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this seems unlikely and yet

this seems unlikely and yet it appears to be happening

all out of digital signal processing headroom, but we’re ready

It’s a good thing I’m pretty much ready with “We’re Not Friends,” because I am absolutely out of DSP headroom. Seriously, the screencap I actually got read 104% CPU, but it peaked at 107.4% so I mocked that up.


yikes

All the recording is done; last of that was Saturday afternoon. I’m pretty sure I don’t have any more effects I want to add. The current mix holds up on laptop speakers, which is, unfortunately, a bar you have to hit. I’ve got test-mix copies out to Alec and Anna and Kathryn to see what they think of what’s on it.

This is not a single I thought I’d be releasing this year, but it’s gonna happen. I don’t know if Sooj’s idea – ‘the mood is amazingly bad, get the most “up” material you have out, we can at least do that much’ – is going to do any good, or even if anyone other than me is actually following through on it, but my barrage is ready, and I’m gonna be launching it at the objective in two days.

I still have to figure out single art tho’. Ffft. Who went and made music releases so complicated, anyway?

late night recording

Up late last night in the Lair’s main studio, recording Kathryn Tewson on backing vocals for “We’re Not Friends.” She’s been singing since she was 14, and you may have heard her on things like Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, or the live performance of Lord of the Rings this year, she’s done some work for television, and she’s a member of both the Seattle Symphony Chorale and Opus 7. So while it’s rare for a supervillain to admit it, I am feeling seriously outclassed here. XD

She’s put a post up about the session on Facebook. I was really surprised that with all the work she’s done, she’s never worked with a close microphone before! But as someone from an overwhelmingly classical background (and enthusiastically of that school), it’s just not something they do. Her “bloom point” is something like 12 feet away? Which sounds like a beam origination point for some sort of superweapon but is actually where has various harmonics come together in a classical environment.


bloom point

I don’t see the difference, really.

By the way, close-mic being a new thing for her? You can’t tell from the recordings. I mean damn. And, for the record, she’s a joy to work with, so if you need somebody, go hire her.

Two more people left to record, both this week. SCHEDULE, MINIONS, SCHEDULE!

this is not turning into a gaming blog i swear

Really, it’s not, but I just won a game in Overwatch (Hanamura, Attacking) literally solo by going to the second objective and SITTING DOWN ‘TIL VICTORY because NOBODY NOTICED I WAS THERE.

It was hilarious. I was looking at their advance guard from behind and going, “don’t turn around, don’t turn around, don’t turn around” and they didn’t until suddenly the VICTORY! banner appears and everybody is going WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?!


VICTORY!

This is even better than yesterday’s game as Pharah (the rocketeer) where – in a round we lost, actually, but I don’t care – a Roadhog grabbed me with his chain and yanked me down to him, except my ultimate was ready so I was all JUSTICE RAINS ON YOUR FACE


it would’ve looked a lot like this, only MUCH CLOSER

pretty sure piggy wasn’t expecting that XD

In actually band-relevant news, I think I have singers for the chorus of “We’re Not Friends” now. Neither are 100% definite but both are very likely. Hopefully we can record next week!

Still thinking on another title tho’. I mean, I actually like the title as it stands? I’d really prefer to keep the title sometime from the lyrics and that’s the best title line in it. But negative titles don’t get the “play” button hit, so there you are.

hee hee hee sitting my way to victory XD XD XD

this is a difficult mix

Several weeks ago – probably two months, now – I saw a post by SJ Tucker where she was urging everybody to get their most positive song out there, just because the mood is so very, very terrible.

I don’t know if anybody else really took that up, but I’ve been working on one I wrote earlier this year and that I’ve only performed a few times, called “We’re Not Friends.” It’ll probably end up with some alternative title for release because negation titles don’t twig people and all that. It’s about the kind of fan reaction that you saw to Korrasami, or, as has been in the news the last few days, how Leslie Jones saw Whoopi Goldberg who, in turn, saw Nichelle Nichols, and in all of our cases, we’re seeing someone that isn’t allowed to exist just show up in front of you.

So of course with perfect timing I’ve been fighting weeks of system issues (thanks, Ubuntu), but despite that, I have been making headway on an early single release of this track. It was going to be on Din of Thieves – and still will be, all said and done – but I’m still trying to answer Sooj’s call.

And it’s being a real pain in the ass to mix. It doesn’t want a bassline, I’ve tried. It seems to want its entire low end in the drums. But while the drums it wants are simple, they’re difficult to get to come together sonically in a way that makes them sound like they’re all pieces of the same set.

And the chorus – hoo boy, I’ve reached out to people, but everybody’s busy with Other Stuff, because this is not the time of the year to try to work together some new tracks, apparently. Still workin’ on that. I have very specific ideas about what I want and I’m not getting them.

Still, I’m doin’ my damnedest to pull it together. September’s the goal. Labour day. Labour day if I can, aheh, get it all to work.

swearing in welsh and playing in mandolin

@elwoodicious responded to my button-mashing arglebargle on Twitter with, “when you swear in Welsh you know it’s serious XD” but if you might know why I would be having client timeouts against the webcache varnish, but only when using the faster segment of the network, here’s today’s/last night’s data dump.

Otherwise, I’ll be adding mandolin to “We’re Not Friends,” which I’ve been working when not working on servers. (I haven’t talked about our DNS server also deciding that the login daemon was both optional and needed to be restarted every 60 seconds, have I? No. Well, it did, I fixed that too.) But…

“We’re Not Friends” is pushing me. Not from a technical standpoint, or even from an emotional standpoint, but from a communicating that emotion standpoint. Musically speaking, it’s of about average complexity – I’ve released far more complicated material. (Particularly “Stars,” hoo boy. That thing is a tiny opera.) But…

There’s an emotional complexity here that I have to get across, and I need every part of it onboard to make it work. That’s all there is to it, but it’s subtle, and most songs only have time for one emotional tone, and I’m trying to communicate an substantial emotion tonal change in three and a half minutes. But if I can do that…

Right then, back to it.

some days you just gotta write soviet disco, apparently

kawaiilluminatii on Tumblr demanded, and I quote, “YMCA but instead of young man they say comrade and YMCA is USSR,” and liquidcoma threw in a first line. And, of course, I followed up…

…and then I couldn’t stop myself. I tried, I swear, but I kept adding more chunks in a series of reblogs.

The Biggest, Hottest Communist Disco Club of 1978
2016 Crime and the Forces of Evil, I guess?

Comrade! Steel production is down,
I said comrade! Pick yourself off the ground
I said comrade! Seize the factory in town
There’s no need to be a wage slave

Comrade! Marx’s principles show
clearly (Comrade!) There’s no meaning to dough –
it’s all shackles! You must cast them aside
if you want to gain class freedom

(in the video in my head, the five horn hits going into the chorus are red flags popping up –
FLAG FLAG FLAG FLAG FLAG)

The workers rule in the U S S R
The workers rule in the U S S R
We have thrown down our chains, we have taken the reigns,
In the name of the working class!

The workers rule in the U S S R
The workers rule in the U S S R
We have seized control from the capitalists
Private property won’t exist

Comrade! Have the peasants been armed? I ask
Comrade! Have collectives been formed? I ask
Comrade! Are the bourgeois informed?
That their ruling days are over

No one, does it all by themselves
I said no one! or you’ll end up in cells
So come join us! In the U S S R
Be the in-ter-na-tion-al-ist!

(FLAG) (FLAG) (FLAG) (FLAG) (FLAG)

The workers rule in the U S S R
The workers rule in the U S S R
We have thrown down our chains, we have taken the reigns,
In the name of the working class!

The workers rule in the U S S R
The workers rule in the U S S R
We have seized control from the capitalists
Private property won’t exist

Comrade! I was once in your shoes
I said Comrade! Down and out with the blues
I felt no one! cared if I would survive
The whole system was just jive and

That’s when someone, came right up to me
And said comrade, there’s solutions you see
There’s a system, in the U S S R
That can start you back on your way

(FLAG) (FLAG) (FLAG) (FLAG) (FLAG)

The workers rule in the U S S R
The workers rule in the U S S R
We have seized control from the capitalists
Private property won’t exist

U S S R! The workers rule in the U S S R
Comrade, Comrade, there’s no need to feel down
Comrade, Comrade, pick yourself off the ground

U S S R! The workers rule in the U S S R!
Comrade, Comrade, I was once in your shoes
Comrade, Comrade, down and out with the blues

…aaaaand so on. NOPE AS I WAS WRITING THIS POST I DECIDED I HAD TO GO ADD TWO MORE VERSES AND ARRANGE IT SO IT MAPPED TO THE ORIGINAL SINGLE RELEASED IN 1978.

I’m actually kind of pleased with myself both over making “internationalist” scan, and for extensively paraphrasing Lenin’s letter to the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic in a disco song.

But come on, brain, what? XD

what the hell is wrong with me

There’s a webcomic called Dumbing of Age that I like quite a lot (I have all the books and supported the latest Kickstarter) and search for “tiny baby hand” in today’s strip’s comments and that might explain:

…but, y’know, no promises. XD

not just a display piece

Laying down timing tracks for the new album, finally. I did four and a half tracks yesterday – this is a quick process. None of these recordings will make it onto the final, but it’s a helpful step.

For the moment, the new microphone is living as a display piece in the corner of the room, on the shelf with all the other microphones. Every time I see it, I consider more places I might actually use it on this album. XD

This whole thing got started by looking up how to fake bullhorn vocals, like I needed for the new single, Pee Police (on Bandcamp, YouTube, and Soundcloud). Universally, people said the best way to do it was use a real bullhorn. I mean yes, I’d wanted to build a carbon microphone for a long time. But in terms of actually doing it, this was the prompt.

If you want a specific sound made by a specific thing, the best way to do it is have that thing. $19 in parts later, I have it!

“Starship on Fire” is so far the most likely track to get some carbon mic vocals in the mix. Since it’s told – sung? – from two different viewpoints at once (past character, present character implied), one of those viewpoints having this kind of effect makes storytelling sense. I will at very least try it, and see how it sounds.

I’m going to use the Korra On the Air icon for all the LJ and Dreamwidth crossposts that mention this microphone forever, aren’t I? Yes. Yes, I am.

It’s a long weekend for a lot of people reading this, so – yay! Go have some fun.

the new single has lyrics

I was asked to post the lyrics to the new single (Bandcamp, YouTube, Soundcloud), so sure, I can do that!

The copyright says Crime and the Forces of Evil, of course, but this is very much what I think of as a Mary Kaye and the Cosmetics song – my all-girl hardcore punk band that plays exclusively Hello Kitty-branded instruments. And I would love to play a MKatC gig, but so far, really, that’s mostly My Girlfriend, Sad Muppet, Get Out, and this. We almost have enough music for a 20-minute mini-set, though!

Anyway, enjoy:

Pee Police
2016 Crime and the Forces of Evil
ALL CAPS is CRUISE CONTROL for BULLHORN

What the fuck do you think you’re wearing
Why do you think you have the right
You fucking dykes better get with the programme
or there’s gonna be a fight because
we’re gonna bring the law down on you
like we always knew we should
And you’re gonna pay if you look at us funny
Oh it really gives us wood that’s right

‘CAUSE WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
GET DOWN ON YOUR FUCKING KNEES
‘CAUSE WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
UP AGAINST THE STALL

I don’t care what these bitches are saying
I don’t care if you’re a girl
I’m the cop in charge and I know what I’m doing
and your trousers make me burly now
I can finally strut ’round in here and I can
show you who’s in charge
You better sit your ass down and pay attention
while my lumber’s getting large that’s right

‘CAUSE WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
GET DOWN ON YOUR FUCKING KNEES
‘CAUSE WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
UP AGAINST THE STALL

No ID? Then you get no peeing
as I slam you to the wall
Jesus says it’s time now to give a beating
and I always give the best of all because
you faggots got to learn one thing and that’s
to bow to my command
If my staff of life doesn’t show you Jesus
My rod will show you god firsthand

‘CAUSE WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
GET DOWN ON YOUR FUCKING KNEES
‘CAUSE WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
FUCK YOUR NEW ID
WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
GET DOWN ON YOUR FUCKING KNEES
‘CAUSE WE’RE THE PEE POLICE
PEE POLICE
GET UP AGAINST THE STALL

ANYBODY ELSE FEELIN’ UPPITY?
I DIDN’T THINK SO

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