Single #5: Radiofree




Downloadable MP3

Released: 2004

Words and Music Chance
©2004 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

Also Available as a part of “Chance: The First Five Demos”




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This dial….

Telling you what is up, FM style
Promises all the things you find worthwhile
but once it sucks you in, you’re left behind
’cause everyone changes, everyone changes their mind

Everyone changes everyone changes their mind

finding yourself in places, compromised
Frequency’s out of range, now you’re terrified
Anything you can do to get out alive
’cause everyone changes, everyone changes their mind

Everyone changes everyone changes their mind

Words & Music by Chance
©2004 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

RadioFree was based on a riff played on acoustic guitar, then brought to a live jam session and played with an electric. I could never get the rhythm right when I was singing, and I had no ideas further than a melody line over this simple riff. But then I transferred the song riff to the piano and everything started to change and not change at the same time.

I wanted the slow meandering slam of a Deftones song, but played against almost an almost jazz, blues like melody. And I wanted to be fierce and restrained at the same time, immediate and desolate/lonely in the same space.

And I wanted Horns.

I don’t know how it happened, but I knew the song had to go somewhere after the 2nd chorus because I had essentially explained myself as a writer. It was time for the music to take over. I get sick and tired of same old same old arrangements all the time, and given that the song is about the desolation any music lover should and probably does feel when listening to the current state of radio, I wanted it to go to a place where each instrument had its place in a unit and in its own individuality, where it felt free. The song itself is almost two bookends to this kind of musical storm. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it.

Recorded & mixed in Pro Tools LE Digi 002 on a Toshiba Satellite laptop

Lead vocal-AKG C451

Piano: Kawai ES-X
Guitars: 2 tracks on the Fender ’57 Strat, through Amplitube LE
Drums: Propellerhead Reason 2.5
Solo section ancillary parts including brass section: REASON 2.5
Bass: Fender Jazz (el latino)

Written, performed and recorded by Chance

Cool Geekout Notes

There is a high pitched soprano style synth sound that travels throughout the entire piece.

That part  seems to poke its head in and out of the song like a ghost or spirit (or some such haunted silliness). The interesting thing about this is that it was intended for a different songs with different chords, different melodies. I imported it inside a template I was using when I was just starting to record and program the song. Part way through the initial recording, I noticed that I hadn’t muted the already recorded and now out of place part. It ended up working in a why not sort of way. Some notes ALMOST don’t work at all, but it still bends your ear and I just love how it seems to play at its own accord as it’s not in any time related to the song.

It’s almost my favorite part. Funny how it’s not supposed to be there. Just like a ghost, right?

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