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Heliophile 2012-12-16 22:05

The Silence - synthpop w/ vocals
 
Here my new song, a melancholic (anti?) Xmas track. I tried to incorporate some of the great tips I got on this forum; made the vocals a bit wetter, doubled them and gave the drums more punch. Oh, and I brought in some guest vocalists too. Anxious to learn more from you guys!
https://soundcloud.com/heliophile/he...le-the-silence [edited the broken link]

carlgrace 2012-12-17 07:48

Another great song. I loved the slowed down pace and the tension between the slower drums and faster melody. I also liked the lyrics and the singing was fantastic. Great contrast between the music and vocals.

I'm not sure the link you put up is right though. The link took me to my Soundcloud dashboard. Try this link instead?

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Heliophile 2012-12-17 09:13

Thanks, carl! I think I fixed the link now.

scoobyman 2012-12-17 10:51

I had a problem with the link too. I searched for you on SoundCloud and listened. You get a really good big sound.

raymondh 2012-12-17 11:11

Great job Heliophile

I can hear the influence of several 80s bands;
- Talking Heads - for the intro
- Yazoo - for the poppy melody
- Depeche Mode - for some of the chord changes along with the bell melody
- Men without Hats - your vocals remind me of them

Great song, arrangement, synths.

The one suggestion I have - I'd like to here the track with substantially more reverb in this song, I think it would fit the mood even better.

Anyway great job - thanks for sharing!

cheers
Raymond

alternating.bit 2012-12-17 12:42

Wow - sounds great! Your voice reminds me of Tokyo Police Club.

ecopro 2012-12-17 16:01

Really great production on this! Vocals are very catchy! Love the way you let the song breath and take its time. You didn't clutter the track with vocals all over the place. Sometimes those gaps with music only work so great, and you've done it here splendidly.

Awesome work!

Ed

UberJimm 2012-12-17 23:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by raymondh (Post 1200085)
Great job Heliophile

I can hear the influence of several 80s bands;
- Talking Heads - for the intro
- Yazoo - for the poppy melody
- Depeche Mode - for some of the chord changes along with the bell melody
- Men without Hats - your vocals remind me of them

Great song, arrangement, synths.

The one suggestion I have - I'd like to here the track with substantially more reverb in this song, I think it would fit the mood even better.

Anyway great job - thanks for sharing!

cheers
Raymond

I agree 100% with everything Raymond says. Maybe even a dash of De/Vision influence in there? More reverb, particularly in the chorus, would work really well. You have a fantastic singing voice & some of the finest production skills I've heard on here. Splendid song! :)


Cheers,

J

Heliophile 2012-12-18 09:12

Wow, thanks everyone! I've got some listening to do, because honestly I'm not that familiar with most of the bands that were mentioned as my suspected influences. De/Vision is definitely an important influence for me and so is Diorama, but my 80's pop influences make my stuff sound a bit less dark than those bands, I think.

I guess I'm always conservative with reverb, maybe too conservative. Will try to overdo it on the next track and then back off a bit. Maybe try ducking the reverb with the dry signal. Thanks for your suggestions!

raymondh 2012-12-18 09:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by Heliophile (Post 1200728)
Wow, thanks everyone! I've got some listening to do, because honestly I'm not that familiar with most of the bands that were mentioned as my suspected influences. De/Vision is definitely an important influence for me and so is Diorama, but my 80's pop influences make my stuff sound a bit less dark than those bands, I think.

I guess I'm always conservative with reverb, maybe too conservative. Will try to overdo it on the next track and then back off a bit. Maybe try ducking the reverb with the dry signal. Thanks for your suggestions!

Hi Heliophile

It will always come back to your personal preference and every song is different. I think I'd start by adding it to your voice so your vocals sit back in the mix a bit (but don't reduce the volume). You can do things like high-pass the reverb so it doesn't make your mix muddy.
At the end of the day, you might try a bunch of things, then end up right back to the way you mix today as your prefered sound. And you would have learned some things in the journey!

cheers,
Raymond


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