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pantsofdeath with NanoStudio on October 21, 2012 22:01

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    This was another quick and easy one. Great fun to do, took an hour or so to lay down the basic track and then I added the lead line and the unexpected piano last night in a couple of takes - mixed it on the bus this morning. If only they could all be this easy. As I feel I have been tune-bombing you all recently I wasn't going to post this, or at least I was but later, but I wanted to get this done and dusted to clear my mental decks for the next thing. Most importantly Stochastik updated successfully while I was halfway through this and I need to get back to my torrid affair with that app! :)

    This was the first outing for SampleLab for me - what a great little app - really good for laying down a groove and, more importantly, the best pitch shifter I have ever used - you can shift stuff around by a whole octave without that horrible pitch-shifted-sample sound (or so I think). Also used Orphion, well, kinda, it doesn't have a quantize option and apparently my timing sucks so in the end I sampled Orphion and dragged it into Nanostudio. Also used Garageband for a bit. This was accidental: as we all know I am hopelessly prejudiced against Garageband, but Orphion will not play in the foreground while Samplelab is playing using background audio - no idea why - so I took advantage of the new BGA in Garageband and pasted the loop into there, and while it was there I added a drum and base riff.

    So, no singing in this one. This is because I do not sound like Brendan Perry. It is a cross I have to bear. I don't have a bad singing voice and I can hold a note, but whenever I play it back I hate the result. This track was originally going to have a vocal line in the same vein as Black Sun by Dead can Dance... but sadly I am not equipped with the voice to carry that off. Also (and this is more of a problem) being white, 43 and middle class, I don't have much to say that can be boiled down into song lyrics without me sounding like a total wanker.


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