bottom end on tracks. what a nightmare, i wanna take a class.thanks for listening to me rant.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
Reggie_Pole said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Exactly
You've captured the essence of space travel. It's lonely, and we're not really cut out for it. Similar to the idea that my other alter-ego was working on for the Space Challenge. Very well done. Yeah, it turned out "OK." Hahaha. It's a gem.
Check out my latest song called UnerSpizm
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
thanks Reggie Pole
love how you pointed out that we're not really cut out for it. Still want to experience it though, must be amazing. Thanks so much for the listen.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
MarkHolbrook said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
wow
M2... very very cool stuff... The guitars sound great with all the effects... Neat approach... Vocals are wonderful!
Check out my latest song called Corn Whiskey
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
thanks Mark
you are very kind. thanks so much for stopping by.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
People say Lennon...
... I say Bowie. This is awesome Michael. Evokes DB at his finest moments in 1970-72 period. Excellent vocals and beautiful guitar work. This song could sit on Space Oddity (or even Heroes) and dwarf some of the compositions on those discs.
Love it.
Check out my latest song called Her Point of View
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
aha
i was thinking Bowie as well. in the guitars and the chorus structure. I love those records, Bowie pretty much altered my life forever when i was a teen. He always had cool band members, hooks, and was weird too. perfect blend in my mind. thanks so much for listening.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
Mystified said 2796 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Floating....
...with the awesome Michael2 vibe.
I hear a bit of Neil Halstead in this, myself.
(...which is a very good thing in my book. :)
Check out my latest song called Child of Yesterday
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
well
you're back. been a long time. thanks so much for stopping by. are you back to stay? really great to see you here.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
Calchas said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Ground control to
Michael2...lol.

Very, VERY nice bro. Definitely spacey. Love it!

Be well!
Check out my latest song called Humble Hat
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
thanks
really glad you liked this one. space is the place.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
Sigmund said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
stars and dust
its the psychedelic 60's in space! Man you did a great job of creating a mood with this song - it feels totally retro and very cool. Interesting use of harmonies throughout the song, and the lyrics are cool too. Nice work - thanks for the share ! Sig
Check out my latest song called Running with the Wind by Peter B, feat rok41
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
thanks sigmund
i have a deep love of a lot of classic rock, and it always ends up filtered through the more modern influences I have. i'm really happy that you liked this one. thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
MarcusPerry said 2795 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Awesome
Love the opening chord progression.. Great lyrics, awesome drums.. ambient magic.. the whole works!
Check out my latest song called Don't Wait For Me
michael2 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
marcus
thanks man, glad you appreciate this one. a lot of the noisy trashiness is intentional (and some isn't), but I was into the badly EQed sound of the guitar at the beginning. it was my scratch guitar track and isn't even ran through an amp, just straight into the mac. thought it sounded crappy in a good way. the drums weren't sitting the way I wanted them too, so ran them through some distortion and they seemed more appropriate. thanks so much for listening to this one.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
NickFury said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
So cool!
You tapped into your own Major Tom here, but it's still yours too, but the Man who fell to Earth has been given homage for sure! Liked it BIG TIME!
Check out my latest song called We Were Heroes
Lennon714 said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Classic Michael2
I'm always a fan of the crazy guitar stuff you do, but what really pops to me is that crispy clean guitar that sweeps every two measures. Sounds SOOOOO good. Impressive.
Check out my latest song called The Robots of Coconino County
Daugrin said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Time Outside
Effortless sounding production, tension and release and a slow drive arrangement, not what was expected? I don't think you can make a cliches Michael...
Check out my latest song called Medea Don't Matr H8 Party
Dj French Toast said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Man your good
Your drums are always Awesome ! Im really feelin your vocal here Mike Duce .....Sweet sound bed ...great song man !
Check out my latest song called Sweeter no doubt (Beat by Sweet 79)
Doug Somers said 2795 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Oh ya
Takes me back. What a great song and so well conceived. Chord progression in the chorus is cool. You were right to put the effects into the guitars. It is more in alignment with the rest of the style of the piece. And Feter's right - I hear the Beatles in here - or John Lennon anyway.

When is your Guitar Hero release for this one??

Peace,
Doug
Check out my latest song called Coming Home - Based on a Theme by David Kneupper
richard13 said 2794 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
When you want something done, give it to a busy person
Under the circumstances Michael, you've done a great job. Certainly a more human take than some of the other, more technological, tunes (like mine ;-)
Check out my latest song called way-o man
Ren-Tin-10 said 2794 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Space-Rock is Here to Stay!
A Space Challenge song with an attitude! I love it!

Cheers,
Jim
Check out my latest song called (Re)Imagination Challenge - Hooked on Schubert
Reinholt56 said 2794 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Michael......
Great song for the Challenge. Will be listening to it a lot more to fully appreciate the lyrics and backing.

Take care.

Paul
Check out my latest song called Back From Outer Space (A Reflective Ambient Mix)
tempie said 2794 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
more fun than a moon bounce
love the melodic lead on the chorus. you've perfected the lush backup. also really enjoy the way that all of your tunes are so sonically interesting man, they're just plain fun to listen to.
Check out my latest song called Summer Song
lengold said 2794 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Builds and builds
and builds into a monster track.
Love it.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

Hope your kid gets better soon, dread to think what you might have done with more time.

Check out my latest song called Decent Girl
guitapick said 2793 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
The guitar...
...what an amazing instrument...

floating around...love the slide...great lyrics and delivery, Michael...
Check out my latest song called 'Cuz I Can
Willywagga said 2793 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
So Much
Of everything here I think it's brilliant, truly.
Something quirky and new mixed up with very early Floyd.
Love the lyrics
'Stars and dust and junk from space'
brilliantly put
Yes we are tiny little men, however much we want to think otherwise.
Yeah Bowie altered my life for ever back then as well, thanl heavens
I really love this



Check out my latest song called The Jes on Sea Road
cjdaley said 2793 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
more stars than junk
everything shines.

The guitar on the chorus is great,as are your vocal layers.
Check out my latest song called Big Bong Theory Overture (By the Monggz)
racerat said 2793 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
axe dust
nice guitars, super cool tones. Nice mix, the acoustic is perfect.

P
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
Diviner said 2792 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Very nice
well crafted track, its very nice to listen to. well done michael, enjoyed very much.
Check out my latest song called Away ft Lokka
segiperkasa said 2789 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
cool song
really cool man... great work ....
Check out my latest song called Time to Let Go
davajonah said 2788 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Very cool
I like that you resisted using synths! The guitar fx work really well. It's like an early Floyd song. Good stuff.

I know what you mean about being busy at school. I have been too, but just with paperwork. Hope the kid is OK.
Check out my latest song called Lost and Found
drakonis said 2788 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Time travel in a tin can...
You are such a danged awesome talent... what a cool tune and lyric, takes me back to a Beatles/Bowie/ELO era, with a touch of metaphor in the lyric, just my style. The guitar effects were awesome on this, weird but not too "spacey", worked a treat.
ttfn,
Drakonis
Check out my latest song called Miwok
egobandit said 2782 days ago (October 16th, 2009)
I always
miss all the good songs, sorry on the delay. All I can say Ziggy would be proud. Greatness my friend!!! Downloaded and thanks. BTW I hope things get better with your kid!
Check out my latest song called Tempest Wave
Doadars Uncle said 2775 days ago (October 24th, 2009)
So nice!
I love this! Great stuff Michael!
Check out my latest song called Don't Leave (remix)
selters said 2768 days ago (October 31st, 2009)
Good song!
IT is a a great song. The harmonies are cool. The "floating along" is very cool. It sounds very tight, as always. I particularly like the background electric guitar sound, and the playing!

Check out my latest song called The Callous Way You Act
Estella said 2746 days ago (November 22nd, 2009)
Great Michael!
I liked it!
Check out my latest song called Insomnia
Rayelise said 2742 days ago (November 26th, 2009)
I feel like I'm in space.
I love the guitar effects. The vocals work well as they feel distant, spacy, and resigned. I like the "floa....ting"
Check out my latest song called Angel of Montgomery
ElPeruano said 2707 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
classic
classic michael2 music. love it. so melancholy and grungy.

I really like your choice to not use "spacey" synths. avoiding that cliche really worked in this case.

the guitars are awesome. so many layers but very simple. the mix breathes really well.

downloaded! (as always when I stop by one of your tracks. send me an album!)
Check out my latest song called you must be crazy
rsolorio said 2707 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
Spot on
Great production on this.
Check out my latest song called Koala on the Prowl
echoroom said 2707 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
Great song
no wonder you voted this your fav this yera - magnificent track.
Check out my latest song called Heaven is Waiting
ShadowofNine said 2079 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
Space
Was not here in 2009 so glad I found this, gave me a bowie feeling, anyway downloaded and will enjoy many listens on my pod...
Check out my latest song called Gone (with Eagle)
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: michael2
Location: Los Angeles Cali USA
send a note
I'm a guy who never wanted to do anything but play music. I grew up with classic rock and prog rock before discovering punk and the new york dolls once I got to high school. As i got a little older (and less angry), I developed a love of ... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 113