Fluid & Functional

by jth4

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Born To Fly 08:00
Born To Fly jth4 2018 improv Key: E Da-da-da [x] aaaa-aa-aa-aa-aa-aaaaah Da-da-da [x] aaaii-ii-ii-ii-ii-aaaaah Da-na-nana-nana-naaaaah-nana-nana-naaaao [x] Ah-na-na-naaiiiiii [x] Hiiiiiiiiii [x] Hiiiiiiiiii Whoaoaoa-oooo-oo-oo-oo-whoaoa Whoaoaoa-oooo-oo-oo-oo-whoaoa Whoa-whoa-hiiiiii-ii-ii-ii-ii-ii Ohohoii-ii-ii-ii-ii-ii-ii-ii Ooooo-o-o-ooo O-o-o-ooo-ooo-oo-oo Oo-o-ooo-ooo-ooo-o-o-oo-o-o OO-OO-OOO-OOO-OOO-O-O-OOO-O-O O-o-hiii-ii-ii-iii [x3] With lid left loose With lid left loose With lid left loo-oo-oo-oose With lid left loose Born to fly-y-y-y-yy-y [x4] Ah-ah-ah-ah [..] Let go-o-o-o-o [x3] Born to fly-y-y-y-yy-y [x4] .. Born to fly-y-y-y-yy-y [x4] With the lid left loose Cuz I need to breathe With the lid left loose Cuz I - I need to breathe With the lid left loose Cuz I - cuz I - I - I need to breathe
Fluid and Functional jth4 2018 improv Waking up my body Closing my mind I got chores on the list I got grass in the bag I got bruises on my spine Hat in the head, I mean Head in the hat Whatever, fine It all rewinds in time It's where you play it It's where you save it Cold in my body is a contestant today I'm tired of yelling and I need to warm up Lyrically, I can't see when I spray It's not my eyes, it's not my hands, it's not more [X] Than it has to be It's not more than it has to be So it has to be If it's gonna lift up It's gonna have-ta be eno-o-o-o-ough Looking out for sunlight it's another rainy day I thought it'd freeze me but [x] I learned to grow Through the illusion that it's me that needs to feed on soul It's just the other way - a soul needs my body It's just the confidence that only a good meal can bring It's just a heartbreak you weren't in your body fully To see it [x] to know it [x] to bring it to reality I'm gonna kick it cuz it's cold in my house I better put on my socks, I better bring the hat out I better put on the jacket, attach it to my back And let my mouth move, make the music melody mack It didn't have to be [x] so tragic It could lifted up with colors from South America It could be left alone and turned into a habit Or it could act upon the neighborhood and help the sun Shine brightly, hide all the skyscrapers [..] Shine brightly [x] and hide your skyscrapers Shine brightly [x] and lose your skyscrapers Shine brightly [x] and lose those skyscrapers Lookin at the clock, just passed through time Nothing but my mind and imagination creating' Containing units of thoughts called objects That you savor on You wonder why he takes so long to say nothing Well aint it wrong to move into style? To use the fuel as the fire I guess the action of contraction is compact to critic Look your mind inside its eye and spit it Give it a wishy-wash and let it dry in the sun of the sign of the liars There's no fun in the fire Never stopping, never droppin' this instant Containing the unit is a power of piston I guess it's lifted it up, I guess it's done the work now I guess it goes home and makes some soup and falls asleep with its wife You left me inside alone Don't you know I get claustrophobic You took out the lights Don't you know that I'm afraid of the dark You took my home Don't you know every man needs a ho-o-ome Ho-o-ome is where the heart is Just a receipe for getting it going There's need to explain it cuz it's always showing us more problems If there's a recipe for getting it going Then slather that bad boy on the Interent in a pdf and let me know Gotta make the magic Gotta make it happen Gotta make the action Fluid and functional Gotta make the magic Gotta make the action Gotta make the action Fluid and functional You see me at plaaaay But see me chaaaaange Into a thiiiiiinngg That you've never seen before! [..] That you've never seen before But I love it oooo But I love it oooo But I love it ohhh-ooo But I love it oooo [..] Where's your sailor's hat? I thought this was a ski lift Where's the matter of fact? I thought this was logical I guess I'm the fool Guess it's logical Guess that I'm the fool Guess it's logical And that's all that's needed [..]
It's Fun To Feud But Let's Not Fight jth4 2018 improv You look at me like you've never seen me before Baby how long Have I held you in my arms? You act like we ain't ever fought before Well baby how long Have I looked in your eyes? O it sounds good To act so rude It's fun to feud but let's not fight Cuz baby it's right now It's you and me right here Better-together-and-all-of-that-stuff You-know-that-I-need-you-and-that's-enough My dear Do you hear? A candlelight Warms me, keeps me going Without that My sight would fall flat Cognitively there But physically impaired No movement without a fight No movement without a fight No movement without a fight And I'm scared Painting names Of strangers to spread cheer Hanging frames Bought from the grocery store To spread some chee-ee-eer You can't hide what's not here You can't hide what's not here [..]


Fluid & Functional, the bread to my audio engineering sandwich. The project began before I started Zeleno's class and ended afterwards, providing me the much needed "not-a-school-project" project to feel more natural in process rather than expecting and exploring.

The journey taught me about the distinction between energy and volume. This, in turn, opened up awarenesses as to what "balancing a mix" means in application. Specifically, I used the Waves C4 multiband compressor on the bass guitar in a Pultec-style curve and on the acoustic+vocal tracks to tame harshness and honkiness. Additionally, I checked the phase on drums after noticing a washed-out sound and (after having tried EQ-ing the top end, panning to adjust phase, and multing a high-end send) aligned them manually to restore their crispness.

The songs themselves were all improvised back-to-back and recorded in the living room on a Tascam DR-07MKII. I love the energy of these songs and I think they definitely are both fluid & functional.


released September 29, 2019

Recorded 2018 / Mixed 2019
In a tiny urban cottage in the North Western Land Of Trees.

Audio Restoration (attenuating the headphone cable noise!) by dmitriyrusanov >> www.fiverr.com/dmitriyrusanov


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