Tic Tac

Friends  

My latest song creation is titled "Tic Tac"  (Please double click song title to hear)  

Many of the lyric layers worked there way into a fugue like round that I found rather hypnotizing especially towards the end of the song.  I added a grand finale "stream of conscience" layer towards the end of the final chorus section that even I scratch my head at when trying to decipher their meaning.  I debated on whether or not to cut this out but decided that I had too much fun and the words just felt right rolling out of my mouth.  My voice is presented up close and dry throughout the song except for the intro section which was made wet and soupy on purpose for effect.  

The song started after I noodled out a bluesy rhythm that really grabbed a hold of me and would not let go.   This rhythm formed the foundation of the song and was composed of a fretless bass and very cool drum pattern.  The other key component is the 6 string guitar that surfs the rhythm and then loosely drifts away at other times to keep things interesting.   I loved improvising the riffs during the recording of these particular tracks.  

The "sweetening" of the song was critical on this project.  What I mean is the extra instrumental flavorings to add interest to what could otherwise become a monotonous blues pattern (mainly C's and F's with some Bbs).  Here are some of the names of the Omnisphere patches I added to this song. 1) Controlled Anxiety; 2) VL Tone Modulus Pad; 3) Theremin's Journey (you'll hear it during the bridge) 4) Accidental Magic; and 5) HiWatt Hammond.  By the way, I need to take a deep bow to the HiWatt Hammond designer.  This sound just kicked butt to my ears.  

My song creation process on this was also unique.  I used my Ableton Live for recording tracks because this software's Session View allowed me to experiment in a very intuitive free flowing way with different song arrangement ideas.  I am still not 100% comfortable with this DAW but it is growing on me quickly. However, for mixing and mastering I pushed my files over to Logic Pro X.  I can edit, balance, tweak and add the shiny eq, compressor, reverb, delay plugins easier from this software.  

The song.  What is it about??  I guess the title Tic Tac may be the give-away.  I know we are all sick and tired of politics and I appreciate this can be a sensitive subject area so I won't get into it any deeper than that.  

Conclusion:  This is another labor of love. I hope you like it.  

Your friend  

Dave

2 comments

  • Ed Bejzak
    Ed Bejzak Henderson, NC
    {music] I read your blog entry before listening and though you said blues, I heard reggae/dub when it 1st came on. Maybe it's the lyrical/rap phrasing. I am getting a combination of Michael Franti & Flight of the Conchords. With a another listen, Depeche Mode also comes to mind. Theremin inclusion was also quite pleasing - I saw one at Moogfest this past May. Thanks for including the software details as well. Digging the groove as it continues playing. [politics] The kind of behavior and speech about, and directed at, women that this certain individual exhibits is not okay. Will be waiting for, or maybe writing, a follow-up/sister song - Skittles. Wishing Peace for all. -Ed

    {music] I read your blog entry before listening and though you said blues, I heard reggae/dub when it 1st came on. Maybe it's the lyrical/rap phrasing. I am getting a combination of Michael Franti & Flight of the Conchords. With a another listen, Depeche Mode also comes to mind. Theremin inclusion was also quite pleasing - I saw one at Moogfest this past May. Thanks for including the software details as well. Digging the groove as it continues playing.

    [politics] The kind of behavior and speech about, and directed at, women that this certain individual exhibits is not okay.

    Will be waiting for, or maybe writing, a follow-up/sister song - Skittles.

    Wishing Peace for all.
    -Ed

  • David Husted
    David Husted
    I am not familiar with the Franti reference...have to check that one out. Moogfest and Theremins....sounds like a good combo. And ..yes the creation process is always interesting to me as well....glad you enjoyed. Cheers Dave

    I am not familiar with the Franti reference...have to check that one out. Moogfest and Theremins....sounds like a good combo. And ..yes the creation process is always interesting to me as well....glad you enjoyed.

    Cheers

    Dave

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