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Weight of the Soul

By onezero on May 24, 2020 9:28 pm

Mid-week, I had a drum beat bumping around in my head, and got it down with my all-Operator kit, along with a keyboard line...and by the end of the week, they weren't as interesting.  I happened to read The Quietus on Peter Gabriel's third solo record, particularly PG's instruction that the drummers shouldn't use cymbals. I took this as a jumping off point for some drum beats using Ableton's 64-pad Rock Kit, not using any cymbals (though I couldn't resist tambourine in a couple places).  I put down some bass with the usual Epi P-J (maybe more efficiently than usual), and this afternoon a couple guitar tracks' worth of snippets with the PureSalem Mendiola, both with fuzz and without.


Effects: Convolution reverb on drums and bass, Ableton's Delay on drums made things a bit denser, so I kept it. Guitars got a return channel of Ableton's Echo and Valhalla's new (free!) Supermassive. The clean guitar also had an inline Echo.  And a touch of M4L Humanizer on the drums.  Just four tracks!  Kind of like the old days!


Title from Darren MacDougal's 1907 experiment measuring the weights of people just before and just after death, setting the weight of the soul at 21 grams.  (Not really a valid scientific experiment, but it's interesting, and 21-related.

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May 25, 2020 12:33 am


the tambourine is a nice touch - the guitar tones are dreamy!

May 25, 2020 2:01 am

Nice drum sound with a lot of body. Cool guitar layers!

May 25, 2020 4:21 pm

This is absolutely great!
GIt does sound as some late eighties rock, but at the same time it feels very modern. That's quite amazing!

May 29, 2020 9:09 pm

Far out.

June 5, 2020 6:49 pm

This has a very evocative, slow mood... the long now. Very athmospheric, love it!

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