Tuesday, July 1, 2014
My Name is Romance
Today, I'd like to offer you another musical piece in my evolving "Forgotten Voices" series, like my earlier Streak of Moonlight, which I shared back in April. This is one I call My Name is Romance. I've uploaded it to My Soundcloud Page and I eagerly invite you to take a listen either from using the link above, or right from this blog by clicking on the embedded widget below:
Like Streak of Moonlight, everything on this piece was performed by me. I edited the MIDI Drum patterns and played bass, keys (including the keyboard melody), and many, many guitars. The only things that were not me are the samples from a 1930's radio romance program -- vocals and some short clips of strings.
This took a long time to put together and went through several revisions. I also changed my opinions as the piece was slowly put together -- I started out really liking it, then thought it was crap and set it aside half-finished, and then revisited it and thought it wasn't so bad. Now I have come full circle to liking it once again. Nothing like the temperamental artist, huh? ;)
Now that it's finished, I enjoy the mix of moody, distortion-laden rhythm guitars, spacey echo fills, the keyboard melody, and the leads (including a backwards one that turned out much better than I thought it might). All-together, including each vocal sample, there are over 30 separate audio tracks in this piece, many of them just little fills that come and go in the background. This is not my usual recording method -- I'm typically much too impatient to let something sit and stew and keep slowing adding and revising over a long period.
Take a listen and see what you think! And then feel free to let me know -- I'd love to hear your opinion.
Thanks for listening!