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The Minstrel Boy


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illuminati

 Genre: Electropop

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My entry in the MacJams Voice for Choice challenge. I think my main challenge was to stay out of the way of Rebsie's angelic rendition while adding some modern atmosphere.

I think this is the way Thomas Moore envisioned this song 200 plus years ago. Sadly, Logic hadn't been invented yet and it had to be rendered on the inferior stringed instruments of the time.
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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!

Song Stats
Hits: 5932
Comments: 25
Fans: 13
Plays: 331
Downloads: 137
Votes: 8
Uploaded: Jul 20, 2007 - 06:08:13 PM
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2007 - 06:08:13 PM Last Played: Jun 03, 2019 - 12:11:37 PM
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Hardware:
MacBook Pro
Software:
Logic Express, a myriad of software sound makers
Comments
Rebsie said 4349 days ago (July 21st, 2007)
Thank you
Fabulous! I love it!
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illuminati said 4348 days ago (July 22nd, 2007)
Thanks Rebsie!
Nice to work with you!
Diviner said 4348 days ago (July 22nd, 2007)
Very good, I like it
I think the backing music is brilliant, it has been put together very well, esp since you got your entry in very early. I am very impressed. I don't know if the vocal always mixed with the track, it mixed very well with the feeling and timing but not always with the tempo. Lovely track though.
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The Orbiting said 4348 days ago (July 22nd, 2007)
Thanks for checking my version out!
As far as the timing goes, I used what Rebsie recommended, 75 bpm. I know that Jim and others have said it is more like 70 or 140, but I synced up with a metronome at 75 and enough line resolutions landed on beat. I like the way it floats over the drums and hooks up in time at the right moments. I could have locked it in with more cutting, but I was happy with this version.
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CosmicDaniel said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
nice mix
beautiful pic,do you think thats what the young lad was thinking? I like your style of beats, this sounds very professional...
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VicDiesel said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Very contemporary
Great sounds, and interpreting the vocal line as syncopated is a stroke of genius.

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bud said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Wonderful interpretation of Rebsie's
performance. I really like the tone of your instrumentation and the soft yet martial pulse of the beat. Very original. I held off listening till I posted and it was hard to stay away from your entry.
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said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
very nice!
your layers are amazingly clear! this one is very modern, and gives a great seperation from the antiquity of the lyrics... meter and tone are superb!!!
NICE
illuminati said 4343 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
Thanks for noticing the discernible layers
as generally I obscure everything in 50 or so tracks. I think this one sits comfortably 15 or so. Although, even now, upon listening to it, I hear a space and think, I could certainly put something there to muck it all up. I really am trying to gravitate to a more simple approach to music.
said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
this is awsome!
each of the entries are superb, this is no exception!
i love the ethereal quality to bring to rebsie's voice!
that accompaniment you brought is remarkable!
outstanding!
illuminati said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Thanks!
I was really going for ethereal. I wound up effecting her voice pretty heavily, adding a harmony and various other things to give it an even more otherworldly effect.
guitapick said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
That's so cool...
...how you combined the "old" with the "new".

Beautifully done...
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lengold said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
Very, very
clever and skillful mix. Enjoyable.
Cheers
Len


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illuminati said 4343 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
Thanks!
I had some really cool material to work with.
peacepiano said 4347 days ago (July 23rd, 2007)
The Modern Twist
This works. Very up to date setting that still keeps to the emotion of the original. Nice work!

Thanks
Bill
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perceptualvortex said 4344 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Somewhat eerie
I like the sound of ethereal over solid beats... excellent work, illuminati!
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illuminati said 4343 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
Eerie was something I was going for,
as I certainly see this as a song that speaks to the beauty lost in the stupidness of war. I wanted to be absolutely sure that I didn't trivialize Rebsie's performance, or the sentiment Moore's lyrics bring forward to today.
Thanks for checking it out.
Dj French Toast said 4344 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
very nice
Love the way this vocal inspired dreamlike songs . The lyrics are so powerful and dreamy I can actally invision myself walking in line during a war with a musket . Love your version alot : )
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ledebutant said 4344 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
B'mate
This is a wonderful time-shifted/timeless version of this song and I love the vibe you've built with Rebsie's vocal and your music. It very much has the magic illluminati sound. I don't have any trouble with the beat not lining up exactly, I think it fits with what you're doing, mood-wise. As always, you do such lovely work with vocal production.
illuminati said 4343 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
Thanks for being such a supportive bandmate
and thanks for the kind words. That "illuminati magic" comes at a price. I have to hand over your soul to an Englishman when we hit the big time. At least he had an English accent. Come to think of it, I think he was just a bum. But then there's the magic. It's so hard to tell nowadays if you've sold your bandmate's soul.

Hey! How 'bout some more Orbiting music?
said 4341 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Lush and Clear
So much going on, and it's all so crisp and smooth (can those two adjectives even be used together?) and contemporary. The voice and the instrumentation seem to be playing off each other in many different ways... this is excellent.
alfalpha said 4341 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
this treatment...
...of Rebsie's vocals sound deceivingly simple, however, all the layers ring bone-chillingly clear. I am stunned by this rendition's complexity and originality.

This is definately going into my 'musical trophy library!' :)

Many Thanks Matt!
Cheers,
Alf
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baki said 4242 days ago (November 5th, 2007)
ooooh
great one. really liked it. the only thing that i didn;t like all the way was that open hi-hat coming back again and again. thanks for sharing, great tune
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ktb said 4186 days ago (December 31st, 2007)
foeman's chain
a wonderful backdrop. Its always difficult to sync something like this, but you did it masterfully...is that real word? regardless, the track leaves me tongue tied and speechless.
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MarkHolbrook said 3124 days ago (November 27th, 2010)
Voice for choice...
Wish I knew more about this challenge. Rebsie is a huge fav. Wish she was still here. Very cool!
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Genre Info
Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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