December 30, 2009
Celebrate The New Year With Some Rubbish Demos I Recorded In 2009
And so we come to the end of another year. And what a year it's been! The first international conference on Software Craftsmanship. Boffoonery! in aid of Bletchley Park. And in those rare spare moments, and against all the advice of my elders and betters, Ive been recording demos of my really rather poor guitar music, which I present in their horrific entirety for your delight and delectation as a seasonal gift (or curse, depending on how you look at it).
These rough demos (very rough demos!) were recorded between Sept and Dec 2009 using RiffWorks, which I highly recommend for getting stuff down quickly without the usual "noodling" you get with Pro Tools, Cubase etc. Unless otherwise stated, guitar is an Ibanez RG2550Z (black and pointy, just the way I like them) and bass is a Peavey Cirrus through a SansAmp Bass Driver. I played all parts, except for the very sloppy bits, which were played by someone who broke into my flat and over-dubbed my originally faultless playing
I've dedicated this fine example of demo quackery to my stepmum for her Herumphtieth birthday. The first track I did in RiffWorks,
and first track using the speaker-emulated output of my new Blackstar HT-Dual pedal.
The solo really sucks. Sorry, I just couldn't resist a bit of 80's Big-Hair-Open-Wah wankery.
More sloppy Big Hair wankery, this time in a Vai-esque lydian groove (you'll be hearing a lot of that, I'm afraid), with the HT-Dual and a nice clean sound courtesy of my Damage Control Liquid Blues pedal. Through a Damage Control Timeline tube-based delay pedal (the best-sounding I've heard). A lovely tubey lead sound. Must be all those tubes. Tubes still rule in metal!
Wanky, wanky, wanky! Nobody likes this demo. Well, I do. But nobody normal. Used the Radial Plexitube pedal for a nice British sound through the POD X3 doing just cabinet/mic simulation. Like you care...
All POD X3. 100% digital. I think there's a simulated Ibanez Tubescreamer in their warming up the clean sound. And lots of long delays and backwards guitar. No synths. All guitar. My feeble attempt at a David Sylvian/Robert Fripp-style affair
This is my test track. I've done a demo with it four or five times to test different set-ups. This is the version I did after I discovered the amazing Recabinet convolution reverb library. I've never heard a better approximation of real guitar cabinet/mic combinations. For $15. Pity about the actual playing.
I was drunk. It was late. My neighbours hate me. I was aiming for an Al Di Meola vibe. Well, sort of. If you listen carefully, you can hear the metronome ticking away at the end. Just a Yamaha CPX700 semi-acoustic through a Shure SM57 mic and massive reverb from the POD X3.
Tried to make a more atonal version of the Heavymetallist with insane distortion courtesy of the POD X3. "Tried" being the operative word.
Okay, so this is all HT-Dual and Recabinet, and I dusted off my metallic red Tokai Strat (they make better strats than Fender, IMHO). Yes, it's a big long lydian solo. Again. Wanky, wanky, wanky.
Recabinet + Damage Control Solid Metal in face-melting "Nuclear Mode". Your granny will love it.
Recabinet + Solid Metal (at half-mast) in ill-advised attempt to recreate the minimalist sound of the eponymous Swiss metallers, complete with completely-out-of-place and very badly executed effect-laden solo
Some acoustic stuff with a very slow jazz/latin feel and the strat doing the honours at the end. Just listen to that intonation. I'm not a qualified guitar tech. I know, it's hard to believe, but it's true. I was planning to add something, well, interesting. But lost interest.
Dedicated to my Dad, who is from Canada. HT-Dual. Timeline. LOTS of delay. Then added a suboctave to beef up the sound using a TC-Electronic G-Major along with cavernous reverb in a vain attempt to disguise my awful playing. The final finish was some synth fairy dust courtesy of the stupifyingly powerful Omnisphere. My tribute to the actually talented Devin Townsend, who is also from Canada.