Soundlfy Monthly Challenge April 2019: Listen to the music hit play at the bottom of the page. Rest, Let the Current Carry.
On April 5, 2019, I went to Paradise Springs State Park in Wisconsin to do some field recording. It was a very enchanting place with many different places to collect sound. I recorded in several locations including; a spring, a stream, and a waterfall. While there, I felt a deep sense of peace. The next weekend, my husband noticed a gentle spring rain on our front porch and he encouraged me to record it, so I did. Then on Maundy Thursday, our church had a foot washing service. The combination of the beauty of the park and the experience of having my feet washed and washing someone else’s feet, led me to the lyrics “Will you take them off touch your toes to the water.” The vision of releasing all my mistakes, weaknesses, and worries from my toes into the stream and watching them drift downward to the deep depths of the ocean was a powerful image that came. Meanwhile, I was working on transitions for my setlist for Sirma. For my next song project, she told me to create four chords in a different key and tempo from all of the songs on my list so far. After awhile, I came up with the chord progression, using previously created synths slightly tweaked, I recorded them. Next, she had me find voicings for backing vocals or vocal pads. Once I found the voicings I liked, I recorded them in Logic (Live was not playing nicely) Part 1 Ah, Part 2 MMM, Part 3 Loo. Next I recorded a bass line using a previously created synth slightly adjusted. I recorded a lead vocal with the above lyrics. When Live decided to cooperate, I bounced the synths from Logic. Then, Sirma told me to turn off all that I had created so far and create using only the recorded sounds I had collected. When I was finished, she had me to turn the previous instrumental recording back on with the field recordings. I wanted to learn how to create a stutter effect. Sirma had given me a link to a tutorial. Using Sampler; I reversed, delayed and sidechained the original part 1 Ah lyric to create the stutter vocal pad. I created a similar chain for the waterfall and automated the on for when I wanted a more rhythmic sound. Finally, I recorded the lead vocal. All the while I was creating, I thought about how I would like my audience to feel at the end of my set. I want them to feel the same peace that I felt the day I collected the recordings. I want them to believe that if I; in all my anger, frustration and trouble, could feel peace, then maybe they could too.