Wednesday, July 18, 2007

today's recording

This is the first time I get to try this....here's what I spent the night working on.

Chris & Kevin showed up around 10 pm....we arranged and recorded several of Kevin's guitar parts to a piece Chris (bass) and I (drums) worked up months ago. Chris & I re-recorded our parts with a different arrangement and a much tougher sound last week sometime, and so tonight Kevin got to lay his parts down. This is the first time I've recorded Kevin, which was a blast....he knows his shit.

So here is a rough mix of the thing in 23. The mp3 sounds a little washy towards the end when the cymbals get real heavy....

Yesterday (which for me would be Monday....) I brainstormed a very minimal piece on the Rhodes and spent a good part of the afternoon and evening trying to map it out....this has some really tricky rhythms in it....After Kevin left at about 2 or 3 am, Chris and I worked out a rough arrangement for keys and drums, and I guess Kevin will play either bass or guitar. Here's the keyboard-only super-rough demo I did about 6 pm. I realized I couldn't get the amp I usually use to be loud enough, so I used the new TubeWorks bass amp because it's stupid loud....the advantage of the other setup is I have a distortion knob on the other amp, and I was annoyed at not having any fuzz, but I was pleasantly surprised by how clear it sounded through the bass amp so I went with that instead. I'll add fuzz later.

Comments not only welcome but encouraged....

[EDIT 1/30/08 mp3s taken down per Chris' request....]

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the latest Exec Order? http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070717-3.html?1

Blank said...

This is the first chance I've had to check out your page. Well done! Due to the fact that i can never get away to come see you, this is the next best thing. I'm digging the new rough version. Can't wait to hear the finished product.

-Jeff

nb said...

anon....

heard about it but haven't read much analysis....

Jeff....

thanks! I'm going to be putting a lot more shit up either later tonight or tomorrow.

Eileen said...

Neal, I was able to hear the thing in 23: intense, driving. The other one (super whatever) is quite beautiful, haunting, seems like it asks then almost answers questions, then a little bit of jangle, then a little more feeling toward the end. This is awesome for somebody like me who has never got out of the '60s musically. Love you, Eileen