The Harmony Singers Challenge

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@beacon

This worked out really well in FAWM 2022 as a last minute thing, so hopefully we'll be able to do it with a little more time and space here in 50/90.

Think about the trend with the Wellerman a year or two ago, when one person posted a video, and then everyone started adding their own harmonies to it. Like that.

I figured out what we need is:

1. A lyricist to give us a words. Preferably shorter, punchier lines with rhymes that will work well for choruses.
2. Someone to write the music. Think people got that.
3. Someone to record the original acapella melody.
4. (through infinity) Harmony singers to add more parts
5. A stitcher to put it together and post it.

If you're up for one or more of these roles, comment below with what you're up for, and I'll try to set up the groups.

If you want to hear some examples from FAWM 2022, I've got two of them (My Home My Ireland and They Would Sing Together) posted at https://www.kenmattsson.com/2022-fawm-recordings/.

Looking forward to some more harmony fun this year!

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@cblack

Ooooh, this sounds fun!

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@sbs2018

Intriguing!

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I want to do this again!

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I would love to contribute again.

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Vocal harmony is definitely my jam. I'm confused though, why are steps 2 and 3 separate?

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I’m in!

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@beacon

@complexissimple, I think most people would do 2 & 3 together, but there might be some that would rather have someone else sing the melody, so I wanted to give an option.

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@beacon

Great for those who have already responded, but please let me know what parts you're interested in. I've done all 5, but I'd rather someone else do parts 2 and 3 for some of them, as I want to do the harmony goodness.

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@cblack

Could I do just part 4?

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I'm up for singing, either melody or harmony. I just don't have time to write lyrics or music this year!

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I would love to take part in the 4th step. Finding a good song with the first three steps already done could be another approach - after asking permission of course.

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@jamkar

I am down for 2., 3., or 4.

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I'm assuming this wouldn't have to be just one song done in this way? At any rate, I am definitely in to do a harmony for one and I will consider writing for 1 / 2-3 of a piece!

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@beacon

Thanks everyone! I figured that we'll have time for a few of these. I just need to know who the players are and what role you want to play. I'll start putting together groups shortly.

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Definitely would like to add harmonies, and don't mind writing music/lyrics but have only come up with 1 song so far so I'd have to wait till i'm on a roll...

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I'm happy to do 2&3 or 4. I could also do 1 or just 3 on a second song if needed, but I definitely want a chance to create and sing a vocal part.

Also, may I suggest rather than infinity, capping the number of collaborators at 14 per song, since that's how many can be credited.

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@beacon

Okay gang, I think we have at least enough people to get this started. I'll start posting teams for songs and have those of you on the same team to figure out for yourself how you're going to move it forward. I figured I'm going to limit it for right now to 3 harmony parts. We can certainly do more in the future.

Song 1:
Lyricist: @cindyrella
Melody Writer and Singer: @jamkar
Harmony 1: @darcistrutt
Harmony 2: @cblack
Harmony 3: @cleanshoes
Stitcher: @jamkar

Song 2:
Lyricist: @kahlo2013
Melody Writer and Singer: @complexissimple
Harmony 1: @didi_bergman
Harmony 2: @robynmackenzie
Harmony 3: @beacon
Stitcher: One of you above!

Song 3:
Lyricist: @nancycunning
Melody Writer and Singer: @carleybaer
Harmony 1: @sherrycanary
Harmony 2: ?
Harmony 3: ?
Stitcher: @carleybaer

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I call not the stitcher, my computer is the worst.

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Oh wonderful! I will work on the lyrics for song 2 and get them to you!!!

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@beacon

@kahlo2013 contact @complexissimple about the lyrics, as I'm just doing a harmony part. They will be doing the melody so they need to see it more than me at this point. I'm just going to do the harmony on this one.

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I tried to record this so many times today I just about lost my voice. The app I was trying to use just isn't working. I'm going to have to download a new one and try again tomorrow. Does anyone have any good recommendations for audio recording apps for Android?

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@jamkar

Melody sent off to @darcistrutt .

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@jamkar

Also willing to stitch Song 1.

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I’m working on it @jamkar and glad you’re willing to be our stitcher!

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My voice is still not fully recovered, but I did the thing. @didi_bergman, how do I send it to you?

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I've sent layer 2 off to @jamkar for song one! Fun process! Great lyrics @cindyrella 😀

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I'm happy to do a lyric for Song 3 or 4, if more people are interested.

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@jamkar

I now have @darcistrutt ’s track.

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@jamkar

@darcistrutt can you share with @cblack?

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@cblack here's my merged track with @jamkar and my add. Do a right click and then save it to your PC. When you've added your harmony send a track of just your line (unmergered) to jamkar and the new layered track to metalfoot. This new site doesn't have an email option like the last one does but the "right click" allowed me to save someone else's track so works! Nobody else peek! Except of course @metalfoot if you want to.
https://files.fawmers.org/5090_2022/darcistrutt/Gotta%20Have%20Oomph_2Merged.mp3

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How cute. I wish I had started 50/90 earlier to get in on this

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@sherrycanary There's plenty of time to start more rounds!

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@cblack

Okay. It'll take me a day or two to do my bit, but it's on my radar. 😀

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@beacon

Hello all, I'm back from a week's vacation and trying to catch up. I can put @nancycunning as the lyricist for Song 3, and we can put @sherrycanary for whatever other role you choose.

Anyone else want to join in?

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@beacon Me, please! Prefer to do harmony, but can provide initial melody if no one else steps up.

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Fair warning, I'll have a little bit of limited time to do music Monday/ Tuesday then I'm probably not available much for 3 weeks.

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I am up for harmony. I am an alto and love unusual harmony lines
Lemme know

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I'd love to try this and I'm comfortable with any role!

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@beacon

Awesome! I could put @carleybaer in the melody writer role for Song 3 and add @cleanshoes and @sherrycanary to the harmony roles. Sound good?

@metalfoot, let me know if you want to sub you out of your harmony role for Song 1 and put you in a later song.

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Probably wise. It's looking like I'm out of commission for 50/90 till mid August.

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That sounds great to me. Thanks for organizing @beacon. I've put together three lyrics that I think might work. @carleybaer - you can see if any of them feel right to you, just let me know where to send them.

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Heck yeah @nancycunning !!! Another "Cut-Rate Crystal Ball" in the making? :D Send them to carley [at] carleybaer [dot] com

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@beacon

Thanks for all your notes! Given @metalfoot needing to back out, I'm going to throw @cleanshoes into his spot in Song 1, and I'll put @carleybaer as the melody writer for Song 3 and ad @sherrycanary as Harmony 1.

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@nancycunning @sherrycanary I'm also happy to be the stitcher if neither of you have dibs

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@carleybaer - just sent you four options. I'd be thrilled for you to stitch. I'll be thinking about sequel lyrics for Cut Rate Crystal Ball - though that song'll be hard to top. Oh, the mouthsteel...

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I just checked my e-mail to see how @didi_bergman is coming along, and it looks like we may have stalled out on Song 2 because we're not sure if there's supposed to be a backing track or not. @beacon, can you clarify?

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@beacon

@complexissimple, the way we did this before is that the melody writer (you in this case) would just write a melody and record it acapella, and then send it to the next person to add a harmony. Make sense?

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@cblack

Okay, my part is done for song 1! I've uploaded 3 files. Right-clicking should be able to download them. 😀 The one labeled "3 people" is going to @cleanshoes, as that's the current combined thing. Then for our lovely stitcher @jamkar, the other 2 files are my solo vocals - 1 without any processing, 1 with some light compression and EQ. Do with them as thou wilt. 😀

The other link is where you can find the lyrics. Links:

"3 people" - https://files.fawmers.org/5090_2022/cblack/Gotta%20Have%20Oomph%203%20people.mp3

"no processing" - https://files.fawmers.org/5090_2022/cblack/Gotta%20Have%20Oomph%20cblack%20solo%20vocals%20no%20processing.mp3

"with processing" - https://files.fawmers.org/5090_2022/cblack/Gotta%20Have%20Oomph%20cblack%20solo%20vocals%20with%20processing.mp3

"lyrics": https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/614

Enjoy!

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Hi, sorry about the misunderstanding, but I took the instructions literally. Now I know how it works I'll send a harmony asap. Are the lyrics available anywhere? Just to save time.

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@cblack Thanks! I probably won't have time to work on this until the weekend, but will get my part done as soon as I can and send it off to @jamkar for stitching!

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@didi_bergman The lyrics should be in the first e-mail I sent you.

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@complexissimple I'm working on it but may only be able to record choruses as I can't key in to the first two lines which are ornamented. Is it ok to just do the choruses? The melody is playing on repeat in my head so given a few days I may get the hang of the verses.

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@didi_bergman I'm pretty sure you can sing only the choruses if you want, but it's up to you and what you prefer. I'm also pretty sure that we have a few days to spare for you to figure it out, so take your time if you need to.

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@beacon

@didi_bergman Yes, just sing the choruses if that is what you can feel comfortable with. Remember this is all for fun and we're all trying to add something together to make more than what just one of us could do.

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Thank you @complexissimple and @beacon I should have it in a few days. I put it in Cubase and stretched the visualisation of the audio on there so I know when the next word is coming or the first word of the next verse. I also picked out the melody on piano, it's a tricky key for me to sing thirds but I have almost nailed those first few lines, a couple of days should do it. Is there a deadline?

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@beacon

@didi_bergman The deadline is October 1st for everything so do what you can to allow for others to do their parts.

Sorry I've been away and life has kept me from banging heads on this one. So, where are we? Just reposting the list so that we can get people to let us know the status of Songs 1, 2 and 3:

Song 1:
Lyricist: @cindyrella
Melody Writer and Singer: @jamkar
Harmony 1: @darcistrutt
Harmony 2: @cblack
Harmony 3: @cleanshoes
Stitcher: @jamkar

Song 2:
Lyricist: @kahlo2013
Melody Writer and Singer: @complexissimple
Harmony 1: @didi_bergman
Harmony 2: @robynmackenzie
Harmony 3: @beacon
Stitcher: One of you above!

Song 3:
Lyricist: @nancycunning
Melody Writer and Singer: @carleybaer
Harmony 1: @sherrycanary
Harmony 2: @jeff9
Harmony 3: @mandolinda
Stitcher: @carleybaer

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Ball’s in my court now for song 2. More than happy to be the stitcher.

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I gave my part for Song 1 to @jamkar yesterday, so we're almost there!

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@beacon

Awesome @robynmackenzie and @cleanshoes. This is great. Now we just need a couple of other harmony singers for Song 3. @nancycunning, have you and @carleybaer put anything together to start?

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@beacon I could join Song 3 if you still need a harmony singer.

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Hey @beacon - Yep. We're started. @carleybaer picked a set of lyrics to use to create a melody.

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@jeff9

Hey, @nancycunning -- I'll jump in especially if you could make use of a baritone harmony.

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@beacon

@jeff9 We'll need more voices on Song #3. Up for it?

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@jeff9

I’m in!

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Ok so just to clarify (sorry, it's been a busy summer)... I'll record an a cappella melody and no backing track, and then the harmony singers will do their thing and send it back to me to stitch, right?

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@beacon

@carlybear Yup, that's what you do!

@jeff9, I'll include you on Song #3 after @sherrycanary. Now maybe we can get a 4th person for that.

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@beacon , did you miss my message? I asked to join group 3.

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@beacon

@mandolinda Sorry yes I did miss it! I'll add you onto Song #3!

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@jeff9

Thinking maybe I should go last in group 3, so you guys can do higher register thirds & fifths and then I can do an octave down from one of those parts. Does that make any sense?

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@cblack

Awesome!

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@beacon, hey is anything going on here with Song 3?
Song 3:
Lyricist: @nancycunning
Melody Writer and Singer: @carleybaer
Harmony 1: @sherrycanary
Harmony 2: @jeff9
Harmony 3: @mandolinda
Stitcher: @carleybaer

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Love the first song that made it out of the gate and look forward to the second and third! I hope they are both moving forward!

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Hey Song 3 team, I had to take some time away from the studio but I’ll be back at it this week. Sorry for the delay!
@beacon @nancycunning @sherrycanary @jeff9 @mandolinda

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@beacon

So, it's been a summer! How are we on Song 2?

Lyricist: @kahlo2013
Melody Writer and Singer: @complexissimple
Harmony 1: @didi_bergman
Harmony 2: @robynmackenzie
Harmony 3: @beacon
Stitcher: One of you above!

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@beacon Didn't someone volunteer as the stitcher?

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@beacon @robynmackenzie volunteered as stitcher

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Hey y’all, tbh I don’t know if I’m going to make it on time. Life really threw me a curveball and I’ve been battling a lot of mental health stuff. Sorry to drop the ball but I don’t want to let anyone down. @beacon is it ok if I just send you what @didi_bergman sent me?

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@beacon

Hey, @robynmackenzie has sent me the file, and I'll look to add my part to it and stitch up Song 2. If anyone else would like to add a harmony, let me know. granted, I'm a harmony junky and might add two lines to it.

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Hi @beacon, I'd be happy to join song #2 if you still want somebody. My FAWM is kcflowers
my email is: kathy@kloppranch.com