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#729549 - 08/29/22 08:44 AM [User Showcase] I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood
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I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood

This song was composed several summers ago. Difficult to describe it, a macabre rock song with humor and mosquito whine perhaps. I was going to sing this myself, but Kevin sounded so good that I decided to keep his vocal track. All comments welcome, including whining laugh

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Mandolin 3147
VocalMmms 3273

MIDI riff melody: Hard Rock Electric (Band-in-a-box Sounds) through Aria player + Amplitube3 + Neutron4

Vocals: Synthesizer V Kevin (lead), Solaria (backing vocals)

Mixed in Cakewalk by BandLab

Lyrics:

I'm not a woodsman of love untamed
I get easily lost, my bolts misaimed
I can't fire my catches up
this boy in cold, with a soupless cup
couldn't hook a sweet lady with my crumbled teeth
my knife's been rusting in its sheath.

I take my clothes off and bear the chill
without hugs and comfort
my soul is a knobby frozen bud
I don't deserve a better death
I let mosquitoes suck my blood.
I let mosquitoes
I let mosquitoes
I let mosquitoes suck my blood.

Raising a tent is a wasted fight
no-one's going to stay the summer night
it would crash from a tiny brush
i couldn't open the fly in rush
even if a Bambi eye thought that I'm no harm
the powder's wet in my firearm.

I take my clothes off...

It's Midsummer night I'm alone again
others at their cabins watching bees
bathing and cooking in the sun
making love in felicity
bittersweetly with my reaper
I am spending my last moments,
finally the females really hawking for me.

"Hissing and sucking
life out of your veins
you're bleeding,
your passing
will be natural."

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Janne
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#729782 - 08/30/22 06:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Hey Janne. Totally familiar with the mosquito whine. We have quite a few of the vultures here as well. Vocaloid was very cool. Excellent backtrack. Well done

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#729792 - 08/30/22 08:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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The main riff had an ambulance siren sound to it, which was cool. Kevin sounded great, he's a keeper. I like the way you handled the 'chorus.' The insect voices were hilarious. A good rocker with humor, nicely done.
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#729801 - 08/30/22 09:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Well, that was... different. smile

Good mix, Kevin sounds good.

Those singing mosquitos were something else!
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#729803 - 08/30/22 09:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

I'm totally digging this . . . really creative and original. The BAND is great and the mix is stellar. But Kevin is the absolute star here--It's hard to believe that's a vocaloid--very, very well done--particularly how Kevin handles the prosody of some of those lines. Outstanding!

And as other mention, the singing mosquitos--great, creative touch.

Awesome!

Deej

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#729816 - 08/31/22 01:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Janne ...

What a creative and terrific song ... funny as heck in places. Loved Kevin 's harmonies around the 2:30 mark!

That was a fun listen!

Alan


Edited by Al-David (08/31/22 11:14 AM)
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#729832 - 08/31/22 05:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,
First, brilliant title! Excellent job of making Kevin do what you intended. Fun punkish pop. Very neat progression and instrumentation. One of the coolest song structures I have heard by you. Mix is outstanding.
Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#729834 - 08/31/22 05:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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"Macabre." Man, you nailed the new genre for sure, Janne. The way you crafted the melody, even the chords, and then populated it with the perfect band is a lesson in song writing worthy of a graduate-level class. The bridge is (just like I like it) so different yet complimentary of the rest of the song. Very well done. So creative.
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#729866 - 08/31/22 08:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Hi Janne
Cool song
Great realized
Sounds really good
The vocals are excellent
Great work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#729875 - 08/31/22 09:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Hey Janne. Totally familiar with the mosquito whine. We have quite a few of the vultures here as well. Vocaloid was very cool. Excellent backtrack. Well done


Thanks Scott for your nice feedback smile It's not just the whine, but the biting irritates as well, although it is much easier to end the biting...

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#729877 - 08/31/22 09:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: TuneMonger]
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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
The main riff had an ambulance siren sound to it, which was cool. Kevin sounded great, he's a keeper. I like the way you handled the 'chorus.' The insect voices were hilarious. A good rocker with humor, nicely done.


Thanks TuneMonger for your kind words smile Glad you liked Kevin and the insect voices as well. I hadn't thought the riff as a siren sound, interesting observation, my main idea was to add some 'whine' effect to it. I selected the mmm vocal RT for bit more pleasant whine.

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#729887 - 08/31/22 11:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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I was expecting a sweet, highly melodic ballad with Solaria on the lead as your next contribution ;-).

But I'll settle for this. This is more than okay! Extremely creative and very interesting, unexpected chord changes.

You sure are getting the very best out of Kevin and manage to make him sound like a real singer. Really well done!

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#729915 - 08/31/22 03:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Janne

Very different and clever.

Quite an array of interesting effects (liked the mmms at the end) and the vocal programming sounds very good.

An interesting and engaging piece.

Peter

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#730084 - 09/02/22 04:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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The introduction caught my attention right off. Cool.

I forgot this was a vocaloid as I was listening.

I love everything about this song. My favorite from you.

I had enough of those predatory mosquitoes when I lived in northern Michigan.

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#730121 - 09/02/22 09:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Well, that was... different. smile

Good mix, Kevin sounds good.

Those singing mosquitos were something else!


Thanks David for your kind words smile I agree about Kevin, he has very nice voice especially on the softer side, I haven't yet tried to push it to the limits.

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#730122 - 09/02/22 10:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: Deej56]
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Originally Posted By: Deej56
I'm totally digging this . . . really creative and original. The BAND is great and the mix is stellar. But Kevin is the absolute star here--It's hard to believe that's a vocaloid--very, very well done--particularly how Kevin handles the prosody of some of those lines. Outstanding!

And as other mention, the singing mosquitos--great, creative touch.

Awesome!

Deej


Thanks Deej for your very positive feedback smile Glad you liked the mix, somehow I manage to make it sound good on different setups. Maybe because I used so few instruments, very unusual for me smile It is very easy to work with Synthesizer V tool and find perfect timing for each syllable. I usually rather modify the melody than the words.

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#730123 - 09/02/22 10:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: Al-David]
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Janne ...

What a creative and terrific song ... funny as heck in places. Loved Kevin 's harmonies around the 2:30 mark!

That was a fun listen!

Alan


Thanks Alan, I appreciate your kind words smile Actually I used Solaria for the harmonies, even for the lower range notes, to include some soft whispering sound.

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#730186 - 09/02/22 05:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Janne, you are the master of the vocaloid, it sounded very organic!

LOL when those mosquitoes started to sing. How did you train them to do that grin

Great groove and mix

Loved it
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#730194 - 09/02/22 05:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: MarioD]
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goodness this is UNIQUE. i like very much the song start and the vocs at about 2mins 30 secs .

that lead voc effect imho at 2m/30secs is so superb
i feel it should be used in other parts of the song...
(that is a hit voc 'sound picture' imho.)
maybe particularly after the vocaloid section just to make the song go out with a BANG.

very well done mate.

best

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#730197 - 09/02/22 05:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Let Mosquitoes Suck My Blood [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

Love that wobbly sound of the guitar! Very interesting/humorous subject matter! That synth vocal is really good/excellent job with that! Cool song!

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