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    I'm actually pretty stoked with my submission this week. I sat in my studio earlier this week and for the first time in a while, enjoyed a little herbal recreation. Opened up Logic, started noodling and within about an hour had a good amount of the riffs in this song gathered. I organized those into the first half and for the second half I wanted to 'write' it by improvising the guitar track and then writing the drums to it after. It's a bit long, but I've already written vocal melodies for the entire second half, including the whole start/stop section. After I cleaned up my studio a couple weeks ago, I've got the Korg TR-1 rack ready to go all the time, it's got some of the base sounds that Derek Sherinian used on Falling Into Infinity and those are my favorite keyboard sounds of all time. A lot of the drums were programmed at work in my office because this one was definitely an undertaking. The only shite part of it all is that I didn't check my guitar tuning enough and as the song goes on, you can hear some slight chorusing from the strings being a couple cents off from each other. Especially when the synth is playing under them. The intro is a double tracked 12 string with a shitload of compression and EQ (the raw tracks sound like SHIT). I used an actual amp for the first harmony guitars you hear in the beginning because I really wanted it to start with that feedback and wasn't getting it to kick in right away with the AxeFX. Lots of synth shit from Alchemy in the intro. When I started recording music on my own, this is the EXACT idea I had in mind for what I wanted to write.



    Off to go listen to this week's submissions then I'm gonna fuck around with the LOTW!
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    Nice one, Rev, my favorite of yours this season. That intro is awesome and the guitars sound great (again), those chugs at the end are devastating.

    I started off the week highly motivated but pulled a muscle in my mid back and it made playing guitar for any real length of time nigh impossible so this came out pretty rough/short. I'd intended to LAW again this week but oh well


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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron1 View Post
    Had some really cool inspiration when I started this one, then the week sucked the life outta me, hence the title...

    File this under "give me my 10 points so I can move on"...

    Your tones remind me of a giant, rusty pipe with many sharp corroded pieces missing that's used to beat people with. I mean that in a good way. The lack of inspiration I think lent itself to the song, the feeling of emptiness was present, but not in a negative way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Did a partial LAW, as I warned of last week Would rather stick with doing a finite section I feel like I can "write" something for as opposed to a minute and a half of noodling. Matt also made it especially hard with all those damn chord changes

    One take. Right before the sweeps sounds choppy like a punch because I couldn't get a uniform resolve before that, so i just paused. Panning and volume done in post obv. EDIT: Feedback is an Ebow in 'harmonic mode'

    Definitely a cool approach, I wasn't expecting with the Ebow! I dug the pacing leading up to the sweeps at the end instead of busting a nut at the start.

    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    Here's mine. Didn't come up with any good vocal melodies, but might try again at some later point,

    Man, this one has a feeling of despair in it like Iron1's. In our current global situation, it's so fitting and for me, represents that actual feeling of the world without the hyper-paced media aspect of it. Really dug the way it slowly built up as it went along.

    I see Connor posted his, so now I'm off to listen to that and surely feel bad about myself like I usually do when I listen to his submissions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connor View Post
    Nice one, Rev, my favorite of yours this season. That intro is awesome and the guitars sound great (again), those chugs at the end are devastating.

    I started off the week highly motivated but pulled a muscle in my mid back and it made playing guitar for any real length of time nigh impossible so this came out pretty rough/short. I'd intended to LAW again this week but oh well

    I fucking love the sounds you throw into your songs, man. You really blend shit together perfectly and all the glitch/stutter stuff is killer. I'm not into most of what I hear with the modern guys doing that kind of thing, but I love everything you've posted. I meant to bring this up last week and this week's song didn't feature it as much as your last two, but CkY could totally get Chris to stop singing and have you join, you can nail Devon's laid back vocals!

    Oh yeah, the chugs at the end of mine, those 808's really lend themselves to that section! It might be passe' these days, but IDGAF, I love em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    Here's mine. Didn't come up with any good vocal melodies, but might try again at some later point,

    Love the progression this goes through, it swells, breathes and goes through some real "death throes" as you build the atmosphere. Somewhere there's a horror video game missing this soundtrack.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Drucifer View Post
    When I started recording music on my own, this is the EXACT idea I had in mind for what I wanted to write.


    Wowsa, that intro and first section are amazing. I'd pay money for an entire album of that, in a heartbeat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Connor View Post

    I started off the week highly motivated but pulled a muscle in my mid back and it made playing guitar for any real length of time nigh impossible so this came out pretty rough/short. I'd intended to LAW again this week but oh well

    And this sits really nicely in an album of your earlier submissions - great job, again!

    Gotta say, I think this might be the best season we've seen so far from all three of y'all. More please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    Great atmosphere and chord work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Drucifer View Post
    Cool track, reminds me of Blues Saraceno's dark country/blues stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Connor View Post
    Tuning? Sounds like an 8-string.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Drucifer View Post
    Definitely a cool approach, I wasn't expecting with the Ebow! I dug the pacing leading up to the sweeps at the end instead of busting a nut at the start.
    Thanks! My first LAW was heavily Michael Amott inspired, where he uses a lot of scalar melody play. This one obviously the Ebow stuff I mentioned, the melody stuff I'd say mostly inspired by my friend (second guitar player in my old band) who's a Satriani/Vai junky, and one of the things they do that he does a lot is coming up with a vocal-esque melody and playing variations of it in different octaves, which is one of the traits that makes a lead "humable" and familiar. The goal was to deliberately contrast the sweeps, those I think I get a lot from maybe Mike Keane, the After the Burial guys and maybe a little MAB or Rusty? The idea of a pretty standard minor or harmonic minor arpeggio, anchoring on the root notes and spreading the interval higher and lower to create tension and give it a little more flavor, then resolve on the root or fifth.
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    I still need to check out everyone's submissions but here's mine:



    I had a hell of a time with this one because the guitar rhythm was more on the "and" of the beats rather than the 1/2/3/4s. I also have some latency issues I still need to sort out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scole View Post
    I still need to check out everyone's submissions but here's mine:



    I had a hell of a time with this one because the guitar rhythm was more on the "and" of the beats rather than the 1/2/3/4s. I also have some latency issues I still need to sort out.
    I'm a sucker for delay soaked stuff like this, sounds awesome

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Tuning? Sounds like an 8-string.
    You're basically right, it's pretty close to an 8 string tuning without the high string, EAEADF#B on a 7. Been messing around with it for all of the SAW stuff this season after receiving a guitar setup that way. Although I actually used a different guitar this week because I didn't get on that well with the Aftermath in the other one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Drucifer View Post
    I fucking love the sounds you throw into your songs, man. You really blend shit together perfectly and all the glitch/stutter stuff is killer. I'm not into most of what I hear with the modern guys doing that kind of thing, but I love everything you've posted. I meant to bring this up last week and this week's song didn't feature it as much as your last two, but CkY could totally get Chris to stop singing and have you join, you can nail Devon's laid back vocals!

    Oh yeah, the chugs at the end of mine, those 808's really lend themselves to that section! It might be passe' these days, but IDGAF, I love em.
    Really appreciate the kind words from you and everyone else who takes the time to listen, I've never been in the habit of putting my music out there but the encouragement helps me motivated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Drucifer View Post

    I see Connor posted his, so now I'm off to listen to that and surely feel bad about myself like I usually do when I listen to his submissions.
    Your stuff is great dude, especially when you finish them up with vocals too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    Here's mine. Didn't come up with any good vocal melodies, but might try again at some later point,

    Always dig your stuff man, the clean sections reminded me a little of Opeth

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron1 View Post
    Had some really cool inspiration when I started this one, then the week sucked the life outta me, hence the title...

    File this under "give me my 10 points so I can move on"...

    I like the slow vibe, I went for something slower this week too, but I think you pulled it off better. Your drums feel purposefully sparse, whereas mine just felt a bit lacking to me.


    Good stuff everyone!

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