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We are writing a song for fun which will be Australia’s unofficial entry into Eurovision

AUEE-Recording Update 1, stumbling block

Today I spent a long day with my two singers, working on getting the melody right then recording the first verse and harmony. After they left I attempted to record my dad playing his bass ukulele (sounds like a double bass but it’s portable), unfortunately couldn’t get that to work. I sent the wrong music to my pianist, sorry booklovers1!! Then recorded my two sax tracks. I left to go home and eat dinner, came back and the computer had completely wiped all my newly created files. I lost hours of my work and have to start the recording from scratch. Scary as Eurovision isn’t accepting suggestions after the 31st of January. Even more scary that I found someone who knows what they’re doing and agreed to mix the final track but I need to get it to them on Monday evening.
The other main issue is that I have know idea how to mix drum and electronic sounds into it, I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials etc. and mucking around with it but so far things aren’t good….
On the plus side my singers sound amazing even though I made the vocal line quite complex, my dad can play the bass line and my sax parts sounded pretty cool.
Massive learning curve!!

At this stage this project of ours could go either way, but I’m spending all my time on it and I’m praying for the best 🙂

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AUEE-Music update 6

I’ve added verse 2&3 melody added, intro added and variation in the bass line on the second time through the bridge. I also tried to turn everything down so you can hear the voice… The parts where it seems like nothing is really happening or building I’m hoping to fill with singers and drum stuff. Please give feedback 🙂

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AUEE- Lyric Update 6 Completed!!

After I posted my last update I was totally inspired with the next verse (thank you God for hearing my prayer), and decided that verse 3 would be a mash up of verse 1 & 2! That means our lyrics are completed!!!

Diamond Heist

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Verse 2

Gather your disguise, refine your lies
choose your weapon with care
the stakes are high
the treasure’s shut up in a vault*, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Verse 3

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
the stakes are high
the treasure’s shut up in a vault*, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

*the only problem with this line is it’s a bit wordy, if you have an alternative let me know 🙂

 

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AUEE-Lyric update 5 bridge

Ok so no we have a chorus, verse and bridge!! All we need lyrics wise now is two more verses… to be totally honest stressing a little over lyrics, their not really my forte. I’m going to attempt to write the next two but am praying for a lyric miracle. Here is what we have so far:

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

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AUEE-Lyric update 4 verse + chorus

I sat down this morning and wrote what I think will be the chorus so what we wrote last time will be the first verse. Some things to know first, after my research into diamonds I found there are four c’s when talking about diamonds. clarity, colour, cut and carat. I also found that a flawless diamond is called a paragon and is 100 carats. This will explain the chorus. So the song will now go;

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone
(will possibly add more words to this)

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Have you got any ideas to add to this? Please do!! I found I’m not to good with lyrics to contribute away!!
Have no idea what this post is referring to? Check out this post

 

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AUEE-Music update 3 + sax

I added two saxophones to the mix to fill out the sound. The choice of instrument to do this was a little bias for obvious reasons but I think it works well. What do you guys think? I’m behind schedule, trying hard to catch up.
Don’t forget to check out the other music and lyrics updates.

Forgot to mention, sorry for the sound quality, I’m using Sibelius and the instruments don’t always sound real. I hope to rectify this by recording real musicians.

Have no idea what this post is referring to? That’s ok check out this one

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AUEE- Lyric Update 3

Ok so one of my best friends, booklovers1, a friend who would want to be known as the elephant master and I are sitting down to try and write some lyrics…its not going so well. But we have a first draft for a chorus. Please critique it, add to it, anything!
“Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone.”

All you creative writers please help us. Remember the theme is about diamonds and a diamond heist. Check out my other lyric updates to find out the other themes.

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AUEE-Lyric update 2, theme and time extension

Okay, because of the difficulty I am having writing lyrics, I’ve decided to extend the end of the lyrics to 18/1  the date the music has to be finished by, which we will be writing at the same time. In the meantime I’ve been googling diamonds just to see what would come up, an interesting thing I found is that there have been a couple of clever and successful diamond heists, which got me thinking that if our song was about a diamond heist is could have underlying themes of facing adversity and working to together making us stronger like the diamonds. It also could include the love aspects as every successful heist needs a trustworthy accomplice. Other things I have been looking up included a good hour ogling at Tiffany & Co.’s amazing diamonds and the amazing stuff that you can do with them in jewellery. So anyway, today I will be having my own little workshop to try and come up with at least something, then share it as soon as possible. As always if you have any ideas or contributions share away.

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Australia’s unofficial entry into Eurovision: week 2

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Week 2!! We had some really cool suggestions last week so here is what we have so far:
-Instruments, you guys would like the violin, cello, (I’m not taking the orchestral bells seriously since I know who posted that) and glockenspiel. Before I put the theramin down for a yes I’ll have to do some research on how to notate it’s music and play it etc. I was also thinking if we went with violin we could totally go Australian and play it like a fiddle, bushwhackers style, what do you guys think? (The Bushwhackers were an Australian band that played bush band music, seriously look them up, they’re very cool)
-a pop song
-4/4 and a fast tempo
-while we don’t have any lyrics yet we’re so far thinking something ridiculous and fun
From this I’m thinking it should be in a major key, if you still really want a specific key let me know.

Ok so the questions for this week are:

  1. What kind of singers are we going to have and how many? (e.g. male, female, soprano, alto, tenor, bass etc.)
  2. What is our song about? So we need some lyrics, now we so far want some ridiculous and fun lyrics. As an example of something fun here is Greek’s entry into Eurovision this year. Before you freak out at the chorus I looked up the translation and am pretty sure they are satirically making fun of drink driving.

Just a reminder that if you have composed anything, like a chord progression, a small lick or a tiny melodic phrase, I’d be happy to work it in. If you’re not from Australia please feel free to join in it will still be fun. Also the song is not allowed to exceed 3 mins.

I can’t wait to hear your suggestions this week!

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Australia’s unofficial entry into Eurovision

eurovisionI really love watching Eurovision, the colourful costumes, the camaraderie between the countries competing and of course the songs! Much to my disappointment Australia is not allowed to enter as we are out of the European Broadcasting Zone, which is fair enough I guess. So I thought with the help of you guys we could create Australia’s unofficial entry into the song contest. Each week on Friday I’ll post questions on what type of song you want then slowly compose it till it’s finished. Now I must warn you I’m not the most brilliant composer in the world, this is just for fun. Also if you composed something, like a chord progression, a small lick or a tiny melodic phrase, or even lyrics send it in and I’ll try and add that if you would like. If you’re not from Australia please feel free to join in it will still be fun. Remember the song is not allowed to exceed 3 mins. Ok so the first couple of questions!

  1. Is there  a particular key you wanted the song in? (e.g. major, minor, modes, sharps or flats?)
  2. Tempo? (e.g. fast or slow)
  3. Time signature? (e.g. 4/4, 3/4 or more exotic ones? For non musical people this means how many beats are in a bar, this creates a pulse or rhythmic drive in the song and 4/4 is the most common)
  4. What would you like the song to be about? (lyrics wise, I’d definitely like some help there)
  5. Is there a particular style you would like the song to be in? (e.g. a genre, like jazz or classical or pop, if I don’t know much about that style I’ll do some research first :P)
  6. What instruments did you want? (Rules say only six performers are allowed on stage)

So I think five’s enough to start with, I hope you have fun and join in! Last thing, let’s try and finish it before the competition happens next year which is in May and is held in Denmark.

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