4/20/2006

Close - new attitude

Vince and I had a discussion about the direction of Close today. He
revealed to me that our practices are pretty much the only time that
he gets to do music. So, naturally, he wants to get a little more
creative with what we've been doing. I can't argue with that. We'd
kind of hit a road block after putting the acoustics away and
learning how to play the 'lectrics. We've got a handful of 'lectric
songs, but we need to move past the "waiting for drummer" stage.

So he had the idea (and analogy) that we should approach a new
recording project like laying down watercolor washes. you get what
you get and you build on top of it. We can play together until we're
comfortable with whatever "hot licks" or chord progressions we've
got; but mainly it would be fast and furious. And it would keep it
exciting.

Most of the appeal of working with Roy is the sense of wonder after
we've blitzed through a song and the whole's sum definitely
diminishes even the memory of the parts and their creation.

Taking this approach with Close will be good. We wont even be
limited by location, since Vince is on a Mac as well. hot dog, it
will be fun and challenging, too. sweet.

b

4/14/2006

the Ups - another afternoon

Another afternoon is on its way to completion.
Another Afternoon (as of 04/13) right click, save as; -
you will need quicktime to play this one.

This piece started out as some crazy beats from roy that he dismissed as crazy beats. He passed them off thinking i might be able to do
something somehow.

i restructured the ins and outs and timing of the beats' effects and
laid out an electric piano part. The idea was to sand down the
frenetic feeling into more of a smooth surface for building. Towards
the end, I changed the direction of the chord pattern and added the
sickening sweet strings just for the duplicitous dramatic effect -
something to encourage the song to stick in your head.

i got the above alteration from roy last night. he added some really
amazing guitar treatments. He's a genius.

Enjoy. and watch for updates.

4/11/2006

fact fallows fiction

Last night i tried and tried to get to the bottom of a very spacey piece
that Roy started. I think it was my second attempt at sorting it out. it
turns out that what was throwing me off was the delay on the top synth
track - it was rocking a 6/8 pattern that established itself pretty
well. But as soon as the ambient synth track with the bed chords came
in, everything went wonky in my ears. The chords were hitting at at 8ths
that weren't synced up with the pre-established pattern.
I nudged the offending (to my ears) chords left or right and re-adjusted
the delay on the first track. That seemed to do the trick.
Before I'd made these adjustments, I just couldn't come up with any
additional content, because i kept losing my place. After i altered it,
though, a great palm mute bass line popped into my head. I can thank
tommy james.

I'm not going to post the progress because it would be too much hassle
right now (at work, song's on different computer). I just wanted to keep
"posted."