Studio Log #16

August 19, 2017

It’s been weird watching my aesthetic drift into techno, a music I neither listen to nor like very much. But my current working method is pretty much “take guitar solo, and throw random sounds at it until it somewhat approaches HYO-MAN MYOO-ZIK” and damned if techno beats and production don’t JUST WORK.

Which is a long roundabout way to tell the story of #6 and how it’s my third recent thing that could arguably be called a techo song with guitars.

I had an R&D #6 for a long time. (I was called #5 for a long time because of poor version conntrol, but that got better and it got #6’d.) It started from a totally atonal & arrhythmic track created with a Max application called Clouds. I added a bunch of other similarly non-musical elements, then created a beat in a weird time signature, then tried to record a guitar improvisation on my 12-string electric in a strange and unfamiliar tuning. That was thrwarted by the power going out and the unexpected surprise of my UPS being dead. I made another pass some time later, intending to comp together the best bits of both improvs into something good.

But the more I worked with it, the more I felt it wasn’t going anywhere. I liked little bits of both improvs, but there was no clear way to meld them together in any reasonable forms (although I just had an idea right this very minute - ed.), and I didn’t like any of it enough to justify all the time I was putting into it.

So I threw it away and started a new #6. Found a weird guitar solo recorded to a beat last December. I have no memory of the specific tone and effect combination. Don’t remember the tuning either, but I DID at least record each open string at the beginning so I could reverse engineer it if needed. And I started throwing tracks at it. It’s basically done now, but for a little bit of cleanup and experimentation.

And the end result is yet another technoish track, and one I like enough that I may just move it over from the R&D category into the ‘hey, let’s throw this on an album’ category under the title Filthy, Stinkin’ Boids.

So I’m still out an R&D #6.

Studio Log #15

July 16, 2017

Been sick all weekend, which has been a huge detriment to getting any work done, but did some play-throughs and some organizing.

Also just for shits ‘n’ giggles, I’ve been trying to find cover songs that can be played in the triptych tuning. So far I’ve got “Takehase” by Neurosis and “Thank You Lord for Sending Me the F Train” by Mike Doughty. More to come?

Doubtless

Listened back and decided it has not achieved its final form. Played through it a bunch, arrived at something new, still not sure.

I’ve recorded it as-is, and I’m going to leave it alone for a while and see if it still makes sense when I come back to it.

Other

Putting all my current mixes in a playlist so I can go through them in the car (my preferred listening environment). I have 4 songs that are DONE but for the mixings (Clouds, Y CAN NOT, Cyclone, & Seppuku).

Next

No. 6

Which, in my recollection, needs a ground-up remake.