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.

July 22, 2010 18:54 by colin


Head in the Game

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

July 20, 2010 19:17 by colin


The Great Escape

192kbps MP3

Instrumental introduction to the album, heavy on the strings and reverb.

The MP3 conversion seems to have squashed the dynamics a bit. There's supposed to be quite a crescendo at the end there...

Featuring:

July 20, 2010 14:04 by colin


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.

July 10, 2010 19:35 by colin


10.July.2010

Still working on Enlightenment guitars. The Telecaster continues to shine.

July 9, 2010 18:45 by colin


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. 

March 19, 2010 20:44 by colin


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.

December 8, 2008 11:46 by colin


Cloud Chamber

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:

November 3, 2008 18:55 by colin


Cakewalk SONAR 8

Not much to say about this. I've been using Cakewalk Windows-based sequencers and audio recorders for 15 years. Upgraded with goodies and new features almost every year, never begrudged the upgrade tax. SONAR 8 is pretty much perfect. Check out the user forum, it's an excellent resource.

September 24, 2008 19:20 by colin


Cakewalk Dimension Pro

Dimension Pro was Cakewalk's flagship virtual synthesizer for a few years, at least until Rapture came out*. Dimension LE was bundled with SONAR 7, but I didn't really use it seriously until the "pro" version was bundled with the SONAR 8 Producer upgrade. It included an impressive sound library, particularly some wonderful string section patches which I've started to use.

* Now Rapture LE is bundled with SONAR 8.5. I detect a trend.

September 24, 2008 19:00 by colin


The Prodigal Sounds: Fruit of the Steel Tree

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Melodic progressive rock songs and instrumental interludes, a touch of 70's influence but a product of the dystopian Now.

 

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