Standing in the Dark
Many months after the release of "Under the Influence," I have finally completed
my second original recording. This was actually recorded at about the same time
as "Under the Influence," and the music was completed first (it was started
second, but it's very simple), but I spent a lot more time working on mixing
and mastering this one, in the hopes of applying lessons I had learned from
the feedback on the former piece. I honestly released UTI first because I
thought it was the better composition, but some people seem to prefer this one.
Perhaps because it's more simple and poppy. It's still very long, but this time
it was intentional. Before I even sat down to record this, I had decided that
I wanted to have fun with the guitar on it. So I'm content with the guitar on
this song, but I do intend to cut down the solos on future works.
- I should probably warn listeners that this song started as a joke. I basically
decided to see how quickly and easily I could write a simple techno tune. I
never originally had any intention of releasing a recording of it, but I just
happened to try playing guitar along with it one evening, and I really liked
what I was playing. If I had known how much time I would eventually spend on
editing/mixing/mastering this song, I probably wouldn't have ever bothered...
But anyway, the point is that it is pretty simple and cheesy... reminds me of
80s danceclub techno (not that I spent much time clubbing in the 80s...). And
the guitar playing is... well, fitting.
- I hate fadeout endings... but after a bit of struggling with the
ending I wanted (which I will only describe as being strongly influenced by
the ending of Bjork's "Hunter"), a friend finally convinced me to open my mind
to the concept... and I have to admit, it kind of works in this case. The main
deciding factor for me was the simple fact that it was already a damn long song,
and the fadeout ending would trim it down a tad and perhaps not bore listeners
quite as much. I'm keeping a version with the original ending for myself
- The distortion guitar stuff is entirely improvised, but probably about half
of the clean section is composed.
- The very beginning was actually a mistake.. I was trying to write the main
chords of the song, but I wrote them wrong. Needless to say, I liked the
- Although the chord progression is extremely simple compared to "Under the
Influence," I took advantage of that to try more interesting things with the
guitar. I use at least three different scales: ionian, mixolydian, and blues.