Gallery Songwriting

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    Making the pun work

    180's project: Manfred the Monkey - Animatic v04


    The problem of keeping a pun secret, is that you don't get any feedback on it. And if the pun needs […]

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    Art residence in Dutch radio show de Torenkamer

    Dutch radio show Opium op Vier, is recorded in a beautiful castle in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. And as castles tend to, the building has a towerchamber.

    Part of the […]

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    Istanbul Recordings

    January 28 we did an instrumental recording for Manfred the Monkey with the band Odylle in the Gevrec studios in Istanbul. For now,  we just used the old home recordings for […]

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    From 180 to 170 BPM

    We finished the storyboard! Now that we figured out the movements, we revisited the speed of the song. First written in 180 beats per minute, we realized Manfred's moves would […]

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    To get some external input on voice usage, I did a workshop with Evi de Jean. That was cool. She bossed me around and told me a thousand things out […]

  • Wanted: musicians

    As the first lay-out of Manfred's song are laid, it's time to look for musicians. Endgame is to do a live recording of the song in a studio here in […]

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    First voice recording

    A first recording of voice. Tried out different intonations. Most of the song is still a bit spoken-word, maybe we will work on that a bit more. I think the […]

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    Full lyrics & secret pun

    This is the story we are working on.  A basic outline: Manfred is happy and energetic, dancing around. The narrator wonders how he does it. In the second part, it's […]

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    Basic Chord Scheme + recording

    As the many '7 chords indicate, this is a jazzy tune in C. Nothing especially remarkable here.  The interesting part of the song will be in the interaction between the […]

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    A first bass line for Manfred

    We decided relatively early on in the process on the rhythm and basic structure of our song, as it would help us in defining Manfred's movements, looks, and of course, […]