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All That Work for Nothing

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Published on Jan 28, 2012

Original Music:
If you're more into guitar, and don't feel like sitting through a long and dismal piano intro, buffer up to 3:51 and take it from there.
This composition was recorded using a Korg D1200mkII.
The piano intro was recorded in stereo using 2 tracks. The keyboard is a Yamaha SY-85. It is a piano/string patch. It was filmed using a Samsung SL202 camera. All of the guitars heard and seen are the same Fender American Stratocaster. The lead guitar track was recorded in stereo using 2 tracks. It was played through a Boss ME-50 using a stereo chorus patch, hall reverb, and wah pedal. It was filmed again using the Samsung SL202 camera. The bass track was recorded in mono (1 track) using the Fender Stratocaster playing through the ME-50's harmonizer set an octave down and blended completely wet. Distortion and wah pedal were then applied accordingly. The pan control for the bass track was set to dead center, and was never touched during mix-down. Apparently, Chris Squire had a profound influence on my bass chops. It was filmed with the SL202. The bass clip is easy to spot. There is a photo of me at 5-months old in the lower-left foreground. Yes, I was quite the hideous little glob, and as you can see I never did get any better looking with time. The volume-swell guitar in the first half of the middle guitar segment was recorded in stereo (2 tracks) using the ME-50's pan-delay and stereo chorus. It was filmed with both the SL202 and an old Samsung cell phone. The rhythm guitar in the second half of the middle guitar segment was recorded in stereo (2 tracks) again using the ME-50's pan-delay, this time set to a stereo panning slap-back. It was filmed with both the SL202 and the old Samsung cell phone. The closing keyboard segment is a 2-track real-time sequence. If you look closely just slightly left and down from center screen, you can see the sequencer's red light flashing. The click was turned-off and neither track was quantitized, so it was much like traditional linear recording. Both tracks are stereo using the same 2 stereo tracks. It is on the same sequence as the stereo drums. The closing keyboard segment was the first musical segment recorded after the drum sequence was complete. The sequence of drums and the closing keyboard segment was then recorded to the D1200mkII, after the intro keyboard segment was recorded. The closing keyboard segment was filmed using the SL202 and a Polaroid 5-megapixel camera, which unfortunately became unexpectedly and rather suddenly deceased shortly after the making of that clip. I think the poor video quality of the Polaroid camera produced an interesting effect. Only the solo track of the closing keyboard segment/sequence was filmed. So in recap, all of the instruments except for the bass, are stereo (2 tracks). All of the pan controls were set at dead center, and were never touched during mix-down. The mix-down was automated using the Korg D1200mkII's scene reader. Only the fader volume controls were changed in the mix-down. Please use headphones, and set the volume at 11 (the loudest your computer will go!) for maximum audio enjoyment.

I knew this was going to be a longer video, but was surprised when it turned out to be 11:51. Please comment and vote. Thanks for watching and listening.

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