Sunday, 14 April 2013

You Tube AudioSwap not swappy enough




Anybody walking past the gaff would swear there was a rabid nationalist residing in the manor.

You see, I spent most of yesterday playing a piss-take version of  the Irish national anthem on guitar, bass and a drum machine.  Sad I know.

 When I say drum machine, I mean you tap in the bass drum and the snare with your fingers... you still have to keep time and all that - but mercifully, you don't have to be an actual drummer.

Years ago, while living in London, I had this Fostex four-track recorder.  It cost a packet and broke after a couple of days.  Home recording was not a straightforward affair back then.

Now, however, you can get a brilliant free programme called Audacity (this isn't a paid ad, by the way) which gives you a load of audio tracks to record onto.  Then all you do is plug your instrument into your computer, courtesy of a mini-jack, play and record.  It's fantastic. 

A few weeks back, I was farting about with several bottles of Stella Artois, my bass and guitar,  and a trial version of  Corel VideoStudio Pro.  I ended up doing an alternative version of the national anthem which some of you may have seen on You Tube:  Alternative Irish National Anthem.

Now, while Corel VideoStudio Pro is great for making videos, it only has four audio tracks. And I had the sound turned down when I was creating my musical accompaniment for the slideshow, such as it was. (Thank goodness for that, I hear you say).  

Thing is, I was able to make a better recording using Audacity yesterday -  I even made a metronome-aided click track to get the timing a bit tighter.  I'm not usually so methodical.

Now I have a better audio track but cannot replace the original track on the video I have uploaded.  You see,  though You Tube will allow you to replace your original audio with one of its selected songs, it won't let you replace the audio track with a new one of your own.

So it looks like the only thing to do is replace the current You Tube video with a new one when I get the full version of VideoStudio Pro next week.  

In the meantime, there's an MP3 of the reworked national anthem above.

I think it's a bit better.


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14 comments:

DC3 said...

With an unreal amount of yobs in a city the size of Dublin, I'd say this is a far more appropriate National Anthem.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFK6H_CcuX8

The Gombeen Man said...

Yes DC3, Dublin is chock-full of scumbags at the mo'. I work in town and see it every day, open drug-dealing and all the rest.

Coolio's ditty could be a contender, but it lacks the wonderful musicianship of my version of the SS (Solder's Song)! ;-)

DC3 said...

Yes GM your version has the Shamrock Factor. Stirs the blood. The Piddling Panzers would be proud.

The Gombeen Man said...

Ha ha! Pity I don't have Coolio's dosh though! There's no justice in the world - none!

You can just imagine it at a shinner do. I'll have to put in the alternative lyrics again when I get my Corel VideoStudio this week. Can't have anyone getting the wrong idea!!!!

pp said...

nice, but you must admit it lacks the majesty of the real thing,but its great to see we still have patriotic citizens left in our country,
keep practising!!!!

Gombeen Nation said...

Ha ha. No shortage of them, sad to say.

Never let it be said I didn't do my bit for Ireland! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I thought this might be funny, but I see that it is derivative, I have heard and read this type of 'satire' before, but well done...

Reading through your blog, I find you have many points of view, but that is the problem is'nt it? You are making points of view fo the sake of it, and not particularly interesting ones at that.

I suggest a number of trips to the library to broaden your own mind and to encourage some independent thought, reading one book does not make a fact, you need to see things from many different views and not make things suit your own (apparent) narrow view of the world. Or maybe its just me who is thus? Keep up the good work Mahaffy!

The Gombeen Man said...

"Derivative"? Cover versions usually are, you will find.

"Or maybe its just me who is thus?"

Perhaps so. You and your fellow "independent" thinkers who let priests rape our children and thought property prices could go up, and up, forever.

The kind of plonkers who have the country in the state it is, in fact.

There are lots of other blogs out there, perhaps more to your taste.

Please don't let me keep you.

Nenad said...

There are lots of other blogs out there, perhaps more to your taste.

Yeah, maybe mine? *uahahahahaaaaaa*

The Gombeen Man said...

Jasus, Ned...you certainly don't want gobshites like that bothering you.

DC3 said...

"You are making points of view fo the sake of it, and not particularly interesting ones at that." Well done, you have just added another one.

One of the big problems with Ireland GM has just been demonstrated by Anon there GM. The mind numbing intellectual exclusivity and overbearing pomposity is stultifying. Nothing to it in essence, just regression.

The Gombeen Man said...

"The mind numbing intellectual exclusivity and overbearing pomposity is stultifying. Nothing to it in essence, just regression."

How can they reconcile such pomposity and exclusivity with the actual reality? That is a puzzle, DC3.

DC3 said...

"How can they reconcile such pomposity and exclusivity with the actual reality? That is a puzzle, DC3".
Culturally and to a large extent, individually, they just don't care GM."Reality" never counted for much in Ireland. It was always a waste land for the mind.

Nenad said...

Jasus, Ned...you certainly don't want gobshites like that bothering you.
That's why I turned off the commentary-feature in my blog! The good thing: I can brag about all those dickheads out there and they can't even reply :D

How can they reconcile such pomposity and exclusivity with the actual reality? That is a puzzle ...
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
-Albert Einstein