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Postby Suprawill1 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:00 pm

A song I wrote and performed for a Russian friend. Hope you like.

https://soundcloud.com/suprawill1/kate
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Re: Kate

Postby Bane » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:42 pm

OMG, reminds me of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody on so many levels!

Good stuff :)
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:56 pm

Thanks Bane! Actually, it was composed that way because she likes Queen. :)
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Re: Kate

Postby firestamper » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:45 am

very clever stuff, love your guitar playing .the concept of the song reminded me of a frank zappa approach with the queen type part being sandwiched between a smooth tune,i could almost hear zappa announcing Ray White on vocals ,by the way great vocals ,if it were ever a hit you'd probably owe some royalty to brian may for the headbanging riff though , good stuff,and nice recording
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:49 am

firestamper wrote:very clever stuff, love your guitar playing .the concept of the song reminded me of a frank zappa approach with the queen type part being sandwiched between a smooth tune,i could almost hear zappa announcing Ray White on vocals ,by the way great vocals ,if it were ever a hit you'd probably owe some royalty to brian may for the headbanging riff though , good stuff,and nice recording


Thanks, I appreciate that! This was def a spinoff of the Queen feel and yes, that riff was a ripp off. :) That's what she wanted. Funny you should mention Zappa. I grew up through his era too.
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Re: Kate

Postby tex » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:01 pm

Got feelings from this track. thanks. love the bass and intro. kept me hooked to the end. sounds well produced
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:17 am

Thank you Tex! :)
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Re: Kate

Postby shadowfax » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:59 pm

just getting soundcloud opening page..Kevin
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:27 pm

shadowfax wrote:just getting soundcloud opening page..Kevin


Sorry Kevin, had to edit the link. Should be ok now.
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Re: Kate

Postby shadowfax » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:13 am

Very clever and acomplished work..love the harmonies and great singing..part of it is just too much of a queen rip of though..just too close!! the rest is original with a queen feel and rather excellent..Kevin
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:47 pm

shadowfax wrote:Very clever and acomplished work..love the harmonies and great singing..part of it is just too much of a queen rip of though..just too close!! the rest is original with a queen feel and rather excellent..Kevin


Thanks Kevin. I agree on the Queen cloning. The woman I wrote it for wanted the Queen atmosphere as they are her favorite. She got it. :)
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Re: Kate

Postby shadowfax » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:51 am

Suprawill1 wrote:
shadowfax wrote:Very clever and acomplished work..love the harmonies and great singing..part of it is just too much of a queen rip of though..just too close!! the rest is original with a queen feel and rather excellent..Kevin


Thanks Kevin. I agree on the Queen cloning. The woman I wrote it for wanted the Queen atmosphere as they are her favorite. She got it. :)



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Re: Kate

Postby HornForHire » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:25 pm

A nice Queen pastiche, well done.

The only thing that bothers me is the autotune (or melodyne?) on the vocal.
Gives it an unnatural sound compared to the rest of the sounds.

Other than that, great job! 8-)

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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:32 pm

HornForHire wrote:A nice Queen pastiche, well done.

The only thing that bothers me is the autotune (or melodyne?) on the vocal.
Gives it an unnatural sound compared to the rest of the sounds.

Other than that, great job! 8-)

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Thanks Wim!

Apparently, you caught the 2 spots I used Melodyne (a line in the front and one on the back end) in the solo vocal. All the harmonies are natural. I have very little vibrato unless I force it. Being as I overdubbed all the vocals, using the same voice sometimes makes it sound processed. I also work live with a lot of sequenced tracks so I tend to sound robotic myself. lol
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Re: Kate

Postby Andresgp » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:51 pm

Very cool! the song has a solid arrangement and you definitely captured the Queen vibe you were going for. I bet your Russian friend really liked it!
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:19 pm

Andresgp wrote:Very cool! the song has a solid arrangement and you definitely captured the Queen vibe you were going for. I bet your Russian friend really liked it!


Thanks Andre! She did! :)
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Re: Kate

Postby MFox » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:53 pm

You've accomplished a lot with this song, and though it clearly copies the style of Queen it is still an original composition. You must be a big Queen fan, I still think to this day it was the best live show I've ever seen in my live, nothing can ever beat that. It's not easy to put together all those harmonies and timing it and getting it perfect, you did a fantastic job. Michael.
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:04 am

MFox wrote:You've accomplished a lot with this song, and though it clearly copies the style of Queen it is still an original composition. You must be a big Queen fan, I still think to this day it was the best live show I've ever seen in my live, nothing can ever beat that. It's not easy to put together all those harmonies and timing it and getting it perfect, you did a fantastic job. Michael.


Thank you Michael! Queen was among many influences I had growing up. I never saw them live but I would trade places with you on the night that you did. :)
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Re: Kate

Postby iluvstrats » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:22 pm

Really good production and performance. Nothing wrong to be influenced by Queen. We're all influenced by someone.
Once again very well done.
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:30 pm

iluvstrats wrote:Really good production and performance. Nothing wrong to be influenced by Queen. We're all influenced by someone.
Once again very well done.


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Re: Kate

Postby theadorerex » Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:58 pm

Great song! I thought the lyrics were especially clever. I know it's just for a friend so this might not matter, but I found myself adjusting the level of my speakers as I listened. Maybe I'm too much of a compression fiend, but it seemed like things could have been a more consistent volume without losing the theatrical nature of it. Also - the bass part was great!

Thanks for posting!
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:29 am

theadorerex wrote:Great song! I thought the lyrics were especially clever. I know it's just for a friend so this might not matter, but I found myself adjusting the level of my speakers as I listened. Maybe I'm too much of a compression fiend, but it seemed like things could have been a more consistent volume without losing the theatrical nature of it. Also - the bass part was great!

Thanks for posting!


Thank you for the compliment and input! I agree with you and wanted to squash it a little more but when I did, I couldn't get the build to crescendo and intensify above the intro. Maybe it's the type of compressor I'm using and my settings but in keeping a linear volume, it just wasn't working. I hope this explanation comes out right:

When I compress the whole mix, if there is a piano playing and then I add 3 more instruments, the piano ends up being 1/4 of it's original volume and the whole mix takes over the piano's original volume. Therefore, each instrument not only decreases in volume but loses it's intensity. I had to compress each instrument (like I usually do) and back off on the total mix compression.
Being as you are a compression fiend, :) maybe you could render some advice in that area.(?)
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Re: Kate

Postby desert » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:40 pm

yes this is good stuff, i am not a big queen fan but this is a very well composed an produced tune. It does sound a bit harsh on my system but still a good mix to me. :)
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Re: Kate

Postby Suprawill1 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:51 pm

desert wrote:yes this is good stuff, i am not a big queen fan but this is a very well composed an produced tune. It does sound a bit harsh on my system but still a good mix to me. :)


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Re: Kate

Postby desert » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:20 pm

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