The Lost Tape
In an attic, in a basement, in an alley . . . somewhere a box has been found that contains what is believed to be a previously unknown song (or track or piece) by ___________________ (any past or present artist you wish*). For this month's contest, submit that discovery.
NOTE 1: Please indicate in your submission post which artist's work was found in your box.
NOTE 2: Please put "KVR August 2013"(without the quotes) in the Album space in your submission's tags.
Submissions MUST follow these rules:
1 - Encoded in either .mp3 or .ogg format.
2 - A STRICT MAXIMUM of three minutes in length. If it shows up as 3:01 in my player, it's getting the boot.
3 - entered into the contest by posting a DIRECT LINK in this RULES & SUBMISSIONS thread (use the GOSSIP thread for everything else). If you cant provide a direct link, please contact one of the following people listed below, they will be happy to help you out. These people provide free hosting for the purpose of this contest only! They are not a hosting service. When contacting these people, please take the effort to understand the terms and conditions they provide.
1 - knockman
2 - watto
3 - slartibartfast
Kara at www.kara-moon.com/forum has offered "self service" space. Log into the forum to find out more.
But wait! There's more! If you use SoundCloud to host your entry, you might find this tutorial by kryptonaut helpful. Bear in mind that SoundCloud's free accounts have a limit (per track) of 100 downloads.
4 - Submitted by early a.m. (US Central Time) Sunday, August 25th, 2012.
5 - Your entry must be composed specifically for this contest.
6 - Your entry must be created using at least some audio plugins, virtual synths, or software studio.
7 - Your entry should have the FILE named in a format of "yearmonth_artistname_tracktitle" (eg "1308_FestusGreenbeak_LoveMeLoveMyDog.mp3"), where the artistname is the same as your KVR name. Please do not use spaces and special characters in the filename. I will be booting for improperly named comps (this will not be a DQ, just a little reminder that you didn't tag your comp correctly). Special considerations will be given to those that have the hosting agent change the file name.
8 - If you are going to tag your mp3--and you should--the artist name is to be the same as your KVR name, and the title tag is to be the name of your tune(help us out, okay? it's easier to sift through labelled entries).
9 - One person can participate either with one entry, with one entry and one collaborative effort or with two collaborative efforts.
10 - Every submission has to be tagged with:
a) used instruments (virtual and 'real')
b) players' and singers' names (if other than entrant; collabs are allowed, sometimes encouraged, but they must be credited)
c) origin of loops and samples, if they're not free of copyright (this includes CreativeCommons material; please read and follow the license of the samples and loops you use); naming the origin of copyright free loops is also encouraged, but not mandatory. Please only use samples you are legally entitled to use.
d) name(s) of composer(s) -- if an entry is a cover this should be noted in the file name and/or the mp3 "Title" tag as well as the submission post (not everyone reads the submission posts).
11 - If there are strong doubts about the origin of the composition or parts of it, the participant should have the possibility to send a project file to the moderator, who could give it to a trustworthy person with the right host to examine it. Important: the participant should not be forced to do it.
12 - No resubmissions without permission from the moderator, INCLUDING for time-overage correction. PM me for permission!
13 - Any tracks not adhering to these guidelines will be very naughty indeed. Possibly disqualified upon peer review. And at least mocked for all to point and giggle.
14 - Voting (members must have at least 20 posts to vote ... although contest entrants are exempt from this ruling) will run from the submission deadline until early a.m Sunday, September 1st. Anyone voting for themselves will find ALL their votes disqualified; any entrants not voting will also be disqualified.
If you have questions, send a private message to D.H. Miltz or ask in the gossip thread.
Ben from Camel Audio has been so kind as to donate a prize of ANY of their
products this month (and later months until further notice).
Ugo at Ugo Audio has donated a copy of M-theory + Dualism bundle, Ironhead + Tunguska bundle, Metallurgy, or Disturbance, for this month (and later months until further notice).Thanks UGO
Quinto from SKNote Software Sound Synthesis has donated any one of his plugins for the contest this month. (and later months until further notice). Thank you Quinto.
Michel Rouzic the developer of Photosounder has donated a copy (with noncommercial license) of Photosounder or a copy of SplineEQ for the October contest (and later months until further notice).
Dave Hoskins from QuikQuak has donated a copy of Fusion Field (full license) for December's contest (and later months until further notice). Thanks, Dave Hoskins.
Kong Audio has donated a copy of Xun for August's contest (and September's and October's). Thanks to Kong Audio.
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Lemmy wrote this one in the late 70's/early 80's.
Unfortunately this song was never recorded by Motörhead at the times, but this track was often used by the band road crew to test PA and try out all the instruments before soundcheck.
This recording was not made by the sound engineer himself (he passed out or was busy elsewhere) but taped by a New York Jets water-boy who was there at the time of rehearsal. The box was recently retrieved from the team locker room.
This tune was from an era when Motörhead was still a power-trio, so we have basically three roadies playing, right before fine tuning the sound quality.
The Engine Roar
HW: Vantage bass, Charvel guitar, Mega-Amp, Line6 PodX3, Rocktron Chameleon, george dennis wah pedal, Shure SM58, Behringer preamp, Alesis compressor, Alesis Microverb
SW: NI Battery, Glaceverb, TAL-Reverb, keFIR, LFX-1310, Kjaerhus Classic bundle, CamelSpace, Crayon Filter, ADT, Fusion Field.
|^||Joined: 04 Apr 2005 Member: #63988 Location: Unsettled|
Sorting out travel kit in the attic I was surprised to find a CD jammed into a torn seam in the base of a suitcase. Not expecting anything to have survived I put it in a player and heard this! .
Examining the CD I could faintly make out some hieroglyphics. the looked Chinese to me, but a friend assured me they were Japanese and spelt 'Breathe'. She was very excited and claimed the track must be an early and unfinished one by Kitaro.
... Ghost Choir
... Sub Delay
... Wind Pipes
|^||Joined: 05 Aug 2006 Member: #115433 Location: UK - Here!|
A lost work by Steve Reich and its story:
Prost ihr Säcke der Gemütlichkeit
Imagine a young Steve Reich, barely turned twenty-six, travel to Germany to attend some courses at the Donaueschinger Jazztage 1962. He stayed for one week at my grandfather's boardinghouse in a nearby village.
Imagine his surprise as he found himself inside a big tent with hundreds of beer drinking, shouting and singing natives at the local Oktoberfest where he was invited by famous composers Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The atmosphere struck him and he returned the next evening with a tape recorder to make some field recordings.
Back in New York he went through a serious creative crisis and finally remembered the Oktoberfest tapes. Desperate as he was he went through them and suddenly knew what he could do to overcome his problems.
How about making loops of the recordings and playing them back at oh so slightly different speeds. Wouldn't this result in some crazy rhythmic phasing effects. He knew right away that he was after something.
He cut some acetate discs and sent one to my grandfather whom he had befriended over the steady German diet of Sauerkraut, Kassler and Knödel. Unfortunately later that year his flat burned down when one of his neighbors smoked in bed and fell asleep. So all of his work of that period was lost - right - except this one acetate resting in the attic of my grandfather who must have thought that the American guy turned crazy making such incomprehensible "music".
In later years throughout the 1960ies he perfected his approach in pieces like It's Gonna Rain or Come Out.
Last year after the death of my grandfather this precious artifact was discovered and rescued from extinction in some garbage incineration plant.
So here is for your pleasure:
Trouble with the player above? Listen and download here.
RuediRena used their trusty old Reaper DAW, a field recording from a German Oktoberfest, ReaPitch, ReaEQ, Melda MStereoExpander and Kjaerhus Classic Limiter as track effects, as well as dblue Glitch in the master channel for the tape stop effect.
Check out Steve Reich's great music!
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Quite a few years ago , I spent a long week end with my wife in Vienna. I had already started a cold before we left but she insisted that we go and visit Sigmund Freud's house as soon as we arrived , having just dropped our luggage at the hotel . It took us longer than expected to find Berggasse Strasse and when we did I was feeling so bad that I left my spouse at the door of number 19 and attempted to find my way back to the hotel for a rest. I had only walked a few hundred yards when it started pouring down. I got into the first café I could find for refuge , got myself seated in an enormous armchair and ordered a hot chocolate and an apfelstrudel which I did not really feel like eating but somehow I could not help from ordering it . I then attempted to take my coat off and immediately all the change fell off my pocket and slid into the gap between the seat and the back of my armchair . I had to kneel on the floor and plunge my right hand into the entrails of the ridiculously large piece of furniture . This was a kind of Alice in Wonderland experience : I felt I might never see my hand, forearm or arm again, how deep could this be ?
I retrieved , however , most of my change, a plastic dinosaur , a toothbrush and a small music cassette wrapped in the weather forecast page of the local newspaper. There was an handwritten label on it saying " Rainfall by Joe Z. " .
Away from home until last night so made on Ipad using Nanostudio (fab app).
Mastered yesterday in Logic 9 using Ozone.
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One of my neighbors was an old Greek man named Athanasios. He always had some entertaining stories. Even when you knew that he was making up stuff, it was always interesting to listen to him. One day he mentioned to me that he had tried his hand at producing a movie around 1979-1980, when he used to live in Europe. It was going to be a science-fiction movie called Frost Factor. He said he had the main actors for the movie signed up, including Ornella Muti to play the leader of the rebels on the planet. And he leaned over to me and said, "and you know who I had signed up for the soundtrack? My good friend Vangelis Papathanassiou!" Being certain that this was another one of his made up stories, I asked him what happened to the movie. He said that the investors eventually thought that it would not be a commercial success, and after some demo scenes were shot, they withdrew their financial support. So, he said, Vangelis went on to make the soundtrack of a movie about some kind of burning horse carriages, followed by another movie about running blades or something, and Ornella Muti took a role in a science fiction movie called Flash Gordon, which was far cheesier than Frost Factor in his opinion. Athanasios lost a lot of money in this endeavor, and eventually moved to the US.
I smiled and told him not to drink too much, and left. I didn't think much of this conversation until one day when I was coming home I saw that there was an ambulance in front of Athanasios' home. It turned out that the poor guy had a heart attack, and didn't make it. A few days later his attorney came over my house, and told me that Athanasios left a box for me. To my amazement, the box contained the demo reels, promo photos, and a cassette tape labeled "Frost Factor - Vangelis" -- quite clearly a demo tape. For once, my friend was not making up the story! So, I wanted to share with you the title track from this rare discovery. Hope you enjoy it.
U-he Bazille (I have better luck with Bazille vs. CS-80V for the Vangelis brass sound)
NI Scarbee Mark I
NI Kontakt Factory Library
NI Battery 4
NI Reaktor 5 (f a t c a t ensemble from the user library)
NI Guitar Rig 5 (mainly for the phaser effect)
Maxwell Smart limiter
SONAR X2 Producer
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The Judgement of Paris
A couple of years ago I was in London and happened to hear of a sale of old music equipment. It had come from various places - some of it from studios that were closing down, and some apparently from anonymous sellers who had 'come across' the gear and wanted to sell it on quickly.
Most of the items on offer were way outside my budget, but there was a large dusty cardboard box containing a tangle of cables and a battered microphone which I thought might come in handy. When I got it home, I was surprised to find buried at the bottom of the box, beneath some strange theatrical costumes, a reel of magnetic tape bearing a hand-written label: "The Judgement of Paris, Instr. 1975"
It was several months before curiosity got the better of me and I finally managed to locate a tape player that could replay the tape, and transfer its contents to a CD. On hearing it a chill ran down my spine, and I remembered the costumes that had been in the box - some Googling confirmed my realisation that they were very similar to those worn by Peter Gabriel shortly before his departure from Genesis! Could this tape really be an unknown recording from that band? Certainly the title fits with their interest in classical mythology, but the lack of vocals makes it pretty much impossible to say for sure whether it really was recorded by Genesis - maybe it was just an elaborate practical joke?
But I like to think it was recorded either as a backing track for auditioning potential new vocalists, or maybe it was a song that didn't quite fit in with the album that the band were recording at the time. Whatever its history, I keep it on my playlist and every time it comes up on random shuffle I remember the thrill I had when I heard it for the first time.
The Judgement of Paris (download)
The Judgement of Paris (soundcloud)
Synths: Redtron SE, Alchemy (Organ), Magix Vita (Bass, Drums, Guitar)
FX: Kjaerhus Classic Phaser, BiFilter2, CMFuzz, Melda MCompressor, Magix EQ and Mastering
DAW: Magix Samplitude Music Studio 2013
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In 1967 Mick Abrahams and Ian Anderson were forging a jazz-blues sound in a rock band. This eventually produced the first Jethro Tull LP 'This Was.' This vision was lost quickly when Abrahams left the band and Tull developed into an arena rock behemoth. This track is from practice tapes of Anderson and Abrahams trying out ideas
recorded in tracktion3
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Many years ago a friend happened to record some songs, on a cassette tape recorder, at a small gig where Tom Waits was playing. This particular song was only performed a couple of times live. Never made it to disc.
Thank God, God Damn It
Drums: Yamaha DD55
Acoustic fretless bass.
ReaFir, ReaEQ, CamelCrusher, OvertoneGEQ, VOCEQ-PRO-C, Q796, OldSkoolReverb, REAPER v4.402
(Lyrics Joel Sattler)
|^||Joined: 20 Mar 2005 Member: #62210 Location: Newcastle, UK|
I was browsing through the boxes in my local Oxfam shop last week when I found an old black coat with the initials T.W. inside the collar. Being a bit of a Tom Waits fan, I bought it, thinking it would be fun to pretend it once belonged to the man himself.
When I got home, I noticed a battered old cassette in the pocket. Most of it consisted of a long, rambling anecdote about intestinal parasites, but towards the end there's a short song demo. Hard to say when this would have been recorded: definitely post-Swordfishtrombones, I'd say - maybe a reject from Rain Dogs, or possibly even as late as Blood Money?
Time to Pay
There was a cryptic post-it note attached to the cassette:
"Used: Sampletank, ValhallaRoom, SM58, packet of throat lozenges"
let's make it clear
every pocket needs a hole
every captain needs a mutineer
did you think you'd sewn it up? put 'em down?
did you hope to flee from this ship -
is that what you were thinking -
when you're the very reason that we're sinking?
you sold the farm out from under us
and now you're sitting over us
it worked a charm
now you're swollen like a tick upon the cow
you've had your fill
but still you're out there stealing pennies
from the eyes of the dying and the dead
i watch you climb up the mast as we sink into the sea
but don't mind me, i'm only here to tell the time
it's time to pay
it's time to pay
you bought the winning hand
now there isn't any time to play
every mutt you kicked aside
knows that every dog will have his day
all your life you've ridden on our backs
but there's a tax that even you cannot escape
so unless you want a broken kneecap
let's recap: you're mine
when you wake up in the night and wonder what's the time
it's time to pay
|^||Joined: 24 Mar 2002 Member: #2259 Location: Australia|
While taking in the sights near Abbey Road, I came upon a rather quaint used record shop. Always looking for the "odd duck", shall we say, I went in and looked around. An elderly gentleman had just dropped off a box of 45's, and the price for the entire box was quite the offer. After getting back to the flat, I started rummaging through the collection, and I stumbled upon one titled only "ST Front Row Girls". I went to the turntable and played it. It sounded familiar, but I couldn't place the band. After some research, I discovered it was an in-house bootleg of a recording session by Spinal Tap. Seems after a heavy night of partying, Nigel and the boys enlisted the help of some roadies and laid down this track, and then printed it to vinyl. I'm told that the next afternoon Nigel gave it another listen, and deemed it not raunchy enough, so it got scrapped. One of the roadies took it, and then lost it somehow. And I had found it.
I'm told after this recording session, Nigel started working on "Lick my love pump". And the rest, they say, is history.
Front Row Girls
Up on stage, I'm looking out, at the blondes, brunettes and redheads
With their poofy hair, the glitter and gold, halter tops and spandex
I point one out, she'll be waiting for me in the dressing room after the show
The lava starts oozing in my burning volcano, I think she is ready to blow
It's getting harder and harder to play
I want them all, want them all back stage
The front row girls, they're the ones that I want
The front row girls, they're the ones that I need
The farther back that I go, I'm gonna have to say no
Cause the others take a back seat, to the front row girls
Up in front she must be seventeen, you can bet she gets a back stage pass
She turns it around and she shimmers and shakes I can see she has a really nice
She motions to me as shes licking her lips, I can tell that it will be a good night
And she has friend who is almost as hot, I can have both if I play this right
It's getting hard, harder than it can be
I'm feeling faint, won't somebody help me
***EDIT TO ADD THE FOLLOWING***
Pro Tools 10, Carvin DC127 and Line 6 X3 Live, Peavey bass, Steven Slate Drums, Various EZ Mix instances, MXL V63M mic for vocals, Camel crusher plug in, Focusrite reverb plug in.
Just close your eyes. You'll find all you need with your mind.
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1:26 / 2.2MB mp3 or 2MB ogg
mp3 . . . ogg
I was minding my own business digging through strangers' trash when a man dressed all in white appeared and handed me a small suitcase. Then he stabbed me.
Later, after I'd recovered, perhaps as a ghost, I opened the suitcase to discover a reel of tape and a note written in Japanese. A man wearing another man's face was kind enough to translate it for me, and it said (roughly): Dear TT, While this is undeniably brilliant, it isn't quite right. Please give it another try. Yours, HT
As I listened to the tape I realized that it was a rejected piece of soundtrack music by Toru Takemitsu from one of his 1960s collaborations with Hiroshi Teshigahara and Kobo Abe.
Used: MU.LAB, Audacity, Sforzando (with Zvon's Prepared Rhodes and Garritan's Basic Orch Percussion), Preparation P, Short Circuit (with a recording of a woman laughing), GS-201, Bus, Roundtone, T-Racks Metering, ZoomH2, Oxygen 49.
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It is a little known fact that prior to Dave Gahan joining Depeche Mode the other three members, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore & Andy Fletcher recorded a number of home demos with various local singers. Titles such as 'Infanticide', 'Destruction Time', 'New Ice Age' & 'Uncivil War' are known to have been recorded but no copies of the songs have ever surfaced.
Last week whilst browsing through a record stall at the Barras market in Glasgow I came across a box full of old C90 tapes. Written on one of the tapes was the cryptic phrase 'DM - NIA'. I Immediately bought it of the stallholder for the bargain price of 20p and took it home to listen. However far from being the holy grail of Depeche Mode recordings it is a basic work in progress from a young band and I can see why they replaced the original singer with Dave Gahan. Wonder what became of him?
New Ice Age
Shure SM57 mic
Tracktion Compressor & 4-Band Equaliser
Kjaerhaus Classic Chorus, Reverb & Flanger
can't sing, can't play, looks awful.....
|^||Joined: 06 May 2005 Member: #67664 Location: Somewhere In Scotland|
In Shanghai doing some location scouting for a video, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, recorded this track on a computer in an apartment. Infact, he recorded almost an entire album of tracks all inspired by films over the course of a week, but due to a hard drive failure, lost all his tracks... or so he (and I) thought. Yes, it was indeed my apartment that he happened to end up in.
Going through some backups hoping to clear up some space, I discovered this one track - Things I Left in the Snow. I'm not exactly sure I can legally release the track, but here it is. I'm sure KVR will cover any legal fees anyway.
Hope you enjoy the track more than the story above, otherwise I'm in big trouble.
Recorded in Reaper using:
A cheap Blast acoustic guitar (with strings that buzz just like old Mountain Goats tracks)
An Audio-Technica AT2020 microphone
Toontrack Folk drums
Sampletekk White Grand piano
|^||Joined: 08 May 2012 Member: #280017 Location: Shanghai|
The fake story
An old score sheet has been found during the restoration works of an ancient biblioteque in Weimar. Researchers believe the manuscript belongs to the young J.S.Bach; it's a fragment of a sonata for flute and harpsichord.
The true story
Recently, while moving some old music sheets of mine, I've found one titled "BWV 1996", a goofy attempt to mimic the Art of JSB. After 17 years, here is it!
Made on Cubase 6.5, with Kontakt 5 factory libraries & reverb.
|^||Joined: 21 Aug 2010 Member: #237966 Location: Cagliari - (Sardinia)|
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