Cold Season Project 2015

Ok, this is my version of the 80’s classic Kayleigh by Marillion.

There are some reasons for choosing Marillion songs as my cold season projects:

  1. From a musical point of view they are relatively easy to do, but they are not trivial
  2. In my leate teenage years and my early 20’s I used to be a big Marillion fan. It was the first band I’ver ever seen live.
  3. The album ‘Misplaced Childhood’ is like a mirror to my soul. It is very biographic, not only for the author’s point of view, also for mine.
  4. I know the lyrics by heart for a long time.

Like with ‘Grendel’, the intention is to demonstrate, that 80’s music can be transformed in well harmonized synphonic music.

Again I must admit, that the vocal part can be done better (but not by me, but I have to do it, because I want to express my intention). The flute part can also be done better (also by me, but I don’t have that much of practising time).

For Copyrights see ‘Grendel’.

Music: Marillion

Lyrics: Derek W. Dick (aka Fish)

Interpretation: Karsten Thamm

All tracks, except Flute and Voice, are done by the sequencer.

Project Grendel finished …

Orchestral Remake (Progress):

09.10.2016

Not the final result, but way better volume results.

TODOs:

  • Additional effects
  • Choirs : I think there’s nothing I can do about the current state, so I’ll leave it as it is.
  • Recording and editing of female voices
  • Editing of main voice
  • Mixing
  • Mastering

03.10.2016

Ok, rough work is done.

TODO:

  • Additional effects
  • Choirs (Hm …. )
  • Making instruments organic
  • Vocal Recording (2 voices), one is done
  • Vocal editing, vocal effects, vocal track mastering (send effects)
  • Mixing
  • Mastering

26.09.2016

Almost 1/3 way through with one vocal test recording.

TODO:

  • Finetuning of re-arrangement/composition
  • Additional effects
  • Choirs (lyrics are currently not sung correctly)
  • Making instruments organic
  • Vocal Recording (3 voices)
  • Vocal editing, vocal effects, vocal track mastering (send effects)
  • Mixing
  • Mastering

18.09.2016

  • Project Setup
  • Re Arrangement of instruments
  • De-Clustering of Chords
  • Composition of new parts
  • Basic assignment of velocities and Articulations

No vocals yet, no orchestral ornaments, no spatial layering of orchestra.

Simply the pure re-arrangement of instruments and basic setup work.

Actually I intended to make only Flute and sequencer songs available for public use. However, this is not so bad, although it might not meet the usual quality standards (But I’ve seen much worse on the internet).

This is an experiment, actually a mix and mastering training with vocal parts.

The song is an epic tale about Grendel (taken from the danish heroic epic ‘Beowulf’), originally released in 1982 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Square_Heroes).

Here are some facts about the song itself:
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4669

I am obsessed by the idea of remaking good old 80’s material with state of the art technology, accompanied by orchestral music.

Grendel was a song which was hated by most people I know, not only because it is long, but also for it’s terrible sound. When being 20 I loved this song, which changed in later years.

My interpretation of ‘Grendel’ is a brainstorm about How this song should be. The composition and lyrics are beautiful, if you like the topic of heroic tales. The interpretation can be better.

It’s not so much a song for being played on stage at a rock concert. It’s rather a composition which would be great with orchestral accompany. That’s what I actually tried to demonstrate with my interpretation.

If you add an orchestra and beautiful voices (of which both I don’t have, so I had to take all available to me, which resulted in this piece of work), you can make ‘Grendel’ a real acoustic experience.

Copyright exception: This is for private use only ! I am not the owner of the copyright of this song. Using this for other purpose than private use needs the written permission of the owner of the copyright.

© EMI Music Publishing

http://marillion.com/

http://fish-thecompany.com/

http://www.mickpointer.com/

Lyrics: Dereck W. Dick (aka Fish)

Music: Rothery, Trewavas, Kelly, Pointer

Interpretation: Karsten Thamm

Note:

The originally published verse

“As Grendel leaves his mossy home beneath the stagnant mere
Along the forest path he roams to Hrothgar’s hall so clear
He Knows that victory is secured, his charm will testify
His claws will drip with mortal blood as moonbeams haunt the sky”

has been modified according to earlier lyrics (not published):

“As Grendel leaves his mossy home beneath the stagnant mere
Along the silent valley (he) roams to Hrothgar’s hall so clear
He Knows that victory is secured, his charm will testify
His claws will drip with mortal blood as moonbeams haunt the sky”

That was the lyrics I could recall from my mind.