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Isolation projects - post your recordings here!

Discussion in 'Recording and PA Lounge' started by Merlin, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Merlin

    Merlin Gold Member

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    I've been gifted with the time to do some playing and recording, so here's my first tune from the Covid 19 Studio:



    Squier VM 70s Jaguar - 12 gauge flats
    Squier Standard Jazz bass - modded with GFS RedActives pickups
    Addictive Drummer 2
    Reaper v.6
    Interface - Boss GT-1 processor - all tones were generated by this unit. I have a surf preset for the guitar, which models a Twin. Bass was recorded through the same chain, but without the spring reverb.
     
  2. Lincoln

    Lincoln Gold Member

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    Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
    Nice job!

    I'm a sucker for "surf era" music.
     
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  3. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    That's great! Thanks.
     
  4. greco

    greco Gold Member

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    Very impressive and enjoyable. Congrats!
     
  5. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    Surf's up!

    Very good!
     
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  6. Lincoln

    Lincoln Gold Member

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    Don't tell anybody, but I still play "Walk Don't Run". My guitar teacher about 50 years ago rocked a jaguar and played surf music. He'd teach me one part, then he'd play the other part, we'd switch back & forth. Good memories.
     
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  7. mawmow

    mawmow

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    Levis, Qc
    GREAT and inspiring !!! :)
     
  8. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    Location:
    London, Ontario
    Just hammered this one out after listening to some high school memories.

     
  9. zontar

    zontar

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    Oct 25, 2007
    Location:
    Somewhere around here
    I have some stuff on the go, but may not be able to finish it properly due to all sorts of other stuff going on--even being at home all the time.
    (Well except for getting groceries for my parents in self isolation.)
    Thanks to any who do share.
     
  10. jbealsmusic

    jbealsmusic Occasional CEO Dealer

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    Feb 11, 2014
    Location:
    Nepean, ON
    I'm not in isolation, but I've managed to get some evening music time in after the kids are down. Here's the most recent song I've been working on. I never really finished polishing it up or mixing/mastering it, but it's not far from a finished product for my needs. I guess I'd call it, rock/funk/rap/metal/fusion? I dunno.....


    THE STORY
    I like a lot of different styles of music and never liked being pigeon-holed into one style/genre. It's partly why I was never happy playing in bands. No one wanted to experiment outside of the genre the band typically played in, and that's all I ever wanted to do. So, this was my attempt to write music more freely without worrying about genre or style.

    THE WRITING PROCESS
    In this case, I began with a funk/rock riff drawn from a jazz/ragtime chord progression. The guitars and bass were the easy part and a lot of fun to put together. I even kept the original progression in the chorus, and tagged back to it again in the bridge. It sounds so different all gained out, and I like it!

    The riff reminded me a bit of some old-school rap/rock stuff, so I began playing with writing some more rhythmic vocals. I did my best to sprinkle in the mandatory rap chops like layered meanings, metaphors, mixing up flows (rhythmic and rhyming patterns), some fast stuff, etc. The chorus vocals were originally a placeholder, but it grew on me as I continued writing the rest of the song so I ended up keeping it. I played it for my son and a few others and have caught them singing it since, so I guess it is pretty catchy. The bridge is a mixed bag of a small homage to Michael Jackson with the "we are the world" line and the positive message, but with a hint of modern grindy/screamy edge that I thought was an appropriate juxtaposition to the rapping.

    The guitar solo is very rock/fusion, like some of my more recent guitar influences. Again, it was mainly just an improvised placeholder but it grew on me as I heard it over and over again, so I kept it in.

    All in all, it was a very fun experiment in song writing and I rather enjoy the result. It's one of the few songs I've written/recorded that I really do like to listen to. It probably wouldn't be everyone else's cup of tea, but I had a blast making it.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2020
  11. Chitmo

    Chitmo Gold Member

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    Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Only made one recording so far and my wife made me promise not to show anyone!
     
  12. Brian Johnston

    Brian Johnston

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    Sudbury, Ontario
    Mine is nearly 11 minutes (did this over the last few days when time allows). Covid-19 Meets the Eventide H9 Max

     
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  13. torndownunit

    torndownunit Gold Member

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    Orangeville, Ontario
    I've contributed to a few projects people I know have going on, but haven't heard anything finished yet. I'm glad I worked on my home rig last year when my band did our last album though, it's come in handy.
     
  14. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    It
    Its good. "Contrived", in a way, because of all the different influences (that you are very open about). But assembled with impeccable taste, making it both "original" and appealing.
     
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  15. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    London, Ontario
    Trying to create my own ambient options, decided to make this while I do.

     

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