Oddly enough, 3rd Rock from the Sun.
They aired a special episode in which, for the first time, the characters experienced a nightmare (or, at least, a vivid dream). Harry's dream was essentially as if it were an MGM musical number, and the song French Stewart elected to do was "Life Has Been Good To Me" from the Faust album.
Well, I have a video tape of this episode, and in the course of testing something, I used this tape, which was queued right up to this piece. As sometimes happens, I started obsessing over little details related to this, and did some research on Randy Newman. That, of course, leads to imdb and Wikipedia, where I saw the full breadth of what he's done in the past... some of the songs he wrote that other people performed and became hits, etc. He has a recognizable style, but because he doesn't necessarily do all the performances himself, you don't necessarily know everything he has done. But the majority of it is amazing.
Here's the clip from 3rd Rock:
My contrast, Randy Oldman isn't well known for much of anything, other than perhaps chasing skirts.
It might have taken me longer to put this to video than it did to actually make the music itself, which is rather a shame, as the video is even stupider than the music... but here's 12 seconds of your life to waste looking at me being very, very silly:
Very nice multitrack work.
I had fun doing it. I want to do another, but I couldn't get the tune out of my head long enough to work on something else yesterday. It's out of my head now, so I'm staying away from it... after work, I can start on something else.
Oh, hey, it occured to me that I still have the Audacity project for that.
If you really want me to, I could save it in some other music-only format that you could use. I originally saved it as an ogg vorbis file.
I am trying some experiments with multitrack recording using Audacity.
Here, I tried building chord progressions using only vocals... I used no instrument capable of generating chords to make this progression (no piano or guitar), just sang the notes, listened, then sang some more notes in another track, etc, until I had a progression that sounded somewhat okay:
Here, I tried singing part of the melody from Harry Nillson's "How Can I Be Sure Of You" song, and provided my own background bits (again, all vocal):
And then, if you really liked that first thing (from the Youtube video), here's the .ogg file for it:
you definitely need a video ringtone here; its just half of it without fleeb?? doing his fingerthing to the musiC..
Heh... well, it takes me longer to do the video. And I won't put the Harry Nillson thing in my Youtube channel at all; I made a somewhat practical rule for myself that I won't post anything copywrited to my channel, just music I made up myself.
Actually I'm finding it interesting that Audacity is usable for this purpose at all. I thought it would add too much latency.
I'm also trying to figure out how many tracks you laid down there. I'm counting three singing tracks, one
"percussion" track, and the laugh track, but I'm probably short a track or two here.
I used Windows Live Movie Maker to edit the video and lay the audio into the video. I'm not proud, but honestly, it was the best thing I could find for free that worked very, very easily.
I laid down seven tracks total for the laughing song. There's a vocal-percussion track and a laughing track, as you surmised. I also laid down five vocal parts.
First track is sort of a slowish 'doo-dee dah-dee' bit.
Second track is a 'dit dit dit dit' track.
Third is a single continuous vocal sound that changes pitch (and has a weird vocal phase-effect).
Fourth was the vocal percussion.
Fifth was the bass melody.
Sixth was the high 'melody' (a term I'd use loosely here, as it isn't very melodic... just sort of a 'baaaah bahm, ba-baaah bahm').
Seventh track was laughter that I conjured up on my own.
The second track could be mistaken as part of the vocal percussion, perhaps, but it is a separate track, has pitch changes, and has more note-sounds than percusive sounds to it, so I liken it to more of a background filler sound.
This has happened twice now: Pandora decided to play "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" by Pink Floyd. BY ITSELF. Epic fail.
I recently found the "Nightmare Revisited" album which was aparently released in '08 and I somehow never heard about it.
A bunch of metal, classical, punk, and electronic groups covered the songs from "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
With bands the likes of Marylin Manson, All American Rejects, Amy Lee (Evanescense), Korn, Datarock, and a few others.
I have it stuck in my head... I was so enthralled by this find that I set Marilyn Manson's cover of This Is Halloween as my default ringtone. :)
Stephen D King
That was a pretty good soundtrack on its own... hmm...
Mi Aug 17 2011 16:48:03 EDTvon skpacman @ UncensoredI have it stuck in my head... I was so enthralled by this find that I set Marilyn Manson's cover of This Is Halloween as my default ringtone. :)
This guy's music... it's... I'm left speechless after listening to it: