WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 35 ‘Kitty Kat Blues’

Week 35 ‘Kitty Kat Blues’

Last few weeks I’d been working on more samply/audio editing based tracks, so I enlisted the help of my mate and drummer extraordinaire Anthony to just do a blues track.
Kind of an ode to strippers
This was a single condenser mic in figure 8 pattern – capturing guitar amp + kick, with the Z00m H4n acting essentially as an overhead mic. Recorded vocals seperately. Really trying to steal some of that fred mcdowell + black keys vibe, and get a fat heavy sound but kind of friendly too. I personally really like the end result and think it’s a great way to do things!

A really fun project to mix
Thanks for listening! – huge shout out to Devieus who I just realised has basically left a comment on every track i’ve done for the year! That’s awesome and v much appreciated

Thanks for listening!
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We’ll take the low road
No gods, No Masters
I gotta go
Push it push it push it faster

She’s workin’ hard – harder than it seems
Kitty kat
She’s workin’ hard all night – harder than it seems
I swear
When i came in here – my wallet was bursting at the seams.

Take the low road
No Gods, no Masters
I gotta go
Push it push it push it faster.

Earn that money, earn that money money
Pretty girl you’ve got what I need
But I get the dreams for free

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 34, Spring Chords

Week 34- ‘Spring Chords’

A short chord progession on the acoustic guitar expanded in a few different ways. One of my favourite ever chord progressions tbh and very fun to play. Couldn’t think of any fitting vocals, so I decided to go with a Bonobo-ish kind of arrangement.
As always, huge fan of a twist ending.

Thanks for listening!

 

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 33, Southbound

Week 33 – ‘Southbound’

Back after a 7 week hiatus – a Sunday Special.
Pieced this thing together in one afternoon from some old words I wrote a long time ago – driving from near Byron Bay to Sydney. Scared of my dodgy 1986 van’s speed-wobbles and thinking about music and travel.
Likely come back to this in the future and re-scrub a few rough edges for a seperate release, but I’m happy with the result smile

I’m thinking of presenting my own personal WeeklyBeats 2018 – Best Of show, at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival, with a live band and some sort of visual element. Recounting this years’ experience, and also coming home strong after missing a chunk of songs in the middle of this year.

Thanks for listening!
Southbound.
Boosting on the A1
Things are always changing,
Good things have just begun.
Images.
Of a fiery death flash past –
But I’ve gotta drive fast.
I’ve got a show to make and she’s waiting.
In the back of my mind –
Where I’ll always find her.

Southbound
Lightfoot and well fed.
Like a raging bull, charging where I turn my head.
Southbound
Changing lanes in the pouring rain.
Coming in hot!
And making it back again.
Sydney side
Lookin’ down the harbour.

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 25, Last Minute Loop

Week 25 – ‘Last Minute Loop’

 

Oh shit, only half an hour left until time runs out!
Quickly fired up my loop pedal + mic.

Been practicing and learning songs all week but completely forgot to record anything new so luckily got this one submitted with about 10 minutes left.

Going to be in Melbourne for the next 3 weeks without access to my music gear so expect either field recordings or some sort of app-based compositions I can do on my phone. Will figure out a way to make it work smile

Thanks for listening smile

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 24, Butterfly Picking

Week 24 – Butterfly Picking

 

A late night improv on a really niche technique I’ve been practicing with for ages now – this sort of lopsided cascading RH technique. I think it sounds really great with a couple of open strings droning.

Just whatever happened at the time – recorded into my trusty blumlein ribbon mic + a DI with reverb applied.
The simplicity of this recording setup has helped me to learn a bit more about gain-staging / noise floor etc. because the ribbon mic needs to get cranked v hard to get a good level, and there’s nowhere to hide mix-wise.

Also – the buzz/fizzing sound which you might notice is coming from my guitar! I didn’t notice it until only recently, gonna get that fixed up soon smile
Thanks for listening!

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 23, RibbonTone

Week 23 – RibbonTone

My DI + a stereo ribbon mic, = my favourite acoustic guitar sound atm. When mixed with other instruments it’s easy to get rid of the boominess if it’s taking up too much of the mix, but on it’s own it can sound strong as.
Out of a bunch of jamming and experimenting I came up with like 90 seconds of a new song, which is my upload this week.

 

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 17, Quantized

Week 17 – Quantized

beginnings of a new larger-scale project
Thanks to Mel for the help w/ harmonies!

Noticing lots of other people around town going for a huge epic sound, spending lots of money in the studio to pull it off.

Trying that big production sound myself on a budget of 0 in an apartment.

Really cool old drum beat I have been wanting to use for a long time – essentially a half-time shuffle with the accent halved again. A quarter-time shuffle I guess. (Whole-time shuffle?)

An Opeth-style outro section. (Just quietly possibly my favourite guitar lead I’ve ever made) – also attempting to fade this track into next week’s.

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You don’t know why
But you’ve got nothing at all
You think you’re flying
But you’re in free fall

I heard you got a new song on the radio –
You’re getting played almost every day, I don’t know how it goes.
You’re in tune and on time
Quantized – and holding on the market line.

Yeah it’s good
But I can’t feel it.

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 16, LoopJam2 – Ebow Chords

 

“Week 16!
Left this one till late – while working on new TSC songs during the week and trying to figure out a seperate project.

I’ve got a cool audio setup for this loop stuff – DI from my guitar, lineout from the Roland (which is playing the loops + Live guitar) and a room mic to capture the beautiful ambience of the loud fridge and traffic’

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 13, JazzEmUp

Week 13/52
Little diddly in E(b) minor.
Very short of time this week so this is a quick and rough setup – but I also used my camera to film it. Going to use this simple setup to film and record a bunch of guitar stuff for my social media.
Here’s to the second quarter of 2018!
Lots of guitar instructional vids / loop jams / practice diary stuff planned. some of which might make it into WB.
Also going to explore some other really different styles of music.

It’s gonna get weird for sure
Thanks for listening!

New Album!

I made an album!

https://tgbrandenburg.bandcamp.com/releases

‘Problem Solver’ is about 40 minutes long. It’s essentially 10 of the first 12 weeks of WeeklyBeats 2018 – remixed/made/mastered.
A daunting prospect at the start of the year, and LOTS of work, but I’m really happy with it and I’ve learnt a lot in the process.
I’ve never written much lyrically or done much lead singing so it was a huge learning curve and quite scary putting myself out there in that way – but I can already feel a huge amount of improvement since week 1.
Very happy to have this put together, and to move on to something completely different.
🙂
It’s free.
Please listen and feel free to get in touch and give me your thoughts.
Cheers!