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August 31, 2012 9:37 PM

Last minute entry. This was supposed to be, and will eventually be, an a capella/choral twofer with Fitter Happier, but I wasn't able to finish it in time.

This damned thing took 4 hours just to noise reduce, compress, and normalize every track, then mix, due to my now-recovered accordion-induced lung death. When the parts were recorded, I was only able to go in short bursts, so 16 parts took 90 clips. Fuck. I'm extremely pleased with the end result, though.

The idea was inspired by the fact that Thom Yorke tends to never ever ever ever ever finish his words--he starts them pretty well, but there's rarely a final syllable--so the choir sings the first syllable of whatever word the lead vox is on at the time, in almost a chant-like fashion. In order to make the lead, then, fit with the backing, I had to write and subsequently record the squarest version ever of the main melody. It was very difficult to sing.

INSTRUMENTATION:

Timbill Corder (me) - Vocals
Trey Beauregard (man vs sun) - Vocals

posted by askmeaboutLOOM (4 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

Beautiful.
posted by threeants at 10:37 AM on September 1, 2012


This is amazing!
posted by limeonaire at 11:10 AM on September 1, 2012


This is absolutely excellent. I love this kind of male a cappella music, especially with those big chords full of seconds and sevenths.
posted by capricorn at 11:51 AM on September 1, 2012


NICE!
posted by onehalfjunco at 9:01 PM on September 3, 2012


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