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Royal Jelly / Dying Honey
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this song is a remix of an old song, but a sufficient-enough transformation for me to enter this compo with my conscience clear.

af-uh-ter 8 years of hobbyist composing, i've noticed a running theme for me: i rarely know what i've written until after i've written it. i don't know what i sound like. this means music will always ever be a hobby as opposed to something that can be produced on demand. i'm happy to have that.

personally i hear a lot influence from contemporary prog rock, first-wave ska, and ancient irish folk. i noticed this in my fourth year of composition education (on a song mootboxle said was "so good"). song composition is a lot like meditation: exist in a room and allow thoughts to enter and cross the room through the front and back door; acknowledging the thoughts, but not serving them tea.

because pitch-shifting very low crushes tones, "Roy. Jel. / Dy. Honey" contains a rhythmic intermix of smooth and crunchy bass lines from a couple of different instrument tones. snare drums similarly are layers to create timbres that marry each section and don't draw too much attention to the fact that it's a sample. Notes catch themselves by adding "ghost notes" with a zero velocity after voices with longer delays to give the song snappier notation variation (based on a fearofdark comment saying one song was too mushy-sounding).

the experiment is to make a song sound like it was performed as opposed to programmed. it's an endless kind of chase. I want each new section to feel breathlessly earned, but still have a back-beat and melodic leitmotifs to aid in the orientation of a listener over time (based on a comment by keffie about whether "all my songs were through-composed").

i don't produce songs as often as i used to because i got married last year, so i tried to "make it count" for summer chip.

overall i'm glad i wrote this before i died. i'm not "dying" but i mean, you know, in the royal sense of dying.

👑 Royal Jelly / Dying Honey 🐝

Stereo. as always, made in PxTone. captured at 50% volume in Audacity because project over-modulates at full volume. Project file can downloaded here:
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Level 31 Chipist
post #123545 :: 2020.07.13 6:08am
  Jakerson and sethdonut liēkd this
this is just beautiful, i love every single second
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post #123556 :: 2020.07.13 1:13pm :: edit 2020.07.13 1:13pm
  sethdonut liēkd this
Very cool tune and I can def relate to the hobbyist composer feelz, haha.
Level 23 XHBist
post #124607 :: 2020.08.04 4:10pm
  Tilde and sethdonut liēkd this
"the experiment is to make a song sound like it was performed as opposed to programmed" -> What a cool goal. And quite a success. Thank you for this awesome track, and may your effort pay, this is a great entry!

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