Kings of Leon
Here are five artists you should check out. There are a couple of very power metal type of bands there, but they don’t really sound like that, now do they? For people with sweet tooth for softer things, HAIM and Genesis really hit the spot. And finally, the orchestral workings of Brad Derrick won’t leave you cold. Tell me I’m wrong.
Last week I tried out some of the SampleTron sounds by composing a little piece with their help. Not really sure what to think yet. I love the sounds, but there are just too many of them. I’m feeling really overwhelmed now.
This one’s called “Brotherhood”.
It’s not easy, let me tell you, but I’ve been starting to get really intrigued by A Cappella. It all started when I discovered a band called Moon Safari. Their delivery in the midst of prog rock songs is just pure magic. So, I’ve been trying to match some of their vocals as the music plays on for hours and day in day out all year long. It’s not easy, but it’s fun as hell!
Now I’ve actually started to record some of my own little A Cappella pieces as the 50/90 has started. I can’t say I’m that good in it, but if you’re thinking of starting some A Cappella pieces of your own, just give this a listen and you might notice that people really struggle with it at the beginning. There are a few problems when doing A Cappella. The biggest one is trying to stay in tune because nothing really prepares you for it. For years I’ve thought that I sing all the notes in perfect tuning but now I’m noticing it’s not the case. It’s not even about vocal control but rather that I just hear the notes wrong. When I sing a D# in my mind I hear the note going higher than what it actually should be. And when I sing the note with a tuner on, it just sounds flat to me. But that’s what you need to do. Sing notes over other notes and try to get them to match. Oh, you’ll hear when they match. I mean when they REALLY match!
Another big problem is the timbre of the voice. You need some good resonance in the voice to really fill the space on the track. Instead of doing really clean and strong lead vocals, you need to do really soft and full vocals, almost like some sort of organ or pad. When I do them, soon I’ll forget and start singing like I usually do. Then I hear what I recorded and go: “Oh, right”, and start again. You’ll hear all these problems in the track, but I can already hear myself improving. When you know where to look, you just practice and improve.
Next Friday is the day when this weird challenge kicks off again. 50/90, or fifty songs in ninety days, is a hectic march to a very much unfinished and lazily thrown together bunch of demos. Last year was the first time I made it to fifty, but I’m gonna do it again! Check out the site. The community there is excellent!
This year I’m only going to make skirmishes, which means songs that are made from start to finish in 60 minutes. I’ve successfully done a bunch of them previously and even liked many of them. Let’s see how it goes this time. Out of fifty there’s bound to be even few cool ones mixed in there.
I just made a song by accident. I was doodling around with my guitar and came up with the starting riff and then said to myself: “Come on, you gotta record that for your riff collection.” Before I knew it, I had recorded the whole song. See if you like it.
Well, the Mega Man 3 remix didn’t quite hit the mark mixing-wise, but at least I feel like I learned a lot about different frequency ranges. Now mixing the soundtrack of our new game feels a tiny bit less intimidating. I’m not even using any of those brass and string sections. I have to mix in some of the synths, though. That might turn out to be a disaster. Well, here’s what I’ve managed to do so far.
Now here’s a fun little remix I made of this old classic. Mega Man 3 is my all time favorite Mega Man game so I wanted to try and remix some of the old tracks. I don’t know how many I’ll be able to make but here’s one.
The year started with me getting thrown out of yet another band. It was a cool little punk trio and I had fun playing in it. The band leader just didn’t want to hear any suggestions from me so he had to let me go. I had just bought another amp for the band, too, so it sucked a little bit, but after selling my old amp I didn’t end up losing too much money. And the new amp (Valve King 100) is A LOT better than the one I had. So I’m happy with that.
Then we had FAWM and I did a fun little podcast with T.C. Elliott called FAWMtalk. You can probably find it in the YouTube. After FAWM I tried to start some new bands but none of them went to anywhere. One of them was the Iron Maiden cover band I talked about earlier. That seems to be the whole scene of things in music. You generally have to deal with children and I don’t have the patience to it because these people aren’t 6 years old.
Then the latest idea I had, was joining a party band which played a lot of recent pop music. I though that it couldn’t be too bad since I had the opportunity to play drums. But to be honest, the songs were just HORRIBLE. Especially Finnish pop music in general is just dreadful. I hated learning the songs because that meant I had to LISTEN TO them. So today I told the fellows there that I won’t be attending anymore. We only did two practice sessions so it’s not like I wasted a lot of their time. But sometimes when you think you can do something, you’re just wrong. I wasn’t having any fun with the songs and to me that’s that. But you gotta try. That’s how you get wiser.
Now, I’m still making songs for our game’s soundtrack. Let’s see how that pans out. Probably not too bad since I don’t have to deal with other musicians. Ha!