‘Tis the season of non-stop holiday music that at first is a welcome warm hug, but soon turns into something resembling audible torture.
There are tons of sounds that have become synonymous with holiday music, but for me, nothing sticks out like bells. We’ve got sleigh bells, hand bells, jingle bells, chimes… Bells are ringing everywhere you go.
If we take away the holiday jingle, bells are an awesome way to add some character to your track. On that note, let’s dive into this week’s Songwriting Club prompt: add a typically festive bell to a non-festive track.
Here’s what I came up with:
I used a sleigh bell from one of KSHMR’s packs, placed it in a big room, and brought up the attack to steer it away from Santa’s sleigh (check out this Collection to get your hands on all of the samples that were used in the track). Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a sound you found on Splice Sounds, let us know! If you want to use Splice Sounds in your song but don’t have an account, get your first month free with the code songwriting.
If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and toss the link in the comments below. Before you share, just make sure you’re following these guidelines:
- Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
- No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
- Comment on at least one other person’s song before you go – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.
- Give a quick summary of your goals for your song – asking for feedback on specific aspects (ex. the lyrics, chord progression, etc.) is also recommended!
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December 13, 2019