Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Just finished up this track today. Love the vinyl crack, that high end tape quality, or un-quality really. Some lo-fi stuff eh? Anyways, this whole sound is really fueled by this guy: http://howtodresswell.blogspot.com/. Amazing, etheral soul. This guy's the neo-soul sound of the 00s. I made this song just being really inspired by that sound. That's what I want, the neo-soul, ambient soul sound....
at 1:22 AM
Monday, April 26, 2010
Here's a whole new EP, recorded during this week. The songs are really built upon the beats. First, I got the beat. Then I worked on a melody. And that was it really, but I tried to sing within the beats. I tried singing like hip-hop singers sing, or how rappers spit. Because their rhymes work within the beat, they have flow. It's like the way they rap or sing accents and enhances the entire beat. So that you can get syncopation, or polyrhythms, and lots of cool things happening. That's what I tried to do, have like a groovy R&B feel. And I love that soul/r&b voice, like boyz II men, Maxwell, ne-yo. It's just so smooth and soulful. I also tried to have that as well..........
Love Tapes by Guerre
at 8:54 PM
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I've been reading all my old posts, from last year when I was in Toronto. And I thought, I was so much more inspired back then, i was so much more into this whole music thing. And I still am, but it's not the same. But it's not worse. I just wish I would record more and more. And record with a better sense of quality, instead of quantity. That's why I record ambient peices, because they're fun to make and they come out great. I havent actually written a real song in a while now. Whenever I record, I don't have any pre-written material, i just say, i wanna record something like this, and I record. It's all pretty spontaneous...I kind of want to stop doing that.
I've been really enjoying the open mics though. I think more than anything I like performing live. I cant wait for those monday nights and to perform. See, I've been jamming out at home using headphones plugged into my amp,which sounds really restrictive and stuff. The headphones can only do so much. I really just wanna scream my fucking face off when I do live stuff. But the only complaint that I have about open mics is the set way too short. I really need to start getting full shows. Ah, fuck.
Well that's my update. I'll be writing more soon....
at 10:06 PM
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This song is to my brothers...../////
*A note on the recent ambient pieces...: I've been recording a bunch of ambient shoegaze-post-rock songs recently, late at night mostly. They'll be compiled into an EP called Virgin. I'll probably be making CD-Rs of these EPs and sending them to whoever wants to get them. They CD-Rs will be free. The EP will be available for download as always on the blog. I'm really happy with the way these are sounding. More to come...You'll have to wait for actual non-ambient pieces to manifest. As I'm finding it hard to be satisfied with the recording process and product. I want to record live, from actual amps and stuff. But with my hardware it just wouldn't sound good. Plus, the walls are thin in this house.....I want to record live in large spaces with little overdub work. For now, I'm sticking to Video Contacts series...
//frm yr brthr//
at 7:56 AM
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Didn't sleep last night, made this song. The moon still in the sky. Meeting the morning sun. The air is cold, the blue light drifting from the window slowly lifts the room up....the city smells fresh, and it is beautiful, even if it's only a passing illusion...we can live such beautiful lives......
at 12:57 PM
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Just finished this mini-shoegazer jam. This is my 80s disco dance jam, by saying that, its not exactly Kym Mazelle. No synths though, just guitar, which is the modern synth, isnt it? Pulsating base line, electronic drum beat, and alot guitar atmospherics. As always, covered in reverb and delay, distortion.
Calm the tigress.....
at 10:36 PM
Friday, April 2, 2010
Hey. Just finished up this song. Pretty proud of it. Just thought instead of sulking in my room about staying in and not partying, make a song and release it on the blog. This is a pretty lo-fi affair. I wanted it to sound like it was recorded onto tape 4 track. It's about youth really, about being young and alone. You get it. You know what I mean.
Also, the reason why the cover is rectangular is because I would want to release it as a tape single....
Hail to the Youth.
at 6:04 AM
Thursday, April 1, 2010
So I haven't written over here for a while now. Maybe it's because there's not alot I want to write about. Or nothing I think is worth writing about...
I've just been living on my own for a while now. I've got my own room and all, cooking my own food, buying groceries, washing my clothes...It all seems so normal. Nothing really exciting, if my life was like this...I dont know if I'd be okay with that, at least not now. I don't have a job...yet, but if this is what its supposed to be like...9-5, pay, work, weekends, party, vacation, work...I'm not going to be satisfied. Ive only been here a month and I feel like there's nothing new. I feel like Ive been here for a year..........Ignore what I said, I don't even know if it's completely true.
Now, on to more important things. The vocal loops have been working out really well. If you've seen the videos you'll know that I've really been getting the hang of things. I haven't quite worked on my performance, I havent even really worked out the songs. I basically plan and create the loops at home and once I get those down, I just freestyle the singing on stage. Everything's pretty basic now, not alot of dynamic. In the next Video Contact, you'll probably be seeing me with a guitar.
Update: There is no Video Contact 003 this week because the open mic was cancelled for Easter Holiday.
I've still been working hard on my 'sound'. I'm completely obsessed with it now. Ive been thinking about it constantly, drawing from different sources. There's this whole image behind who, what, where, when in my music. So to paint a pretty clear of picture of what I would like from my songs........
On a cold winter's day on a frozen beach on a Pacific Island...where surfers ride the ocean's cold waters into infinite waves of bliss........it is the last night at the soapline...a vox speaker sends the lush harmonies of an unknown tribal hymn. The songs are sparse but full, with little instrumentation in it but yet still being able to fill in the vast island shores. The harmonies are deep. Centered, and distant. The songs drift and wander through a gaze of passages. The cries of a reverbed-out voice rips through the song. The sun is descending into the sea, eaten by the blue mass.
That's the kind of feel I want. But I mean you shouldn't take any of this seriously because the way you see my music is most definitely different from the way I perceive my own work. If anything, I just want my songs to have a ethereal feeling to them.
Til the end of time.....
at 5:58 AM