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Altaira's Metal Man


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RobLeBanc

 Genre: Rock

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One of my favorite classic SciFi movies from the fifties is Forbidden Planet, the fact
that I share my name with Robby The Robot is also a happy coincidence. This song was
based on the characters from that movie.
I built this song around the trance loop at the intro, which I lifted from a music
magazine licence free CD of cool trance loops. Other than a few sound FX, all the rest
is me, singing, synth, guitars, bass etc.
I worked long hrs on this one, and the mix still is not what I had hoped for, but I'm
just too worn out to fix the sound problems, for now.
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Lyrics
I am a Metal Man
And I had a dream
That I kissed a girl
And she did not scream
Then suddenly I woke up
When the visitors came
And I'm just a Robot
All over again

So I made a tiger protect her from
The little men that came from a distant sun
And she still could'nt realize how much I care!
Why did it come to this Dr. Morbius?
We were happy here just the three of us
Do I have to look the the other way?
Or can I kill them now, before they take her away?
Altaira!

I am a Metal Man
And I've served you well
I've got an ache in my heart
Because you built me too well
I've got metal emotions
Murcury runs in my veins
I may be just a Robot
But I lover her all the same

So I made a tiger to protect her from
The little men that came from a distant sun
And now it is very clear to me I am only a slave
How did it come to this Dr. Morbius?
We were happy here just the three of us
Until the demon in your brain destroys us all!
Altaira!

I am a metal man
I'm not doing too well
She has chosen the Space Man
I'll have a story to tell
I've got metal emotions
Molten Metal in my veins
I may be just a Robot
And love has driven me insane!

So I made a tiger to protect her from
The little men that came from a distant sun
And she still could'nt realize how much I care!
How did it come to this Dr. Morbius?
We were happy here just the three of us
Until Altaira broke my heart and flew to the stars!
Song Stats
Hits: 2916
Comments: 49
Fans: 27
Plays: 285
Downloads: 80
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Jul 31, 2010 - 09:12:52 AM
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2013 - 01:05:34 PM Last Played: Feb 10, 2017 - 03:35:00 PM
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Hardware:
Fender Strat, BC Rich Bass, Line6 interface, oxygen8 v2 midi keys
Software:
Sequel by Steinberg
Comments
ShadowofNine said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Me Likes
very cool, when you get some rest and tweak the mix it's gonna be even more awesome...luv it
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Shadow
thanks for being Firsty, I do plan to do some tweaking, but not for a week or so.
Thanks for listening!
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RochaMalhada said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
awesome-!
This is sweet. Dig it

. - Harold
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Awesome!
Thanks very much Hal! Hal...open the pod bay doors Hal...open the pod bay doors Hal!
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fasteddie said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
This fully rocks!
Way to go Robby!

Sounds awesome. It is obvious that you worked long hours on this one man!

I really like the blending of synth and guitars.

The low end sounds killer and authentic;D


Good job man!
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
YOUDAMAN!
thanks brother Mike! It was a major pain, but I finally gotter done!
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magnatone said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Metal Man
very cool robby - lots of work went into this, and it really shows - congrats!
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
MetalMagnatone!
Thank you so much Karen, your praise is held in high regard in my book! Really glad you listened to it!
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alackbass said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Altaira's Metal Man
The drums and low pitched sequencing synth kill. Love the bass. The effects give it a cool synth bass vibe. Nice guitar sounds. Quality production and mix.
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
alackattack!
Right on man, thank you for your comment, I've noticed the mix sounds different on every puter I have listened to it on since yesterday. Sometimes it's 'tinny'sometimes it's bassy, sometimes it's just right.
Thanks!
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Vic Holman said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
forbidden planet
one of my classic fav's.

this is one heck of a intergalactic rocker, who knew that robots could dream.:-)

great lyrics! this song kicks mr. roboto's shiny butt up and down the conveyor belt.
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Vic!
Thanks Vic! The idea seemed trite at first but I stuck with it anyhow, and ended up with something I think works, glad you like the lyrics too!
Thanks again!
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Reggie_Pole said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Monsters from the id
One of my favorite movies, also. Great idea for your lyrics. Poor Robbie. I'm a sucker for hard rock mixed with synths, and you've mixed them so well here. Great work.
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Demons
of the mind! I'll tell ya, this thing has been my monster from the id for weeks now, but I guess it paid off!
thanks!
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drakonis said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Exquisite... SpaceRockOpera
Indeed, this is a well-crafted hard-driving chunk of molten space-rock, love the tip-of-the-iceberg story woven into the lyrics, letting the listener's mind try to fill in the gaps as the music plays. Awesome tone on the guitars, great singing, great choice and placement of soundfx, and the mix is quite good, given so much going on. Your hard work paid off, sorry to hear that you couldn't keep the girl though. :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
SpaceRockOpera
...see, you get what I'm sayin here, there should be a Rock Opera genre in the tabs to choose from huh? Thanks for your detailed comment, that is always helpfull to read exactly what people are hearing in your work.
Thanks very much!
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jdholliday said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Formerly known as Nickfury is back!
with a vengeance! Nice!
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dave_b said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Altaira's Metal Man
Cool song, very well done!
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michaeljayklein said 2519 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Feeling some good Id from this...
The Krill don't have a spot on you, that's for sure. Nice job here!
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tokai said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
metal man
Love them synths, with the guitar you have made a massive sound, they are both rocking sweetly. Cool stuff mate, this song has legs.
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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Massive
sound is my middle name! I love the big productions, and the funny thing is, I never start out with that in mind, just end up that way!
Thanks!
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damiengh said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
clever theme
Loved your concept. What a great theme to build a tune on. Classic movie giving the basic connnection with your Lyrics taking us all a little further into depths of one of it's key characters. Coool!

Some of the musical feel brought me a flashback of this famous tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN2VNFpiGWo

Journey to the Center of your Mind by the Amboy Dukes

Okay, maybe just my mind.

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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
SciFi
is my favorite thing in the world, always watched anything I could as a kid. Some films stuck in my mind, and that was one. But this theme is becoming a crutch to me in the last two projects, so I think I'll try something a little more down to Earth next.
Thanks for your detailed ear, and helpful comment.
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RAVENS said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Wow
This was mega cool! Love the track, I think it's sounds awesome! Very neat lyrics & your voice is great... Good stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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billykirsch said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Woa
Love that power. Not a very fan of synths in rock, in most cases synths dilute the energy. Not here. The drums are killer. Love those guitars too. The chorus is great. What else? Oh, the mix... yeah, may be a little muddy sometimes, but I wouldn't have commented on that if you didn't tell.
Excellent!

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RobLeBanc said 2518 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Billy
thanks much,I appreciate your comments and input very much indeed, always say it like it is baby! I have a bad case of the Muddies, but I can never quite figure out where to correct it, I only hear it after I'm too tired of tweaking everything up to the point of no return it seems, ya know?...sigh.
Thanks for listening!

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five_extra_arms said 2516 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Metal Man
Great song about a favorite subject matter.

Your vocals are really great - they have a kinda early 70's rock presence t them. Killer drum sounds and expression. Meaty guitar riffs and the synthy stuff rules.

Can we still call you Nick Fury?

D/L'd


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jiguma said 2516 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Great sound
Love all the panning and aggressiveness to the intro. A very big sound maybe a bit too big in the 'phones. Probably sound great on speakers though. You do a great job with the drum loops - they sound almost real, with lots of variation in all the right places. Only nit I have is probably that the bass is pretty low in the mix on my phones.
Good post.
N

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RobLeBanc said 2515 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
Neil
thanks for listening, your input is always helpful. I will need to revisit this mix soon, It sounds different on everything I listen on. I had to back off on the bass after I did a "car test", it sounded like one of those A holes with the subwhoofers thumping down the street!
Thanks again!
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Sigmund said 2514 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Metal Man
Interesting tune. Mix is rich and full and your musical and vocal performances are very good. Mix sounds a bit hot at times to me but I take it you already know that. I can totally relate to getting too tired to fix things, but this one is worth fixing (I call it tweaking).

Enjoyed the listen, and thanks!
Sig
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RobLeBanc said 2514 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Hot
hot and more hot, I wish I could learn how to stop doing that! Seems like with my software, the more tracks I have the hotter it gets, no matter how much I play with the master, or back off on this or that, sigh...I could really use an idiots guide to PC music recording!
Thanks for your helpful comments Sig, glad you stopped by!
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kassia said 2514 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
wowza!
this is absolutely stellar! that opening is just killer. gosh, seriously, your guitar work and synths and drums and the syncopated rhythms. what an incredible tune! the work you put into this is very evident and well well worth it. clever lyrics and a truly killer instrumental track.
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RobLeBanc said 2514 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Wowza
thanks Shay, great to hear that from a talent such as yourself, I worked on this until my eyes bled! And they may not be done bleeding just yet, there are some tweaks I would like to take care of, but for now...rest.
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Char said 2514 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
I have always
loved Forbidden Planet. Robbie had quite a career after he was dumped. Leslie Nielsen got lucky with Anne Francis. Your appreciation for the character is evident in this homage. Way cool. Thanks.
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RobLeBanc said 2514 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Char!
Thank you Char! Wasnt that agreat old film? I love it! Thanks for your comment, glad you listened!
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strangedream said 2514 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
A cool romp through space
This could be a Smashing Pumpkins song! No wait...Hendrix! "I kissed a girl and she did not scream..." brilliant!

Love this...
PrototypeEightyOne said 2513 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
yo
very cool synths and sounds going on here. Love the content, digging the concept. vocals were well done as well. I would try and clean up the mix a tad more because you have something real awesome and unique going on here. Great work.
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awigze said 2513 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Sci Fi
Robby Rocks
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mybravedesign said 2513 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
woah....
if RUSH wrote a rock opera today with electronic music in mind it might sound something like this.... or in other words
EPIC!
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Alannah said 2513 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Thanks for the Pimp .....
.. this was just what I needed on a quiet beer friday .... where have all the MJers gone ???? I enjoyed listening to this .... perked me up !
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papag said 2492 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
Once again...
I listened to this a while back...found it again and dug it all over again.

Relentless beat. I like the story.

Fav'd and Dl'd
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tonestones said 2469 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Great energy
I love the drums. They really pump up the energy. I remember the movie. I loved those old scifi movies. Great job..

Don't worry about the "sound problems'. First of all, there aren't any glaring problems. But you know where the sonic bodies and buried and it bothers you more than anyone else. I learned a while back that there is no such thing as a perfect mix. Just get close and be satisfied. Often little imperfections humanize things and end up as a positive.
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hackneybloke said 2457 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
metal man
robby this is hilarious. i love it. great mix...love all the elements rocking together. cool.
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RobLeBanc said 2457 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
Comedy
was not my goal, but I am glad you were amused all the same. Thanks for stopping by Jules!
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867-5309 said 2457 days ago (October 2nd, 2010)
! my *
really connected
in front of the scene
leading edge
a real producer
fantastic quenching drums
beautiful & vocally harmonious
Saga~like in quality of presentation
how could it possibly even be better ?!
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RobLeBanc said 2456 days ago (October 3rd, 2010)
Thanks
for the kind words, high praise indeed. Really glad you enjoyed it, some of the production has some kinks, I do everything in headphones because I am lacking a good set of monitors, and I always hear a dif mix after the fact. Due to that I miss certain frequencies that are a little hot in the final mix sometimes, but overall I'm happy with this project.

Thaks again!
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bud said 2448 days ago (October 10th, 2010)
Great track
excellent dynamics and really dramatic movement. I love the use of effects and the guitars sound fantastic - as well as the percolating synth. Solid.
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RobLeBanc said 2443 days ago (October 15th, 2010)
Thank
you bud, really appreciated from a top notch MJ'er as you! Truly, thanks!
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Outtaorbit said 2438 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
What were you thinking
Incredible........ nicely done
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