VX1 Session: Getaway
This is a session walkthrough, from The Making of VX1
This song first and foremost developed from the vocal lead. I came up with the ENTIRE vocal lead from the very beginning, before I even got all the chords right. It ended up being a very flexible melody that lasted over VERY different arranging behind it.
From this version, that I thought “sounded like Coldplay”…
… To a kinda closer-to-the-real-thing version that finally developed when I swiped the chord progression from another song I was writing.
The last thing I finished was Lead 2 (the rap-ish thing). I am not the strongest at lyrics, so when writing poetry like this, I usually start with the flow that I want, and then write lyrics to match. For example, this is what I originally put together for this song:
In the different versions of the song, you can hear this line evolve. I settled on something, but then during mixing it just kept bothering me, so I actually ended up sending Bill a patch to fix the phrase I didn’t like:
The intro harmony was kind of interesting in that I didn’t sing it in this key. I had switched the key of the song, and I pitch-shifted these harmonies just to see how that key sounded. But I ended up liking the texture and artifacting of the pitch-shift, so I didn’t bother to re-record it. It’s easy to hear the artifacting when listening to the vibrato of a single track. Alvin and the Chipmunks lite!
Main Pad #
After the intro, we bring in the main pad and the bass. Like Pay Attention, this song has a main pad that goes through the entire song. Also like Pay Attention, this main pad is heavily affected.
- No FX:
- Only Autofilter:
- Only Pan:
I wanted to sing this bassline through, in order to feel more natural, like playing a bass guitar. The timing of this was really hard to balance with the percussion, and I had to re-edit the whole thing a few times to get it properly in-time. It was actualy a pain-in-the-ass bassline.
The other issue I had with this is that it was kind of out of my range. So I kinda abused pitch correction on the super low notes…
For the second verse, I added a stereo track of 8va bassline doubles, which helps fill it out even more.
The percussion for this song is also very “live”. I think this is the only song where I didn’t use a drum machine at all. I just wanted it to feel a bit subdued, and the drum machine “perfection” was just too heavy.
There was still heavy editing to fix timing issues between the percussion and the bass. Once everything was split-up and edited, it looked something more like this:
Vocal Lead #
The lead is pretty basic in this song. For the first verse, the lead is actually just mono with mostly no doubles (just for very key phrases)
The 2nd vocal verse (3rd verse?), we add doubles (and more harmonies), in order to make it feel a bit more engulfing.
Besides the “main pad”, pretty much all the other pads and ear candy in this song is one-offs. So once you stop hearing them, they basically never come back.
- Verse 1 pads:
- The Bass/Marimba/Whistle Round:
And that’s the last song! It’s been fun writing these song walkthroughs, but I’m glad I’m done, because it was a lot of work! I hope you learned something, and I hope you are looking forward to the next music I release!
Read the rest of the walkthroughs on the “The Making of VX1” blog post.