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EricMilligan

Guilty of driving beats without a licence
Ottawa, Canada
Joined : 6th Oct 2012 - 11 years ago

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VintageNights
VintageNights 5th May 2024 23:18 -  3 weeks ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
Very interesting what you can do with modern AI generated Voice. I think you have done a very good job. Not 70s. Disco Style but a very nice groove and feeling to it. Cheers, Oli
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 6th May 2024 - 3 weeks ago
Hi, Oli! Yes, isn't exactly 70's. I tried, but didn't quite hit the mark. The vocal actually isn't really AI. Synth V is just a very sophisticated sampler VST. Needs midi input or drawing in the notes to establish the melody line. Lyrics are inputted by the user, not AI generated, It is quite different from all those AI voice things that are out there now. The lyrics for this track would probably have been lot better if done by AI. Ha!

I just checked your "influences" listed in your profile. We share many of the same ones, including Enigma. But, there are some I don't know and will check them out.

Eric
RuslanG
RuslanG 5th May 2024 09:34 -  3 weeks ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
Nice!
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 5th May 2024 - 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Ruslan. This time I caught that it had auto-corrected your name! :). Could not edit my reply, unfortunately, or would have fixed it.

Eric
RuslanG
RuslanG 4th May 2024 23:23 -  3 weeks ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
Nice song Eric!
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 5th May 2024 - 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Russian!
Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed 29th Apr 2024 20:04 -  4 weeks ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
well, I`m going to have to check your vocalist out Eric..really good on this one and the lyrics come through nice and distinct. Has an epic feel but the bouncy rhythm is catchy. Sounds to me like the work you dad paid off...well done man. Cheers..Ed
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 29th Apr 2024 - 4 weeks ago
Yes, definitely check Salve out, Ed. Very unique I think. Has a pretty sophisticated sense of melody and obviously can compose decent lyrics.
theHumps
theHumps 29th Apr 2024 12:50 -  4 weeks ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
That's so sweet you wrote a song about your cat and I love the Bailey Boo singing parts. And the vocals works so well with the music, great effects on them, reverb is perfect.

Sure, I'm back in 1975 with my stylin' moon shoes on my feet and mood ring on my finger. lol

Good stuff!

Wayne
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 29th Apr 2024 - 4 weeks ago
Thanks, Wayne. And Bailey thanks you as well! :)

I'm pretty sure I never had moon shoes (don't actually know what they are), but I think I might still have my mood ring salted away someplace in the bottom of my sock drawer! :)

Eric
deanp
deanp 28th Apr 2024 19:37 -  4 weeks ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
This is my 2nd full listen to this. Just reading some of the other comments and I think the bassline is a good job and perfect for this genre. I agree on your comment that it can be easy for the vocals to get lost - and reverb should definitely be used with caution. The vocals on this track stand out though and I like the delay effect you have on them. The cat vocal on the end was quite funny - it appears that, at the end of the day, the cat got all the reverb.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 29th Apr 2024 - 4 weeks ago
Hi, Dean. I'm very gratified that you liked the cat vocal! And yes, Cat petty much got all the reverb and quite a bit of delay as well! :)
Kirkoid
Kirkoid 28th Apr 2024 09:09 -  4 weeks ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
Perfect Disco, we need more of it. The bass line is particularly authentic.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 28th Apr 2024 - 4 weeks ago
Thanks, Kirkoid. Was actually fun to make. I don't usually come up with great bass lines, but this one did seem to fit.

Eric
VicaMOOR
VicaMOOR 28th Apr 2024 02:47 -  1 month ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
Very groovy. It's giving the vibes of skaters coasting down Long Beach, California, on a warm, summer afternoon. Loving the bass, the performance, melody, and lyrics.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 28th Apr 2024 - 1 month ago
Thanks, VicaMOOR. I think the lyrics are actually kind of funny. Singing about a cat, but for some reason they did come together pretty easily (very unusual) and allowed me to finish the track. :)
crucethus
crucethus 24th Apr 2024 07:08 -  1 month ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
Oh I forgot, You being a fan of Trance Music, and also having that Irish last name, you may enjoy this master mix of Chicane and Clannad. Saltwater.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lX8uqR2va0
Arguably the greatest Trance tune ever made.
Original inspiration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zHTcxVjX0I
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 28th Apr 2024 - 1 month ago
Steve: thanks so much for connecting me with the music of Chicane. You are right, I really do like Trance a lot, but I really only have a superficial knowledge about it, frankly. Had never heard of Chicane or the track, Saltwater. Just spend a couple of hours learning about him and listening to his music. Definitely my kind of music for sure. Is (almost) inspiring me to try once again to make a Trance track worth listening to.
deanp
deanp 22nd Apr 2024 10:55 -  1 month ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
Hi Eric, I like this track you have made. For me, it has a Murder on the Dancefloor vibe to it. The mix sounds well balanced with the reverb control on the vocals being spot on. it is a very atmospheric track. Well done on a good job.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 22nd Apr 2024 - 1 month ago
Thanks, Dean. Had to check out Murder on the Dancefloor on Apple Music. I definitely can see connection you noted - with the original version. The vibes in the versions by Royel Otis and the remix by Guetta and quite different. Less disco.

Worked a lot on automation generally with the track, including automating several of the variables controlling the reverbs on the vocals. Also did multiple layers of some of the vocals, with panning and very short time delay offsets. Reverb mix and delay settings on the L and R panned tracks was a bit more than the ones for the C panned tracks. Initially had issues getting the lyrics to be intelligible in the mix, but that method seemed to work mostly OK. I generally try to restrain myself using reverb so things don't get all mushed up.
dimestop
dimestop 21st Apr 2024 15:16 -  1 month ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
great mix Eric, the disco era had me, i was always dancing my arse off, you certainly captured the bouncy vibe from that time, good vocal, nice work
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 21st Apr 2024 - 1 month ago
Thanks for encouragement, Dimestop. I was too busy trying to be a lawyer to do much dancing back then, but never let go of the music. I'm getting better at doing vocals with the Synthesizer V software, but there people on their forum who have done really amazing stuff, with videos, posted on Youtube. I really don't know how they get the vocals so nuanced. Yet, still not even close to what a real human vocalist can do, which is frankly, comforting in a way. :)

Eric
crucethus
crucethus 21st Apr 2024 04:45 -  1 month ago

on Disco Boo by EricMilligan
Awesome mix, kinda modern disco, but you need those Orchestra string sweeps from the TSOP era to really make this feel authentic.
https://youtu.be/rmlmOk4ubcU?t=189
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYhgMI9Zx-g
Good Work, love cats
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 21st Apr 2024 - 1 month ago
Thanks Steve. You are right. Need more strings, and French horns, and flutes and wah wah chunky-chunk rhythm guitar. Going to give that some thought. Thanks for the links. I am enjoying where you took me with them.

Eric
ripzore9191
ripzore9191 17th Feb 2024 20:34 -  3 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
I really like the style of this track, The synths and bass give me a kind of mysterious feeling that i can appreciate.
well done!
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 20th Feb 2024 - 3 months ago
Thanks for the encouragement, Ripzore. Glad you liked it.

Eric
BeatMaker4real
BeatMaker4real 15th Feb 2024 22:14 -  3 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
This is a very nice sounding track.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 15th Feb 2024 - 3 months ago
Thanks, BeatMkaer4real. Getting the mix fixed by Wytse made a real difference.

Eric
SoundCircus
SoundCircus 15th Feb 2024 16:14 -  3 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
This is a vibe!
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 15th Feb 2024 - 3 months ago
Thanks, SC.

Eric
CINCOCENT
CINCOCENT 13th Feb 2024 20:32 -  3 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
Yeah mastering tracks are not easy and you need patience. Don't know how it sounded before but it sounds good right now did they charge you by the way? Nice use of vocals on point with this genre. Don't know about this to much very electronic
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 14th Feb 2024 - 3 months ago
Yes, I guess I ran out of patience. Actually, the problems with the track were rooted in the mix itself. I didn't even get to the mastering stage with it. Sounded harsh and vocals were competing with the synths and strings. Wytse fixed the problems somehow. I actually don't know exactly what he did, but he does have a lot of real analog gear in his studio. And yes, of course he's a pro and quite in demand. Was worth the investment. Not something I'll probably ever do again, but was necessary for this track.
hobertni
hobertni 13th Feb 2024 17:46 -  3 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
great composition! you carry on with a few different moods throughout this one and it is enjoyable to listen to. sounds great too

nice work,
hobewan
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 14th Feb 2024 - 3 months ago
Thanks, Hobewan. I'm pretty pleased with how this one turned out. I can take some of the credit, but really it's Salve's vocals that made the track.

Eric
WatayaandBobo
WatayaandBobo 18th Jan 2024 01:59 -  4 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
Cloudbusting like in some respects - but oh to be referencing that - and further it but really stands on its own - deep rich sounds take us on beautiful journey, mix is superb, vox sublime - Fantastic collaboration, great track.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 18th Jan 2024 - 4 months ago
Yes. Quite right. Only in some respects. Basically, the first section (after the cathedral choir thing).

Deep rich sounds were, in varying degrees and in different parts of the track, a combination of synth bass, acoustic bass, brass, and vocals.

But, the challenge was getting a rich sound throughout because so much middle high and high frequency material was competing for space in the mix. That was the challenge that Wytse finally solved, when I could not.

Thanks for the positive comment on the track. Very nice to hear that you liked it.

Regards, from Ottawa where it was -18 celsius this morning. I'm sure it was much, much better in Hawaii! :)

Eric
dimestop
dimestop 17th Jan 2024 17:15 -  4 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
fantastic work congratulations all involved. the intro is stunning a beautiful builder. straight in to industrial vibes and then wow what a vocal. then we get melodic vibes. great synths and delicate little hits. 3.17 its all change mood again, tear at your heart strings, as in the song change is a good thing and you stage the drop well on 5.00 and i just loved the play out as professional sounding as professional sounding can be, top job.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 17th Jan 2024 - 4 months ago
Hi, Paul.

Thanks for the encouraging comments on the track.

I did think that Salve's vocal really made this track something special. I guess that's why I took so long trying to get the "sound" to live up to Salve's vocal.

Many years ago, long before LM, I was in a kind of chat group with musicians from across the world. I admitted to another participant, an accomplished professional French composer named, Philipe Chatillez ("le chat") that I had composed lots of fragments of tracks, but never really completed a full track. He said I should not be afraid of just combining different pieces to create a whole.

I guess that's what Salve and I did with this track except that we actually planned it this way - as a musical progression.

So, probably 30 years after getting the advice, I finally put it into action! Slow learner! :)

Regards,

Eric
xstokes
xstokes 17th Jan 2024 16:20 -  4 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
hey Eric, what a collab! it’s a good balance between epic and intimate, the instrumentation and production are top notch. the first synthpop section is my fav — has kinda a kate bush thing that morphs into a titanic starship thing. massive track, your efforts show.
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 17th Jan 2024 - 4 months ago
Hi, Xstokes! Thank you for the kind words on this track. You get the prize for recognizing the inspiration for that first section of the track. It was definitely Kate Bush. Actually “Cloudbusting”. I found a patch in one of my VSTs that really reminded me of that track, and just started from that to build the instrumental backing. And, to my credit, this was well before the world rediscovered Kate Bush because “Stranger Things” had used one of her tracks. She has always been one of my favourite artists, and remains so.

Regards from very cold Ottawa,

Eric
2Sisters
2Sisters 14th Jan 2024 21:22 -  4 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
Hello Eric. Thank you for your detailed reply to my previous message! Unfortunately, it doesn't happen that often here that someone takes the time to answer in such detail.
But I'm afraid I made a mistake on one point (sorry, but English is not my native language).
There aren't too many effects on the vocals. No, the effects used here fit this song very well.
I basically meant that I would like to hear this voice without effects! (this should be understood as an expression of my admiration for the singer).
I hope that I have made myself clearer now?
Kind regards again
Manuela
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 15th Jan 2024 - 4 months ago
Hi, Manuela. Actually, I did not interpret your comment on the vocals effects as a critique, although I really like to get constructive critiques of my tracks. It really helps me improve, and luckily I often get quite helpful comments from LM members. It's good to know what is done right and works well, and what doesn't.

I agree that hearing more of Salve's vocals would be nice. I recall that earlier last year Salve posted on the LM forum (I really do miss the forum) seeking collaborations. I believe there were no responses, which is unfortunate.

If you are interested in hearing another vocal by Salve, you can stream the song, "How You Been" which is available on Apple Music. Probably on Spotify as well. The beat was purchased, so is not original. Salve wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocal. I worked with Salve on the production/mixing.

Eric
Zivonmusic
Zivonmusic 14th Jan 2024 16:32 -  4 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
This is incredible.

Eric, It seems you have a blended indie pop, cinematic and industrial vibe to create something that is hard to describe.
I can see this being on a cinematic trailer of sorts or even teh intro to a show.

The voice is greatly mixed in and all sounds seem to blend together well, which im sure balancing was no easy task given the unorthodox sounds you used.
bravo overall
z
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 14th Jan 2024 - 4 months ago
Thanks for comment, Zion. I think you are right about the mix of genres. It definitely does not fit comfortably into just one box. I'm very happy with the way the mix turned out. The instrumental parts, particularly in one section, have sounds that are in the same frequency range as the vocal. Not only were they competing for "space" in the mix, but the overall sound was somewhat harsh. Simple EQing did not fix the problem. So, I turned to a pro for help. Wytse really improved the mix. Took it to a place I was not able to reach. :)
Shaman77
Shaman77 14th Jan 2024 13:51 -  4 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
It sounds very good to me)
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 14th Jan 2024 - 4 months ago
Thanks for your kind words, Shaman77. Glad you enjoyed it.
2Sisters
2Sisters 14th Jan 2024 11:55 -  4 months ago

on Bid Me Go - Feat Salve Clements by EricMilligan
Hello Eric. With this voice as a basis, you can only make good songs! I have rarely heard such a great voice! The mix is also very balanced. The instruments are excellently selected and placed. The basic rhythm and the varied design of the song span an excellent spectrum. Even though the song is so long, it's not boring at all. Certainly, the ending could have been designed a little differently than you did with the fadeout. Perhaps a dramatic final chord befitting this wonderful epic voice would be better here. But that is of course a matter of taste. I would also like to be able to listen to this voice without any effects. But this song is definitely one of the standouts here at LM and is definitely worth a favorite for me.
Best regards Manuela
EricMilligan
EricMilligan replied 14th Jan 2024 - 4 months ago
Oh, Manuela! I completely agree with your comments on Salve's vocals. Salve is a unique voice. I think I'm not bad at coming up with melody lines, but Salve has a much more sophisticated sense of melody. I was very lucky that Salve agreed to collaborate on this track with me.

And yes, I think the mix turned out really well. Wytse definitely rescued it. This track was actually 2 years in the making, mostly because I simply could not get the mix to sound right. Having the tools is one thing. Having the skills to use them properly is entirely another matter.

I supposed the ending could have been different. It is actually the only place where the lyrics provide the title to the song. I thought the fade-out of the repeated line, 'Bid me Go" somehow made sense both logically and musically. But, I admit, I do tend to use fade-outs a lot because making proper endings is really hard! :)

And finally, other than some EQ and reverb (automated in places) Salve's vocal doesn't really have a lot of processing on it. Salve is a student and has a very inexpensive USB microphone. Records vocals at night when everybody else in the family is asleep so the won't be bothered. There is some distortion at places in the vocals, but that is inherent in the original recordings.

Thanks again for the very supportive comment.

Eric
deanp
deanp 13th Sep 2023 18:26 -  8 months ago

on I Cant Lose by EricMilligan
I like the vocal nuances of this track. They give it atmosphere. It sounds like you did good with the rolling bass. You can add an arpeggiator to one bar of your bass and it will sound "rolling" automatically. Then, side chain that bass to your kick drum. Sounds like you nailed it good here though anyway. The above is just a quick way to do it for any future tracks.
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