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September 29, 2012 2:56 PM

This is a song about what a serial murderer might feel like after he's been at it for so long he can hardly stand it anymore.

All the joy has gone out of it for him, and he's only doing it out of habit anymore. He wouldn't know what to do with himself if he wasn't stalking someone, so he just keeps doing what he knows, despite his fatigue and confusion. He no longer enjoys what he does, but that never had too much to do with it in the first place. There's an allegory here that I won't spell out for you, but I think you'll see where I'm going.

On a more practical note; the more I record myself, the more I realise that people who are good at recording are worth every penny we spend on them. Help me out and let me know how I might tighten this thing up. I can't seem to capture the sound I'm after, but I hope I'm getting the point across. Also, pardon the rough fiddles - I've only just started at it

On collaboratory note; anyone want to add to this, or help me with it? Lord knows, I could use all the help I can get.

posted by Pecinpah (3 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Great song. Your vocals are really, really nice.
As far as recording goes, I think I hear lots of computer/hard drive fan, which I've always had to be careful about myself, so if you can find a way to lesson that it would improve things. Maybe record stuff farther away from your computer or get closer to your mic and turn the gain down. Compression will also amplify that noise.
Another thing that's key is editing. Cut out the parts of tracks where nothing's happening; chop out the part of the vox track where you're not singing, etc. Makes a big difference in cleaning things up. Sounds like the mike got bumped at one point; you can cut that outta there.
I really like the song regardless.
posted by chococat at 5:20 PM on September 29, 2012


Thanks for both the compliment and the advice, Chococat. I really appreciate them.

I should mention that, while I certainly might have bumped the mic at one point or another (I'll listen for that again - I hadn't caught it), I think what you may have heard was my dog, Judah, guarding the house against some unseen aggressor. I need to soundproof my 'studio' (read: attic) better.
posted by Pecinpah at 10:36 AM on October 1, 2012


I agree with chococat - you've got a great singing voice. I can't comment on ways of recording - I struggle with that stuff myself - but this is a lovely song.
posted by cincinnatus c at 4:42 AM on October 3, 2012


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