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In the Sand

By onezero on April 8, 2018 8:18 pm

This was a week of job-searching (and related travel and meetings) ending in an amusing cold picked up on an airplane.  As such, not an elaborate track.  I wasn't sure which direction I'd go in for this until I took some photos of my Phosphene Audio street-Klein fretless guitar--a friend made it from plywood, pieces of a smashed 12-string acoustic, a bargain-bin hair-metal humbucker, whatever electronics and copper plate happened to be lying around, zither pins, and JB Weld. It's primitive.  He brought it to a local pedal swap I stopped in at, and I knew I had to have it--surely there'd be some songs in there. I traded a Boss Chorus for it.

I was messing around with the street-Klein and happened on this bass ostinato, which I put down with a few variations, one of which I used.  Then I did some other parts on two other tracks.  Each got a low pass and high pass auto-filter with drive to simulate an amp, and all got room-sized convolution reverb.  I also put down some Impulse-based percussion with samples of hand drums I have, and there's a bit of Korg Minipops in there, too.  In addition to the convolution reverb for the room, there's Echo on the Nostalgia preset.  Minipops got auto-pan, but otherwise I kept the guitars static, so they'd sound a bit more like a field recording.

Title comes from element 14, silicon--it's in the sand.

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April 9, 2018 12:30 am

A desert caravan in sound. Very intimate (I mean in-your-face intimate).

April 9, 2018 2:09 am

Totally cool and laid back... *raises glass of bourbon, smiles, winks

April 9, 2018 5:40 am

Love the slidey guitars.  Great lounge feel here.  Candles lit - outdoors - Hawaiian breeze - sound of the ocean - tropical drink in your hand - conversation with a cute stranger....I'm there!

"an amusing cold picked up on an airplane."


April 9, 2018 6:08 am

i love it!

April 9, 2018 1:51 pm

Nice, all kinds of guitar action here. I love hearing it since I know almost nothing about guitar! The reverb is sounding great, you did a fine job of mixing this stuff down! Well done heart

April 9, 2018 3:44 pm

Very intricate track, onezero!

April 11, 2018 9:53 pm

Slick slides, boss bass; great track.

April 16, 2018 1:04 am

the Phosphene sounds great! 

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