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the new world

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All vocals are mine, as are the lyrics. I played all the parts with a MIDI keyboard.


This is a song whose creation dates back to end 2019, when I came up with the melody and lyrics in a OneNote page. The lyrics are based on a ritual that I used to do throughout my childhood and adolescence, and through a good bit of my twenties, in response to the abuse inflicted upon me in the family home:


When I prepared myself for bed, I used to imagine that my bed was a ship, upon which I could set sail to a safe, happy place for however many hours I slept at night. I did not take provisions with me for the journey: instead, I took with me keepsakes -- things that reminded me of my friends, my hopes, and my aspirations. I knew that the journey would be short, for when morning came, I was back in danger again.


I would often muse upon what would happen if, one day, I should succumb to the abuse. I would compare that to the ship of my dreams -- except, it would go on a journey of no return.


This is the context behind the song's lyrics; writing these made me cry. Performing these made me cry; I attempted to record on three separate occasions between early 2020 and now. This is my third and final attempt, done in two weeks for a Charity EP Jam hosted by one of my musician friends, Chel Wong. The track is going to be part of an album / EP where 100% of the proceeds are going to be donated to the Able Gamers charity -- I will update with a link when it's out!


Special thanks to @LD-W for giving the mix a good ol' once-through.


In the run-up to the track's release, I livestreamed the making of the instrumental on YouTube. I attempted to make, within the instrumental, several references to the noisy, rushing waves and the calmer seas by the shoreline. The three videos can be found here:



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LYRICS:


I will go, far away, 'cross the seas

to experience a new world,

where the sky glows in colours that I

could have never ever dreamed of,

where the hills tower high

and the trees and the flowers sing their new songs

that I never could have wished for;

what will I see?

 

I will go, sails unfurled, 'cross the seas

or perhaps across the starlight,

let the rain or the stardust fall gently

upon my face as I go,

let their music play gently

as birds fly above me, ever freely,

as I sing every wish to the stars

scattered all across the sky.


And where I go, I go thinking of you,

wishing you were there to see what I shall see—

every dawn, every sunset, every night-time,

here in the new world,

where I shall roam.

 

And when heaven's dawn shall break on the day

when my journey will be over,

when that new day unknown comes to me

and bends over to embrace me,

I will go, far away, 'cross the seas,

much unlike the ones I leave behind,

to experience the new world

that no-one could ever dream of,

to experience the new world

made just for me...

 

......and when I go there,

I know I'll pray for you.


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I like the back vocals! : )

Bootiful. I like that the lyrics are dissonant a bit at parts, which creates a melancholic dream feeling. Pretty decent work overall :3...dat Flex and VSCO...so robust for free stuff hehe.

It's nice and clearly has meaning and significance to you. And you are very talented.

But my one criticism would be there is too much contrast between the quietest parts and the loudest parts, which I knew was going to be the case just looking at the soundform before clicking play.

I'm having to play with my volume controls as I listen to this and I shouldn't have to do that. I turn to max volume so I can even hear the quietest parts. Then I have to drag it way down once it gets to the loud parts. Essentially the quiet parts are too quiet, and the loud parts are too loud, and especially with the large contrast.

Overall, I would say make everything louder, but tone down the very loudest parts. That way it's easier to listen to without the need to constant volume adjust as listening.

Troisnyx responds:

Thank you for your honesty.

I've always been one for big dynamics / high contrast, and I think a lot of it boils down to having s soundcard so loud that everything else is "normal" to me. But, I'll see what I can do to tone things down — I can see it being a problem to some. 😟

Loved it. Surprised about the meaning behind it though. I would suggest whenever you take that ship again, try to see how far you can go with it.

Beautiful...absolutely stunning...

Credits & Info

Troisnyx
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Listens
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Faves:
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Score
4.80 / 5.00

Uploaded
Feb 15, 2021
2:54 PM EST
Genre
Cinematic
File Info
Song
5.5 MB
4 min 20 sec
Software
  • Audacity
  • Sytrus
  • VSCO 2
  • Flex
  • FL Studio 20
Hardware
  • Scarlett 2i2
Misc. Kit
  • Samson R21S
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.