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transients are thoughts (with Laguna)

By Christian Grey on March 13, 2016 7:13 pm

This week is special because I'm posting a track I did together with my man Laguna in Spain. He is clearly a gifted producer and I am super excited that I got to work with him, and that we were able to pull this off.

From my end, I had these three lute tracks that I had saved as "urgent." I had messed around with them in Logic last week and didn't quite know what to do with them. The lead voice was a lot like one of my submissions last year, but my playing was a little tighter. I sent them to Laguna. He sent me back this super tight groove thing. I understand it took warp points in Ableton. He's just good with that stuff.

I loved it but also thought that my part -- the lute -- was not enough to carry the tune. I thought about it more and realized that I struggled with the concept of the loop. I've been working more towards non-grid locked, freer flowing musical expression recently. (To be honest, I'm not very good at it. My teacher and I have had long discussions about it, and it seems that my musical upbringing with quantized 4/4 music didn't exactly prime me for stellar renaissance music performance.) So I loved this track, and at the same time, I had strong feelings about loops. Tuesday morning before work I had about half an hour after the kids left, and I sang this stream-of-consciousness lyrics about loops.

So I do neuropsychology for living, and I'm pretty Buddhist. I think the lyrics are about the psychological reality of samsara. There you go.

Lessons learned:
(1) Collaboration is fun
(2) All my friends in Europe use WhatsApp
(3) As Laguna said, "it's difficult to make a song so further away. We could discuss this in minutes being in the same room!"
(4) I don't know how to normalize tracks in Live anymore
(5) Don't send your collaborator a total remix last minute :-)

Thanks Laguna! Hope you all enjoy.

lute head


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March 14, 2016 12:24 am

haha Christian... I've just finished my foreword (and haven't uploaded the pictures, yet). I should be sleeping right now. Anyway, It was a fun but extremelly difficult one.

really glad we made it smile

March 14, 2016 12:27 am

So good. It's kinda like trip-hop. That beat is awesome, and the luting is great, and the singing. Awesome stuff, gents.

Also how good is the internet for connecting people though?

March 14, 2016 12:49 am

As I said on laguna's page, I'm downloading this.  It's fantastic.  Your lute is as fantastic as ever and I especially like when you decide to sing. smile

March 14, 2016 12:52 am

Maybe this will finally get me off my butt and send him the stems I promised like 4 weeks ago.

March 14, 2016 12:53 am
Edmund Snyder wrote:

Maybe this will finally get me off my butt and send him the stems I promised like 4 weeks ago.

Haha, I highly recommend it!!

March 14, 2016 5:37 am

This is crazy good!  Congrats to you both.  wow.  really excited.

March 14, 2016 8:50 pm

Yes! Well played lute, interesting drums, great vocals. What more is needed? Your best one so far...

March 14, 2016 9:01 pm

that is amazing! meeting of weekly beats giants! the editing is pretty great.

but, hey, I have an announcement: you are involved in two collaborations! hahaha. for this week I used the sample of you playing the lute from some weeks ago, as I told you I would. I hope you like it, even if it is much more glitchy and heavily edited.

March 14, 2016 11:15 pm

Perfectly melded. Congrats!

March 15, 2016 1:29 am
matheusleston wrote:

that is amazing! meeting of weekly beats giants! the editing is pretty great.

but, hey, I have an announcement: you are involved in two collaborations! hahaha. for this week I used the sample of you playing the lute from some weeks ago, as I told you I would. I hope you like it, even if it is much more glitchy and heavily edited.

Ooooh awesome I'm heading over there now...

Jim Wood wrote:

Perfectly melded. Congrats!

Thanks Jim!

orangedrink wrote:

This is crazy good!  Congrats to you both.  wow.  really excited.

It is exciting! Thanks! Looking forward to your rap!!

vinpous wrote:

So good. It's kinda like trip-hop. That beat is awesome, and the luting is great, and the singing. Awesome stuff, gents.

Also how good is the internet for connecting people though?

Yeah I thought it was kinda like a sung rap. Should have called Massive Attack for guest vocals... Cheers!

March 15, 2016 1:30 am
Kleie wrote:

Yes! Well played lute, interesting drums, great vocals. What more is needed? Your best one so far...

Dankeschoen *freu*! We have to do one tooooooo

March 15, 2016 3:49 am

wow! very nice!!

March 18, 2016 8:01 pm

This is awesome--it all comes together quite beautifully.  I wouldn't have thought hip-hop lute...but now it seems obvious.  Great hooks everywhere--well done, guys!

March 18, 2016 11:45 pm

Awesome track - great collaboration. Like the lyrics.

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