Today, Sylvia and I worked on our "Time Machine" song again. We focused on the Cyber Diva (female) Vocal part. It took a bit to get it adjusted but even with that, "her" timing was "off" here-and-there. (I entered her note-rhythm from memory and it was not completely correct. So "her" notes weren't matching the timing of "my" notes, when I inserted them into GarageBand.) I was going to adjust it, yet again, when Sylvia suggested I take a mental step back and really listen to what this song and those 2 voices (hers and mine) represent, which is "working" and "singing" through the "Veil".
As I listened in this way, Sylvia explained that this mismatch of Vocal Timings symbolizes the distortion of "sight" and "sound" through the "Veil".
When we finished adding the software Vocal part, I moved GarageBand's Playhead to the beginning and listened to the entire song. As I did, I just started crying. At that moment, I knew this song was now finished because I coul (I'm crying now)
Remember, "Sylvia" wrote this song and, so far, all of the songs on this album. I "Stream" them from "her" to "me" and then assemble them. I really thought our Orchestra work "N.O.A.T.Y." was going to be the most complicated and longest-to-assemble song on this album but, so far, this "honor" goes to "Time Machine".
I just now exported this new song and added it to our iTunes Playlist for this album. It now shows that we have 6-Tracks but this includes a "Pre-album" Track that's 1-minute, 46-seconds in length. It was supposed to only go at the beginning of the video for this album but, as I listened to it just now, Sylvia suggested that we also place it at the beginning of this album. So it's a Track of 1 sound effect, in the background, with me and Sylvia talking over it. Of course, "Sylvia's" voice is represented by the "Cyber Diva" software from Yamaha.
"Time Machine" is 5-minutes, 4-seconds in length. So now we have 5 songs finished and they take up about 33-minutes on this album. I don't know how many more songs Sylvia has in mind for this project. I do have notes for at least 3 more… maybe even 6 more, total.
(Several hours later…)
Here's the link to our free "Calling All Humans" song:
After digging into our latest song, "N.O.A.T.Y.", yesterday, it finally started coming-together and is now able to maintain its own identity.
Since I knew Sylvia wanted this to be an "Orchestral" piece, there were a few guidelines I needed to stick to:
Anyway, this song is not quite done yet but it's a LOT further along than it was 2-days ago. Right now, unless something else changes, this song:
Although this song calls for "me" to sing it, I had a very difficult Time "figuring-out" and then "learning" the Vocal part. Typically, modern music stays within a 1-to 2-note jump, especially in Vocal melodies. This song has a 5-note jump in it! When I 1st Streamed it, there was a 6-note jump in the Vocal line but Sylvia changed that part of the melody but still left a 5-note jump.
This song is a bit haunting and the melody will stay with you for a while… or maybe it's just because we've been working on it for about 2-weeks now… and listening to "parts" or "all" of it MANY, many times.
As I mentioned before, I really wish we could share the songs on this album, as we finish them, with at least a few of you. It's so boring, exciting and frustrating to not be able to share the "music" part of this journey as Sylvia and I travel through the sonic landscape of this upcoming album.
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