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Semtext
on: March 26, 2021, 01:29:53
« Last Edit: March 30, 2021, 02:02:28 by Pleudoniem »
Hi guys,

I've upgraded another song, because it celebrates its 10th anniversary today. I was happy to find that most of the settings could be reproduced in other VSTs, so no major changes were necessary. It may be a remaster, but I never published it in The Kitchen, so it is new to you who take a listen.


Semtext (2011)

It had been on my mind for days
I was pondering the many ways
To get a word across

I crammed the lines with semtext
Every word to blow the next
Every blow to push the best
Into smithereens
Convince me of a man who dies
Of spoken truths or little lies
Let me tease your wondering eyes
To see me

fragments of the bomb
Just blew into a crowd
Like simple drops of rain
From a shower in May

It had been on my mind for days
I was questioning the many ways
I'd got my word across

The impact proved as triggering
As a drop of sweat trickling
To the tip of a finger
indifferently wiping it off.

When I cried out in despair
To see if someone cared
A man looked up perturbed
To say 'Don't be absurd!

Every day a thousand bombs
Are hoping to explode
If I cared to hear them all
My hearing would erode'.

https://soundcloud.com/pleudoniem/semtext
Pleudoniem: composer; bass guitarist; guitarist; singer; drummer; tap-guitarist - o, and yes... erm- a bit of keys. Open for collabs.
SoundCloud Page: https://soundcloud.com/pleudoniem


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Re: Semtext - remastered version
Reply #1 on: March 28, 2021, 17:22:28
I have been experiencing a funny synchronicity of the lyric and what has been happening to the song the past couple of days. Let's hope the words and the world will disagree.


Re: Semtext - remastered version
Reply #2 on: March 28, 2021, 18:11:33
Really good to hear your material again. I absolutely love where you take a song melodically and lyrically and this one is no exception.

Yeah....this is eerily timely.....unfortunately. You handle the matter exquisitely in the lyrics.
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Re: Semtext - remastered version
Reply #3 on: March 29, 2021, 22:36:01
@Leonard Scaper Possibly, yes. You can only tell the timeliness after some time, and if the lyric is still relevant today, then that may be the case.

I am not so sure about the way it was played though, as music is increasingly becoming electronic and modified, whereas I enjoy the actual playing of the instruments. Don't let my remastering fool you there, it was only done because many VSTs become obsolete after some time, and then you need to brush off the original master with the updates to the apps.


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Re: Semtext
Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 14:09:14
@Pleudoniem if you are not sure about how it was played, you could do that again - I mean, the playing?
I notice in the last few months a new direction in music, less electronic, less modified - more back to basics. VST's may become obsolete, but the idea of playing your music with a real band has not.


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Re: Semtext
Reply #5 on: April 03, 2021, 14:47:41
« Last Edit: April 03, 2021, 17:48:29 by Pleudoniem »
@oorlab I am puzzled by your remark. I don't see any movement back to basics, except possibly for the re-masterings of some of my older songs. Or might you be referring to music in general, not particularly my work? In that case, possibly yes. That could be quite interesting.

But in this case, they are remasters, not re-edits, so I don't play anything new on them, unless one of the tracks cannot be revived anymore. There are a couple of true re-edits on my account though, for instance Retrieve, and What I was and you weren't, here:

https://soundcloud.com/pleudoniem/retrieve-2015-re-edit
 it says remaster, but it is in fact a remaster of a re-edit.

https://soundcloud.com/pleudoniem/what-i-was-and-you-werent-2015-re-edit

The reason for them was that I didn't have any masters of them anymore, so I had to replay them to keep access to them.

I absolutely agree that the idea of playing things with a band will never become obsolete, they are two different approaches to music and one cannot possibly replace the other. Finding a band to play with has proven somewhat of a difficulty, unfortunately. There are all sorts of reasons for it and I am not sure how to help them. I'm open to offers though.


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Re: Semtext
Reply #6 on: April 03, 2021, 17:34:22
Good track this @Pleudoniem ... it's nice to think you you can rework tracks 10 years old.
My oldest one on SC is about that. After a HD crash I lost the original material so I might just do it again from scratch one day.

The comment about VST's is interesting. As @oorlab mentioned I think there is a bit of a kick-back against artificial instruments, just like the response to digital music in general. Why I don't really know because analogue was awful with it's hiss and click and wow and flutter.
The complaint with digital music should be about the compressed delivery systems employed and rubbish listening systems,  but I digress.

As always, the devil is in the detail, how else could an amateur composer or musician, have access to orchestral instruments, very expensive old synths or high level pieces of studio hardware ?  It's great if you've got vintage gear, or the cash, but for music makers nowadays, VST's opens doors for hard up creators.  It's hard to even get a practice room nowadays with living space being at a premium in cities. The place we used to practice in burnt down quite a few years ago now. I blame guitar strings in place of fuse-wire in the fusebox. ;-)





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Re: Semtext
Reply #7 on: April 04, 2021, 13:24:37
@Pleudoniem  - pop music in general. The weekly BBC6 related Fresh Faves, moderated by volunteer listeners give a good impression of 'what is happning' - listen to the latest edition here:
https://freshonthenet.co.uk/2021/03/faves400/

A year or so ago, these playlists would contain almost 100%  electronic music, but I now hear also some interesting bandplaying coming up. I guess when the lockdown is lifted we will see a renaissance of live music. I hope... one day....  :pompom: :dance:

My tip for you would be to not only re-remaster - but rerecord one of your old songs. Which one would you take on first?


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Re: Semtext
Reply #8 on: April 04, 2021, 15:57:26
@oorlab
I value your insights and ideas very much.
There is, I believe, an enormous revival going on where garage rock type guitar bands are involved. Dream pop and shoe gaze too.

I get questions about my gear and settings (strings even) from people from 18 to say 35. It could even be the reason why my song Spin the Bottle (waltz challenge) generated something like 2500 listens in the kitchen.

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What @Leonard Scaper says!

Like it a lot.
Kind regards, Gus



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Re: Semtext
Reply #9 on: April 04, 2021, 16:35:07
« Last Edit: April 04, 2021, 23:45:36 by Pleudoniem »
@oorlab @LePlongeur  Possibly, and I do hope so, but this article from The Guardian doesn't look very promising.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/18/why-bands-are-disappearing-young-people-arent-excited-by-them

I have been reading that guitar sales have been booming because of the Covid troubles, but it remains to be seen what will remain after the curfews have been lifted.

But also this:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/31/arts/music/covid-19-concerts-tours.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

But I guess I am hoping for the same thing as you do, which is creative bands resurging.


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Re: Semtext
Reply #10 on: April 08, 2021, 13:27:31
@Pleudoniem Awesome. You remind of Bowie a bit, a compliment.
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Re: Semtext
Reply #11 on: April 08, 2021, 19:32:52
I've not heard this before as I'm fairly new here. There's some serious musicianship on display here..I love the choppy rhythm guitar...likewise all the instruments. Fabulous production as well. Bowie has been mentioned and I can hear that too. I like the vocal style..it's almost at odds with everything else which is actually why I think it works so well. Great track. :)


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Re: Semtext
Reply #12 on: April 12, 2021, 02:29:48
@GaryHynes @ChrisPrice  Thanks for the comments. I've heard the Bowie reference to my work before, and how on earth could that NOT be a compliment :) I never try to copy any artist when I compose music, but possibly he was on a frequency that I was sensitive to.

I have always been insecure about my musicianship, and I am very aware of what I am still incapable of, but I try hard to do well.