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.
Another APOD track. Bryn was working on another track and sent us the artifacts from it. The sounds reminded me of My Bloody Valentine’s guitars. Typically what we do is trade files back and forth (through dropbox) and everyone just manipulates the hell out of what we’re using, and then Bryn mixes (way more skilled at it than the rest of us). What I really like about this one is that it is made up of left-overs and odds and ends, that we then played over. Like adding to a thrift store painting. The player isn’t broken, there is a really slow fade in.
I added some synths, an african drum, and the drums from Led Zeppelins “Fool in the Rain” that I had found some outtakes for online. I’m not really singing anything (just kind of mumbling). Put it back in the dropbox.
Kevin then added bass, acoustic guitar (heavily manipulated) and some indian instruments and sent it back. I added some vocals, and then Bryn sang on it some more and mixed it.
Here are Bryns mix notes that he emailed to Kevin and I:
“This honestly was a quick mix (well, quick for me – 2.5hrs)
Firstly, the bass – I doubled it and put different compressors on each
track…then on one of the tracks I added a low pass filter and only allowed the really low frequencies thru. They blended together in a nice dubby kind of way – big, boomy but not particularly muddy
The drums – I copied to 2 tracks as well – one track I left relatively dry with some compression. The other track I applied the space designer reverb and used a setting called ‘soccer field’. I cranked the reverb up to max then blended the audio of the (very) wet reverb drum track with the dry
I isolated a few of bonham’s fokkin ell’s and pitch shifted one of them in Logic. I added the tape delay plugin and set it so as soon as the pitch shifted Bonham says fokkin ell, I ‘froze’ the delay it repeats throughout the song.
I added augustus loop to kevins shruti or tanpura sample (cant remember which one now)
THEN (lol) I added about 4 vocals and just for the hell of it I put augustus loop on everyone of my voices so I am buried in echo. 3 of my vocal tracks I routed to their own buss and I added a spectral filter. I bounced down the sound of that and then removed the filter. I placed the bounced spectral filter track at the beginning and end of the song (it was originally in the middle) but I left the original vocals in there too. I wasn’t listening to closely to the words that michael was actually singing, so my 4th vocal was basically saying ‘sale – ur’ Its kind of lost in all the echo swathe but I did a bit of my pet sounds-like harmonizing…however, the essence of it comes thru which in a way is more effective
I think as there is such a unanimous thumbs up for this, I wont attempt a version 4, 5, 6 etc….its actually quite good to be spontaneous in a sense and say this is how the cards fell when I dropped them and I like what I got”
Going back to who played what on here (it kind of gets lost as we add layer
upon layer – and it doesn’t really matter to be honest), but I think here is the summary:
Kevin – skysaw guitar (taken from spinning away track) – additional echo effects applied; bass, shruti, tempura
Particle Dots (Bryn)– synths, subtle sequenced pattern, drum+bass enhancements, remix of elements, even more echo, vocals
This was pitched down, mixed and made into working title track ‘spin artifact’
Michael – vocals, finger drums, fokkin ell, Bonham and various other sound textures
Another song; this time it’s about a guy who is stuck in outer space.
Stars and Dust
He misses the people that he knows back on earth, but there is no way to get back. He misses simpler times and outdated technology.
There is something to be said for things that you normally take for granted.
Simplicity = serenity
Technology = thought
Now to go study some embryology
Not really much to say in this installment. Haven’t recorded much lately as life was getting in the way. This song I am posting was knocked ut pretty quickly and was basically an excuse to try out a fake theremin sound. I do have a real theremin, that my lovely wife gave me for xmas a few years ago, but it’s almost impossible to play a melody on the thing.
The theremin sound was made in the ES2 synth that is part of Logic. Speaking of Logic, I am really excited about the new Logic 9. Some really cool features: convert to sample, some really neat audio flex features. It’s all been said way better than I could explain it, but very excited. Now to just save up a couple hundred bucks (harder than you think with a kid).
Anyways, not really sure what the song is about. I will probably try and do a re-mix of this, although I accidentally threw away the MIDI files for the drum track. Have been trying to learn how to think like a drummer, and am not always successful. I think I overdid it with the crash cymbals at the end of the song.
I should probably update this blog more often as the intent was to document my experience trying to learn how to make decent recordings in Logic. At this point I can’t remember a whole lot about the process of this song. Played some stuff, made a few software instruments with samples, etc… Nothing enlightening or interesting in the slightest. I will leave you with some of my plastic block art that I do with my daughter. This is an owl. hope you like the song.
Click that link above to hear the tune