O Superman (cover)
February 11, 2009 4:06 PM
posted by cortex (24 comments total)
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Here's an attempt to cover O Superman without copying it; no synths, no vocoders, no sampling or looping.
Laurie Anderson's original recording off Big Science
is one of my favorite recordings of all time. I heard it once in the car as a kid, riding around with my dad and listening to public radio—whatever show was on played the song and I think a bit of an interview with Anderson, and I recall the song making a deep impression on me.
It wasn't until years and years later that I figured out what the song was and picked up a copy of the album. It was amazing to hear it again having grown up into a musician in the interim.
This recording features a bunch of not-exactly-pristine vocal harmonies that hopefully, pitchiness aside, capture organically some of that great vocoder vibe and buzz from the original. There's a couple electric guitar tracks, some piano, an acoustic guitar track, and some harmonica as well. Also, the original reference demo track makes a number of appearances at about -20db panned hard right throughout the recording.
I've been vaguely meaning to cover this song for years, and I've been not doing it. I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to get when I set out to do this this morning, and I'm not totally satisfied with what I ended up producing, but it was fun to put together and now at least I can stop some-daying the damned thing.