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Nothing To Lose

By DocOctave on January 28, 2016 6:40 am

This song is almost ten years in the making. I got the first lyric and melody ideas in the shower at my cousin's house on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn in 2007. I had spent the past four years at a job that was draining me, and in an attempt to figure out what to do next, I had taken a three month sabbatical, studied existential philosophy and Buddhism, and on this particular vacation, spent a lot of time listening to academic science lectures on my iPod while walking around Central and Prospect Parks.

Once I got back to California, I sat down at my piano and worked out the chords for what I had sung to myself in New York. It wasn't until 2012 that I actually tried recording the song in earnest, setting up a drum kit and also recording piano, vibraphone, and violin parts. I was never happy with the vocal performance form 2012, nor was I happy with the quality of my microphones.

Since then, I have increased both the quality of my microphones and my singing abilities, so I decided to try and finish off this song. Over the past week I re-recorded double-tracked vocals and harmonies on an AKG C-214, and added a Cello part to the existing orchestration. I've also given this a mix that is much better (IMO) than what I was capable of in 2007 or 2012.

I hope you enjoy this lush, depressive, nihilistic little ditty I have crafted for you.

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February 1, 2016 12:13 am

Elliot Smith fan?

February 1, 2016 12:30 am

Average pop. I'll go listen to the next track. Try a real mix and drop that weed.

February 1, 2016 5:01 am
Nestrogen wrote:

Elliot Smith fan?

He used to be one of my favorites.


Hmm. every time I made the percussion louder in the mix I thought it was too much, especially with the cymbals. Live and learn.

February 1, 2016 2:55 pm

cool track, keep it up!

February 1, 2016 4:36 pm

Probably my favorite track I've heard on here that has singing. Love the instrument choices and the flow of the whole song. Can really feel the melancholy mood both in the lyrics and instruments.

March 1, 2016 12:53 am

Awesome track man, digging this wink nice one!

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