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Recordings / Re: A different vibe....
« on: February 19, 2012, 07:40:28 PM »
As promised (sorry for taking so long) vocals in 5 parts:


Listen to the mix here.

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.

Recordings / Re: A different vibe....
« on: January 21, 2012, 01:58:37 PM »
I an' I laik it, roodboy. Gwon sing dem lirriks fuh yuh, wan uh huh duh taim tuh.

Recordings / Re: Separates 2011/12/30 (Updated to add dry versions)
« on: January 12, 2012, 09:33:38 AM »
Absolutely. Go ahead. Mess with it as much as you want to. The first verse is the only part where the vocals are different in the second mix. It is four different repetitions of the verse in different tracks, trimmed here and there so they aren't all going the whole way thru. The original recording that includes all 4 repetitions is already available here

I can write out the 4 cut up tracks separately though if that's what you need.

Lemme know

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:


Mixes / Re: stripped down
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:50:51 AM »
Yeah that's cool, too. It's got a bit of that Judgement Night Soundtrack feel to it.

Onyx ft. Biohazard - Judgement Night
Helmet & House of Pain - Just Another Victim
Faith No More/Boo-Ya Tribe - Another Body Murdered
etc, etc

Lyrics / Re: the 1%
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:21:38 AM »
That's a brilliant concept - especially if we get around to shooting video. Some fat cat who can't rap, mocking the shit out the 99%

I love it

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.

Mixes / Re: stripped down
« on: January 02, 2012, 04:10:59 PM »
Cool. I like the way this feels much less aggressive than nic's or my version. Might be worth doing a more laid-back rendition of the rap to fit this kind of groove.

Do you wanna provide the recordings? You should be able to upload audio files as attachments to the forum post.

Lyrics / Re: Lyrics 2011/12/30
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:55:21 PM »
Thanks Jay, some good suggestions in there. Have you ever tried recording yourself rapping? I can't quite read how you intend for some of these lines to flow and I'd been keen to hear what it is you're hearing in your head when you read/write them.

The one thing I keep find myself going back and re-writing lines for is trying to ensure the song's voice belongs to the 99%, rather than being an outside observer. We've all, to a greater or lesser extent, been that sucker that believed if he worked hard enough for long enough he'd somehow make it.

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.

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