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Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby forestandgarden » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:59 pm

Hello, hello,

If you have spent your days glued to the computer screen, if it has been too cool or too hot to budge, or if for any other reason, you are experiencing a temporary lack of movement, rejoice, please, for here comes the remedy. Meet the

Takiripitiki Radio Blast

Pretty much entirely done in GMaq's AVLinux, which, as much as it is essentially a 1 man hobby project, stands, imo & atm, for audio linux' most reliable road to a reproducible production environment, important when migrating or sharing.
The song started out with the little rhythmic-melodic lick you'll hear at the beginning, I initially just wanted to quickly record that for later. So I used ardour 5.12 for that, and added an accompainment guit in the act, which I should have played better had I known I would make a song.
The rest of the tracks are MIDI, that is, painstakingly hand-edited in ardour's award-winning piano roll GUI. The bass track is my first attempt at using the Wolpertinger synth, an intuitive & painless experience. (of course, it helps to know what a Wolpertinger is)
The rest of the sounds come from various incarnations of fluidsynth, and all from the very useful general midi sf2 bank coming with gmsynth, and unfortunately not packaged to appear in any place like for instance under /usr/share/[samples|sounds|soundbank|sf2] etc., but at /lib/lv2/gmsynth.so/ iirc (and then, once more, in ardour's and mixbus' /opt bundle, respectively). So that's one of the standard drumkits feat. many percussion instruments, then trumpet2, and a derivate of various sax sounds I had once done with the polyphony sf2 editor, probably the original tenor sax from the soundbank would sound the same here.
There are not many effects, just minimal delay use, and a-eq & a-compressor, both easy to use and good, but again, bundled, not shared to the OS - it's probably here where I'd side with e.g. Ubuntu's packaging philosophy, and stress that some software curating (as opposed to straight from git) does the whole of linux good.
Back to music, the final stage in processing was the Calf Multiband Limiter, and under the motto
What Loudness War? Loudness Party! ,
I have badly maxxed out the range and carefully exaggerated the release time in order to obtain audible pumping, in an attempted insult to the audiophile ear & hommage to true party spirit.
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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby jonetsu » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:45 pm

Thanks for the description. Although the piece by itself, I find, can be readily washed away. It does not leave any imprint of any sort. At a party, a fest, with everyone moving and dancing it could be a 'useful' piece but it's utility, I find, does not go much beyond that.

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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby forestandgarden » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:50 am

*sigh* ...and I had secretly hoped to publish it on ECM...
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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby jonetsu » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:13 am

I do not see why the Estival Caribbean Music label would refuse it. Go for it !

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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby GuntherT » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:12 pm

It is a good melody that you iterated several ways, but there should be more parts. As it stands, the song is a single melody that repeats over and over again. Add a complimentary second part in between the breaks and a bridge near the end of the song, and I think the melody will become a lot more powerful as it builds and contrasts against the other parts, especially coming out of a bridge. I think it has a lot of potential.

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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby singforme » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:36 pm

Fun stuff! Like it!

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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby lilith » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:41 pm

Melody, instrumentation, etc. is fine, but it's not my kind of music. Could be a song for some Rum spot :mrgreen:
Some things that could be improved imho:

1) I find the song pretty loud / too much compressed and the higher frequencies are unpleasant. It even hurts in my ears.
2) I would reduce the tempo a little.... it feels to fast.
3) From 0:19... there's something wrong with the tempo of the acoustic guitar ?? Can this be? At least it sounds off to me and not in time.
4) More panning / EQ would help to distinguish the instruments
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Summer Hit? Summer Hit! - Thanx

Postby forestandgarden » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:33 pm

'Fun' was definitely the keyword. Rum spot also fits, although I do not even consume such beverages :). By and large, I've never got as much feedback as to this song, which could speak for both leaving it as it is, or investing more work into it. In any case it speaks for saying 'Thank You' :).
Somebody wanted to try out vocals to the tune, so maybe there's a part II to the story coming. More parts couldn't hurt, like in most of my songs, but partly this loop-heavy format is the outcome of making the best of the energy (and hence time) limitations of my solar studio, and then I won't go hammering together parts unless at least minimally inspired. The overcompression and breathlessly non-stop pouring forward are shamelessly intentional (very clear in the 'and here we go' timbales breaks), the accompainment guitar is on time and even pulled on time when it wasn't, but a) not played in very cleanly in the first place and b) going against the beat, which is maybe too abstract for the ear when standing naked without the percussion. Later on, it essentially contributes to the punch of the rhythm in context, IMO, which is why it needed to be loud, and the treble part blended with the cabassa at least on my (very makeshift) monitoring gear. The lead 'melody', more of an afro-arpeggio, isn't all super locked-to-grid, but, to me, sounding natural enough to not want to edit, more since as the pseudo lead-voice, it doesn't depend on interlocking with the rhythm as much as the accompainment. Thanks again for listening & commenting.
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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby jonetsu » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:08 pm

Lyrics ? Let's improvise some.

Why is this world going so bad
We do not see any future
Politics gets us mad
Depressed in their own culture
Murders after murders
Violence everywhere
They want to be called sirs
But peace they cannot dare
Summer hit, yes summer hit
Amidst ruins and bodies
To sorrows we can only commit
Unless we shake it off with ease

Oh, I forgot. You will have to slow down the tempo. Just a tad. And add some pipe organ. Lots.

:mrgreen:

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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby forestandgarden » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:03 am

jonetsu wrote:Lyrics ? Let's improvise some.

Why is this world going so bad
We do not see any future
Politics gets us mad
Depressed in their own culture
Murders after murders
Violence everywhere
They want to be called sirs
But peace they cannot dare
Summer hit, yes summer hit
Amidst ruins and bodies
To sorrows we can only commit
Unless we shake it off with ease

Oh, I forgot. You will have to slow down the tempo. Just a tad. And add some pipe organ. Lots.

:mrgreen:

Cheers.


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Re: Summer Hit? Summer Hit!

Postby folderol » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:02 pm

Enjoyed the mood this creates. Sort of wild carnival/festival.


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