Happy New Year, listeners!
What's new? I've been away for the holidays and lack of time, but I haven't looked at the ceiling the whole time. Today I bring you a composition that I started on December 25th and finished a few days ago.
I had no idea what to call this theme. But, after so much work on it, the answer came by itself. And with the name more ideas came up.
I imagined that someone was dying. A traffic accident, a long life, cancer, flu... anything could have ended that human life. And after dying, the gates of heaven open, the angels welcome the little human soul with sacred songs; but suddenly the angels cry out and run in terror. A great hand appears among the clouds and pushes the little soul toward a dark abyss. Unfortunately, it was not pure.
In the darkness of the abyss a door opens. On the other side: the true hell.
So this theme begins, accompanied by simple chords from the second bar to the ninth:
Fm + C# + D# + Fm
Fm + Fm + C# + Cm
Behind the door no angels await, but little demons that laugh and shout for pleasure.
This second musical motif consists of the following chords:
Fm + C# + CmMaj7 + C# + C# + Cm
After hearing it a million times, I wrote this chorus:
Welcome to the real hell
where you will burn forever.
Say goodbay to your being
you will be lost forever.
I confess that I sang and recorded this chorus, I passed it through Fl Studio and I spent a whole night mixing voices. I was happy to discover that the lyrics fit perfectly with the melody. But in the end I didn't like it, I left the recording as an experiment and erased one night's work. I preferred to put the lyrics here and on the video.
After that musical motif comes another one. The one I appreciate the most because it makes me think of a bunch of human souls burning for all eternity. It is composed of the following chords:
Fm + CmMaj7 + C# +Fm
These last two musical motifs are heard from bar 9 to bar 40.
Then comes a rest, nothing impressive, which goes from bar 41 to 48:
Fm + C# + Cm
Then, a ray of hope in the midst of darkness:
Fm + D# + C# Fm
The angels appear again; but everything is an illusion...
At the end, the second and third musical motif is repeated, there is a short rest, a desperate cry and, to culminate, millions of human souls continue to burn forever and ever.
This is the theme I have brought to you, composed on the minor scale of FA. It is something that anyone with basic knowledge could do, I know. But I really enjoyed your composition (if you want to hear it and skip everything I'll explain below, go to the end of the publication).
Two effects, one purpose:
Before the bass drum and the box enter the stage, there is an effect of a door opening. It was perfect for what I wanted to express.
At the end of the instrument there is a voice that screams. This effect is of my authorship, recorded with my cell phone and edited and mixed in FLStudio. I think it looks great too. Because I wanted to convey the pain of the little soul as it burns. And nothing better than a scream to express suffering.
The instruments and the equalization:
It all started by trying out chords that fit the minor scale of FA. As always, I do this using the piano of some VST.
This way I ended up composing with the Emerald Blues preset, one of the modules available in the TruePianos VST plugin. I tuned it a little bit. I played here and there with the reverb. And I got the sound I was looking for. Then came the melody. And one thing produced the other, like a chain reaction.
I liked it so much that I only used the Parametric EQ2 and a little bit of Reverb when I equalized it.
Then I used Sakura DoubleBass, a VST plugin that comes by default with FLStudio.
I confess that I always liked this instrument. The sound it produces makes me think of history and desolation, as if the past was nothing more than a empty place. And this time, I love the contrast it generates during the third melodic motif of the song.
When equalizing I used the iZotope Ozone 5. In addition to the Parametric EQ2.
The voices of the little demons come from the Gospel Choir Hum preset, which belongs to the SampleTank3, a very practical VST plugin.
I equalized them with the Parametric EQ2 and the Fruity Reverb 2.
When I had to face the bass I didn't make much effort and I resorted to the VST Trilogy plugin. Here I chose the preset 6 string Ballad Full Range B. Then I equalized with Parametric EQ2 and compressed the result with Maximus, both integrated VST'S from FLStudio.
In the end only the bass drum and the box were left. I chose what was in a library that also brings FLStudio and I liked the result. Then I equalized hit hats, kicks, snares. Everything separately.
After equalizing each instrument, I put everything together, graduated the volume of each one and added another Parametric EQ2 to finish the mix.
Do you remember what I said about the choir I wrote and recorded? Well, here I left you a screenshot so you have an idea of how it went.
I have been left with a satisfactory fatigue from all this. Really.
It has been hard for me to put into words what I thought of the process and to explain the process itself. I hope I haven't confused you.
It only remains to clarify that I was thinking of uploading the video to 3Speak, as recommended by @edje. But I decided not to do it. I also want to reach the public from Youtube.
Without further ado, this is the topic:
Thanks for reading, listening and supporting.
See you next time.
was modified with Photoshop CS6 and belongs to Chris Barbalis,
photographer of Unsplash.com.
The video was edited with Shotcut, a free video editor.
The music was composed and created in FLStudio 20.
All screenshots are from my computer.