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Terre des Hommes Libres

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The full title for this song, as some of you may have seen on YouTube, is "Sur la terre des hommes libres" (Fr.: In the land of the free). I wrote this four years ago, when I underwent National Service, a year before coming to the UK.

The song started on paper, and when I had returned from National Service, I proceeded to play it on the piano and record it with the only means I had at the time: a cell phone mic. Then it was given a first remake when I had just picked up FL Studio. Then last year, it was given a second remake. Now finally, with a proper mic in my stash, I have decided to give this song a THIRD remake.

The timing couldn't be better for the remake: some of my former schoolmates have been reaped for National Service and are making their way to the camps to which they have been assigned. I wrote this song in contemplation of whatever could happen in those camps: even though they were a very tiny minority, some people were sent to the training camps only to have very scarring experiences, and some were sent there never to return home alive. I realised that these possibilities were real.

By the way: going accent-less for the lyrics, because sometimes NG supports accents and sometimes, it does not.

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Sur la terre des hommes libres, le soleil se leve
Et la-haut j'apercois des reves
Je me releve et j'ouvre mes pas
Mes yeux se fixent sur l'au-dela

Sur la terre des hommes libres, je regarde le ciel
Je me dis que la vie est belle
Je prends le large et je garde mon sourire
Puis-je defier l'avenir ?

Lentement j'avance, j'affronte mon destin
Je souhaite oublier mon chagrin
La lumiere au milieu du noir
Brillera-t-elle dans mon coeur ce soir ?


In the land of the free, the sun rises,
And up above, I see dreams
I get up and I begin walking
My eyes are fixed on what lies beyond

In the land of the free, I look up to the sky,
I tell myself that life is beautiful
I go forth and I keep my smile
Will I be able to defy the future?

Slowly I advance, I face my destiny,
I wish to forget my chagrin
The light in the middle of the darkness
Will it shine in my heart tonight?

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All music done on FL Studio 10.
All vocals done on Audacity with a Samson Go mic (thank you, TheZaaL, for recommending it to me!).


This is beautiful!
The structuring is really great and your voice is outstanding.But the mix feels I little off, just a little bit gain to the vocals would do wonders.

Still, wonderful composition.

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Troisnyx responds:

Thank you! <3 I'll bear this in mind. Also, there's an issue with the compression that others have pointed out. A pointer or two on this via PM would be much appreciated! x

I thought it was very nice. Sorry I don't have an in depth review. Good job nonetheless.

Troisnyx responds:

Cheers, thanks for listening! : )

Great song. Very well written. I like the instrumentation and the melodies. The chorus I like best. I don't mind the volume of the vocals. I do agree it is much and much too compressed. It is a quite difficult to say more about the mix until that is fixed. I also think your voice loses tune sometimes. At the end when the song is already faded out, the piano returns very softly. I hope you will make a new mix, because it is such a fantastic song, and the compression actually spoils it quite a bit for me.

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Troisnyx responds:

I trust I will make a new mix -- since I'm planning for this to be Track 1 of my debut album, it's got to have a new mix ^_^'

Thanks a lot for the review, and thank you so much for listening! I will bear all these in mind when handling the final version.

Belle chanson. Comme quelqu'un l'a deja soulign, en augmentant le volume de la voix et en diminuant l'intrumental serait bien. Les instrumentaux couvrent les paroles, ce qui rend difficile comprendre (aurait été moins importante si elle n'avait pas des paroles réelles d'ou la partie vocal serait comme un instrument)

Nice song. As pointed out though, increasing the volume of the vocal and decreasing the instrumental would be nice. The instrumentals are currently covering the vocals, making it hard to understand (would have been less significant if it did not have actual lyrics where the vocal would be part of the instrumental itself.

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I liked your song very much, but it needs some improvement. Please no offence to the person who mixed the song, but they were to strong on the instrumentals. Tone that track down lets hear more of your vocals to balance it out better. I hope this helps you to success.

Troisnyx responds:

The person who mixed the track was me. (as was the person who composed and sang this). I will readily admit, there was too much compression. But I intentionally kept the levels there because this is meant to be like an Enya song, where the vocals blend in with the instrumental -- and I want BOTH to be heard.

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4.27 / 5.00

Jan 4, 2013
9:30 PM EST
File Info
6.4 MB
5 min 34 sec

Licensing Terms

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