Mad World

Last modified on November 8th, 2007

So, I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, but whatever. I’ve been messing in garage band for about six months now, wanting to record something but just not sure what to record. I used to be in choir over 20 years ago, and I can sort of carry a tune. I know I need to have a ton of practice to get anywhere close to where I used to be as a kid (and most of my practice was pre-puberty, so I have to re-learn a deeper voice), but I decided to get over the hump and just quickly record something and take my beats for it.

When I was out in Toronto visiting everyone, Raymi pointed me at this song called Mad World by Gary Jules. I decided to cover it quickly in Garage Band using an acoustic guitar. I recorded everything using a shitty USB condenser microphone (resting sideways on my desk) I picked up at Tom Lee a while ago. I know I’m out of key in a pile of places (this is definitely at the top edge of my vocal range), but considering this is my second take, and I haven’t even tried singing in about 15 years, I don’t think it’s horrible.

I know John hates the reverb, so I’ll try and do another version on the weekend with a better vocal track and less reverb.

9 responses to “Mad World”

  1. Rebecca says:

    you got balls, man. i get nervous about making a post about media and here you are recording, playing guitar and singing with skillz. you get a thumbs up!

  2. Hesty says:

    That sounds awesome dude. Seriously, we need karaoke night here sometime.

  3. PatZ says:

    that’s pretty damn good dude

  4. Gish says:

    I’ll check it out when I don’t have to look over my shoulder at the boss.
    I really dig Gary Jules’ cover of that track. Can’t wait to hear yours.

  5. gusgreeper says:

    pretty awesome duane. i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that song.

  6. Duane Storey says:

    Thanks guys, I just did it for fun. I have the worst recording setup possible at home. I really need a Mic stand so I don’t need to rest the mic sideways.

  7. John says:

    I’ll echo (reverb?) what the others have said….well done!

    You won’t catch me doing the same anytime soon so props to you for posting it – that takes a lot of guts!

    BTW Gary’s version is a cover as well (made famous by the Gears of War XBox tv ad)
    – originally done by Tears for Fears back in the 80’s.

  8. Tawcan says:

    I love that song. The singing isn’t bad at all, it’s a lot better than my singing that’s for sure.

    Gary’s version is a cover too? Hmmm I’ll have to find the original version.

  9. anne tasse says:

    Yes Tears for Fears did the original but it was a faster version. Great tune none the less:)

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