March 31, 2017
I have been playing guitar regularly again lately and am finding it hugely influential on the way I hear and think about music. Something essential of me comes to the fore when I physically play either guitar or bass; it’s present when I just use the iPad apps but seems to come to the surface when I hold these instruments, which after all I have spent countless hours and about 40 years playing (on and off).
Anyway Gadget has been updated with the possibility of adding audio tracks, both vocal and guitar, and I have been exploring the new options this opens up in app. Previously any tracks with guitar or vocals have been made in Auria which is certainly superior in sounds and options and versatility but having everything in Gadget makes it easy to sketch ideas etc in one place.
Probably the best option would be to import each track from Gadget to Auria for finishing but that is for another day. This track is all Gadget.
I began by jamming 7 tracks of guitar along to the drums, slowly building up the (admittedly simple) idea. The horns where also built up by playing the guitar, this time triggering the midi in Gadget by way of MIDI Guitar. This required quite a bit of editing because it wasn’t very accurate but I think yielded good results so I will continue to try this out. I tried singing the vocal but ran up against my inability to sing well, so I ended up doing it as a spoken word, just keeping the last bit of singing which is reasonably in tune and made a good backing I thought.
Anyway I’m really happy with this, I hope you enjoy it.
February 14, 2017
Still struggling with this, words are so hard to come by. I’ve also been trying to bring guitar into things but it has been so long since I played regularly that it’s taking me some time to get comfortable with the instrument again. I think I’m starting to get there.
This track is just guitar and vocal. I improvised the guitar using BiasFX on my iPad and then added the spoken word in Auria.
August 13, 2016
Becky (For What It’s Worth):
Something a bit different today, a track made entirely with guitar; though sifted through my iPad mania.
I recently got my beautiful 12 string electric guitar back after 2 years of separation and this is the result of our first play together. I haven’t changed the strings yet, and one broke as I tuned it up, I just plugged into my iPad with AudioShare and BiasFX and we got reacquainted for a while. It’s a little rough, you can hear how my hands aren’t used to this anymore but that imperfection lends a little charm, to my ears at least.
Anyway, I effected it with FLUX:FX, put it into Auria where I rearranged it a bit, then I did my little fav trick of slowing it down in TwistedWave before adding some occasional delay with AUFX:Dub.
February 25, 2016
An ambienty guitar jam/noodle.
To balance the keyboard pieces of late I thought I’d post this guitar based track. I found two guitar noodles in the record folder of MainStage, I’d recorded them within minutes of each other last July and the forgot about them. I can’t remember what I used to get the delay/filter sound but I suspect I used my Line6 M13 multi effects unit, I seem to remember digging it out and having a play back then somewhere.
Anyway I loaded them into Auria using DropBox and AudioShare, and arranged them together.
Peace and Harmony.