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The Skeletal Structures of Songs

or…
“Demos and Our Bright Reflections”

(following Beati Paoli’s songs from inception to adulthood)

||MASSIVE CHARM OFFENSIVE||

here’s the demo:

one of our newer songs, it was just released on the split 7″ & mini-album, “Quid Pro Quo” (buy it here). this was among the first batch of songs that were introduced and worked out in studio, as opposed to the live ‘jam’ style that past songs had been pieced together through.

cecil worked out the basic chord structure and some lead lines ahead of time, and recorded them on a digital 8-track at home (i think i might have been in paris at the time). after he played it for us, we went over it a couple times in rehearsal and then laid some scratch guitar on top of a click track.

once we had the basic structure down, i began working on drum parts and samples. the majority of the rhythms came from our practice sessions, where i would use the frankendrum through effects pedals to get the delays and sounds that inspired the rest of the beat to come together. from there, i programmed a beat over ceci’s scratch guitar using fxpansion’s BFD. i continued to mess around with it until i was happy with the over all feel, at which point i set up drum mics and recorded it on REAL drums.

after the drums were all edited and in place, i used battery to intertwine other drum and noise samples into the existing part. i also created a beat for the bridge section (using broken glass, metal pipes, bass drops and various other fun noises).

while working in the studio, we were also still rehearsing. cecil and ryan were working on tones and new parts for their respective instruments, and greg was working on lyrics and melody.

we recorded most of the bass and guitar parts next, and then everyone took some time on their own to review the latest version of the song and meditate. i had been listening to a lot of liquid liquid at the time and decided that we NEEDED marimba on it. i got to work banging out a mallet part and corresponding synth part, eventually programming them using fm8 and kontakt. ryan converted the lead on the chorus to a sick fuzz bass, and pretended to work on a cello part for the bridge (which was eventually abandoned). cecil, inspired by the cure, wrote a lead line for the bridge, and greg finished tweaking the vocals, inspired by nothing.

that’s about it. during the mixdown, we used various effects to enhance certain portions or the song, but i can’t remember what all was done, so for fear of misstating or leaving anything out, i just won’t say a word.

and here’s the final product (found on “Quid Pro Quo“):

scott

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Beati Paoli – Massive Charm Offensive

as promised last post, here’s one of the new Beati Paoli songs. You can get it with the rest of the “Quid Pro Quo” project on 6.19.09.

MASSIVE CHARM OFFENSIVE

You’re old enough by now
To know how this works
If not, I’ll take you by the hand
And walk you through the plan

I’ll take you for a ride downtown
To see if your story checks out
Cards on the table…

I’ll get what I want
And you’ll get to believe in what you want to
Who has to know?
Just you and I alone

Behind closed doors
We’ll serve our purpose
There’s such a thing as quid pro quo

I meant it as a joke
But you took it as a threat
And negotiations aren’t even over yet

I’ll take you for a ride downtown
Let’s see if your story checks out
Cards on the table…

I’ll get what I want
And you’ll get to believe in what you want to
Just press the flesh
Completely acquiese

Press the flesh and acquiese
Let’s coalese
It’s for the best

Don’t feel deceived
It seems to me you’ve already agreed

You just don’t know yet…

thenoisingmachine

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Beati Paoli on rateyourmusic.com

i was just notified today that Beati Paoli is on rateyourmusic.com (http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/beati_paoli).

rateyourmusic.com is something i think greg and possibly tony would be really interested in. it’s both a database of recorded music, an organizational tool, and a social networking site. you see… basically… you set up a profile and then add, from their database, all the albums, eps, singles, bootlegs, etc that you have in your personal collection. you can also look up specific albums to read reviews and see what other people rate them. this is all fun and interesting, but the parts of the site that i find to be the most fun are these: 

1.) you can compare your musical tastes with others. you can automatically find people with similar collections as well as compare the ratings you’ve given with the ratings others have given.

2.) you can view various statistics about the music in a collection. for example: breakdown by rating, rating by decade, or ownership by decade, format, or release type. there are also top releases for every year and other fun charts and lists to browse.

i (scott) decided to make a profile today. you can check me out at: http://rateyourmusic.com/~MCKNGBRD. i haven’t had time to add my whole collection yet (i’ve only gotten through the “B’s” so far), and haven’t actually RATED the majority of what i’ve added, but i’ll have it all up eventually. let’s be friends! :*

in conclusion, check out beati paoli’s page: http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/beati_paoli.

thenoisingmachine

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Beati Paoli on the “unsigned artist showcase” today

Beati Paoli is going to be featured on westsidewill.com today. They will be on the “unsigned artist showcase”. Since we are in no way a major label, i think they can fit in the “unsigned” category just fine. right!?

you should all go listen to it.

and

you should vote for beati paoli by clicking THIS LINK!

here’s a banner to click on to check out westsidewill.com:

 

thenoisingmachine