Djent Kennedies

sticker,375x360.u3I had too much fun with this. Recently when I was reading about geeky guitar stuff I kept running across this word “djent” and got curious. It turns out is is an esteemed sound in this sort of bro-metal genre, like frat-dude-with-a-sideways-baseball-cap-at-a-keg party metal. It refers to the appropriate sound of the guitar : “dj-dj-dj-dj djent.” It obviously follows that he appropriate question to ask of all proper music is “Does it Djent?”  Some of it is actually kinda cool, like this guy who made a djent guitar with only one giant piano wire string on it.   I tried to get the sound and found it was super easy and made flailing away at one or three notes sound really cool.

“Djent Kennedies” starts with my take on the death metal vocal howl. I always thought the vocals in death metal sounded like a cappuccino machine, so I did this thing called vocoding and crossed my distorted metal voice with the sound of a capuucino machine. I think I was right.  I then wondered what would happen if brometal got in a soundclash with the Dead Kennedies, so the howl is followed by Djello’s response.  Sorry Djents.  Sorry Djello.

Geek part below the soundcloud.

Geek Part:

The key to the sound is a gate that shuts off all the sound immediately upon the guitar going below a certain volume, making the stops sound way more accurate than they actually are. I should have tuned several octaves lower too, but made up for it with a bass synth. I then put the gates on everything else too, so everyone (i.e.me &me) plays and stops together.

 

rainish

Play it on a sunny day if you’re only happy when it rains. This is a chill thing, not much going on it seems on the surface. Nice background music that will make you reach for your raincoat when you leave. The track is a simple live guitar improv run through four different lanes with the use of some rain sounds in unusual ways.

Only read more if you want to geek out on the details.

The first thing to come in….the pit-pat of drops splatting…is a guitar synth triggering samples of my home-made wooden-keyed sansa.  This is “lane 1”

IMG_0114Soon after you gradually begin to hear two sets of ambient rain sounds emerge in the background. These are the only other thing than the four-lane guitar. The first to enter are a group of snippets of from a freesounds field recording of rain on a tin roof. The recording is split into pseudo-mid-side, with one section of the clip providing the mid, the common base sound to both stereo channels. Then two other clips, both from different times on the same recording are placed, one on the right channel and one on the left, to provide some stereo, giving the track a sense of space. All this was because the original field recording was mono and I want the stereo to be big on this. The second track is a stereo field recording I made of the rain as it sounded on the 9th floor outdoor walkway of my apartment. It is in stereo from the start, and much more “ambient” than the tin roof.

The second guitar lane comes in during fade in of the ambient rain. It is still the same guitar notes as the pit-pat samples. It is electric guitar, more or less pretty clean, run through two vocoders, one with the “left” side of the tin roof pseudo stereo recording, the other with the right side. On one vocoder it is the carrier, on the other it is the modulator. This means that one side of the guitar sounds like it is playing through the rain, while the other side sounds like the rain is playing through the guitar. The two sides are sent through the rain yet again, this time using a convolution plugin that makes the vocoder processed guitar/tin roof sound as if it is playing in the tin roof rain. Got some tin roof rain for your tin roof rain sound. All of this gives the guitar a sort of watery voice I think while still keeping the notes clear.

That gets joined soon after by the third lane, the “acoustic channel” of my Godin e
lectric guitar. This makes the articulation of the “watery” guitar clearer. The fourth guitar lane (still the same single guitar playing though) then fades in, a reverb drenched, trebly guitar that smears everything up again, but just in the background, tying together the guitar with the rain tracks to complete the atmosphere. Past the middle, all of the sounds gradually fade out one by one til only the the vocoded, convoluted guitar and a little ambience is left at the end.

As a special bonus, the art for the song is made from the spectrogram of the mix, which looked nicely smeared and rainy to my eye. That is the part “outside” the car. The driver’s eye view of the road and the inside of the car is stolen. Not saying from where.

connection fail

jammin on that modem like its 1999.  lol, got a “connection fail” message when uploading this.  its a sign.

 

rreplay – where weld dwelled

I told you not to play with that band saw near my bass…

itchy

kind of gets under your skin…

pareidolia

Finding patterns where none exist, I heard this as a song. you?

atmospheric phenomenon

rreplay is back with a new track this week, “Atmospheric Phenomenon” with a killer bass line.  The cover is a mural from the side of a house in Graz, Austria, where I visited last week.  Hope you will give us a listen!
 

To Tahrir

OK, so we successfully completed the 8 songs in 8 weeks challenge….actually it was 52 in 52, but we had a meltdown, took a week off to fix the long distance mixing tech, and have decided that we’ll opt out of the 52 in 52 challenge, declare victory, and leave the field.  We are sure you will greet us as liberators! Anyway, I’ll keep posting new stuff, but not sticking to the one a week schedule as it was not working out.

The music: Driving squall, sort of like East Coast weather this week, but with a fundamental optimism, like the first few weeks of the Arab Spring, when things were chaotic and anything was possible, before things went South.

Rogue Guitar, Adios Sierra Madre

Here is the last installment of my slide guitar recording from Sierra Madre.  I think it is the best sounding one yet.

 

adios sierra madre

Rogue Slide Guitar, Installment 2

Here is the second installment of the Rogue guitar, this one called telephone blues, cuz of the ending.  And the pic is me serenading my nephew, Kieran (in the car seat) with Monisha driving.

Rich, Kieran, and Monisha
Rich, Kieran, and Monisha