When Green Leaves Spring (It's Good To See You)

December 30, 2018 12:52 AM

This short (1:16) instrumental ditty is what happened when I started learning a new recording platform that came with loops of instruments I'd always wanted to play or include on my recordings: pedal steel guitar (I was super excited about this especially -- I've wanted to work with pedal steel for a really long time), baritone guitar, and mandolin. And did I mention the bossa drums? Not sure if I went overboard but I had fun and liked the result.

I realized the other day that I hadn't posted any music yet here in 2018, even though I've been working on a number of things on and off over the past 12 months.

Early in the year, I wanted to find some place that made it easier for billiebee and me to collaborate, and started experimenting with Soundtrap, which is like an online multiplayer DAW of sorts, i.e. you can record directly into their web app and/or use their online synths/loops, and share/collaborate with others. There are various price points, from free to paid plans, and there are apparently mobile apps but I haven't used those, just their website. This piece was basically the result of me running a test drive.

All the sounds in this recording are from loops available in their library (including the acoustic and electric guitars).

Originally cobbled together in January 2018.

As for the song title: I couldn't decide between "When Green Leaves Spring" or "It's Good To See You"...and then realized I could just use both.

posted by rangefinder 1.4 (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Hey, I used this in this month's podcast!
posted by cortex at 6:25 PM on January 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

Very thrilling - thank you, cortex!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 1:11 AM on January 10, 2019

Holy cow, this is wonderful! I am going to make it my soundtrack for a while. Thanks for making it!

Do you mind if I take a shot at trimming it so I can loop it?
posted by wenestvedt at 6:41 PM on January 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

Hi wenestvedt, wow thanks for the kind words! I'm so happy that this piece resonates with you in such a good way.

Feel free to make it a loop and it enjoy -- actually that's pretty much how I started the piece when making it for myself; I ended up adding the ending just to share.

If you'd like, I can dig into the project again when I have a chance, and send you a loopable version (it might actually be a little longer, too; not sure at the moment since I haven't worked on it for a while). I can't promise when I'd be able to do it, but I can certainly look it to it at some point.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 8:24 PM on January 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Ooooooh, that would be awesome if you can!!
posted by wenestvedt at 8:28 PM on January 11, 2019

wenestvedt - left you mefi mail. :)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 3:15 AM on January 18, 2019

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