Friday, July 18, 2014

Sometimes I Scare Myself - "Lobotomy Ward"

Where I grew up there was a very large asylum a few miles away that I had the chance to go into from time to time(as an employee in an unrelated capacity). While I am pretty sure there were no lobotomy patients(victims?) residing there I did see several very lost souls lounging about and often wondered what could be going on inside their heads. Then one day recently while I was experimenting with the effect settings on one of my guitar amplifiers I recorded what was to become the bed track for this song. Then I got out the synth and when I was done this is what I had recorded. As usual I left it for few days thinking I'll want to make some changes when I get back to it but when I listened to it a few days later the hair stood up on the back of my neck and I started to recall my visits to the asylum, so I left it as it was.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Night Circus

What goes on in the late night hours, long after the midway has closed down and the customers have gone home? I don't know either but when I thought about it for a while this song emerged. The entire piano track that carries the whole piece was written on a guitar being played fingerstyle but the piano track sounded more ominous to me. The weird groans and moans section was created by recording an electric guitar playing short slide licks which were then processed into one track with some going backwards and all fading in and out to make an eerie hodge podge. I had to get some "circus organ" in there as well and the songs ends with some harmonized electric guitar.