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#373693 - 11/09/16 08:05 AM [User Showcase] When The Curtains Fall
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
When The Curtains Fall

Couple of my songs have received a comment sounding like a James Bond movie theme song. This gave me an idea to imagine what kind of a song I would write if I were asked to compose the Bond theme. And here is the end result smile Most likely it won't sound like a movie theme at all to you wink

Quite a tough one to mix, I had 37 instrument tracks, although many of the instruments I used only for a short section. I hope the mix doesn't sound too crowded in your ears.

I hired the vocals again from RnAM and they made fantastic job, especially the chorus part really makes the song fly smile

MIDI tracks, used GPO4, ST3 VSTi plugins:
Majesty1.sty: ChoirAahs, French Horn, Strings, Timpani, Drums
Mind1.sty: Nylon Guitar
Uplift1.sty: Acoustic Bass, Strings
Waveheal.sty: Harp, Synth Strings
Insight.sty: Sitar

Loop: Beatbox_sweet_cheeks_110a
RealDrums: Soul70sPerc, TechnoSamb
Realtracks:
Acoustic Bass Bowed #2489
Acoustic Piano #1949, #811
Electric Piano #2526, #2157
Piano SynthLayer #1410
Cello #1856
Electric Bass #2607
Electric Guitar #998, #1436, #2535, #1258, #1650, #1401, #1404, #867, #2618
Horns #2346
Sax #2411
String Quartet #2334
Synth Delay Sync #2282

Vocals: RnAM
Additional Vocals VSTi: Cantus, Shevannai

Mixed in Adobe Audition (and RnAM mixed the vocals to the song)

Lyrics:

Fate is a bond
a license to adore
an olive in a martini
that calls to love you more.
I can tie your hands and
chain your fierce heart
I want to be stirred
'cause tomorrow we'll depart.
We shall step
into the danger zone
enter our love's
minefield all alone.
Together we can rise
above the mundane
look at the bleeding eyes
on the sheets of pain.

In your bed
beneath the starry skies
naked unarmed
I'm a vulnerable guy
if I have to die
be gentle, use your shawl
choke me with perfumes of your pleasure
when the curtains fall.

Threat is a spur
a license to incite
push me off the edge
trick the agent of the night.
Spin the catherine wheel
no mercy onto me
shaken and enslaved
I reveal my fantasy.
We shall step outside
the comfort zone
enter our love's
minefield all alone.
Together we can fall
free from the rules
pierce the hollow wall
of the formal fools.

In your bed...

Venus in furs, the cycle recurs
rise, fall and turn.

In your bed...

---

Janne

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#373694 - 11/09/16 08:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
Will B - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 09/15/16
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Great job, Janne! Channeling the spirit of Bond very successfully, I'd say (Thunderball and earlier era, when a certain dose of schmaltz went a very long way!) smile The mix is actually very good, not too crowded whatsoever - seamless transitions (in the percussion especially) between the verses and the choruses. I can't believe you have 37 instrument tracks, that's crazy! You did a wonderful job smile
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#373743 - 11/09/16 10:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
animarorecords Offline
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Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 708
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Janne

Great job. Nice song with fabulous sounds.
I think it was a very hard work to construct this arrangement.
But there was no failure in this music. All the sounds are put together very well.
The use of soundtrack MIDI styles are superb.
GARRITAN PERSONAL ORCHESTRA sounds good too.
And RnAM's vocals are wonderful.
Very enjoyable Listen.

Best Regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#373760 - 11/10/16 06:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: Will B - PG Music]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Will B - PG Music
Great job, Janne! Channeling the spirit of Bond very successfully, I'd say (Thunderball and earlier era, when a certain dose of schmaltz went a very long way!) smile The mix is actually very good, not too crowded whatsoever - seamless transitions (in the percussion especially) between the verses and the choruses. I can't believe you have 37 instrument tracks, that's crazy! You did a wonderful job smile


Thanks Will for your kind words, especially concerning the mix, because it took so much time. I'm also glad to hear that I have managed to reach the Bond spirit smile


Janne

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#373762 - 11/10/16 06:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: animarorecords]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Great job. Nice song with fabulous sounds.
I think it was a very hard work to construct this arrangement.
But there was no failure in this music. All the sounds are put together very well.
The use of soundtrack MIDI styles are superb.
GARRITAN PERSONAL ORCHESTRA sounds good too.
And RnAM's vocals are wonderful.
Very enjoyable Listen.

Shigeki Adachi


Thanks Shigeki Adachi for enjoying and giving a positive comment smile My hard work has not been wasted smile Nice that you comment also the use of MIDI styles, I don't use MIDI instruments much, but orchestral instruments usually require them and with GPO they sound good, as you said.

Janne

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#373779 - 11/10/16 09:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
Callie - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 1153
Loc: Victoria, BC
Thanks for posting this song Janne! I think it sounds great - not crowded at all! smile

This is our "Hot Forum Topic" for today.
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#373803 - 11/10/16 11:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
Scott C Offline
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Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 2402
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Good job Janne. This did feel like a Bond theme. An excellent vocal and very creative lyric. Well done
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#373823 - 11/10/16 03:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
David Snyder Offline
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Great production on this one. Beautiful mix. Loved the vocals. Awesome guitar.

smile
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#373855 - 11/10/16 11:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
gibson Offline
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Janne,

I have been known to use a lot of RTs etc and was reading the track list until I saw the guitar RTs NINE!! WOW

Well done, it must have been a labour of love to mix 37 tracks, well done. And a great mix

Great vocals by Rob and I think this song SHOULD be the next Bond theme

excellent

Alyn
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#373866 - 11/11/16 04:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
VideoTrack Online   content
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Rob Anne-Marie and Janne, a very interesting production. The vocals pulled the song together really well.
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#373873 - 11/11/16 05:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
RnAM Offline
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Janne's songs are always top-notch when it comes to production and composition.
This time we had to 'pull everything out of the closet' (Dutch expression) to get it right with the vocals. A challenge indeed, but we are also pleased with the results.

Rob & Anne-Marie
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#373881 - 11/11/16 07:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: Callie - PG Music]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Callie - PG Music
Thanks for posting this song Janne! I think it sounds great - not crowded at all! smile

This is our "Hot Forum Topic" for today.


Thanks Callie, it is a big honor to be hot smile Only hearing the song during the next Bond movie end credits would be a bigger one wink

Janne

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#373951 - 11/12/16 12:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
PeterF Offline
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Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 1558
Loc: Sydney Australia
Janne, Rob & Anne-Marie

Interesting complex piece - could easily be a soundtrack - a strong progressive rock sound.
Extremely imaginative - a great composition lovely vocals to top it off.

Peter

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#373959 - 11/12/16 02:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: jannesan]
Skyline Offline
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Loc: Warwickshire, UK
Very impressive!

John
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#373975 - 11/12/16 05:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: When The Curtains Fall [Re: David Snyder]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Good job Janne. This did feel like a Bond theme. An excellent vocal and very creative lyric. Well done


Thanks Scott for commenting and liking the lyric smile

Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Great production on this one. Beautiful mix. Loved the vocals. Awesome guitar.
smile


Thanks David for mentioning positively so many things smile

Janne

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