On Any Other Day (WIP)

February 5, 2010 1:41 PM

Been working on this for the last couple of evenings - very very far from complete. I have an idea for a vocal and lyric, but I'm wondering whether with some more work this might be fine as an instrumental or mood piece? Be cool if someone had a piece of film to go with it... Comments very welcome

posted by MajorDundee (7 comments total)

OK, here's some opinionatin' comin' at ya, Dundee... I think you should lose the handclaps track and pull back some of the reverb on those cowbells. Overall, I'd give this thing more dub-style pulling tracks in and out. I dig where you're coming from with all the percussion and the triplet figures and the synth washes and all, but I think the total effect is too cluttered. For me this could breathe more, you know? Too many flavors all at once are confusing the palate.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:01 PM on February 5, 2010

This is nice. I think have kicks on only the 3 instead of the 1 and the 3 though. Other than that, it's pretty.
posted by keithburgun at 10:59 PM on February 5, 2010

Thanks guys - appreciate the advice. I will simplify it but I think on reflection it does need that vocal.....
posted by MajorDundee at 12:51 PM on February 6, 2010

Yep. This song is totally powered by its subtlety and smoothness. Don't feel bad, I had the clap once too, but it's cured now.

Seriously, I'm really impressed, as always, with your production. In your shoes, I would try to recruit a female vocalist from here on mefimusic. A female voice would balance perfectly with your (pretty damn manly) rhythm section.

If I had a voice that didn't make children and small animals cower, I would offer to sing on this immediately.

Now, a question for you, Major, regarding your use of the Triton LE. Do use its sequencer or do you hammer things out in real time? I've had mine for about three years and the sequencer drives me nuts. The "definitive" tutorial drove me even nuttier. What's your take on it?
posted by snsranch at 1:40 PM on February 7, 2010

sns - I'm always willing to give anything (legal) a go! Any suggestions for a female singer? I shall check you voice out - I'm sure it's not a bad as you make out.

As regards the LE, I'm trying to gradually wind down my use of the sequencer - certainly for rhythm tracks. It tends to make everything sound mechanical, even if you quantize things to try to get a bit of "feel". It's actually becoming something that's really bugging the hell out me - desperate to play with a real drummer (hence my dodgy Doobies thing....!). I've never actually found the sequencer all that difficult to use - but then I don't do anything particularly complex on it. Main thing I do with it now is to get like a kick and hi-hat down on, say, a 10-bar loop, record that to my DAW and then play all the other percussion in real time by hammering the keyboard or using my limited array of "real" instruments. If I MIDI up the LE with my DAW I can go back and replace the kick and hi-hat if needs be, or sequence something else to sit alongside the real-time stuff. Takes a lot longer, but I think it's better because the timing isn't so clinically precise.

If you have any suggestions for how to get a more natural drum/percussion thing going I'm all ears.....
posted by MajorDundee at 2:57 PM on February 7, 2010

Should have added to that sns - I agree re the LE User Manual. A complete headfuck. Makes you begin to lose the will to live after about 30 seconds of reading it. I'm certain that the LE can do a lot more than I'll ever find out about. But life's too short.....!
posted by MajorDundee at 3:01 PM on February 7, 2010

Hey, man, I think your rhythm section sounds great as it is. Barring having a kit and learning how to rock it, I don't see how you could do any better. I'm going to give sequencing on that thing one more shot...I really want to cut down production time for drums so that I can spend more time breaking boundaries on bass, guitar etc. (jazz freak out)

About the vocals, I'll go through some of my favorites and see who I can come up with.
posted by snsranch at 4:25 PM on February 8, 2010

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