My first exploration of combining live takes with GarageBand loops. Could anyone help me out by suggesting a genre (or genres) to add to the tags? - thanks.
3/3/2021: Notes to self (and anyone else who's interested)
Equipment and software:
Microphone: Zoom H2n as USB mic
connected directly to a MacBook Pro
DAW: Garageband (plus some editing in Audacity)
Acoustic cello (gut strings) and own voice.
I started with the main 5-note cello riff, which I recorded about 50 times with different expressions, and chose what I liked best.
I started exploring GarageBand (GB) loops and found two Oud samples that I liked and which went with the cello riff. I didn't know it was possible to alter the key in GB at the time I did this, I was just lucky. It in B modal minor (got by playing in C on a cello tuned down by a halftone, which is a common Baroque-style tuning).
So, everything that you hear that is plucked is a loop and everything that is bowed I recorded.
Percussion is also from GarageBand and is a mixture of a loop and the 'virtual drummer algorithm'.
I wrote the lyrics while on a walk. I think they might have been inspired by a picture that @apolez3 shared with her first lyrics: 'Love the moment' https://fawm.org/songs/110953/
Recording my voice was the hardest thing as I had trouble with clipping (being too loud) in the middle section ('Always passing by etc.'). I wanted the vocal to start soft (Time, I Love you etc.) but be stronger for what followed. The microphone didn't like it and compression didn't help as it flattened everything (Compression is probably not meant for this - I don't know). So I experimented with the gain (a dial directly on the H2n) and with the mouth-to-mic distance. After about ten takes, got something that didn't saturate on these higher notes.
Perspectives: Listening back to it nearly a month later, I'm amazed how slow it feels and would like to do a faster version. I'm also interested in replacing the Oud loups with my own ones on a similar instrument. People left me some very interesting and helpful comments, particularly about artists and styles it reminded them of. Thank you to all.
I love you
Always passing by
Always gotta fly
Always passing by, Time
How come you always gotta fly?
I love you
(hate you too)
I want you to stay
Don't you slip away
I want you to stay, time
How come you always slip away?
Time, I wish you were mine