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New MP3, Day 1: "Shadows in the Moonlight"

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New MP3, Day 1: "Shadows in the Moonlight"

Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2007

The WEEK OF ROCK is now officially in full force. The offering for day one is called "Shadows in the Moonlight". It's purrty and fun, and I do hope that you enjoy it muchly.

Shadows in the Moonlight: ( MP3, Lyrics, Share)

Production Notes:

A few oddities on this one. The vocals are doubled through the whole song and panned about 35%. I used an even bigger 900hz boost than normal to give it an analog-y quality. Each one has my usual delay, but to keep it cleaner, I panned the output. The right mic (panned 35%) had 9% mix in the right channel and 2% on the left (and vice versa). I also pitch-shifted the right channel up by 12 cents to give it a little more texture.

I wanted a duller and woodier guitar tone with less pick click, so I used the Martin on this one, and miced it at the saddle instead of the usual neck-body joint. I also used a technique I've been experimenting with: an XY stereo mic configuration, but vertical rather than horizontal. The vocals are doubled and panned, so I wanted a narrow stereo spread on the guitar to avoid a big hole in the middle of the mix. This gave me just enough spread to make it sound alive on headphones.

I got to use my new glockenspiel! This makes me very happy. It sounds so much better than the samples I was using. There's actual note definition rather than just a bright "ding". I used spaced mics (since phase cancellation isn't exactly a big concern here) and used Waves S1 to narrow the stereo field.

Oh, and there's cello on here. Real cello, played by me. Don't listen too closely. :)

   Discussion: New MP3, Day 1: "Shadows in the Moonlight"
Nick (anon) · 9 years, 1 month ago
Beautiful. I love the effect you get from the doubled vocals. Makes me imagine two of you singing together, which I suppose is quite scary :)
Jamie Dull (anon) · 9 years, 1 month ago
This is actually arranged nicely. I like it quite a bit. Hope it ends up as an album track in the future.
Kelly Conrey (anon) · 9 years, 1 month ago
I loved this! It's like The Shins meets Joshua Radin - favorite artists of mine...I've heard three songs from the week of rock now and every one of them is amazing.
Juuli (anon) · 9 years, 1 month ago
I see I'm not the first one to comment about the good idea of double voices.. :) and of course I like it .. still bit amazed about your song writing marathons, where on earth do you get all the ideas..
John Greene (anon) · 9 years ago
My wife reviewed your track (quite by chance) on garageband and the both of us are really excited for you on this track. Looking at your commentary, we're also glad you don't think you have to be like everyone else as if that was desirable anyway. Keep up the good work and keep creating!

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