Iron Musician - January Voting

Discussion in 'Musicians' started by ChrisH, Jan 29, 2009.

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Who is this month's Iron Musician?

Poll closed Feb 3, 2009.
  1. Edstructicon - Untwinkle

    5 vote(s)
    15.6%
  2. -weet*di- and Claire - Sweet Child O' Mine

    3 vote(s)
    9.4%
  3. Thraxeh - Crazy World

    1 vote(s)
    3.1%
  4. johnd16 - Emily

    6 vote(s)
    18.8%
  5. Willybomb - Pornakova

    7 vote(s)
    21.9%
  6. Testtube - Anarchy in the UK

    3 vote(s)
    9.4%
  7. nickeax - New Year

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
  8. DJ Fusion - Down and Up

    5 vote(s)
    15.6%
  1. ChrisH

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    Hello and Happy New Year.
    It seemed everyone must have gotten their recording equipment for christmas, or at had the new years resolution to enter into the iron musician compitition. This month was huge, with 8 Entries. The topic this month was 'Free For All', which opened the playing field to a variety of genres, styles and most importantly, creativity. We had return customers (Edstructicon, DJ Fusion, nickeax, Testtube and Thraxeh), as well as some new faces (Willybomb and johnd16).

    Here are the entries. Be sure to vote for who you think is the best.

    Willybomb - Pornakova

    johnd16 - Emily (From First to Last. Cover)

    -weet*di- and Claire - Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses. Cover)

    nickeax - New Year

    Thraxeh - Crazy World

    DJ Fusion - Down and Up

    Testtube - Anarchy in the UK

    Edstructicon - Untwinkle

    Let the voting begin!
    Chris
     
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  2. DJ Fusion

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    Willybomb - Pornakova: Cool intro riff, cool guitar tone. Drums could probably move forward a bit more in the mix considering how rocking the tune is, they sound a bit small compared to the guitar parts but apart from that it's a good quality recording and a solid first entry man, gratz.

    johnd16 - Emily (From First to Last. Cover) : Its that vocal again. Without wanting to restart the controversy... awesome production on the vocals! Ditto on the guitars. This tune just leaps out of my speakers. For just two guitar parts and a vocal you get a seriously big, well-rounded sound.

    -weet*di- and Claire - Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses. Cover): I won't give you grief about leaving a note out of the opening riff coz I like your version. Great mixdown, crystal clear drums, nice acoustic tones, really sweet stereo separation and Claire sounds hot. Is she hot?

    nickeax - New Year: Another cool entry from you as usual nickaxe, considering how many tracks and instruments you get through in one song all the parts sit really nicely together man. I'm always jealous of the hardware you get to play with when its Iron Muso time hehe.

    Thraxeh - Crazy World: Retail quality production on the intro. The overlapping vocals are a nice touch, feels very 90's indie UK shoe-gazer, everything gels together terrific. Could probably use a tiny treble boost at the master to brighten the overall mix but thats probably just a result of converting from wav to mp3. Top notch entry.

    DJ Fusion - Down and Up: Crunchy audio quality at the start, it sounds like you changed tempo after recording the intro guitar track. And would it hurt you to go back and redo one part in your life instead of keeping the first take everytime? It's just lazy, lift your game.

    Testtube - Anarchy in the UK: I'll be honest, I didn't even like the Megadeth version of this song and Dave Mustaine is one of my hero's so straight away you were fighting an uphill battle to get me interested BUT, it's a solid cover! Drums a little soft but the bass guitar is rocking it, and the vocalist is... true to the original song. It all comes together in that traditional punk way.

    Edstructicon - Untwinkle: I've actually moved this tune from my Iron Muso playlist into my regular songs playlist. It's a monster of a tune, and I swear you get better everytime I hear a new song of yours Ed. Fat production, loads of chage-ups, heaps of energy. Choon!

    Awesome work by everyone, that's one big-arse stack of entries that were really enjoyable to go through and listen to a few times each, and it wasn't easy choosing one to vote for. For me it was a toss-up between Ed, Thrax and John this month, but I'm gonna give my vote to johnd16, he came out of nowhere and tickled my ears with an excellent performance and mixdown of a cover of some song I've never heard of before from a genre I don't even really like, and that's not easy. :thumbup:
     
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    ChrisH

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    Its a hard choice this month. I just realised I hadn't listened to everyones entries yet. To be honest, my favourite this month is DJ Fusion's, again, as per normal.


    Notes that were interesting. I didnt discuss the lack of the last note in the solo. I do miss it dilibrately. This is because when you hit it, you get sound, but you dont get sustain. The overall effect is only slightly different for what it is. On a side note, after all the controversy over Willy's solo, I must admit, it sounds as though you may have switched sides on the mix (ie from right to left) immediately after the tapping section of the solo.


    EDIT: She's hot. And now blonde as of yesterday :)
     
  4. Willybomb

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    Re: my solo.

    Yeah, what you hear after the solo (which is centered) is another guitar on the left taking over from the rhythm guitar (which is still there but waaaaaay down in the mix) on that side. I don't really consider it part of the solo but part of the groove, as it were.

    Pics or ban.
     
  5. Edstructicon

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    Yeah - was a very hard decision this month - ended up giving my vote to Johnd16, the production is very good regardless of the effects on vocals :tongue:

    But yeah Fusion and Nick had really good tracks this month again, I like the keys used in both tracks, I'm just turning into a bit of a slut with my votes and you guys :eek:

    But everyone produced something good this month, and as per usual its impossible to try and choose the "best", I'm just happy listening to the music, and glad theres more people joining in.
     
  6. timed_out

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    The Fusion Illusion

    Im not sure who you are or what you are about Fusion, but your mixing and arrangement is tight bro! Im lovin it like Mc Donalds. No joke but every time I put on your track my girl goes into a wild trance like state, removes her clothing and dances uncontrollably on the living room table until total exhaustion. Shes lost 6 kilos this week alone! Shes looking so hot atm and her cardio if through the roof! If you ever want her for a night shes yours... Keep it up, I do.
     
  7. Testtube

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    I couldn't go past that great solo nickeax, you've got my vote. But all the other entries were superb as well.
     
  8. Yao_Satriani

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    Im down with dj fusion. It makes me feel good too,like a rock star :thumbup:
     
  9. Willybomb

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    Geeze, not votes for me or Thraxeh yet - where's the love for THE ROCK!!!???
     
  10. timed_out

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    weet-dj, i like your cover, you should work on it a bit more, its a really nice idea. Claire sounds quite sweet singing it. She might need to put a tiny bit more into singing the lyrics, slightly more energy (but not too much or it wont sound weet.. i mean sweet..). Did you use a compressor on her vox? I heard volume going up/down a bit. Or tell the vocalist to stay still! haha. Did u use a pop shield?

    Are the drums live? Some fills or slight changes would have made them a bit more interesting. And more effort on the chorus drum pattern change, its a bit lame really. The timing goes a bit in places too. Im only being picky coz I like it bro. You can totally ignore me if you want, but if I see you I will have to hurt you :tongue:

    If you want send me it and ill put it through a liquid mix if you like to see if it brings the mix up a bit.

    oh... good effort by the way!
     
  11. timed_out

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    da bomb

    Dude, I just listened to your track too and dont worry its good, got phat riffs and cool lead later on in the track, and gets funky!, i like it alot. Mixed pretty well too. I reckon the drums could have been pushed a bit harder. Its good bro :leet:
     
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    ChrisH

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    Totally all fair calls. It was my first time with Ableton, and first time iwht a proper mic and mixer. The drums were electronically generated. I know they are boring, I am still working it all out. as for Claire (behind me as I type), she will stop wiggling around. No pop filter was used, but I did buy one recently. Thanks for the input, I will take it on board and try my best to fix up my problems for next month.

    What would you like me to send you? The tracks individually, or perhaps the ableton file?
     
  13. timed_out

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    Ableton files (and samples... err obviously..). Ableton is good for what you are doing. Version 8 will be even better. DJ Fusion know all about it he's beta'ing it now. Lucky B$%^&*
     
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    Willybomb - Pornakova
    Great track! Sounds 70s, but not stuck there. I think a more ambient drum sound would help this, but that's just my strange thought. The guitar lead work is very good, but I don't think it suited the feel of the song.

    johnd16 - Emily (From First to Last. Cover)
    You have a very complicated sounding production here for a rather bare instrumentation. Personally, I would tone down the slapback on the guitars and go for a good mic instead of DI.

    -weet*di- and Claire - Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses. Cover)
    I think this is a very interesting take on the number. It's almost extolling the New Orleans soul of the song, kinda... LOL. The other thing that struck me was the amazing interplay you get between drums and guitar when the bassist is given the night off. Have a listen to 'Whiskey In The Jar' a cover of a traditional song, by Thin Lizzy. Also, 'Black Country Woman' by Led Zeppelin has this feel too.

    Thraxeh - Crazy World
    A lot of depth! This is like a super tanker plowing the ocean. It's apparently simple enough to allow the listener to just think on the topic. It's seems very cyclic argument to me.

    DJ Fusion - Down and Up
    Spacey, in a lot's of room kind of way. I love the crunching compression on the drums! You have once more created a universe that's all the songs own.

    Testtube - Anarchy in the UK
    This is my favorite production this month. I can't fault it, it just smacks of what I feel music is all about; making musical music!

    Edstructicon - Untwinkle
    I reviewed this one in the discussion thread.
     
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  15. Willybomb

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    Thanks. I fairly deliberately stay away from reverb because I'm crap at applying it, or rather, making it sound good. It's on my "to do" list although I generally prefer a drier sound (again, probably because I'm crap at it).

    I was after a "rave up" type solo but I don't think I've gotten the guitar to scream, for want of a better word. It's probably make more sense once the vocals are added.

    Looks like I've scored a sympathy vote. Sweet!
     
  16. shredder

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    Nice variety this month with the open topic. Everyone's track has something going for it.
    I liked the effort put into composing the solo, which is in contrast to most of the other solos in the comp that (seem to be) mostly improvised takes. And hearing a straight-ahead rock tune was a breath of fresh air too.
     
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    Willybomb - Pornakova: how sweet does this want to be?!?! friggen rockin guitar riffs man! the drums were nice and tight and i'm giving you the win over DJ Fusion just because i'm tapping my foot for the whole song.

    johnd16 - Emily (From First to Last. Cover): very nice track, the acoustic guitar sounds really crisp and a clear and your voice isn't too bad. not really a ballad fan but the song is a good package that you should be proud of.

    -weet*di- and Claire - Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses. Cover): damn good cover, riffs sounds well played and her voice is nice. there were a few 'pops' in her vocal track which i'm assuming is due to the lack of a popper stopper in front of the mic? plus a few times you can hear her move away from the mic and then back to it.

    nickeax - New Year: i have to say i found this really bland and after a minute i started skipping through to see if there would be any pay-off. thankfully that solo was in there at the end and kicked ass, but it left the rest of the track pretty flat.

    Thraxeh - Crazy World: excellent production as per usual, i sure you have a wicked little studio set-up to get the sound you have. the track itself was mellow but i kept noticing the professional production elements over the song element so i guess the song was a little boring to me.

    DJ Fusion - Down and Up: soooo close to the win, just another kickass track that works from beginning to end and gives itself 2 nice parts to work on you with. love the drums at the end with that whole roots vibe. gah why can't i vote twice!

    Testtube - Anarchy in the UK: not a fan of punk and especially not a fan of that sex pistols-style drawl on the vocals. drives me up the wall. so i tried to block it out and focus on the track but the vocals are just too loud. the song sounds like it should, which is good i guess, but not for me.

    Edstructicon - Untwinkle: good construction, but again personal taste makes me dislike the track. its a fine line between rockin electronic track and computer generated looping boredom. i'm just burned out on thumping techno like yours.
     
  18. DJ Fusion

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    Relax, you got a HUGE late voting surge! Looks like getting all your family members to register and vote worked. :lol:
     
  19. Willybomb

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    Well, I gave my vote to Johnd16. :Paranoid: Thraxeh's effort deserves a vote though, it was great.
     
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  20. DJ Fusion

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    Lol I'm just stirrin ya, but you're right his tune needs more love. :thumbup:
     

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