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Hors la loi (NGRMC)


Author Comments

So, this is an original with a remixed hook. The verses are a truncated version of said hook. The motif to be remixed, for the purposes of this competition, came from here:


I heard the melody, looked at the chords, and felt it lent itself to some very angsty, angry, protest lyrics. So I wrote this song. "Hors-la-loi" is the French word for 'outlaw,' and "hors la loi" without any hyphens is 'outside of the law,' a phrase that I really delighted in using for this song. Also, this is the first of my personal songs to actually contain profanity -- once someone had suggested to me that I do a song along those lines, and I wasn't willing to do so without context. But now that I do...

This song is about those who are deemed outlaws, illegal, just because they lost the lottery of where they were born, the lottery of the colour of their skin -- lotteries which should never have been a thing in the first place -- and dare to dream of better shores and better times, and act upon those dreams. I picked post-grunge, because that's how to describe rock fused with other genres, made heavy, and containing lyrics speaking about freedom. These lyrics, in particular, I feel their very weight as I write and sing them, and I know what it feels like. I feel these lyrics only scratch the surface about what I want to tell the world about what I've been through.

In addition to the lyrics taking pride of place, I am especially pleased with the drums here -- and as I came close to finishing this, I felt this immense rush of excitement, like... somehow, I felt truly proud of this piece, and humbled by it at once. The drums made me want to dance on my seat. I do actually play drums, but since 1) my kit is not at home due to paper-thin walls and inability to soundproof, and 2) I can't afford the mics with which to record drums, I basically mouse-clicked it all into FL. That being said: I programmed them like I would actually play them, according to my current skill level, so this is what I can muster given my ability to play.

The lyrics and translation of what I'm singing can be found in the link below. It's here because putting it within the description is going to be WAY too long:


One hopes that one has saved the best for last, but one cannot be so sure. I was planning for this to be out on 1 October but 1) I couldn't contain my emotions on the matter, and 2) they're fecking eating me up inside.

FL Studio 11, because I'm an antiquated sod who has downloaded FL Studio 20 but not actually started using it.

DISCLAIMER: I am not anti-France. I am a French-speaker and love French and francophone culture. The reason why I wrote these lyrics in French was so that in the past, where French-speakers were few and far between, any subject matter of mine would be hidden in plain sight. I'd done this for years and now, even now, these lyrics are hidden in plain sight, and one only need discover what they mean. This is a dig at EVERY government and EVERY society, not just simply one.

Used in this project:
Akai-Steinway III soundfont, by Denis.

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I really enjoyed the track! The instruments needs more improvements though it is good. The only problem I can see is that the vocals needs WAY MORE improvements:

Technically, your placing is in the upper palate, which is good, because it adds oomph to the voice, and it sounds more like arabian chanting. Since your placing is in the upper palate, it tends to vibrate in the nasal part, which offs it a bit. Also, your breathing, needs more improvements. When you're pronouncing for a word, do not drain the air for one word. Save it. Because if not, you will flat in some parts because there is no air to pusg your diaphragm to hit the right note. It is also the same with being shaky and pitchy. Other than that, you have a good voice quality! Nice remix!

Troisnyx responds:

That is something I shall hold on to for future vox work. Thank you for the thorough review! 💖

Credits & Info


3.87 / 5.00

Sep 25, 2018
4:40 AM EDT
General Rock
File Info
6.4 MB
5 min 4 sec
  • Audacity
  • FL Studio 11
Misc. Kit
  • Fruity Soundfont Player

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