Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Falling Stars Forgotten


by

Kicbal

 Genre: Trip Hop

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
This song has actually been in the works for almost 9 months. The original idea came from an alt-rock song called "Emerald" from my old band LoveSeat Daredevil. My original intent was to do an electronica version of the tune, but as often happens, the thing morphed into its own original creation. The only thing left from the beginning template is the arpeggiated synth part in the verse, (used to be a electric guitar riff). If you are interested, you can listen to this songs influence at the following link:



As the song developed, I thought a female vocal would fit nicely so I asked my wife if she wouldn't mind singing. She is self taught on piano and guitar and is currently learning the bass. She also came up with the vocal melody throughout the song. This is her first time ever singing on a recording and is my first time recording vocals. It was a slow but fun learning process for both of us. I hope to have her sing again on future tunes. The horn parts are me playing my tenor sax. The drums are 2 drum loops (verse / chorus) and have been heavily edited. There is also a lot of additional original drum programming throughout the song. Everything else is soft synth and effects. Mixed in Garageband an mastered in Audacity.

The lyrics were written by myself, and are about a girl who is feeling a little lost and lonely in her long term relationship.
Hope you enjoy it. Any tips, advise or props on the vocals and recording them would be appreciated.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
Looking back to the beginning
She thought he was everything
Love with a dose of lust
Kept them pushing on

Lucky guy
She's all that you wanted
Falling Stars Forgotten
Love is what she promised you
Count your lucky stars

Lying on the unmade bed
Staring at the ceiling
With the fan turning round
She thinks they're falling apart

Lucky guy
She's all that you wanted
Falling Stars Forgotten
Love is what she promised you
Count your lucky . . .

He's so busy, always moving
They need the moments to stay
memories to keep them going
The stars are flying away

(x2)
Lucky guy
She's all that you wanted
Falling Stars Forgotten
Love is what she promised you
Count your lucky stars


Song Stats
Hits: 5698
Comments: 69
Fans: 28
Plays: 223
Downloads: 138
Votes: 8
Uploaded: Mar 11, 2009 - 04:05:54 AM
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2009 - 05:20:19 AM Last Played: Jul 18, 2019 - 09:43:27 AM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Hardware:
Tenor Sax, Computer, Cables, Alesis Mixer, Human Voice
Software:
Comments
Feter said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Falling Stars Forgotten
WOW ...this is powerful ..the horns blew me away ..never thought of a
an electric jive song ..this is so creative ..cool cool vocal work my friend.
huge work on the arrangement ..loved this ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
Kicbal said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Thanks Feter
So excited that the song is creating what I hope to be some positive vibes. It was fun to experiment on and I learned a ton from working on this for FOREVER. Thanks for such a quick response.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
awigze said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Kicbal
Raw and alive. Your wife's vocals are great and easy to listen too. I'd bring her vocals up a bit in the mix and accentuate the sax(es) a bit more somehow but doesnt take away from the song. Crazy on the Cannonball !!!! Very creative you are. Ideas everywhere on this one. Great tune!
Check out my latest song called If You Can Hang On by Outtaorbit
Kicbal said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Great advise
Thanks for the comments. Yes, I will likely revisit this for some mix adjusting, but I need to step away from it and rest my ears for a bit. Thanks for stopping by.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
sonnyjim said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Big
Lots to like here. Glitchy breaks and 'Men At Work' horns.... far out, man! I really dig the arrangement of all those sounds, and your wife's vocals are very good (your delicate handling of the processing on her tracks is praiseworthy, too). This is energetic, engaging stuff; I thank you.
Check out my latest song called A Bell In The Valley
Kicbal said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Sonnyjim
Thanks for your kind remarks. I like how the vocals turned out too but it was really just a stab in the dark with mixing them, so its nice to know that others are grooving on them to.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
davajonah said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Great groove
Your wife sure can sing! I agree with awigze - bring up her vox and the sax. I'd also work a bit more on the mix and lower the master volume as I think it's overall too loud and clipping maybe. Maybe you need to lower the bass? Or put a limiter on the drums. I DLed, [thanks] and looked at the waveform. I think you need to lower something. I'm no expert on these matters btw, so if I'm talking crap, then ignore me!

Anyway, it's a great tune, very powerful, and well worth spending time to get it perfect, imvho.

Good luck, in the job hunt stakes too. Hope it all works out for you.


Check out my latest song called Lost and Found
Kicbal said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Hey
Really appreciate the constructive thoughts you have. I agree that the low end is kind of muddy. I haven't really used a limiter as an effect and am not sure how to apply them. There is a bunch of ambient sounds in the 2 drum loops that I used so its been hard to get them under control. I will definitely go back and adjust some things when other areas of my life calm down. Thanks for stopping by.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Dadai.2 said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
excellent, tight horns...
love their clear sound. Nice work on the tenor. This is a cool song with a lot of great sounds. And kudos also to the singer... she delivers a real nice performance.

Jack
Check out my latest song called That Time of Year (death approaches)
Kicbal said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Thank You
My wife is thrilled that people are digging on her vocals. She pays more attention to them in the stuff she listens to so it was much easier for her to come up with an engaging vocal melody.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
lengold said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Count your lucky stars
Nothing lucky about this. Really love this, great song, music, vocals and top notch production. I could definitely imagine this a hit. Radio ready. I can't hear any clipping myself.
Definite download. Thanks.

Check out my latest song called Decent Girl
Kicbal said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Thanks
Glad that this is working for you. Thanks for the kind words.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Jim Bouchard said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Great!
Reminds me a bit of Santogold, which is very cool. Love it! I noticed the talk of clipping and decided to check it out in Bias Peak using Reveal and it indeed is peaking rather severely. You want the numbers? err...Samples clipped on the left channel comes to 5451 and right channel is 5602. In Reveal they put an exclamation mark in the column for samples clipped when it gets to this level. For comparison, I checked out "Lights Out" by Santogold and the samples clipped are more like 404 and 328. It's still a really loud mix, but you get the idea. Yours is a bit too loud; it's really hot.

Where everyone else is saying bring up the vocal, I think you might want to bring the drums and the bass down. I think the saxes sound good where they are. What I was thinking as listening to the mix is that the dynamic range was really small and there was a bit of sameness to the song as it went on, but I think if you make the vocals the louder part of the song, you won't have to worry about that. There's also some really cool snakey sort of keyboard lines that have gotten buried. They may need to come down a bit too to balance things, though. When you get a chance just lower the volume of the bass and drums and you should be golden. Pure gold!

The vocal mix is awesome BTW! Great vocals! the whole things is very pro, and you should be very proud of this as a whole. Great song, great melody, great arrangement, cool vibe. Needs a little tweaking in the mix, but good work!
Check out my latest song called Big Yawn (Apogee One mic demo)
Kicbal said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Awesome
Jim thanks a ton for the advise and investigation. Wow sure appreciate you going to all the analysis work. I'm not familiar with Bias Peak and Reveal. Are they add on effects or separate programs? I was at a bit of a loss on where to go next with the mix, but I like your suggestions and I think in the back of my mind I was thinking on similar lines. Thanks again and glad you like it.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
awigze said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Came Back
I came back for a download and a 2nd pass and to make a request for more like this one... especially the vocals. Diggin' it more than the first time.
Check out my latest song called If You Can Hang On by Outtaorbit
chronologic said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
Nice work
This was worth the 9 months. Very cool mix of sounds and the melodies are awesome both the sax and the vocals. The framework is more than just supportive, it's exciting. Great job.
Check out my latest song called Walk with You
Kicbal said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Thanks for listening
I appreciate the comments, both here and on the forum post.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
paddler said 3815 days ago (March 11th, 2009)
..
I really like this = lots of creative sounds going on and a journey through different textures.Fits together like a jigsaw - lovely vocals,great sax

Pleased to meet you! Rich!
Check out my latest song called Wild Volcano
Kicbal said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Paddler
Very excited that the song is getting such a positive response. As is often the case, when you work on something for a long time, paying attention to all the details, its hard to separate yourself and listen to it with an objective ear.

Good meeting you too.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
AcetyleneJukebox said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
trip hop pop
Nice work on the chopped and glitched beats. Tenor sounds great. I like the synth sound your using behind some of the vocals. The whole track has a nice crisp, punchy sound, but I thought I heard tiny bits of clip distortion here and there but could just be me(listened on headphones). How wonderful that your significant other is a musician. You lucky so- and- so.
Check out my latest song called Kozmik Raze
Kicbal said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Yes indeed
I'm glad that the drums are working. Haven't had much experience doing glitchy stuff, but I like to listen to it. Big fan of BT. I agree that the song is running a little hot right now, will revisit it soon to further dial things in. Yes I'm thrilled that I have someone to work with on my songs, but we can also get on each others nerves pretty easily. Thanks again for the listen
Check out my latest song called Close Call
that80sboy said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
wow!
that was fun!
Check out my latest song called stargazer
Kicbal said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Thanks
Glad that it made an impression.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
TobinMueller said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Lucky guy, for sure
I dig the keys on this, especially the organ. The quirky percussive nature of the accompaniment is an entertaining bed, almost like a funky circus memory of the days when the relationship began, and the self-deception that propelled it forward. Cool track. In my speakers, I thought the mix was slightly too hi mid-oriented, could use more low end EQ to flesh out the depth in the bass. More like a house mix, if you know what I mean. But I dug. Cool experiment, successful.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Kicbal said 3813 days ago (March 13th, 2009)
Many Thanks
I appreciate your take on the song and lyrics. Also thank you for the mixing and EQ input. I will definitely do some tweaking to the song when I get a chance. Thanks for taking time to listen.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
cyrus0302 said 3814 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
...
hey man i have to say this is probably one of the best tracks on macjams I've heard so far. I think the ending is rad! exactly the way i would have ended it! but beyond that i do agree with the last comment that more bass is needed in the final mix ( this would make the whole piece much more powerful and subduing) also the vocals are incredibly tasty. I love them. But perhaps just a little more master work is in order. I'm thinking just a little more on the chorus to be specific. the only thing i can detect is a slight dryness to them... everything else is tip top! if i could suggest just one thing, maybe throw a wet chorusy reverb track under them? even a duplicate? awesome job dude!!!
Check out my latest song called Clarity
Kicbal said 3813 days ago (March 13th, 2009)
Awesome Comments
Thanks so much for the props and advise. Really surprised and thrilled that the song has generated such positive feedback. The wife, who goes by Lola as a nick name (no kidding) is also very excited that people are digging her singing. I did mention it in the song notes but the vocal melody is all here doing. Thanks also for the mixing advise. I'm taking it all into consideration. Gonna take a listen to your stuff shortly.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
richard13 said 3812 days ago (March 14th, 2009)
So this is Trip-Hop
I don't think I've ever heard trip-hop before but, as all the previous commenters say: this is terrific. Kudos to you and Lola, and thanks.
Check out my latest song called one last night with you
Kicbal said 3809 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks
Well, this is the Chroma Specter version of Trip-Hop, not sure what the exact criteria is for any genre but it seemed to fit. Thanks for listening and glad that you like it.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Char said 3809 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Lola
is a natural. She shines in this jazzy number. Enjoyed it. Thanks.
Check out my latest song called Bound, v2. w Music by Dirigent
Kicbal said 3809 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Thanks Char
Thanks for stopping by so often. I love repeat customers, makes me feel like I'm doing something right. Lola thanks you too.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
PrototypeEightyOne said 3807 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
yo
very nice man. The change up i feel ive heard before, did a specific track inspire that change up? If you dont mind me sayin dude your wifey has quite the voice, congratulate her for me on a job well done. And man you kill that sax, im always up for another collab. If you want some crit im with Jim, my sennheiser headphones were picking up lots of clipping and too much loudness less dynamics. But the melody and progression and structure is real nice man, vocal work spot on, and that sax.....very cool.
Check out my latest song called Sin Trifical
Kicbal said 3800 days ago (March 26th, 2009)
Proto
As always, your comments are great to read. Hopefully I'll be able to work on some sax parts for you as soon as I'm settled.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Day-Dreamer said 3800 days ago (March 26th, 2009)
Awesome!!!
Wow!! Love it :)


Check out my latest song called IT'S OVER (V2)
Day-Dreamer said 3800 days ago (March 26th, 2009)
The Wife!!
Sounds awesome too. lovely voice:)
Check out my latest song called IT'S OVER (V2)
spitlogic said 3799 days ago (March 27th, 2009)
Great job
There is definitely a lot going on here. I like the simplicity of the lyrics accompanying the complex and ever-changing beat. Great work on the sax as well.
Check out my latest song called Represent
Kicbal said 3799 days ago (March 27th, 2009)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, happy that the song was working for you.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Moviz said 3793 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Just such
a top song and production/arrangement. Vocals are certainly good and the instrumentation excellent .... very original sounds, cheers M
Check out my latest song called We'll Meet Again
Kicbal said 3793 days ago (April 2nd, 2009)
Thanks
I appreciate your comments. Glad you liked it.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
shavingronaldscar said 3788 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
WOOOOOOOT!
lovin the way this breathes. I'd love to do some work with you some time! I love the glitchy transfers, overall good job on the mix too. If you still have the multitracks from this, I would love to take a crack at mixing it, or maybe even remixing it into something new.

I disagree with Jim's idea of turning the bass and drums down. rather, I would warm up the bass, cut out some of the midrange on it and focus on laying down a thick sub that bounces tightly under the kick. Then sharpen up your kicks around 6000 Hz to get a slap out of them, give them a tiny peak around 100, and see what you can cut out of them beyond that. Try doubling up that lovely, organic snare with a more electro-style snare with a lot of punch, low in the mix, and give it some tight compression on a send channel, so that your snare hits get that punch without taking up too much space. Otherwise, there could be some EQ carving done here and there, your frequencies are quite stacked. That's probably why you're running hot. Your upper mid-range especially has a lot going on at any given time. Try auto-panning some things, especially the melodic elements, to put them in motion and make them a little less constantly amped.

I especially think solidifying your kicks and backing them up with some well-compressed sub bass direct center on your pan will really help ground the mix and take it from head-spinning to solid.
Check out my latest song called Adelaide
Kicbal said 3788 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
Awesome
Thanks for all the feedback. I think the main problem with this is the 2 drum loops that I used. They both have some heavy effects going on and are a bit midrangy to begin with. I like your idea of boosting the kick and snare. A lot of the other stuff you've mentioned may be a stretch for me to attempt at this point as I'm still learning. You are the 2nd person to be interested in a remix. Would be open to see what else could be done with it. I'll send you a message with more details as I'm in a holding pattern with music for the moment. Really appreciate your comments.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Doadars Uncle said 3764 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Wow
Nice melange. Cool tune. Great vocals! Easy fav.
Check out my latest song called Don't Leave (remix)
Kicbal said 3764 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
Thanks
Thank You for listening
Check out my latest song called Close Call
ste said 3751 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
Great
Puts me in mind of the love child of The Cardigans and The Specials.
Excellent audio concepts well put together. Really like the rolling drum parts and the vox especially. Very different. I would buy this.
Check out my latest song called songbreak
Kicbal said 3751 days ago (May 14th, 2009)
Thank You
I love hearing what other groups people hear in my music. Not too familiar with either bands that you mentioned but I appreciate the comparisons all the same. You are in luck cause you can download this for free.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Parichayaka said 3674 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Happy!
Has a great original, upbeat and happy feel to it. The feel of the songs reminds me of 'Jem'. Excellent job programming - although the drums do get a bit busy and prominent at times. Vocals (very good!) could be louder in the mix and have a little more highs to give them a crisp edge. Sax riffs are awesome and overall I'm not surprised you spent a lot of time on this - the delicate layering and structure of the song make it tons of fun to listen to.
Check out my latest song called Expanse
Kicbal said 3674 days ago (July 30th, 2009)
Thanks
Thank you for the kind words. Also thanks for the Jem name drop. I'm not familiar with her but looked up her website and am an instant fan. I will be ordering her new CD today.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
skwalz said 3671 days ago (August 2nd, 2009)
Wow
Very well done! The recording of it is awesome! The song itself is very nice! Love the horns man! Again wow!
Check out my latest song called resurrect
Kicbal said 3671 days ago (August 2nd, 2009)
Cool
Thanks for stopping by for a listen.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
ShadowofNine said 3663 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
Very cool
Trippy like how this morphed for yu, dig it muchly...
Check out my latest song called Alone
Kicbal said 3663 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments and the listen.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
ste said 3659 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
oof
great stuff. a kind of ace of bass (the better bits) mixed with ska and a bit of morcheeba stuck in there. though that's just an approximation. original! great vox and sax
Check out my latest song called songbreak
Kicbal said 3659 days ago (August 14th, 2009)
Thanks ste
Always nice to hear what your material sounds like to other people.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
lupiroz said 3645 days ago (August 28th, 2009)
supacool one!
Very joyful listening, the kind of song that pushes me to repeat the experience, infectiously addicting singin melody, bravo indeed!
Check out my latest song called Ero così (Demo senza parole)
Kicbal said 3638 days ago (September 4th, 2009)
Supacool
Thanks for listening. Glad this got your creative juices flowing.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
SuperStarSmith said 3492 days ago (January 28th, 2010)
yeah
def a cardigans feel here. and maybe a bit of ace of bass!
love the backing esp. great job
Check out my latest song called gaijins
Kicbal said 3462 days ago (February 27th, 2010)
Thank You
I really appreciate finding out who we sound like to other peoples ears. Helps me to further define the direction that our music is heading.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
fasteddie said 3450 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Stylin Groove!
I dig how this has such a pronounced groove. Getting that feel from studio tracks is a lot harder than a live performance. Your wife has the perfect voice for this song!

This song would be totally kicking live!

Awesome track man!
Check out my latest song called On Borrowed Time
Kicbal said 3449 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Thanks
Not sure how I'd pull this song off live since the drums are so programmed. It would be fun to try someday.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
thetiler said 3436 days ago (March 25th, 2010)
Interesting
sounds and rhythms, lots off cool jazzy sounds. Nice singing. Thanks for taking the time to upload this tune! Like that sax especially the bass that bounces with it. Cool stuff !

Thanks for sharing
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
Kicbal said 3422 days ago (April 8th, 2010)
thetiler
Thanks for listening and stopping by.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
speedonl said 3394 days ago (May 5th, 2010)
Great song
I love this song overall, the vocals are great, I love the structure overall. Great bassline too!!
Check out my latest song called Plane
Kicbal said 3394 days ago (May 6th, 2010)
Thanks
I do appreciate you stopping by and for your words of encouragement.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
alackbass said 3385 days ago (May 15th, 2010)
Oh Yeah
Great pop tune. Killer production. Love the the bass line which hops as it pushes the song forward. Great chorus. Excellent vocal production. Love the sax solo. There is so much going on here and all of it is just great.
Check out my latest song called Mean Miss Teacher
Kicbal said 3372 days ago (May 28th, 2010)
Cheers
Thanks for the props. So glad that this resonates with you!
Check out my latest song called Close Call
PaulaMunk said 3368 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Mr and Mrs
Chroma Specter make a great team. :)
Check out my latest song called O, Shenandoah
Doug Somers said 3357 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
Fresh
take on the way you fused the elements here into something that has flashes of familiarity but nothing to grab hold of in musical memory. As a result it is a creative new blend of a whole raft of different styles and influences. I love the vocals and the horns (and even the syncopated synth part).

Thanks for the listen. Clearly a lot of work into this piece - a labour of love.

Doug
Check out my latest song called Western Stranger
Kicbal said 3353 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Thanks PaulaMonk & Doug
I appreciate the kind comments. I'm hoping to have some new stuff posted soon.
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Kicbal said 3011 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Yippee
My my, 100 downloads! Thanks everyone, FYI you should go grab the remixed final version if you like :)
Check out my latest song called Close Call
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Chroma Specter
Location: Salt Lake City Utah USA
send a note
Chroma Specter is a killer mix of Alternative Pop—Rock—Electronic—Downtempo—Ambient and places in-between. The saxophone and synth play alongside rocker guitars, catchy vocals, smart lyrics and an infectious groove mindset that's unique and... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 79
Links