No Surprises

September 24, 2013 9:42 PM

We bring you an extremely ambient take on the Radiohead classic to finish the album. Fair warning: you...might not sleep tonight if you listen with headphones or good speakers/monitors (which, of course, is best).

On a side note, the original plan for this track was for it to be in bluegrass style, and it was actually one of the first OK Computer tracks we had planned. In fact, all but the vocals for that version were recorded. I think this worked better, for the context of the album, though.

The production process was actually quite a bit more difficult than it probably should have been, due to the obviously unpredictable nature of the glitch plugin used on the spoken vocals. Trying to get it to make especially interesting sounds, or keep that really cool sound I had just found and lost because I needed to change the spacing on the track just slightly, and couldn't even get back if I hit Ctrl+Z became lightly maddening. In the end, I think I might have finally hit the sweet spot.

The goal for the arrangement on this version, going in, was to make something emulating the ambient textures which Trey used previously in his Things I Should Have Said album, then build from there.


Timbill Corder (me): Lead Vocals, Tertiary Vocals ("Let me out of here")
Trey Beauregard (man vs sun): Korg MS-10 (drone layers), secondary Vocals ("No alarms, no surprises," etc.)

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