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Laconic Oration – November

Here are a bunch of images from Natalie and My image-blog: Laconic Oration.

All of these are from the month of November, which was a busy month over there. We found a bunch of great items that needed to be shared. This selection is just a very small fraction, so if you like looking at things, go to the blog.

ps- click here and here to see small collections from September and October.



















more at http://laconicoration.tumblr.com

scott

The Skeletal Structures of Songs: Rabble Rouse

or…
“Demos and Our Bright Reflections”

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

||RABBLE ROUSE||

here’s the demo:

this is the first track from the first full length – “A Sense Of Urgency” (buy it here or on itunes). this album was initially started way back in december of ’06, when we began slowly (very, very slowly) recording bits and pieces of songs that we had previously written or were currently working on. i don’t remember exactly when this song was introduced to the band, but i feel like it was within the first 1o or so songs we worked on.

the demo, like most of the early songs, was written and recorded by uciel on a digital 4-track. he then gave it to greg, who worked up some vocal arrangements. from there, it was laid out for ryan and myself to have our way with. as you can hear, the basic structure never changed, but many things were added, driving the song in a MUCH different direction than where it was originally headed.

the recording of this song started, like usual, with the drums. i can’t remember what mics we had at the time, so i won’t talk about mic placement or anything, however, i do remember that this is one of the tracks from a session where i refused to mic the toms. because of this, the drum mix obviously focused on overheads and room mics. the drums were played, multiple times, start to finish along to a predetermined click track. interestingly enough, after all the effort, there’s only one section of the song where we actually kept the real drums.

i’m assuming the next thing to be laid down would have the bass, as that’s how we did most of the album. we would get the bass and drums really tight and then layer everything on that foundation. guitars would have been next, and i don’t know the effects chains for any of these parts, as i didn’t play any of them (you’d have to ask ryan and cecil), but all said and done, we probably have 5 or 6 rhythm guitar tracks going on. greg then recorded the vocals on top of all this. we have two vocals going on the verse, paned to the left and right, with a handful of effects on each. again, most of this was done on the fly without a lot of planning, so i don’t have notes about what effects in what order. i will try and do better with my note taking in the future!

i know that the solo on the bridge was added later, as there was never originally a solo there. ryan came up with it one day while listening to an initial rough mix and we threw it in cuz it sounds rad. he also wrote and recorded a couple of cello parts for bridge. and speaking of the bridge… that’s the one place where we kept the original, live drum part. however, i ran it through the vocoder of a microkorg which i had programmed. i also manipulated it in real time to make it more interesting.

the rest of the drums were later programmed using multiple instances of  fxpansion’s BFD. the beat is almost identical to the live version, just not actually live, and some of the verse drums were run through effects. i can’t remember the chain, but obviously there’s some delay and filters. i think i tried another vocoder as well.

at this point, we could have been done… but NO! ryan stole a giant old box fan from his parents and we sampled it, processed it, and layered it at the beginning and end of the tune, along with some other machinery and noise. we also used  battery to put in some samples of marching and metal pipes during the chorus. you know… the usual.

and here’s the final product (found on “A Sense Of Urgency“):

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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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Bikers+The Lonesome Heroes=Help Cancer

Sometimes I feel like I’m wearing two left shoes when I’m on the internet. Yet-when my water is mixed with vodka–as it is right now–I don’t seem to mind. If you don’t ever drink, attempt reading a sloppy number 5. You will swear it’s an “S” and quite frankly.. that’s what it feels like to be drunk. I stare at doctor applications all day and sometimes when trying to read their application-I feel a lot more dizzy then I do now. You may ask..what’s this leading too? Is this a drunk post? Well, it is not…kinda.

I remember about two years ago bringing a bunch of meat as a gift to a person that does not eat meat. But, that’s all I really had to offer and luckily this fine man had a small living room in Des Moines, Iowa which I spent the night drinking PBRs and chatting nonsense with some fine Texans. These fine Texans were at the time considered, “loose friends.”

After a night in some dive bar parking lot in Philly-dancing to Rod Stewart songs-I convinced them to fly to Minnesota..so that we could drive to Des Moines, Iowa- record some music and have a grand ole’ time.

They are now great friends and the point of this blog is simple.

Some of the sweetest, most genuine people I know will be providing songs from their E.P, “Don’t Play to Lose” on Floodwater Records in an upcoming documentary.

Whoa- I almost forgot, these lonestar crazed Texans go by the monkier, “The Lonesome Heroes.”

To view the trailer-just click below.

For more info about The Lonesome Heroes visit http://www.floodwaterrecords.com
..buy a release..why not help a hungry man eat as well?