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Häämatka

By Paisleyfrog on June 27, 2024 3:51 am

When you get away for a week, what else do you do but bring a few instruments, sit on the front porch of the cabin and record some tunes? See also: technology is sorta magical.

This is a quasi-improvisation - laid down a progression, then noodled a mandolin part over the top. Added some software hand percussion and bass later on that night.

You can hear the birds joining in at the end of the track.

(Häämatka is Finnish for “honeymoon”, which is what this getaway is. It’s an appropriate word for where we are - the Keweenaw peninsula of the UP in Michigan.)

Recorded in GarageBand on an ancient iPad
Guitar
Mandolin
Software bass & percussion

Love the title and the vibe, and especially the birds singing along.

Lovely. Peaceful. And the birds are wonderful collaborators! I lament I have very few portable instruments, you've really managed to capture a moment in a place this way, it's quite wonderful.

Such a sweet and uplifting sound from the guitar and mando.  Like it's midday, sun is shining and I'm checking out the local general store as the birds chirp smile  great job!

This song and the birds make me happy!! Great integration of acoustic and digital instruments into a charming "feel good" tune. This would be an easy track to put lyrics to in the singer-songwriter genre and played in an outdoor venue like a winery or brewery. Well done.

well this is a delight, thank you! really nice mix of sounds and it does feel like i'm sitting on the porch with a nice cool breeze blowing through.

and CONGRATS!! i love the U.P., what a beautiful spot to celebrate. i don't think i've been to Keweenaw, but have friends in Marquette and have played a small music fest in Escanaba/Gladstone.
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SteveSkiano wrote:

Love the title and the vibe, and especially the birds singing along.

Thank you! After I had finished, I really wished I had done a bit more ambient recording before and after to give them more of a solo smile

neon liminal wrote:

Lovely. Peaceful. And the birds are wonderful collaborators! I lament I have very few portable instruments, you've really managed to capture a moment in a place this way, it's quite wonderful.

Thank you smile My wife gave me a bit of a look with the number of instruments I took along, but I used them all on the trip.

Tone Matrix wrote:

Such a sweet and uplifting sound from the guitar and mando.  Like it's midday, sun is shining and I'm checking out the local general store as the birds chirp smile  great job!

Interestingly enough, that was exactly the mood as I recorded - sitting in the midday sun with he birds all around. It was hard to not record a cheerful song sitting in that.

Bunjigram wrote:

This song and the birds make me happy!! Great integration of acoustic and digital instruments into a charming "feel good" tune. This would be an easy track to put lyrics to in the singer-songwriter genre and played in an outdoor venue like a winery or brewery. Well done.

I would have had my wife make up some words for this, but she was taking a midday nap. Which is why I had the afternoon opportunity to record in the first place big_smile I have another one I wrote on our week that she gets to sing on.

jwh wrote:

well this is a delight, thank you! really nice mix of sounds and it does feel like i'm sitting on the porch with a nice cool breeze blowing through.

and CONGRATS!! i love the U.P., what a beautiful spot to celebrate. i don't think i've been to Keweenaw, but have friends in Marquette and have played a small music fest in Escanaba/Gladstone.
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That was absolutely the mood, glad it came across. And thanks! My wife has friends in Marquette, we'll be taking a trip up there hopefully this fall. The peninsula is amazing - we spent time in Calumet, Eagle Harbor, Eagle River (where we stayed) and Copper Harbor. She's from Superior, so the big lake feels like home to her. heart

Nice! love the birds, beautiful little melodies on the mandolin.

Very pleasant listen.

(Stupid question, is it the iPad microphone that did capture guitar and mandolin?)

Well played.

djippy wrote:

Nice! love the birds, beautiful little melodies on the mandolin.

Very pleasant listen.

djippy wrote:

(Stupid question, is it the iPad microphone that did capture guitar and mandolin?)

Well played.

Thank you! Yep, just the built-in mic. I used the GarageBand compressor to even things out. I plugged in headphones to overdub the mandolin.

Paisleyfrog wrote:
djippy wrote:

Nice! love the birds, beautiful little melodies on the mandolin.

Very pleasant listen.

djippy wrote:

(Stupid question, is it the iPad microphone that did capture guitar and mandolin?)

Well played.

Thank you! Yep, just the built-in mic. I used the GarageBand compressor to even things out. I plugged in headphones to overdub the mandolin.


Yeah crazy how good a 400-500$ iPad is. a Yamaha dx7 was about 2000$ USD in the 80's... This is awesome.

djippy wrote:
Paisleyfrog wrote:
djippy wrote:

Nice! love the birds, beautiful little melodies on the mandolin.

Very pleasant listen.

djippy wrote:

(Stupid question, is it the iPad microphone that did capture guitar and mandolin?)

Well played.

Thank you! Yep, just the built-in mic. I used the GarageBand compressor to even things out. I plugged in headphones to overdub the mandolin.


Yeah crazy how good a 400-500$ iPad is. a Yamaha dx7 was about 2000$ USD in the 80's... This is awesome.

Totally. This is a magical time to be a musician…I think about my first “portable” multitrack (Tascam Portastudio!) and what we have now, on readily available hardware. Amazing.

Well that was just lovely, the guitar and mandolin playing off each other created such a "new dawn" kind of feel.  We don't get much porch sitting in Australia but this track is very evocative and it sounds delightful.  And if I am reading correctly - congratulations.  Hope you have a great honeymoon.

lament.config wrote:

Well that was just lovely, the guitar and mandolin playing off each other created such a "new dawn" kind of feel.  We don't get much porch sitting in Australia but this track is very evocative and it sounds delightful.  And if I am reading correctly - congratulations.  Hope you have a great honeymoon.

Thank you! Yeah, sitting on the porch (or rather, the deck) is very much a thing in northern Wisconsin and the U.P. So long as the mosquitos don’t get too annoying, it’s all good. Glad the feeling came across…it was a beautiful day.

Also, you read it correctly…thank you! The Keweenaw peninsula is remote, stunningly beautiful, clean, and quiet. An amazing week. And we need to go back.

This is so lovely! Great playing, nice calm mix, and you've captured the quiet outdoor mood perfectly - just like I was there (but without all the screaming and accusations of stalking you on your honeymoon). Congratulations smile

Beautiful song. Wonderfully done. I need more of that out on my porch. smile

MRDRCAT wrote:

This is so lovely! Great playing, nice calm mix, and you've captured the quiet outdoor mood perfectly - just like I was there (but without all the screaming and accusations of stalking you on your honeymoon). Congratulations smile

You're very lucky that I wasn't in mid-sip of coffee, or you'd be over here cleaning off my monitor right now.

Also, thank you smile

Barney Rubble wrote:

Beautiful song. Wonderfully done. I need more of that out on my porch. smile

By this point, I'm thinking I should record more on my porch as well. Back home now, but the deck on the back of my house just got finished. I'm thinking more music with the birds might be in order heart

This has SUUUUCH a lovely vibe to it! The honeymoon energy is strong here heart
Also,congrats on the honeymoon!!!
And yes, thecnhology is nigh magic. Amazing you can record something like this with just an iPad. Great work!

What a pretty tune. big_smile Hope it’s been a happy honeymoon!

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