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X-Ray Dentures

By CosmicCairns on February 27, 2018 11:02 pm

As a sort of counterbalance to the over-tweaking I did a couple weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to embrace some imperfection.  I started with a simple bass and drum beat.  The intention was to do a one take guitar improv over the top, but I didn't quite succeed in this.  Through lapses in concentration/messing up too hard I ended up stopping twice.  But I picked back up immediately from where I left off so the result is three back to back guitar improvs that were each done in one take and hopefully blend into one guitar jam.  All mistakes and bad notes were left intact. 

After that I wanted to flesh out the overall sound a little bit so I started to just pile on some sounds including a little more guitar, some synths, ocarina, tin whistle, and the clacking sound of my own teeth.  By happy accident, my old friend Bobby Bergland called me right when I was in the middle of recording.  We don't live in the same city anymore and it had been a little while since I had spoken to him so it was a strange coincidence he decided to call when he did.  Bobby has an amazing singing voice.  I had him sing on a couple tracks back in 2016 when he was passing through town for work and he collaborates sometimes with fellow WeeklyBeater cfurrow.  This particular track I was working on didn't seem to really call for angelic vocals though, and he couldn't really hear the song anyway.  He does have a delightfully quirky sense of humor and enjoys talking though.  So what I did was put the phone on speaker, held it up to the microphone, and asked him to monologue about whatever he felt like.  He ended up telling a silly story about pickling corn along with some other strangeness.  While I could understand what he was saying when I isolated his track, it became a bit unintelligable in the context of the whole mix.  But I liked it as a pure sound element, so I doubled down by putting some delay on it and interweaving it on itself on a few tracks. 

Finally in the spirit of embracing imperfection I only allowed myself one re-mix after my first mix-down.  No overthinking, no driving myself nuts tweaking, just one adjustment and then it is what it is.       

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March 5, 2018 3:45 am

An artist - painter type - once told me that every brush stroke was a correction of the last. I tend to see music in colors, images and shapes. This vaguely reminds me of something called ‘Highways and Byways’ by an artist named Paul Klee.

March 5, 2018 4:11 am

I love this> It has great organic energy. Your description of the process is a good example of the ongoing dialogue between process and result.

March 5, 2018 8:36 am

Loves me some pickled corn smile tongue Enjoyed the rough edges... took me back to recording stuff direct onto tape... nice one

March 5, 2018 10:19 am

Thank you for this fragile and personal piece of music. I love the pure and rough mix including the phonecall although I do not understand a word. Have a nice week.

March 5, 2018 6:18 pm
OleJazzer wrote:

An artist - painter type - once told me that every brush stroke was a correction of the last. I tend to see music in colors, images and shapes. This vaguely reminds me of something called ‘Highways and Byways’ by an artist named Paul Klee.

  I had a look at the Paul Klee painting.  I liked it!  Thanks for the comparison.



Jim Wood wrote:

I love this> It has great organic energy. Your description of the process is a good example of the ongoing dialogue between process and result.

  Thanks!  I don't know if descriptions of the process are interesting to anyone but myself, but I like to write it down sometimes anyway.



Podling wrote:

Loves me some pickled corn smile tongue Enjoyed the rough edges... took me back to recording stuff direct onto tape... nice one

  Thanks!  Recording digitally is convenient, but I kind of miss recording on tape, too.



Q-Rosh wrote:

Thank you for this fragile and personal piece of music. I love the pure and rough mix including the phonecall although I do not understand a word. Have a nice week.

  Thanks.  The phone call just "felt" right even if it doesn't particularly "mean" anything if that makes sense.

March 6, 2018 9:12 am

Thanks for sharing the process. Hooray for imperfection! You've collaged together lots of elements but it works well and is interesting to listen to. My favourite bit is the teeth clacking big_smile

March 6, 2018 2:16 pm

Woah pickled corn, never tried that smile That's an interesting story and cool way to approach the creative process.  "soooo delicious!" tongue

March 6, 2018 4:48 pm
Avarine wrote:

Thanks for sharing the process. Hooray for imperfection! You've collaged together lots of elements but it works well and is interesting to listen to. My favourite bit is the teeth clacking big_smile

  Thanks!  The teeth clacking was a bit of a spur of the moment decision, but I liked the way it sounded.



Tone Matrix wrote:

Woah pickled corn, never tried that smile That's an interesting story and cool way to approach the creative process.  "soooo delicious!" tongue

  Thanks!  I'm trying to find some different ways to do the creative process so I don't fall into TOO much of a formula.

March 6, 2018 8:34 pm

I love the air of crazy.

March 7, 2018 12:07 pm

I think the process description really helped me enjoy this piece more than I would have without it. I had a lot of fun listening to this.

March 7, 2018 9:54 pm
Devieus wrote:

I love the air of crazy.

  It's definitely fun to get a little crazy sometimes.



Ryan wrote:

I think the process description really helped me enjoy this piece more than I would have without it. I had a lot of fun listening to this.

  Thanks for listening!  And I guess if I find anything interesting to say about the process going forward I'll continue to do so!

March 8, 2018 12:31 am

Yes, hooray for rough and raw, imperfections are good in the age of perfect digital music capabilities. I like the phone call and the somewhat randomness of this, and your usual quirky sounds. It's a fun little jam. Now I'm also curious about pickled corn and that painting.

March 9, 2018 2:29 am

oh man the teeth clack sounds like i'm hearing it from my own mouth!  freaky.  this is a surreal piece!

March 9, 2018 2:46 pm

Nice one! I really enjoyed the chaotic ending!

March 10, 2018 12:46 am
miraclemiles wrote:

Yes, hooray for rough and raw, imperfections are good in the age of perfect digital music capabilities. I like the phone call and the somewhat randomness of this, and your usual quirky sounds. It's a fun little jam. Now I'm also curious about pickled corn and that painting.

  Yeah, I think sometimes when things sound TOO perfect they kind of don't sound good.  Imperfection gives it that human quality.  Also hooray for randomness!



orangedrink wrote:

oh man the teeth clack sounds like i'm hearing it from my own mouth!  freaky.  this is a surreal piece!

  Thanks for listening!  The teeth clacking just seemed like the right thing to do in the moment.



RawTicks wrote:

Nice one! I really enjoyed the chaotic ending!

  Sometimes I don't know how to end stuff so it's fun to just get chaotic.

March 18, 2018 10:11 pm

Weird and enjoyable, perhaps the perfect soundtrack to thinking of pickled corn :-)

March 19, 2018 4:23 pm

I missed this one a few weeks ago. Cool experiment and ol' Bobby always brings something special. I always enjoy the write-ups or blurbs for your tunes. smile

March 20, 2018 11:19 pm
Plantrain wrote:

Weird and enjoyable, perhaps the perfect soundtrack to thinking of pickled corn :-)

  If there's a better soundtrack to pickled corn I have yet to find it.  smile



cfurrow wrote:

I missed this one a few weeks ago. Cool experiment and ol' Bobby always brings something special. I always enjoy the write-ups or blurbs for your tunes. smile

  It seemed criminal not to utilize Bobby somehow, even if it was over the phone.

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