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XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« on: December 03, 2016, 03:16:03 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrqj8sLfZBg

ediot2wit;  mods please merge with ftheollwing IF APPROPRIATE tia:

Thanks for asking about the details, and sorry it's taken so long to get back!

As Christmas day approaches, I had to churn out a few more "classics" and do a proper holiday EP.  Click on the garish graphic below for the band camp page.

1.Carol of the Bells 01:30   
2.Bring a Torch Janette Isabella 02:22
3.Deck the Halls 02:49
4.Holy Night 01:39
5.Silent Night 02:44
6.Jingle Bells 02:17



Oh yes, DETAILS!  Where does one even begin?  You pretty much start with your MIDI composition, which you play on a keyboard, and quantize to taste.  Sometimes, just for shits and giggles, I'll use a dumb and boring synth patch just to get the part sequenced, and THEN I'll work on the timbre/sound.  From there, it's just being tasteful with your synth patches (which are all semi-programmed from scratch for the specific part), along with some half-decent mixing.  Just the standard compressors and EQ's in that dept., along with some spectral enhancement, reverb, and other stuff used sparingly.  They say arrangement is everything, and you really do have to be mindful of your parts, instrumentation and structure.  In this regard, you also have to choose or design some nice hits/crashes/swells for your transitions.  Drum Parts are relatively easy for the house, trance, or disco parts, while the "dubstep" is just some triplet grooves, for the most part.  The 3/4 timing in "Carol of the Bells" was no sweat either, but maybe it's kind of drum n' bass sounding?   ???  "Bring a Torch Janette Isabella" is also 3/4, but has a more traditional disco feel.  Had to try and keep that one "K-Pop" sounding!  And I'm not Korean!  Obviously, any loop samples you're using at this point (drums only) are going to be chopped up, cropped, and re-arranged.   Most of my drums are sequenced like everything else, though.  Maybe I'll bullet point some more interesting things:

• My MIDI "controller" is a Roland Fantom - I also use it to sequence stuff when my computer is busy playing netflix.
• The reggae guitar on the intro of "Holy Night" is real, and was performed by the esteemed yet deposed Prince I&I ASIanman of Jah-Rastafari.  The Prince is currently in contact with C2C for an upcoming guest spot.
• I use Massive (the vst soft synth) for a bunch of parts, but a host of other vst synths are used too.
• "Carol of the Bells" contains a sample of a human scream, to signify the true horror of the holiday season.
• It was all done in "in the box" using REAPER.  Pro-Tools was not involved
• If you want to see a complete gear list, check out my studio webstie at www.MusicStudio13.com

With that said, you should probably ignore everything I just said and check out the music straight away.  Unlike my rambling and near-meaningless technical details, the actual music is kind of rad.

2ndEdit:  All jokes aside, that man is a mean and scary piper.  If the drums were peasant we truly would have been home by Christmas about a hunnert yarns/threads ago plus or minus a few days/weeks/months.  I fear the day that I see that one on the field of Mars.  Either as a general or a mano y mona(sp) whiner take all fought...  I salute that GRATE SCOT, awesome pipes, love the pipes can't stand the artillery barrage of music at this time of year and he made my musical point most eloquently and brutally no further effort required on my part. 

mmm...





XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2016, 05:24:17 PM »
FestVeLy cOOl ThreAd, pate! Thank you for starting it and for the bagpipe music. Things are never dull when you post here.  :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVwceVBY-HE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y5GtaTrPHM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTx-sdR6Yzk

Happy Solstice! :)


XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2016, 06:15:37 PM »
https://youtu.be/osSg7OAEdC4
Ha, 21'st.  Guess we were on the same wavelength.  You beat me by 31 seconds.  lol



XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2016, 09:19:39 PM »
FestVeLy cOOl ThreAd, pate! Thank you for starting it and for the bagpipe music. Things are never dull when you post here.  :)

Thanks, pye (and everybody else).  Thar's some truly and wonderflutally ( A vary speshul JETHRO TULL SOLSTICE?!? haha) awful Holiday music hear.  I feel better already!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3trOZhLP6vs

Feel free to share awful Christmas sweater pics here as well, no need to clog up the 'tubes of BG with more awful Holiday themed garbage...

I smile.





XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2016, 04:51:45 AM »
OMG, YESS!!!  This video has SO cheered me up! ;D

Hilarious Trump Christmas Parody “It’s The Most Wonderful Time in 8 Years”  12.2.16.

https://youtu.be/sW85ZcswiqM



XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2016, 08:26:34 PM »
Most special holiday music ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgJtnEEJf8I

XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2016, 09:04:16 PM »
OMG, YESS!!!  This video has SO cheered me up! ;D

Hi Miss Starr! I thought of you when I posted that one on the President-elect Trump thread. :)

Here's one for all those fear monger/haters -they know who they are!  ;)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU



XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2016, 11:04:41 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il5rF5HTjuc
Funny for some, I guess. But pretty weak. He is shorter and will be coming soon with Sinterklass and is going to sack and beat you on the way back to Spain. (In a new bent you will also been thrown into a migrant/"refugee" camp!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDPpyGNGG5w

XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2016, 12:00:45 AM »
...

Here's one for all those fear monger/haters -they know who they are!  ;)

...

A-nunh, ArRRgh!  A, n'org!



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Egg-nog spiced with a bit of plain rum can be quite uplifting...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVhWyK3wDS0

I am drowning in awful, love it!

Merry, merry! 

Cheers all!

XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2016, 03:04:19 AM »

XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2016, 04:28:45 AM »
From Max's KC (1978).... Contains musical overdubs from 1994.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMD2-Lm72C4


XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2016, 09:50:53 AM »
A staple of Generation-X Christmases in the 80s. I had a few in this era that were actually pretty nice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xOe4GRyebo


XXXtra Speshul Holiday Muse(acK!) MegaWeakThreade
« Reply #28 on: December 10, 2016, 06:32:42 PM »
Radio playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee coming on strong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is4NQkUN3AI