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  1. Harreh

    Thoughts on Offensive Lyrics

    So in my band, the two most commercial songs we have written, both have 'fuck' in the hook. I dunno. I just find it weird and counter intuitive.
  2. I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am so sick of how digitally assisted songs are today. I don't mind a bit of it here and there, but when entire songs are coated in it, it makes me feel quite alienated. I came across this today and I think it works pretty well as an example of how not to do pitch correction. For me it clashes so much with the period music/instrumentation. It sounds so alien and robotised. I'm astounded the studio said this was the best the could do. It's basically a musical, and you're just gonna overlook the singing? Crazy.
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    How can we improve the site?

    If I wanted to be really critical, I could say that I don't like the typography of 'Muse Songwriters'. But to be honest, I don't think is worth spending resources on changing. Its functional.
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    How can we improve the site?

    I really like the logo. It really helps distinguish what this place is and matches the rest of the colour scheme. A lot of smaller sites don't bother - but I really do appreciate the effort made - its classy
  5. Hey guys. I just wanted to point out that in the digital age, marketing is numero uno factor for getting sales. As such any company that takes itself seriously spends a decent amount of money on making their own product demos, as well as handing out a few of their products to artists and reviewers for the sake of publicising their product. Specifically, if you're not on YouTube you're doing it wrong. The big issue that I want to highlight is the following : It is not always obvious to distinguish what is 1) A genuine person or artist doing a review because they can. They are critical of the product and have not been paid for a bias 2) A paid promotion from a brand to make a video for their product. The product is only talked about positively because it is an advert And (optionally) 3) Limbo - A demo of a product made by an artist, but subtly disguised as a review. The video seems like a review, but it only serves the purpose of an advert To highlight this problem here are some examples I've come across that tripped me up. Exhibit A) Hall Of Fame Reverb by TC Electronics. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbnqZveBjt4 In this video, Tony Grey demo's a product on the TC Electronic's official channel. He opens up his video with flattery, saying its a very important pedal for him and his sounds personally. He goes through various settings like a demo praising the product and shows us many different sounds and what he likes to use. The problem for me is that there is no note to the viewer that this is a video that the brand paid him to make so that they have an advert to promote the product positively. Whether the brand gave him an opportunity to make a video where he could say what he wanted. Or whether he genuinely likes the product and did it out of kindness towards the brand (not likely I know, but possible etc). In gaming, YouTube have put in specific rules on this subject. You can not be paid to make a promotional video for a product - without explicitly saying in the audio of the video, and in a caption on the video, and in the video's description - that it is a paid promotion. Exhibit B ) Westwood Overdrive by Earthquaker Devices - https://youtu.be/SAkCrzvoc-I Different company, different artist, exactly the same problem. The video begins with some overdrive sounds. After the artist says that its hard to hear whether we are losing 'our low end'. But that it's good that there is a bass knob on the pedal and suggests that it would probably respond well. He ends the video saying he's intrigued by the pedal and gives a personal anecdote about busking in an area named Westwood. Is this an advert? Or an artist genuinely trying out a pedal for fun without being paid for a biased view point? Again we dont know, we are left in limbo. There are many many more videos like this, but I think you see my point. Perhaps its naive to think that a company should have to point out that they are promoting their own products. But my issue comes with the 'review' esque format. I actually really like the Hall Of Fame Reverb on bass, and I don't doubt that Tony Grey has used it himself at some point. But I do wish he gave clarity that he is demoing it FOR TC E, on their offical channel. He even signs off as 'This has been Tony Grey' just how any everyday youtuber would sign off - regardless of the fact its not his channel. Even a small title card with the brand's name would help viewers distinguish that this is a brand's official advert - and not a yotuber making content for fun.
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    Awkward lyrics by the greats...

    The line is 'ever changing world' I believe And I guess it kind of feeds back to the hook. As (Im sure you know,) the title is a play on the phrase 'live and let live'. When you were youngAnd your heart was an open bookYou used to say live and let live But if this ever changin' worldIn which we live inMakes you give in and crySay live and let die I kinda see what you mean about the in's but its never bothered me.
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    Awkward lyrics by the greats...

    John Lennon's solo discography is absolutely appalling when compared to the Beatles, or when compared directly to the songs his former Beatles were making on their own. I really like Plastic Ono Band, but every other album has some really really dire content. "You can shine your shoes and wear a suitYou can comb your hair and look quite cute - look quite cute is a weird 'verb', and comes across as oddYou can hide your face behind a smileOne thing you can't hideIs when you're crippled insideYou can wear a mask and paint your face - if you painted your face, and wore a mask, surely we couldnt tell?You can call yourself the human race -what? what does that mean?You can wear a collar and a tie -IE what you already said in the opening linesOne thing you can't hideIs when you're crippled insideWell now you know that yourCat has nine lives -WTF has my cat got to do with the rest of the song??Nine lives to itselfBut you only got one -4 lines explaining that we only have 1 life, while a cat has nine. But why?And a dog's life ain't fun -A dog's life ain't fun? Isn't that like saying, a bad life is bad?Momma take a look outside" -nice rhyme scheme there John....
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    Thoughts on Offensive Lyrics

    Censorship of any kind is not something I endorse. I think Alistair said it the best. Public broadcasters should have the right to play whatever they want (to their legal extent). Musicians have the right to put out anything they want. And the listeners have the right to buy and endorse whatever they want. I'd much rather live in a society were I get offended at things on a semi-regular basis than a society where people can't voice their own opinions/ideas in-case they might offend someone. Personally I find songs that use 'fuck' in their choruses to be crass and stupid. You're literally making your songs less listenable to general audiences. Similarly the same that thing applies when singers say too much about 'anatomy'. But I don't think they should be banned. I also hate songs that call for violence, even in a military sense. But again, that's just my tastes and beliefs. They should still be able to sing write and sell songs about them.
  9. If you are as familiar with singing Radiohead's creep, there is a very noticeable similarity with Creep's chorus and Lana Del Ray's pre chorus. Maybe not for note for note the same, but very very similar choice of notes. "This is my commitment, my modern manifesto.." "Im a creep, I'm a werido.." She's added in a bit of swing and a few more syllables but its very similar otherwise. I definitely get a feeling of familiarity with Creeps Verse and Get Free too. But its mostly a rhythmic thing, not a melody thing and not something that I think should be legally bound as the same song Using verse two (because it doesn't have any censored words): "Like my part was i, Was not discerning" "When you were here before, couldn't look you in the eye" "And you as we found out, were not in your right mind" "You're just like an angel, your skin makes me cry" They obviously aren't the same song throughout. Which then leads into how much of the song Radiohead should own. If it's just the first bit, it should be like 20% at the most. And that's still generous. Its probably closer to 5% of the song. I'm more surprised by how awful the record sounds. Sounds like she's trying to replicate super indie artists like Weyes Blood and failing miserably. And some of her lyrical phrasing is just all over the place and very janky. "That comes from energies combined" it almost sounds like they used the wrong take. Im sure I could get that to fit better than she did (lol!)
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    Need help with song writing

    What you say is very true. And it did occur to me after posting that it's just a possible either way. I get very paranoid about this kind of thing. Lots of threads over on reddit become articles with paid adverts on them with no credit given to the true authors. I'll be more mindful next time.
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    Need help with song writing

    Im a bit late to this thread but: Why are you using someone else's photograph as your display picture? I cant help but think this is some shill trying to get us to write an article for his own financial gain. http://www.qimrberghofer.edu.au/people/david-whiteman/
  12. Duality Life and death. Darkness and light. Good and evil. Wrong and right. Pleasure and pain. Hope and regret. Sinners and saints. Profit and debt. . Risk and safety. Tragedy and joy. Earth and heaven. Filled and void. Past and future. Man and machine. Truth and fiction. Reality and dream. . Faith and reason. Fire and ice. Terror and comfort. Day and night. War and peace. Imprisoned and free. Ally and Enemy. Unhidden and unseen.
  13. Agree very much with what HoboSage has to say. If you want full sounding demos on the cheap, you have to invest time and money into audio software. Namely DAWs (digital audio workstations). Obviously you can still make demo's on the cheap with a Dictaphone (preferably a digital one) but if you want big sounding songs as your original post describes, its a DAW you want to look into getting.
  14. He was a wonderful soul who directly helped me many a times. I'm quite shocked and upset to learn of his passing. He'll definitely be missed.
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    holiday = higher vocal range

    Hey Mylene thanks very much for posing the question and responding. I suppose that does make a lot of sense. I was not under any obligation to do anything so it makes sense that I was less anxious/stressed. Had no idea such a simple thing could have such a strong effect PaulC - how much do you want for a jar?
  16. Hey guys. Werid one here. Been to Canada twice over the last 6 months. During that time lots of R+R and not much singing done. Both times I return with a much higher singing range than when I left. Nearly half an octave more (5 semitones) What in your opinion could cause this? Cant find much on the subject
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    Soundcloud in trouble?

    Thanks for the heads up. I definitely will have to check I have my songs from 10ish years ago. 2 years ago, a friend who works for a music hardware/software company said something along the lines of 'they have never made money with soundcloud' and 'it bleeds money and they don't know how to fix it'. Those of us who do use it will have probably noticed soundcloud has trying to re-brand themselves as a music app that rivals spotify, serving not only upcoming/bedroom artists but also many mainstream acts and artists. For me this makes very little sense. Soundcloud is a great product because its almost all music from amateurs, with the odd thing from professionals. Once search results are filled with official bands and acts' official albums/EP's, it kind of loses its purpose/audience/niche. If myspace is any indication to go by, soundcloud as a website will exist for sometime. Personally I think: over time soundcloud will be owned by very different sets of hands, trying to make it work. We'll see various changes and amendments take place, to the point where it doesn't look anything like the original vision of the site/service, and most users find somewhere else to go. The reason I draw the comparison is because myspace went from being a haven of content creators messing around and sharing their work, to trying to be an 'entertainment channel' featuring top charting artists and big labels. Seems like the cycle will repeat yet again...
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    Singing and Illness

    Could be a whole host of different things, hope you manage to get it sorted out. Make sure you mention the fact you like singing but are having issues with it to your doctor. Sometimes being very specific can be helpful with diagnosis. My brain goes straight to technique when you say it comes on worse after singing. Have you tried singing in front of a mirror? Maybe you are tensing your throat more than you think? Which could in turn make any ailments worse. You also might just be over doing it? Going from no singing to lots of singing could do that. Try practising 20 mins each day rather than 2 hour sessions once a week. Could also just be hay fever. A friend of mine always sounds like he hasn't slept when its summer time because of how the pollen affects him. Also could be asthma or lack of physical fitness (not trying to pass judgement. I don't think I could be the singer of the band I'm in simply because I don't have the breath for it.)
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    Mind Ya Nose

    By the way @Arthur Atsu. Lad means boy. If you want to say girl, you could use the word lass.
  20. Hey there guys. Woke up with this song in my head this morning. I spent ages mixing on headphones, and became happy listening back to it. But then I switched to speakers, and my happiness was lost. I cant tell if its my cheap speakers not being able to play back the subtleties, or whether I need to go back to the drawing board on the mix. Any tips on the sound/mix would be appreciated.
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    Mind Ya Nose

    What side of the world are you from by the way?
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    Mind Ya Nose

    Sounds like you got a great idea of melody/harmony and lyrics. And you've got a fantastic voice. Lots of character without sounding synthetic. In fact I should praise that on its own. Wonderful to hear someone actually singing in this weird time in when autotune vocals amass the top 10 spots. I would suggest you get a better microphone for vocals, and maybe try collaborating with someone for more fuller production sounds. There's a real old-y world-y quality that I admire. You've definitely got the right idea. For an early demo recording you should feel happy and excited as to what more time/energy/investments will bring you
  23. Hey thanks for the replies guys. Exactly the kind of tips and feedback I was looking for. I'm reasonably comfortable with my composition, but not at all comfortable to even entertain the idea of the roles of a 'producer'. I had a mess with implementing your specific changes and yet I still feel ignorant on the matter. Maybe going off topic but: are there any articles, books or videos, or even courses any of you could recommend? I've found so many YouTube who clearly don't know what they're talking about despite acting as though they are prophets from future realms..
  24. Overall your vocal performance is pretty good but there's a few places you could improve When you sing a higher note, it can be useful to go to A) make sure you still have breath (if not change breathing so you do) and B ) sing the note softer. It usually means you hit the pitch much better for a small sacrifice in volume. However you can fix this drop in volume in your software. The other thing I would suggest is you think about dynamics of your vocals. You ought to chose parts of the songs that should be sung quieter, and parts that should be sung louder. Generally choruses tend to be the part we want to sing the loudest, and subsequently the verses tend to be quieter. But of course that's not a universal rule. Singing with dynamics really adds an extra element. It can kind of fool the listener to wanting to sing along with the choruses. And simultaneously it makes it more interesting as theres more variety. Imagine how much more interesting it is speaking with someone who uses different patterns compared to someone who speaks in the same tone of voice. For example I imagine singing the second verse's "can you hear the winter storm" would be much more effective if sung quieter I liked your melodies, and nothing stuck out as weird lyrically. I think the composition is very strong overall. Your voice itself is very good at articulating the words, you don't come across as having a 'false' accent that a lot of singers often do. With the rest of the song: the chords are very interesting, i liked the baselines and the lead guitars very much. I hope you keep writing and recording
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