That We May Face The Rising Sun (Camp Hope) - unfinished W.I.P

September 4, 2010 12:28 PM

'80's AOR revival band seeks drummer. Must have own mullet and teeth. Ability to walk upright and use a knife and fork may be an advantage. Apply within.

This is work in progress on a track inspired by the plight of the trapped Chilean miners. Ok - it does sound a bit Asia etc, but it's quite a promising track nonetheless imho. I can't get a good enough drum/percussion sound and I'm leaning towards abandoning it for that reason. But, before pressing "undo", I just wondered if someone else would maybe take a shot at percussion.

Someone else is considering taking on the lead vocal (instead of my muddy baritone), so this could end up as a multiple collaboration.

The title is, btw, a steal (with one word changed) from a book by one of my favourite authors - the late John McGahern.

posted by MajorDundee (5 comments total)

Good song. I like the subject matter, and the guitar sound. As far as your percussion... I use some software called "DrumCore". It's sampled from various drummers, but VERY well done, and you can utilize many different parts, fills, and tempos, as well as midi. It's hard to add to an existing song, but a great way to write as a foundation. Just a suggestion!
posted by Disbro at 2:45 PM on September 4, 2010

...and a helpful suggestion too - thank you Disbro, and for you kind words re this modest effort. I see you've recently joined us - welcome aboard!
posted by MajorDundee at 2:56 PM on September 4, 2010

Do you have any midi patterns, Major? I have some awesome drum samples here so if you knew the basic rhythm you wanted I could track it for you.

For true 80s AOR you need an armful of busy tom fills and a whack of cheap gated reverb, especially on the snare.
posted by unSane at 5:57 PM on September 4, 2010

Do you have any midi patterns, Major?

Thanks for the kind offer unSane. The only thing I've ever used midi for is to link my recording machine with my synth, and then only when I've sequenced some percussion. Nowadays I tend to just loop a kick drum and maybe a hi-hat and transfer that to the machine via midi, and then play everything else live by hammering the keyboard on my Korg. It's a mixture of laziness, incompetence and basic lack of interest in "technology"! I like to write and record fast, and taking time out to painstakingly sequence a rhythm track bar-by-bar is such a drag on creativity that I just can't be arsed with it any more. And the drum sounds on my Korg (a Triton LE) aren't great - so.......the end result isn't really worth all that effort.

I know what sort of patterns I'd like on this - pretty straightforward 4/4 thumping with the odd tom fill - except for under the bridge bits that go "We are faithfull, we are holding tight.." etc where the pattern would be more broken up. I could do you a version that showed what I mean there. Now that I'm familiar with your material, I think you'd know intuitively what was needed on the rest of it without direction from me. Let me know if you want to have a go and I'll knock something together.
posted by MajorDundee at 2:52 AM on September 5, 2010

Yeah, let's have a go at it!
posted by unSane at 6:22 AM on September 5, 2010

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