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Bells (Toll A Pulse)


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tf10music

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Don't really have much to say about this one -- it's definitely off the beaten path for me. To anyone who cares -- I've got another harmonica-vocals thang in the works, I'm piecing together the takes I did before my E harp died to put it together. I've also got a funk song on the way at some point. For now, I wrote this one and it got stuck in my own head, so I guess that means something? I was very influenced by the Bowie/Queen collaboration Under Pressure for this one, though I also turned to the Handsome Furs, LCD Soundsystem, and Passion Pit for inspiration. Enjoy!
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They are sparse and don't stand up on paper, so...by ear is the name of the game.
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Uploaded: Oct 08, 2010 - 12:07:12 AM
Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010 - 01:46:51 AM Last Played: Jan 16, 2015 - 01:32:20 PM
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Loob said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
re:
I like the idea. Repetetive yes. Very much so. I would consider this a start, and write a couple changes. Harmonies? There are none. You are singing in unison, which tends to thicken it up a little but there are no harmonies per se. If I had the separates for this o even if you had enabled the download feature I could maybe throw ideas at you. It is sounding quite mechanical. Not a bad start.
tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
thanks!
that was my fear...and the last line in the verse(s) isn't doubled up exactly, but neither is it harmonized. I guess I sang the same pitch but in a different timbre.

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Loob said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Harmony
Unison or doubling on the vocals is not a bad thing. It can fatten up parts and it does on this one. My comments were just for clarification that there are no harmonies. Harmonies would be 3rd, 5th, etc. I have doubling in one of my finished tracks. My writing partner Leo sometimes has a hard time with harmony scales and sometimes his parts come to the same place and sing in unison for shot sections. What he needs to do is find his parts to sing on the keyboard (as was suggested in the comments by someone else). That is a good suggestion, and one I would pay attention to if I were you. It's what Leo needs to do, but I can not get him to work on this (yet). He's a busy guy, so maybe down the road I can get him to do this. Don't be afraid to find vocal harmony scales on the keyboard and practice them a few times before singing them. For now I just live with him singing sections in unison. Doesn't sound too bad. Leo has a good singing voice, but he needs to train his ear a little for pitch and harmony scales. I don't think he's accepted this yet. Either that or he's just too busy to give it much attention. I will keep working with him on this. To my way of thinking this is a must for vocalist, especially if they are just starting out. Symphony 101 gives a very good suggestion about this. It can feel odd to do this at fist but the more you do it the more you ear becomes trained.
Symphony101 said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Sorry I was so much busy
lately, I haven't had a chance to listen to your new posts (many others' too).

Musically I hear a huge improvement ! Your recording of this song is very good. Well, it's a good song, I personally never got bothered with repetitive songs. Actually one idea I had in mind is this : Even if you don't change the pattern, it is still possible to sing a different melody and alternate. I heard so many songs which go all the way on the same pattern, yet it doesn't give the impression of being repetitive. A while back Kevin (bud) and I worked on a song (Shoobies) which actually went on the same riff all the way. Yet, when you hear this song and the way he sings, it still carries the listener along.

About the harmonies, I sometimes noticed even singing one octave higher can make the difference. Otherwise maybe you could find the right melody line to sing for harmonies using a keyboard ?

Very good work, those are rewarding efforts, I enjoyed this song.


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tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
harmonies
unfortunately, my voice (doesn't help that I've got a cold at the moment) doesn't go that high without sounding pretty ragged, unfortunately. I could make use of some pitch correction to remedy that, though. I'm glad the repetition wasn't too off-putting!

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alackbass said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Bells (Toll A Pulse)
Your strongest post yet. I like the way the arrangement builds. Very nice vocal melody. The bells at 2:15 strike me as odd. I think they are pitched too low and melodically distract from the tonal center (key) of the song. Nice mix.
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tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
glad
you thought well of it! I wanted the bells to be somewhat dissonant, but you're definitely right -- they are a bit too discordant. I just wanted to disrupt the ambience a little bit, not distract the listener from the tune itself. Thanks for the feedback!
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Catalina22 said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Clap Clap
I'm a big fan of the clap-effect, so I loved the claps starting at about 1:40. I love the bells at 2:20 as well. Yes, this is a great start--I can really see this developing into something really cool. Beautiful guitar riff.
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tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
thanks
glad you dig the clap effect and the bells! I hope it continues to develop as well.

Cheers!
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crissew said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
I would agree
I think this is your best post so far. At least as far as music (I know you value lyrics as much as the music). As far as repetitiveness, Led Zeppelin made a living off doing one riff for an entire song. The melody on this is solid and actually is kinda zeppelinesque. Very interesting having it paired up with a keyboard sound reminiscent of the theme for TV show "Doogie Howser". That is some very creative stuff here. I would focus on this one a bit more. Has lots of potential yet to be explored me thinks!

I would ditch that clap sound effect and do a real clap. I agree that some harmonies would add to the song. I would get the vocal doubling parts tight as you can so it sounds like one voice. There is a potential in this for percussion coming on on the straight beat like you did but there is also a pretty cool syncopated option I hear.

Great improvement on this track. Keep up the good work!
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crissew said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
BTW
I also think you could bring in more percussion as the song goes along to build it up more.
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tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
real clap
with my sense of rhythm that would totally be a trainwreck hahahaha. However, I am totally in agreement. And, I also do think that more of a percussion buildup and maybe some syncopation would definitely make this a more dynamic piece.

Glad you liked how I was meshing melodies -- it was honestly quite haphazard, but I'm gratified that it seems to have worked out alright.

Thanks for the detailed comments (as always), and take care!
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TERRAPLANE said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Has a Beck sound
to me,, A lot of good advise here in the comments,,, keep on keepin on,,T
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tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Beck
I love the comparison, that's a huge compliment. Thanks for stopping by!
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dave_b said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Bells (Toll A Pulse)
Your best post so far. Some good ideas for melody. Adding in some analog instruments would give it a less mechanical feel, as would drum loops, or midi drums with a swing function.

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tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
yup
I'm in agreement on this one -- I very badly need real drums. I'm not sure what you mean by and/or how to apply a swing function, though. I should look that up. Thanks for the feedback and for the listen!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Bells (Toll A Pulse)
What I love about this is the way it builds up, layer upon layer. At first I wasn't sure where you were going with it and then it built up and built up. Loved it by the end! The bells sound a bit dischordants to me, although I think if they weren't, it'd be a bit easy. The repetativeness to me is actually a feature rather than a drawback. It's all about rhythm and beat, pulsing so that fits for me. The double tracked vocals are a nice touch. In terms of modification, I'd say try more textures on the verses and see where that takes you. Definitely your best to date Ben. Nice one mate.
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tf10music said 2450 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
thank you!
More textures. I shall definitely give that a try. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though. Thanks for your kind words and for the listen!
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Sir Bass said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
Cool
You got a nice vibe on this song, do your thamg.
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tf10music said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
thank you sir
my thang will continue to be done!
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fasteddie said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
This is
the one of the best ones I've heard of yours so far. Nice progression. Good mix. Well written song. Good stuff. I think that this style works very well for you. I like it.
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fasteddie said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
oH YEAH
and I frogot to say that I liked the harmonies that you did too.
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tf10music said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
very glad
you enjoyed this. Mixing is definitely one of my glaring weaknesses, so it's nice to hear that I did a decent job on this one. Thanks for the support!
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Vic Holman said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
bells
excellent tune! the vintage electronic style is pretty slick and your vocals really bring it to life. you did a really great job here.
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tf10music said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
thanks!
glad you enjoyed! Thanks for the kind words.
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racerat said 2449 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
dug it.
sparse. hip. but everyone is right, needs variation and some harmonies to "thicken" in places might be a good start. Thanks!

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tf10music said 2449 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
thanks
for your kind words and for your suggestion. Much appreciated.

Cheers!
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dancedivine said 2448 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
Cool....
I like that electronic sound... Nicely done! :)
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tf10music said 2448 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
thanks!
thanks for the listen!
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jdholliday said 2448 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
Like I said
you are a fast learner, growing in leaps and bounds! Nice job!
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tf10music said 2448 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
That's
really great to hear. I have difficulty figuring out on my own whether I've actually improved or not. We'll see how my next harmonica blues piece measures up to Breath Is Gone...

Your words mean a lot, thanks for stopping by!
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jiguma said 2448 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
This is really interesting
I really like the melody you've come up with against the riff - not a lot of people would have heard that opportunity I suspect. I think this is a great starting point for a very good song. I like the unison singing, but maybe only for a few verses, after which you could maybe add some harmony. As already suggested, you could also think about a key change. Other possibilities would include some stops (where maybe just the vocal keeps going for a bar while everything else stops), a solo (or duet) section or even a bridge of some sort.

You've recorded this well, and I'm guessing you will work on this for a while and come up with something very special. Your voice sounded good to me.

Cheers from Oz,
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tf10music said 2448 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
thanks!
I agree with just about all of your constructive points, I am going to try to hit some of the high notes I want on the harmonies by myself sans-technological aid, and see how that sounds. Given that my natural range is that of a baritone, it should be interesting.

Thanks so much for your positive feedback!

Cheers
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ted23 said 2440 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Repetetive
But cool. The main loop is is interesting enough to build a song around. It didn't get dull but I think you should build ten percussion and vocal as it goes along. It could build into a loud brilliant chant type thing and be very emotive.
Nice
tf10music said 2436 days ago (October 21st, 2010)
hey man!
thanks for the feedback. there is indeed a better version, courtesy of Loob. I hope all is well.

Also, I've acquired a new E harp. Game is back on.

Cheers!
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Char said 2437 days ago (October 21st, 2010)
I like it.
I didn't get all the lyrics. I love it when I can see lyrics. I enjoyed your sound. Thanks.
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tf10music said 2436 days ago (October 21st, 2010)
glad
you liked it! Thanks for the listen.

The lyrics are as follows:

Bells,
Churches,
Let the hail fall down on your tongues.

Yell
Verses --
The passion that pricks the heels of the young.

Toll a pulse into the air

(repeat ad nauseam)

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hackneybloke said 2432 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
bells
wow. you've got a very catchy hook....and then you manage to find a fantastic blend with cheesy synthesised mathematically perfect euro-tosh contrasted with such a loose vocal delivery. the result is pure genius.....the rawness of the voice knocks the edges off the maths...and the maths carries the voice along. perfect ride...except for the echo ending, which nearly gave me an aneurism. you are turning into something special. keep doing what you're doing - you're very individual.
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tf10music said 2432 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
wow
Thank you very much! I feel (probably undeservedly) very validated right now. Thanks so much for the continuing support, and, as an admirer of your work, your approval means quite a lot to me. Cheers!
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I haven't been playing music for too long. I've dabbled with the guitar for years, but it was only late in 2009 when I started writing my own stuff, and I've loved it ever since. I had always been inventing riffs or short melodies on the guitar, but ... [see more]

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