Monday, January 29, 2007

Remixes to come soon?

I might remix some old songs, I'm not sure, but there are a few that I liked that I could add to, edit, and just make sound a hell of a lot better. Some of these songs would sound better if I just rerecorded them, but I'm not sure if I really want to go that far. Either way, keep your eyes peeled for new versions of old songs, and possibly just new songs all together.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

After much frustration, new song is up.

Before I start off the story, you can go to here to hear the new song

Technically, it took me seven hours to complete this song. I got home from school, and started working on it around 2 pm, and got some guitar tracks recorded. When I went to record vocals, I plugged my microphone in, and all I got was a horrible noise. So I took it apart to find out what was wrong with it, and only to break it even further. I tried some other methods of recording vocals for a while, I came up with some good ideas, but they all ended up sounding terrible.

I found a cassette, unscrewed it, took out the tape, and screwed it back together. I stuck the tape in an old tape recorder, and plugged the headphone jack from that into the line in from my laptop. When I would press record, my computer would be using it as a microphone, so I tried recording some vocals with it. Sure, it worked, but it sounded terrible because you could hear the gears moving from the tape recorder, and it seemed to pick up a lot of crappy noises, it was extremely sensitive for a who-knows-how-old tape recorder I got from Goodwill. I ended up just recording with the mic built into my laptop and using Audacity to amplify the tracks (the internal mic records too quietly).

At around 3 or 4, my power went out. See, this wouldn't have been so bad if I had actually saved my work at least once. So I started fresh again, angry, tired, and still full of energy drink. I was trying to get the loudest vocals, and parts where I actually sang done as soon as possible, because singing while my family is home is too embarrassing. When I finally got all the guitar tracks and about half the vocals done, I started thinking about other things I should put in, so I started working on bass lines.

Now, I don't have a bass guitar, so I had to make do with what I had. In the past, I've always used my brother's keyboard for bass, but this time I just used my guitar. On my amp, I set it to clean, turned off all mid and treble, and turned turned the tone knob on my guitar to have more bass. Since my guitar is usually downtuned enough to make a real musician puke, it sounds sort of like a real bass, and I really like how I pulled off a few of the bass lines in the song.

There's this one part in the song where I forgot to change my recording device on my computer to line in, so I recorded about 2 minutes of guitar without realizing this, but actually left it in there at the part where I'm whispering because I like how it sounded. I did the beginning vocals clean because I thought it would work best, the middle vocals I tried to make sound increasingly angry, or evil, to express the way I felt at those points in my life. The whispering and speaking I did just because I didn't know what else to do, same goes for at the end where I sound like Fat Albert. The ending really has nothing to do with the rest of the song, but I don't want to delete the ending. The song is kind of about how I've changed over the years on a mental and emotional level. I probably never would have done this song if it wasn't for a class, to be honest.

For lack of a better name, I named this one after the current album title, 'Cerebral Apocalypse'. It took me about 2 hours before I gave up and just named it that, so hopefully it's fitting.

New song finished

It ended up being the title track for my new album, and I'm going to turn it in to my class today. This won't end well. More details later today.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Recent Satan's Basement News

I might have a new song soon, because I have a final in a class that one option is to make a song. This might not end well...
But on the bright side there might be a new song.