Semester: Fall 2010
Course: EE93 Music Recording and Production
This song was written, recorded, and produced as the final project for the Tufts Electrical Engineering course Music Recording and Production. My roles in this project were co-lyricist, lead producer, arranger, vocalist (verses), and instrumentalist on the baritone sax. Lead vocals in the chorus and pre-chorus were performed by my group mate Andrew Kluger.
All vocals were recorded using a Røde NT2-A condenser microphone. The baritone sax was recorded with a Shure SM-58 dynamic microphone. All other sounds were created and sequenced using Reason 6 and Logic Pro 9 software. Mix-down and mastering was done in Logic. Audio in the bridge section was sampled from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” using Reason’s NNXT sampler.
The subject matter of this song is meant to be odd, contrasting the smooth nature of the synth, saxophone, and vocal harmonies. Both harshness of the vocoder effect in the verses and the theme of attraction to knees add a tongue-and-cheek element to the song that should leave listeners with more to think about than the average pop song. The mix of acoustic and electronic instruments showcase a wide range of skills in production and performance.