between the stars

April 30, 2011 1:09 AM

A live take to the Zoom H2

I recorded this while practicing tonight... just stuck the recorder in front of the speakers (so please forgive clipping and so so sound quality). I've been playing shows with loop pedals and live looping for the last few years. It's pretty fun and usually not this samey, but I haven't posted much to the Mu lately so I thought I'd put this one up because it's a new fave. This song's for my friend Phil who passed away last November. Lyrics so far are "There is a darkness between the stars holding your absence."

posted by sleepy pete (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Great! Excited to see this live sometime. If you're going to repeat a line, it's hard to beat that one.
posted by Corduroy at 5:32 PM on April 30, 2011

Nice. Love the slightly askew percussion, it has loads of personality. The hypnotic repeat has some kind of religious-music quality to it.

For me, the addition of drum-kit drums (snare and whatnot) and thicker, chordal guitar kind of flattened it out a bit, made it less interesting. But I can understand you want this kind of piece to keep building in intensity. My own personal taste just leans more toward the kind of delicate articulation and sonic character that the first half of the piece possesses.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:31 PM on April 30, 2011

This makes me very happy. Thanks.
posted by koeselitz at 6:48 PM on April 30, 2011

Thanks, y'all.

And flapjax, I know what you mean. I imagine that the final recording will contain more of the delicate articulation, as you put it. Thanks for the input.

Oh, and also, I've been listening to a lot of gospel music over the last few years (not religious, but I can understand why people believe in higher powers) and one of my favorite albums is a collection of gospel songs from Africa... I'll have to hunt the title down in a bit.
posted by sleepy pete at 9:35 PM on April 30, 2011

OK, so the album is called God Bless Africa and is a collection of South African gospel. Some of it's so so, but the tune "Icilongo Laphezulu" is really amazing and kind of has the same feel, just in case you were wondering...
posted by sleepy pete at 10:37 PM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Ohman, so freakin' great.
posted by cog_nate at 3:45 PM on May 1, 2011

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