I'd been working on music for a dance performance scheduled for Friday, and put a lot of work into it this week--and it went well! But I also found time to work on this week's track, and (typically) went for something outside of what I'd been working on for the dance.
I started with some drum (Drum Rack, one of dry funk drums, and one--just the kick--of rock drums), both of which went through narrow band-pass Auto-Filters, on kick, snare, tom, and hats separately. Early on, there was a kind of Burial feeling to it, especially when I opened up some sends to convolution reverbs. I added two tracks of Grand Piano (also band-pass filtered) and a track of Electric (Crunchy MKI2)--again band-pass auto-filtered.
Late in the week I tracked Res-O guitar, which I recorded initially with a lot of highs rolled off (with the varitone circuit), but after tracking, I changed my mind, and band-passed it, too, focusing on 1K, which gave it a kind of through-a-small-amp feeling.
I did a lot of tracking with the Epiphone bass--too many loops to use--but kept more of them than I thought. While I tried band-passing the bass, in the end I just went with Cabinet and a bit of convolution reverb for some air.
Toward the end of the process, this started taking on a rainy atmosphere vibe, so I synthesized a bit of thunder with Analog. I put on vinyl crackles for a while, and then took them off when it got to feel too gimmicky.
Sends: two convolution reverbs (one 12-string, one a jazz recording hall), and Simple Delay into a trebly Filter Delay. Max Humanizer on the drums and keys, though some of the keys are so sloppy, I probably didn't need that.
Editing and arrangement were tricky--while I had few instruments, there were a lot of similar-frequency melody lines going on, so getting it all to play nicely was a challenge. (It had been a bit easier just to loop stuff and hang out listening to it.) But it has a kind of mood.
The title comes from the vibe of the track--it reminds me of being in Paris on a rainy afternoon some years ago.
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