Saturday, August 18, 2012

New song: Aflecht - RoboPimp

The song and the lessons I learned

I wrote a new song. It's kind of electro-pop. Check the below youtube video to hear the song.

During the production I was surprised at how bad a singer I am. As you can hear, I don't seem to stay in tune even with heavy autotune processing :-( There are some nasty pitch glitches in the vocals. I would have used a proper singer but they are really hard to come by. I've tried hunting for singers for the past 4 years or so without notable results.

I also learned something useful during the production of this song:
If you arrange the lead melody/vocals with bass so that the bass gets the front stage once in awhile, it brings lots of personality into the song. Listen to the chorus part at 0:46 to hear this idea in action. The lead synth+vocals play through most of the chorus and immediately when they stop playing, the bass gets more aggressive, eating up more of the higher frequencies which were previously occupied by the synth+vocals playing the lead melody. Some people call this technique "play and respond" or "call and respond" like the instruments are having a conversation, taking turns. I have to experiment with this technique some more.

Gear Used

Eurorack modular
Moog Voyager RME
Battery 3
Logic Pro 9
Distressor EL8-X
Shure SM7B
Millennia HV-3C


this ain't your day
fix up your face

fix up lips shoes
pushups hips boobs
handbag earrings
dried up nose bleed

makeup bruises
change your clothes and
get back there you
need to suck

don't you worry babe
they asked you by name hey
bring their money in yeah
flow their juices in ya

and smile when you meet them
they'll want you much more then
white stuff helps you get there
this will ease your pain yeah

bruised eyes and lips
didn't want you this
this ain't your day
fix up your face

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