This week and next I’m using to polish off the new album
Thought it would be a fun little ending to repeat the main theme again in that old game sound. For all the chiptune heads, especially on WB, you’ll be dissapointed to know there were no real consoles used in this
V last minute addition, but I think it’s a cool note to end on.
I’ve found that this group of songs, from the last 12-15 weeks or so, have a large range from acoustic/live recorded blues to heavily computer-edited pieces, so I figured something v digital would be a nice ending.
Going to record some v short ‘skit’ tracks next week, basically just drum beats + banter to freshen the palette between songs.
Last few weeks I’d been working on more samply/audio editing based tracks, so I enlisted the help of my mate and drummer extraordinaire Anthony to just do a blues track.
Kind of an ode to strippers
This was a single condenser mic in figure 8 pattern – capturing guitar amp + kick, with the Z00m H4n acting essentially as an overhead mic. Recorded vocals seperately. Really trying to steal some of that fred mcdowell + black keys vibe, and get a fat heavy sound but kind of friendly too. I personally really like the end result and think it’s a great way to do things!
A really fun project to mix
Thanks for listening! – huge shout out to Devieus who I just realised has basically left a comment on every track i’ve done for the year! That’s awesome and v much appreciated
Thanks for listening!
We’ll take the low road
No gods, No Masters
I gotta go
Push it push it push it faster
She’s workin’ hard – harder than it seems
She’s workin’ hard all night – harder than it seems
When i came in here – my wallet was bursting at the seams.
Take the low road
No Gods, no Masters
I gotta go
Push it push it push it faster.
Earn that money, earn that money money
Pretty girl you’ve got what I need
But I get the dreams for free
A short chord progession on the acoustic guitar expanded in a few different ways. One of my favourite ever chord progressions tbh and very fun to play. Couldn’t think of any fitting vocals, so I decided to go with a Bonobo-ish kind of arrangement.
As always, huge fan of a twist ending.
Oh shit, only half an hour left until time runs out!
Quickly fired up my loop pedal + mic.
Been practicing and learning songs all week but completely forgot to record anything new so luckily got this one submitted with about 10 minutes left.
Going to be in Melbourne for the next 3 weeks without access to my music gear so expect either field recordings or some sort of app-based compositions I can do on my phone. Will figure out a way to make it work
A late night improv on a really niche technique I’ve been practicing with for ages now – this sort of lopsided cascading RH technique. I think it sounds really great with a couple of open strings droning.
Just whatever happened at the time – recorded into my trusty blumlein ribbon mic + a DI with reverb applied.
The simplicity of this recording setup has helped me to learn a bit more about gain-staging / noise floor etc. because the ribbon mic needs to get cranked v hard to get a good level, and there’s nowhere to hide mix-wise.
Also – the buzz/fizzing sound which you might notice is coming from my guitar! I didn’t notice it until only recently, gonna get that fixed up soon
Thanks for listening!
My DI + a stereo ribbon mic, = my favourite acoustic guitar sound atm. When mixed with other instruments it’s easy to get rid of the boominess if it’s taking up too much of the mix, but on it’s own it can sound strong as.
Out of a bunch of jamming and experimenting I came up with like 90 seconds of a new song, which is my upload this week.
unexpected side effect of my current production setup is the tendency for sessions to get far more complex than I anticipate
so here’s week 22.
With a New Orleans style sticking pattern on the drums, this thing sort of turned into a slow, dark, Prince style track? Reminds me a bit of ‘Controversy’ if you played the vinyl back at 2/3 speed. With a vocal and guitar performance somewhere in the distant shadows of Prince tbh.
Not quite sure how to describe it.
Lots of layers and a really big mix. Some really pretty harp/string sounds from Freesound floating all over this one and a staunch 1 note bass line.
A 3 day trip to melbourne over the weekend (normally I get these done Sunday night) means all I can do this week is upload the early stages of a potentially 4-5 minute long song with a lot more changes and arrangement yet to come. I really like this one already so I’ll definitely follow it through to completion, but for week 21 you get to hear it in it’s rough unfinished glory
Keeping with my theme the last few weeks of trying to make simple grooves and elaborate on them. This one ended up very different to how I intended – and incorporates a few flute/oboe samples from Freesound.