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Title: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on July 24, 2020, 03:40:02 PM
My Pet Sounds...  ;D


https://themajikrainorchestra.bandcamp.com/releases

Iím working on these songs... I still have to record the vocals.

Cheers

Guillaume


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: Empire Of Love on July 24, 2020, 06:49:28 PM
My Pet Sounds...  ;D


https://themajikrainorchestra.bandcamp.com/releases

Iím working on these songs... I still have to record the vocals.

Cheers

Guillaume

I love what you are doing so far!  I can't wait to hear the vocals!

EoL


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on July 28, 2020, 11:07:28 AM
Thank you!  Itís a fun project, an impossible task. Iíve already done the Beatles :-D . This one is for me.


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on July 28, 2020, 11:07:51 AM
Thank you!  Itís a fun project, an impossible task. Iíve already done the Beatles :-D . This one is for me.


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on July 28, 2020, 11:09:15 AM
Oops...


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 31, 2020, 02:33:16 AM
My Pet Sounds...  ;D


https://themajikrainorchestra.bandcamp.com/releases

Iím working on these songs... I still have to record the vocals.

Cheers

Guillaume


Dude....thatís brilliant.

And they work just fine without vocals, so Iím stoked to hear what you come up with!


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on August 01, 2020, 06:26:35 AM
Thank you! Track 6,10 and 12 are instrumentals. I think 12 is more 67 Smile than 66 Pet sounds. Three instrumentals is a bit too much. If you already like this, You will like the melodies,, itís always the toughest part of the game, finding  good vocal lines over complex chords sequences. Brian was so good...


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: rab2591 on August 03, 2020, 07:21:28 AM
Seriously, you could've added some static to these songs, claimed you found some acetates of lost Brian Wilson tracks, and I would've believed it. Definitely the best emulation of Brian's Pet Sounds style I've ever heard.

'Away' is like a perfect coupling of Henry Mancini and The Beach Boys. I absolutely love this whole album.

I found myself singing my own melodies to some of these songs since there are no vocals yet haha. Phenomenal work!

How did you record the orchestral parts? Are those with actual instruments or MIDI? Sounds like actual orchestral instruments to my ears.


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on August 05, 2020, 07:27:32 AM
Thank you.

Iíve played everything except  a couple of drum tracks and the strings, woodwind and brass  parts.

As Iíve said before, itís nothing but a great challenge. I wonít do it a second time so it has to be perfect to my ears.

Iíve always wonder why there wasnít more soundalike Pet sounds songs. You can find dozens of beatlesque tunes for any of their albums. Even Brian changed its style after 66. The song Jill by Gary Lewis is a rare exception. Same musicians, same studio, almost same year...

I will probably use pre-sales to help press some records.


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: Pablo. on August 06, 2020, 04:42:47 PM
Very nice! Glad to have found it recommended on another thread. What led you to relase them as a work-in-progress? Do you have all the vocal melodies written out or are you still composing them?

How did you build up the tracks?

Kudos for a great job


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: guitarfool2002 on August 06, 2020, 05:18:52 PM
I'm only a few tracks in so far, and I'm stunned. Amazing work! The production and arranging are top notch, as is the songwriting and especially the chord choices. You've captured something in the texture of this music that Brian had in his own, a texture which others can try to use the same orchestrations and sounds but not get the cohesive whole. Very, very nice.

Whether intentional or not, the chord changes (one sequence in particular), descending lines, and rolling triplet/shuffle feel in "Someone Like You" reminded me of the great lost Monkees track "All Of Your Toys", and anything or anyone who does that gets my highest compliments.  :)


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on August 09, 2020, 12:40:53 AM
Very nice! Glad to have found it recommended on another thread. What led you to relase them as a work-in-progress? Do you have all the vocal melodies written out or are you still composing them?

How did you build up the tracks?

Kudos for a great job
Thanks, I work on my own and sometimes I need to know whether i'm still going in the right direction. I have almost all of the vocal melodies written. Iím beginning the work on the vocals this week. I need to complete some lyrics. I know the vocals are gonna be a hard task... I really like what I have already done but sometimes the melodies are hard to follow. I know where they have to go but I canít sing them. Itís frustrating. Like these high falsetto on I get around or Let him run Wild, the melodies canít go anywhere else.
Anyway, I can sing them but alas, Iím not Carl or Brian.

Usually, I write the chords and the vocal melody together avoiding the obvious choices. I try to find something interesting in the bass with my left hand and then I find a smooth modulation to change the key within the song and when the chorus ends I try to lend on my feet again.


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: Pablo. on August 11, 2020, 04:37:44 PM
I know this is easier to suggest than to do it (and no, I'm not postulating mysfelf for the task), but, If you need other voices than yours, you should go the extra mile to find them, to do justice to your work. I've been listening on Spotify to The Pen Pal Club, a Japanese band with a havy Sixties fixation (I learnt of them because they did "Melt Away"). The albums are very well done, with a heavy ratio of covers. But them beign of the "Stack-on/twofer" mentalilty, they like to feature both mono and stereo mixes of every album, as well as backing and vocals-only tracks. And I was very dissapointed when I heard the notorious autotuning on the vocal arrangements. Bottom line: they should have find better singers. Sorry if I'm rambling (most certainly I am) but don't sacrifice the melodies or the vocal timbres: your work is very promising for that to happen.

Anyway, keep up the great work.

PS. but going back to my original question: Do you start tracking a keyboard part along with a metronome, even if that keyboard may end up erased after the other instruments are stacked?


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on August 14, 2020, 04:49:52 AM
I think I will sing them myself...Itís too complicated to find some other singers and they won't be as invested as i am right now. Itís a lot of work to make things perfect and I can be quite picky sometime.

To answer your question, I start with a basic programmed drumbeat or simple percussions and the I add the organ (Elka Panther) or the guitar (telecaster, jazzmaster, jaguar and Gretsch 12 strings)


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: Empire Of Love on September 23, 2020, 10:18:39 PM
How are the vocals coming along?  Shall I get Tony Asher on the line to help with the lyrics?  ;)


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: Sounds Of Yore on September 24, 2020, 07:45:42 AM
I've listened through the songs and it sounds really great! Keep up the good work  :)


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on September 25, 2020, 12:00:26 PM
How are the vocals coming along?  Shall I get Tony Asher on the line to help with the lyrics?  ;)

 ;D
You know I'm french, so those damn  lyrics don't come easy.
This one has words...

https://themajikrainorchestra.bandcamp.com/track/rosa-2

I wasn't satisfied with the result and I'm still not satisfied. I still hear some flat notes here and there.
But I'm really proud of the backing tracks. :(


I should have plagiarised Ronny & the Daytonas, it would have been easier?


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on June 25, 2022, 02:55:31 PM
Hey!
The album is coming soon... This one is complete.
a "That's not me" vibe on this one  :smokin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOvN5Rn7zOQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOvN5Rn7zOQ)


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: rab2591 on July 07, 2022, 12:22:44 PM
Wow. It really sounds like a Brian Wilson composition/production. The vocals are amazing - as are the lyrics. They're just right.

Can't wait for the full album!! How is it coming along?


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on September 10, 2022, 06:37:21 AM
(Two months later) Thank you! I thought I would finish the album before the end of summer. But I still have to record a couple of horns. And Iíve got a problem with a song, The vocals are a bit to high for my range, and I sound a bit like Michel Polnareff (for those who know, Lettre ŗ France)
Anyway, i will find a way to fix it. Iím really proud of half of the songs. The other half is ok.
So October is the next goal!


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: Empire Of Love on September 22, 2022, 07:56:10 AM
(Two months later) Thank you! I thought I would finish the album before the end of summer. But I still have to record a couple of horns. And Iíve got a problem with a song, The vocals are a bit to high for my range, and I sound a bit like Michel Polnareff (for those who know, Lettre ŗ France)
Anyway, i will find a way to fix it. Iím really proud of half of the songs. The other half is ok.
So October is the next goal!

Thank you for the update, I am looking forward to hearing the completed songs.

EoL


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: JK on September 25, 2022, 03:23:36 AM
I haven't visited this section in ages. But I certainly came up trumps this time. These are sensational, Guillaume. The one that sticks in my mind the most is the stamping "Reverberation", although every track is pretty blissed out.

Good luck with those vocals! That said, the tracks sound fantastic in themselves, so I hope you leave them up after uploading the vocal versions. ;)


Title: Re: The Majik Rain Orchestra - cosmic Frequency
Post by: AVOM on October 28, 2022, 05:24:06 PM
I haven't visited this section in ages. But I certainly came up trumps this time. These are sensational, Guillaume. The one that sticks in my mind the most is the stamping "Reverberation", although every track is pretty blissed out.

Good luck with those vocals! That said, the tracks sound fantastic in themselves, so I hope you leave them up after uploading the vocal versions. ;)
Thank you!

https://youtu.be/NBg965GkuF4

Reverberation with vocalsÖ is now titled " Do you remember?"