8
Feb

Solo Vocal Trio

I’d like to start off by saying that this assignment really brought me completely out of my comfort zone. I’m more of an instrumental musician, so singing, let alone posting a song cover that’s open for anyone to hear, anytime, made me very hesitant to complete it.

But I also thought that DS106 has brought me out of my comfort zone already; I’m no photographer, writer, or designer.  It was time to take things into my own hands.  Originally, I set out to complete the A Capella With Yourself assignment, but misread it almost entirely, realizing that only after I had posted my clip to SoundCloud. After spending a considerable amount of time searching for, recording samples of, and playing back multiple songs in order to find out that I sound very little like what I sound like in my head (read: much worse),  I finally decided on Zoe Jane, a song by Staind, that I almost performed with my band at a middle school talent show (we decided on The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s By The Way).

I realized that I hadn’t listened to it in about a decade, so was really surprised that I still knew the lyrics. More significantly though, I realized that I could relate to it now, almost completely, since having my own child.  Immediately, I thought of a few lines from Brad Paisley’s Old Alabama : “Play something with lots of feeling// ’cause that’s where music has to start”.  So, I threw my anxiety of posting my own singing out the window, and started recording in the awesome sound booth on the bottom floor of the ITCC building at, like, 2 AM (I’m self-conscious, sue me) because I hadn’t yet been struck by ideas for a Sound Effects Story.  I recorded it once, played it back to myself and thought it wasn’t atrocious, so I’d give it a go two more times.

After three recordings, I converted them to mp3 format, and opened them up in Audacity, trimmed the random noises and lengthy silence from the beginning of the song.  I then had to align them, which sounds a lot easier than it actually is: you think “oh, just scoot them all over to the left, duh!”, but I had trimmed each differently, so I had to trim them down a bit more, zoom in, trim some more, etc. until they started at the same time.  So here you go.

Sorry about the long silence about 2/3 of the way through–that’s usually filled by the instrumental break.

I estimated this assignment at 3 stars, due to the amount of time taken to find a song, record it in full three times, edit it, and the willingness to put your normal stays-in-the-shower-or-car-so-no-one-can-hear-it singing out in the public realm.

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5 Comments

  • Jim Groom says:

    At least 3 stars, this came out completely brilliant! Wow is all I have to say about your work right now, you are in a serious zone.

    • Spencer says:

      Thanks! There seems to be some inconsistencies in the time/work ratio for a few of the assignments, so I didn’t want to be overzealous in my estimate.

  • I really like that you recorded your voice three different times and blended them together! Made it sound way cooler than just a one-tone songs!

    • Spencer says:

      🙂 I wanted to make sure I made it personal enough to view it as my own piece of work rather than a simple cover, trying to avoid getting DMCA’d. Still, kind of nervous I’ll get a letter in the mail lol

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