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Mixes / Rough Reggae Mix 2012/02/19
« on: February 19, 2012, 07:24:16 PM »

Based on the cow's masterful reggae backing. Uploading separates in the Recordings board now.

Download them from here.

Mixes / Second rough mix - 2012/01/08
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:02:03 PM »

This is the second go around from me. Still pretty rough. The main differences between this and the previous mix are:
  • re-recorded the first verse with different lyrics (get the raw recording here)
  • took a lot of the processing off the vocals, after a suggestion from off-site
  • tightened up the various bass parts against the beats
  • messed with the arrangement to make it a little less monotonous throughout (but still only a little less - hoping you lot can help push it further)

Recordings / New recording of first verse
« on: January 08, 2012, 06:26:40 PM »
Here is a new recording of the first verse (with new lyrics).

It contains four different renditions of the verse and a couple of f-ups as well, so don't expect to be able to use it as-is:


Recordings / MOVED: stripped down
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:04:31 PM »

Recordings / MOVED: nic-b remix hot off the press
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:04:13 PM »

Lyrics / Some partial lyrical ideas
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:02:55 PM »
Here is a random collection of lyrics that I have in my scratchpad for the song that didn't make it into a verse or chorus yet. They may inspire one of you to develop them into a stanza:

Greece birthplace of democracy
Now it's the worst case of bankruptcy
Followed close behind by Italy
Democratic governments overthrown by debt

It's not just the oppressed that deserve to be free, so do we
But then we switched on the TV and here is what we saw
Mace in the face and a wrongful arrest
A disgraceful display of Damascus justice

We, the bourgeoisie, supposedly in a democracy
Are only as free as any Syrian or North Korean
We're victims of the biggest ever Ponzi scheme
All of your stocks and all your property
Are worth nothing unless some sucker comes along who still believes
That another sucker will one day buy them for even more money

We gotta stand up and stop it
Politicians in the pockets
Of the same Corporations
That are bankrupting nations
The EU is collapsing
One country at a time
We're running out of patience
And we're running out of time

Wishlist / Singers
« on: January 03, 2012, 09:58:01 PM »
There's no reason this has to be a rap song or that every incarnation of this song has to be a rap song. Or even if it is a rap song, there's no reason to not have verses that are sung.

INSTRUCTIONS / How to contribute
« on: January 01, 2012, 06:43:36 PM »
Depending on what it is you want to contribute, there are different specific ways to go about it. Please stick to these simple guidelines unless you have a better idea. In that case, please raise the idea and let us discuss it and we'll consider changing the rules.
  • Ideas
    • Words
      If you have an idea that want to share, that can be expressed with words, then please just post it in the appropriate forum. Take the few seconds required to find the right forum board and thread to post in, so that it contributes to the existing conversation.
    • Images
      If you require a picture to convey your meaning, you'll find you can attach images to forum posts.
    • Links
      By all means link to things that are relevant, but please don't spam this forum or use it as a vehicle for self-promotion.
  • Content
    We're looking right now at the best way to share large files. Here are the current proposed practices:
    • Recordings (Individual instrument tracks/Separates/Stems)
      • Please try and minimise the size of audio files to begin with. I know we all like to have 32bit, 192kHz wave files to work with as source material, but 16bit and 44.1 is usually good enough - and sometimes you can get away with much less. Often a high quality mp3 is good enough. Another way to reduce the size of files is to provide only a single repetition of any looped or repeated audio.
      • If you have destructive effects on a recording, please also provide a version with the effects switched off.
      • Audio files can be attached to forum posts though at some stage this might exceed our storage limit and before that happens we'll need a plan B.
      • If you can host the files on your own server, please do so and place links in the forum post to the files on your server.
    • Projects
      I and a few of the others here use Ableton Live which supports packaging an entire project up into an easily-transportable archive. We encourage Live users to provide the whole project and are open to others posting the project file for their preferred software. Remember that you can't assume anyone downloading the project has the same custom plugins you have, so any tracks that rely on third party software extensions should be written out as audio files.
    • Mixes (and remixes)
      Please upload your mix to or some similar service that, like soundcloud, offers an embeddable widget for playback. I prefer soundcloud because it has an HTML5 widget that will play on non-flash devices, such as iPads and iPhones.
      Also, once you upload the mix to soundcloud, you can add it to our group:
    • Video (clips and edits)
      Please upload any video to or a similar site and link to it in the forum.

Wishlist / Moderators/Webmaster
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:37:17 PM »
Maintaining this website takes quite a bit of time and energy, so if you aren't able to contribute musically or you still have some spare time left over after making your musical contribution, We'd love to get some help.

Wishlist / Entirely new songs
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:36:00 PM »
Why stop at one song?

If you have an idea for another song on the same sort of theme that you'd like to collaborate on with the members of this forum, let us know and we can get an area set up for you.

INSTRUCTIONS / How to use the forum
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:15:37 PM »

This forum is built on the Simple Machines Forum engine, which is a very widely used and quite standard forum engine. So it should be pretty intuitive to use for anyone who has used online discussion forums before.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with online discussion forums, the concept is quite simple once you get your head around a few key concepts and the terminology:

An individual message, written by a member of the site that is publicly viewable by the members of the forum and is generally either the first thing written about a Topic, or is a reply to a Topic. Most Posts can be replied to by other users.
When someone first posts about a Topic, they start a Thread of conversation, similar to an email thread, that consists of their initial Post and maybe some number of replies.
You are currently reading the Topic How to use the forum.
A collection of Topics. The Topic you are currently reading belongs to a Board called INSTRUCTIONS.
A collection of Boards. The INSTRUCTIONS Board belongs to the We are the 99 percent Category.
The entire collections of Categories, Boards, Topics and Posts. In this case the Forum is called Occupy This Song.
A user with special privileges and responsibilities to help maintain the Forum. Such privileges include the ability to modify, move and otherwise manage Topics, Boards and Categories.

More detailed help is available here

Wishlist / People to make music videos
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:13:13 PM »
This song and its various incarnations need fun, informative, and compelling music videos.

Wishlist / Graphic Design/Logos
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:11:10 PM »
I've done a very simple logo:

But would love for someone to get busy doing some graphic design work and making this forum more unique and attractive.

Wishlist / Help with Mixing and Mastering
« on: January 01, 2012, 02:38:37 PM »
I am out of my depth when it comes to the subtle nuances of mixing mastering and I'd love to get help from those of you more adept than I.

Wishlist / Chanting Crowds
« on: January 01, 2012, 02:37:47 PM »
I want to get audio and video recordings of crowds chanting the chorus. And it shouldn't always be the same lyrics. In the lyrics forum ( we'll be writing other variations.

What would be great is if we can get a crew out to every occupation that is still running and get the people there assembled and record them shouting out:

"WE ARE THE 99%"

But it doesn't need to just be occupations, it can be any group of people you are a part of. I managed to assemble 15 people at my company in a dry room to record the crowd that's in the current mix (2011/12/30), but we didn't have enough time for them to get the hang of the rhythm properly, so I think I'll try and re-record them in the new year.

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