Nodul Gangbyeon

May 13, 2011 10:04 PM

I am making some (very) short recordings for my grandmother of the Korean folk songs she taught me. I thought I'd put one on MetaFilter.

This is a folk song called Nodul Gangbyeon, or Nodul Riverbank. It's kind of a sad song about the passage of time—the singer can't even trust the promise of willow trees in spring any more; only the water of the river flows on and on.

I don't sing a lot and used Garage Band for the first time to record this, so, yeah.

posted by peachfuzz (9 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

That's beautiful, peachfuzz!
posted by bitter-girl.com at 12:26 PM on May 14, 2011


I like how you've got the minyo-singing style down!
posted by needled at 3:00 PM on May 14, 2011


Wow, this is very beautiful. Thank you peachfuzz!
posted by snsranch at 4:40 PM on May 14, 2011


This makes me happy. Thanks, peachfuzz.
posted by koeselitz at 10:35 PM on May 14, 2011


oh, I am glad you guys liked it!

I would definitely welcome any suggestions for improving—voice, simple Garage Band recording best practices, etc. I just used "No effects" because all the other ones sounded weird.

And does anyone have any tips for learning to sing better (but without taking it up as a Serious Study)? My voice has gotten very wobbly, it seems. And I run out of breath a lot. Any good resources?
posted by peachfuzz at 12:46 PM on May 16, 2011


beautiful...I'm imagining a movie scene with a young girl traveling the countryside by train, contemplating life.
posted by mtphoto at 7:09 PM on May 16, 2011


Casually beautiful. Thanks !
posted by nicolin at 7:09 AM on May 18, 2011


would definitely welcome any suggestions for improving—voice, simple Garage Band recording best practices, etc. I just used "No effects" because all the other ones sounded weird.

And does anyone have any tips for learning to sing better (but without taking it up as a Serious Study)? My voice has gotten very wobbly, it seems. And I run out of breath a lot. Any good resources?


Your voice sounds great to me. And after many years of recording and playing, take it from me that choosing "no effects" is the way to go. The less rubbish that gets between your voice and what comes out of the speakers, the better. All you need is a decent microphone, to learn a little about noise reduction and EQ and........just experiment until you get things the way you want them. And makes sure you don@t pan everything to the left!

Love this. Well done. Look forward to hearing more.
posted by MajorDundee at 12:07 PM on May 18, 2011


peachfuzz: “And does anyone have any tips for learning to sing better (but without taking it up as a Serious Study)? My voice has gotten very wobbly, it seems. And I run out of breath a lot. Any good resources?”

I don't know of any resources, really, but I guess I can say this: it's really like any muscle set you want to develop; the more you do it, the better you'll be. If you sing constantly, for a while every day, you'll get back to a place where your voice is stronger. Singing in the shower, singing in the car, etc, will help a lot, especially if you really get into it and stretch yourself a bit.

I mean, we used to do exercises in choir, but I don't know if there's too much of a point to exercises when there are so many awesome songs to sing instead.

None of this is to say that your voice sounds like it needs work – on the contrary, like I said, I think it's wonderful; but I think I know what you mean. I had trouble, when I started singing again, trying to do four or five takes of a song, particularly if I was really focused and singing "hard." My throat would get tired pretty quickly. Exercise makes that better.
posted by koeselitz at 3:03 PM on May 18, 2011


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