Artificial Sky

March 11, 2010 12:09 AM

real song, fake horns

Not sure what all to say about this - it's a pre-production demo for an upcoming project. The keyboard riff had been floating around for probably close to a year before I finally nailed a song to it.

Thanks for listening!

posted by chaff (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Like the intro and the way the drums come in.

Guitar solo is kind of out of the blue! How close is the instrumentation here to what you're envisioning?

The horns are pretty badass.

I'm glad you brought in those backing vocals. Me, I'd like to hear even more -- it feels like it could go really anthemic-y, with a choir or something.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:17 AM on March 11, 2010

What a lovely demo. I like the sound of everything -except perhaps for the guitar solo, but don't mind me- So, only the horns were sequenced? The bass and the drums were played? (those drums are really nice, by the way).

It's a lovely song, and I know you didn't ask, but since this is a demo and you will re-record it, I'll just mention that the guitar solo doesn't need to have such a "rough" sound. It doesn't particularly help a specific aspect of the song and it doesn't blend in so well with the rest of the sounds in the song.
posted by micayetoca at 4:08 AM on March 11, 2010

Thanks for the kind words, I'll take the reaction to the guitar solo to heart, the tone is probably a bit too abrasive to fit well with the other elements. I don't really know what the "real version" will be like . . I know sometimes it can be bad to adorn a demo with too much fluff as it can limit your imagination about the song, but I'm super guilty of this, when you can just reach for a fun sample it's hard not to record whatever you hear in your head.

The drums were recorded by my band's drummer. I had a basic kick and snare drum machine thing going on, and I asked him to play over it about three times, just doing whatever came to mind. Then I chopped up his takes into four bar phrases, removed the drum machine, and Frankenstiened up the drum parts with sections I liked. That's why the drums go all Modest Mouse at the end - that's the drummer playing two different parts mixed together.
posted by chaff at 4:00 PM on March 12, 2010

He has a great touch -the drummer. And that was very nicely edited. It sounds live but steady. It really is a great demo.

What's the name of the band?
posted by micayetoca at 4:18 PM on March 12, 2010

We're called Stereo Sons, and yeah he's a fantastic drummer, I got lucky.
posted by chaff at 7:09 PM on March 13, 2010

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