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Righteous People

By onezero on September 11, 2016 7:47 pm

Late in the week, I thought I'd get started on the piece, and thought I'd do something ambient. Then when I put down a click with a drum machine...it was kind of funky.  And the next drum part was funky. And then I put down bass, and it was funky.  Subsequent keyboard lines (Electric with a delay send) got a bit spacy, but didn't budge the track too far from where it started.  Since I'd fixed the wah pedal's squeak and replaced the pickup switch on the Moderne, those got used, and...well, you guessed it.

There's one Drum Rack of dry drum hits that got lots of Auto Filter for tone shaping and to tame some weird frequencies in a closed hat (send: automated delay), one with some K3M samples (Auto Filter to keep it out of the way of the other drums and bass), hand claps, and tambourine. Two tracks of Electric, one with Filter Delay, one with convolution reverb.  For bass, I still did direct Epiphone to the board, but I set up an effects rack with a crossover--low frequencies went through, while the higher ones got some overdrive and subtle auto-pan. 

There are four tracks of guitar, not consistently all the way through, but for ease of doubling or tripling (though some sections have all four going). Two got Cabinet into Auto-Pan, while two used Amp (Clean and Blues preset tweaks) into Cabinet.  Tracking them, I used Moderne into Reuss RF-01 (for the fuzzy stuff) and Vox Wah (almost everywhere). They mostly got convolution reverb sends, though some have some subtle delay.  In addition to the Auto-Pan used almost everywhere, there's M4L Humanizer on all the MIDI stuff and Full Chain Master on the master.

I'd also experimented with radically slowing bass and guitar, and tracking reverse-wired wah for trumpet sounds...but didn't need them--this one's pretty full already.

The title comes from the mystic tradition of the 36 Tzadikim Nistarim--and I kind of hope that the track is funky enough to approach righteousness.

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September 12, 2016 3:25 pm

This is some of the best funk everrrr!

There's a German phrase for when something dictates its own direction/development: "Es malt mir" (literally, "it paints me").

September 12, 2016 9:59 pm

Dangerously funked up indeed...that reverb really does the job there.

September 14, 2016 10:18 am

That's some serious groove happening.

September 14, 2016 4:29 pm

I can hear Curtis Mayfield singing... Yeah!! Great soul-funk. Especially the bass playing.

September 14, 2016 8:13 pm

This is great!  Totally thinking about Jewish Mysticism a lot this week after listening to an  On Being Episode with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner who was talking about Jewish Mysticism & the Kabbalah - so it was a nice random synchronicity!

October 3, 2016 5:29 pm

This is excellent funky

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