Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Cover Session #5

Listening to: nothing

I hate what my experiments are doing to me. My body now seems to think that it's normal to be working into the wee hours of the morning, so I can't actually get myself to bed until 3.30am. It's not that I'm lying in bed counting sheep...I'm sitting at the computer thinking "I should probably sleep". Yeah, I don't get it either. It means that I only wake up close to midday, and then I'm at work until close to midnight, get the picture. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to motivate myself to get some sleep at the same time as the rest of the UK.

Anyway...the topic of this post? Oh yeah. So in my last post, I mentioned that I'd been working on a pop cover that was proving rather troublesome. I know we all take pop music for granted, but I've realised maybe that's not fair! I've always been one to sing the smoochy love songs rather than the fast-paced bodyrockers...I'm always more comfortable with songs that give me enough time to breathe, pronounce my words properly and most importantly, hit the right notes. Pop songs are generally too fast to allow any of these, making it quite difficult to sound good (without a lot of processing)! But I still love pop music...and I love this song. The original is full of life and warrants a 'jump around the room' tag in my library :-) 'cos that's what it makes me wanna do, and the lyrics remind me of one of my recent posts. So I'm stepping outside my comfort zone and singing a fast pop song. Eek! As usual, I'm not entirely happy with it...but then I don't think I ever will be, so I'm getting it out there before I spend/waste any more time on it. Don't take it too seriously, 'cos pop music was never meant to be taken seriously :-). This is an extremely stripped-back version of Katy Perry's One of the Boys, the title track on her debut album. You can hear it as it was meant to be heard here.

Here you go!


  1. LOL.. oh wow... ok first of all, bravo! thats what i call experimentation! :D and second, it sounded really nice, except, if im totally honest, the lil "do do do"s in da beginnin n da end.. u could have left those out i think.. otherwise i love da clarity.. i think u sound better when ur singing somethin like this actually.. less time to think abt it :)

  2. OMG you liked it?! Score! :D
    LOL yeah I didn't like those bits either...but I couldn't be bothered messing about with the track any more so I just let it be.
    And you think this style sounds better? Wow OK wasn't expecting that. Hmm I better get started on that Girls Aloud cover then ;-)

  3. woah...
    I usually hate pop
    but I liked this O.o

    btw, you should try reducing the background noise on your recordings
    it's a pretty simple process... what software do you use for recording?

  4. Haha I'm glad! :-)

    Yeah I'd like to...I just use my camera :S Any recommendations for an alternative?

  5. camera!?! :|

    well once you've made the recording you can use Audacity to remove noise
    it's a simple program, free, safe
    you can get it here

    just open your recording and then select a bit of it where it's just noise, and click on the Effect menu and select Noise Removal
    then click Get Noise Profile
    then select the entire file (ctrl+a) and go to Noise Removal again... and click remove noise

    what it basically does is
    based on the "noise profile" it removes such noise from the rest of the recording(or wherever you choose)

    Personally, I use Adobe Audition, for recording and mixing purposes...

  6. :P

    Thanks for the tips, I'll check it out :-)


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