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By Catthew O. on April 17, 2016 11:27 pm

Whoa I've been super dicy about submitting stuff for this lately. I've been working on a soundtrack for a short animated film and it's been a lot of tough work!

This is song is something I started for the film but decided it wasn't heading in the right direction at all. Without the prison of restriction I took it where I wanted it to go!
Someone in my only semester of college, in my Japanese 101 class did a report on Zen Buddhism and said that being Zen means always doing your absolute best even when it's a task that feels meaningless and that always really stuck with me a lot. I've never read about any of that on my own, but it feels like that interpretation is the most beneficial one there could be for me. I know I could have played the guitars a little more in time, mastered the track a little bit louder, made it so that one guitar wasn't so much louder than I wanted... but time!! Every experience that goes less than perfectly leaves itself open for you to extract knowledge and meaning from it for the future.

I'm happy though. This track would have been incomplete and discarded forever if not for WB.

I hope that in the coming days you will give it your best try.

Nerdy detail crap:

Guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul that really needs an adjustment, running through an ME50B (for EQ and boost) and a ProCo Rat, into a Fender Champ 25 (mids cranked the heck out and Mid Shift off), recorded with a Røde NTK in the center of the cone with two huge packing blankets for isolation encasing the whole operation

For drums, I used a new trick I've started employing where I can use a series of Transformer objects in Logic to redirect/mute particular notes and send them to different outputs/different channels/etc, so that I can make my ideal drumkit out of my choice of hardware and software without creating multiple Arrange tracks to have to write my notes across. It's something I've been dreaming of for years, but I was gun shy about digging deep into the Environment window. What a fool I've been!
My hope now is that I can somehow create an LFO that would control the value of an instrument's pitch bend, since some instruments just don't have a convenient way to create vibrato and frankly I'm sick of manually drawing a lot of that stuff.

Synths/drum machines were Yamaha MU50, Korg X5DR, Roland XV-5080, Roland JP-8080 running into KP3 for delay, Alesis SR-16, automat, automat1, soundfonts made out of phone messages I have of friends talking and other such things.

All just recorded directly out of my board due to time constraints, as usual!

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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April 19, 2016 10:27 pm

May 1, 2016 8:29 pm

man this would fit on a funky snes game

May 1, 2016 8:30 pm

it's actually more than that! impressive track!

May 2, 2016 5:41 am
yan_g wrote:

it's actually more than that! impressive track!

Thank you! Fitting on a SNES game is usually a good thing anyhow, so it was a good comment even the first time around (unless that game was ActRaiser 2...)

May 2, 2016 5:41 am
Ipaghost wrote:

I want to let him know he's doing well and it's all okay. I feel bad.

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