Tag Archives: synthesizers

Laconic Oration – January

Natalie and I maintain an image-blog over at laconicoration.tumblr.com.

Here is a very small taste of what was posted there in January:




















i’ve also posted samples from December, November, October, and September. However… you could always just stop over to the site itself

scott

Laconic Oration – December

Here are a small number of images from Laconic Oration, an image-blog maintained by Natalie and myself.

They were all posted during the month of December, and there are plenty more where these came from.

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















View more at http://laconicoration.tumblr.com

scott

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

Laconic Oration – October

September’s edition was such a success, I guess I’ll continue the monthly image post!!

Here are 15 images from Laconic Oration, during the month of October:















via Laconic Oration

scott

The Skeletal Structures of Songs

or…
“Demos and Our Bright Reflections”

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

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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“):

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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (15)

continuing the online mixtape.
[(1).(2).(3).(4).(5)]
[(6).(7).(8).(9).(10)]
[(11).(12).(13).(14)]

song (15):

The Knife“Heartbeats”

this song is off of the 2003 album, “Deep Cuts”. i think you can buy it on their website.
the knife deep cuts album art

the knife is a brother/sister duo from sweden. they don’t like mainstream music, and although they’ve won multiple awards for their music, they refuse to take part in all the crazy shinanigans that come along with it. examples: they avoid public appearances, refused to play live until recently, and wear masks in most of their promotional photos. they also boycotted the 2003 grammys, where they won best pop group of the year, sending in their place two people wearing gorilla costumes. supposedly this was a protest against male dominance in the music industry, but i’m not sure i understand what gorillas have to do with that. regardless… i support this anti-social behavior.

Heartbeats Live:

A Successfully Creepy Video:

And A Cover Of Heartbeats:

scott

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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (6)

continuing the online mixtape.
[(1).(2).(3).(4).(5)]

song (6):

Yellow Magic Orchestra“Solid State Survivor”

off the album of the same name.
yellow magic orchestra solid state survivor

Yellow Magic Orchestra was formed in 1978 in japan. They’ve been cited by many people as the pioneers of electropop, and were supposedly so popular in their home country, that business men today still wear the YMO “techno cut” hairstyle. Everyone from Eric Clapton to J.Lo to Hitoshi Sakimoto (composer of the final fantasy tactics soundtrack, as well as numerous other video game scores) have been influenced and inspired by these crazy men. they “spread out” as a band (aka: broke up) in 1984.

“Solid State Survivor” was not released in the USA, but it looks like you can get it on amazon for about 20 bucks.

some videos:

yellow magic orchestra on soul train!

ymo covering “day tripper”

scott

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