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Nervous Impulses

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Usually my songs come from a story, but this song didn't. Fortunately there is a story about the song.

I always wanted to use a Cylon in a song, so I sampled an old school Battlestar Galactica episode. It came from a lame interrogation scene, and with Audacity I was able to remove all the background noise quite well. I tried forever to integrate the sample in a song, but it never ever fit.

Another time I was working with this melody I created. I was flipping through a vst instruments presets when all of the sudden I hit one preset that was mono. Anyways the bottom notes of my chords sounded much better by themselves. I combined the melody with my samples and Nervous Impulses (which is a phrase I thought was in the interrogation scene, but wasn't) was born.

However since this song didn't come from my regular process, its development was problematic. I had a bunch of awesome samples and instruments assembled, but the progression throughout the song took about three months (off and on of course) to assemble. I went back and forth, constantly taking things out and putting them back in. There was about 15 minutes of finished music, but only 5:45 went in the final mix.

In the end the final mix sounded horrible. The song progressed well, but the quality was horrible. I had used a bunch of great instruments that filled the entire sound spectrum, so they all muddied each other up.

Almost six months later I've tried to do what I can to repair it. I've learned a thing or two since I finished the song last time but this song is just mest up. Every time I tried to add a filter to the track, the whole quality of the song changed and something was lost. I know I used toooooo much compression, and it can really show at times. The worst part : Since I am using so many VSTs and my computer is old, I've had a ton of crashes -- often causing me to lose work that I couldn't recreate. The last time I rendered my song, my computer started smelling like burnt toast. It would take a major effort to get this song close to perfect, and I think I'm spent.

Why did I put this song up? Despite all of the flaws in this song, I #*@!ing love it. I can hear this song a million times in a row and never get bored. It and the Breakup are my all time favorites.


Nice One

For all your work, i think it paid off this is a pretty good all round song. The samples come in at the right time and the bits inbetween are brilliantly done. The only advice i would give would be to re-jig the intro as thats the only part of the song that has fault. Perhaps focus on a more prominent build up melody rather than concentrating on the bass and ambience that you have at the moment. Overall it's already 5/5 but to get 10/10 it needs a few tweaks, other than that GREAT JOB!



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4.22 / 5.00

Jan 27, 2008
11:42 AM EST
File Info
5.3 MB
5 min 47 sec

Licensing Terms

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