Click the player to hear “You Have No Peace.”
Wish I used one of these
I made this song as a result of an experiment I was doing. Put a reverb send up for a guitar track, and then put a pitch shifter on the reverb. Played around with automating the pitch and I liked the results. If you just listen to the guitar track, there are a bunch of weird overtones and it starts to sound like trumpets and strings are playing in the distance.
Spacemen 3 how I love thee
It was really just meant to be an experiment, but the results reminded me of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, so I made a song out of it. A glorified drone really. I bounced out just the reverb signal and pitch shifted that as well, which really made it droney.
Logic’s Pitch Shift is a pretty simple affair
Did the drums with Ocean Way Drums which I got in a group buy awhile back. They sound pretty real and live to my ears. Also used AAS String Studio. I took a clean electric guitar “jazz” patch, and added fuzz, rotovibe, wah-wah, and finally a healthy dose of tape delay. Logic has a pretty awesome tape delay and I find myself reaching for it constantly.
Brian Eno’s tape delay set-up
I love to just tinker with the whole process, and figuring out what different types of effects and routing will do. That said, I am a complete novice and my desire to hear something outweighs the skills I have in finding those sounds. Fun to play though.
I’m more like the monkey
I think this song would be pretty cool performed live, with real instruments and real musicians. I have 2 kids and a computer, so it is what it is.
My friend Bryn took this picture
Anything You Want
This is another song that I wrote for the RPM challenge. Wrote this one about my little girl Sophie. She is about to get a little brother within the next couple of days.
I originally meant for this song to be a kind of rock-steady reggae sort of tune, but quickly realized that my voice sounds ridiculous in that setting. I would probably have more luck rapping.
Back to the drawing board. In the end I put together a really simple drum beat on EZ Drummer (vintage kit), then added in another kit that I created in EXS24. I had downloaded some free snow and ice samples from Tonehammer over the holiday season. Lots of great samples of people walking in, and kicking snow, throwing snow, skittering rocks across frozen ponds, etc… Picked a bunch out and made a “drum kit” out of them. The ice kit just doubles the regular drum track, but the attack is totally different, I like the sound it made. They give a nice squishy/crunchy feel to the drum track. There are also some rhythmic things I did on a bitcrushed 909 sound. you’ll notice that the drums are off in spots; that’s because I did them live and liked the way the looseness felt.
The main instruments are the ukulele (purchased on impulse at guitar center for $30), the reggae bass sound in Logic, and I think I used the XILS3 synth plug-in. Reverbs were Space Designer with some EMT 250 impulse responses. Can’t remember where I got them, but there are some IRs from this floating around online. There are a couple of great vocal settings with a short reverb tail on them from this machine. I used EOS for all of the other reverb stuff.
Now the song is more like a motown song, with some slightjy off-kilter instrumentation. hope you like.
Been really into my uke lately: small, easy to grab at a moments notice, different layout than guitar so I tend to play different things. You should listen to this song, then go buy a cheap uke and record your own uke tune.
By an odd coincidence, my son who is about to be born is named Julian.