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    I can computer. Like good, real good.
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    I have probably not influenced anyone musically, ever.


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  1. Center Square

    Our band, Jerkatorium, just released a video for our new song Center Square (lyrics). We wrote this song for an online songwriting contest called SpinTunes #13. The instructions for this round of the contest are as follows: Death Star: Write a tribute to your favorite deceased celebrity. You must allude to your celebrity without using his or her name in the title or the lyrics. Include the celebrity's name in the submission email, along with your lyrics.
  2. Say it

    Oh man this is great. Love that reverb soaked guitar, and the super strong singing, wow. I hardly hear any accent at all, it sounds like American English to me, except in a few little spots. Like the "this" on "this to end", it sounds more like "these" than "this". But other than that I'd have no idea you had an accent. You have at least two fans.
  3. Where did it go?

    I really like lo-fi music, I think there's a certain charm to obviously homemade recordings. This reminds me a bit of some Tobin Sprout songs. I think some of the defects are just a touch overdone though, I'm not a fan of the whistling section. I like the ending a lot.
  4. I Still Think Of Her

    I have a hard time with this kind of sentimentality, it reminds me slightly of Seasons in the Sun. I have to say though, the backing vocals are really pretty, and the "Maine / terrain" line is great. All in all this is nicely done, and well arranged and performed. I like the simple guitar solo.
  5. Sounds good man. I wouldn't have thought you used something like EZ Drummer 2 on this, I would have thought these were live drums. I guess my ear for drums isn't that great. I'm not sure about the ending, it seems kinda anti-climactic, like you just got tired of the song.
  6. A Sense of the Absurd

    @Just1L: Glad you liked it! I just added some lyrics in case anyone is curious. @ImKeN: Omg, it totally sounds like she's singing "I'm eating pasta", heh. I wonder if I can't hear it any other way since you told me about it before I heard it, or if I would have come to the same conclusion on my own. Edit: Wow, she can really sing.
  7. A Sense of the Absurd

    Thanks for the vote of confidence! The thing that is really great about these contests is having a firm deadline. It pushes us to write and record songs at a pace we wouldn't have though we were capable of. The deadline gives us a focus on finishing and making things as good as we can make them in the time available. Since we both have day jobs, we sketch out broad outlines during the week and try to come up with a concept and some vague lyrics, and then work like hell on the weekends.
  8. A Sense of the Absurd

    Heya @ImKeN, This is the fifth song we've written and recorded for the contest (round zero - round 4) and if we survive this round (the judges have not completed their voting yet) we'll write a song for round 5, which the title is Elevator Men. I feel like we've got a good chance of survival on this round, but as the weaker competitors are eliminated the competition gets really fierce. You can listen to all the songs at the Nur Ein website, there are some really strong songs.
  9. How to sing with confidence?

    Hey Jenn, I'll tell ya what works for me in terms of confidence, the lack of which you can really hear. I started dragging my laptop, microphone, and USB interface into my car, parking it somewhere where nobody is around, and then singing my lungs out where nobody can hear me. This is not as bad of an idea as it sounds. Besides the fact there is a lot of glass for your vocals can bounce off of, your car is one place where you can bet that some attention has been paid to sound treating and acoustics. I also look at every line I sing in Logic's pitch editor after each take. Sometimes my ears don't do a great job of telling me when my pitches are a bit wonky, but I can certainly see it with my eyes. I can see where I scoop up to pitches, and where I'm sharp or flat. I fix it in production, but more importantly I think about the mistakes I make in between takes and try to correct next time. In terms of figuring out when a vocal is "good enough" what I do is record 10 takes of everything and then use Logic's "take folders" to "comp" a take (selecting the best parts of each take to form a composite take) that is as good as I can make it. Logic has a swiping feature that makes this relatively easy (easier than cutting and pasting together little bits of audio anyway). Sometimes I sing on particular part bit of a vocal phrase with more confidence / emotion / style and I like to be able to pick and choose each of the bits that I think are the best. This is tedious work but I think in the end it's worth it. Good luck!
  10. A Sense of the Absurd

    What we've got here is Jerkatorium's latest single, A Sense of the Absurd which was written for the grueling elimination contest Nur Ein XII that has us writing and recording a song a week with a given title and a non-optional challenge. This time around the challenge was to incorporate a mondegreen in your song in a creative way, which I think we managed to do. We weren5't exactly subtle. I hope ya like it! You need Kool-Aid Kool-Aid I know that those ain't the right words, It’s just the words I thought I’d heard. Back in third grade maybe I wasn’t Robert Plant, So I made up the parts of songs I didn’t understand. Yeah you need Kool-Aid Kool-Aid What I’d ostensibly misheard Instilled a sense of the absurd. Back then Led Zeppelin II made me want to rock, But I was still too young to understand the raunchy talk, So I sang Kool-Aid Kool-Aid No Dukes of Hazzard in the classroom, Teachers leave those kids alone. What I’d ostensibly misheard Instilled a sense of the absurd. Absurd Absurd Absurd Absurd
  11. Sorry I didn't get back to you @thesound, we ended up on a pretty tight time crunch and had folks lined up early on. I'm posting here what we ended up with. The folks who we did get to sing on this track did a great job. Our friend Sheri ended up recording some vocals on her phone, which was sweet of her.
  12. Howdy, Our band Jerkatorium is looking for one or more guests vocalists to appear on our upcoming song Regime Change for a songwriting contest we're participating in called Nur Ein. This collaboration has a very strict deadline of 5/6/17 for completed vocals. This song is not yet written, but is being worked on as we speak. Nur Ein is an elimination contest where you have to write one song per week. You're given a title, and a non-optional challenge. The title for this week is Regime Change and the challenge is to use two or more guest vocalists, that's where you come in. Us: Serious band with a serious deadline You: Can sing, rap, or speak, have your own equipment and know how to use your DAW. Our songs are often fun and funny, and we're nice folks who are fun to work with. Drop me a PM or reply to this thread if you're interested and I'll send you more details!
  13. After You

    @Jenn: Thanks for the feedback! I agree the drums are a bit distracting in their boring repetition and canned perfection. We explored some ways of making them less sterile, but none of them really panned out. Our lead vocals generally pretty punky end edgy, and this time we wanted to do something prettier and outside of our comfort zone. @ImKeN: Glad you liked it! I just fixed the soundcloud link so it points to our latest change/fix. We changed the guitar solo a bit and cleaned up the harmony part on the countermelody.
  14. After You

    Howdy Folks, This is a song we've just finished today that we wrote for a contest called Nur Ein, which is an elimination contest that has you writing one song a week and gives you both a title and a non-optional challenge. There a panel of 5 judges who score all the songs and every week three bands are cut from the contest. This week's title is After You and the challenge is to employ a countermelody somewhere in the song, which we did on the last couple of choruses. We've still got a couple of days before we have to submit it (it's really rare that we're done early) so if you have any feedback please let us have it!
  15. Amplitube 4 On Sale

    Thanks man, I've been waiting to pick this up at a discount!