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The Lone Prairie

Superfluous Motor on December 01, 2012 03:09

Old West

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    Thought I'd break the mould and make an old west sounding song. I had a lot of fun making it!


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    • Superfluous Motor
      Superfluous Motor at 0.00 on December 06, 2012 22:27

      @Silberstreif: Again I thank you for the amazing feedback! I'm back at the drawing board with this track and will hopefully upload a better version in the near future!

    • Silberstreif
      Silberstreif on December 06, 2012 00:35

      Personally, I wouldn't hunt or deal with a vocalist. Assumptions of course. You not only need a good singer but equipment to record. A VST is never late and always in tune. Vocals for a song like this can be difficult. As you want a sense of scale/openness(big strings), the loneliness/isolation(crying leads with harmonica or lap steel), and shootouts/showndowns(distorted guitar and heavy percussion) to capture The Wild West.

      Unless of course you're Will Smith

      Just find a choir VST and subtly mix it in the background(as they can come off fake sounding) if you still want vocals.

      Then use a lap steel/slide guitar or whistle/harmonica to play your lead instead of relying on vocals.

      Listening to old Western soundtracks, you often don't get vocals. And often when you did it was a gimmick to sell the movie/records. The songs tell stories without words. A good 'modern' go to would be the score from 'The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Rob Ford'. Really nice pieces with great strings and keys without the 'theatrics' of classic Western songs. Certainly a little 'slower' than what you're going for, but a source of ideas and inspiration none the less.

    • Superfluous Motor
      Superfluous Motor at 0.00 on December 05, 2012 20:19

      @Silberstreif: Wow! Thank you! This is more feedback than I could have expected. The uploaded track is still work in progress, so once I find a vocalist I will definitely try my best to utilize all of your advice! Thank you again for the feedback! It's greatly appreciated.

    • Silberstreif
      Silberstreif on December 05, 2012 20:00

      1.Consider adding heavier tremolo with spring reverb to the gitah. Maybe just add the effect when it hits again @ 1:40
      Closest example I can find on the fly is:

      2.Piano @ 1:29 feels out of place. Add some filters/magic to make it sound 'worse' and more like a saloon western piano. Maybe even consider a Saloon tune for your next one. Goofy right hand flourishes and waltzing bass. Combine with nice tinny concert guitar picking and tic tack upright bass.

      3.The pads/strings at 2:04 sound 'weak' when they start getting higher. Especially since it's your climax need to be more 'bam strings motherfucker feel it'.

      Needs more lapsteel, harmonica or whistle synth, and castanets. Maybe a little whistle/harmonica solo instead of that piano. And lap steel during the outro/climax.
      Lapsteel and twang tone

      Dat ominousness string build up @ 1:00. Dem fucking strings 2:00 onwards is what I mean compared to yours @ 2:00. With them leading into dat fucking Harmonica @ 2:30(harmonica is an important plot piece to the movie, and makes the song that much better, Charles.Fucking.Bronson)

      Whistle example @ 0:29. Maybe take influence and add a little more bass in your lead in/intro. Dat geetah tone and chanting. lawd all mitee. And it's like holee fuck can this song get any better and @ 1:28 hits and you're like shiettttt. Pretty much the de facto Western tune.

      Source: I am a cowboy. I live on farm and eat the wilderness.

    • Superfluous Motor
      Superfluous Motor at 2.32 on December 01, 2012 13:39

      @JLK: Again thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    • Superfluous Motor
      Superfluous Motor at 0.30 on December 01, 2012 13:39

      @JLK: Thank you! I'll go back to the mix and try turning it up a bit!

    • Gnomonick
      Gnomonick at 1.53 on December 01, 2012 07:04

      Great composition/structure.

    • JLK
      JLK at 2.32 on December 01, 2012 06:27

      Very epic, just like a western should be.

    • JLK
      JLK at 0.30 on December 01, 2012 06:26

      I'm loving this! The acoustic guitar could be a little louder in the beginning, or be a bit more staccato.

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