The Mind Electric
|The Mind Electric|
|Written by||Joe Hawley|
|Appears on||Hawaii: Part II|
|Sung by||Joe Hawley|
|Addtl. Info:||Previously known as Inside The Mind of Simon|
The Mind Electric is a song by Joe Hawley for ミラクルミュージカル that was previously known as Inside The Mind Of Simon before being recorded for Hawaii: Part II. The Mind Electric consists of two very similar versions of the same song, once of which is reversed, so the song essentially plays backwards before playing forwards. A similar style technique was used for Joe's university film: The Other Way
On June 14th 2015 a lyric video for The Mind Electric was uploaded to ミラクルミュージカル's YouTube Page The lyric video version of the song is the exact reverse of the studio version, so that the opposite half of the song plays forward. In this version, the forward section doesn't contain as many samples or stutters, and is about thirty seconds shorter than the backwards section.
A Youtube user previously known as Haivas Knud (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsW7fYiWZY15QTUOgy4yOMw) wrote about the voices in the background of the instrumental, the comments on The Mind Electric's Instrumental (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GPoTFFfChs&t=147s&ab_channel=tallyall) further detail the possible meaning or origin of these excerpts it's well worth a read!
1:03 -- “I too”
1:05 -- “________ now”
1:05 -- “Besides, you think I’m man enough to t-t-”
1:08 -- “IHATETHIS”
2:02 -- “They hopefully need no power for my mind-”
2:06 -- “You ought to be ashamed of yourself”
2:23 -- "They couldn't sail off and dump me on the beach at Timbuktu."
2:26 -- "Why not?"
2:27 -- "Timbuktu happens to be in the middle of the Sahara Desert."
2:30 -- "...Oh."
2:31 -- "Yes, 'oh'. And please tie an anchor to that imagination of yours."
2:36 -- "Okay, Mr. Holiday; but if you wind up on the other side of the world, please don't write me a letter about your voyage."
2:42 -- "No?"
2:43 -- "No. Just reading about the ocean makes me seasick." (endless thanks to Zero the Jackal for sharing the entire sample and source through 2:18-2:43!! You can listen to the original source here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpEwYJ5GQIM (Alan Ladd in Box 13 (Box Thirteen): Shanghaied (1948 Old-time Radio)) and skip to 2:34 of the video to listen to the snippet) 2:34 -- “But by a sort of genius and inspiration; they are like diviners or soothsayers who also say many fine things, but do not understand the meaning of them." (*many* thanks to using this for comments (username) for pointing out that this was an excerpt from Apology by Plato and sharing the full line)
For those who want it, here's a broken down version of 2:34 since it's hard to hear: 2:34 -- "But by a sort of genius and inspiration... 2:37 -- "They are like diviners and soothsayers... 2:40 -- "Who also say many fine things..." 2:44 -- "But do not understand the meaning of them." (you can hear the st in understand at 2:44) (this entire segment only plays on the left earbud/headphone, so it's helpful to take out your right one when listening closely to it)
In the longer, "glitchier" part of the song, there are two references to other songs on Hawaii: Part II: during the climax of The Mind Electric, a synthetic instrument uses a chord progression similar to the instrumental outro to Labyrinth. The piano line of Murders is also sampled.
In the non-glitched version of the song, there is no synthetic instrument playing the progression.
In the non-glitched version, during the progression section, the backing vocals "See how they fall?" are included in the instrumental while the glitched version does not.
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- Inside The Mind of Simon. Uploaded: Jan 22nd, 2020. YouTube.
- The Mind Electric Music Video. Youtube.