I know we’ve already adopted and displayed CC licenses on all our posts featuring the songs. I’m just toying with the idea of making an explicit contribution. A Creative Commons contribution for the month.
Although I’ve to admit it sounds kind of lame, since every song we compose and release in this blog is CC-licensed.
Please ATTRIBUTE the music to StarfishStories.wordpress.com in your website or printed materials (if any). As long as you do that, you are FREE to USE, COPY, SHARE, MODIFY, or SELL any of the songs from this album. Feel free to contact us for clarifications or permissions beyond the scope of this license.
Created another layer from Adrian’s original riff, and adjusted the EQ settings to make his rhythm guitar part stronger.
Around the 1min 10sec mark: Added a short lead and clean guitar pan effect, and a different beat.
Miscellaneous adjustments along the track to avoid clipping.
Imported the uncompressed file to Audacity, adding a compression effect (I was trying to see if it would help in normalising the track) and exporting it as a 24-bit WAV file. I think it does. Listen to the difference – here’s Version 1:
Original composition. Guitars by Adrian Loo. Mixing & other instruments by Ivan Chew. Released under Creative Commons ATTRIBUTION 3.0 Singapore license. Feel free to reuse or remix this song (CC license applies), on the condition that you credit the music as follows:
Music by: STARFISH STORIES :: THE BAND
Adrian Loo & Ivan Chew StarfishStories.wordpress.com
Email us at StarfishStories@gmail.com if you need further clarifications. The track can be downloaded at Archive.org.
The track was created in under 15-mins. For the demo, I imported the rhythm track from Adrian’s Crystal Tears and the Dream Nebulae (still WIP as of this post). Showed a simple split/ copy tracks; added fade in-out. Added drum loops. Using GB’s software instruments; duplicating a MIDI track and adapting it for another software instrument effect. Exported the track.
I felt the demo went well, but then the audience would be a better judge. If you’re one of those who stayed for the demo, feel free to leave a comment. I had fun with the demo.
A big THANK YOU to the folks at Epicentre@Orchard (esp. the dude who fixed the screen resolution settings!); City Music (Mike, YL, HL); Kestrel and Lisa (you two rock!); SOFT (pleasure meeting you, James).
In case you were wondering, I wasn’t paid to do the demo.
Adrian came over to my apartment on a Friday evening ‘cos I wanted to show off my KB37 (i.e. the gadget on the floor, in the image below). I fired up GarageBand on my Macbook Pro. It opened up a recent composition (i.e. New Beginning). I asked Adrian to jam to the pre-recorded tracks. He got into the groove after about five takes, doing his jangly guitar bits.
The next day, I reviewed what Adrian had recorded. Moved some of his tracks around. In the end, I used his jangly echo-y clean guitar portions for the starting riff, at the break, and the end of the track.
That evening was one of the super-rare occasions that the two of us could meet. We’ll still be creating our music via the usual email-comment-post-to-blog way.
I enjoyed creating this track.
Here’s the version without the main guitar parts. Feel free to create your own lead; chop it up etc (CC license applies):
The track was more or less completed a few months ago. Decided to work on sound level adjustments today (the most tedious and least creative part in producing a track, imho). Added an orchestral strings layer. Threw in an Erhu and a Bansuri flute to make the vox part more interesting.
The words “Vox Humana” came from a sound effect setting from my digital piano. Some months back, I was toying with the C/ Am keys. Which led to me recording the basic arrangement in GarageBand. At first I used the digital piano’s “Vox Humana” effect and recorded it as a “Live Instrument”. But didn’t like the recording. So I used the GarageBand “African Voices” software instrument (from the World Music Jam Pack) for the vocal effects.
Arrangement-wise, I wanted the song to sound “inspirational”. “Vox Humana” sounds like “Voices of Humanity”. The song culminates in voices rising together.
A rock anthem that I composed and arranged over the week.
TO BE FREE (2009)
Download at www.archive.org
Composed, performed (electric lead and bass guitars), arranged, mixed and sound engineered by Ivan Chew. Please credit to MyRightBrain.wordpress.com To Be Free (2009) by Ivan Chew is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Singapore License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at ramblinglibrarian [at] gmail.com.