Welcome to the dramatic and slightly tainted world of Wilton Said... A world filled with eclectic textures, off kilter melodies, and brooding introspective lyrics. Permeated throughout are the retro sonic influences of Queen, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Marillion, A Perfect Circle, and David Bowie. A dramatic existence indeed.

"It's by far one of the better, dare I say slightly more original progressive pop-rock band to come cross my hands in a long while.
“All songs are sung with a flare that still reminds me of a blend of Geoff Mann and Freddie Mercury.”
Ron Fuchs - Prognaut.com

"The music of Wilton Said is quite unique, both in terms of composition as well as performance. As I say it never goes where you expect it to and that’s really what we like about the prog genre, isn’t it?"
Jerry Lucky - jerrylucky.com

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Wilton Said… Newsletter #94  

Rock Opera Arrangements and Mixing  

For the past 4 months, I’ve been mixing the Rock Opera recording.  ….And it’s taking longer than anticipated.  I’ve come to realize that while the songs themselves are simpler in structure, the textural orchestration and arrangement is more complex than on any of the Wilton Said… recordings.  Thinking about this, it makes sense, as the WS band consisted of drums, bass, guitars, sometimes keyboards and vocals.  In most cases I tried to keep the instrument arrangement for recording similar to how we’d play it live.  There were a few cases of harmony guitars, rhythm guitar backing the lead guitar, and some doubling of keyboard and guitar parts which, when played live, would just be one or the other.  But over all, pretty straight forward.  

This Rock Opera is another thing altogether.  When I arranged and recorded the guitar and keyboard parts, I went with what I thought sounded good without any regard on how it will be reproduced live.  So there are many instances of rich, thick, everything including the kitchen sink, textures.  In many cases these textures overlap from one song section into another which makes it tricky to mix section by section.  

Sonically, the keyboard textures are all over the place.  With WS, I pretty much kept to a small roster of sounds.  Not so with the RO.  I’ve got clavinet, distorted piano, various strings, pads, numerous lead sounds, effects and more.  

The guitar parts, while a little more straight forward in sound (usually overdriven), are in some cases arranged to add to the orchestration rather then the main chordal instrument.  This means some widdle diddle of my digital Eq knobs to get these guitar lines to stand out without over-powering the mix.  

And then there are the vocals.  Six character vocalist parts with usually a maximum of three on any one song.  This makes for additional twiddling as each vocalist needs a slightly different Eq setting.  Some vocalists are louder than others so there’s also the variable fader factor.  

Over all I’m not complaining (I don’t think I’m complaining), it’s a great learning experience.  However, it’s meant that each song is taking me four to five hours to mix as opposed to the two hours it used to take me to mix a WS song.  Finding four or five hours to mix can be tricky as I need to be in the right head space.  Nevertheless, I am half way through and have reviewed the earlier mixed songs with the more recently mixed songs for comparison to make sure they all sound within the same style.  And they do, yay!!!!!!!!!!  

I’ll be doing more mixes on and off over the summer and fall and hope to have this thing mixed by late fall.  Then it’ll be mastering time.  After that, there’s the business of scripts and hopefully having a theater company (perhaps high school) perform this.  

That’s all for now.  

Thanks  
Wilton 

P.S.  Feel free to take a listen to a rough mix of one of the songs with yours truly on vocals.

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"The music of Wilton Said is quite unique, both in terms of composition as well as performance. As I say it never goes where you expect it to and that’s really what we like about the prog genre, isn’t it?"
"The vocals hearken back to the heightened expressive style of David Bowie or Peter Hammill."
Jerry Lucky - jerrylucky.com

"Wilton Said has always, to my ears, has always thrown out the rule book on progressive rock and re-written it to suite their musical ideals."
"It's by far one of the better, dare I say slightly more original progressive pop-rock band to come cross my hands in a long while.”
“All songs are sung with a flare that still reminds me of a blend of Geoff Mann and Freddie Mercury.”
Ron Fuchs - Prognaut.com ane check here also.

“Wilton himself is a master at stage presence, presenting different aspects of the music like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. The songs presented on 'The View' capture that same quality.”
“This is music that cries out to be listened to, to be seen in all its kaleidoscopic glory.”
"If Peter Gabriel and Fish are in your catalogue of prog, then add this one, and quickly. The music is powerful and evocative, the lyrics are startling in their clarity, the concepts challenging."
Doug LeBlanc - Canadian Progressive Music Society

"Sonically the band has forged a sound that focuses heavily on rock, with buzzing guitars, a punchy rhythm section, and Said’s dramatic, inflected vocals flitting in and out of the mix."
Bill Knispel – Bills Prog Log www.billsprogblog.blogspot.com

“Wilton Said... is a musician whose work should be welcomed for it’s fresh and unique sounds, something that’s appealing in a world where one-beat alternative rock bands and cash-cow boy bands seems to dominate the airwaves.”
Anthony Furey-etc...news

“Wilton Said has a captivating voice...Said has a way of letting his voice give a whole new perspective to the music being played”.
Nessim Halioua - Left Off The Dial

“Said purposefully steers clear of the unimaginative and mundane.”
Andrew Matte-Town Crier

“Wilton is a graduate of York University in musical composition, and he translates his knowledge and skills into the rock arena.”
Bill MacLean-Beach Metro News

“This is pretty interesting stuff. I can hear bits and pieces of artists like Queen, Roxy Music, and David Bowie but in no way are they derivative. They have infused a classic guitar sound from the 70's with a modern sensibility that sounds fresh and exciting.”
Jon Neudorf - Progressive Ears www.progressiveears.com

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