Under the Influence
Well now... my first recorded and mixed composition (I'm not counting "The
Daring Search for Bob's Left Brain" because it was not recorded as it was
written). I could write a book about this song and the process that went into
producing this recording, but nobody wants to read that (although at some
point I should probably write some things down for my own future reference, at
least... I learned a lot from this experience). But I can't resist a few
- I don't know if I would call this representative of my style (the other
compositions in my queue to be recorded are very different), but it is
does represent my influences pretty well.. hence the title (which has nothing
to do with alcohol... and, admittedly, isn't very good.... perhaps I would be
better off using a random-title-generator).
If you listen closely you can hear a little Soundgarden,
Blues Traveler, Bjork, Satriani, jazz (referring to my education and experience
in the jazz band rather than what I listen to), Frank Zappa (who I don't listen
to much, but has still had a slight influence), etc...
- The entire song was basically built on the rarely-heard violin melody... the
other instruments were added to complement that, then I muted it and realized
I had something that would be fun to add guitar to.
- Speaking of the guitar.... there's wayyy too much of it (making this an
excessively long song)... but I decided the song really wasn't that great
to begin with, and people wouldn't exactly be making it a standard in their
playlists even if the solos were nice and short (which they would be if I was
actually trying to make something people would want to listen to). So, I
figured, what the hell?
- I recommend listening with headphones or at least with balanced speakers on
your right and left so you can hear the stereo effects... I put a lot of time
into the panning.... which isn't to say that the panning is any good, just that
I would appreciate some feedback on it. :)