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Yellowjacket

By CosmicCairns on January 7, 2020 4:51 pm

I thought I would try something with some vocals this week so I whipped up this little tune.  Mostly guitar-driven I also used my trusty home-made water bottle and popcorn tin pseudo-drum kit for percussion.  This is still just my second recording using Reaper so I'm still feeling things out.  I tried to experiment a little bit with the production.  By experimenting I mean utilizing some of the built-in effects without really knowing exactly what they are and tweaking various levels without really knowing what the heck I'm doing.  It might possibly have ended up more on the error side of trial and error, but I had fun messing around nonetheless.  Two weeks down.  Just fifty more to go! 

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January 13, 2020 2:44 am

The old trusty water bottle and popcorn tin hey?! Winning! Has some cool 90s garage band grunge vibes... 50 weeks and counting!

January 13, 2020 2:44 am

dude this is fantastic! I love those guitars and vox. and It sounds like you got the hang of reaper. I hit repeat after it ended smile

January 13, 2020 6:46 am

Your experiments were a success, sounds good to me

January 13, 2020 8:45 am

The tin returns. Messing with dials is basically science.

January 13, 2020 2:54 pm

I would say this is trial and great success! Love the grunge feel, takes me back smile

January 13, 2020 3:50 pm

You punk! It works great for me. really garage rock with catchy vocal lines over it. Rock.

January 13, 2020 8:00 pm

you made a big step forward exploring reaper, I can say. Keep it up. This is my favorite song so far. Did you use loops or do you still make one-takes???

January 13, 2020 11:45 pm
Podling wrote:

The old trusty water bottle and popcorn tin hey?! Winning! Has some cool 90s garage band grunge vibes... 50 weeks and counting!

  It was only a matter of time before they made their return.  Turns out it was week 2.



cfurrow wrote:

dude this is fantastic! I love those guitars and vox. and It sounds like you got the hang of reaper. I hit repeat after it ended smile

  Yeah I got the basic gist I think, but there's room for lots of improvement.



leafo wrote:

Your experiments were a success, sounds good to me

  Thanks!  Appreciate that.



Devieus wrote:

The tin returns. Messing with dials is basically science.

  It is.  Sometimes it feels more like mad science.  Or weird science.  smile



Gab Manette wrote:

I would say this is trial and great success! Love the grunge feel, takes me back smile

  Thanks!  The grunge feel was sort of a result of the experiments rather than my initial intentions, but I think it works!



djippy wrote:

You punk! It works great for me. really garage rock with catchy vocal lines over it. Rock.

  Thanks!  Rock forever!



Q-Rosh wrote:

you made a big step forward exploring reaper, I can say. Keep it up. This is my favorite song so far. Did you use loops or do you still make one-takes???

  All one takes so far.  Might try to experiment with some loops at some point later this year.

January 14, 2020 2:52 pm

Big fan of vocals!

January 14, 2020 4:20 pm

this is a really cool song. very catchy vocals and I love the aesthetic.

January 14, 2020 10:47 pm
E-dub wrote:

Big fan of vocals!

  Thanks!  I'll definitely be keeping vocals in the mix throughout the year.



mikememo wrote:

this is a really cool song. very catchy vocals and I love the aesthetic.

  Thanks!  Super appreciate it.

January 14, 2020 11:49 pm

Fun trip, love the vox and fuzzy fuzzy guitar, that lead line toward the end swirls around my head in good way. Great work!

January 15, 2020 2:01 am

Psychedelic and grungy, I really dig this! Great melodies smile

January 15, 2020 8:19 am
January 15, 2020 8:22 am
theGuen wrote:


??? What‘s happend
Great track! The mix is well balanced... and i always love to hear you singing smile

January 15, 2020 11:06 am

great new wave type energy... I like especially the relentless krautrock beat this one has.

January 15, 2020 4:39 pm

super fun!

January 15, 2020 10:45 pm

Catch catchy guitar progression and vocals. Could not make out all the lyrics, but love that yellowjacket saves the day! 

January 16, 2020 2:49 pm

Return of the tin!  *breaks out coffee can to play along*  The guitar def drives the whole track along with the catchy lyrics.  I especially like that closing guitar line alongside the synthy warbles.

January 17, 2020 10:29 pm
miraclemiles wrote:

Fun trip, love the vox and fuzzy fuzzy guitar, that lead line toward the end swirls around my head in good way. Great work!

  Thanks!  I particularly like that part at the end, too.



Sodabelly wrote:

Psychedelic and grungy, I really dig this! Great melodies smile

  Thanks!  I do like some psychedelic grunge.



theGuen wrote:
theGuen wrote:


??? What‘s happend
Great track! The mix is well balanced... and i always love to hear you singing smile

  Thanks!  I will try to do a decent amount of vocal tracks this year, but probably not every week.



Ashen Simian wrote:

great new wave type energy... I like especially the relentless krautrock beat this one has.

Thanks!  Just my bare-bones basic drumming, but glad to hear it works!



kaedo sevaada wrote:

super fun!

  Awesome gif!  Thanks!



NWSPR wrote:

Catch catchy guitar progression and vocals. Could not make out all the lyrics, but love that yellowjacket saves the day!

I try my best to articulate when I sing but even I sometimes can't make out all the lyrics later.  Might have something to do with the mix, too. 



Tone Matrix wrote:

Return of the tin!  *breaks out coffee can to play along*  The guitar def drives the whole track along with the catchy lyrics.  I especially like that closing guitar line alongside the synthy warbles.

  Thanks!  I think that's my favorite part, too.

January 19, 2020 5:19 pm



NWSPR wrote:

Catch catchy guitar progression and vocals. Could not make out all the lyrics, but love that yellowjacket saves the day!

I try my best to articulate when I sing but even I sometimes can't make out all the lyrics later.  Might have something to do with the mix, too.

Hah, no, it's not you.  I'm half deaf from playing in hardcore and punk bands in my ill spent youth.  Your mixes and vocals are pretty clear.  Didn't want to give you the impression it was your mix. But we can agree that Yellow jacket saves the day, right? 

January 19, 2020 8:49 pm
NWSPR wrote:



NWSPR wrote:

Catch catchy guitar progression and vocals. Could not make out all the lyrics, but love that yellowjacket saves the day!

I try my best to articulate when I sing but even I sometimes can't make out all the lyrics later.  Might have something to do with the mix, too.

Hah, no, it's not you.  I'm half deaf from playing in hardcore and punk bands in my ill spent youth.  Your mixes and vocals are pretty clear.  Didn't want to give you the impression it was your mix. But we can agree that Yellow jacket saves the day, right?

  We can definitely agree on that.  smile

January 20, 2020 11:43 am

Oh wow, I totally missed this track from last week. This reminds me of the sort of stuff I would listen to back in early high school, I'd sneak out my walkman when I was supposed to be sleeping and listen under the covers. Thanks for the memories!

January 21, 2020 12:05 am
Ryan wrote:

Oh wow, I totally missed this track from last week. This reminds me of the sort of stuff I would listen to back in early high school, I'd sneak out my walkman when I was supposed to be sleeping and listen under the covers. Thanks for the memories!

  Thanks for going back and listening!

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