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Scarred Arms and Broken Glass (2010, All Parts Improvised)

benreaves on March 04, 2013 21:25

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    This song was composed over a period of three days, taking into account the monstrous amount of time public school takes up. None of it was planned, all of it was improvised. The lyrics are the only considered part of the song. Here's how I did it:

    I started with the little synth part at the beginning, and put drums over it, using a MIDI keyboard to play them by hand (as opposed to my usual method of sequencing them). I then did the main distorted part using a single guitar and a doubling effect (which I actually hate). Then I played the clean/overdriven guitar part, using a Craftsman socket as a metal slide at the beginning and keeping the Les Paul on the neck pickup throughout. Afterwards I recorded two acoustic guitar parts, panned hard left and right, that aren't necessarily the same but are close in many areas, widening the sound a little. After this, I did a "synthesized" track, using a beat-synced filter echo effect on a guitar track to provide ambience that I could create a little more liberally than my style on keyboard. After all THAT, I finally recorded a bass track using my Squier MB-5. I added a chaotic-sounding pad at the end for fun.

    I sat on the arrangement for a while after tweaking the mix to taste (this remains the second-quickest mix I've ever done, even now; it was beat only by the Lifehouse cover Reid and I worked on a few months back). I was zoned out in a chemistry class at my high school one day, and listened to the track on repeat, as I quite literally wrote the lyrics/melodies in class. I went home that day and immediately tracked them, mixed them in a little, and decided to call it done...for now.

    I like the idea and the sound, but the execution and mix suck. I was a mediocre player and a worse engineer when I recorded this and it shows. I'm hoping to put this together again as a though-through and completed track, with vocals worthy of screaming, at some point in the near future, but I can't guarantee anything, since really everything is up in the air for me at the moment.

    But know that when I do revisit this track, I'm going for the kill.


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