Here's my remix of ppeppina's song. I used a number of pieces from our live shows of a few months ago, as well as contributions put up to the collab before and after then. As well as a few overdubs of my own. I'll get around to putting up stems soon, in the hopes that someone will pick it up from here.
Here's a mix of the overdubs we added in the Sundance REC Room in Park City last week. Thanks to all the new and old hitRECorders who came out to lay down a track : ) The song isn't finished...In fact, it ends kinda abruptly here. Anyone wanna pick this mix up from here?
Here's a version of the "Inside/Outside" song for the collaboration of the same name. It's mostly comprised of the same tracks you hear in the version we featured a few weeks ago. I added a couple more parts from later contributions, I dialed-in the mix nice and tight (I hope), and edited the chorus to repeat a few times and fade out...Just like an old-tyme RECord.
My schedule wouldn't allow me to add any more before needing to wrap it up and call it finished ("finished", of course being a relative term...It's only finished as far as MY RECord-making goes...Not anyone else's). But there are some other contributions I didn't get to which look very intriguing. So, I hope hitRECorders will continue to dig into those stems and isolated tracks in the collab and add to this mix, or make new ones, too!
Sorry I'm only just getting around to putting this RECord up, after about a year in cold storage. It's a document of creating the vinyl RECord hitRECord released last fall. I was pleased to be entrusted with overseeing the operation, and it was a very interesting session for me, since even though I've been making music and RECording professionally for 20-plus years, this was the first time I've had the opportunity to watch a lathe cut a disc.
For those interested in the technical details: It's a real time process, one in which if you screw something up halfway through, the whole pass has to be thrown in the trash; Sort of like the way final mixes used to be before automated consoles, only in this case, you can't roll back and re-RECord over a piece of tape...You have to pull out a fresh slab of vinyl.
The songs were given a mastering pass in order to put them at equal levels, and to make them sit together well generally, and then the songs were sequenced into two separate digital files, one for each side of the vinyl, with gaps in between songs already in place, done at the time of mastering. So really, all Pete, the cutting engineer, had to do was to set a proper level for the lathe and run the pass.
The "blanks" used to cut the music to are aluminum discs covered in a high-grade vinyl. There's only a couple of factories making them in the US now. They're the size of a 33 1/3 RECord, only a bit heavier due to the aluminum, and you often cut them only on one side (ie: One disc for side 'a' and another for side 'b'). A long time ago, these "lacquers" or "acetates" would be the only way an artist would be able to hear their music outside of the studio in between recording sessions, since it was very rare until the 1970s for most musicians to have access to open reel tape machines. Since it was (and still is) a fairly specialized process, and not every RECording studio would have a cutting lathe in house, that privilege was generally reserved only for the biggest artists. These RECords, while very high in quality, are also extremely fragile, succeptible to the lightest of scratches, and generally can only be played a few times before they start to deteriorate.
Once cut, discs meant as masters for duplication must be very-carefully handled, and are optimally sent to the pressing plant as quickly as possible (certainly within days of being cut), as they're somewhat perishable due to storage conditions, dust, overhandling, etc. At the pressing plant, these discs are then metalized (dunno how) in order to create the stamper, which can then pump out a certain number of copies of vinyl before they, too, wear out and need to be replaced.
What you'll see in the film first is us jumping around from track to track to confirm that the individual songs are hitting at the same level, and with the same general tone and EQ curves. Then you'll see the first "test" cut, wherein we took a piece of scrap vinyl, and ran a pass to make sure the amp settings are good, the grooves are cutting correctly, and that everything sounds good coming back off the vinyl. Then, it's on to the actual final pass, where we created the actual "master" which was sent to the pressing plant, to be duplicated on that sexy red vinyl we ended up with.
One cool detail I didn't know about until this session: You know the fat grooves in between songs on a vinyl RECord? They're not fat grooves because there's no audio there: In fact, they're the product of a real-time process done by the cutting engineer at the time of cutting: During the pauses in between tracks, he turns a knob to advance the lead screw such that it creates a wider groove, and then returns it to its normal setting once the new track comes in. I thought that was cool : )
It's too bad I wasn't able to capture what it looks like under the scope: It kinda looks like a zebra print...Black and white, and as you spin the disc, you can watch the grooves wiggle in response to what's going on with the audio.
I added a track of electric piano: A Wurlitzer 200A. Also, I sang a couple of vocal parts to add to Chigwinkle's outstanding (as always) vocals. I've had to resist the temptation to do more. I've also uploaded stems for further remixing in another RECord. This is my favorite music collaboration on hitRECord so far.
This isn't really what I had in mind when I was first inspired to play with this piece. But I was somehow pulled in this direction, and since it felt like it was cooking, I took advantage of the opportunity to just have fun with it...As much as it's kinda unexpected dress in which to drape such a dark lyric.
The ideas are pretty well formed, but it's by no means "done". Like, it feels "over" before it should be, IMO...Despite the long ambient section at the end.
I'm putting it out today because I'm not sure I'll be able to spend more time with it in the next few days, and I might forget to otherwise : ) So yeah: Feel free to add new sections, parts, or arrange the parts I've created differently.
I'll be putting up stems shortly. Everything has been conformed to a consistent tempo, and even the non-drum part at the end is at tempo should you care to use it, so it should offer lots of possibilities.
This is a collection of funny sounds. I recently had to create a huge pool of such sounds to use in writing music for an upcoming project. So I methodically placed them on a bunch of tracks, grouped together by type (boings, pops, whizzes, bells, horns, sproings...), to have them all in one place. And then, when I saw ALL those sounds lined up on ALL those tracks...I just had to hit play.
Is it art? I dunno. It's random, and the tracks were never intended to be played all together. But the sounds, regardless of type, were placed in order according to some specific rules (short to long, least-to-most-complicated), so it does follow a contour of sorts.
Perhaps you'll agree that if it's not funny, at least it's obnoxious : O )
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You might recall from our request video for this song that we're looking for a part to fill the 'dead spot' in the pre chorus sections for this song. Well, I went ahead and arranged up parts for two trumpets and two trombones, keeping it pretty simple as far as instrumentation, because it's a really dense mix right now.
As always, any further ideas are welcome! But these parts are ones we want for sure.
I've included mix excerpts of the 3 sections we're focusing on, with sampled horns to mock up the parts, to give you a reference. They sound pretty solid, but they get a little strident at the end...We don't want to go THAT big and brash at the end, really. Of course though, it's gonna sound SO much better with real players : )
I enlisted the help of the multitalented hitRECorder Krrr, who so perfectly and clearly created the charts in the zip. Many thanks to him for his invaluable help with this!
first prechorus audio file starts at measure 21
second prechorus audio file starts at measure 53
third prechorus audio file starts at measure 90
IMPORTANT NOTE: I cut the first 8 bars out of the second prechorus. The reference mix and stems I uploaded a few days ago do NOT include this cut...They run longer. Therefore, if you place the reference mix/stems in a timeline, you'll need to snip out measures 53 through 60, and rejoin them together, in order to keep the chart's bar numbers aligned with the RECording.
Sorry for the confusion : / It's a process...