Day: August 29, 2010

Stealing from your own stash.

Here, right on time, is the end-of-the-month progress report video. Instead of rambling about what’s going on at the moment like I usually would, I’ll let the video take care of that.

It’s not quite as action-packed as the last one, but it’s still pretty long (I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to make a short video again), and if listening to me talk a lot with the odd musical interlude is your idea of a good time, you’ll probably weep tears of joy. Every time I make one of these videos I feel like the editing gets a little smoother, and I think this one might even flow a bit better than the last one. I think the “introductory mini-music video” segment may be here to stay, too. I get a kick out of doing those ridiculous things. This one is probably the most ridiculous yet.

The song used for the introduction is something from 1999, taken from a cassette tape. It was one of several experiments recorded when I had my first 8-track digital mixer/workstation but before I had a CD burner, so I was able to play around with overdubs but could only preserve what I did by dubbing it onto tape. In this case I didn’t overdub anything. I set up a delay effect that would never decay, allowing me to effectively loop my voice in real-time. It’s basically a study/warm-up for what I would soon be doing on SINGIN’ THE OESOPHAGUS TO SLEEP’s title track.

For years I remembered this initial idea as being kind of uninspired, but when I listened to it again a few weeks ago I almost died laughing at its insanity, and I knew it had to be the intro song for my next video progress report. Even though the sound quality leaves a bit to be desired and there’s some tape hiss in there, I think the love comes through. And that’s what we need in these dark times. Love and animal noises.

Another thing I should mention — I left out the names of a few people involved in Rose City Sessions because my brain was marinating in a vat of roasted turnip brine when I was talking about that stuff. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Eric Boucher (film-maker/editor/camera-operating guy), James O-L (who handles the audio side of things), and Eric’s assistant Mo. All great, talented guys who were a pleasure to work with. I think the video we shot for the project is going to be pretty impressive once it’s finished. More news on that as it develops.

One last thing. That little live Guys with Dicks moment…man, I like that. The live performance of that particular song as a whole isn’t as strong as the “studio” version, but when you isolate the guitar solo I have to say it’s pretty tasty. I dig the interplay, and how Gord and Tyson drop out for a second and then come back in at the same time. We weren’t too shabby, us reasonably-endowed men. Not too shabby at all.