020 Making My Own Music – Rise Above

MMoM-1400-blueIn this episode, I talked about and played a new age song called “Rise Above” that I wrote and recorded in January 2014. It uses a mixture of synthesizers and a men’s choir.

I analyzed all of my previous recordings to see which keys I have used and have not used. It turns out I’ve used the “easier” keys with 0-3 flats or sharps but not the “harder” keys with 4-6 flats or sharps. I decided to write this song in G# minor which has 5 sharps.

I used the chord progression G# minor, F#, E maj7, F# which turns out to be the same chord progression I used on Rue’s Whistle which was in G minor, just one semitone away. I also used the same bass sound, although I added some distortion on this bass. I found two cool patches in Omnisphere, one called Chilling and one called Chill Factor that I thought I could base a song on. I played those patches. I also played the electric drum pattern I used and the lead sound which is called I Sing The Body Electric (which doesn’t really seem to relate to the song from Fame).

The “A” section builds and runs for 1 minute, 15 seconds. I wanted to move into something completely different. I decided to record myself singing a men’s choir, with four vocal parts and three recordings of each part. I mixed my twelve person choir with a voices sound, and use that on the “B” section. I added acoustic drums and bring back the I Sing The Body Electric part.

The A section was at 100 beats per minute and the B section was at 118 beats per minute. I switch back to the A section at 100 beats per minute but keep the men’s choir singing, so it is a combinations of the A and B sections.

I then played Rise Above.

I started my 2014 songwriting goal of recording and completing 40 songs in 2014. I also decided to release three albums by the middle of the year. The first would be a new age album that would include Rue’s Whistle, Follow the Advice Of Your Heart, Fountain, Late Day Storm, Rise Above, and 4 to 8 more songs. Another album would be of video game music that would include Escape!, 8-Bit Frenzy, Tremble, and 6 to 10 more songs. Also I would release an EP of jazz music, including Sleepy, Elephant’s Feet, Summer Strut, Fusion, and 2-3 more. I may put Powerhouse on it, but especially if I can re-record it with a trumpet player playing the trumpet parts, a trombone player playing the trombone parts, and me playing all the sax parts.

I will probably release these on Bandcamp, a site that allows artists to sell their music and choose the price. I will probably release the albums as “pay as you want.”

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About Tom Snively

I am a freelance composer and compose and record music in my home studio. I record electronic music such as new age, video game, dance and trance and non-electronic music such as smooth jazz, rock and classical music. Contact me for the following: Commission me to write and/or record your song for you. License one of my songs for your use. Have me record a saxophone part for your song.

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