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Bleeding Fingers Contest!

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you all been?

Well, it seems Mr. Hanz Zimmer wants us. :) I’m taking part in a contest held by Bleeding Fingers to make a remix on an original theme by the man and just putting the thing together was a good time. :)

Hans Zimmer Wants You

From the first moment I listened to the original piece I imagined the main voice floating over a more acoustic, slow-paced ground… It’s a very beautiful and delicate melody. My take on it was to mess a good deal with the harmony (making it Major to start) and after that developing a more “organic” epicness–if I can put it that way–by recording real percussion.

Here’s the work. I hope you like it, and if you do I would appreciate a vote or “favorite” from you dear visitor. ;)

http://www.hanszimmerwantsyou.com/tracks/4015

See ya, take care!

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Following the Last Post… lol A New Recording. :)

November 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Just like promised last week here’s the recording I was talking about, “Frustração”. It’s part of my band’s (“Salvante Norte”) first EP, and it brings that… desolation feeling up to the table through the recording quality of the leading voice.

The track starts rather upbeat as the singer throws some crooner mood into the game… But the fake posture is truly revealed when all the other instruments stop and the voice is shown naked, just like it REALLY is (around 1:00 or so). The real sadness behind the song is there, unmasked.

I hope you can get the grab of it despite the lyrics in Portuguese–feel free to ask me about the meanings though. :P

See ya, have a nice week!

Changing How it Sounds… To Change How it Feels.

October 29, 2012 1 comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

This week I was working on producing a couple songs of our band here in Brazil, Salvante Norte, and it was fun to toy with the sound quality of one of those recordings in order to evoke a  certain emotional effect. And I can say it’s amazing to realize how powerful such a tool can be.

That song is yet to be ready–so stay tuned for giving it a listen next Monday ;)–but I would like to share a clear example on the matter… Clear and absolutely awesome, by the way. lol It’s Ben Harper’s recording Suzie Blue, from his 1999 album Burn To Shine.

Ben Harper - Burn To Shine

SO cool. -.-

Listen to it carefully ’til the brass comes in… Brilliant–literally. :)

http://www.benharper.com/music/songs-lyrics/originals/suzie-blue

See ya, have a nice week!

Brazillian Bolero: A Sample

September 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there guys, how are you all doing?

This week we were doing a recording on an original song here at my home studio and I though it would be cool to share you a bit of a Brazillian bolero for you to take a listen. :)

This sample is made of three percussion instruments, one following the other: a pandeiro (our “tambourine”), a pirulito (a percussion lollipop lol) more to the right channel and a reco-reco (originally named “güiro” in Spanish) leaned to the left channel.

All that together make a solid rhythmic cell to back a nice Brazillian bolero up and each instrument fills its place perfectly to make something really bigger than the sum of the parts.

I hop you like it, see ya next Monday!

Developing Placeholder Recordings

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Last week I shared a placeholder recording for an indie videogame soundtrack… But what are those recordings after all?

Well, a placeholder is just a temporary creation that’s useful for making tests and as a reminder as well. In the first place I was asked to do some calm wake-up theme for a girl who is starting a new day in her home town. Then I came up with this acoustic guitar take:

After that I went on programming the music and decided to exchange the guitar for a keyboard as the base harmonic instrument under a solo flute:

But… my boss–and friend lol–wanted the acoustic guitar to be back. So I brought a tenor guitar to enhance the low frequencies a little:

With the theme ready to go I had to work in a night variation. So another replacement was done, this time for a music box… Also, a bit of a slow down would fit the mood nice:

ANd that’s how the whole thing evolved so far. Can’t wait to start working in the next theme!

Have a nice week, see ya on Mondays! ;)

Old-Time-Radio-Like Recordings…

July 16, 2012 2 comments

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Sometimes you just want to make something sound old. I’m not sure why, but those “hissing” recordings have something to them that soothe our souls and send us to a distant place in our memory–or even beyond.

This week I want to share two sketches with such a feeling; the first one was meant to sound that way because it’s an excerpt of the magnificent epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner… and it’s much older than any recording for that matter; lol The other was recorded in a bad table mic, so as it wouldn’t give me much of a quality recording I made it sound old to mask those technical problems. :P

Take a listen, I hope you enjoy ’em!

Making Original Sound Effects Is Fun As Hell. :P

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

A friend of mine who works with video editing asked me to help him to make a sound design project for a short institutional movie. Despite not having any experience (so far) on the area I decided to take it for the sake of learning something… and I must say it’s as laborious as it’s fun. :)

Looking at the silent screen while people come and go, objects move, winds blow makes you play an internal symphony inside your head and start imagining how every single thing needs to sound to be… believable.

Here are my first captures: the sound of someone writing (used a soft pencil for the “hiss” and the mic sat at the desk for the lows), a “pop” for flowers sprouting (just my mouth lol) and a carillon (w/ reverb) for a… flying unicorn. -.-

Here is the reference video–for what the client aimed for–and my under-construction set. Enjoy it!

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