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Forgive And Memorize

By orangedrink on April 24, 2016 10:17 pm

Many years ago I treated a loved one poorly.  Things built up and exploded.  Things calmed down and returned to the steady.  But never again was it the same.  There was always another fight swelling in the background.  The relationship rode the wave daily.  The constant reminders of the past, threatening to pierce the surface and burst our hearts all over again.  Forgiven, yes - but never forgotten.


Consider this the sister piece to Sinister.  Another prepared guitar piece that I did long ago, and this week I finally made some EQ, editing, and mastering decisions.  For ring modulated portion, I was actually hitting the guitar strings with a drum stick.  The note bend for the main melodic portion was actually achieved by physically bending the neck of the guitar. This is really tough to "mix" because there is only the one element.  This is a very "middley" piece, and I tried to do a slight dip between in the low-middle area, which seems to be that problematic mud or speaker rattle frequency.  Most everything except the super high pitch was all one take, and I don't really know of things are too loud or not.  Would love to hear feedback about the volume and frequency range of the piece.  If anyone knows how to make it better, let me know!  I really wanted it to hurt and almost make it intolerable (going along with the storyline), but then for those moments to go away fast enough that it didn't send you running to the volume knob.  Listen to the end for the awesome echo of me unplugging the guitar!

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April 25, 2016 12:45 am

A very cool noise piece.  There are some seriously gnarly sounds in there, especially towards the beginning.  I feel like it kind of becomes oddly soothing as it goes along.  It definitely fits the theme of a big blow-up followed by relative calm, although always with the hint of tension. 

April 25, 2016 12:55 am

Well, another great piece of music by orangedrink!

Favorite tune in this week! big_smile

April 25, 2016 4:04 am

this is really good, would like to hear you do more of this type of stuff and push it further. mindbending soundscapes. almost would like to hear it with super crazy beats over it as a remix or repurpose this idea into that. definitely stands alone though, nice development over the track length and it's not too long.

April 25, 2016 8:28 am

Great track, some absolutely fantastic sounds in here. The unplugging of the guitar at the end is great!

April 25, 2016 5:12 pm

Sad story...
How did you prepared the guitar specifically ?
I find it a little mid-centered also but I like it as is. Have you tried to split your signal through different buses  and give each one a different color and frequency range?

April 25, 2016 6:18 pm

I enjoy listening to this. You are doing magic things with your guitar. There is your bloody valentine in the air...

April 25, 2016 7:27 pm

This isn't my thing, but I like it anyway.  Very powerful.

April 25, 2016 8:42 pm

Somehow this song really challenged me in different ways. I have to keep listening to this without quite knowing exactly what I like about this song. I somehow think it may be the fact that there is a lot happening without much happening.

April 25, 2016 8:55 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

A very cool noise piece.  There are some seriously gnarly sounds in there, especially towards the beginning.  I feel like it kind of becomes oddly soothing as it goes along.  It definitely fits the theme of a big blow-up followed by relative calm, although always with the hint of tension.

Thank you!  I'm glad you felt like the piece fit the story.  Feels great to have that validated!

Naikymusic wrote:

Well, another great piece of music by orangedrink!

Favorite tune in this week! big_smile

Wow, thank you so much Brother Naiky!

george bowles wrote:

this is really good, would like to hear you do more of this type of stuff and push it further. mindbending soundscapes. almost would like to hear it with super crazy beats over it as a remix or repurpose this idea into that. definitely stands alone though, nice development over the track length and it's not too long.

Wow, that is a wild idea, prepared guitar + insane beats.  I will have to either remix this or try a different track.  Thanks for the feedback on the track length.  You are my abstract soundscape sensei! *bows with palm over fist*

Martiln wrote:

Great track, some absolutely fantastic sounds in here. The unplugging of the guitar at the end is great!

Woo!  Thanks for listening!

FXtion wrote:

Sad story...
How did you prepared the guitar specifically ?
I find it a little mid-centered also but I like it as is. Have you tried to split your signal through different buses  and give each one a different color and frequency range?

I can't remember for this exact piece, as this was culled from a 3 hour session of experimenting.  But at one point I had tinfoil threaded through the guitar strings, and a drum stick between the strings and the fretboard, creating a really high pitched tension.  I know I had a pair of pliers that I was drumming the strings with, so I think that's the fast repetitive metal sound in the intro.  I'm really new to busses/send/receive so I've never thought of that ever before!  That is a great idea and I will have to figure out how to do that one day!

Q-Rosh wrote:

I enjoy listening to this. You are doing magic things with your guitar. There is your bloody valentine in the air...

Thanks!  Glad you found it enjoyable and not annoying!  I feel like abstract sound can be a tough sell on audiences.

Edmund Snyder wrote:

This isn't my thing, but I like it anyway.  Very powerful.

This really means a lot to me.  I take it as a great accomplishment that the power of the music transcended your tastes and preferences, if not for a moment.  Thank you so much for listening as always, Edmund!

Kleie wrote:

Somehow this song really challenged me in different ways. I have to keep listening to this without quite knowing exactly what I like about this song. I somehow think it may be the fact that there is a lot happening without much happening.

Wow.  Humbling words.  *bows head*

April 26, 2016 4:03 pm

Industrial lullaby. Much liked.

April 29, 2016 4:12 pm


Thats so.. Alien, I really like the darkness in it! smile

May 1, 2016 3:27 am

Excellent piece.  I think the concept was well executed.  Nice work.  For constructive criticism, I would use more of the stereo field to help with definition as I find the separate guitar tones are for most part, tonally different. 

More of this style please. 

May 1, 2016 7:55 am

Excellent guitar work and a great track!

May 20, 2016 6:59 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Industrial lullaby. Much liked.

Cool way to describe it!

m2K7 wrote:


Thats so.. Alien, I really like the darkness in it! smile

What are all these pictures from, they freak me out!

rdomain wrote:

Excellent piece.  I think the concept was well executed.  Nice work.  For constructive criticism, I would use more of the stereo field to help with definition as I find the separate guitar tones are for most part, tonally different. 

More of this style please.

Thank you so much.  That is a great idea, I will have to rearange my setup next time.  For this recording everything was daisy-chained into one channel.  Thanks!!

Plantrain wrote:

Excellent guitar work and a great track!

:-D

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