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'Ain Ghazal

By onezero on May 20, 2018 7:22 pm

Another full week, with the unfortunate news of Glenn Branca's passing.  I'd met Glenn when I volunteered to play on the 13 in 2004 and 2006; while recordings of those never came out, it was a worthwhile experience--particularly the 2004 sessions. (By 2006, Glenn had rewritten the piece so completely that the only commonality was the number of players. It really could have been called something else.)  As a result, I busted out the octave-unison-tuned guitar and used it on this piece.


Drums: the blend I've been going with of late, of a drum rack using acoustic trap kit samples through Drum Buss, and a 909 through Corpus. Bass: Epi P-J through EQ-8 to roll off some lows, then a bit of cabinet plugin and a send to a convolution reverb for room sound.  Also a track of Operator with no changes from the default state.


Guitars: three tracks of CMI-branded cheapo guitar (the one with the angled neck single coil and straight bridge single coil), octave-unison tuned (three middle-of-the-neck E strings, and three high E strings).  A couple of these got auto-filter, and two were sent to sends only.  I'd thought about tracking a lead line, but ran out of availability for it, so...this will remain a mood piece rather than having a melody to support.


Sends: Two convolution reverbs (cistern and studio tracking room), two Echo plugins.  Full-chain master on the master. Some auto-pan. 


Title comes from the limestone statues found at 'Ain Ghazal, because this week's element is calcium.

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May 21, 2018 3:24 am

Sounds amazing onezero! Chilled, lush and atmospheeeeric

May 21, 2018 6:05 am

Smooth.

Can't wait to see what you have for scandium.

May 21, 2018 4:52 pm

Profoundly interesting differences from the Branca pieces I'm familiar with; very organic!

May 21, 2018 10:01 pm

Great track, particularly lovely work on the guitars.

Glenn Branca will be missed.

May 22, 2018 3:43 pm

This is soothing. Even with the delay it makes for a relaxing song.

May 22, 2018 10:06 pm

Wow, I had never heard of those statues. That was a really interesting read, thanks heart Great tune too, it's got a really nice progression smile

May 23, 2018 4:25 pm

Wow nice one!
Never heard of Glenn Branca... i have to change that...
Really great!

May 25, 2018 1:57 am

What a lovely tribute!  The guitar is so pretty!

May 25, 2018 3:49 am
Podling wrote:

Sounds amazing onezero! Chilled, lush and atmospheeeeric

Devieus wrote:

Smooth.

Can't wait to see what you have for scandium.

Thank you!  As for scandium...got nothin' so far, but I have a few days yet.

Jim Wood wrote:

Profoundly interesting differences from the Branca pieces I'm familiar with; very organic!

Thank you, Jim!  I agree there's a difference. Doing a Branca-esque piece didn't seem right--it seemed better to follow my vibe here. Also, a big part of it was strumming very softly so I didn't wake up the kids on a school night.  (As much as it would have been fun to dig into some staircase chords...)

Plantrain wrote:

Great track, particularly lovely work on the guitars.

Glenn Branca will be missed.

onlyjokinen wrote:

This is soothing. Even with the delay it makes for a relaxing song.

hieme wrote:

Wow, I had never heard of those statues. That was a really interesting read, thanks <3 Great tune too, it's got a really nice progression smile

Thank you all for listening!  Glad you liked it!

theGuen wrote:

Wow nice one!
Never heard of Glenn Branca... i have to change that...
Really great!

There's a lot of variety in his work--some of it you'll like, and some probably not.  (I'll admit that I prefer the earlier version of the 13 to the later one that came out--it was an astonishing achievement in getting complex effects from simple notation, and it was fun to play.  The later one was harder to play, and didn't investigate the same kinds of acoustic phenomena.)  I'd recommend these pieces: 

Lesson No. 2

Structure

The Ascension

The First Movement of the 5th

The Sixth Movement of the 5th (Live: Part 1, Part 2

The Second Movement of the 6th

The Second Movement of the 10th The still shot for this video was taken at the 2006 sessions for the 13th.  I'm holding up my red Kalamazoo KG-2 with the aluminum pickguard behind Glenn there.

The June 2001 version of the 13 is knocking around as a bootleg; if you see that somewhere, check it out.  (I didn't play that performance.)

kaedo sevaada wrote:

What a lovely tribute!  The guitar is so pretty!

Thank you!  Thanks everyone for listening!

May 28, 2018 12:12 pm

Really enjoyed this piece thank you. I am envious of the way you get the bass tone to sound so clear amongst all of the atmospherics.

May 28, 2018 2:57 pm
Ryan wrote:

Really enjoyed this piece thank you. I am envious of the way you get the bass tone to sound so clear amongst all of the atmospherics.


Thank you!  The secret: EQ-8, with a -12dB cut below 110Hz.

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