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    Post by Paves on Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:29 pm

    Ҩ wrote:Paves, did you go to any of the Sun Ra shit last week?

    I did not!
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    Post by Ҩ on Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:07 pm

    I went to one of the screenings of those two documentaries at the cultural center. During the question and answer session with the director this towering, older dude got up and announced that he was in the Arkestra throughout most of the 50s and toured for three years with Sun Ra. We all just sat there for like 20 minutes while he shared a bunch of hilarious stories about what that was all about. It was pretty cool.

    I wish I could remember his name. I'll try to figure it out maybe.
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    Post by Paves on Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:03 am

    coyote wrote:I love listening to this.  It's so strange, like if I didn't know paves I'd think it was some recluse obsessive with an 8 track, groove machine and assortment of band instruments attempting to write a jazz fusion record that's equally inspired by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Soundgarden, and Yes or something.  Maybe I am describing Paves totally right now, I don't know.  Anyway, mostly people record weepy acoustic folk with their amateur musical lives.  Glad you skipped out on all that.  This is pretty inspirational by the way, even though the music is not really my cup of tea lol.

    That is a pretty accurate description of me, I'd say.

    Since I started recording music on my own I've always been into finding sounds that I can "access" (via playing styles, digital presets, whatever) and then figuring out how to get them into songs, and then in my history of being in bands I've dealt quite a bit with people not wanting/being able to learn difficult music or not wanting to work with certain sounds for fear of being called gay (really.)  So I just listen to the records I like and try to make weird little connections and find examples of sounds and aesthetics that stick with me and then incorporate those into my bedroom music compositions.  

    I think the jazz fusion stuff came from me trying to make some normal-ish house music and then fucking it up with guitar overdubs and time signature changes, which I've just gotten more into over time.  Part of that is me wanting to take advantage of technology while not skimping on the "playing" aspect. I've definitely spent way more time this year listening to albums featuring John McLaughlin than ones made in the 21st century.

    coyote wrote:Was this all done by you?

    Yes, apart from a small number of outside samples.  It's mostly done with a synth and a guitar, recorded direct-in and edited with Ableton Live Lite software.  It's "Lite," so only eight tracks!  Most of the sounds that aren't guitar come from the synth, including the drum sounds.

    There are some exceptions, like a bunch of guitar parts in "Kim Thayil," where I recorded hours of improvisations with two mics on a Peavey Classic 30 amp, built extended passages out of the better parts, then put overdubs over those.  Then the basic tracks for the last five (?) minutes of "BOOTYZONE" are loops and software instruments from Logic.  I took a film scoring class in college and made that as a last minute final project.  Over a year later I started adding guitars and other sections and that's how that song came to be.

    "Apartment Voyager" was the earliest song and was done entirely on a Fostex 8-track, the thing that I first started recording with ten years ago.  At some point during those (mid-'00s) days I thought that that recorder was totally broken (before it suddenly started working again) so I got a second one, which is what I first tried recording the new sections of "BOOTYZONE" on, but because of how the device is designed coupled with my tendency to redo little parts a million times trying to get them right (when you record something and then press "undo," the data isn't actually "erased"), that particular recorder crashed and I lost everything on it.  So that's why I had to switch over to software.  

    Even when I was making "Apartment Voyager" on the older 8-track there would be terrifying moments where suddenly the "record" or "play" buttons wouldn't work at all, so the switch was inevitable.  That recorder has some built-in effects, though, so I did make use of a weird pitch-shift effect for a section in "BOOTYZONE."

    Then there's a really short section in the second half of "Kim Thayil" where it gets super loud out of nowhere...that was done on the recorder that died on me, back when I was recording everything super distorted and horrible sounding with the gain all the way up.  That was just one part of an eight minute hard rock song that I never finished and that I didn't want to bother finishing and asking anyone to listen to, so I took out my favorite part and constructed the whole rest of the song around it.

    Tracks four and five on disc one are built around samples that I had been meaning to do something with for a while.  Same with "Ghareeb Nawaz," although that one is a "field recording" that I captured on my own.  And then there are a couple more smartphone recordings that pop up.  I was kind of addicted to collecting that stuff for a while, thinking that I could build crazy pieces of music around them.  But I accumulated so many that trying to go through them is just beyond ridiculous, so I managed to incorporate a few favorites and leave it at that.

    The two longest tracks here were the biggest mindfucks to make, especially considering that certain other ones were done over the course of a few days.  I've gotten way more efficient about using the software and incorporating improvisations, trying to reconcile perfectionist tendencies with the fact that I like to finish things and move on.

    I'd be happy to answer any more specific questions that anyone has.
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    Post by Nick on Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:34 am

    Paves - save it for when you get that big interview with one of the Pelly sisters.
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    Post by Paves on Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:40 pm

    Oh, I definitely had to stop myself from making that post ten times longer.

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    Post by Ned Braden on Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:04 pm

    This is still the best thing to happen in 2014 IMHO.
    Thanks Paves.

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