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#1155386 - 07/18/19 12:36 PM A Part of the Plan  
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It's been a long time since I posted music. Here's a brand new one, any comments or suggestions are welcome.

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A Part of the Plan

https://markkaufman.bandcamp.com/track/a-part-of-the-plan

Like a baby loves a mama
Like a mama loves a baby
Like a papa loves a baby
It's a part of the plan

Like a papa loves a mama
Like a mama loves a papa
Like a papa loves a baby
It's a part of the plan

And the sun comes up
And the sun goes down
And the moon comes up
And the moon goes down
It's a part of the plan

And if you know you're breathing
Don't you know that you are a part of the plan

And a baby loves a baby
And a mama loves a mama
And a papa loves a papa
And a baby loves a baby
It's a part of the plan

River rolls on top of the land
Ocean lays a kiss on the sand
It's a part of the plan
It's a part of the plan

And if you know you're breathing
Don't you know that you are a part of the plan

©2019 by Mark Kaufman

#1155387 - 07/18/19 12:49 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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I'm really diggin this one Mark. Love the harp.


Regards,


Bob

#1155388 - 07/18/19 01:08 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Hey Mark, It's been awhile...This picked my day up....Love the 60's harmonies....Fits perfect...

Just a real feel good song. Love the ocean lays a kiss on the sand line....

I think the second licks around I would swap out the harp for dirty electric guitar, tasty and not too loud...

This is BAS A$$


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#1155396 - 07/18/19 06:45 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Hi Mark,

I love the rap elements mixed with funk and dance elements. Makes for something truly fresh. I hear music history from The Beach Boys to to Beck and Coldplay and I'm loving it.. smile

Good message, too, especially stretching out later with rivers and ocean..

A little sibilance on those repeated esses mostly early on..almost becoming musical..

It gets a little busy late but so do most of my favorite Parliament/Funkadelic sides. Kinda represents "celebration" in this context and I can dig it!

Very cool!!!

Mike


Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice

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from the song "Songs of Love"
from the album "Casanova" (1996)
#1155398 - 07/18/19 08:07 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Disco...rap
I see John Travolta in a dancing bar.
Nice one.

#1155404 - 07/19/19 06:02 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Hi Mark,


Wow.......nice job.


Calvin


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#1155411 - 07/19/19 10:48 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: 90 dB]  
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Originally Posted by 90 dB
I'm really diggin this one Mark. Love the harp.


Regards,


Bob


Thanks Bob! smile

#1155412 - 07/19/19 10:49 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Steve Altonian]  
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Originally Posted by Steve Altonian
Hey Mark, It's been awhile...This picked my day up....Love the 60's harmonies....Fits perfect...

Just a real feel good song. Love the ocean lays a kiss on the sand line....

I think the second licks around I would swap out the harp for dirty electric guitar, tasty and not too loud...

This is BAS A$$


You've got me thinking on a guitar part...there's no guitar in this one! Thanks Steve.

#1155413 - 07/19/19 10:58 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Michael Zaneski]  
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Originally Posted by Michael Zaneski
Hi Mark,

I love the rap elements mixed with funk and dance elements. Makes for something truly fresh. I hear music history from The Beach Boys to to Beck and Coldplay and I'm loving it.. smile

Good message, too, especially stretching out later with rivers and ocean..

A little sibilance on those repeated esses mostly early on..almost becoming musical..

It gets a little busy late but so do most of my favorite Parliament/Funkadelic sides. Kinda represents "celebration" in this context and I can dig it!

Very cool!!!

Mike


Thanks Michael! The mix isn't there yet, still wrestling with All The Things...right now it seems too crispy bright overall, too much percussion gain, needs detail on the delays, on and on...

Thanks for your input, those are the elements I've been trying to put across, and a simple message. I appreciate your thoughts. smile

#1155414 - 07/19/19 11:01 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Guy E. Trepanier]  
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Originally Posted by Guy E. Trepanier
Disco...rap
I see John Travolta in a dancing bar.
Nice one.


LOL John Travolta! You know, I really want to find an animator to make a video for this with lots of sped up nature shots and such...and now I also want to see John Travolta walk into the video for a cameo, like in Pulp Fiction, lokoing around baffled, haha!

Thanks Guy! smile

#1155415 - 07/19/19 11:02 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Calvin]  
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Originally Posted by Calvin
Hi Mark,


Wow.......nice job.


Calvin


http://www.soundclick.com/bands/0/calvinstewart


Thanks Calvin! Peace & Love

#1155423 - 07/19/19 03:08 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Great track. The lyrics take on a whole new context when sung in the track as opposed to reading on paper

Very entertaining, enjoyed.

#1155434 - 07/20/19 01:05 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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I want to know how you record your vocals! Great sound smile

#1155443 - 07/20/19 09:54 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Very good song,

#1155465 - 07/21/19 11:33 AM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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The song kept my attention the whole listen. I love how the vocals got real intense toward the end of the song.

#1155468 - 07/21/19 04:35 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Really enjoy this song...I like the way you recorded the vocals...Is it just you singing ?

Regards
Mimmo

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#1155538 - 07/25/19 02:51 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Fdemetrio]  
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Originally Posted by Fdemetrio
Great track. The lyrics take on a whole new context when sung in the track as opposed to reading on paper

Very entertaining, enjoyed.


Thanks, much appreciated!

Yeah, this is a good opportunity to talk about lyrics again, because lyrics just are not, in any way, a One Size Fits All aspect of any given song. Comparing a Merle Haggard lyric to a Joni Mitchell lyric to a Yes lyric to a Gershwin lyric is clearly pointless, because they all function differently.

Some songs are conceived fully, like hearing them on a radio, but not this one. This was a built song. It started from a set of four synthesizer settings in a Cubase template for Electro music, and I started playing something on each of them until I had a chord sequence of those four voices interacting. Once it started sounding like something, I added more chords, more instruments, a chorus, and gradually fumbled my way into this sound. The sound reminded me of the rhythm of the planet, of the spinning and the repetition and the reproduction and the life force. So instead of telling a story full of subtle metaphors, colorful adjectives and an O. Henry twist at the end, I wanted to have babbling, repetitive images of elemental stuff, the basics of life on a planet, looking up at the orbs and living and dying. To me, this song needed more of a Talking Heads approach to lyrics than a story approach. It's a moving picture, a place in time, but not a plotline.

The heart of the message is that we all belong.

#1155539 - 07/25/19 03:11 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: JAPOV]  
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Originally Posted by JAPOV
I want to know how you record your vocals! Great sound smile


Thanks JAPOV! I'm still working on it. I tend to end up with terrible harsh frequencies somewhere or other, but I'm learning to tame them.

I record in Cubase 10. In the verses I'm using Soundtoys Primal Tap delay, modeled after a late-70s/early 80s unit the Lexicon Prime Time, one of the first digital delays. You hear it all over Talking Heads "Remain In Light" and Eno and Byrne's "My Life In The Bush of Ghosts". It's set to repeat measure for measure, so I only had to sing half the time. smile For vocals, I always try to make good use of the stock channel strip for EQ, compression, saturation, and I also used Izotope Neutron Elements to shape the vocal sound. There is some use of a flange modulation on the outro vocals with the "ocean lays a kiss on the sand" bit.

I've been letting go of the idea of incremental stereo panning...it only works just right in headphones. Lately I've been going old school and assigning parts strictly LCR—Left, Right, or Center. That way the stereo effect translates more effectively no matter where you sit or stand between speakers.

#1155540 - 07/25/19 03:13 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Sunset Poet]  
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Originally Posted by Martin Lide
Very good song,


Thanks Martin, I appreciate that.

#1155541 - 07/25/19 03:14 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: JaneK]  
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Originally Posted by JaneK
The song kept my attention the whole listen. I love how the vocals got real intense toward the end of the song.


A full listen is The Brass Ring to me! Thanks Jane! smile

#1155542 - 07/25/19 03:15 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mimmo]  
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Originally Posted by Mimmo
Really enjoy this song...I like the way you recorded the vocals...Is it just you singing ?

Regards
Mimmo


Thanks Mimmo! Yes, no one else involved on this track, just me, some electronics and a harmonica. grin

#1155585 - 07/30/19 12:48 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Funky good stuff there Mark,i really enjoyed this one. Mike

#1155629 - 08/01/19 11:32 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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Had me moving. How could you not. Very well done. Love when the vocal goes high. Great harmonies. Great separation in the headphones. Just sounds tremendous. Very, very well done.

Dave

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Mark,

Really, really cool stuff. Better than just about anything I’ve heard on (boring) radio these days. Love that bridge, with them slick harmonies. Expertly put together—good luck with this one. Deserves a lot of good fortune.

My best to you,

Deej

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Originally Posted by Mark Kaufman
Originally Posted by JAPOV
I want to know how you record your vocals! Great sound smile


Thanks JAPOV! I'm still working on it. I tend to end up with terrible harsh frequencies somewhere or other, but I'm learning to tame them.

I record in Cubase 10. In the verses I'm using Soundtoys Primal Tap delay, modeled after a late-70s/early 80s unit the Lexicon Prime Time, one of the first digital delays. You hear it all over Talking Heads "Remain In Light" and Eno and Byrne's "My Life In The Bush of Ghosts". It's set to repeat measure for measure, so I only had to sing half the time. smile For vocals, I always try to make good use of the stock channel strip for EQ, compression, saturation, and I also used Izotope Neutron Elements to shape the vocal sound. There is some use of a flange modulation on the outro vocals with the "ocean lays a kiss on the sand" bit.

I've been letting go of the idea of incremental stereo panning...it only works just right in headphones. Lately I've been going old school and assigning parts strictly LCR—Left, Right, or Center. That way the stereo effect translates more effectively no matter where you sit or stand between speakers.


"saturation"..... What is that? Distortion? All I've ever figured out how to do is over-compress the signal to manage volume changes but that just exaggerates Ss-n-Ts and breath sounds... Then, of course, I try to Eq that out and it just makes the Vox sound dull. You've got great balanced and bright sounding vocals!

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Originally Posted by Michael LeBlanc
Funky good stuff there Mark,i really enjoyed this one. Mike


Thanks Michael! smile

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Originally Posted by GocartMoz
Had me moving. How could you not. Very well done. Love when the vocal goes high. Great harmonies. Great separation in the headphones. Just sounds tremendous. Very, very well done.

Dave


Thank you very much, Dave! smile

#1155715 - 08/05/19 01:06 PM Re: A Part of the Plan [Re: Deej56]  
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Originally Posted by Deej56
Mark,

Really, really cool stuff. Better than just about anything I’ve heard on (boring) radio these days. Love that bridge, with them slick harmonies. Expertly put together—good luck with this one. Deserves a lot of good fortune.

My best to you,

Deej


So glad to hear this, thank you. smile

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Originally Posted by JAPOV
Originally Posted by Mark Kaufman
Originally Posted by JAPOV
I want to know how you record your vocals! Great sound smile


Thanks JAPOV! I'm still working on it. I tend to end up with terrible harsh frequencies somewhere or other, but I'm learning to tame them.

I record in Cubase 10. In the verses I'm using Soundtoys Primal Tap delay, modeled after a late-70s/early 80s unit the Lexicon Prime Time, one of the first digital delays. You hear it all over Talking Heads "Remain In Light" and Eno and Byrne's "My Life In The Bush of Ghosts". It's set to repeat measure for measure, so I only had to sing half the time. smile For vocals, I always try to make good use of the stock channel strip for EQ, compression, saturation, and I also used Izotope Neutron Elements to shape the vocal sound. There is some use of a flange modulation on the outro vocals with the "ocean lays a kiss on the sand" bit.

I've been letting go of the idea of incremental stereo panning...it only works just right in headphones. Lately I've been going old school and assigning parts strictly LCR—Left, Right, or Center. That way the stereo effect translates more effectively no matter where you sit or stand between speakers.


"saturation"..... What is that? Distortion? All I've ever figured out how to do is over-compress the signal to manage volume changes but that just exaggerates Ss-n-Ts and breath sounds... Then, of course, I try to Eq that out and it just makes the Vox sound dull. You've got great balanced and bright sounding vocals!


Yes, saturation is basically a form of distortion. It is a way to emulate what happens when you record to tape.

The internet says: "Distortion describes a more extreme effect than saturation. While saturation adds a warm characteristic to a sound without markedly changing its character, distortion breaks it up more radically. It can vary a lot in nature, from a smooth fuzz to harder-edged sound with a lot of high-end bite and a sort of buzzy sound."

Tape saturation actually contributes to the harmonics. It's an effect you would use in the final mix on the output channel. It is very subtle, but it tends to smooth out a lot of the hard angles of any digital recording, and glue things together with a more pleasing sound.

Hey I hear you on compression. I have trouble with it—I often tend to toast my audio to a crisp, so I'm always trying to learn how to dial it back and do it right. I'm getting better at using a De-esser to decrease sibilance without dulling down the mix, but it really depends on the De-esser...Cubase has a great one that allows you to dial in the exact frequency range you are pulling back, which I find helpful. Over the years, I have learned that pops are another story—it is a long, boring process to dial down all the P's, T's and B's, and I have learned in later years to sing like a Beatle: when you sing a word like "people", you actually sing something more like "beoble", with VERY light stress on the B. Even more important is to sing those poppy words to the side of the mic, so my head is doing a lot of bobbing and weaving when I sing into a mic. Lennon and McCartney were masters of mic technique that way, and I've been trying hard to do the same lately...it's a big timesaver when it comes to mixing time.


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