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Rocking Yukon Gold mp3, sheet music, midi, Garageband project

When I was thinking about to do with my “Rocking Yukon Gold” soundtrack, I wanted to do something like a cowboy death song. I didn’t want to do yet another version of “Streets of Lauredo” (aka Saint James Infirmary), so what I used instead is a sad gospel number called “Talk About Sufferin'”.

I decided to do a multrack recording instead of the acapella feel I usually do, and to get all the parts to line up I wrote down melody. So, for the benefit of people who want to play the song for themself, here’s that.

Talk About Suffering (Sibelius file for anybody who wants to modify it)

Talk About SufferingClick for full-size

I set the tempo of the song so that the overall length would be about the same as the video clip, then exported a MIDI file to send to Garageband. For people who might want to use the song in an electronic context like a remix, here’s that:

Talk About Suffering (MIDI)

That MIDI has the exact arrangement I used here, including a two-bar count-off, so you’ll probably want to clip parts out. You could also use it to make your own music to fit the clip.

Over in Garageband I put the MIDI file in its own track, then created some real instrument tracks for recording.

I did the recording with an SM 81 mic through a TubeMP preamp via USB into a Macbook. I made the recordings by playing along with the MIDI file, using it to keep everything in sync. The guitar was a National Estralita.

I did three tracks in this order, rhythm guitar, whistling, bottleneck guitar. In the mix I panned rhythm center, whistling and bottleneck on either side. I’m happy to release stems for parts, just ask.

Even though the source song is called “Talk About Suffering”, my version here is called “Rocking Yukon Gold.”

Here’s the mix as an audio file:

Rocking Yukon Gold (MP3)

Rocking Yukon Gold (AIFF)

No Flac or Ogg version today. If any person out there can show me a single additional listen that I’ll get as a result of making them, I’ll make them. I dare you. I want to do it, but I don’t want to be fooling myself.

To make it easy for people who have Garageband to get in there and do whatever they want, I have created a zip file of the multitrack Garageband project. This has the MIDI and all three tracks:

Talk About Suffering (Zip of Garageband project)

My own copyright in this is hereby waived courtesy of the Creative Commons 0:

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The CC 0 deal comes out this whole blog conversation about CC 0 that Victor Stone started.

Here’s the foobar for the copyright stuff:


To the extent possible under law, Lucas Gonze
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Rocking Yukon Gold.
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3 replies on “Rocking Yukon Gold mp3, sheet music, midi, Garageband project”

Really like that, Lucas! Very nice.

Note: your link labeled “mp3” above is to the aiff file.

Relative to Ogg and Flac, one of the issue I’m having with those formats is a lack of confidence that the files I might produce will be totally correct in different players. Flac seems way better than Ogg in this respect, but (maybe I am wrong about this) there isn’t any kind of reference encoder / player that everyone considers pretty standard.

Anyway, that’s a long winded way of saying that I haven’t found a reliable way to use those formats in my file distribution process. I output those formats, but then they sit while I feel like I need to test every file on every player I have.

Jay, do you find that you have to test your output? That’s harsh.

My main recording tool is Audacity, which works for me because I do one-track live acoustic recordings. It wouldn’t surprise me if Audacity were considered a reference encoder, just because of its origins in free culture.

Thanks for the MP3 link bug report. I’ll fix it pronto.

Funny that it’s so much easier to talk about the technology and techniques than the music… Anyhow, glad that it speaks to you.

Personally I really like how the three textures/tracks work together. The chunky rhythmic guitar vs the airy whistling, with the metallic bottleneck poking out of the mix in unpredictable places. The way they work together so nicely without having to be exactly in sync is because they were all playing along with a MIDI piano part which isn’t in the mix. It was like a skeleton for a sculpture. Also, the whistling sits in the background glues the rhythm guitar and bottleneck together, like corn starch.

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