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Level 6: Track By Track

 

You guys often ask me to talk a little about the creative process behind the songs so I decided to do a brief piece about all the songs on Level 6. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you some insight into how the songs are written & made! Gav

 
 
1. Don’t Say A Word

(Inspired by Metal Gear Solid V)

For the MGSV song I wanted to combine the 80s rock vibes of the game’s licensed music with the more contemporary, darker synth drones of the freakin’ awesome original soundtrack. Metal Gear is a very emotionally histrionic series so I also wanted the vocal style to be right up at the top of my range from the start, bordering on manic-sounding. This is also the reason the chorus is mostly just ‘WOOOAHS’ as opposed to lots of lyrics (as well as being linked to the idea of not being able to use language to communicate).

The themes of language & communication in the game were great and were the primary inspiration for the lyrics. The fourth wall breaking middle eight & outro section (‘You are the voice in the song’) are a nod to Kojima’s similar antics, particularly in MGS 2 and MGSV. I feel like they also serve as a nice way to welcome the listener to Level 6, like Welcome Home did on Level 5!

This also felt like the most natural album opener for me for a number of other reasons. First off, I always tend to open up with a standard structure, mid tempo ‘epic’ sounding song that focuses on both rock guitars and electronic synth layers. I guess it just always feels like the most frequent and ‘neutral Gav’ style I do & therefore most representative of the MOS project overall. It also got a lot of positive feedback on the vocals & in general, so best foot forward & all that.

 
 

2. London Town

(Inspired by Assassin’s Creed Syndicate)

I was really glad when I heard AC: Syndicate would be set in Industrial era London because a) It’s a really interesting time period and b) It gave me an excuse to make a song that paid tribute to all my favorite British rock & pop artists from the last few decades.

The aim with this one musically was to make a big soup out of Oasis, The Beatles, Blur, Suede, Bowie, Pink Floyd etc… there’s even a pinch of Massive Attack in some of the background beats in quiet sections.

Lyrically I focused more on the political & social events of the time period as opposed to Jacob & Evie, with the AC references still there but much more subtle than in previous songs.

 
 
3. Lady Of Worlds

(Inspired by Witcher 3)

Ciri quickly became my favourite videogame character ever while I was playing the masterful W3 this year and writing about her story was a real pleasure. I wanted the song to focus on the balance between her desire to live wild & free and the greater good that would come from her reluctantly accepting her external responsibilities. ‘The shimmer of white skies’ refers to the Wild Hunt and her inevitable eventual confrontations with them.

I used my Irish Bouzouki to write and perform the musical parts, just like I did with Wake The White Wolf (It’s like a little lute or mandolin). The percussion, strings & other plugins were also all the same ones from that song.

For the vocals I knew from the beginning that I wanted my old friend Ailin Kennedy to sing it. We’ve had many a drunken night in pubs and clubs over the years singing & yelling Led Zeppelin & Pantera at eachother and I always wanted to record her. Happily, she absolutely nailed the song and took it to a fantastic place, better than I ever expected it to be. Her voice just fits Ciri perfectly – strong and elegant, powerful and vulnerable.

The response to this one was wonderful & made us both really happy!

 
 
4. Road Rage

(Inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road)

The idea with this one was to try & mix the pounding war-like rhythms of the War Boys & Doof Warrior with the more emotionally intense story of Furiosa & Max. Industrial metal was an easy pick for the genre as it tends to feel both aggressively mechanical & full of raw, organic rage.

The War Boy style drums & percussion took a long time to program and I did more work on them for this album version. I feel like they sound a lot heavier & more violent on Level 6 than on the single version.

I particularly enjoy the guitar solo in this song. I think it’s kinda fun & silly, almost has a country feel to it which I thought made a nice dichotomy with the pounding beats.

 
 
5. Stay By My Side

(Inspired by Journey)

This one was a challenge for me because it’s quite sparse at times and the vocal is very naked & conspicuous. I’m not used to singing quietly and frankly, I’m not very good at it. I got some good advice from my friend Malukah though and in the end it worked out pretty well. My favorite description I heard of this one was ‘It sounds like getting a hug.’

I wanted the song to run parallel with the journey the player takes in game, starting softly and running into lifts & falls and bittersweet emotional peaks. Musically I just tried to make it sound like Austin Wintory’s beautiful, poignant OST – or at least as close as my limited skills would allow. He really enjoyed the song when I linked it to him which was incredibly flattering!

 
 

6. Going Nuclear

(Inspired by Fallout 4)

This song presented me with a huge challenge: How to make a song recorded on modern digital gear and a computer sound like it was from the 1950s. I used a tonne of cheats & tricks to achieve the effect as best as I could, including:

– Sparse arrangement: Just vocal, acoustic guitar, guitar, piano, drums & double bass.
– Tonnes of analogue tape saturation on everything (this is an effect that adds harmonic frequencies that make the sound feel ‘warmer’, as if it it were recorded on very old analogue gear), then another layer of tape saturation over the entire mix
– Made the entire song mono (i.e no separation between the left & right speakers)
– EQ-d the vocal in a way that is similar to older recordings, with boosted high mid frequencies
– More tape saturation
– Used vintage plate reverbs on the vocals
– Put a subtle reverb over the entire mix, to give the impression everything was recorded in one room at the same time
– Used a tape flutter plugin that gave slight detuning & flaws to the sound, like a very old cassette tape
– Added white noise or ‘hiss’
– Added vinyl record needle scratching & noise, which happily actually ended up sounding a little bit like a geiger counter at times
– Slapback echo on the guitar riffs
– Did I mention tape saturation?

As for the lyrics, it’s just a jolly, fun little number about being excited to get out & explore the wastes.

 
 

7. Friends

(Inspired by Guardians Of The Galaxy)

Another one that had to sound like it was from a particular era i.e the late 70s/early 80s – just like the songs in the GOTG movie. I did this by choosing instruments & sounds that were popular in the era: Funk bass, brass & strings playing disco riffs, big chunky 70s guitar power chords and very tight, dry, punchy drums with no reverb. I double track my vocals more often than not (singing them twice and playing both back together) but it worked particularly well in this one to help nail that 70s feel.

The theme that stood out to me in the movie was friendship & learning to accept & support your buddies despite their flaws, so that’s what I wrote about. I like the cheesy little puns in there that reference parts of the movie… literally 😛

 
 

8. I Am The Night

(Inspired by Arkham Knight)

Musically this one’s a pretty standard Batman song. Lots of dramatic, angular, stabbing strings, sinister brass and rolling percussion. Lyrically it focuses on the flaws in Bruce Wayne’s character and his difficulty in doing what he does without himself becoming a villain. There are also some musical callbacks to ‘Rise’ and ‘Mind Of The Bat’ which the keen-eared among you spotted!

The chorus for this one popped into my head in the shower after watching one of the trailers. It’s funny how often the best ideas happen this way – by accident!

 
 

9. Evacuate

This song is all about dealing with friends or loved ones who let you down. I wrote it around 7 or 8 years ago (while I was in my old band) for a close friend who was going through a hard time with her peers and it seemed to universally speak to people who had been in similar situations. It’s a pretty typical Gav-rock song: Big guitars, big synths & drums and an even bigger chorus going on about trying to remain positive during life’s shit times.

 
 

10. My Shooting Star

(Inspired by Firefly)

I had the core idea for this song floating around for almost 2 years and decided it was finally time this winter. Musically it aims to mix the bluesy, western-esque slide guitars of the series with a very subtle eastern/Chinese feel in the background layers.

The lyrics have a double meaning – it’s never quite clear if Mal is thinking about Inara, the Serenity or both. It’s up to the listener to decide which it is!

This was another tricky one to sing as it’s quite soft & gentle, but I got to show off my deep-as-fuck lower range which is always fun.

It’s also currently my favorite song on the album!

P.S. I’m really sorry about the ‘Leaves upon our graves’ line, I’ve been told it made a lot of you get the sads. 😀

 
 

11. Paleblood Moon

(Inspired by Bloodborne)

I love the Lore in FROM’s games. It’s all very abstract & implied which leaves room for player interpretation – something not enough games do in my opinion. Bloodborne has a buttload of deep, interesting lore & it was ripe for song inspiration. I chose the themes of decay, rebirth, pregnancy, menstruation & the relationship between blood, symbiosis and life for this one but kept it kind of abstract so as to fit with the game’s vibe.

The arrangement in this song is insanely dense & complex.. Programming all the orchestra parts in this song took feckin’ ages – I would estimate about 100 hours.

I programmed the choir using Voxos then layered it up with my own voice, multiple times over. I also had to write, record, play & program all of the following parts: Violins, Cellos, Basses, Violas, Trombones, Trumpets, Music box, bells, drums, percussion, church organ, atmospheric synths and 16 layers of my own vocals. It’s a big one – was not easy to balance & mix all the sounds!

I like the second, louder chorus in this song so much that I kind of regret not having it repeat a third time, but it just wouldn’t fit the overall dynamic of the song. I couldn’t find anywhere to put it that didn’t fuck with the natural flow of the piece.

 
 

12. Friends To Foes

(Inspired by Halo 5)

For this one I wanted to make a straightforward cinematic rock song that paid tribute to Marty O’Donnel’s amazing Halo OSTs from the past as well as capturing a little of the soundtrack from the new game (Which was also pretty great). The big strings & piano sweeping over the modern rock backdrop do a good job of this, I feel.

Lyrically, the song obviously focuses on the core theme of the game (hint: its in the song title) and also Chief trying to move on from his past & the tragic events of Halo 4. Consider it sort of a direct sequel to Reclaimer (complete with with full lyrical & musical callbacks to that song)

 
 

13. Metasonic

(Instrumental)

This song was an exclusive for the Groupees charity bundle earlier this year but I liked it enough to include it on the album. It just came about from me playing freely with synths & beats, not really trying to achieve anything in particular other than making something purely for the enjoyment of creation. It’s very similar to the stuff on my Vistas instrumental album, if a little more aggressive at times.

 
 

14. I Am Pudge

(Inspired by DOTA 2)

Silly, fun song for a silly, fun character. What more can I say? It had been a while since I did a light hearted, stupid song so felt it was time for one. Doing the impersonation was fun but wrecked my throat, haha.

 
 

15. Hard Cash 2015

(Inspired by GTAV)
The idea with this was to make a more modern sounding remix to coincide with GTAV coming out on PC..

80s synths, catchy hooks & themes of growing old & trying to rediscover what motivates us to work & make money. Still one of my own favorite MOS songs and the theme to Podquisiton, this one was a pleasure to revisit!


Metal Up – Lyrics Sheet

Metal Up – Lyrics

All lyrics copyright Gavin Dunne 2015

 

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1.Sirona

Tabhair dom Fuaim do mo spiorad Sirona
Tabhair dom leigheas do mo spiorad, do mo chroí
Tabhair dom Fuaim do mo spiorad mo chara
Deisiúcháin ceoil i mo anam i mo chroi

Translation:
(Bring me sound, Sirona
Bring me healing for my spirit, for my heart
Bring me sound, my friend,
Musical healing for my essence, for my heart)

Running on down
The water in the well
Running on down, pebbles in the river now

Oh won’t you heal me with your hands, Sirona
Oh won’t you fill my heart with sound
Come pour your love across this land, Sirona
Your voice so beautiful resounds

Let the water flow…

Oh come and heal us too
We never could find you

Running on down
The water in the well
Running on down, pebbles in the river now

Oh come and heal us too
We never could find you
No…

And still we search
Through endless time
Never to bathe in flowing shrines

Oh won’t you heal me with your hands, Sirona
Oh won’t you fill my heart with sound
Come pour your love across this land, Sirona
Your voice so beautiful resounds

Let the water flow

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2. I Am Alive

I’m pulling out of the panic
I’m kickin’ out my despair
The suffering it won’t eat me up no
Ain’t gonna harden my stare

I got no time to be wretched
I’m breakin’ out of the blues
The only time that you feel no fear is
When you got nothin’ to lose

I am alive
There is a fire in me
Race for the line tonight
I am alive
You’re coming higher with me
Race for the line tonight

I’m takin’ over the tremors
They keep on shaking in vain
They can swallow the whole damn world and I’ll be
Right here the punching the pain

I am alive
There is a fire in me
Race for the line tonight
I am alive
You’re coming higher with me
Race for the line tonight

Get loose!!
Get rough!!
Yell if you’ve had enough!

I am alive
There is a fire in me
Race for the line tonight
I am alive
You’re coming higher with me
Race for the line tonight

Get loose!! Get rough!!

 

3. Next Empty Page

You ready?
You fuckin hear me?

Oh
Wake up!!!
Open the wound
Gonna bleed this misery out of your veins
Detox
The fucking hate
Let it pour from every orifice puke it out

Bleed it
Release it
Piss it

Oh burn
Destroy the germ
Crush the infection
Rip out the worm

Face the pain and engage
Scrape your name from the bars of your cage
Face the pain and the rage
Go shape your fate on the next empty page

Oh stand up!!
Put up a fight
You gonna whimper just another useless victim?
No!! Fuck that
Foot down accelarate don’t look back and move

Floor it
Restore it
Feel it

Oh burn
Destroy the germ
Crush the infection
Rip out the worm

Face the pain and engage
Scrape your name from the bars of your cage
Face the pain and the rage
Go shape your fate on the next empty page

Fuck your cynicism
Bridge over the schism

Face the pain and engage
Scrape your name from the bars of your cage
Face the pain and the rage
Go shape your fate on the next empty page

 

4. Convalescence 
The father shares the harvest
The grain becomes the gold
The winter could not starve us
This soil survives the cold

And I turn away
Reject despair
These songs we play
Heal and repair

Bring me comfort bring me home
Close my eyes and melt away
Paint the colours in my soul
Vivid are these melodies we play

I’ll always need this noise
I’ll always need this noise

In the spaces all around me
There are no signs
The sounds they shift the boundaries
A bittersweet design

And I nurse the purge
My remedy
Embrace the urge
The noise in me

Bring me comfort bring me home
Close my eyes and melt away
Paint the colours in my soul
Vivid are these melodies we play

I’ll always need this noise
I’ll always need this noise

Oh…
Heal my heavy heart
Oh…
Heal my heavy heart

Bring me comfort bring me home
Close my eyes and melt away
Paint the colours in my soul
Vivid are these melodies we play

I’ll always need this noise
I’ll always need this noise

Oh…
Heal my heavy heart
Oh…
Heal my heavy heart

 

5. Celebrate And Rejoice

When the chains are cutting cold
And night is all you know
There’s always a melody
To light a hopeful glow

And I know I’m sentimental
And I don’t give a fuck
Life’s to short to bitch and whine
You make your own luck

And oh
It’s all so beautiful
Throw down your chains
Celebrate and rejoice!!
And oh
It’s all so wonderful
I wanna scream
At the top of my voice
CELEBRATE AND REJOICE!!

When your heart is weary
Don’t you let it turn to stone
Lose yourself inside the sound
Take comfort in these tones

And if you think it’s stupid
Well I couldn’t care less
Life is a just a joke that nobody gets
And the meaning’s anyone’s guess

And oh
It’s all so beautiful
Throw down your chains
Celebrate and rejoice!!
And oh
It’s all so wonderful
I wanna scream
At the top of my voice
CELEBRATE AND REJOICE!!

Just wanna make you smile…

Whoooa!

And oh
It’s all so beautiful
Throw down your chains
Celebrate and rejoice!!
And oh
It’s all so wonderful
I wanna scream
At the top of my voice
CELEBRATE AND REJOICE!!

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6. Compulsion

Tension’s pull
The weight between the blades
Forward force
Momentum tears away

Facing
Another ending
Another fading face in time

Pressure
Grip obsession
Discipline
Grip obsession

Compulsion
Obsession night & day
Ambition
Pummels the pain away

Forcing
Another rending
Another fading face in time

Pressure
Grip obsession
Discipline
Grip obsession

PUNCH IT

Won’t sleep won’t be still
No

 

7. Gráinne Mhaol, Queen of Pirates

Daughter of the dún
Terror of the west
Sailed the coasts of Ireland
With O’Malley on her crest

Sailors on the blue
Shakin’ in their cots
Feelin’ the foreboding of
The terror that she wrought

Hup the hull and away we go
Stock the galley o’gold
Whack the divil the gales he blow
We’ll batter him up in the hold

Dance along on the waterline
Speed us over the waves
Back to back on the borderlines
To never shut up & behave

Gráinne Mhaol
Queen of the pirates
She set sail
On the raging sea
Gráinne Mhaol
The gleam of the Irish
Spun her tales
On the ocean free

Never to be caught
Tangled on the ropes
Hacked away the lengthy locks
In order to elope

She would lose no fight
She would take no shite
Stole the noble offspring
In the middle of the night

Hup the hull and away we go
Stock the galley o’gold
Whack the divil the gales he blow
We’ll batter him up in the hold

Dance along on the waterline
Speed us over the waves
Back to back on the borderlines
To never shut up & behave

Gráinne Mhaol
Queen of the pirates
She set sail
On the raging sea
Gráinne Mhaol
The gleam of the Irish
Spun her tales
On the ocean free

Banríon na farraige
Cróga agus tréan
Ag taisteal ar na dtonnta
Cailín ag troid di féin

Translation:
(Queen of the sea
Strong & powerful
Travelling on the waves
A girl fighting for herself)

Tabhair faoi na Breataine
Éist leis a béic
Scrios na báid leatromach
Ag cosaint ar an ríocht

Translation:
(Charge towards the British
Listen to her yell
Smash the oppressive ships
Defending the kingdom)

Never to fall!!!
A rebel in all!!!

Gráinne Mhaol
Queen of the pirates
She set sail
On the raging sea
Gráinne Mhaol
The gleam of the Irish
Spun her tales
On the ocean free

 

8. Get Your Metal On

FIGHT!!!
BREAK!!!
ROCK!!!
GO!!!

Get your metal on!!
Get your metal on!!
Evolve motherfucker!!!
Get your metal on!!
Get your metal on!!
Wear it like a shell

That all you got???
Bring it on, bitch!!!

Forge your steel
Hammer like a beast cause you’re never gonna stop
Inside you heal
Wear it like a shell now it’s time to metal up yeah!

Get your metal on!!
Get your metal on!!
Evolve motherfucker!!!
Get your metal on!!
Get your metal on!!
Wear it like a shell

Life won’t break you
Don’t you kneel
Life won’t take you
From your steel

Get your metal on!!
Get your metal on!!
Evolve motherfucker!!!
Get your metal on!!
Get your metal on!!
Wear it like a shell

ROCK!!!!

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9. Spin The Venn Wheels

Frequencies caress the sense
Membranes dancing on the airflow
Pulsing peaks move to condense
Enlightenment in the bellow

Impulse spark & glitter gleam
Mind & spirit spin the venn wheels
Crossing close in synergy
Calm catharsis in the zen steel

And I…
I won’t let you suffer in silence, no

It will get you through the night…
It will get you through the night…

And hey!!
Don’t you lose it
You’re gonna beat it back this time around
And hey!!
Can you hear the music
Come on and lose yourself inside the sound

Chime the bell now…
(It will get you through the night)

Bring it down!!!

 

10. Into The Nothing

Born of deepest need for purpose
Cast away concern and learn trust
To enlighten blind the spirit
I demand you breathe it live it

CRAWL
Into the nothing
CRAWL
Renew the numbing

In my temples I will mask you
Ceaseless burdens will I task you
I alone present the lessons
To submit must curse the questions

CRAWL
Into the nothing
CRAWL
Renew the numbing

Blinding lights sedate you
Created to create you

 

11.
Mother Earth

I am the cell unfolding
I am the spread
I am the first mutation
I wove the thread

I am the crash of oceans
The crush of plates
I am the constant motion
The rush of weight

I am the voice of nature
I am the breeze
I am the dancing spirit
Between the trees

I am the pull of instinct
The primal need
I am the spark inside the
Technology

As you crash collide
I will be inside
Connect you all with love

All outside inside around you
I am everywhere you go you roam
Universal love has bound you
To eachother to my blood and my bones

Everything you know
All the variations vast
Fur and flesh and feather
We all play our part
In this glorious orchestra
We all sing together

As you crash collide
I will be inside
Connect you all with love

All outside inside around you
I am everywhere you go you roam
Universal love has bound you
To eachother to my blood and my bones

But your nature’s tried
To break your stride
Such violence in your hearts…

And the more you grow
And the more you know
The more you search astray
Look away from lies
Take it back inside
The answer’s clear as day

And every severed youth
Every rejected truth
A wound you’ll never mend
Every war you wage
Every act you stage
You pull towards the end
Towards the end

Divide
Divine

You are all a part of me
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Using Miracle Of Sound songs in your Youtube video/Stream

I have very simple, clear conditions for use of my songs in Youtube videos and streams – I support and encourage creativity and effort while I’m not so keen on copying or stealing.

Below are the dos/don’ts and the conditions for using MOS songs in your own creative works. Be cool, show mutual respect and we’re gonna be all good & avoid issues :)

Should you follow these guidelines and still get accidentally hit by an automated claim, don’t fret. Just email miracleofsound@gmail.com & I’ll get it sorted :)

 

Mutual respect FTW!

Mutual respect FTW!

 

 

Conditions & Crediting:

 

1. Please credit the song clearly both in the description and in the video itself, as follows:

In the video/Stream: ‘Song: (Song title here) by Miracle Of Sound’

 

2. In your video description please link to the original video on my own Youtube channel and to the song on Itunes or Bandcamp

 

3. Link  me the vid when it’s done!

 

Simple!

 

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Do:

Use the songs as music for your video intro/outro.

Have the song as the backing for your own, original video content.

Make your own music video for the song – however please send it to me first for approval.

Use the songs as the background music for your stream/vlog,vid etc…

Make your own video with subtitles as long as it has different video content from the one on my channel, not a re-upload

Make your own cover versions in which you play & record both the music & vocals yourself. I LOVE when people send me these & I always enjoy hearing them :)

Quote my lyrics with a credit on-screen as they are quoted

 

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Don’t:

Re-upload my video. Zero tolerance with this one, you’ll get an automated copyright strike so don’t do it, you naughty scamps!!

Post ‘nightcore’ versions where your entire creative input was to speed the song up.

Use the songs to push a political, social or religious ideology.

Upload the song with illegal free download links (It saddens me that I even have to point this one out)

Upload the entire song with a still image, offering no actual creative input to the video

Quote lyrics without crediting them on-screen

 

 

If it is for a movie, TV show, game or something to be commercially released, you will have to contact my agent: info@lisarichards.ie – but Youtube videos and twitch streams are fine with just the above credits. It’s not much to ask and due to many abuses of my goodwill, I have been forced a few times to use copyright as a means to make sure I am credited properly. I hate doing that, it makes me feel like a meanie – so please respect my wishes and you’ll be fine 😉


FAQ

Answers to some frequently asked questions!

 

1. Is there sheet music/tabs for this song?

 

I’m afraid I can’t read or write sheet music or tabs! I am self taught and can only play by ear. Perhaps in the future if I can find the right person to transcribe them, it will be an option.

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Playing by ear!

 

2. Can I use your music in my Youtube video or stream? 

 

Usually, yes! But I have a few conditions, have a read here:

http://miracleofsound.net/2014/09/using-miracle-sound-songs-youtube-videostream/

 

 

3. Will you do an instrumental version of ‘x’ song? Can I do a cover version/parody of it?

 

I don’t make instrumentals because:

1. In the past when I did, people complained it didn’t sound finished – which I actually agree with. My songs are not created to be instrumental works and therefore of course sound unfinished when stripped of their main melodies. But the bigger reason is…

 

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Unfinished symphony…

 

2. There is a culture of theft on the internet. I and my peers have all had people take our instrumentals, sing over them and claim them as their own, sometimes even going as far as to make money from the stolen work. I don’t want that happening any more.

3. There simply isn’t a big enough demand for it to justify the time/money investment in making & releasing instrumental versions.

If you want to cover/parody one of my songs by all means, go ahead! I LOVE hearing fan versions of my songs – but you’ll have to make an actual proper cover version, music and all. You can’t just steal my mix and sing over it – that’s just karaoke  😉

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4. You’re Irish – why do you sometimes sing in an American accent? 

We grow up on American music & media here so it naturally creeps into our own a lot. It’s also a very neutral, easy-to understand accent that lends itself to elongated vowels and just ‘feels’ right for many styles :) 

 

5. Where’d you get the name Miracle Of Sound? Isn’t it a little bit arrogant?

The name is actually not self-referential! It was the title of one of my older songs which was all about how awesome music is in general. I used it as the handle for my forum usernames and it just naturally became my ‘artist’ name as it was what people were referring to me as. So ‘Miracle Of Sound’ is just a reference to music itself as an art form being great, nothing to do with me :)

 

6. Will you do a cover version of (insert song here)

 

No, I’m not a covers guy. There are plenty of other great musicians out there who specialise in doing cover versions but I like to make original songs. I want to be known for my own songs, not someone else’s!

 

There are sometimes songs I’d like to cover or re-interpret, however I don’t do it because it would open the floodgates for thousands of pointless requests of ‘Do this song or that song!’.  I made one cover version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ as a gift for my girlfriend when MOS first started and the amount of times it has been used against me as a counter to my no-covers preference has made me wary of doing any more.

 

7. What ‘program’/’software’/’gear’ etc can I use to get the same sound quality/compositions/mixes as you etc… 

 

This is a tough question because I’m never sure what exactly people mean by it and it could refer to any number of tiny parts in the gargantuan maze of knowledge & equipment that is required for producing music..

 

Let’s get one thing straight first though – there is NO program or software that will make a bad song sound good, or make a shitty mix sound professional. You can have the best gear in the world but without the practice, time and dedication to learning your skills it will only make people cover their ears in disgust.

 

There is no shortcut  or quick fix to making high quality music – you need to put in the work, and I’m talking years of dedication. I was terrible at writing, mixing, recording etc when I first started so don’t be discouraged if your stuff doesn’t immediately sound amazing.

 

By far the most important tools for a composer/mixing engineer/producer are:

 

– Your ears and how you train them to listen

 

– Your motivation & dedication to your craft

 

– Practice, practice, practice

 

I’m not sure where the misconception comes from that you can just buy a program and make great sounding music, but it’s a falsity and sadly one that many seem to believe.

Now, we can talk about programs. My main DAW is Cubase 7.5. I use Kontakt 5 to run most of my orchestral/synth voices which I play through a MIDI keyboard.

I record my guitars & amps with a Shure SM57 ; and my vocals (and everything else) with Neumann TLM 102.

For compressors, FX etc there are hundreds of different plugins out there you can use. I tend to love anything by Fabfilter or Waves (especially the CLA-Classic compressors & SSL Channel bundles, I use these on almost everything). If I were to list all of the various instruments & plugins I use I’d be writing a short novel. You need to try things for yourself, listen to what the different plugins do – do your research!

This is a good beginner’s tutorial for anyone who wants to start out:

http://bandic22.hubpages.com/hub/Beginners-Guide-to-Home-Recording-Equipment

 


Some Big News!

Absolutely thrilled to announce that the fantastic Lisa Richards Agency will from now on be representing me as my agent.

I’m confident I’ll find a really great home here among such awesome talents as:

Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight)
Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton in Game Of Thrones)
Dara O’Briain (Comedian & TV presenter)
Sarah Greene (Anne Bonny & credits song in Assassin’s Creed 4)
Lauren Cohan (Maggie in The Walking Dead)
Frans Bak (Music composer for The Killing)
Robert Sheehan (Love/Hate)

…and countless other prestigious artists who I feel mighty honored to share a roster with.

Fingers crossed for some big moves for the Miracle Of Sound project in 2014 and thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported to this point. You guys rock and this would not have happened without you. Stick around for some awesome stuff!!

You’ll find me on the site under ‘design, composition, creative’ http://www.lisarichards.ie/

Big love.

Gav


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