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Workshop #248: Clean by Elsie 2017


This track has been submitted for your friendly, constructive criticism. What useful feedback can you give the artist? The floor is yours to talk about the track and how they can fix problems in and improve upon the mix and the song.

Description of the track:

I used to write songs like I would have written a diary, when I was 20. Time has passed since, Real Life happened, and I have recently decided to try my hand at music again.

This song is part of a series that talks about a computer-based variant of "Flowers for Algernon", and is early in the story, with the narrator happily setting up his computer. The final version will have some extra FX and dialogs overlapped but I would still love to get your feedback on where I'm heading.

Made with Reaper, M-audio FastTrack Pro, 2 guitars (one acoustic one electric) and my trusty ole cheapo mike, an LEM UD-360. And only freeware VST's.


I'm clean
My system's running fine
And it's all that matters to me
Looking outside
I get scared by what I see
It's a crowded ant farm
And I could get stepped on - easily

It's clean
All updates applied
And this is the way it should be
I run on my own time
No one here is judging me
An orderly meat space
A rest from the rat race
Just for my box and me

We're clean
The configuration's fine
And it's even talking to me
I will stay forever living my life on this screen
I faintly remember something about Marie
Years ago but it's gone
It's gone

Now it's just you and me
Think of just how great this will be
I can kiss the world goodbye

And be the king of my pc

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