• Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
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Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
on: January 20, 2014, 23:11:01
Hey guys,

I shared these lyrics earlier, I just recorded this, and added some bits 'n' bobs using midi (thanks dutchy - I LOVE IT!)

It's inspired by an account of an inquest which was held in 1800 after a young man died while descending an access shaft during the construction of the Blisworth canal Tunnel.

This was a bit of a rush job but because it's all there in Reaper, I can go back and tweak it :)

https://soundcloud.com/whitewinter-habitat/benjamin-ludlow-first-sketch

Benjamin Ludlow

Early morning
Mist and dew
Benjamin Ludlow
Laced his shoes

Another day
Break of dawn
Flat cap on
With trousers torn

Cross the cobbled
Rutted road
Horses carry
Heavy loads

To the shaft
The dark below
Benjamin
Prepared to go

Goodbye mother
Back for tea
Blisworth tunnel
Waits for me
Don't you worry
I'll be fine
I will bring us
Better times

On the rope
And lowered down
He disappeared
Without a sound

Then a holler
Something's wrong
Get me up
Then he was gone

Goodbye mother
Back for tea
Blisworth tunnel
Waits for me
Don't you worry
I'll be fine
I will bring us
Better times

At just ten yards
He couldn't breathe
The danger there
You won't believe

And now we stand
To lay a wreathe
Benjamin Ludlow
Rest in peace

Goodbye mother
Back for tea
Blisworth tunnel
Waits for me
Don't you worry
I'll be fine
I will bring us
Better times


Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 23:52:30
brilliant,! i love stuff like this! hey you getting into your vocals mind, never heard you sing stuff like that before, getting into the old folk singer storytelling character then!!

whats the crack with midi? sounds good like the snippets, so you just playing different sounding stuff through a keyboard??
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Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 14:04:57
its amazing how much a little atmospheric midi twinkling can add to your productions  ;)

This is sounding great mate :)


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Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 19:18:12
i unfortunately know nothing of folk, to be honest

but clearly you are picking up the Reaper and midi thingy extremely fast
(and you will get lost in the endless possibilities, like most of us  ;D ;D ;D)

and hey,  ;D ;D ;D ;D you learned the very first elementary basics from one of the best  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

i really like to hear that piano added, sounds good, Habi

great song
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Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 21:07:16
Aha- have you been seduced by midi instruments!  ;D. No- they have been used sparingly but to good effect.  It's interesting how midi instruments bring a new dimension to our songs. 

This is a lovely song John 'goodbye mother, I'll  back for tea' - beautiful singing and a lovely story too. 

I think you have a great idea here for a very interesting album.  :)


Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 12:34:31
Classic subject for folk ;-)


Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #6 on: January 27, 2014, 12:44:22
Thanks guys, it was all thrown together quite quickly and I really need to get an accordion plugin if I'm gonna do canal folk music  :D

@mosp, yep, midi isn't as tricky as I thought, once its set up you use the a midi keyboard to play along, (it saves your keystrokes as signals, not actual sound) you can then alter the instruments you hear without having to record it all again, you can also edit those keystrokes to alter timing and pitch/note etc.

it's awesome :)


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Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #7 on: January 29, 2014, 19:38:18
Hi Habitat,

Interesting use of the voice. You sounded much older at the beginning of the song with that slightly deeper voice. Then we get some regular vocals. Then the higher ones. I think this is your best vocal I've heard. It brings the song to life like a story teller.
Nice music. I look forward to hearing the accordion - reminds me of my old form tutor at school - he used to bring his in and play these weird folk songs no-one had heard of. There was me in my leathers hoping he'd do a Motley Crue cover. :)

Nice one.

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Re: Benjamin Ludlow - SONG RECORDED :)
Reply #8 on: January 31, 2014, 17:06:16
Hi Hab,

This is a lovely piece of traditional style English folk - your voice is perfect for it. This music was originally intended to chronicle ordinary people's lives and catalog important events and this fits into that genre nicely. Great, simple rhyming patterns give this an easy, natural, conversational tone which is perfect for the song. The highest compliment I can pay this is that it sounds like it was written 150 years ago and has survived down the generations.

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