Hearing Double

Audio #2: Combining Covers

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Stand By Me is a classic song by Ben E. King. But what happens when you mix the original with it’s cover? Well that’s what I had to discover for this assignment. I took Ben E. King’s classic and combined it with Florence + the Machine’s cover version. I chose to do this combination because I wanted to pick a song that was relatively well known. Furthermore, I think it’s rare to find a cover version of a song that is just as good as the original.

For copyright purposes I wasn’t able to post the following song rendition to SoundCloud.

I decided to do this specific assignment because I was curious to see how these two songs would flow together. In the beginning they sounded relatively good, until they became out of sync (around 0:19). I think this rendition had an indie soulful vibe to it. I think the emotion for this combination slightly intensifies. The reasoning being, that the song itself delivers a powerful message, but the way they are both sung gives it the additional ‘oomph’. Creating this rendition only involved using the program Audacity. The procedure is listed below if you would like to recreate this assignment.


Step 1: Open Audacity and go to the file tab. Select the import option and click the audio subcatergory. Upload both the original song and its cover in step 1

Step 2: The first audio file should be Stand By Me by Ben King and the second one should be the version by Florence + the Machines. Select the Florence version and highlight the audio frequency, then select the trim audio tool. This will get rid of the end of the song, the fade (seen in the second screenshot below).

Step 3: Move the Florence audio over by using the move tool next to the Record button. Move the audio to where the first big peak of Ben’s song is, so that the beginning of both songs sync up.

Step 4: Go to the file tab and select the export audio option.

Step 5: When saving your new song double check that you save it as an MP3 file. If you do not have the option to save as an MP3 go to this website and download the plug-in for Audacity.

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Audio #2: Combining Covers′


4 thoughts on “Hearing Double

  1. Rebecca Schaeffer says:

    I had to comment on this one – it sounds SO good. The two songs line up so well, I’m surprised you didn’t have to do much editing at all after just moving the FatM version over a bit! I love how her voice starts to echo after his. Jenna Wood did a cover mashup this week too with Dolly Parton’s Jolene and Miley Cyrus’s cover and Miley’s vocals ended up echoing Dolly’s, which had an almost heartbreaking effect. Here the echo from Florence is more heartening – it IS Stand by Me, after all 🙂 When they line back up toward the end, it’s so powerful sounding!

    Do you know what happened with the FatM track at the very end? It sounded like her audio cut out really suddenly.

    • Mila says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it! Yeah, so what I tried to do was to fade out the Florence version (because it’s longer than the original) so the song could end very subtly and in unison. However, it ended up having the opposite effect. I agree though! I think the overall track would have been great if I hadn’t done that.

  2. Kirstyn says:

    I really enjoyed hearing these two song mashed up. It is so hard to find a good cover a song that is as great as Stand By Me. I have never taken two songs and overlapped them, but it was interesting to hear how well these two versions really lined up. Did you consider any other versions of Stand By Me? I have heard quite a few and definitely love Florence + the Machine’s cover, but U2 and Bruce Springsteen’s cover is pretty cool as well, but I don’t think it would have lined up quite as well. Maybe you’d want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHNbvIplvVQ

    • Mila Garcia says:

      Thank you! Yeah, I Googled all the different versions before I picked my cover song. I already knew the Florence + Machine’s version though and I love how angelic it sounds. Another reason I picked it was because the instrumentals in the song reinforced the original, making them both sound powerful.

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