Sandy Boys

November 11, 2009 4:56 PM

A traditional old-timey tune as recorded by my pseudonymous string band, Crookneck John.

Run through Izotope Vinyl because it lends itself to this type of music. Also because I don't have time to work out a mix right now, and especially because I'm self-conscious as all get-out about my vocals.

(By the way, if anyone is interested in collaborating on old-timey stuff, drop me a line. I'd like to see Crookneck John become a sort of a rotating collective, and this may be one of few places eclectic enough to attract the right kind of people: computer music nerds who also like old-time stringband music.)

posted by usonian (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I think you should crank up your vox. Burying them makes your admitted self-consciousness evident -- crank 'em and it'll sound like they're just the way you like 'em.

In this song, for instance, your vocals louder for the last verse & chorus (starting around 2:00) and it sounds better to me than the previous verses. Your voice sounds good and well-suited for this sort of thing, in any case.

Nice banjo.

Welcome to MeFiMu!
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:15 AM on November 12, 2009

I love this sort of thing. I play guitar and can sing a decent harmony, so I'd be willing to contribute some tracks to a rotating collective. I'm no recording pro, but I can handle the basics.
posted by lholladay at 10:05 AM on November 12, 2009

Nice! The overall lofi feel of the the whole thing is really charming.

I'd be happy to try throwing in on something, too. Harmonies, guitar, some basic upright bass work, whatever.
posted by cortex at 10:36 AM on November 12, 2009

Thanks Karlos! Yeah, the vox were pieced together from a few different takes, and I should have spent more time matching the levels.

lholladay: Awesome! This gives me an excuse to revamp the cruddy, languishing thing that is and set up some infrastructure for sharing tracks. I'm no pro, either, but the only way I'm going to get better is to do more recording and mixing. I'll be in touch!
posted by usonian at 10:43 AM on November 12, 2009

Cortex: You snuck in there while I was typing. Wish I'd joined MeFi years a few years ago; people on old-time forums tend to glaze over when I pitch something like this. Likewise, I'll be in touch with you too!

I'm imagining a private posting system where someone can record and post a track with salient details (tempo/key/chords/lyrics), and whoever else can follow up with their own, post mixes, etc. No pressure or obligations. It should be pretty easy to piece together with Drupal.
posted by usonian at 10:53 AM on November 12, 2009

Oh, I'm so in. I might not be able to be in very often, as I'm generally really freaking busy right now, but I'd love to at least feel like I'm in and maybe contribute when I can!
posted by nosila at 7:34 PM on November 12, 2009

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