Thursday, 28 October 2010

songs for the future of this year!

So far this year, i have started writing a track which uses a solo vocalist (mezzo soprano - based around my own voice), a choir (sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses) and orchestra consisting of flutes, clarinets, soprano sax, trumpets, bass trumpets, trombones, horns, violins, violoncellos, triangles, tambourines and a drum kit. I am hoping to get this song recorded at the latest at the beginning of next year along with any other songs i write in the meantime. I also plan to perform the Lander live with FranetiC and the LanderQuin in a club somewhere asap so we can publicize all of us and our work. Not sure yet how it's all going to work but i've been assigned the task for the three of us and so plan to get it sorted as soon as possible with a good set list - using whatever songs we can come up with together. Needs more sorting yet but hopefully can work it out before the year is up. That's my update for now on plans for this year.

songs i have been involved in writing!

These are the songs i have been involved in writing so far from last year!

The songs include;

Coming Home - written by a group of us at the mill (myself, Glyn Read, Alex Fisher, Lawrence Landers-Cooke, Rob Munro, Simon Gregg and a team of others throwing in ideas as we went along. The song is performed by the band Sub Zero with myself, Glyn Read, Richard Digby-Smith and Sophie Williamson on the backing vocals.)

The Lander ft. LanderQuin - Written by FranetiC and the LanderQuin, I only helped with the engineering and the backing vocals on the track.

Broken Child - Written, produced and engineered by myself with the help of Christopher Raymont on the backing vocals and as assistant engineer.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wednesday 27th October 2010

Finally, here's hoping it works!!!

I have tried and tried and tried for ages to get this up, it's the first track i've properly created ever so any constructive criticisms would be great! thanks

Broken Child by CharBakes

wednesday 27th October 2010

Well, 50s out of the way, over and done with, with no going back and changing it, we move on to the 60s. Last week's live lounge recordings for the college radio, Newton Abbot radio and Coombeshead College radio was a total shambles. Listening back to - at least my - vocals made me cringe. I thought i sounded awful. However, this time for the 60s I aim to make a much better job of it. Hopefully by then the Tech guys will have learnt what they are doing and can make a much better job of doing their jobs too, making our lives (the performers) easier with the ability to succeed in sight.
All the performer groups have chosen their cover songs to perform. My group have chosen to perform the covers; Wild Thing (poss) by The Troggs,
These boots are made for walking by Nancy Sinatra;
and I'm a believer by The Monkees;
We've done really well in the practice we had this afternoon, we've managed to work out the whole of "i'm a believer" and "these boots are made for walking" on all the basic instruments (bass, guitar, vocals and drums) there's just a few other instruments needed adding to the "these boots are made for walking" such as a keyboard with the saxophone on (or some other jazy instrument) and some sort of percussion on both "i'm a believer" and "these boots are made for walking".
Tim's already working on an original 60s song for us to perform so when we return after half term we only really need to practice all of them over the corse of the three weeks remaining and then perform them live. Hopefully make a better job of it all this time..... :)

Wednesday 27th October 2010

As a follow on from the 50s style - these are the songs my group performed on the radio;
I need you - our original song
King Creole - this was one of our covers

Friday, 8 October 2010

Friday 8th October 2010 - 50s Style Music......

Well..... first blog entry since returning to college. We've been looking at the 1950s style of music for the past few weeks. We have learnt 2 covers and created one original piece. The group I was a part of learnt Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly and King Creole by Elvis.
We only have one recording of our practices, which was today's practice because the Live room we practiced in doesn't have a recording device. However, this afternoon we performed our practiced songs live on the radio. The link will go through the college radio, Newton Abbot radio and Coombeshead College (not sure the spelling's correct, sorry). The recording of the tracks was not particularly good i'm sorry to say.
I think one of the problems was that the Tech guys hadn't set up properly, they were fiddling with the headphones and faders etc during the recordings, which was off-putting and made it a pain for us recording and also the producer wasn't talking to anyone - nobody knew what they were doing or anything. I don't think i'm the only one to find this really annoying, another thing i've noticed is that they don't talk to anyone in the studio so we have no idea what's going on most of the time.
However, rant over, other than technical difficulties, listening back to the tracks, there are some good parts that make the music sound along the right tracks. There are the parts that sound musically terrible at times but altogether, considering the problems we were working with, it all sounded not too bad.
Hopefully the next period we look at - the 60s - will be a much better live room experience for all.....