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The song list order, final names and album title #rpm

So I’ve tagged all the songs now with the official names. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I feel like we have some solid names going on.

 

Hunz – Thoughts that Move

 

01 – It’s so Light [Rpm Song02]

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02 – Soon, Soon [Rpm Song03]

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03 – Car in the Meadow [Rpm Song07]

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04 – The Messenger [Rpm Song09]

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05 – Enough to Make You Smile [Rpm Song10]

 

06 – Long Road [Rpm Song01]

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07 – You Said Hello [Rpm Song08]

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08 – In Tomorrow [Rpm Song06]

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09 – Switch Off [Rpm Song04]

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10 – The Commotion [Rpm Song05]

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Mastering this thing all day tomorrow. Will express my thoughts about that through the day.

#Rpm is complete!!! (Artwork + Mastering is left)

So I put the final stamp on song4 tonight and left it as is. I fell in love with the way it was and didn’t want to change it. I’ll wait till tomorrow to post it as Mark will be working on the mix. This isn’t a time yet to reflect, as I’m going over the artwork tomorrow with Phil (the bass player) and using photos that my wife took when we visited Albany in Western Australia. I’ll announce what the album is going to be called with song names and an order, which my mate Brendan is going to help me out with. I love my friends, and I am learning to let go, and I am excited about what that might mean for me (hunz) this year.

 

On Saturday I will be mastering the album at Mathew Gray Mastering, and then it’ll be sent off to #Rpm and then posted on the internet (.mp3) shortly after with the original Renoise files to follow in the next weeks. Each .xrns file is around 20-30megs on average. Anyone feel like doing mirror to help with server load? Drop me an email.

 

I’ve kept 1 song secret from everyone, so there is a surprise on the album too. Take a look around the site to see what madness spewed forth from February. Thank you dearly esp to my wife, Danielle, who sacrificed so much. I love you.

#Rpm Mixing Day24 Song7 v4

 

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Song7 Version4
Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin]

  • Wow this is a dramatic one :) Nice change without the drums. Listening a few time through. Same mix method with all the other tracks, minus the drums.
  • Got the two bass parts to mesh and sit right… some evil fuzz here.
  • Shaping the tone of all the higher instruments.
  • Now all the instruments together to adjust balances. Bringing up the guitars a bit.
  • Cleaning all the samples!
  • Now for the vox, acapella and sent to a group. EQ to get the tone right. Making the chorus delay a bit longer. Mmmm some low Hunz voice is nice in the chorus.
  • Adding in the other sounds to join the vocals. Making sure the epic chorus retains punch and intensity.
  • Real emotional intensity in this song, quite enjoying it. Taking me to a similar place as Kate Bush’s ‘Under Ice’ does.
  • Everything is feeling right, so time for a headphone check. Micro adjustment on the low voice in the chorus. Adding another reverse pan delay to the chorus distortion to get it bigger.
  • Now onto the big speakers: All good. Time for an ear break.
  • Fresh ears! Just a tiny edit on the vocal top end. Checking over. OK, all done!

#Rpm Mixing Day24 Song3 v4

 

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Song3 Version4
Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin]

  • I think I found my new favourite RPM song! What bliss and pain all rolled together! Listening through a few times to get a sense of all the bits. I’ll be approaching the mix using the same method as all the previous mixes. Low, to high, to vocals, to the whole mix. Oddies follow:
  • Fixing some buggy clicks in the kick drum – still gritty but not so clicky.
  • Lifiting the tone of all the drums, time for some punch!
  • Now to the synths, fixing spatialities and tones to make sure there’s nothing left but detailed high magic.
  • Bass is dissappearing into the kick in places so I’m adding a wide chorus to let it speak it more above the kick.
  • Now to sample cleaning! Clean clean clean…
  • Sending all the vocals to a group to get a nice shape to the sound. Adjusting the tone of each vocal sound to get it all interlock.
  • Now adding everything back with the vocals. Making more tweaks to vocal placements to emphasise the drama of the parts.
  • Putting a lengthend fade at the end.
  • Checking on headphones. Fine adjustments here and there.
  • It’s getting late so it would be wise to have a final check with fresh ears early tomorrow.
  • Earling morning session. Fixing some more vocal settings, getting everything flowing and balanced.
  • Time to check on the big speakers loud! More fine adjusting on vocals.
  • Back to the main speakers for one last check. Ok done!

#Rpm Mixing Day21 Song9 v2

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Song9 Version2
Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin]

  • Go the 80s toms!! Taking the very same approach with the other songs to mix this. Addressing the EQ/tone/mix of the parts in order: low end- kick, bass; then the drums; then the melodic instruments; then the vocal; then all together. Perculiarites as follows:
  • Smoothing out the micro-harshnesses in the drum parts, making sure they present nice and birghtly without being to intense.
  • Making sure all the keyboard sounds don’t sit too low in tone, lifting things up with EQ. Adding subtle echo here and there to fill things out. Fine tuning the counter balance of all the musical elements with volume changes here and there.
  • Cleaning up the vocal and keyboard samples for little clicks etc…
  • Now for Hunz’s angelic vocals acapella. Doing as before sending all vocals into a group to get the overall tone right.
  • Adding all the other elements to join the vocals. Really enjoying the second verse! There’s some nice attitude there… Fine tuning volumes to get everything to gel.
  • Checking the mix on other playback systems. Headphones. Then on the big speakers in the other room. Things are sitting well so it may be time to rest the mix and check it again later.
  • A new session with fresh ears. Bringing the bass subs a touch. Tiny adjustment on the chorus synth delay. Bringing down the bridge synth a touch.
  • All done! Time to upload for Hunz.

#Rpm Day24 Song8 v6

Completed Song 7 this morning and then completed 8 this afternoon and about to–trumpet sound please–finish up the last song. Really enjoyed working on this song, AND I just noticed the guitar parts I had done by a friend in Nashville are too loud in the mix which I’ll fix later. Big thanks go to everyone leaving constructive comments. I get so caught up in everything that I forget to get a new perspective on the songs. Both Roma Loom and Nicheno have suggested and said things that have really rung true with me and changed the flow of this song and the the other 2 I was working on. So thank you! If you have ideas you wish to add, it’s getting too tight to change things up, hope you enjoy it, I certainly have even though I’m whiny to my wife a lot .. :P

 

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Hunz Song8 Version6

 

[Verse]
I’m holding up this stop
This bus will come undone
All eyes are looking forward
it’s time to end this run

 

[Chorus]
And I know, what you do to me
you said hello and I followed you
my friends they just cautioned me
and I just followed

 

[Verse]
I want to go right there
but if we can’t lets fight
I’ll offer up my arms high
I’ll even say your right

 

[Chorus]
And I know, what you do to me
you said hello and I followed you
my friends they just cautioned me
and I just followed

 

  • Listening through. Song has all the parts, I just have to vocal it all now.
  • My cat just walked over to me, haha. I think he thinks I’m hurting, but I’m singing the chorus.
  • Hearing little background vocals in the chorus that are snappy and will lead into this bridge I have setup.
  • Putting strange distortion on verse vocals that is making it sound neat and placing building-up delays behind it to turn on and off with the beat.
  • Been having major Asio driver issues with my fireface400. It just starts stuttering within renoise and then stops working. Right now I didn’t save before reinitialize. Think I lost a chunk of work, just hoping vocals aren’t gone.
  • Ugh, resetting renoise T_T
  • Just lost all my 1st verse vocal automations. I save a lot when I make changes to songs so .. phew
  • Will continue to arrange this tune.
  • Lunch.
  • Completing out the arrangement going to keep this simple and clean. Created severe cut-off effect to accentuate the awesome mindblowing – ed. my wife is rewriting this :( groove.
  • Added Jesse Palmer’s Guitar parts. He’s a mate of mine in Nashville who I asked to write some parts for it .. THANK YOU!
  • created happy ending, why? Dunno, just felt like it could do it .. hehe
  • Wow, I think I mixed Jesse’s parts way too loud; I’ll fix that later .. eeep.

 

Wish me luck on the last tune people.

 

#Rpm Day22 Song7 v3

When I loaded this up, it was the rough, rough sketch that took me 20mins to put together. It sounded old, and I was happy with it. Old as in “90′s power rock ballad” old. I’ve just kept this with no drums and feel like it really works. Just needs either another part or two to end. We’ll see what inspires as the week unfolds. Excuse the bad edits here and there ..

 

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Hunz Song7 Version3

 

[Verse]
There’s a car in the meadow
I hear talk from the inside of it
but I am driver
And I’ve lost the road underneath

 

[Chorus]
Move forward, it’s already crowded here.
Well I can’t move, I’ve complicated fears.

 

[Verse]
I can’t take your suggestions
Cause my brain doesn’t seem to agree
So it’s best if we bargain
for the ownership of the key

 

[Chorus]
Move forward, it’s already crowded here.
and I can’t move, I have complicated fears.

 

  • Drawing in bass sample
  • Found a nice tone
  • Going to growl it a bit using the instrument setup
  • Trying to find a distorted guitar like sound over the top
  • Found over top sound shaping things around
  • Don’t think I’ll put drums in this song at all
  • Time for bed, although I think the neighbors have other plans T_T it’s 11pm people.
  • Early morning so I can get stuck into this.
  • Just discovered the humanize button
  • Trying to get the bass sounding more random
  • Hearing other random notes now going to put them in.
  • Still sticking to the no drum feeling
  • but it feels a bit, eer .. Old.
  • Need a break for this for now it’s feel a bit crappy.
  • Listening again, I think I feel the love for it again.
  • Adding more instrumentation to the chorus
  • Redid the vocal parts for the chorus
  • Playing with the bass in the verse to add variation
  • Going to keep the bass the same
  • Like where it’s heading it’s simple and emotive.
  • will take a few more hours to complete this one.

 

Ok sleep time.

 

#Rpm Day22 Song3 v2

I really think this song has a lot going for it I only hope I pushed it in the right direction. The problem is, if I didn’t, then I don’t have time to fix it up and tomorrow for me will tell if I did. I think it’s got a good 4-6hrs left in it to fix it up so I’m hoping I can do that this week. Scarey. I have 4 tunes to compelete out T_T

 

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Hunz Song3 Version2

 

[Verse]
Couldn’t take this morphine
Even if it’s a craze
I’m so dumb I’m trying
to keep up with my age, oh no!
I’m so dark from hiding
But I’ve turned out ok
so much is overdone it’s
all feeling tame

 

[Chorus]
Soon, Soon, Soon, soon.

 

[Bridge]
To take it all it’ll break our knees
Consume more, it is our disease

 

[Verse]
the push keeps on pushing
through one shape that aint new
our heart ache is dire
money wraps it with glue, oh no!
I’ll keep up till happy
and I’m told it will do
this style is not my choice
I’m a product of you

 

[Chorus]
Soon, Soon, Soon, Soon.
I am seeing life
Beating up on me
I want it to stop
someone help me, please.

 

[Bridge]
To take it all it’ll break our knees
Consume more, it is our disease

 

  • Listening through it all
  • It’s all very strong so I’m just going to arrange this out and see what happens.
  • Finding some nice hidden patterns I threw away that fit in.
  • Creating a heavy sung section after the soft chorus
  • I think this will help the cut and paste feel of the song.
  • I am going to have it tack on the end of the chorus to see if it enhances it.
  • Working through the chorus and adding 80′s reverb to snare .. never thought I would hear the day I would say that.
  • Not enjoying the heavy part after the 1st chorus as much as I thought so I’m making a slow part.
  • Not completed but Bouncing the track down for listening.

 

Time for some sleeps, after my Song7 post.

 

#Rpm Mixing Day19 Song6 v7

I changed the format of this one. I thought going back into the chorus at the end would work. I know, I’m going back to conventions but it, well .. needs it? So now its, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Bridge, Chorus, Outro. Enjoy what Mark has mixed:D

 

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Song6 Version7
Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin]

 

  • Time for a brief early morning mix session. Having a general listen and enjoying the slow chill vibe. Setting up some master channel settings for standard playback.
  • First things first looking at the bass. Putting a High Pass filter on the bass expansion echo, keeping all the low end mono. Adding an EQ to shape the sound. Adding a little dry warmth to the distortion. Adjusting the highpass on the bass atmosphere channel. Nasty little click on the start of pattern 12 – Attempting to fix the problem by automations to replace the switching on the filter. Same issue at pattern 32 fixed.
  • Ok now to the kick. Wow this one is an oddy! Clicking on the second kick fixed with a short instrument envelope. Adjusted the EQ, but may have to check it later.
  • Playing kick and bass together to get sense of balance on the low end. Kick seems a bit flabby and epic so I’m trying a gate on it to make it punch quicker.
  • Now the snare. Feeling a bit too loud and lively so I’m lowering the output on the compressor and squeezing the ratio harder. Taking some low end out of the EQ. Adding a LP Filter to knock some nasties out of the high end.
  • Kick and snare together are feeling a little dull in tone – adding a filter to brighten the tone.
  • Adding the highhat to the mix. Bringing the volume down so it sits inside the kit sound. Fine tuning the EQ. Adding a reversed pan echo to fill the soundstage more.
  • Adding the bass back to the mix and just realised it needs a light chorus on the highs to make the sound ‘travel’ more.
  • This’ll have to do for now – time to go to work!
  • Afternoon session. Starting off with Synth 01. Turning off the left inversion. Adding another short revere-pan delay to make up the width. Adding an EQ to focus the tone.
  • Now for the Rhodes. Cleaning all the samples of clicks. Adding an EQ to focus things a bit, especially reducing tension in the mids.
  • Looking at Synth 02, which is kinda epic and erratic. Again a quick EQ to fix the tone up.
  • Time for the big phat strings! Moving the EQ to after the compressor and adjusting the tone a bit. Checking the Reverb send while I’m here. Adding a filter to reduce the bass, offsetting the pan just a little to the right. Adding a reverse panned delay to fill the width evenly.
  • Now playing all the melodic instruments together to get a feel of how it’s all coming together. Making some minor tone adjustments here and there.
  • Adding the drums to the mix. Bringing up the strings a bit. Squeezing the drum compressor just a little more and adding a limiter to catch stray transients. Listening through a few times.
  • Time to rest the ears and have a break before doing the vocals. Time to walk the dog!
  • Armed with Aktivite I’m ready to tackle the vocals. Listening to all the vocals acapella. There’s some nice ‘voice breaks’ hunz as done here, has a nice emotional tension to it.
  • Sending all the vocals to a group send to apply global edits to them. Adding an EQ to the group to smooth the sound.
  • Bringing up the volume of the first verse vocal.
  • Soloing the backing vocals. Lowering the bass in the EQs.
  • Back to the full vocals to check balances. Adding a filter on the group send to lift the tone of the high end. Mmmm sparkley!
  • Spending some time cleaning the vocal samples…
  • Adjusting the feedback levels on the vocal echos to balance the stereo image a little more.
  • Ready to add the other sounds to the mix, one by one.
  • Vocals feel like they are dominating just a bit. Dropped the group volume by -06dB ;)
  • Bass upper harmonics are feeling like they are competing with Hunz’s voice, so I’m lowering the bass tone a bit.
  • Things are feeling nice and together so it’s time to check on other speakers. First: headphones. Bringing the drums up a touch. Just a touch more off the low end of the vocals.
  • Now to the big speakers in the other room nice and loud! Dropping the chorus vox down a small amount.
  • Back on the main speakers, adding a fadeout on the last pattern. This is sounding right to my ears now. Time to pass it back to The Lord of The RPM.

#Rpm Day21 Song9 V2

Started rather late, like 2pm and finished this one up around 7pm with a 1hr break inbetween. Not to bad. Will work on another track tonight and I hope to complete 3 before the weekend is done OR I’m going to fall behind. The quality might start hurting but I’ll make sure it’s not going to suffer too much ^_^. As always, names names names .. I need names people .. gimme :D

 

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Hunz Song09 Version01

 

Verse
I saw nothing but the very best for you
I’ve sort nothing but the truth
you’ll have to trust me as we venture out so far
Cause I swing words that might bruise

 

Chorus
I heard the messenger
to shake down the barrier
I’ll wait until it’s clear
to shake down this barrier

 

Verse
I feel discouranged when the fear is all I see
pushing deep against
I make my opinions based on everything I’m told
I’ll walk this line until I’m old

 

Chorus
I heard the messenger
to shake down the barrier
I’ll wait until it’s clear
to shake down this barrier
I heard the messenger
to shake down the barrier
I’ll wait until it’s clear
to shake down this barrier

 

Bridge
Shake down the barrier, oh oh oh.

 

Chorus
I heard the messenger
to shake down the barrier
I’ll wait until it’s clear
to shake down this barrier

 

  • Really not liking the whiney-ness of the verse
  • Taking the beat out and looping it to see what melodies present themselves
  • In doing this, I always keep the chorus vocals in my mind because it has to create a brige to get there.
  • although in this case it might be nice to have 2 different moments
  • Liking the same melody sung less whiney and more low so going to do a scat version to see if it fits in.
  • It works.
  • Making the drums flow better, which means creating a mood that the chorus could break apart a bit more.
  • So more stops and pulls but only at the end of phrazes.
  • I feel like this is a good time to put in some really bad lowfi toms doing a typical beat.
  • on man, why renoise has a Delete all samples is beyond me. Lucky it has an undo that works.
  • Found some Dorky 8inch and 10inch toms, sound so yucky. Excited by this ^_^
  • Put on heavy but round distortion over this – It sounds so like a lame casio tone moment. So happy.
  • Writing more verse lyrics
  • Recording the vocals in .. Wow so many cars going past my room right now.
  • Oh crapsicales I didn’t turn my monitors all the way down when I did my vocals take T_T will hear the damange done.
  • Haha, wow has this nice live feel about them with strange spill. I’m going to leave this as a mistake that happens for a reason.
  • Lunch break
  • Going to double up on “shake down the barrier” lines
  • Going to do a harmoney just for “shake down the barrier”
  • Liking what the chorus does now.
  • Listening back to the crappy toms makes me sad, they sound silly and too long.
  • I’m going to move into arragement mode and put this together.
  • Clone selection is so brilliant .. thank you renoise team.
  • As I’m arranging some little piano parts I hinting to be alive
  • The chorus bg harmonies are hanging into the lead into the next verse. Sounds really neat as they resolve to early over the chords but lead into the next chords ..
  • Still not happy with the verse vocals, I think there is another melody that is so much better which the chorus needs.
  • Listening through it and It’s going to have to do. Will make a note and change it IF i get time.
  • My wife said “I liked the song until the crappy toms came in”
  • I’m trimming all the long tom rolls
  • Sounding better.
  • Finalising arragment. Happy with this one.
  • Rendering out the rhodes now T_T
  • Done.

 

So .. err… back to work me! GO!