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Credits & Info
- Jun 3, 2013 | 8:45 PM EDT
- File Info
- 8.4 MB
- 3 min 41 sec
- 4.64 / 5.00
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This was my submission for the first round of the N G M T 13 competition organized by SkyeWintrest
The aim was to use only four instruments, and it had to be about a monochromatic world.
These are the four instruments I've used: Drum computer, vocoder, electric grand piano, electric organ. (later I added an analogue synth bass and Mellotron strings)
It's a 60s song. I tried to make it sound a little old and dusty to fit with the black and white theme. Although in the 60s colour films were the standard. Maybe it was a post modern song made for a 60s sci-fi remake of the Wizard of Oz where they didn't have the budget for colour, and the Tin Man is a robot who sings this. That's my theory. Even if it doesn't make sense.
This kind of old music evokes in me a black and white image, because I've watched too many 60s Gorgio Moroder and Gershon Kingsley videos. Some of those are black and white, and I think it fits. An old fashioned jazzy/blues style reminds me more of black and white than orchestral music does, because orchestral music is less restricted by time periods. Modern film noir films are still sometimes in black and white, and often have a jazz score.
This also reminds me of the low budget cinemas of the past, where they didn't have enough money to hire an orchestra, so they had a single person playing an organ instead.
Over the rainbow
there is a land oh
bright as Mexico
But where's that rainbow?
I see the rain though
no sun in the sky no
Which way do I go?
Where ever you are I'll find you
Don't worry I will come and get you
Our hearts they will make us get through
At least that is if you want me
If you send a light to guide me
I'll show you how fast I can be
That is if you would still want me
Monochromatic as I'll be
Monochromatic as I'll be 7x
You know I love you
so here is my heart
but it may be a rock
cause I can't tell the difference
Roses are grey
and violets are grey
but wherever you may be
I'll find the right way
Here are the reviews I got during the competition:
bassfiddlejones: I'm not feelin' it. Doesn't seem to fit the style for this part of the contest.
Deflektor: Well, i'm sorry, but i hardly see how this piece fits the theme. Too bad, the piece had potential, and the voice could have served an ambience purpose while fitting the theme.
alternativesolution: A pretty fun, simple piece.. composition-wise. I didn't really appreciate the vocals(??) though- speaking of which, I couldn't understand one word (again, if that's just a synth, excuse me). With the same melody, or similar chords, but simplified ...and played in a different fashion, this could probably fit the theme a lot more. But the way it is right now just doesn't seem to cut it, though. I blame it on the rhythm of the drums and bass, for the most part, however melancholic and dancey they were.
DivoFST: I liked the song, it just didnt fit monochromatic in my opinion
Neon-Bard: This song is quite melancholic in nature, which both helps and hinders it. The beat is interesting, and the piano has an 'oldies' sort of sound to it which brings to mind old, dusty photographs. The 'voice synth' reminds me of Daft Punk a little..but anyway that shouldn't matter haha! Pretty cool song, with interesting moments here and there, but it strays a little from the theme.
frootza: Reminded me of a cartoon zombie dance party, which could be seen as monochrome. Honestly quite a vivid and unique track. The talk-box effect was a great touch as was the vinyl record effect.
PeterSatera: It's a good track, but I'm not sure that it fits the theme. It's a bit too comical, I do find myself swaying to it though. So I think it's a good track, just unfortunately not very fitting.
Chongo: I could tell this was going for a monochrome feel to it, but it fell short. The glarby sound didnt quite work out. Sorry, mate. Take out the glarb and it might work, but even then you're a little high on energy.