Music Video

A message for the band:

Below is the artwork for the “single” cover by @themanwhofell.
Pretty sweet! @mediaben is adding graphics, for front and back. Anyway, that’s not why I’m writing…


Yes. A music video. As this idea gains momentum I thought we would have to use a more stable platform for people to listen to it. Soundcloud is brilliant but not designed for mass clicks and it’s crashed a couple of times.

So I thought we would put it on YouTube. So when we tweet the monkeys off it at 8pm on Sunday, it gets hit after hit. To add impact we need a video. @Nicktheguitar has kindly agreed to put it together but he needs content.

I want to do a short introduction and mention a charity for people to donate to once they have listened to the tune. All band members can nominate a charity now. We’ll do a vote tomorrow.

The tune sounds amazing already. I’m so excited. It’s all I can think about. I hope you can help make the vid as good as the tune.

The following message is from Nick:

“Hello, some instructions for the video.

Ideally you’d get someone to video you playing along to the whole song, on something HD like an iPhone4 or FlipHD.

Chances are you won’t have that so any video camera will do. Turn all your lights on, it’ll make the final result much less grainy on YouTube.

Film everything in LANDSCAPE!!!!!

If you can do the whole thing start to finish and include the sound it makes editing way easier for me as I can sync the clips with the sound and then just cut between it all. This will produce a big file to upload. If you don’t want to do the whole thing please either edit out the crap or film whatever you can.

Please include wide shots, mid-shots (sort of head and shoulders sized) and close ups of whatever’s being played. Please hold the shot for a minimum of 10 seconds so I can get a good bit. For example a guitarist would have a close up of the strumming hand for 10 seconds then pan up the neck of the guitar to the hand on the stings then hold that for 10 seconds.

Also do a nice shot of your face for a little montage would be good.

If you’re all alone then put your camera somewhere that’ll get a nice wide and go for it, whatever you can get will be brill!

Any photos you’ve got or can shoot would help a lot too.

Videos should be uploaded to a site of your choice, I’m on Dropbox if you have that and want to share a folder. If not I’d suggest something like yousendit, putfile, 4shared or just setting up a free Dropbox account (its quick and simples). DM me if you need my email address.

Hope that makes sense. if not ask, I’m @nicktheguitar”


Tw1tter Band Trial

Hello.

I had a stupid idea to make a Tw1tterband. It’s a band made on Twitter. It’s also a project. So it’s the TwitterBand Project.

Tw1tter band project has a logo. It was designed by the marvellous @mediaben

Yesterday I decided to give it a trial run. I was “let go” by my employers so I had nothing better to do.

I decided we would do Maggie May. By Rod Stewart.

It’s a great tune. My 1st pet was named after the song. Maggie was a cat. Maggie is dead now. If she wasn’t she’d be 39 now. I don’t know what that would be in cat years.

So at approximately midday yesterday I asked on Twitter if a producer was free to help.

@Logikalpaul very kindly agreed to help.

I had already found out from Twitter that http://soundcloud.com/ was a good way to share tracks.

@logikalpaul sent me this: http://bit.ly/fuFBN9 which was a computer generated drum track to share with artists would have to follow. Paul told me that the tempo was the most important thing. I’ve leaned since that recording the drum track 1st would be better and make everything tighter. I like it tight.

Then I asked (begged) for artists to get involved.

The mightily talented @danbeams kindly agreed to do the bass. And recorded this http://j.mp/gI7Opo bass track at about6pm. Then Paul mixed it with the drum track here: http://bit.ly/gDom2g.

About half 6 @nicktheguitar recorded this acoustic guitar track. http://j.mp/ejIuHa I was getting very excited.

@Mark_fellows then sent me this mandolin track. http://j.mp/ekm5sw I love the sound of it. It’s a happy interment. Or am I thinking of the ukelele?
@Davielegend kindly volunteered to do lead vocals after I bullied him into it. It’s pretty bloody impressive. He didn’t know the song, and the song is a long song to sing. He sent this at about 7pm http://j.mp/gub6cI It took him 3 hours!
Recorded using an iPhone.
It took @Jameswasnthere less than an hour to knock out the intro http://j.mp/gP5I4i and an acoustic track. http://j.mp/eAqXgX talented shit.
@RoOkin then sent loads of electric intros to the tune. http://j.mp/eyBXLN I really hope Paul uses some of this.
Then
@Scottlechat did this. http://j.mp/fo5wtS He missed the 8pm deadline by 10mins. He’s been playing keys for 20yrs. Listen to it on headphones. It gives you a tumour.
Drums was an issue. I forgot to ask for drums! Silly me not knowing shit thought that the drum track was the drums. I was wrong. Fortunately @racinghippo did this: http://j.mp/gy0Bsn on live drums and @prophet_fred did this: http://j.mp/gY6pxk
So that’s pretty much the progress so far. This rough mix was done by Paul at about 9pm

http://soundcloud.com/paulblackburncompositions/maggie-vocal-bass-guitar-chords-rough-mix

A rough full mix version is due out within 2.5 hours. Are you excited as I am?
I can’t believe how easy it was to do this. Ok it took some work. It took some talent  (not mine) but this was all organised using Twitter and and iPhone.
Thanks for reading. All rights reserved. x
Since this post this is the rough mix: (originally posted on Sat 29/1/11)
Pretty could eh?
We are now re-recording the tune, properly, should be ready for release on Sunday 6 Feb.
This is what lead vocalist @DavieLegend wrote about it on Monday 31/1/11
Thanks for reading.

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