Time To Get Up

February 8, 2010 1:42 AM

This is the first song I've ever recorded using real mics instead of my laptops internal mics. Also, first time I've played a bass.

It's a new version of a song I've posted a couple times here under the same name, redone to fit a different tuning. Sleepy pete did all the recording, mixing and drums. Thank you sleepy pete for letting me sing in your bathroom. It was really mind blowing to see how someone else records music.

really really really want a bass now.

posted by Corduroy (12 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

I like that sliding a-whoomp bass, accented by the percussion.

Your vocals sound really nice here. Must be that bathroom! I particularly like that ascending bit around 3:25 and onward. It's melancholy and uplifting simultaneously.

What was the thing about someone else recording you that you found the most fascinating, or surprising?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:53 AM on February 8, 2010

Ha, listening before I clicked through I kind of thought this had sleepy pete's hands on it.

It sounds great, listening to it loud in headphones it's got a great sort of epic energy to the acoustics that really sells the overall dynamics of the arrangement. Nice work.
posted by cortex at 8:07 AM on February 8, 2010

Thanks for listening Karlos and cortex! Glad it came off as both melancholy and uplifting, since those are totally my favorite kind of songs. Here and here are the two other versions I've posted. I should mention this is part of a project I'm doing with a batch of songs all done in the tuning BbGCFABb, like the last song I posted.

It was a really strange feeling to see someone else's set up. Seeing programs that seemed very complicated and all sorts of wires and plugs was both inspiring and really intimidating. It was also strange having another person around, because it made me feel guilty when I wanted to rerecord a track. But sleepy pete was really nice about all of it, and it was neat to watch him chop stuff up, keeping good bits and getting rid of bad bits, which is something I have never done. I always rerecord entire tracks.
posted by Corduroy at 9:30 AM on February 8, 2010

I was wondering why the title seemed so familiar. Honestly, it was nice to record and not have to worry about the parts I was playing too much, so any time you make it back we can do it again. It wasn't painful at all and was a great song. Also, this is a rough mix, just in case anyone had questions 'bout my mixing skills.

One of the drum parts (the really reverbed stuff) is Corduroy... he did almost all of the stuff.

Oh, and our bathroom does have a great sound.

And yeah, Corduroy, cut and paste/splicing is your friend. I'm not sure how it works in garageband, but it's a good thing.
posted by sleepy pete at 11:23 AM on February 8, 2010

Man, what an enormous sound in headphones. This is terrific.
posted by umbĂș at 1:31 PM on February 8, 2010

This sounds great. Really nice work, y'all, the performance and the engineering.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:17 PM on February 8, 2010

This is fantastic. You know, I'm a huge fan of both of you, Corduroy and sleepy pete, so while this song is beautiful on its own, knowing that it was created in a learning/sharing experience with you both makes my heart swell. Just great stuff, guys...huge applause from me!
posted by snsranch at 5:19 PM on February 8, 2010

Sounds great guys, nice job.
For some reason I really like the contrast of the room-soundy/reverby stuff with the straight-up DI sounding bass. I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of (early REM?) but it really works.
posted by chococat at 8:08 AM on February 9, 2010

Awesome sound!

In spite of all the years I've spent trying to record myself, the one lesson I've learned again and again is that it's always better to have someone else do the recording for you. The level of complexity involved in the recording instruments makes the recorder a musical instrument all it's own, and you never want to have to play everything yourself.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 11:16 PM on February 9, 2010

Oh man, this is perfect, it's a perfect match. sleepy pete is definitely the perfect person to record you. I think he is perfect to help you get where your songs should get without turning it into something else. Brilliant collaboration, I'm glad you two had the chance to do it.

Also, this is a rough mix, just in case anyone had questions 'bout my mixing skills.
posted by sleepy pete

The only question would be: why are you questioning them? it sounds amazing. It really really does sound to me as if you were able to capture the sound inside his head. It blew my mind.

the one lesson I've learned again and again is that it's always better to have someone else do the recording for you.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity

I agree with this wholeheartedly. It sounds like such a whiny thing to complain about having to push the record button, then sit or stand correctly in front of the mic and then starting to play, but it does make a huge difference. Boy, am I tired of recording myself.

As for the song, again, congratulations to both of you. I don't know how far apart you live from each other, but you should do this more often, this sounds great.
posted by micayetoca at 5:32 AM on February 13, 2010

Sounds great. I know I used to say I didn't like this song. that was with the ghetto garage-band mics. sorry i couldn't see this song's potential. It's so full, and your vocals have really improved, too.
Still your number one fan. I would listen to this on headphones while taking the bus down a certain switchback road.
posted by IngeChiles at 1:23 PM on March 4, 2010

Since there are three versions of the song uploaded, I added the 'evolution' tag, so that it will appear with the songs from that 'evolution of a song' series we've been unofficially doing.
posted by micayetoca at 4:50 PM on March 5, 2010

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