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!
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
She’s workin’ hard all night – harder than it seems
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
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.
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
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!
Boosting on the A1
Things are always changing,
Good things have just begun.
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.
Lightfoot and well fed.
Like a raging bull, charging where I turn my head.
Changing lanes in the pouring rain.
Coming in hot!
And making it back again.
Lookin’ down the harbour.
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
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
Thanks for listening!
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.
unexpected side effect of my current production setup is the tendency for sessions to get far more complex than I anticipate
so here’s week 22.
With a New Orleans style sticking pattern on the drums, this thing sort of turned into a slow, dark, Prince style track? Reminds me a bit of ‘Controversy’ if you played the vinyl back at 2/3 speed. With a vocal and guitar performance somewhere in the distant shadows of Prince tbh.
Not quite sure how to describe it.
Lots of layers and a really big mix. Some really pretty harp/string sounds from Freesound floating all over this one and a staunch 1 note bass line.
A 3 day trip to melbourne over the weekend (normally I get these done Sunday night) means all I can do this week is upload the early stages of a potentially 4-5 minute long song with a lot more changes and arrangement yet to come. I really like this one already so I’ll definitely follow it through to completion, but for week 21 you get to hear it in it’s rough unfinished glory
Keeping with my theme the last few weeks of trying to make simple grooves and elaborate on them. This one ended up very different to how I intended – and incorporates a few flute/oboe samples from Freesound.