Having a bunch of work to concentrate on this week, I whipped up some steady kick drum beats (acoustic kit samples and 808, and later augmented them with some hand percussion and hand claps. A little electric piano filled in on bass and added some chordal color...but I ended up stripping these out after I tracked real bass. (Once again, I'm back to the dialectic approach of two simultaneous bass lines in places). I busted out the Res-O-Glas for guitar, and some initial chords...just didn't seem right. Putting that aside, I put down a few snippets using my Pocket Operator (the Sub version), and a few of those went in during the break and for a few bits after that.
I tracked more guitar, at first through my new recording amp (Vox AC4TV), but the small-diaphragm condenser I was using to mic it didn't seem right for the track--there was much more bass energy in the room than the mic was picking up. (I'll want to figure out the right mic for this, because it does sound good.) For this one, clean seemed to be the way to go. A couple times I time-stretched guitar snippets for a sort of horn/viola tonality, just to see what would happen, and it mostly fit.
Return channels: two convolution reverbs (large studio chamber and a church for the Pocket Operator) and a channel of Filter Delay into Beat Repeat for all those percussion variations.
Mix and arrangement were a bit of a struggle, but in the end...this mostly wanted to be a disco track. So get down.
Title from the fact that I used the Pocket Operator, and because things kind of seemed to sit in the pocket rhythmically.
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