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    Released some new music.

    And it's got riffs this time.



    ...actually, this song was written in 2002 with my first band. We called it quits in 2003 but never got to record the song. Every now and then we'd meet up and I'd jokingly threatened to rearrange the song to make it harder and heavier. Then came the lockdown period so I thought, I'd give the rearrangement a go. So I repurposed the song into an instrumental track, recorded it last year, and did some post production sessions remotely via Zoom with my co producer, and here it is.

    Enjoy! Or cast stones. Or enjoy whilst casting stones.

    #2
    Good stuff.

    Wish SC wasn't squashing it so bad though.
    Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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      #3
      dude this is great. just gets cooler as it continues. i was just passively listening enjoying it til around 3:20ish. that harmonized solo thing was sick. all the stuff after that is killer too!

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        #4
        Hell yeah!

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          #5
          Excellent work, I really like the lead lines.

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            #6
            Thanks gents.


            Originally posted by Iron1

            Wish SC wasn't squashing it so bad though.
            Yeah, I didn't realise SC ended up doing that on upload. And I think all sites you upload your music does this (YT being a well known offender). My co producer and I were going for a dynamic master so we're hoping it didn't get so severe on upload, but alas.
            Last edited by Leon; 08-14-2021, 06:00 PM.

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              #7
              For the gear heads, here's what I used to record the song:



              Everything was reamped through the Kemper, with the Free The Tone Bass EQ on a few bass parts. The mandolin was boosted with a FTT Final Booster since I'm still a noob at mic'ing a mandolin so I just boosted the DI signal. Wah was an RMC Wizard.

              Ok the photo was just inspired by Leon's Saturday group shot thread.

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                #8
                Very nice! I love the composition and the heaviness.

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                  #9
                  Thanks guys.

                  Originally posted by jacksonplayer View Post
                  Very nice! I love the composition and the heaviness.

                  Glad you commented on the composition aspect. That and arrangements are overlooked topics rarely discussed.


                  Remembering how this song was originally written near 20 years ago I made it a conscious effort to push the song arrangement as hard as I could, whilst still sort of keeping true to the original

                  I had a discussion with Drew in my old Pop experiment thread where I had a tendency to write harmonies in bloody everything. And it shows here. I'm obviously compensating for the vocals, and a chorus with harmonies are wonderful to me. So I kept that in this arrangement. Of course harmonies ended up on the solos too. There weren't any traditional technical solos on the original either, since the original guitarist wasn't a lead player per se, so I put some in since their fun.

                  The key change in the chorus was a conscious effort that drove my singer mad. We were playing at around the time where nu metal and Tool wannabes were all the rage, and every song was in the key of whatever the low E string was tuned to. I was writing stuff with a few key changes by that time so I fought hard against the band to keep it, and I'm glad I did. Sure it's an awkward transition for a singer, but he got it eventually, and the rest of the band ended up loving the vibe. I've actually sent a version of the song to the singer to sing over should he want to record a vocal version. Yeah, that key change came back to haunt him.


                  The drums were transcribed whist I was air drumming the parts. I was sort of emulating the original drummer's vibe, but with much better playing. I added a short drum solo in the bridge as a friendly jab at him.


                  Production wise, I didn't go overboard like I tend to do. The objective was to make it sound like a band in a room, which is extremely difficult when you're playing all the instruments let alone programming the drums. My poor co producer spent a ton of time de-quantising my drum notation. I would've much rather have an actual drummer play, but lockdown had made that hard on my end. Kept the keyboards to a bare minimum, and the sitar and mandolin ended up as added spice.

                  My old singer usually keeps an archive of cassette tapes of our old live recordings so I think this song may exist in it's original form. But frankly if I hear it now, I'd cringe with embarrassment.

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                    #10
                    I dig it!

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