So what did everyone do this holiday

Beat yer to it Tom :slight_smile:

It thought it appropriate to pinch Tom’s usual topic as I managed a grab most of a day in the studio over the hols and I went for a TomS-esq song/recording approach. First decent go in my “cave” for a while.

I tried to write and record a power-pop guitar based tune. Kinda fun but complete sonic rubbish at the end of it. Try to stay away from my obvious approach. Used modelling for the guitars and bass. Tried a different approach with the drums. And wrote the song as I recorded it. Mostly used my Shergold. Kinda ended up as (early) Elvis Costello meets Rush, meets Big Country, meets a dumpster.

Any way, what did you all do?

Quote: (Mark A @ Jan. 04 2011, 1:57 AM)

It thought it appropriate to pinch Tom's usual topic as I managed a grab most of a day in the studio over the hols and I went for a TomS-esq song/recording approach.
First decent go in my "cave" for a while.

I tried to write and record a power-pop guitar based tune.
Kinda fun but complete sonic rubbish at the end of it.
Try to stay away from my obvious approach.
Used modelling for the guitars and bass.
Tried a different approach with the drums. And wrote the song as I recorded it.
Mostly used my Shergold.
Kinda ended up as (early) Elvis Costello meets Rush, meets Big Country, meets a dumpster.

Any way, what did you all do?

Mark! Where's the result? :heart-break:

Yeah, we want to hear it!!! :agree: The description alone is a work of art! :agree:

"meets a dumpster"

Keeping my tunes company? Good man!

UJ

Yeah Mark LETS HEAR IT!!!

I myself took a break from writting and spent time in the artic clubbing baby seals.

Quote: (duffman @ Jan. 04 2011, 8:52 AM)

spent time in the artic clubbing baby seals.

Is this one of those 'americainism's' i've never heard of or are you just a little bit of a meanie meaner ???

...so where's the link to this song?

I’d pay to see “Elvis Costello meets Rush, meets Big Country, meets a dumpster”. As long as it was Stuart Adamson on Vocal and Guitar, Mark Bryzycki on Drums and…er, just make it Big Country! :laugh:

Yes put the link up!!

I did absolutely nowt most of the time apart from drowning in alcohol…

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Quote: (spreadercraig @ Jan. 04 2011, 11:57 AM)

Yes put the link up!!

I did absolutely nowt most of the time apart from drowning in alcohol...

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Hey matey....I've just taken a vow not to touch alcohol for a few months at least (well when I say 'vow', it was my Doc that 'suggested it :) )
Quote: (ange @ Jan. 04 2011, 10:56 AM)

Quote: (duffman @ Jan. 04 2011, 8:52 AM)

spent time in the artic clubbing baby seals.

Is this one of those 'americainism's' i've never heard of or are you just a little bit of a meanie meaner ???

...so where's the link to this song?

Until you have tasted baby seal blubber butter with smoked spotted owl on toasted rye you haven't lived.
:whistle:

And....MARK THERE IS STILL NO LINK!!
Quote: (duffman @ Jan. 05 2011, 7:05 AM)

And....MARK THERE IS STILL NO LINK!!

OK, ok, ok.... us folks down-under do sleep sometimes y'know. :)

I've got a coupla things to do this morning; will grab it later and post a linky. But you have been warned!
Quote: (Mark A @ Jan. 05 2011, 7:41 AM)

Quote: (duffman @ Jan. 05 2011, 7:05 AM)

And....MARK THERE IS STILL NO LINK!!

OK, ok, ok.... us folks down-under do sleep sometimes y'know.

:)

I've got a coupla things to do this morning; will grab it later and post a linky.
But you have been warned!

Ok, you have been warned.....

http://themarkangel.bandcamp.com/track/the-dumpster-song
Quote: (Mark A @ Jan. 05 2011, 11:16 AM)

Quote: (Mark A @ Jan. 05 2011, 7:41 AM)

Quote: (duffman @ Jan. 05 2011, 7:05 AM)

And....MARK THERE IS STILL NO LINK!!

OK, ok, ok.... us folks down-under do sleep sometimes y'know.

:)

I've got a coupla things to do this morning; will grab it later and post a linky.
But you have been warned!

Ok, you have been warned.....

http://themarkangel.bandcamp.com/track/the-dumpster-song


Oh, I've only listened to this on headphones so no idea idea if mix is totally whack on speakers

And just incase anyone is interested......

Main guitars are Shergold Masquerader into J-station on the "Tweed" amp. (One left, one right)

Guitar twiddle at start is my US Tele into my Rocktron Taboo Twin amp on some patch or other, with a '57 on the cab. Shergold just didn't work.

Guitars on breakdown section are my old Ibanez SG copy thing using my e-bow into the J-station on the same patch as above. String spacing on Shergold just wasn't right for the ebow.

Bass is a 5 String Peavey thing into the same patch on the J-station. Very growly but quite aggressive with the low-pass eq.

Drums were played in on my Boss drum machine (several tracks) and recorded as midi which was then routed back out to the drum machine.

Vox are NT1a and 57. The Rode goes via my dbx preamp thingy with some mild compression. '57 straight into my interface. Left both tracks in as I liked them both. Did so harmonies in the same way.

Tambourine is '57 or Rode - can't remember - whatever was on the stand at the time. Rode I think.

Keys are 4Front ClassicEp Vsti. Played on my Midi keyboard and recorded as midi

Vox are smashed with Antress Seventh Heaven (which is just about my fave vox plugin ever). Usually I sprinkle rather than smash.

Well, you know this is exactly the kind of thing I totally dig. :agree: E.g., the double time snare, the break down - Ebow? Yeah. :laugh:

oddly, your description of it is dead on. :laugh:

Ohhh yes, I likie this. It’s so catchy and has a beautiful vein of ‘Spademanism’ through it. love it love it love it :;):

Watch out Mr T …he’s after your Job :p

Quote: (ange @ Jan. 05 2011, 12:10 PM)

Watch out Mr T ...he's after your Job
:p

Lol.

There's a few things in there which I'd like to go back and fix but maybe this is the way I should go about things in future.

Reminds me of this article that I love about the way KT Tunstall records vocals: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/kt-tunstall/jun-06/21172

Here's a quote (regarding her difficulty in translating her stuff from the stage to the studio):
Quote:


Steve Osborne's “Guide to Not Giving a Toss” is what happened. Basically he had me drink red wine, which helped, and read a magazine while I was singing. Then he'd ask me what the article was about. Because I was doing something else, I completely stopped thinking about singing and switched on that automatic pilot. He'd also pretend he wasn't recording—that's how we got most of the vocals. He'd say, “That's great, we've got it. Let's just do another one for luck.” The keeper vocal would be that last one or the very first take I sang. I kept the rules he taught me in a scrapbook, which I'm going to use to construct a guide for singers.

what took ya so long to get to the ebowed guitar stuff… yada yada… oh I’m gonna blow you away now! :p

Ach! :)

Very nice Mark. Me likes a lot. :agree:

Maybe bump the vox up just a tad?

UJ

Quote: (Poppa Willis @ Jan. 05 2011, 1:35 PM)

what took ya so long to get to the ebowed guitar stuff.............. yada yada... oh I'm gonna blow you away now!
:p

Game on :-)