Keep Talking

SKiFfle - Keep Talking (Pink Floyd Cover)

Some folks will ask why I decided to cover this song …

Well, basically I was between productions of Doctor Who and Maudelayne. And so for fun, I decided to keep my hand in musically whilst I awaited lines arriving for those shows. Pink Floyd are one of my all-time favourite bands, and this is a song that’s come to mean a great deal to me. I love the lyrics and positive sentiment that centres around keeping dialogues open.

Steven Hawking’s speach on the Intro. is nothing short of truly inspirational. I simply had to cover this one, and have been chomping at the bit for some time now. The time was right …

For those interested in the Techie side of things …

Production on this track was via my trusty old Sonar Studio 6 – Producer Edition Software, using a variety of VST Soft-Synths (Roland GrooveSynths, Roland DreamStation DXi’s, and the utterly fabulous Pentagon II etc.) As with all of my Productions, I also used a ton of effects, particularly on the vocals. These included the wonderful Sonus series of Modulators, Delays, and Flanges, and the ace Orange Vocoder. I also ran the Lead Vocals through a High-Pass Filter (Amongst a number of other effects) to give the impression that our central character is singing over a phone !

So if this an Audio Drama Site, where’s the actual Drama / Story in this Piece ? ..

Not gonna give everything away here, as I wanna leave something to the imagination etc. What I will say though, is that the whole thing kicks off and ends with an actual recording from one of the Apollo missions, where we hear it said that some unusual rays are found on the moon. You hear a satellite dish rotate, and Morse Code being beamed into space. And yes, those Morse Blips actually do spell out “Keep Talking” (Special thanks to my good friend Bruce Busby).

Enjoy !

Stevie K. Farnaby (AKA SKiFfle)
SKiFfleAudio@gmail.com

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– “Wow! Wonderful piece, that. I just put Altecs (with a kick-ass sub) in, and that gave ’em a full-spectrum workout. The field for the HF moves around entrancingly at the start (and I really like the inclusion of the universal disconnect tones). Great follow-through on the body.”

– “Stevie this was very cool, I am not a fan of covers, but I liked this a lot! You effectively made this cover your own, it still has that Pink Floyd feel, but more like SKiFfLe has joined the band, not taken over completely. It also lends itself quite well as an intro to your Electric Grasshopper EP, almost like they nearly saw the invasion coming . . .”

– “This is one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs and you’ve done an awesome job of it, Stevie! Very emotive, and it gives the impression you’re drifting through space. I love the phased sweeps and vocoder parts in particular. Great solos as well!”

NOTE: This Music Track is rated PG for parental guidance. For more info: http://theaudiodramadirectory.com/ratings/

8 Responses to Keep Talking

  1. Joshua Blanc says:

    This is one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs and you’ve done an awesome job of it, Stevie! Very emotive, and it gives the impression you’re drifting through space. I love the phased sweeps and vocoder parts in particular. Great solos as well!

    • stevie says:

      Thanks for saying that Josh – I had a ton of fun doing the vocals and creating those Vocal effects – {{:-)

      The various Roland Softsynths I used for most of the musical backdrop have some amazing phased Synths. I used a ton of Modulator / Phaser / Flange effects on em as well. In fact I don’t think there was a single sound in the mix, that I didn’t tweak in some way – LOL

      Kinda an ambitious project to take on. I’m really glad it went down well with folks.

  2. A.W. Eizen says:

    Stevie this was very cool, I am not a fan of covers, but I liked this a lot! You effectively made this cover your own, it still has that Pink Floyd feel, but more like SKiFfLe has joined the band, not taken over completely. It also lends itself quite well as an intro to your Electric Grasshopper EP, almost like they nearly saw the invasion coming . . .

    I agree that Steven Hawking’s Intro speech truely is inspirational, and I noticed that this song has quite a bit of Audio Drama to it as well, this is going into my MP3 player, not just the dedicated BSAP memory card that generally lives in my player.

    Oh, if you want a particularly creepy mix, listen to this track, Electric Grasshopper track 1, 2-3 random music tracks (1 pop, 1 rock and 1 blues in any order you prefer) to reset normalcy, then Electric Grasshopper track 2 Invasion.

    Thanks again for sharing, hope to hear more soon.

    • stevie says:

      Hiya,

      and Thank You. That’s some of the nicest feedback anyone’s given me. U just put a huge smile on me face !

      I was concerned as to how PF fans would take to such a radical reworking of such a classic song. My own take on covers is that if U’re gonna do one, get creative with it. It does indeed have quite an Audio Drama feel to it – I wanted it to give the vibe of a good story – {{:-) I Produce and Direct the Dr. Who, Maudelayne, and Escape From New York series right here at BSAP.

      Glad U thought it fitted nicely with the E.G. E.P. I was wondering if others felt same as me.

      If U wanna hear more of my music BTW :-

      http://brokensea.com/electricgrasshopper/about/

  3. Steve Wilkins says:

    This is a great new take on the song, Stevie and it works really well. I can hear a big Jean Michel Jarre influence, which is no bad thing and it has some lovely production touches. It actually reminds of a band called Fortran 5, who, quite coincidentally, did a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Bike”. Great stuff mate!

    • stevie says:

      Thanks Steve,

      JMJ’s very much an influence. I’d say, my main sources of inspiration on this version though were Enigma, The Orb, and of course, the Radiophonic Workshop. I’ve not really heard much by Fortran 5, but am gonna have to hunt down their cover of Bike.

      Thanks again for the kind words.

  4. Thom says:

    Cool stuff, Stevie! Chill out, space out, drop in! 😉 Keep more songs coming!

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