31 July 2010

I put new strings on the bass this week, in preparation for cleaning up Playing with the Big Boys. Now it's practice time, gotta build up those callouses again.

22 July 2010

I was uploading Head In The Game yesterday and, upon listening to the mp3, I decided there were a couple of places the drums could be improved. So I tightened them up. No, I will not tell you whereabouts in the song it was.

Head in the Game

[mp3:http://spacefold.com/colin/ps/mp3/HeadGame/Head_in_the_Game_hifi.mp3] 192kbps MP3

Notes:

I remember this coming together musically very quickly out of a jam session shortly after we bought the Korg M1, but although we had the lyrics shortly afterwards, I never tried putting them together until a couple of years ago.

Instruments:

Lyrics:

You're going for the high score in your artificial landscape
Conflict with the secret code of honor of machines
Accumulating hit points with a ruthless manic fervor
Slipping past the traps and pitfalls pictured on the screen

Don't you realize, there isn't an escape key
You can’t expect to exit without feeling any pain
Activating laser beams to edit out your problem
Gain an extra life and stay ahead in the game

Gambling on your past performance, dicing up your chances
proposing winning gambits but your deck is always stacked
Dealing false alternatives, and aceing their decisions
You know the turning card will be the Joker in the pack

Don't you realize, that there isn't an escape key
You can't expect to exit without feeling any pain
The dealer hits you with a card to edit out your problem 
Counting on the river puts your head in the game

     All I did was get a replay
     All I did was play the game
     Thought I'd figured out the answers
     But somehow all the rules had changed

You're Rolling up your characters and challenging the circle
Hiding from your conscience in a world of mystic themes
passing off as casual friends subverted to your service
escaping intact from the danger vivid in your dreams

Don't you realize, that there isn't an escape key
You can't expect to exit without feeling any pain
Casting double sixes to edit out your problem
Multiply the bounty on your head in the game

Don't you realize there isn't any future
Hiding in your habit where no-one can point the blame
Rocket jumps and bunny hops will beat the low-ping bastard
Real life re-targets on your head in the game

music © 1989 Colin Nicholls & Walter Nicholls; lyrics © 1989-2010 Colin Nicholls

11.July.2010

I've finished the Telecaster tracks on GodProg:Enlightenment, and moved on to :Omnipotence.

There's something about the Telecaster... it just sounds so great. In some ways it is sad to replace the existing tracks, which feature the Ibanez 540s, my old faithful. But it's all about the tone, and the Telecaster's got it.

The end of the track has a solo in some freaking strange time signature, reminiscent of Siberian Khatru but I don't care.

The GodProg suite is slated for Album#2 so technically I'm not supposed to be working on this yet. But the only way I've found to keep moving forward is to follow the muse.

Fender Telecaster

Serial# MZ9547881

OK, So this year I got a craving for one of these, and I don't know why. Perhaps it was retroactive craving, because now that I have one, I'm loving it and wouldn't want to do without it. I've used it on every track I've worked on since it arrived, bullying its way into the studio and pushing the other electric guitars aside.

I have replaced the tuners with Steinberg Gearless ones, partly because I've always wanted to try them, and partly because the stock tuners were probably the weakest component out of the box. Tuning the guitar up didn't feel as solid and reliable as I felt it should be. Also - the black tuners are sexier than the old chrome ones. 

XLN Audio Addictive Drums VST

This virtual instrument really kicked my drum tracks up a notch. There are other products out there that are comparable, but this one hit a nice price point for me. Recommended.

Cloud Chamber

[mp3:http://www.spacefold.com/colin/ps/mp3/CloudChamber/Cloud_Chamber_hifi.mp3] 196kbps MP3

Notes - December 2005:

Cloud Chamber is the first completed track of a suite of instrumentals, a side-project which I have tentatively dubbed "Maxwell Tangent's Divergent Thinking". Musically it's ambient, techno, loop-based instrumental music with plenty of guitars and processed natural sounds. But it's early days, it could end up going in a different direction. I hope to have each track segue seamlessly into the next one in order to make one long piece of music. So far the tracks are being written in reverse order, because Cloud Chamber is the final movement.

I was working on this track on the later half of 2001, and therefore I've dedicated it to the victims of the World Trade Center attack in September 2001.

Equipment: