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  • Depeche Mode cover using VSL

     hi folks. okay, i humbly admit this is probably one of the worst of Vienna Users' contributions, but just thought id put it up anyways,

    I recorded a cover version of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence". It's pretty minimalistic; and you gotta understand - i am by no means purporting to be an electronic "orchestrator" or anything. My music is mostly sadcore/downbeat electronica, into which i trying to incorporate some VSL instruments. That's all. I am as novice as it gets, concerning using VSL. :)

    The only thing i think turned out fairly well is the Legato cello melody. The rest of it is pretty backgroundish... and im fully aware that my usage of the strings in the chorus are technically wrong (i.e, since its Orch Strings I and II i am using, im playing chords, hence theres WAYYYY too many actual strings being bowed... i addressed this question in another thread here.) They sound way too artificially lush.

    The mix totally sucks, so no need to point it out to me. :P This was just a quick "first mix" i wanted to pop online for my fans. Plenty of EQ problems i need to work out. Not properly mastered, needless to say. Anyhow, just wanted to throw out my first official "usage" of VSL in case anyone wanted to hear it.

    software used: 

    • Logic Pro
    • VSL Orch Strings I and II
    • Logic's Sculpture synth
    • Modartt's Pianoteq
    • Art Vista Cool Vibes 
    • Pendeltone Dulcitone
    • TC Powercore (reverbs, choruses)
    • various other synths/exs insts.
    • and of course, my voice (ack!)

    im sure its not really up anyone's alley.

    heres the link, on my myspace page. first song on the audio player (top right of page.)



  •  Honestly I don't find it that bad.

  • I agree...

    I also think you should sell yourself better ;) 

    I've been listening to the rest of cues...I really like that electronica style of yours

  • The minute I saw Depeche Mode - that put me off. I would rather eat and drink my own urine and faeces than listen to this genre of pop music that a bunch of poofs wrote. However.....................your version is not that bad actually - in terms of sound and final result.

  • I think it's really, really cool.  Very nice job. 

    To Paul:  What matters the most with music is a) wether the person enjoyed making it and b) wether other people enjoy it (that is, if they want to make money with it).  Period.  Not everything has to sound classical or "technically" correct.  It's all subjective.  The real question is:  How does it make me feel???  Not: "How was it written?"

    Edit:  I think that is kind of a theme of his song as well... 

  • Wether??? What's the wether like???? Weather?? Whether??? Hello?----Oh yes - making money with music is the m ost important thing - no doubt about that. You have to make money. :))))) Can I say Period now? :))))))Hahahahah -Haaaaaa.

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    @allen_27821 said:

    Not everything has to sound classical or "technically" correct.  It's all subjective.

    This is perfectly true. However, as soon as you do something that is not technically correct, you are risking making a sizable number of people wince. If you have had a flash of brilliance, then this is fine. However if you are only talented, rather than brilliant, then chances are that you won't have found a way to re-invent the wheel.
    It is the age old argument made by people who have little or no training in music. They are convinced that they are doing something original, but are more often than not just re-hashing (badly) ideas that were considered clichés hundreds of years ago.

  • Well what I meant is this:

    You should have things technically correct as far as timings and harmonics, etc.  But, as far as following a certain genere or classical style like a prelude or a fugue or whatever... you know what I mean.  Don't be afraid of trying new things and mixing weird sounds or ideas into your music.   

  • In reply to Paul:

    Lol... period.  Otherwise it's just a hobby, and that's fine and great. 

    People have to like it... that doesn't mean it has to be a re-hash of everthing else or in 4/4 timing... not at all...I think you knew what I meant. 

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    @allen_27821 said:

    Well what I meant is this:

    You should have things technically correct as far as timings and harmonics, etc.  But, as far as following a certain genere or classical style like a prelude or a fugue or whatever... you know what I mean.  Don't be afraid of trying new things and mixing weird sounds or ideas into your music.   

    Don't worry, I understood exactly what you meant, and I agree 100%. However, I still maintain that although you don't have to follow a traditional approach to composition or arrangement, if you don't know what the tradition is, then you are trying to re-invent the wheel.

  •  Okay good, I'm glad I didn't come off wrong. lol... I don't want to become the rebelious outcast, I just joined the forums! [:S] [:)]

    I'm actually taking a college course that's discussing a lot of these subjects... that's probably why these views are coming out of me right now.   

  • Oh, I really like those "religious" wars on questions "which music is music" etc. [:'(]

    Since you don't apear to have an answer on your question (as far as your were not just fishing for compliments), so let's try this one:

    I think there might have been a misunderstanding on the remarks you got from the first listeners and your own judgement:

    What the people hear (as far as I am concerned and what was said before) is a cover version that does not sound "odd" - just like something extremely relaxed - which COULD have been your intention - the style of the vocal track fits OK to the "backgroundish" - why not doing it all with pad-like "strings" and "woods".

    But maybe you had a different approach to this song originally: If you wanted something like DM's "Little 15" (album "Music for the Masses") or even the final part of their "Home" (Album "Ultra"), you will have to arrange VSL in quite a different way.

    Try to use compression as insert on every single VSL voice for a start and experiment with attack / decay controls - those chorus effect things make the sound "broad" on the one hand, but there is no "bite" any more on the other. You can imagine: What's James Bond wothout attack? (Yes, I'm thinking of that great "Die Another Day" string samples!). Holy compressor!

    The other thing is arrangement, of course. If you want orchestral manoevers (not only in the dark), try to arrange a sting quartet for a start (imagine "Eleanor Rigby" (Beatles) background sting quartet: They do bite!), and learn to use quartet sounds in backgrund and how they change the expression of your song in contrast to a full- blown-and-hard-to-mix-into-pop-symphony-orchestra. Quartets like to "move" and not not "pad".

    And for the pizziato stuff, see how e.g. ENYA is doing it to make it move (if you Americans know her anyway [<:o)] ).

    Of course one can spend thousand of years until symphonic sounds fit to electronic or pop music like Mike Batt or Alan Parsons do.... Still you could of course leave yourself to your own devices and make some more "relaxed" works... there is nothing wrong about - not every CD is the right a ambience for your tea time [C]

    My opinion: At least the instrumental in the third minute could really take a slight takeoff to keep the listeners attention unbroken. "You gotta move it, move it!"

    Ah yes - and there is something irritating with the very second chord... But maybe this is what it should be and it is all a matter of taste and religion...

  • Splendid - better than, for instance, the Linkin Park cover of that song. On an unrelated note, I wish more people would use the forums to draw attention to their VSL-incorperated non-movie-score/pure-symphonic creations. I am hoping to purchase all the brass packages to use with some industrial metal - but it's tricky finding anyone who has used VSL for anything outside making movie-score music thanks BEN

  • Thanks to everyone for taking the time to listen and their comments and suggestions. I realize that a majority of VSL users do it for scoring and more classical arrangments (and i  myself have recently gotten my first film-scoring job, too!!!) But in the "Pop" realm of music (and i use that term to encompass EVERYTHING , not just top40 radio, but  modern "songwriter/ verse-chorus/ songs less than 6 minutes long" type music) has had a good amount of Orchestral arrangements in them. From smashing pumpkin, to aphex twin, to the Verve, to Pink Floyd, to Dead Can Dance (the list goes on) i feel there is a considerable amount of popular rock/pop music that has incorporated orchestration, who have influenced me a great deal.

    Every musician has his style. me having grown up on 80's new wave, can not exorcise the origins which subconciously became the roots of influence in me from a very early age. Hence, i do what i do best and what comes most naturally. And although to many i am sure it sucks, and to others i am sure it is repulsively juvenile and uncultured, still i feel im at least moderate at what i do; and thankfully  i at least have discerning enough tastes to search after unique as well as elite sound material to try and make my music sound as good as i can.

    Im babbling... what was my point>? well, anyhow... expect more of this non-classical rubbish to come from me in the near future... ;)

    thanks again, friends...


  • Dear mplaster!

    You did a great job. Your rendition of the song has a certain mood I enjoyed beeing in. Dark and misterious with your voice floating above the gloomy and shaddowy waves of defused space... You made me feel like I often did when I was 16. My darkest ages and my brightest ones as well. Thank you. 

    This work also shows you've got taste. This is a quality many lack. You don't have to justify yourself before the others. 

    Great job! Thank you. 

  • Sounds very good !

  • Just listened to it as my 'waking up ears with first music of the day while checking emails in studio (with coffee)' - a very pleasant experience! (and I'm not a huge fan of this 'genre' either)

    Only the bass pizz's at 2:50 onwards seemed a bit harsh and in your face  ... maybe a slightly different articulation (I'm afraid I'm not familiar with strings I+II .. I'm SE all the way!!) or maybe they could just do with sitting back (more reverb), or a little less velocity....?

    Very minor quibble from a super novice VSL user - am enjoying the rest of your tracks  :)  

  • Cool! I like it. I've only heard one or two Depeche Mode songs, and neither were Enjoy the Silence. But nevertheless, this is a cool rendition. If you consider this to be bad, then chances are you'd take a drill to the ears if you heard my stuff. (btw, I really liked Our Secret Blood)

  • Nice work.  I enjoyed the other tunes on your page as well.  Keep cranking em out [H]

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