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[Jun. 17th, 2007|07:17 am]
Nate Bunnyfield
It's nice to be sitting on the couch, trying to figure out how to make music using some fancy electronics, a bass guitar and a 5/8" chrome socket.

Then something sorta musical happens and there's a realization that — in spite of everything else that might need attention — the next 4 hours will be spent exclusively on making a 4 minute mp3 for a handful of people to listen to.

One take after the other until something worth sharing is recorded.

An equivalent amount of time is then spent staring at a computer screen, obsessively tweaking dozens of tiny, very silly-looking "knobs".

Export, encode, upload, summarize and save.

http://natehaas.com/onetake/onetake_20070617_130.mp3



I'm realizing I've actually achieved something over the past 2 years with this ridiculous podcast.

I try not to post about here too much, but it's one of the few things I am proud of and okay with being remembered for.



Also, I really don't like Western culture's preoccupation with musical virtuosity. I think it has made for a terrific amount of unhappiness for all involved. In other words, I'd rather be an awful musician than an awful person.
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From: arkmay
2007-06-18 12:50 am (UTC)
Hey, that sounds good!
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-18 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks!

They're a ton of mistakes in it, but I'm pretty committed to the Hanna-Barbera quantity over quality approach.
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From: arkmay
2007-06-19 04:49 am (UTC)
Mistakes? Like, "wrong notes"? I would think you would not believe in such things!
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-19 05:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, the slide is unforgiving. The cello isn't any easier.

I can't listen to a melodic onetake without wincing several times.
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From: arkmay
2007-06-19 07:48 pm (UTC)
My friend recorded all the bass guitar on his album by using a fretless bass thru Autotune. That's pretty funny I think.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-19 09:08 pm (UTC)
Haha. Yeah, I'm having trouble imagining what that would sound like. Electric and bull fiddle?

It was more for pitch correction than effect, right?
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From: arkmay
2007-06-21 07:50 am (UTC)
Yeah I think it was more for pitch correction than effect. If done properly it would not really be noticeable at all... Basically the fretless bass is always sliding into the "correct" note for the song. A lot of it was atmospheric metal, so the bass was more for just low-end than properly composed "bass parts"... but I haven't listened to the album in-depth enough to even notice the bass specifically.

Well, I just listened to an online excerpt and it sounds like there ARE specific, jazz-like bass parts. So it's possible that the autotuned bass is only on a few of the songs, and that he got a session player to be on others. Interesting, though.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-21 08:54 am (UTC)
Yup. Right now, especially since I'm focused on live stuff, I only use the computer for mixing, EQing, compression and such.

Plus warm, frail and beautiful aren't really words I'd use to describe the plugins I played around with a few years ago. Maybe things have changed since.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-21 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From: arkmay
2007-06-21 09:03 pm (UTC)
Uh, no. Wazzat??
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-21 11:52 pm (UTC)
I was looking at live setups and LCD Soundsystem had it listed. I think it's exactly what you'd expect.

I just thought it was funny in that seemingly silly instrumentation way.

I mean, they have a bunch of folks with two hands on stage, but they use a little box to make hand clap sounds.

Also, I'd like to hear what equipment are you using for your guitar stuff.
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From: arkmay
2007-06-22 06:14 am (UTC)
I'm using my cheap electric through Native Instruments' Guitar Rig app -- sooo cool!
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-22 08:36 am (UTC)
Holy shit. I'm watching some Guitar Rig 2 demos without the sound. Looks incredibly fun.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-22 08:39 am (UTC)
And you've never had your comp crash on stage?
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From: arkmay
2007-06-22 10:15 am (UTC)
Yeah Guitar Rig is a lot of fun. Heaven't tried/seen v2 yet.

I'm just talking about "studio" stuff.. haven't used Guitar Rig live before. But no, I've never had my comp crash when using Guitar RIg. I have used Reason live, however, with no problems..
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From: tmseay
2007-06-18 03:15 am (UTC)
Somehow I'd managed never to hear any of your music until now. That's good stuff.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-18 05:25 am (UTC)
Thanks!

It's essentially a musical blog. Everything is improvised in a single take and mixed down the same day. Kinda like a public archive of freewrites. Nothing too amazing, but I know its helped me develop without having to put out an album.

I tried to find something of yours to read once, but I could only find reviews.
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From: natebunnyfield
2007-06-19 06:06 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Pretty much the same sounds as before, but I'm trying out new setups. Like, I used foot pedal for this one.

You know, every night of this summer that I've spend on this, I get closer to this vision of a gonzo interactive performance that I've dreamt of for the last 12 years.


Also, you should post about what you've been up to sometime.
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