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We Pretend We Forgot

By miraclemiles on January 14, 2018 10:14 pm

Began with more tinkering around on the Push one night, playing some simple chords over simple beat, then a bassline, and decided I liked it. Then I got to do something new: Do Monologue to it! I borrowed a Korg Monologue from fellow Weekly Beat-ist, License, a couple weeks ago. So I recorded some live messing about. Kept the best bits of the live recordings and took a couple bars of the Mono recordings and sliced them into Ableton’s Simpler and played a couple tracks of sliced loops.

Trying to add vocals a bit this year. So listened to this, hummed out a tune, made up a lyric or two, improvised some more words and laid it down. Didn’t like my voice, so vocoded it and there it is. I ended up liking the main lyric that popped into my head  “More often than not, we pretend we forgot” I think it provides a jumping off point for other lyrics, none of mine which I liked very much. Another goal of mine this year is play live drums on my tracks, since that’s the only instrument I’ve ever formally learned. But I get lazy as it’s a bit of a hassle, and with two mics that I have they don’t ultimately sound that great. I have a folder of drum loops I recorded in the past, drug one onto the track and kind of liked it, so that made it in here, guess I kind of met that goal.

As I reflect on this, if I had time I would tweak the mix more, make the kick punch through, clean up the muddy bass, do better vocals to it and probably more.  I like to keep adding things to tracks (it’s fun!), but need to experiment with removing things … that’s the hard part for me.
Any questions about sounds used here, happy to share.
As usual, always want some constructive criticism. Thanks for listening.

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January 15, 2018 12:29 am

Hey man glad you are enjoying the monologue smile I like what you did with it in here, sounds cool through that reverb.

As usual I love your vocal stuff the best... would have loved to hear more layers of it, vocoded and dry. The sibilants are cut off from the vocoded vox so I can't quite hear the lyrics. The arpeggiated parts sound particularly cool.

I'm not an expert but I think the bass is confusing the compressor which is making it sound muddy as you said. Speaking of, I agree about removing things... it can be hard but nowadays I find it liberating to just delete stuff, free up more room for the most interesting bits. Of course you can just be tentative and temporarily mute tracks too.

Anyway, good stuff man, again really glad to hear more vocals from you.

January 15, 2018 10:36 am

Nice one quite a happy tune,
I love the real drum breaks and the slightly destroyed sounds smile
The bass could be a bit cleaner in the first part, in the middle it very pronounced, and indeed in the last part i kind of like the muddiness...

January 15, 2018 6:42 pm

The Utility effect in Live 10 has a mono bass control that might clear up some of that muddiness.

January 15, 2018 10:52 pm

+1 on license's comments on bass compression issues.

How many compressors did you use?  What were they on?  Maybe posting some pictures of your DAW signal chain would be helpful for diagnosis!

I like the vocoder, the hot drums, and this kind of slower tempo.  Nice!

January 16, 2018 2:46 am

Really like the feel of this one.  The kind of swirling synth line that forms what I would call the "main theme" is really quite catchy.  There are a lot of elements, but it doesn't sound overstuffed.  But I hear you, I'm often tempted to keep piling things on, but sometimes less really is more.  I think you've struck a good balance here though.

January 16, 2018 5:33 pm

elements all flow really nicely!

January 18, 2018 7:46 pm

lofi goodness! brings me back to tape trading days smile

January 19, 2018 8:17 pm
license wrote:

Hey man glad you are enjoying the monologue smile I like what you did with it in here, sounds cool through that reverb.

As usual I love your vocal stuff the best... would have loved to hear more layers of it, vocoded and dry. The sibilants are cut off from the vocoded vox so I can't quite hear the lyrics. The arpeggiated parts sound particularly cool.

I'm not an expert but I think the bass is confusing the compressor which is making it sound muddy as you said. Speaking of, I agree about removing things... it can be hard but nowadays I find it liberating to just delete stuff, free up more room for the most interesting bits. Of course you can just be tentative and temporarily mute tracks too.

Anyway, good stuff man, again really glad to hear more vocals from you.

Thanks for listening, lending me the monologue and the good input! Looking forward to more explorations and experiments to come. Hope to take another pass at this at some point to adjust bass, take some stuff out and maybe see what Landr does to the bass on this too. I think I may use some of those monologue sounds on future tunes too!

January 19, 2018 8:19 pm
theGuen wrote:

Nice one quite a happy tune,
I love the real drum breaks and the slightly destroyed sounds smile
The bass could be a bit cleaner in the first part, in the middle it very pronounced, and indeed in the last part i kind of like the muddiness...

Thanks G! Yeah, I kept thinking how happy it was too. Started jamming in C major so kept it in that key, always thinking of that as happy key. Yeah, I love how the bass came through in middle too. Cool you liked the muddy in the end - that last part I had everything going, a big muddy party wink

January 19, 2018 8:21 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

The Utility effect in Live 10 has a mono bass control that might clear up some of that muddiness.

Oooh yes! thanks for reminding me about Utility. I'm making note to play with that, loving Live 10.

January 19, 2018 8:33 pm
orangedrink wrote:

+1 on license's comments on bass compression issues.

How many compressors did you use?  What were they on?  Maybe posting some pictures of your DAW signal chain would be helpful for diagnosis!

I like the vocoder, the hot drums, and this kind of slower tempo.  Nice!

Thanks for listening and commenting OD! I don't remember, but I had multiple bass tracks, groups, some 808 subs ... oy too much maybe, and compression in various places, just kept rolling along and lacking the time for fine tune in the end, will shoot for more simplicity in future. Glad you liked some bits of this though!

January 19, 2018 8:36 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

Really like the feel of this one.  The kind of swirling synth line that forms what I would call the "main theme" is really quite catchy.  There are a lot of elements, but it doesn't sound overstuffed.  But I hear you, I'm often tempted to keep piling things on, but sometimes less really is more.  I think you've struck a good balance here though.

Ah thanks, glad you liked this Cos! That's almost all I can ask for: a decent feel and something that's a little catchy. I think you're a fellow lover of adding some layers to the tracks, so good to hear your input and feedback that this didn't get overstuffed to exlosion point. wink cheers to more weeks of tunes!

January 19, 2018 8:38 pm
kaedo sevaada wrote:

elements all flow really nicely!

Thank you so much, I appreciate the comment!
Wow that gif is beautiful and mesmerizing, thanks for sharing that, I could watch that for hours. I discovered your music this week, enjoyed it and look forward to more!

January 19, 2018 8:39 pm
starpause wrote:

lofi goodness! brings me back to tape trading days smile

Thanks SP! ha, yeah I feel you.

January 20, 2018 4:19 pm
miraclemiles wrote:
kaedo sevaada wrote:

elements all flow really nicely!

Thank you so much, I appreciate the comment!
Wow that gif is beautiful and mesmerizing, thanks for sharing that, I could watch that for hours. I discovered your music this week, enjoyed it and look forward to more!

This is really fun & I like the title.
I look forward to more music from you as well - thank you!

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