ccMixter mash-up: Whatchu Waiting For (To Say Hello) – 2009

Thanks to CASchubert for providing the sample loop, that led to me creating this track:

Whatchu Waiting For (To Say Hello) – 2009

Whatchu waiting for/ I don’t know
Whatchu waiting for/ For the sky to glow
Whatchu waiting for/ I don’t know
Whatchu waiting for/ To say hello


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The opening 4 secs of CASchubert’s loop reminded me of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound Of Silence”! I kept CASchubert’s loop on my computer for a while, listening to it occasionally (heh, “What Chu Waiting For”? – I was waiting for inspiration to strike).

One evening, a melody came to my head. It became the opening electric guitar-picking in this song.

Added some spoken words (distorted to sound like a young child and a gruffy man) for effects.

WRT sound engineering, I spent maybe 2 days experimenting and tweaking. Considered the suggestions/ tips from comments from my last upload (thanks so much, folks – esp. Panu Moon took time to provide more tips off-line). Unfortunately for this track, in spite of much experimentation there were parts that red-lined and I heard buzzing on my cheap earphones. In the end, the best outcome was to let GarageBand “auto-normalise” the volume. Not the best but it’ll do for now.

More of the How I Did It.

I thought this image matched the song very nicely.

waiting…“, originally uploaded by CrazyFast.