Spent a while chasing down a strange sound I heard on the guitar track. Sounded like a brief electric hum of some sort. Turned out to be a bizarre string buzz on a certain note-combination.
In the evening I listened to several mixes via the Weiss D/A and my Stax headphones and was in heaven. We have captured an amazing sound. Decided that while I will use my usual compression – the same I have used since “La Semana” – on the CD, the HD version will be uncompressed.
That is part of a chorus, the last three of four repetitions. As you can tell, if you compare it to this rehearsal version, I changed the melody so that instead of simply repeating four times, the melody has a different ending on the second and four time. Yesterday I added a little hook you can hear on the left side, coming in for the third and fourth repetition, to further vary the chorus.
By the way, you might notice that the snare sounds different than on the other recordings. For this track Michael removed the dampening ring that normally lies on the snare, which allows the drum to ring louder and longer. It’s a more traditional R&B sound, which works very well here. Also, I played this on the Blanca guitar.
Nation Shudders At Large Block Of Uninterrupted Text – The Onion
Dumbfounded citizens from Maine to California gazed helplessly at the frightening chunk of print, unsure of what to do next. Without an illustration, chart, or embedded YouTube video to ease them in, millions were frozen in place, terrified by the sight of one long, unbroken string of English words.
The Mister K font – more on this here, in German – uses the unique cursive writing style of Franz Kafka. It brings up an interesting art discussion for me. If we can make a computer write like a human, if we can make a guitar, via a midi-pickup, sound like a flute, if we can make a trombone, with distortion, sound like an electric guitar… should we? I mean, what’s interesting about playing piano with a guitar – I personally can’t stand it when Robert Fripp plays piano via the midi-pickup on his guitar. Sampled pianos still sound like, well, sampled pianos. If one wants to play piano badly enough one should learn how to play the piano.
That is different from, say, playing the guitar in the style of a piano. Or, playing bird-calls on the guitar, or anything that widens the vocabulary of the instrument. This I find interesting.
(((I like handwriting and have re-learned how to write cursive script over the last month, using some of my father’s beautiful handwriting as a guide.)))
What do you think?