For information on the New Year's Resolution Challenge that started all this, with a video of me singing "Bitch Better Have My Money" by Rihanna in four part harmony with a ukulele, CLICK HERE. The short version: Cover the #1 song in iTunes for every month of 2015. You can hear them all on THIS PLAYLIST.
This was the only song on the playlist that I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with. It's all electronic; it's one of those pieces whose production is such a big part of the songwriting that a true "acoustic version" doesn't make any sense. While I myself can't write songs that way, it's interesting to listen to somebody who does. I maintain that this is a bit of a popcorn piece - nice and fluffy, fit for consumption at the height of summer when the heat makes anything intellectual feel too much like work. That's one of the things I noticed about the shape of the year's playlist. Clever, intellectual stuff tends to sell better in cold weather; mindless dance music sells well in the heat; romantic/heartbroken stuff sells well when the weather is changing.
I've never been very good at working synthesizers. Everybody who knows me knows that. I write acoustic songs on acoustic instruments, and that's my bag. So this one was a unique challenge; I couldn't come up with an acoustic version that worked, and I was starting to get frustrated.
So, I said "Fuck it, I'll just do the crappiest raw vocoder I can get out of this little gadget at the studio where I teach, and see what happens." What you're hearing is a preset on the MiniKorg at the studio where I work, with just a little bit of compression on it to even it out. For those of you not familiar, a vocoder uses a secondary audio input (usually somebody speaking/singing into a microphone) to filter the sound of a synth into the shapes of that sound, allowing you to imitate human speech/singing with your keyboard. Daft punk uses this technology on Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, and Peter Frampton was famous for using similar technology with his guitar. I've always liked the sound of it; it's pretty cool to have an excuse to actually do something with it.
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