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Oh, papa-san! Straight to Hell by The Clash! (5/19/19)


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#81 Whizzer

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Posted April 21, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Always a pleasure to read your write-ups.



#82 Atruejedi

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Posted May 5, 2019 - 03:32 PM

 "Behold the magnetism between two dead ends..."

 
This may be a crazy concept, but much of the reason I listen to music is for the lyrics. I like stories. I like ideas. I like feelings. I like creativity stemming from the point of a pen. This entry's band and the featured song have those qualities in spades.
 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Things Happen by Dawes, is my thirty-fifth release and the first tune available featuring the folky rockers from Los Angeles, which greatly surprises me. I can understand Harmonix skipping out on Dawes, but you guys? Come on!
 

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Layers, collars, and earth tones.

 
Dawes are in my suggestions thread, but this song wasn't there. One day I asked grubextrapolate if he had access to any MIDIs that could assist in making a full-band Dawes custom. He did a bit of poking around and found a MIDI for this here song. Now, I must point out that Things Happen is a great song, but it definitely wasn't on my list of songs I wanted to chart. The interesting part is... now that it's over, I'm so glad I did it! The bass is really enjoyable, the guitar is perfect for strumming and singing, the melody is simple and straight-forward, the harmonies are lovely, the keys are a relaxing chord-fest, and the drums are really unique! Check 'er out right here:
 

[gameplay video]

 
Features:
Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200035)
Tempo map by grubextrapolate
Drums by Whizzer
Pro keys with assistance from Buster66
 
I've loved Dawes since I first heard A Little Bit of Everything. You really should listen to that. If you don't like it, you won't like Dawes. If you do like it, you'll become a fan of their other songs very quickly. That's what happened to me! I've heard just about every song they've ever written and I'd be happy to collab on a great number of them. While Things Happen isn't particularly challenging, it's the perfect warmup song for your band. It's gentle, relaxing, catchy, and has heart.
 
I've made it known that I don't feel particularly skilled at charting guitar and avoid it when I can. But because the MIDI did a good amount of the work for me, I decided I'd give it a whirl with this song. I was able to chart the guitar as a pitched melody and harmony, just like I'd pitch vocals. From there, I reduced it to five gems and voila, I did it! I charted a guitar all by myself! And it's pretty good! But I did have plenty of input from grubextrapolate, who always makes sure my stuff is up to snuff.
 
Bass is actually much more interesting than guitar for this song. There are a bunch of little variations in the overarching pattern, and it's enough to keep it fresh and prevent the player from getting bored or lazy.
 
Drums were done by the immensely talented Whizzer, and this drum part is something I thought he'd be interested in working on because, well, as a non-drummer, I only really notice drums when they are... different. And the middle drum section of this song definitely qualifies. It's not particularly difficult, but, well, just go watch the video. Whizzer even allowed me to mark that section as a solo! So yes, I released my first custom featuring a drum solo. Cool!
 
I charted the pro keys using the MIDI as a basis, but it was overwhelming and I had no idea if what I charted, which sounded good, was in any way accurate. I was fortunate enough to recruit Buster66 to look over the pro keys part for me. He made the necessary changes and got it into a presentable, playable state that I'm proud to include in this release. Thanks, Buster! I look forward to your future releases, and welcome to the authoring community! :)
 
Vocals are, of course, my favorite part of this song. For once in my god-forsaken charting career, they were actually really easy (all things considered!) to chart. This song absolutely has the lowest amount of vocal slides (for a song with pitched vocals) I've ever had to chart. It saved a ton of time, and it plays like a dream. And even though I know it's awesome and near-perfect, feedback is appreciated, of course. ;)
 
If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now let's bronze some baby shoes.
 
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#83 grubextrapolate

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Posted May 5, 2019 - 09:16 PM

that tempo map was a bit of a bastard to do, but the exercise got me hooked on the tune, and it's now in my library. looking forward to playing that drum solo!



#84 Atruejedi

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Posted May 19, 2019 - 11:02 PM

"Let me tell you 'bout your blood, bamboo kid..."

 
Hey, man. I listen to more than just glamorous indie rock 'n' roll. It's just most of the classics that we all know and love are already in the database. Inexplicably, this one wasn't. Now it is.
 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Straight to Hell by The Clash, is my thirty-sixth release and the first full-band custom with pitched vocals featuring the English punks available in the database. I'm surprised nobody completed this song before me, especially because Kloporte used it in his tempo mapping tutorial!
 

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The Clash are already very well represented in Rock Band. In addition to the entire London Calling album, we've been given a number of singles and two tracks from Combat Rock. Because of this, I've had no reason to feature them in my suggestions thread. The release of this custom gives us a third track from Combat Rock, so expect to see a new album header in your library!
 

[gameplay video]

 
Features:
Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for the only vocal part
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200036)
Tempo map by Kloporte
Drums by Chainsaw Octopus
Pro bass by Whizzer
 
I assume a good amount of us here on the forums are fans of The Clash. I remember digging into their discography in my musically-formative early '20s when I wanted moar punk. I already liked Bad Religion, Green Day, The Offspring, NOFX... you name it. And I knew those bands liked The Clash. But all I knew were the songs the radio played by the band, and I liked all of those, so I figured I'd explore further.
 
Long story short, I fell in love. There's a framed poster of Paul smashing his bass right behind me, and I've only read two books about music in my life: one about David Bowie's life and one all about London Calling. I have a dope Clash shirt that I wear out probably too often. And the Harmonix tracks from London Calling are the most likely reason I bust out my Yahama and (try to) play pro keys.
 
But there ain't no pro keys in Straight to Hell. There's a tempo map, freshly made again by Kloporte, who I very much wanted to be involved in this project. It's his destiny! There are drums, courtesy of Chainsaw Octopus. They sound unique, but as you know, I'm no drummer. There's a fun lil' bass line made by me and converted into a pro bass part by Whizzer, and a guitar chart that is all over the place and was also made by me... and I think I handled it respectably. But I'm more than willing to hear feedback, so long as it isn't bitching about the length of a sustain. Go straight to hell, boy.
 
I was pretty pleased with the lip sync and the venue for this one. I tried to make it fit the mood of the song. I didn't want flash and spectacle. I wanted a somber and sober (figuratively) experience. This song is a gut punch, if you actually pay attention to the lyrics. People are assholes, and Joe Strummer is great at telling the stories of those assholes being assholes. The final verse of this song feels more timely than ever. The immigrants want to sing along. Let them.
 
If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! You've got asylum here, friend.
 
Atruejedi


#1 Ranked Wii Customs Player... because it's the Wii
"Like a madman laughin' at the rain" - My custom song releases
Freelancers wanted! - Works-in-progress
"One-Trick Pony" - Details of my contributions in the database!
In-Depth Eclectic Suggestions - Let's collaborate!

Vocals Charting Philosophy - Because sometimes less is more
Packing Like a Pro - The Guide for a Legit Wii Library
Last.fm Profile - Let's be snobs together.





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