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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