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Christe Redemptor Omnium

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Dec 16, 2012 | 10:53 PM EST
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5.6 MB
2 min 27 sec
4.28 / 5.00

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So, this is my entry for the Christmas Mac12! I'm fairly new to recording vocals (as in, this is really my first attempt). My beautiful wife was kind enough to lend me her beautiful voice for this one :) We really rushed to get this done. Had I more time, the quality would have been higher. I should also note that I in no way edited my wife's vocals, just added some reverb and EQ.

Christe Redemptor Omnium (Christ Redeemer of All) is an ancient prayer from the 6th Century that the Church has used ever since. I took an old-timey carol approach for this. I picked this particular prayer, because Advent isn't just a "Hey, let's all be happy about Jesus and Santa and mostly presents" time, it's more of a "Hey, we need to be ready for the end of the world because hopefully Jesus is coming back soon and it will most likely be terrifying but awesome" time.


Salvation's author, call to mind
how, taking the form of humankind,
born of a Virgin undefiled,
Thou in man's flesh became a Child.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Iesu, Virgin-born, to Thee;
whom with the Father we adore,
and Holy Ghost forevermore.

Thus testifies the present day
Through every year in long array,
that Thou, salvation's source alone
proceedest from the Father's Throne.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Iesu, Virgin-born, to Thee;
whom with the Father we adore,
and Holy Ghost forevermore.

Whence sky, and stars, and sea's abyss,
and earth, and all that therein is,
shall still, with laud and carol meet,
the Author of thine Advent greet.

And we who, by Thy precious Blood
from sin redeemed, are marked for God,
on this, the day that saw Thy Birth,
sing the new song of ransomed earth.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

My god the vocals. Wonderful.

If you made it so the harmony interlayed more with the vocals, having the harmony "tease" the melody so to speak, it would do wonders to this song.

The melody, of course, was exceptional, but at times it was covered by the woodwinds. An easy fix, however.

bassfiddlejones responds:

I'm glad you like the piece! The mixing isn't too great, could definitely use some work. And you're the second person to mention woodwinds, lol - I only used strings, piano, trumpet, and glockenspiel in this piece. Thanks for the review!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very beautifuly sung, thoughtful lyrics and kinda "celtic-like" acomppaniment, if you ask me. It actually reminded me alot of Noel Sing We, don't you think? Anyway, I like this, congratulations!

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bassfiddlejones responds:

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) I was going for a bit of that celtic feel. Not familiar with Noel Sing We, actually. Thanks for taking the time!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very pretty, and you struck a nice mixing balance between vocals and instruments. I am not religious, but I still appreciated the beauty of the work and your expression of your own faith.

My one constructive suggestion might be to tinker a bit with the reverb. A song like this cries out to be heard in the acoustics of a monastery, but the reverb here seems a little generic. If your DAW is able, perhaps a more complex reverb setup that mimics a stone building would give it that extra little authentic touch. Still, it's very nice work!

Your wife's vocal quality is lovely; she reminds me a little of Maddy Prior from Steeleye Span, in that group's rendition of Gaudete (on the album Below the Salt).

bassfiddlejones responds:

Thank you kindly for the feedback - I'm happy this piece was able to communicate something of my faith. I'm not particularly good at mixing yet, so the reverb is a bit generic. I'm also using what came with my DAW. I'll pass the compliment on to my wife, and check out the artist you mentioned as well!


Rated 0 / 5 stars


bassfiddlejones responds:

I'm getting mixed messages! haha