Song Sketchbook #18 – Synthetic Man

Song sketchbook #18 - Synthetic Man

Synthetic Man is a song that seemingly came out of nowhere for me. I don’t have any recollection of HOW the idea popped into my head, but somewhere between late Saturday night/Sunday morning I came up with the first three lines of the chorus. Then lyrics-wise the rest fell into place over the next few days.

This song sketch is about a robot leaving home, so to speak, to explore the world and study humanity. It’s doing this because it’s becoming sentient and wants to be more. Whether that is a good thing or not is up to the listener to decide.

Stylistically this is my danciest number yet. It includes a fun mix of drum machine and “live” drums (it’s a loop pack, but they were played by someone live at one point) as well as a fun little synth riff that I admittedly quite enjoy. Also vocoder, because why the hell not? (Don’t answer that.)

If this song makes the cut for the album, I will definitely tweak the vocals. I like how they are on the verses, but the latter half of the chorus needs some work. I think if I make it more like the first half of the chorus it’ll work better for my voice. I’m also not 100% on the vocoder backing vocals as they’re kinda “wavy” and distract from the main vocals. I dunno. I like the idea so we’ll have to see.

For instrumentation, as mentioned I really like that synth line, so that’d stay. I’d likely clean up the bass a bit as well as tweak the overall mix.

Other than that I have to say I’m quite happy with it. Enjoy: