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Sleep Soundlies

By Devieus on February 6, 2018 9:29 pm

This week I made a lullaby. Before I did that I had to look up what a lullaby actually is, because a lullaby isn't just something you'd think is a song you can fall asleep to or something you find relaxing; it has a target audience: babies and infants.

In technical terms, a lullaby is in 3/4 and without accompanying instruments (because it simulates a rocking motion and accommodates their limited comprehension). I initially buggered up the first part by putting 4/4 stuff on a 3/4 staff (I might revisit that bit later on, it's solid stuff) and intentionally forwent the latter to combat the repetitive nature of the song by adding a double bass and choir to it. There's much more to it than meets the eye. I'm also probably never going to compose in 3/4 again, I'd rather go for something more sensible, like 3,5/4.

Finally I automated the tempo to a low point at the end, because of course I did; but also this one slider on the choir so it changes sound on higher pitches.

Something went wrong in the export process, so here is the fixed version.

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February 12, 2018 12:17 am

*yawns*
but in a good way.

February 12, 2018 12:22 am

#getSleepy great exploration!

February 12, 2018 12:35 am

Ha.. I'll test it out on my kids tonight and let you know how it goes! The slowing frequency of the notes at the end is what does the trick.

February 12, 2018 12:48 am
alonemusic wrote:

*yawns*
but in a good way.

That's the point.

NWSPR wrote:

Ha.. I'll test it out on my kids tonight and let you know how it goes! The slowing frequency of the notes at the end is what does the trick.

It seems like a natural progression, alpha waves and breathing frequency go down, creating an ever more relaxing space to accommodate for it. But that's just the theory.

February 12, 2018 1:16 am

Hits the mark. Although I knew at least one kid that would fall asleep to heavy metal (at low volume).

February 12, 2018 9:07 am

But, but.. at the end I was in temptation to stand and applaud (in office)

February 12, 2018 10:11 am
zlatovlas wrote:

But, but.. at the end I was in temptation to stand and applaud (in office)


I might have to look into that. I think I can fix it by lowering the volume alongside the tempo.

February 12, 2018 11:55 am

Nah it's just because I love your stuff wink

February 12, 2018 12:16 pm
zlatovlas wrote:

Nah it's just because I love your stuff wink

Heh, yea, that could also be an option.

February 12, 2018 3:57 pm

Nice one, the glockenspiel melody is sweet!
The choir is a bit spooky... but if i had kid i would definitly try it this night wink

February 13, 2018 1:57 am

Wow I never realized there was such a strict definition of lullabies.  Several years ago I made an album of "lullabies" but it was the more generic idea of songs to fall asleep to.  I do distinctly remember one of them just happened to be in 3/4 time, which I know is also the official waltz time.  Anyway this does sound like something that kids could sleep to.  I think I remember having some little toy boxes back in the day that sounded not unlike this.

February 13, 2018 8:05 am
CosmicCairns wrote:

Wow I never realized there was such a strict definition of lullabies.  Several years ago I made an album of "lullabies" but it was the more generic idea of songs to fall asleep to.  I do distinctly remember one of them just happened to be in 3/4 time, which I know is also the official waltz time.  Anyway this does sound like something that kids could sleep to.  I think I remember having some little toy boxes back in the day that sounded not unlike this.

There's wisdom to the 3/4, mainly that it simulate a rocking motion but in musical form. The voice is added to simulate singing, which creates a bond with the infant. So there's definitely some thought put into it.

theGuen wrote:

Nice one, the glockenspiel melody is sweet!
The choir is a bit spooky... but if i had kid i would definitly try it this night wink

It's not a glockenspiel, it's a toy box, but I didn't just use one toy box sound, I used two and pitched on up an octave to create a better toy box sound. The choir wasn't supposed to sound like that, something must've gone wrong during export (serves me right for not double checking). I'll put up the fixed one on soundcloud.

February 13, 2018 10:11 am

maybe choir wasn't supposed to sound like that but I like the weird spookiness it creates

February 13, 2018 12:00 pm
Devieus wrote:

The choir wasn't supposed to sound like that, something must've gone wrong during export (serves me right for not double checking). I'll put up the fixed one on soundcloud.

Spookiness is gone... sounds real nice! But the first version was not bad... i like it when things get a bit unexpected wink
Now i have to google what a toybox is. wink is it this metalltongue things with a tiny crank?

February 13, 2018 5:07 pm
purelygrey wrote:

maybe choir wasn't supposed to sound like that but I like the weird spookiness it creates

Check the description. I could ask for a replacement link, but I'll keep it as is now as a learning experience.

theGuen wrote:
Devieus wrote:

The choir wasn't supposed to sound like that, something must've gone wrong during export (serves me right for not double checking). I'll put up the fixed one on soundcloud.

Spookiness is gone... sounds real nice! But the first version was not bad... i like it when things get a bit unexpected wink
Now i have to google what a toybox is. wink is it this metalltongue things with a tiny crank?

It's called Music Box actually, that was my bad.

February 13, 2018 8:07 pm

Target hit! Quite peaceful!

February 16, 2018 3:05 pm

Relaxing back in my chair looking up at the ceiling wishing I had various zoo animals spinning on a mobile smile

February 17, 2018 12:31 am

The choir is the winning element for sure. I like the execution of the concept too.

February 22, 2018 4:14 am

nice work!

February 25, 2018 4:20 am

I'm glad you looked up lullaby. It is a nice piece. Lullabies are used with premature babies especially in NICUs to help calm them and stimulate feeding. Classical music type lullabies are the best at that. BTW, babies comprehend far more than they get credit for because everything is input. It tends to manifest itself in later years. Good job on your lullaby. 

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