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The Day After Tomorrow

Author juergen
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I've now finished the song that we discussed a few stages of its creation in the "Work in Progress" section of the forum. I would like to thank everyone who has given me suggestions for further work on it. I took everything into account as far as possible and most of it worked really well and improved the track considerably.

Because the song was clearly too long, I shortened the intro and also reworked it and added a few vocal echoes there.Then, of course, I eliminated the "constant barrage of rapid firing notes" (thanks to @wavemechanics for this comment, which will stay in my mind forever). It's still there at the beginning of the song, but it soon fades out (before it gets annoying, I hope).

Also from @wavemechanics was the comment that the second octave interval leap in the vocal melody (now at 3:22) was too much. It turned out to be surprisingly difficult to fix this. I spent quite some time fiddling on this. In the end, I decided on a softer version of the pitch leap. It's still in the same pitch region but it is now more a step than a leap.

I added a little more automation to the mix to bring more variation into the instrumentation. Some patterns that had previously disappeared somewhere in the background have come to the fore. At the ends of the sections, especially at the transition from verse to chorus and before the instrumental chorus, I have significantly reduced the instrumentation to better emphasize the transition and also to give the ear a short break (Andre's suggestion). At the end of the chorus, the vocal melody and Solaria's expression parameters also had to be adjusted accordingly.

And then I added these vocal elements in the instrumental section and at the end. These "lalala's" and shouts come from the singer that this song is about (see below). I was a bit skeptical whether it would work, but I think it fits in quite well. The lalala's originally had a completely different melody of course and therefore had to be re-harmonized. I had feared that this would take days of work with Melodyne. Then I had the idea of using the Zynaptiq Pitchmap effect. That worked great. You control it with the harmonic progression and then it automatically adjusts incoming audio material from the audio track harmonically. This way I could move these audio snippets back and forth on the track without having to worry about the harmonics. Cool. To me it almost sounds as if these lalala's were sung specifically for this song. Here is the result:


The song is in memory of Denisa Răducu.

Denisa was a Romanian singer who was mainly active in a genre called "Manele". Manele is a style of music that is cultivated mainly by a certain ethnic group and originally had a rather simple, ethno music character with often somewhat "questionable" (albeit funny) content which was not for everyone. Denisa was significantly involved in developing the manele genre towards more mainstream. Her songs were no longer drinking songs or songs about destroying enemies, her songs were almost all love songs. With these songs, her unique voice and her always friendly and cheerful personality, she has shaped the genre like hardly anyone else and gave it an enormous boost in popularity.

She was brought into business by her uncle, which is also a manele singer, at young age of 14. From that moment singing was her life. She was incredibly productive and hardworking. Unfortunately, the time she was given was far too short.

Denisa died in 2017 at the age of 27 under heartbreakingly tragic circumstances. She left behind hundreds of songs and countless red eyes from tears.



Tue, 2024-03-19 - 16:52 Permalink

Thanks for sharing your work and the background story behind it. You should maybe post a message to the original thread, so everyone who was following this project is notified.

It is clearly still the same song, which is good. It has something ethereal and spherical to it. The melody seems free-floating and very emotional, harmonies and parts are blending into each other smoothly. The song structure is not in-the-face obvious, it feels like an improvised hymn, at least for me.

The background story is touching. I've always had a soft side for Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian music.

I should note that quite a few Synfire users happen to work in ethnic and seemingly exotic genres that most people are probably not familiar with. They compose for theater, musicals, ethnic bands, worship. I often get emails with examples of music that I didn't expect Synfire to be used for (accordion, fiddle and flute, for example). I appreciate this diversity and would like to encourage everyone to share some of their work in the forum.

Finding joy in making music is not limited to imitating chart-topping hits or Hollywood soundtracks. In fact, once you let go of the pressure to please a huge mainstream audience, things start to get really rewarding, emotionally. If you can get involved and let go, that is.

EDIT: This "improvised hymn" association is a positive one, because I feel that unscripted music (doesn't follow a rigid form) has something special to it.