The recording technique of writing

It were suggested, here, that writing about recording is a good thing …

So my old drummer called me up a cuppla months ago, and asked me to come over and record him playing drums, both to document his work, and because he knows I’ll use the tracks to make songs.

And I met a bassist on CL, just before recording the drums, and he came over and we wrote a tune on some anonymous drums, and then I’ve had him playing bass on stuff from the drummer that I recorded onna 8-track Zoom R16.

It’s stuff I’m writing with the drummer’s stuff that I recorded.

So I have these drum tracks where the drummer laid down mebbe 8 measures of a verse, with a few extra changes, and a version of two of B parts and C parts, And I built up songs by cutting and pasting those parts into arrangements.

Then I wrote the music and recorded it, guitars, bass vocals, etc.

Then I sent it to the bassist to replace my bass, but stopped even recording bass; now I just send a rhythm guitar, a lead guitar, a lead vocal and basic BV’s.

I’ve written 13 songs, and have enough drum parts for about another 10-12 (we recorded drums for 6 hours).

So where I’m going is, demoing these things for the bassist, I was just mic’ing up a HRDX and playing my Tele – broke a string, went to a Strat, changed to a Ampeg VT60 and used a Tiny Terror for a lead. Vocals is just ADK A6 what is lately always up on my desk, or a handheld Senn MD735, into either a Eureka or VC1Q; the guitars is through a padded PM1000 and/or padded ISA1, as some guitars are M/S.

There’s a consistency about the sounds what is very cool in the basic demos, so good that when the bass tracks come in I’m starting to feel like mebbe I don’t wanna re-record anything … I mean, the guitars is good, the leads is hot, and even my vocals are 80% working.

The drummer and the bassist are both stoked – they mebbe wanna be a band instead of a recording project; we’d be a cop, a electrician and a office worker, all in our 50’s, playing original rock. Yeah, that’ll go far. Rolling Eyes

Anywhat, I put this in this forum [Recording Techniques] because I’m realizing the mebbe obvious fact that sometimes, just throwing up a cuppla mic’s and going for it is the best “Recording Technique” of all. Twisted Evil
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Vlayman: “Dead Soldier (a song about a bottle)”

Dead Soldier (a song about a bottle)
c. ’16 Vlayman

Look you in the eye
I can see how yer gonna die
If it takes all night
I’m gonna bring you into the light
If it takes all night
If it takes all night

This one ain’t gettin’ any older
Dead soldier

Seen you standing
in the row when I walked in
Part of the line
All lined up for my sins
Let it begin
Let it begin

This one ain’t gettin’ any older
No, this one ain’t gettin’ any older
Dead soldier

Emptied out,
like the hero you was made to be
It’s last shout
And I’m only halfway to crazy
Halfway to crazy
Let me be

Drums: nettage
Bass: Alvz-Brick-dbx16XT_VC3Q
Vox: ADKa6-VC1Q
Gtrs: MIJstrat-VT60-EV609-PM1000(pad)_MXL860-ISA1(pad)MS
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Vlayman: “Blindess”

Blindness
c. ’16 Vlayman

Lookin’ the other way, is the order of the day
Watch what you say
Watch what you say
This is how we, hafta play you see

Ignore the facts and, don’t look back
Watch what you think
Watch what you think
This is how we hafta be today

CH:
You probably see it as a kindness
as a kindness
You probably see it as a kindness
I see it as blindness
blindness

Duck yer head and cover yer ass
Wait for it to pass
Wait for it to pass
This is what they think they need
But still they bleed, you see

There’s them with guns on either side
Run and hide
Run and hide
They’re all all wrong and neither’s right

Come in side
Pick a side
Come in side
Stay alive

Drums: nettage
Bass: P-Brick-160_VC3Q
RthmGtrs: Tele-HRDX-AKGd312_MXL860-PM1000
Voc: KSM27-Eureka
LdGtrEnd: G&Lf100E-Marshall-Superlux-Eureka
LdGtr: MIJstrat-VT60-EV609-PM1000(pad)
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Vlayman: “Magnify”

Magnify
c. ’16 Vlayman

If you want to understand our problems
It’s incumbent upon ya honey to look close
It ain’t no other way to really solve ’em
And it don’t help if you blame me the most

There ain’t no easy way to say this stuff
I cain’t make you feel like it ain’t a part of you
But I’ll tell ya I gotta plan if it all gets too much
Yeah, I’ll tell ya what we gotta do

Take a little piece
And hold it up to yo’ eye
Bring it in real close
And magnify, magnify

That’s a way to solve the big things ya know
You gotta take em all and break ’em down in pieces
Ain’t nobody ever said that to ya, no?
It’s mebbe a way to fix yer problems easy

Take a little piece
And hold it up to yo’ eye
Bring it in real close
And magnify, magnify

If you want to understand our problems
It’s incumbent upon ya honey to look close
It ain’t no other way to really solve ’em
And it don’t help if you blame me the most

Take a little piece
And hold it up to yo’ eye
Bring it in real close
And magnify, magnify
Take a little piece
One that makes ya cry
Bring it in real close
And magnify, magnify

Drums: nettage
Bass: Hnr2B2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q
Voc: Apex
Keys: Magbus-AKGd310-Eureka
Gtrs: MIJstrat(RadialHB)HRDx-ShureSM53L-Eureka
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The Hungry Drunx new album: *Las Lagrimas*

1. 400 Daze 04:22
2. Exquisite 03:42
3. Las Lagrimas 03:16
4. Glitch 03:46
5. I’ll Take the Light 03:56
6. Daze of the Weak 03:25
7. Go Slow 04:19
8. Practise 02:51
9. Slivovitz 03:28
10. Provin’ It to Myself 07:20

Portland and Chicago musos, who have never met, never spoken, never smelled each other sweat, engage in the second most intimate act available, and this is the result.

released March 20, 2016

Drums: Snarl, recorded at The Bonobo Room.
All the other shite: Vlayman, recorded at Feta Central Recording, D., D., & L.
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The Hungry Drunx: “Glitch”

Glitch
c. ’16 the Hungry Drunx

Nobody over here really hates you
It’s not like we even care all that much
And if there’s others tend to over rate you, well
We all know you got the touch

You momma always knowed you was a
big mistake She thought
mebbe it was a baby switch
But I think it was a computer error, yeah
Made you such a son of a
glitch

When some see you come walkin’ on by
I seen they bow and take a knee
Others, well, they cross themselves
They ain’t know what to believe

You momma always knowed you was a big mistake
She thought mebbe it was a baby switch
But I think it was a computer error
Made you such a son of a glitch

There is them think they could oughta get next to you
And some say they just gotta pray against you
None of ’em really know what to do
But I do, and I’m a keep on laughin’ at you

You momma always knowed you was a big mistake
She thought mebbe it was a baby switch
But I think it was a computer error
Made you such a son of a glitch

Drums: Snarl
Bass: (EBXE)CortMach1(slide)-Brick-bbx160XT_VC3Q
Gtrs: Tele-VT60-RE10-PM1000(pad)
Keys: Magnus-SM63L-PM1000(pad)
Vox: ADK A6 – Summit-RNLA
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Vlayman w Dino, Sr.: “Mark Is Gettin’ Married”

Mark Is Gettin’ Married
c. ’16 Vlayman

Drivin’ all day onna forklift truck
Twenty years contemplation
Mebbe it’s time to try my luck
Nothin’ to gain’ by waitin’
Got me this little girl here, ya see
First married her years ago
Then she up and left my ass
But she’s been backwhile, ¬†ya know
Mark is gettin’ married

Cherry brandy and rock and roll
I like to beat on some skins in my garage
Fly me my confederate flag
Right out there in the yard
Got me a big ol’ black dog here
She’s the queen of the house
If I don’t stay on the mostly straight and narrow
Her and the new wife will run me out
Mark is gettin’ married

Got it all planned and she’s gonna wear white
Me, I’m a wear a black tie
Black suit and my shoes shined up real smooth
Gonna get hitched and party all night
Mark is gettin’ married

Drums (H2): Dino, Sr.
Bass: Hnr2BA-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q
Vox: Senn MK4-Eureka
TeleRthmGtrs: -HRDX-AKG D1000-PM1000(pad)
LdGtr: Tele(RadialHotBrit)HRDX-AKG D1000-PM1000(pad)
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