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Richard Tracey

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  1. Hi all. I was watching Radiohead at Glastonbury on tv last night and I forgot how good some of their songs are and how many unusual instruments and soundscapes they used. So I downloaded the new remastered version of Ok Computer and immersed myself in what has to be on of the best, most seminal albums of the 90's. Almost every track would probably be the best track on other artists albums and we have an album full of them. What it did do, was make me want to try and write something as haunting and beautiful as some of the tracks on the album. Has anyone else listened to an album recently and got the inspiration to try and compose a song in that style? Oh, and to clarify, I haven't started the song idea, it is still that, and idea in my head.
  2. I bought the M-Audio BX5 monitors as they got a decent review for budget speakers. The sound is good and you can hear the separation when you are mixing, although I tend to do all my music using my Sennheiser HD205 studio headphones as my daughters don't tend to appreciate my music Budget equipment is fine for me at the moment, as I always thought about moving up to working at a proper studio for mixing etc when the time comes.
  3. Ray - the reason why 'Come on Eileen' has survived the test of time, is due to its singability and dancebility. The story in the lyrics is a very much used idea, but that is why it appeals, as a lot of people can put themselves in that position. Oh, and also weddings..... weddings are a reason why it's prevailed.
  4. Jenn - I've had a listen to your music idea and it sounds like a nice start, although you may want to pull back on the cymbals, or push them back in the mix when you start to add more to it. It will be interesting to see how you put the lyrics to this piece, if you go ahead with it.
  5. I don't think so, but I'll have a look. I am using Analog Strings vst so there may be something going on in the back that I am not seeing.
  6. Cheers David - god, you have really good ears, there is a stereo wide plugin on the drums. It was put on a different sound, but I changed it to Battery 4 drums and forgot to remove it. Can't believe you picked up on that!!!! What do you hear as the log drums? I have a synth which is a wood block sound, but I don't think it is that. The drums are a 909, so shouldn't sound like a log. There are 2 pizzicato string synth parts, one playing the higher 1 2 1 2 and one a bit lower on the scale playing on the 1. There is a plugin on the second one which creates a kind of reverb thing, so is it maybe that you are hearing? I'm really not happy with the drums on this one, as I used Logic's virtual drummer and I can't get it to sound the way I want, so will give your idea a try. There is a harp synth in there at the moment, but I think it does need a bit more of something to give it body, but I don't want to overpower the simple song I imagine this to be. Thanks for your input.
  7. That was deliberate - I felt the song suited more uniformity as it is a simple song and wanted the 1 2 1 2 and vocal to drive it. Maybe add some harmonies and that might lift the chorus section. You will not believe how many changes I tried to make to this - especially the bridge, but it kept coming back to this, as it sounded off with too many changes and the feel of the song was gone. maybe a couple of more background sounds going on will add something.
  8. 'Thanks Dek - I removed all the delay from that sound, so it might just be the actual sound. I'll see if there is a similar sound and see if it fits and fixes the issue.
  9. Thanks Jenn - I'll have a look at removing it at the bridge.
  10. Cheers Sreyashi - I wanted it to be both happy and melancholic, which might be a contradiction, but the character is meant to be sad, but happy that he has found the picture from his past. I've posted a new version above, hopefully it sounds better now. Richard
  11. UPDATE - 17/06/2017 Hi all - okay gave this another stab tonight. Changed up the drums, dropped the velocity and tweaked the string pizzacato synth. Added some extra stuff, but starting to think the song should remain quite simple. I couldn't re-record the vocals tonight, so a couple of bits where I have changed up the arrangement don't work the way they will when I re-do the vocals. Hopefully this works a bit better. https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/the-girl-with-the-flower-in-her-hair-v21-17062017-2355/s-9hbXI The Girl With The Flower In Her Hair (music/lyrics by Richard Tracey) I have lived the life of Reilly I have been the smart and the wily But the world is changing And I don't want to change with it All the things I have in my name All the money, all the women, all the fame I would give it all up To go back to a better time And the pictures of the past Are lying over there And I can see the girl With the flower in her hair How I wish I was there With the girl with the flower in her hair Girl with the flower in her hair
  12. Hey, Ken - these sound really nice - I just wish we could have heard the singers voice more and not auto-tuned to hell!!!!
  13. The icy-sounding synth is probably the thing I like - but then you know my preferences when it comes to music.
  14. Cheers Jenn - I think from Dek's comment I probably know why you couldn't get into it last night. The drum is out of sync. When I listened this morning with fresh ears, I thought I was listening to a different song from last night, it wasn't till I listened a couple of times that it started sounding okay, as the drums fade into the background on subsequent listens. It doesn't mean they will stay, as I now know they are a problem. I know what you mean about the 'there' part, but it sang this several times last night before I recorded the vocals and it sounded better this way, a kind of melancholy feeling. I think the 1 2 1 2 might sound better once there is more in the song and I reduce the velocity of the string part. It should soften up a bit.
  15. Cheers Dallon - I will be addressing the drums anyway as they aren't working how I thought - listening to it over and over clouded just how out of sync they are with the song, so will look at your suggestion when I am fixing it.