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    5.1 icon Best Porcupine Tree Demo Track?

    Many of us were first introduced to Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson by our search for surround music. However, there are many folks out there who have not heard any PT music in stereo or surround. So the question:

    You have someone's attention for ONE SONG. You have at your disposal all of the Porcupine Tree DVD-A's (let's stick with PT and leave the other SW stuff out of this one).

    Which Disc/Track do you go to for the most impressive demo, surround mix and great tune combination?

    My choice is "Shesmovedon", as the tune is great, and the minute the song starts, you KNOW it's surround. Perfect mix, and the way the lead vocal sits center, then the other vocals arrive all around you or floating above you, it's a real head turner.

    Killer guitar solo as well.

    Now you.......................
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    Default Re: Best Procupine Tree Demo Track?

    I'd probably have to go with "Even Less", just sounds amazing.

    or if the person is more "proggy" I'd definitely go for "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here".

    BTW - My first experience with PT was an MP3 from a friend at work of Deadwing.. I liked it so much I looked it up online and then found out they had DVD-As for Deadwing and In Absentia ... The rest is history...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LizardKing View Post
    I'd probably have to go with "Even Less", just sounds amazing.

    or if the person is more "proggy" I'd definitely go for "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here".
    Those are exactly the same 2 that came to my mind when I first read Jon's opening post about 5 hours ago. So yeah, I go with those.

    Blackest Eyes could have been my favorite if they hadn't compressed the sound so much.

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    Difficult decision; Trains because it incorporates acoustic and heavy electric textures along with the odd instrumental touches in a top notch classic.
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    Default Re: Best Procupine Tree Demo Track?

    Yeah I would have picked "Shesmovedon" as well, but the version from Deadwing. For some reason, I like it better (more punchy, I guess).

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbre4 View Post
    Difficult decision; Trains because it incorporates acoustic and heavy electric textures along with the odd instrumental touches in a top notch classic.

    Trains is a great track.....

    This youtube clip of trains by fans is pretty cool - anyone here on this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7L60KrhBKA

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    Default Re: Best Procupine Tree Demo Track?

    Yep, I still use "Trains" quite often as a go to demo for PT, and as a general surround demo as well.

    "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" is a personal PT favorite!

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    My favorite for its surround mix while driving in the car is Heartattack in a Layby. It sounds fabulous in the Hyundai Genesis. And hopefully no Heartattack!
    Last edited by elshagon; 03-26-2012 at 01:33 AM.

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    Trains it is !
    Hell, I even have that as my ringtone.
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    Heart Attack in a Layby if the person isn't really into prog and stuff since it's quite the mellow track of course and the harmony vocals at the end really show what multichannel can do and sound like.

    If the person is perhaps more into heavier or proggier stuff I'd go with Arriving Somewhere But Not Here or even (parts of) Anesthetize.

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    Default Re: Best Porcupine Tree Demo Track?

    Ahem, SW might disapprove, the albums should be listened to in their entirety

    That said, "Drown With Me" is a personal favorite of mine, and I would probably go with that.

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    Default Re: Best Porcupine Tree Demo Track?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ge Someone View Post

    That said, "Drown With Me" is a personal favorite of mine, and I would probably go with that.
    Drown With Me is usually my go-to for demos. Drown With Me, Shesmovedon-Deadwing, and Sound of Muzak all seem to instantly click with most people, and they're great examples of what's possible with surround. How is your Life Today is also another good one, but may be a little "strange" for some people who aren't already familiar with PT.

    Really just depends on the person though. PT has given us so much great and diverse music to pick from, and so many incredible surround pieces, that I can almost always find the perfect song to demo for most musical tastes.

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    I haven't listened to PT in a few years now, but Halo was always a favorite.

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    Default Re: Best Porcupine Tree Demo Track?

    Quote Originally Posted by JonUrban View Post
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    Which Disc/Track do you go to for the most impressive demo, surround mix and great tune combination?

    My choice is "Shesmovedon", as the tune is great, and the minute the song starts, you KNOW it's surround. Perfect mix, and the way the lead vocal sits center, then the other vocals arrive all around you or floating above you, it's a real head turner.

    Killer guitar solo as well.

    Now you.......................
    Pardon my ignorance on the subject, but which DVD-A is that song from???? I noticed on the replies that it's on...TWO different discs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kap'n krunch View Post
    Pardon my ignorance on the subject, but which DVD-A is that song from???? I noticed on the replies that it's on...TWO different discs?
    It is there as a regular track in Lightbulb sun & as a bonus in Deadwing

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