Compo Status :: Round 89 Voting :: Ended 2015-01-29 00:00:00 *CST () :: 7 Votes

firmament by organic_io

Round 26
Author organic_io
Title firmament
MP3 Link
Module Link sdc26_organic_io-firmament.rar
Filesize 2641KB
Score 5, 5, 5, 4, 2, 2Total Points: 23 (6 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

a completely acapella song, inspired partly by Imogen Heap's "Hide and seek"

i wanted to take a simple idea, keep it pure, and not expound upon it so much that i obscure the original concept (as i am sometimes known to do)


Comment by Knetter on 2008-04-23 12:48:46


This song is a gem! Really organic, io and fu**ing awesome! Perhaps you can buy a pop-stopper to get rid of the bassy hizz in the mic. But also that has some kind of charme. Thumbs up!!!

Comment by Knetter on 2008-04-23 16:18:30

A pity that the song is totally down mixed and that nothing is revealed how it is made... (I think for this reason SD should not allow render to sample, but that is another discussion)

Comment by organic_io on 2008-04-23 16:31:49

Sorry, I know it's not very entertaining to watch! You're really not missing much though, except the plugins I used to process the vocal. Sonicade has already confirmed we can use anything we want to process the vocals, as long as they still sound like vocals. So even though it's an unconventional approach to not use anything from the samplepack, I haven't broken any rules that I know of. :)

Comment by CAG on 2008-04-23 19:52:42

hahaha, I love Imogen Heap! shoot, I was kicking myself for missing an opportunity to remix Frou Frou... it was a contest on acidplanet.... gah!

anyways. awesomeness. diggin' the beatboxin'.

reminds me of something boards of canada would do if they were stuck with nothing but a mic and a vocoder. not sure how that analogy came to mind. the campy mixing is kinda charming, too.

with what plugin(s) are you processing the vocals?

Comment by organic_io on 2008-04-23 22:14:33

I can see the analogy to Boards of Canada... The long drawn out notes.
As for plugins, I used Melodyne to correct pitches and Decabuddy for the harmony (No, it's not quite as nice or good sounding as Imogen Heap's expensive hardware, but it'll do!)
And thanks for the positive comments so far guys, I appreciate it!!

Comment by ambtax1 on 2008-04-24 04:40:50

Bloody impressive stuff this Mr.W I just looked up the song and realised I did know it (even though I thought I didn't). I would never have thought of this. Excellent. Sounds beautiful and raw.. :)

Comment by nt on 2008-04-24 13:24:58

Damnit, io, that was one idea I was always thinking of. Now you made it earlier and you made it quiet good!
I'd wish to hear some full chords more often. To me it seems that 5ths occour too often and maybe some chorus could have helped at some points. But this might have been done intentionally experimental.
The d'n'B-ish beat-boxing is great, especially those little variations that one is used to hear solely out of sequencers.
Thinking of the fact that the rules say "vocals are allowed" and you made a whole song entirely done with vocals is quiet impressing. High creativity there.

Comment by Chotoro on 2008-04-28 14:37:19

Haha, interesting concept! The singing vocals could do with some cleaning up and such, the notes jiggle a little bit here and there from the autotuning.

Comment by directionless on 2008-04-28 18:33:50

i've heard that song. its great the way they produce her vocals.

this is an ambitious effort. your vocals sound like oboes. maybe if there was more volume sweeps on that and perhaps some wispy high end reverb echo.

nice one!

Comment by organic_io on 2008-04-30 23:34:43

They? Actually, Imogen heap produced the album by herself (hence the title "Speak for yourself"). Amazing talent! She could teach us all a thing or 100. :)

Comment by directionless on 2008-05-01 15:57:14

hmm i'm so doubtful tho! like even if she "produced" it. like, she wasn't the mixing engineer i bet. so i'm not sure it was a one person effort in the same way that we are. ;)

its still amazing for sure!

Comment by organic_io on 2008-05-01 18:52:53

No, she did EVERYTHING including mixing, album artwork, I think maybe even the mastering. Read up baby. She's a 1 woman show. Right now she has a blog on youtube where it shows the progress of them building her new studio, which of course includes a huge mixing console and she did have to consult an acoustic analyst to get the room dimensions and acoustic padding right because she does her own mixing. :)

Comment by hexmode on 2008-05-03 10:59:22

Great stuff.. I'd love a round sometime in the future where all we get is human beat box sounds!

Comment by organic_io on 2008-05-03 11:38:43

hey... maybe i can provide the future samplepack for that. i'll get to work :)

Comment by directionless on 2008-05-03 19:47:29

well that's certainly mind blowing and i respect her that much more. a big Wayne's World: "we're not worthy!" to her from me.

^Mutilus! I got some beatbox vocal WAVs for you from me and my MOTU pals. Maybe you wanna have a go at crunching them up into a beautiful disaster sometime? :)

Comment by Airmann on 2009-03-08 19:11:50

Even if it happend before my time .... this is a beautiful song !!!
It has an irish feeling that I like ... again it reminds me a bit of Cranberries acapella's (the drums of course not - which are also pretty cool - nicely delayed)

But I think you've could added the vox without rendering everything to sample, or ?

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