I recorded most of my guitars and basses for my demos about a week ago. Here are a few photos of how it went down.
I've had MIDI tracks sitting around for awhile now, and I started solidifying the songs by trying to get some vocal tracks done in the RV. Almost all of the tracks will probably need to be re-recorded, since my voice is so out of shape, but I needed real vocal takes to make a bedrock for the guitars and basses. I hung up blankets to try to dampen the RV's melamine echo, used a thicker blanket to try to cover up the noise from the computer tower.
My friend Seth played guitar on "Don't Know How You Found Me." He took the panorama above on his phone after his takes. I had the two amps on opposite ends of the RV and sat in the middle while he recorded. I almost completely killed my ears in the process, but it was well worthwhile. Seth played my brother's PRS, which you can see on the right side of the photo.
After Seth did his part, I started working on my own guitar tracks. There was this weird, infernal ticking that the pickups were, well, picking up, but the oyster pickup didn't do that ticking, so I recorded a couple acoustic tracks. Although I'd recorded a couple acoustic tracks a week earlier, most of the acoustic work on the album was set up through the stereo amps. It gives the thing a wonderfully gritty tone.
On a day that some arborists were working next door, I decided to record some piano for "Soothe Me" and "Don't Know How You Found Me."
The next night, Nicola Linde came into the RV and recorded some sexy vocals. I'd post the photo, but they're on her camera and I haven't had her send them to me yet.
Finally, it came time to record the bass. I moved the setup downstairs and recorded it sitting down.
And that's where I'm at. I've got all that big, loud stuff done.
Now I have a few other things to do:
However, life happens so I need to focus on getting ready for the upcoming school year first. I have a bunch of new courses to plan for, and I have to move my family over to the Mainland. That means that I probably won't get much else recorded until October.
I realized the other day that I haven't updated this blog with the stuff I've been doing. I've been heavily working on getting my songs done, mainly on lead vocal tracks and guitar tracks.
So here are the songs I hope to have done for the next set of demos, in no particular order:
Don't Know How You Found Me
Is that really 18 songs? Jeez! I hadn't added those up yet. I guess that's what happens when you don't record anything for 7 years.
I've done all of my lead vocal tracks in my family's RV. They've been up North, camping with grandparents, and I've been down here in Victoria getting recording done.
My friend Seth Hardie came through and recorded one of the guitar tracks for "Don't Know How You Found Me," and Nicola Linde contributed some background vocals while I still had everything set up in the RV. I have a few other people who have said they would like to be involved as well.
I wanted to record guitars in the RV as well, but there was some infernal clicking, some signal, that my guitars were picking up on, so I had to move the recording stuff indoors. Fortunately, my brother has been out camping as well, so I've been able to move inside easily.
Realizing that it's 18 tracks helps explain why this is taking such a long time.
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