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By onezero on April 3, 2016 9:29 pm

Kind of a crowded week--busy with work, and with wrapping up a cover/remix/homage for a community project (the subject was U2, so of course I thought it'd be amusing to cover Negativland covering U2).

This one started with two lines of single-hit drum samples and filter delay, with the thought of doing something dubby.  Of course, I ended up throwing in a bunch of stuff: handclaps, percussion, a line of organ (Operator), bursts of noise (Analog), Electric (MK2), and fake Clavinet (Operator), as well as bass and three tracks of guitar (Moderne, straight into the board, but also through Reuss RF-01 with and without trem, and through Vox Wah). 

Lots of inline processing here--Max Humanizer on MIDI channels, along with a bunch of overdrive and saturator, as well as EQ (Auto-filter and EQ-8) to carve out some space.  Non-fuzz guitars got Overdrive and Cabinet plugin to give them air. 

Return channels: two channels of M4L Convolution Reverb Pro (Dan Harpole cistern impulse and TVC33 Mid-size Ambience impulse), one channel of Filter Delay with automated-on-and-off Beat Repeat, and one channel with two stacked Simple Delays on 1, 2, 3, and 4. (Must be that The Edge influence from the U2 cover--try it!)

Biggest challenge: the two drum kits were Impulse with the same kit, so there were comb-filtering problems once I dropped in the Humanizer.  I solved that by swapping samples on the second kit with some other real-kit samples that weren't too over-processed.   

Title comes from the 13 Archimedean Solids, since this is week 13.  Does it work?  Well, it didn't end up as a dub piece, but in drifting toward tropical funk, it may work on its own terms.  (Am I just treading water with the funk stuff?  I really am going to try something somewhat different this week.)

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April 4, 2016 1:37 am

You're definitely not treading -- this is neat, almost sublime funk. Nice!

April 4, 2016 11:44 am

Love it! Sounds super-organic as always! Perfect balance again too overall ... What guitar do you use and do you use a lot of effects?

April 4, 2016 2:54 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

You're definitely not treading -- this is neat, almost sublime funk. Nice!

Thanks, Jim!

dj someguy wrote:

Love it! Sounds super-organic as always! Perfect balance again too overall ... What guitar do you use and do you use a lot of effects?

Thank you!  Actually, I was having second thoughts about the balance--I'm inclined to pull the clean guitar back a bit, and push the keyboards (organ/electric piano) a bit more forward.  And back off on that Beat Repeat.

Guitar: this track is all 2000 or 2001 Epiphone Korina Moderne that I picked up in February.  It's currently stock, but since the nut is loose, I'm leaning toward replacing it with a bone nut. And considering replacing the pickups with something that'd give me more wiring options...but the current pickups do have their own sound.

Effects: the clean guitar lines were rhythm pickup into the Focusrite A/D, and then in Ableton Live, I put the Overdrive plugin on that channel, as well as the Cabinet plugin for a little air.  The fuzz guitar lines were the same guitar into a Reuss Effects RF-01 (now they're selling the -02 model designation; it should be more robust).  The hard-trem sound in this piece also used the repeat-percussion part of this effect.  I also tend to go through a Vox Wah for extra tone shaping or overt wah effect.  I have a bunch of pedals, but those are the ones that get used.

Earlier in the year (before week 6, and in fact going all the way back to the end April 2015), my main guitar was one I'd built myself, a Guitar Kits USA WLT Belmont with Lace Alumitones, Bigsby, a factory-second neck intended for an Eastwood Saturn, Fender No-Load potentiometers, and a varitone board from an Epiphone Lucille. (I'm going to get this one back in circulation, once I redo the setup to work with the zero fret.  Might reverse-string the Bigsby to deal with a weird break angle, too.)

April 6, 2016 4:50 am

That guitar stab on the 4 had me thinking of reggae the first time it popped up. Then it got the delay, it did put me in mind of some dub. The other guitar parts do bring it more into funk territory, but I think the dub roots (see what I did there?) shine through.

The way the drum sounds occasionally turn into bouncing marble sounds is really cool. Is that the filter delay?

April 6, 2016 1:29 pm
CrazyBob wrote:

That guitar stab on the 4 had me thinking of reggae the first time it popped up. Then it got the delay, it did put me in mind of some dub. The other guitar parts do bring it more into funk territory, but I think the dub roots (see what I did there?) shine through.

The way the drum sounds occasionally turn into bouncing marble sounds is really cool. Is that the filter delay?

Actually, that's a return channel with Filter Delay running into Beat Repeat (based off the Fill in the Gaps preset).  I toggle that on and off with an automation envelope, but I'm thinking of pulling it back some more--it gets a bit chaotic.

April 7, 2016 11:18 am

Funky, nice Work!

April 7, 2016 11:19 pm

I am digging this and its polyrhythms and catchy bass

April 8, 2016 11:51 pm

dig the wah!  smile 

April 9, 2016 12:32 am
m2K7 wrote:

Funky, nice Work!

george bowles wrote:

I am digging this and its polyrhythms and catchy bass

is nothing sacred? wrote:

dig the wah!  smile

Thank you all for listening!

April 9, 2016 8:00 am

It's groovy, but maybe the tempo isn't quite right for funk.

April 10, 2016 8:14 am

Very cool dubby funk vibe going on here, well done!

April 10, 2016 9:22 am

Solid by name and Solid by content, idea and execution!!! Nice track.  Wah sounds good smile

April 10, 2016 10:47 pm
Devieus wrote:

It's groovy, but maybe the tempo isn't quite right for funk.

Thanks!  When I'm working, I go for the tempo that feels "right," and then make other choices based on what I want to hear, how things seem to want to go...and end up where I end up--the piece becomes what it seems to want to be.  YMMV.

Plantrain wrote:

Very cool dubby funk vibe going on here, well done!

GrainBastard wrote:

Solid by name and Solid by content, idea and execution!!! Nice track.  Wah sounds good smile

Thank you!  Glad you dig it!

April 18, 2016 11:54 pm

I dig the jam! The percussion was particularly my favorite part.

April 20, 2016 5:46 pm

Love the drums and panning of everything.  The guitar riff adds that extra touch.  Nice job!

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