How I Did It

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by wrenchbiscuit
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Sun, Jul 27, 2014 @ 6:28 PM

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Tools I Used

• Software: Cakewalk Sonar XI
• Plugins: Emu Proteus VX, Absynth 4, Shure SM57 mic for my vocals, my scorching guitar solo was played on an old Epiphone, and processed through Native Instruments Guitar Rig.

Samples I Used

I used the Snowflake pell :"Free Hearts" as the primary vocal, which is under CC 3.0 license.

Original Samples

All of the music is original. The drum loops used are from my original loop collection entitled, "Inorganic Elements" which are available for purchase as well as free download.


I started with the sustained synth tone that follows the root of the harmonic movement and then layered from there. I then fashioned the vocal stem to fit the arrangement. However there were several places were the process was reversed, and so the arrangement was necessarily fashioned around the lyric.

Other Notes

The feeling is always a good feeling. People who do not compose music live a marginal existence, and so they cannot understand the pleasure of audio creation; tonal and harmonic manipulation.

The Snowflake lyrics and vocal stem that I used in this composition are unique because prior to the internet, such a lyric could never have been written; just as prior to the invention of the locomotive, there were no songs written about trains,or hobo's jumping on them, nor had there ever been in the history of the world!

I am aware that several others have remixed this particular pell, but there are only, literally, a handful, when compared to how many times the "Wabash Cannon Ball" has been remixed and re-recorded. The expression and the sentiment expressed in the lyric is remarkable, not only because it is well written, but because it is among the first of it's kind.