Richard Tracey

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  1. Cheers Will - yeah the weather is glorious. I think a lot of the power of the chorus has been lost on this, as it sounds louder through Logic with my headphones, but is really quiet on this recording. I am going to try and fix that and post again later. I'll have a look at the chugging guitar, but I don't play, so will need to see if I can manage it on the keyboard. I am going to look at backing vocals when I am fixing the track up, just wanted to get a feel at this early stage if the track feels like it is working. Appreciate the comments.
  2. (UPDATED - the drums are really distorted listening back on different headphones - there is a plugin on the drums to excite them and give a bit more punch, but it is clearly reacting badly with the Ozone preset. I'll fix that so no need to comment on the distortion) (UPDATED - 28/05/2017) **** I've added another synth line and tried to fix the level of the drums and chorus - new vocal (not happy with it, voice was too dry!!) and mucked about with Ozone, but not happy with the preset either - this will require some serious tweaking ***** Okay, last one for this week. This is one I started earlier today - still not sure about the bridge part and the whole track needs more instruments, but my ears are now bleeding from listening to me sing!!! so that is it for tonight. Just looking for feedback on what is there so far... Cheers https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/heroes-28052017-2342/s-lm5d4 HEROES (music and lyrics by Richard Tracey) Hey, don't you worry Your cries are being heard There's no reason to be alone You don't need to be scared We are one of many Different guises but all the same If you need us we'll be there All you need is to call our name All you need is to call our name And we'll be there And we can be the heroes that you need We can lift you up till you succeed And we can be the heroes that you seek We can be the voice to let you speak We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes Hey, you don't need to fight There's no reason for you to run With us there by your side We'll be a match for anyone We'll be a match for anyone With us by your side And we can be the heroes to protect We can be the shield against neglect And we can be the heroes to secure We can be the strength so you'll endure We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes bridge And we can be the heroes that you need We can lift you up till you succeed And we can be the heroes that you seek We can be the voice to let you speak We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes And we can be the heroes to protect We can be the shield against neglect And we can be the heroes to secure We can be the strength so you'll endure We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes We can be the heroes
  3. Thanks John, your comment is very much appreciated. I know you don't tend to post in this section, so I feel very grateful you felt the need to comment on this one.
  4. Cheers Bringer, the drums are too far back and sounded louder on my recording headphones. The kick and snare have a reverb plugin on them, but you won't hear the effect while it is sitting so far back. The whole chorus part is meant to be louder. I don't know what happened when I sent it to iTunes to post. Ill fix up some parts and post later.
  5. Cheers Jenn - this one kind of took on a life of its own, so will need a bit of tweaking. I tried having space between the sections, but it didn't sound right, but my ears were tired, so will give it another shot, might just need to find a nice transition. I thought the synth at the beginning was dark enough. It was an octave down when I originally played it, but it sounded too dark. I'll have another go and see what I think with fresh ears. the chorus part is quite quiet on this recording and sounded fuller on my headphones when I was doing everything, so will need to adjust the levels. It should be big and in your face. I couldn't sing it too loud, as it was late when I recorded the vocals, so will give it another shot today at some point. I am going to add extra layers of vocals on the chorus. I have She Wants Revenge's first album and it's superb. Lovely dark synths and sounds, but wasn't to impressed with their output after that, it sounded weak in comparison. I'll give this one a listen and see. Thanks for your input, it's always nice to hear what others hear from a song.
  6. Okay, this is the vocal version (for Dek - but anyone else can have a listen), which is very rough and with totally disjointed lyrical idea as they were sang at different times that night, before I merged the three ideas together. https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/nucleus-of-an-atom-17052017-2222/s-MPijP
  7. Hi all - well having not managed to get near the studio for a couple of weeks, I decided to spend an hour before bed and came up with this. This is the instrumental version as the vocal version is just a mishmash of lyric ideas to get a vocal melody and does not make any sense or context. The title is something I had in my head all day (no idea why) and when I got home I came up with the part that became the chorus. I then made what I thought was the verse, but turned into a pre-chorus when I came up with the verse part. I'm just looking for any comments to see if this idea is working. All parts are played by hand, including the drums (hence why they are not complicated). It is not complete instruments wise, as I can still hear other parts/melodies/counter melodies, but I want to get the lyric finished first and see where that takes me. Since then, this weekend I have managed to spend a couple of hours in the studio and came up with another 3 tracks that are in early development arrangement wise, so hopefully have something to share soon. Let me know what you think... cheers and yes David did post a track called Molecules and this might think that I have used a similar idea, but I promise I did come up with this before he posted his idea https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/nucleus-of-an-atom-instrumental-17052017-2228/s-az5Fs
  8. Hey Dek - there is going to be vocals - the idea at the moment is very much a draft. I composed the different parts at different times that night and had sang a rough ad-lib vocal to get an idea, but as the song merged, they don't go together and I am still trying to work out what I want the song to say, but with that title. I'll post the vocal track so you can hear it, but the vocals are very rough as they were sang quickly and ad-libbed.
  9. **** I DID A LITTLE WORK ON THIS EARLIER - ADDED SOME EXTRA INSTRUMENTATION AND BASS (FOR STEVE). I HAVEN'T RE-RECORDED THE VOCALS YET, BUT INTEND TO DO THAT NEXT AT SOME POINT THIS WEEK. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY COMMENTS ON THE NEW MIX AND EXTRA INSTRUMENTATION... CHEERS THE NEW MIX IS FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE - WILL KEEP THE ORIGINAL HERE, IF ANYONE WANTS TO HEAR THE DIFFERENCE **** Hi all - this track is composed using the new Output Analog Strings and drums by Battery 4 (not really happy with them listening back). I will be adding more instrumentation and harmonies, but just looking for opinions so far. It is deliberate that I have kept the same pattern going throughout with slight changes. (Once I had got this far, I thought it was sounding like something else - if you have heard Dream To Sleep by H2O or Something Good by Paul Haig - you may think it sounds familiar!!! ) Hope you like... https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/i-know-15042017-2115/s-pYc2E I KNOW (music/lyrics by Richard Tracey) If there was a little moment For me to be by myself Then I would take it Every once in a while If there was a little time That I could put aside for me Then I know I would be A better person for it I know I know If there was a little high To go with all of the lows Then I know I could See the clearing from the trees I know I know If there was a little feeling In amongst all the pain Then I know I'd live The life I'd want for me I know I know All the little things that make me feel this way All the little things that I need to do today I know I know I know
  10. Are you going to do the power chords for me? I can't play guitar and don't think it sounds the same with power piano chords
  11. Hi Emily, this is probably my favourite I have heard from you and takes me back to discovering Kate Bush and the lovely sounds she created with her voice and piano. Your vocals on this are a standout and the harmonies are fantastic. Like others I think the piano could do with being brighter and slightly higher in the mix, but with an eq to take the high end off if it gets too bright. One thing I love is finding a nice piano sound. Is this a real piano? If not, what are you using for the piano? I do think the synth could be changed and you could get something a bit fuller that would works just as well. The synth sounds very thin for me, but if you want to keep it, why don't you layer it a few times, but adding a slight delay and panning them left and right with a slight change to the placing would help give it a fuller sound. This is the kind of song I would listen to a lot and you should feel very proud of this one.
  12. Hi Bielka, welcome to SongStuff. This is a lovely song and the beginning is the perfect start to a song for me. I have always loved that sound and being a soundtrack fan, have encountered some really nice French soundtrack music along the way and this has this in spades. The guitar playing, vocals, everything is very well done and the production sounds really good as well. Well done.
  13. A3D - really nice track. It kind of reminded me of The Eels and the lyrical idea was a nice idea. A couple of times the vocal sounded a bit croaky, but I don't know if that is what you intended or not. Are you looking to add anything else to the track?
  14. Dek, I've now had a listen - love it. It has a very 70's vibe to it and believe it or not, echoes of Midge in some parts. It also reminds me of those summer holidays where we all poured into the back of the car and went on trips that felt like it would take forever to get there, but in reality, now, it's about an hour It also has a nice warm feeling to it and I could sense that it really meant something to you. Some of the song reminded me of some of the best bands of that era, including the Thin White Duke himself and it was a nice direction for you. My only nit was some of the backing vocals I felt didn't quite sit right with the song. The main vocal was great, but a couple of the times the backing vocal didn't hit right. But that is just me. Great job.
  15. Hi Mark, wow this is really beautiful. Your voice is excellent and the guitar and piano sound perfect to my ears. The mix and arrangement sound good to me and I like that it took a while till the chorus kicked it, it was worth the wait. I don't know if it was my headphones, which are normally very good, but the piano could sound a bit brighter, unless you were going for a more muted sound, then just ignore me. The piano at the beginning works for me, but then I love piano in songs. I didn't notice the hiss at the beginning that others did, but did hear it as the song was finishing as the vocal faded (to grey). Really good track and you should be proud of this one. It took me back to a simpler time for music and felt like something Bread would have released, with touches of Bowie thrown in with some of your vocal phrasing.
  16. Dek - not had a chance to listen yet, but will shortly, but I just wanted to say I'm glad you are back, but sorry that it was the loss of a close family member that gave you the impetus to compose a song. I know that it has probably been very cathartic getting the feelings out in a song and it has been known to help with dealing with sadness. I'm also sorry your city has had to endure another horrific incident. This one has hit me a bit harder than I thought and I think it's because a lot of the kids are around my daughters age and I keep thinking, what if it was them!!!! I hope you are back again and looking to stick around. We need to get our heads together and work on a collaboration. I'll have a listen and get back to you.
  17. Yeah, I'll give it another go. Just need to find time to work out the lyrics, but thinking they will be close to what's there with another verse part, instead of having the repeat.
  18. Good read so far... I originally called myself (NFD) - this is a Police term and means 'Not Further Described' when writing information down. I wanted to be in the background and the music being the thing you noticed, so felt that suited. I The noticed there was a rap group in the US with the same moniker.... so eventually I changed it to Jigsaw Sequence. This is a lyric from a Ultravox song called Rage In Eden. I had always wanted my first album to be called 'and no-one could see the end'. This is the continuation of the lyric from the song. It's a bit obscure, but I really liked it. Recently I decided to change it to something a bit easier to remember and wanted to go with Monument - again this is another Ultravox reference, but again there is already a group with that name, so went with Little Monuments. This is another Ultravox lyric, but felt it would suit the creation of the songs, being little Monuments. I wrote the one minute track for a post a while back and that was written in a similar context, where you could take it the songs were created for others and would be there when we're gone, or that we create children to leave behind when we are gone to keep the human race going. I think I was trying to be to clever for my own good with that one
  19. @starise - Tim, I decided to give this a quick try - the lyrics were about 90% ad-libbed as I was singing once I had a rough idea of what the lyric should be about. I am going to refine the lyrics, but what do you think of the idea? R https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/i-dont-care-anymore-22052017-2223/s-SzV2i I don't like how SoundCloud doesn't allow you to change the name of the artist!!!
  20. Tim, I think I am going to give this one a try as well. I've laid down a very rough draft for a vocal idea with ad-libbing lyrics. Will go back and find the lyric idea from that and get something to you soon as an idea.
  21. Listen to Enjoy The Silence - for me that is their best song.
  22. Hi Will, I agree with others, this has a very Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson feel to it. Sounds like a good start, but for me it needs just a little bit more body to it, something to fill it out. This might only be a synth part or extra spread when you are mixing and mastering.
  23. This is a cool track. Like someone mentioned, it has a very nice Depeche Mode vibe going on. The melodies are excellent and the instrumentation, especially the guitar are very well done. I feel it needs something extra going on and I would prefer if he sang the chorus with more of a higher pitch and feeling (i can hear in my head how it should sound). I agree with David about the bridge, it should be doubled up and it only needs another synth melody over the top of it, to make it stand out against the rest of the track. Great start though and feel the lyrics are top notch and I love the subject. I wouldn't change them other than David's suggestion above.
  24. 'Hey Rob - thanks for the lovely comments, very much appreciated coming from yourself. Glad my vocals sound okay on this one. Once I can get round to recording them properly, I am hoping they will sound a hell of a lot better.
  25. 'Thanks for the comments Matthew - appreciate them. Melodies are something I don't seem to have a problem coming up with, finishing a track on the other hand.... I do need to get back to Guiding Light, but not going to have a lot of time over the next few weeks, much to my annoyance.