Have You Seen My Song, Hi Rami Hi?

April 14, 2013 12:19 PM

A collaboration between myself and notondisplay using his tune Hi Rami Hi.

So last year at some point I asked a bunch of people if they'd like to do a blind collab using some parameters decided on beforehand and notondisplay said yes (poor guy). It was loosely based on the idea of smashing together two songs into one, like the solos on Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz. Because I also wanted it to be listenable, bits and pieces were taken from the separate songs and placed together to (hopefully seamlessly) create one song. So here's the (close to) end result of one of the tunes. It'll be on an EP that'll get released digitally within a month or two, but I thought I'd put it here on music for now because it's been awhile since I posted.

It turned out to be a cross between some Cluster/Tangerine Dream-esque pastoral synth-iness and a horror movie soundtrack. My bits were created using a MicroKorg for the synth parts, this thing I made that I'm calling a "beat box" (basically a PZM microphone capsule in an aluminum project box from Radio Shack) run through an autowah I made based on the Seamoon Funk Machine, and singing into the MicroKorg with it's vocoder. It started in 6/8, but became basically 4/4 somewhere along the way. I really, really like the outcome and hope you do, too.

Thanks to notondisplay for helping in my ridiculous exercise.

posted by sleepy pete (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Damn, that's not_on_display, not notondisplay. Sorry 'bout that, not.
posted by sleepy pete at 12:21 PM on April 14, 2013

Well, I wouldn't be able to tell if it was two separate songs if you hadn't told me so kudos on that! The atmosphere is cool, like the synth sounds.

two things that I'd change if I could. First, I'd have a clearer vox track so that you could actually hear the lyrics (as I'm pretty sure that there is something said in the beginning) and I'd like to hear the beat. It is there, in the background, pronounced in the beginning since the synth hasn't kicked in, but I'd like to feel it through the whole song as well. Might be a question of raising the volume a little, adding a bit of compression... I don't know, the beat sounds neat and it would be nice to distinguish it from the rest.

Otherwise, like it, keep it up!
posted by AnTilgangs at 12:26 PM on April 15, 2013

Thanks, AnTilgangs, for the comment. I know what you mean about the beat. I'll probably push it up a bit in the final. As for the vox, I'll probably leave them if only because I'm mostly singing syllables and not words. The first bit is simply "Have you seen my" followed by whatever popped into my head at the time.
posted by sleepy pete at 9:48 PM on April 16, 2013

Whoa, wonderful idea and outcome. Has a real Twin Peaks vibe in some parts.
posted by Corduroy at 3:21 AM on April 18, 2013

Yeah, Twin Peaks is right.

elyts ni kcab emoc ot gniog si ekil ouy mug thaT. swen doog tog ev'I.
posted by dobie at 9:57 PM on April 24, 2013

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