#1
The headphone slot-type-thing on my iPod is damaged, so that if I want to hear the left side of the panning of a song (what you would normally hear through your left headphone), I have to hold the headphone jack at a certain angle. While driving and playing my iPod through the car via a tape that plugged into my headphone slot, the song Catch & Release played. Seeing as I couldn't hold the jack while driving, it only played the right side. I then realized just how cool it sounded; in this particular song, the guitar is panned to the left side, so in this case, I was hearing the song without the guitar, giving it a very ambient sound. If you want to try this for yourself, open up the volume control on your computer, and put the slider above the volume all the way to one side (in this case, the right), then click the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7KaLTT7BEc

If you just hear ambient synth and hi-hat, you did it right.

So, does anyone have examples of songs that also have interesting panning? Personally, I pay a lot of attention to this type of thing; I'm curious as to whether or not a lot of you do too.
#2
Beatles.

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#4
a lot of metal will pan harmonies separately, I know that's not massively interesting but it sometimes makes me think "wtf"when I only have one earphone.

I have a book & CD by Barrett Tagliarno (or something) called Chord Tone Soloing, and the CD tracks can have the lead guitar or the rhythm removed depending how you pan. I think that's a pretty neat idea
#6
When I record my own music, I get obsessional with the panning. I want the tunes to be enhanced by panning the instruments interestingly. So, yes - my music.

And The Beatles had some God awful panning in my humble opinion. Some songs you're bombarded with glaring vocals 100% out of one ear.
#7
Hendrix.

Actually in the olden days, one could only pan hard left, hard right, or dead centre.
#8
Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World is basically two songs in one, panned left and right.
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Hendrix.

Actually in the olden days, one could only pan hard left, hard right, or dead centre.



Yup. That's why if you listen to anything off of Saucerful of Secrets by Pink Floyd, the panning is choppy. They, at least, had five directions to pan in.
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Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World is basically two songs in one, panned left and right.
Damn; I'm definitely checking this out.

Edit: Wow, you're right; the right side is like, indie acoustic, while the left is really psychedelic.
Last edited by herby190 at Dec 21, 2011,
#11
Skyscraper by David Lee Roth always comes to mind.

Whole Lotta Love tickles my ears and makes me giggle when I have headphones on at the "Wanna whole lotta love! mreeeeewww" bits.
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Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World is basically two songs in one, panned left and right.

Ha, never noticed this before, it's great.


#16
My headphones do that too, I can't show anyone songs on my iPod anymore.
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#17
I was biking with just my right headphone in yesterday, listening to Rope - Foo Fighters.

Missed the entire guitar solo.
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Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World is basically two songs in one, panned left and right.


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#19
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One Ramones song has the bass panned entirely left. Bugs the **** out of me.

I'm pretty sure that's almost every Ramones song. Guitar on one side and bass on the other.

Edit: I'm pretty sure Journey to the Center of the Mind by The Amboy Dukes has some interesting panning but I haven't listened to it in a while so I don't remember.
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Was going to say hendrix. Listeneing to half the stuff he's done with one headphone is probably the worst idea ever.
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One Ramones song has the bass panned entirely left. Bugs the **** out of me.

The whole first album is bass all the way to one side, guitar all the way to the other.
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One Ramones song has the bass panned entirely left. Bugs the **** out of me.

You're thinking of all of them. On the entire first album and most of the other three that matter (Leave Home, Rocket To Russia, Road To Ruin) IIRC, the guitar is only on the right and the bass is only on the left. I like it, but I like everything about the first four Ramones albums, and I can see pretty easily how one would hate it.
Though every song does sound the same so I can see why you'd be confused.

But yeah, Hendrix and Beatles is always weird with one headphone. Not good mind, but weird. Stooges are the same.
#23
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Hendrix.

Actually in the olden days, one could only pan hard left, hard right, or dead centre.

The panning in voodoo chile isn't like that :S, it swaps from one side to the other smoothly.

Edit: On topic, loads of doors stuff, drums left side only, bass right, etc. I miss the days when people actually bothered to pan things interestingly, everything has become very samey now.
Last edited by Zoot Allures at Dec 21, 2011,
#24
The solo to Purple Haze is great the way it slowly flows from one to the other and back.
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The panning in voodoo chile isn't like that :S, it swaps from one side to the other smoothly.

Edit: On topic, I miss the days when people actually bothered to make music interestingly, everything has become very samey now.

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#25
That song Bouquet by Bloc Party is kind of annoying when both guitars are hard panned on opposite sides. It's annoying because the guitars alternate notes from each other so every other note shows up on each side.
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You're thinking of all of them. On the entire first album and most of the other three that matter (Leave Home, Rocket To Russia, Road To Ruin) IIRC, the guitar is only on the right and the bass is only on the left. I like it, but I like everything about the first four Ramones albums, and I can see pretty easily how one would hate it.

Nope, it's just the first one that's like that.
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Such Great Heights by The Postal Service. Through a good pair of headphones, it's one of the coolest sounding songs ever!
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#30
Can't find a video on Youtube that has it right, but Ex-Creations by The Fall of Troy is legitimately frightening with only the right earphone.
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#31
singing under the rainbow by worlds end girlfriend

well pretty much all worlds end girlfriend, he leaaves little treasures for your ears to discover
#32
Not interesting per se, but Selkies by BTBAM has both guitars panned to each side at the end.

I was pretty pissed about it during the month I was tolerating my earpiece with one side broken.