Origin Song

1st Attempt

Group: Rosie, Ophelia, Sarah

For this task we hadn’t had a chance to meet as a group in the week the task was set. The day before the task was in we still hadn’t been able to discuss things, so I thought of an idea – something I knew we’d all be able to relate to as a group and has been an experience we’ve all gone through. I put together a quick draft of lyrics just to get something down and start ideas flowing. These are the lyrics I wrote:

Verse 1:

The freshly picked flowers

Lay delicately across the soil

As we stand around

In the unkept garden

Reminded of her joy

Through the sunlight on the stone

But the weight on the day prevails

 

Chorus:

As we remember

Sometimes the memories become muted

As we remember

All of life’s now’s become haulted

Life will go on but you will never leave

You will never leave

Life will go on

 

Verse 2:

So many stories to tell

She would send us up to bed

As she drunk bailey’s with mum

She’d drive over in her little white poppy car

With a box of chocolates having half eaten each one

 

Chorus

 

Verse 3:

The flowers have begun to droop

As they lay scattered

Caught in the weeds

Stood alone with the silence of the garden

So much harder to hear her laughter

But quietly comforted by her love

I sent these lyrics through to Rosie and Sarah asking for feedback and to say they were a starting point for us all to share ideas and create a song together. Rosie said that she thought they were nice lyrics, but sensitively, she thought maybe it was best I submitted the song on my own as it ended up being very personal to me and almost a part of my processing for grief and the loss of a family member. I didn’t receive any response at all from Sarah so I decided I was going to submit this as an individual piece. I think in the future in regards to group work, we need to be more committed to getting a time to meet during the week as I’m sure we could have made a great song together.

 

Because we had difficulty making this a group project, Rosie managed to create a quick recording of what it could sound like with the lyrics I had made. I think she did a good job of being able to sing the difficult phrases and put a tune to it.

In the lecture, when I presented the song, it got mixed feedback. Some people liked the unique use of language and words such as ‘unkept garden’ and ‘muted’. There were mixed responses to the last verse but some people quite liked the last line ‘quietly comforted by her love’ as they said it was very poetic. Some constructive criticism was, the second verse was too literal or perhaps too specific and could be worded better.

In looking back at the lyrics after hearing this feedback, I decided I was going to scrap the second verse as it was quite naff and really didn’t sit well with the rest of the song. My initial idea was to tell the story from the graveside of my loved one. I wanted to describe the atmosphere and environment when stood at her grave when everything first happened and then end the journey of the song by singing about the same environment etc. but a lot longer after the death, how things are different and often less colourful and a bit more real.

I would have worked a lot more into this song, but when I began to really think about ‘origin’, I started to think about my faith. It has had a much bigger lifelong impact and weaves into all my life experiences, so I thought I’d be able to right about it a lot more passionately.

2nd Attempt

I will be submitting this attempt of the ‘origin’ song as my lead track titled ‘First and Only’ with my faith as my inspiration.

 

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Original Protest Song

Title: Connected 

1st draft lyrics:

9 The first thing we check when we wake up

11 And the last thing we see before we shut down

9 We place it on a throne in our lives

12 And before it’s too late it’s taken all our time

10 Rotting our abilities to function

11 Instant gratification in just one click

7 They tell us we’re connected

13 And we’re the centre of the popularity storm

14 When reality states we’re on the verge of depression

12 Where no one knows how to socialise anymore

7 Comparison encouraged

6 And perfection the aim

6 We’re all just characters

8 In this social media game

 

9 Little red numbers stacking up high

9 And the bings of constant messages

7 saturating the real life

9 It’s drilled into a generation

6 That there’s no point to try

13 But that living overwhelmed is the new way of life

10 Dormant expressions and distracted minds

6 Never fully focused

5 Hope is out of sight

7 Comparison encouraged

6 And perfection the aim

6 We’re all just characters

8 In this social media game

 

12 We’ve all crafted an online version of ourselves

6 With the well packaged lies

5 Presented as truths

5 But what we don’t see

10 Is the swarm of strangers lurking the sites

10 Invading the small film of privacy

4 Ready to strike

7 Comparsion encouraged

6 And perfection the aim

6 We’re all just characters

8 In this social media game

 

Main observations from draft one:

  • No specific syllable structure or pattern
  • Different number of lines in each chunk
  • Doesn’t read easily
  • Some words don’t sit right/out of place i.e. gratification, rotting, depression, dormant… Good words but stood out to me as a bit out of place, too literal?
  • Hard to put into song form at this stage – more like a poem or spoken word at the moment.

 

2nd draft lyrics:

    Em                                                         D

9 The first thing we check when we wake up

                  C

11 And the last thing we see before we shut down

          Em                                          D

9 We place it on a throne in our lives

                  C

12 And before it’s too late It’s taken all our time

           Em

7 Comparison encouraged

                    D

6 And perfection the aim

                  C

14 We’re all just characters in this social media game

 

      Em                                     D

10 Rotting our abilities to function

      C

9 Instant satisfaction in one click

               Em                                                         D

17 They tell us we’re connected We’re the centre of popularity

                 C

14 But reality states we’re on the verge of depression

            Em

7 Comparison encouraged

                 D

6 And perfection the aim

                  C          

14 We’re all just characters in this social media game

 

    Em                             D

9 Little red numbers stacking up high

                     C

14 And the bings of constant messages saturating real life

                   Em                                         D

13 Drilled into a generation there’s no point to try

                      C

13 But that living overwhelmed is the new way of life

             Em

7 Comparison encouraged

                   D

6 And perfection the aim

                   C

14 We’re all just characters in this social media game

 

 

Main observations from draft two:

  • Chords drag a bit – leaves it very lose/hard to predict where melody goes
  • Feels more song like as the number of lines is the same in each chunk
  • First verse flows better
  • The second verse in particular doesn’t read well or flow as well as the first verse – sits differently to first verse and therefore disrupts flow of song – too many syllables – hard to work out phrasing and hard to fit that amount of lyrics with the same pattern as verse 1
  • Too high for me to sing
  • Changing ‘instant gratification’ to ‘instant satisfaction’ makes the phrase easier to sing – it rolls off the tongue more and the sharing of the S sounds create a nice feel to the line.

 

3rd draft / Final version lyrics:

    Bm                          A                          G

9 The first thing we check when we wake up

                     Bm                  A                        G

11 And the last thing we see before we shut down

           Bm                 A                     G

9 We place it on a throne in our lives

               Bm                    A                      G

12 And before it’s too late It’s taken all our time

           Bm                 

7 Comparison encouraged

                   A

6 And perfection the aim

                  G

14 We’re all just characters in this social media game

 

      Bm                 A               G

10 Rotting our abilities to function

     Bm                A                      G

9 Instant satisfaction in one click

               Bm                           A                 G

12 They tell us we’re connected with so many friends  

                Bm                                       A                  G

14 But reality corrects us, we’re alone once again  

            Bm

7 Comparison encouraged

                  A

6 And perfection the aim

                  G          

14 We’re all just characters in this social media game

 

    Bm          A                G

9 Little red numbers stacking up high

                     Bm                       A                         G

14 And the bings of constant messages saturating real life

                   Bm                  A                   G

13 Drilled into a generation there’s no point to try

                      Bm                 A                     G

13 But that living overwhelmed is the new way of life

             Bm

7 Comparison encouraged

                   A

6 And perfection the aim

                   G

14 We’re all just characters in this social media game

Main observations from draft 3:

  • Having more chord changes on each line helps the pace of the song and compliments the lyrics with an energy – the chord change from the Bm to the A being slightly before the beat also adds an energy and different rhythm to the melody
  • A few tweaks to the lyrics in verse/section two help it flow a lot better – I find it a lot easier to sing and find section two no longer stands out as sitting uncomfortably with the rest of the song – I like how ‘connected’ and ‘corrects us’ create a similar sound and again help with the flow of the lines – these words also sit in a similar position in both the lines which makes it easier to predict the phrasing even with the extra syllables which aren’t there in verse 1.

Why write about social media?

All of my generation and generations below are guaranteed to have at least one social media account. It’s a pandemic. People are addicted and spend a lot of their time glued to phones, laptops etc. to stay ‘connected’, when actually it’s causing widespread loneliness and mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. It’s hugely relatable. This is why I wanted to write about it and highlight the paradox social media creates.

If I were to take this song further:

Tempo:

  • It would be a fast paced, high octane track (125BPM?)

Instrumentation and arrangement:

  • Solid drum rhythm – full of energy – quite poppy in its feel
  • A catchy hook at the beginning and in instrumental parts between each section, perhaps done with a variety of vocal samples and synths
  • Each chunk would keep the energy through the lyrics, but when reaching ‘Comparison encouraged…’ pull out a bit leaving a nice bright sounding piano or synth? And then leaving room for a fast build back up into some kind of drop to the instrumental.
  • Perhaps some double tracked vocals for the lead and some layered harmonies to create quite a spacy ambience a long with some solid synth parts – quite similar to the feel of the instrumentation and vocals in ‘Midnight City’ by M83

Melody:

  • The song has a simple melody and changes for the more chorus like end of each verse/section to show a slight difference – the melody lowers which would complement the shift in instrumentation pulling out slightly at this point – emphasising the importance of the topic and the effects of social media on us

I think what I’ve learn from a lot of protest songs, is they can be quite specific in their target audience or listener. Although my lyrics could be interpreted as quite literal or very specific, I wouldn’t want to restrict the song with its instrumentation. I think in order to prevent it from being a cheesy Rebecca Black repeat, I would need to have a solid body of instrumentation like mentioned above.

If I had more time I would probably try and write from the perspective of a social media platform and what it can do to someone. I.e. from the perspective of Facebook itself and what it/I intend to do to the Facebook user. This could be an interesting, less literal and more thought provoking take on the topic.

 

 

Protest Song Research

‘I GIVE YOU POWER’ Arcade Fire (ft. Mavis Staples)

  • Name of musician(s)/band etc

Arcade Fire colab with Mavis Staples

  • Reason behind protest and subject

The band shared the track, in the final hours of Obama’s presidency. Win Butler, frontman said “It’s never been more important that we stick together and take care of each other.”

  • Reason you picked the artists/singer

I listen to their music a lot in general and like them as a band. They are interested in the world and stand up for what they believe in, creating change with their music. For example, they continuously work to support Haitian people. One of their songs ‘Haiti’ highlights the time in their history when 30-60,000 Haitians were murdered. Win Butler has also been a vocal supporter of Barack Obama and the band has performed various free concerts for him over time as they have supported each other with their political endeavours.

  • Date

January 19th, 2017

  • Location

Made available to Tidal subscribers first & then released everywhere

  • Historical significance

May not have had an obviously world changing effect to the immediate eyes, but it did get a lot of recognition as it was Arcade Fire’s first release in two years at the time, so the fans were eager and waiting. It was a clever move as yet is a protest song, but it was also Arcade Fire’s latest single, so even if people for some reason were not interested in the politics behind the song, they gave it a listen. The song gained a lot of interest and exploration into the meaning of it whilst all the money raised by the song was given to ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union), the first line of defence for people’s rights in America.

  • Connection with contemporary events

The song is inspired by current politics, the events of which impact our futures hugely, especially the citizens of America with Trump as their leader.

As all the proceeds of the song go to ACLU, Arcade fire and the band are obviously interested in/were worried of the effects Trump would have on human rights in America. Within the opening months of Trump’s presidency, he undermined reproductive rights, used religion to discriminate against LGBT people and religious minorities, trampled on the rights of immigrants and worked to deepen the racial inequalities at the heart of the American criminal justice system. The timing of the song’s release (the eve of Trump’s inauguration) and how relevant and true it is now, is a testimony to Trump’s idiocy during the presidential campaign.

 

Arcade Fire also shared a new piece of cryptic imagery on twitter that’s an infinity sign with a copyright symbol inside. In a video sharing “I Give You Power,” the imagery is used again with the date Jan. 20, 2017, next to it which notes Trump’s inauguration date, or possibly more. Along with the main ‘I Give You Power’ track, the band also released an instrumental version of the song – Could this be an attempt to encourage others to use the ominous music as a backing for their political pleas and shouts?

 

  • Sample of lyrics with appropriate analysis including evidence from newspapers or important events

Sample of lyrics:

 

I give you power (power)

Where do you think it all comes from? huh?

Who gives you power? (Power)

Where do you think it all comes from?

I give you power

I can take it all away

Watch me (take it away)

Watch me (I can take it away)

Watch me (take it away)

Watch me

 

The song is an encouragement to the listeners and fans; they do have power and any extreme power Trump seems to wield at this present moment in time will only last for a short time. The American people can decide again who they want in power at the next vote.

Trump is a prime example of a politician who likes to abuse their power, and this song a statement to demand that this stops.

I think ‘I give you power’ is a statement of the American people. Rather than oneself plainly declaring ‘I give you power’, it’s the voice of a nation declaring it. And the nation as a whole, does have enormous power.

 

Win Butler confidently asserts his stance and power with his menacing vocal ‘Where do you think it all comes from, I can take it away, watch me’. He’s warning Trump. He’s showing who is in control. A powerful statement when it’s widely presumed that Trump is in control at the moment. It’s an exciting proposition which listeners will take kindly to. The short, bold statements only add to the confidence of Win Butler.

  • Song Form and explain why you think that form is used 

The song does not have a typical song structure. It’s very repetitive, with subtle variation throughout.

I think the repetition is to make the point clear and to let it sink in.

It reminds me of a protest march (Thelma film?) and the phrases/short statements that would be repeated throughout a march.

In the first small section there are no echoes/repeats of the phrases, but from the second section, the echoes/repeats happen after every line. I think this is to represent ‘the people’. To show a progression from Win Butler standing on his own perhaps, to seeing a body of people rise up together in confidence for something they believe or against someone they disagree with.

The song ends with a very strong, unnerving ‘watch me’. They’re not just joking around, they’re ready for a fight. Ready to threat.

  • Relevance of the lyric: is the message convincing?

The song is a clear, declaration and warning amongst a sea of confusion, frustration and fluctuating statements associated with Trump, in the past and currently. I think the underlying confidence, verging on arrogance, in the song is very relatable to many young people in our society. Fed up and underestimated, I think they strongly relate to something like this as it’s honest, straight to the point and they get to step into a confident, challenger of Trump rather than a fearful and timid young person who has no say because they are never listened to. It provides opportunity and excitement. And the band stay true to who they are, following on so well from their last album Reflektor, this song was a great next step to engage all their current fans whilst having an impact.

ST1 Lecture 1 – Lyrical Re-Write of a Poem

A Ballad of Dreamland

Algernon Charles Swinburne 1879

 

I hid my heart in a nest of roses,

Out of the sun’s way, hidden apart;

In a softer bed than the soft white snow’s is,

Under the roses I hid my heart.

Why would it sleep not? Why should it start,

When never a leaf of the rose-tree stirred?

What made sleep flutter his wings and part?

Only the song of a secret bird.

 

Lie still, I said, for the wind’s wing closes,

And mild leaves muffle the keen sun’s dart;

Life still, for the wind of the warm sea dozes,

And the wind is unquieter yet than thou art.

Does a thought in thee still as a thorn’s wound smart?

Does the fang still fret thee of hope deferred?

What bids the lids of thy sleep dispart?

Only the song of a secret bird.

 

The green land’s name that a charm encloses,

It never was writ in the traveller’s chart,

And sweet as the fruit on its tree that grows is,

It never was sold in the merchant’s mart.

The swallows of dreams through its dim fields dart,

And sleep’s are the tunes in its tree tops heard;

No hound’s note wakens the wildwood hart,

Only the song of a secret bird.

 

ENVOI (an author’s concluding words)

 

In the world of dreams I have chosen my part,

To sleep for a season and hear no word

Of true love’s truth or light love’s art,

Only the song of a secret bird.

 

The author is creating a world that is set apart from the ‘noise’ of the current world. Like a dream or a figment of his imagination. This is where he hides his heart and wants to stay.

A ‘nest of roses’ suggests a warm, cosy, home. A place that you always return to. Perhaps the roses mean a sweet aroma & the beautiful colours & delicate texture of rose petals. The way he describes this ‘nest’ portrays a cocoon of separation from everything else – a retreat. So for ‘a song of a secret bird’ to awake his heart in this place, must mean something very particularly special?

He explains through the poem that nothing can remove him from this dream state, ‘only the song of a secret bird’. He is able to block out the noises and feelings of the world, yet somehow, this bird’s song still seeps through to his heart in this dream state.

In the last paragraph of the poem, the poet concludes what he has chosen. He wants to live in this ‘world of dreams’ for a time, with no influence of the outside world but the song of the secret bird. This to me is quite an innocent conclusion to the story of him and this love. Or at least at a glance seems innocent. He wants to be separate from everything else and only hear this love song in his heart.

‘Hear no word’ – unrealistic? Has he spent too much time in this dreamland that his love will not/may not be real because he’s blocking out something? Not hearing something?

A love without ‘true love’s truth’ – surely would be quite shallow? Or maybe his love is not reciprocated? Or maybe his love is just a memory that his dreamland evokes? He doesn’t want to lose the memory of his love because it means something to him and so he

Re-work the content as a workable lyric and song structure:

Verse 1:

I hid my heart in a nest of roses

Out of the sun’s way

Hidden apart

In a bed softer than the white snow is

Under the roses

I hid my heart

Yet it doesn’t want to rest

Awake it stays

Whilst all else sleeps

 

Verse 2:

Lie still I said

As the wing begins to settle

And the leaves shield the bright rays of sun

Life

Still

For the wind of the warm sea dozes

And the wind is unquieter than you may be

Does a thought within me stay

as a wound throbs?

Does it still nag me like the ache of a tooth?

Am I still hoping against no hope?

What opens my eyes from sleep?

 

Chorus:

Only the song of a secret bird

Reaches me in the deepest of spaces

Only the song of a secret bird

Speaks to me when all is muted

Only the song of the secret bird

Only the song of the secret bird

 

Verse 3:

This sweet and fertile land

Where the love is watering the land

The fruits that grow and the plants that are nurtured

No one else can know

In the dreamer’s mind

The swallows dance

Though laying in the wild’s grip

No call of the wildlife disturbs

 

Chorus:

Only the song of a secret bird

Reaches me in the deepest of spaces

Only the song of a secret bird

Speaks to me when all is muted

Only the song of the secret bird

Only the song of the secret bird

 

Last verse:

In the world of dreams

I have chosen my part

To sleep for a season

And hear the silence

Only the song of a secret bird

 

Outline how you have achieved this to make the lyric relatable:

Re-arranging some of the lines – to me, some of the lyrics are very precious and I love the way they were formed. However, because I wasn’t used to some of the language used, or some of the sentence structures, I thought spacing the sentences out a bit in the song and changing some of the wording, would really place more understandable emphasis on each line.

Although I didn’t want to take the charm away from this beautiful poem and how it was written, I think if I did not simplify any of the sentences or move the words around slightly, portraying them in perhaps a more obvious way, it would be too complex for a song?

I think in listening to a song, if the lyrics/sentences are too complex in understanding, it can actually take away from the song and isolate the listener. Creating a cut off? Meaning it might not be easy to interpret and therefore be relatable.

For the chorus of the song, when reading my lyrics back, I felt they could be slightly vague. However, I wanted to leave some room for the listener to feel comfortable and used repetition as a means to emphasise the focus on the secret bird, but also, leave lots of room for interpretation as to what or who the secret bird is. I think the chorus answers a lot of the questions posed in the verses, but then projects another depth of questions that is left with the listener just like the poem. There is also a lot of repetition in a lot of music now which almost creates a safety blanket with the listener; it’s something they’re used to and their brain recognises, so they find it comforting and enticing as opposed to new and unnerving.

 

Outline your reasons for the structure related to the context of the song:

I started with two verses which then went into the first chorus. I didn’t put a chorus straight after the first verse as I think the foundations of the story/song were still being layed. I wanted to suggest a bit more before answering with ‘only the song of the secret bird’. In the original poem, I noted that this was the answer to the end of every verse. And therefore as a song, I wanted this to be what all the verses/questions were leading up to in each chorus.

Quite simply, most of the focus is on ‘Only the song of the secret bird’ as it repeats with little else. I don’t usually like a lot of repetition in chorus’ in particular, however, I think as the rest of the song is quite an abstract/complex metaphor, having the simple chorus would help keep the listener engaged.

I wanted to separate each verse (apart from 1st and 2nd) with the chorus to give the listener a chance to absorb and think about what was being said. In the poem, each paragraph seems to escalate in its complexity, so I felt with the song, I should try and keep this progression, to provoke some thought, but because of this it needed some light to the shade.

I decided to leave the final line of the song the same as the final line of the poem, as it concludes very well the whole story line. It keeps one guessing and thinking about this secret bird.

Oh Wonder ‘Ultralife’ – Music Video Analysis. Lecture 1 | Task 1.

The video for the first new single ‘Ultralife’ of Oh Wonder’s latest album, sees Josephine and Anthony blissfully bouncing through an upper middle class American neighbourhood in the suburbs. The video sees them journeying through a series of surreal prospects with an heir of invincibility and euphoric tone.

The first ‘pocket of invincibility’ is seen with an elderly man from the neighbourhood starting his morning routine by placing a sweatband on his forehead with a smile. The shot then focuses on the same elderly man skipping excitably outside. The shot pans from his shoes to his head as he is clearly jumping on cloud nine and supposedly brimming with health. The rays of the sun interfere slightly with the lens of the camera creating a hazy effect. This moment is the epitome of ‘anything is possible when you put your mind to it’.

Josephine continues to bounce down the road as she leaves a trail of multi-coloured footsteps behind her and a bin miraculously turns into several basketballs. This soon sets the tone for the rest of the video being dreamlike and surreal, establishing the target audience as ‘anyone with a child at heart’. The main, clean, aesthetic of the video implies the duo may be more appealing to a pop fan, or at least wanting to appeal to these listeners just as much as the quirky

The main, clean aesthetic of the video with a pastel, saturated colour pallet reminds me of some mainstream pop videos. For example, the same colours and aesthetic can be seen in Katy Perry’s ‘Chained to the rhythm’ music video. This implies they are encouraging an audience of pop lovers as well as their alternative music loving fans. Although this video may come across as quite mainstream, I think Oh Wonder manage to creatively taint the video with their quirky characters and alternative rhythms and production with their laid back style and relaxed nature within the video.

There are not many characters in the music video, instead, leaving space for interpretation. In particular, there is a small section in the middle of the video in which there are a series of different frames, from the yellow lines on the road bending, to a candy floss cloud in the sky, to a disco ball being cut in half and revealing a watermelon. All these frames are presented very simply, with minimal busyness, I think, to create space for our imaginations as listeners to flourish and complement the feelings encouraged with the music.

In their Ultralife, track by track interview, Anthony and Josephine say how Ultralife was the last song written on their album. Written about wanting to feel invincible. Anthony says how there were 64 drum channels for this one track as they wanted to make it feel as up- beat as possible. The main driving force for the rhythm is the sound of the Indian Tabla, rolling through and on loop, it’s elements like these which I think separates Oh Wonder from your average pop duo and escalates them into the world of experimental alt-pop.

Module Task 5: Performance Evaluation

Here is the video of our final performance on our assessment day. In all honesty I was quite disappointed with how our final performance went. Even a lot of our rehearsals had gone better.

We had a quick time before our performance to go through a bit and when it came to the actual performance we had forgotten to clear our loopers from the practise and so they started playing as soon as we triggered the keys.

In our technical rehearsal the day before, a lot of the equipment we needed e.g. the foot pedal, was being very temperamental and so we had to change a couple of things. We originally had the keys mapped to one of the foot pedals for me to trigger it on and off at certain times, but as the mapping wasn’t working in the technical rehearsal, we had to use the space bar on the computer keyboard to trigger instead, but this did not work how we needed it to and messed up a few other of our already mapped triggers.

This was frustrating as in our final rehearsal the week before, we had managed to get everything working swimmingly, with all the triggers mapped correctly and working at the right times.

With this in mind, it meant at the end of our performance, when we went to press the space bar for the keys to stop, all the other sounds we had created also turned off. The song was meant to carry on for another 30 seconds but as there was an abrupt stop of all our sounds, Rosie had to come in with the song ending ‘help me’ before previously planned.

I think we felt a bit deflated because we had put so much effort into practising, researching and working out a creative/abstract concept which we all really liked. I don’t think it was down to lack of rehearsing, but more lack of time towards the end e.g. I think because quite a few things went wrong in the technical rehearsal that we had never had problems with before (particularly the mapping of things), and the performance was the next day, there wasn’t enough time to properly rectify these things.

Creatively I think if we did it again there are a few things we could change/implement. For example, the amount of reverb became quite saturating at points which we could dull down a bit. And we could have incorporated some of the audio effect racks techniques with the macro controls to manipulate the vocals at varying degrees live. However, I think we did do what we set out to do: to create an experience of schizophrenia that was captivating and different.

I think if we were to do this again, I also would be less afraid to really try a more varying set up in regards to instrument racks, audio effect racks and live looping of vocals and instruments with some experimentation towards automation and macro controls.

Final performance: Stage Plot

Screenshot 2017-05-20 14.32.16

  • 3 mics (SM58) each plugged into individual audio tracks in Ableton (Chloe audio, Rosie audio, Ophelia audio) – specific audio fx and looper applied to each channel in Ableton – very wet reflective reverb audio fx with long delay time applied to all channels – simple delay applied to my channel
  • Keys – pre-recorded midi clip of main song melody with looper applied – keys plugged into Ableton audio track through pre-amp to play some live notes during performance
  • FCB1010 Midi Foot Controller – triggering looper for Chloe and I during performance – also triggering play and stop for pre-recorded keys midi clip
  • Ableton Push – linked to midi track in Ableton with Voice ‘Sirens of the deep’ plug-in applied
  • Roland SPD – linked to midi track with instrument rack in Ableton