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Rain, Paris

By onezero on December 18, 2016 10:35 pm

I'd been working on music for a dance performance scheduled for Friday, and put a lot of work into it this week--and it went well!  But I also found time to work on this week's track, and (typically) went for something outside of what I'd been working on for the dance.

I started with some drum (Drum Rack, one of dry funk drums, and one--just the kick--of rock drums), both of which went through narrow band-pass Auto-Filters, on kick, snare, tom, and hats separately. Early on, there was a kind of Burial feeling to it, especially when I opened up some sends to convolution reverbs.  I added two tracks of Grand Piano (also band-pass filtered) and a track of Electric (Crunchy MKI2)--again band-pass auto-filtered. 

Late in the week I tracked Res-O guitar, which I recorded initially with a lot of highs rolled off (with the varitone circuit), but after tracking, I changed my mind, and band-passed it, too, focusing on 1K, which gave it a kind of through-a-small-amp feeling.

I did a lot of tracking with the Epiphone bass--too many loops to use--but kept more of them than I thought.  While I tried band-passing the bass, in the end I just went with Cabinet and a bit of convolution reverb for some air.

Toward the end of the process, this started taking on a rainy atmosphere vibe, so I synthesized a bit of thunder with Analog.  I put on vinyl crackles for a while, and then took them off when it got to feel too gimmicky. 

Sends: two convolution reverbs (one 12-string, one a jazz recording hall), and Simple Delay into a trebly Filter Delay.  Max Humanizer on the drums and keys, though some of the keys are so sloppy, I probably didn't need that.

Editing and arrangement were tricky--while I had few instruments, there were a lot of similar-frequency melody lines going on, so getting it all to play nicely was a challenge.  (It had been a bit easier just to loop stuff and hang out listening to it.)  But it has a kind of mood.

The title comes from the vibe of the track--it reminds me of being in Paris on a rainy afternoon some years ago. 

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December 21, 2016 4:34 am

Love the piano melody and the dub/echo on the kick and snare, only been to Paris once and it did rain the 3 days I was there

December 28, 2016 7:37 pm

i'm loving how that "grand piano" sounds through that filter! 

January 6, 2017 12:56 am
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Love the piano melody and the dub/echo on the kick and snare, only been to Paris once and it did rain the 3 days I was there

Thank you!  I think we had a few days of sun, but there were definitely rainy times.  The dub echo is just Simple Delay into Filter Delay--it's a trick I've been using a lot.

is nothing sacred? wrote:

i'm loving how that "grand piano" sounds through that filter! 

Thank you, Emily!  I'm really digging using Auto-filter to carve away at the grand piano range--it really sits better in a mix that way. 

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