She Talks Each Night to Ariel – Music Video

On Friday I post a new song onto Youtube. This was a pop/rock tune, which might be good after posting several classical pieces in a row.  A quick comment – in this song “Ariel” refers to the moon of Uranus (in a way), not a person of that name – just wanted to point that out since I do know some Ariels and this song is not about any of them.  OK, here it is:

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

Now onto talking about the song.  Just general chat and technical details:

As always, I hate my voice.  Funny thing, I had originally written this lower, in a range that was far more comfortable, but I liked the sound even less, so I put it up so that it actually hits the highest note I can sing even close to in tune.  Yeah, weird, but it fit the song better.  No autotune or anything else, which might be obvious…

Someone asked earlier – Yes, I did “double” my voice through a lot of this (verse, pre-chorus and chorus).  That is, I sang through the parts multiple times, in places there are four tracks of my voice.  I won’t go into depth unless asked.

I also used a vocoder (my voice through a synthesizer) during the introduction, the bridge and outro, with some vocoder “echoes” in the pre-chorus and chorus, plus a little doubling in the chorus.  There are also vocoder sound effects that sound like surreal space voices.  I really like the effects of the vocoder in this.

Besides the vocoder I used the Prophet Rev2 for the organ, choir sounds and string sounds.  The Poly D is used for all bass sounds (3 different ones) and the big whooshes and sirens.  I used Cubase’s drum program, Groove Agent, but I played the drums manually on a keyboard.  Everything was played or sung manually….

I spent a lot longer than usual on this, but a big part of that was experimenting with different tools – I actually made a recording called “Ariel Test- Throw Away” where I played with different tools.  When I felt ready, I did “throw it away”.  OK, I just started a new file and didn’t even refer back to the old one… 

The biggest thing that I tested, literally “biggest”, was a new mixer.  I got a more modern piece of kit that was much more flexible, and it did change my workflow.

There is a long story behind where this metaphor comes from. Let’s just say that many years ago a relative misunderstood talking to Ariel, thinking it was a metaphor when it was used quite literally at the time! This time the metaphor is no mistake ;)

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

23 thoughts on “She Talks Each Night to Ariel – Music Video

  1. workinacresnothours

    Your voice sounds great, that was so cool, if I was having a party I would play that definitely.
    On a different subject, I thought I read a comment from you on my blog but it has disappeared. Just wanted to say thank you for reading & yes I agree a much lighter timber on the cupboard will work. Thanks friend & have a musically fun outdoorsy weekend ahead

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked the song :)
      The comment disappeared? Odd. That corner cupboard does look so much better in a light color, but it does make the remaining dark wood stand out. I’m sure you’ll figure soemthign out.

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply
  2. willowdot21

    Well I am blowed , I thought Cher was using a vocoder…serves me right for not checking up? Yes I know that Mike Oldfield used the vocoder. Two of my lads do music for a side line that’s where I get my live of the moog and the vocoder from, shame on me I even know about the autotune too! Still it’s good to learn a little ever day.
    I remember your Dido’s Lament I liked that too 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Lol, I just looked it up to be 100% sure I was telling the truth. Yep, here is part of the first paragraph in Wikipedia: “It featured a pioneering use of the audio processing software Auto-Tune to distort Cher’s vocal”
      I know you are very into music since you do musical posts very often, and show good taste (or what I think is good taste ;) ) in your choices, but I didn’t realize you were that close to music production :)

      Like

      Reply
      1. willowdot21

        Yes, my youngest though now works in IT was originally trained in sound engineering. When he decided to marry and have children his eldest brother got him to take a sideways step into IT to earn more to support family. The eldest too still makes music 💜

        Liked by 1 person

        Reply
    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Willow, I’m glad you enjoyed! A few years ago I had a post about vocoders and talk boxes – I used Stevie Wonder as an example of the talk box, but Frampton did a great job with it! Cher, though, was the first time someone purposefully overused autotune – she has such a great voice that it took people by surprise that she would even think about using autotune, and 99.99% of humanity didn’t know it existed before she did it. Over use of autotune can sound like a vocoder, and the other way around – When I did Dido’s Lament with a vocoder, it sounded more like Cher’s over use of autotune than it did like old school vocoder. Great examples of a vocoder can be found with Mike Oldfield’s late 70s/early 80s work.

      Like

      Reply

Express Yourself

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s