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The Minstrel Boy


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Sudra

 Genre: Trip Hop

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This is my humble response to MJ's Vocal Game (V4C01). My first time doing one of these. It was fun and challenging.
(Artwork by Patry Denton)
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Lyrics
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy right shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!
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Hits: 3820
Comments: 36
Fans: 13
Plays: 304
Downloads: 144
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Jul 24, 2007 - 04:28:16 PM
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2007 - 05:34:08 PM Last Played: Apr 12, 2017 - 07:20:48 AM
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Hardware:
M-Audio 49e keystation
Software:
Garageband, Amadeus II
Comments
VicDiesel said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Very understated
I love the opening with that dub bass, as well as the processing on the vocals. Very well done.

Eh, just when I was nodding off those trumpets came in....

Switching back to the very minimal vocal part was cool. For a moment I thought you would continue with a bombastic background. Which I wouldn't have liked at all. This way the violence is actually subtle. In its own way.

Excellent work, and nice artwork.
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Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Just as I was nodding off....
LOL! The trumpets are my middle-eight alarm clock!

Thanks a bunch. It was a gas to do this. Forced me to sit down and get to work.

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lengold said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Another
great version. Love the bass and the drums fit very well. Well done.
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Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Thanks Len
Obviously I'm not the only one who used that loop, but it really seems to fit the song. I think I only hacked the vocals at one or two points to make it fit bette. Probably could have used one more.

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apb said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
I too ..

like the attention to 'treating' Rebsie's vocal ..love
the fanfare! hmm but seemed to be a bit of an anti-climax
.. when things dropped back down .. it was going up, up
up, up and away!!!

Very cool... rubba dub dub.
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Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Aha!
"Fanfare" - thank you, that's the word I was looking for. Yeah, the problem as I saw it was what to do with that big empty space in the middle? I may have over-done it. I had to draw it back because Rebsie's delicate voice would have been trampled by all that brass.

But I could get philosophical (in my defense) and say that war is often accompanied by fanfare which usually fades before it's all over!

; )

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michael2 said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
i
am jealous of your production skills. that sounds great, really like what you did to the vocals.
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Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
That's very kind...
...but all the kudos should go to Garagebands and the crystal clean recording of Rebsie's beautiful voice. Makes it easy to sound good.

Now, if I could just get my guitar songs to sound that good...

Thanks again.

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Epileptic Gibbon said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
A...
... good version, nicely done. You have quite the flair for this, obviously.
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Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
That's very kind...
....gibbon. What <i>is</i> a gibbon anyway?

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peacepiano said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Nice groove
Drum and bass are a good match to Rebsie's vocal.

Thanks
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Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Thanks Bill
....you know, before I started this piece, I didin't know you could super-impose a loop over a different instrument. GB just treats it like a sequencer. The possibilities are staggering.

Thanks again.

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ceilidh said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
Erick
I ADORE the middle part with brasses and all orchestra! And I would go even bigger. It seems to me little bit cut off, too prematurely. At one second I felt hit by a tsunami of sound but a few sec later I was completely dry again. I loved to be overwhelmed by that big, full, rich, warm and colourful sound of many instruments. It makes it so different from others versions of this song (which are brilliant as well, i heard them all). Great work, like it very much.
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Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
; )
I could go for the easy joke here (you set me up so well it's difficult to resist), but I'm just going to say thanks and I'll try to keep it up longer next time.

; o

It's it warm in here?

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JohnnyCalling said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
THE TRUMPETS!!
You should really give the trumpets their own song, or I will!! hahaha, but those trumpets are cool!
Nice composition though :)
Sudra said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
The brass is a hit
I think there's a real hunger for brass out there. I'm partial to it as well.

I'm working on another piece that has a three part brass section throughout. But when you commit to having horns, man, there's a lot of arranging to do.

I'll probably think twice before doing it again!

Thanks

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bud said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
I can honestly say that if I had heard this
before I did my version I might have thrown in the towel. Great work and good imagination. The vocal processing is wonderful and your rhythm bed is very cool.
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Sudra said 3678 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
Nah.....
Now that sounds like something I would say. Thanks a bunch for the compliment.

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said 3679 days ago (July 24th, 2007)
yes
Quite a nice envelope of sound around Rebsie's whispering voice. Cool. The trumpets really brought the sound forward, then you settled it back into a funky mist.
Sudra said 3678 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
Thanks a lot Richard
...for the compliment and for providing such fine vocal trachs for this very cool exercise.

There's a lot of love in this little corner of the net - and coming from such talented people it's humbling.

I'll try not to let it go to my head!

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Rebsie said 3678 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
Fabulous
Really great atmosphere you stir up with all the different effects and the dynamic-ambient setting. Very fine indeed. Thanks!
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Sudra said 3678 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
Rebsie!
No.....thank YOU. ; ) Hope you're not knee-deep in river by now. Have to protect that voice.

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said 3678 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
infectious bass line!
this is awesome! really!
i love how rebsie's voice takes on that haunting quality!
and that bass... killer
remarkable take! excellent!
Sudra said 3676 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
; )
Wow...thanks faellin.

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said 3677 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Contrast

You created a nice difference between the bass / drums color and the voice , energy with some sadness . Enjoyed the fanfare too .
Dj French Toast said 3677 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
so nice
great job fitting the vocal in wonderful song : )
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Diviner said 3675 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Great bass
This is a very good piece of work, I too love the bass and all the elements, it all works and sounds brilliant. Well done.
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said 3674 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Nice
I had a very nice listening to this. Bravo
Great production as well.

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said 3674 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Big Big Trumpets
You just can't go wrong with a big wave of trumpets! That's not to say there's not a lot of other nifty stuff going on here; your treatment of the vocals is clever and varied, and that bass line is hypnotic.

But those trumpets... man, it's like a superhero coming through a brick wall!
five_extra_arms said 3673 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Superhero
Rik is right. It's a superhero busting through the wall to save the day kind of horn!

Very nice.
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Sir Bass said 3589 days ago (October 22nd, 2007)
Love it
Great song,Drums and Bass and vocals excellent.
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Chimalus said 3109 days ago (February 13th, 2009)
Truly haunting...
Beautiful lyrics and recording. I honestly wish I could download this for inspirational purposes. Haha! I guess I'll just reload the page every time I need some high-quality contemplation time. Thanks for this.

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Sudra said 2819 days ago (November 30th, 2009)
Glad you enjoyed it...
The vocals are by Rebsie (who I just recently bumped into on ReverbNation.com) and the song dates back to the 1700's according to Wikipedia. The mix was in response to one of MJ's song challenges - only a flat vocal track was supplied and the rest was up to me. Pop me a message with your e-mail and I'll send you a copy if you still want it.
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Char said 2785 days ago (January 3rd, 2010)
Great work
on the orchestration. Rebsie is in good company. Thanks.
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Sudra said 2785 days ago (January 3rd, 2010)
Thanks Char
...too bad she's left MJ, but definitely wish her all the luck and success in the world. Love her voice.
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woofer3 said 1837 days ago (August 9th, 2012)
the minstrel boy
Love the versatility of your music - this is very unusual but certainly doesn't suffer
because of it as it is also extremely attractive and captivating and so very atmospheric that I was transported away for the duration which I can assure you doesn't happen very often. A terrific post.
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