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I Promise To 12.11.11

Posted by Sound Semantics in 2011songoftheweek, videosong.
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I’m really happy with how this song turned out. You get to hear some more cello–acutally, recording this song was my first ever attempt at playing the cello. Let me tell you, cellists make it look much easier than it really is!

As I was writing this song, I was aiming for a vulnerable yet not whiny sound and feel. The song is supposed to feel very intimate and close. This way when the bridge comes it opens everything, which I personally think makes for an exciting dynamic arc. But that’s enough of my babble, I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.

Peace,
Eran

Tune The World Out 12.4.11

Posted by Sound Semantics in 2011songoftheweek, music video.
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And now for something completely different!
We’re a little late for Halloween, but any time is a good time to smear some blood on your face… right?

A couple more firsts this week. Eran played the cello for the first time! Our good friend is loaning us a cello and it’s been good fun playing around with yet another new sound.¬† In terms of video, this is the first time we’ve gone with an idea that is so ‘simple’ in concept. Just a face. Well, four of them, overlapping and interacting. But at its core the video is just a face, which leaves a lot of room for little expressive details as well as your own interpretation while you watch.

And, it’s the first time I’ve been a zombie!

Enjoy, and always be prepared for the zombie apocalypse,

Allie

Colors of the Wind 11.27.11

Posted by Sound Semantics in 2011songoftheweek, cover lovers, music video.
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This week our work window was a bit abbreviated, with Thanksgiving stuck right in the middle. We were seeking inspiration for a Thanksgiving-related-cover rather than one of our own songs, and our stellar friend Brittany immediately came up with “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas. Despite some other suggestions, this one stuck out as too fun to pass up. More about the video and the process after you watch it:

In this week’s song and video we wanted to try out a couple of things that we’ve been interested in, but haven’t gotten around to yet this year. For one, Eran worked with a mix of animation and video. Although we have done this before, the interactive element of the video and animation in “Colors of the Wind” was new. We had lots of fun experimenting. Not surprisingly, it’s tricky to interact with things that aren’t really there, in an empty room, along to musical cues. But it tested my on-screen capabilities. Plus, I’m glad to have had a chance to work with a wolf and a bobcat.

In terms of music, Eran has been thinking about playing around with a bossa nova for some time, but it just hadn’t come together. So we thought, what better way than to apply a familiar form to a familiar song, and make each one stand out in a new and unique way?

Hope you enjoy this week’s song, and a happy belated Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Allie

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