Wake-up Call (mp3, 4.2MB)|
This is a "sound collage" I did for Flipside '04 (Glitter Monkey Rodeo). The idea was that it would be played in the morning so people people would hear it as they were waking up in their tents, etc. It starts out fairly mellow before going to some interesting places. Monkeys and helicopters are always a hit!
Murgatroid (mp3, 3MB)
Damn! I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted a new song here. I've done a bunch of misc. demo-type stuff, but nothing much that I really felt was worth posting. I'd rather wait until it's finished for people to hear it . . . but nothing gets finished cause I'm always doing too many things at once (kung fu? drum lessons? playing in some lame-ass band?).
Anyway--here it is. It's the first thing I've been happy with in a long time even if it is just a rough demo. I still need to record the drums at the end of the song, and I still need to write a real guitar part (as opposed to noodling around with a delay pedal).
liver (mp3, 1.1MB)
This one is pretty much just a minute of noise. I was messing around on drums and came up with a rhythm that I wanted to record just so I'd remember it. Once I got a recording of it, I tried adding delay to it hoping for a dub type of effect, but I stumbled on the sound heard here instead. I figured I'd use a delay pedal and add a guitar track of noise for fun, but I recorded the first take w/o delay, just for a soundcheck. Normally, I'd use the delay while playing and I'd adjust my playing to track with the delay speed. Just to see what happened, I added the delay to the track after-the-fact and got the monstrosity heard here.
October 6 Song (mp3, 1.9MB)|
This is my very first attempt at recording an actual song since I started setting up my home studio. The main bass line came from a riff I stumbled upon while I was messing around with drum sounds last weekend. I laid down the bass guide track yesterday (thus, the October 6 song) and I did the rest today. If I were worrying about the song itself, I probably wouldn't have considered any of these takes "keepers", but right now I was mostly just concerned with hearing one song with a full set of tracks. Aside from the main bass riff, all of these tracks came pretty much off the top of my head, so they're pretty generic. Despite all the disclaimers, I'm pretty happy with how it sounds overall. Yeah, the mix is pretty amateur, but I think it's a respectable effort for a first-timer. And hey--I played all the instruments on this. Yeah, I know it SOUNDS like I played all the instruments, shaddup!
drums - 2 overheads (at4033), bass (atm25) and snare (sm57)
guitars - my gt3 (patch 26, 1959 crunch) into the direct-in on the presonus mp20 preamp (just to see if it added anything interesting to the sound). the lesson of the day is that going direct sounds crappy, even with the amp sim on the gt-3.
bass - hartke combo amp going direct into the presonus-- i can generally get a really nice sound this way, but since i just meant this as a guide track, i didn't worry much about getting a good eq setting on the amp when i recorded it yesterday. now i wish i had. :-(
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