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Original Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
This was commissioned by Nate Horsfall, a BRILLIANT artist, well-known for supplying loads of artwork for Dwelling of Duels, among other things. He won a charity auction on eBay for Japanese Tsunami Relief. This is the first of three tracks he picked for me to do. The other two are also very cool. He has great taste in music :)
For the arrangement, I didn’t want to stray too far from the source material. Uematsu really nailed the otherworldly, alien vibe with this one. So I wanted to try and capture that atmosphere, and then make it bigger, and maybe push past the creepy, eerie vibe of the original and venture into louder, scarier territory. For the most part, it was pretty easy for me to decide how to go about things. Except the drums. I pretty much had no idea how to attack them. Making a 7/8 groove is one thing. Making a slow, creepy, big and scary 7/8 groove is another. So I enlisted some help from my friend and collaborator Bruce Bonebrake II of Locrian Manor (He actually plays guitar for them, but is also an amazing drummer). And boy did he come through! He laid down a FANTASTIC drum track that was even better than I had hoped for! I hope you all enjoy the fruits of our labors!
tech stuff: Right. So I’ve sort of gutted my recording setup. My old computer was getting pretty long in the tooth, so I’ve pressed my laptop into service as my main DAW. It’s a Dell Studio 1558 that’s been an absolute workhorse of a machine for me since I got it a couple years ago. I’m using a Yamaha Audiogram 6 interface to get sound in and out of the laptop. And I’ve switched to Cubase AI 6 because it came with the interface. The MIDI editing in Cubase isn’t as good as what Cakewalk has, but everything else is SO smooth, and so much faster and cleaner that it’s been worth the step down in MIDI functionality. It doesn’t hurt that I’m using significantly less MIDI/synth lately anyway, having acquired some more instruments to use. You’ll hear two of the recent additions on this track. There’s my bass, a 5-string Ibanez Sound Gear SR 305. And there’s my nylon-string guitar, an Ibanez GA6CE. The bass and nylon-string were both recorded direct through the Audiogram. The electric guitars (still using my RGT42 neck-through) were also recorded direct, but using the Korg AX10G between the guitar and Audiogram. Bruce’s drums are a Roland V-Drum kit.
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