You’re gonna sing the words wrong

So I decided to do this assignment (3 stars). It called for me to record myself singing a song three different times and layer them together. I decided to cover Vance Joy’s “Riptide”

This is the result:

I chose the song because it’s been stuck in my head for a bit. I mean I really do like how it sounds, it’s just one of those songs that haunt you for the rest of the week. I found myself humming it in bed, on the way to school etc etc.

It also makes me happy. It’s a bright cheery song. I think the ukulele has something to do with that. It’s hard to make something sound sad on a ukulele.

Anyway, was this assignment weird to do? Yes. I like singing, but it’s weird to do it in a house full of people. Which mine was today. Cry.

I really like the final product though, the layering makes for such a cool sound. It gives it a sort of full echoey feel.

To create this, I used the program Audacity. This was kind of a flashback. In a recent blog post I talked about how I’ve recently started using other music programs, but before all of those, I used Audacity.

Take it I wasn’t making music per say, more of creating covers of different songs. Most which will never see the light of day.

This was also the reason I decided to use it instead of those other programs. It’s simple and straight forward. No bells and whistles. Perfect for what I was doing.

So after I opened up Audacity, I set my mic up, hit record and sang. I took the three tracks of me singing and panned one right, one left and one remained in the middle.

Panning btw, is basically sending sound somewhere. Think hearing drums in one ear and flute in the other. Those instruments are panned left and right.

It’s actually really simple and only requires the movement of a slider on the track. After that I exported the song and uploaded it to soundcloud.

Admittedly I felt a little hesitant to have my voice sans effects, but thats what the assignment called for. I think a lot of people feel that way about not only their voices, but their appearances as well. It’s a product of the world we live in unfortunately. People with self confidence are often looked down upon or teased.

“What makes you think you’re better than me?!”

But it’s not being better than someone, it’s being the best you. No one is trying to put you down with their achievements. I feel this is something more people should figure out.

We need to encourage each other! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

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