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Bogdan Radovic
GMC Admin & Bass Instructor
29 years old
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Belgrade, Serbia
Born Jan-7-1986
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Music,bass guitar,composing,tennis
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16 Feb 2015
I found this idea and video pretty awesome. I can't stop listening to it, there is something contagious about it smile.gif
It is really amazing what kind of music he gets just by mixing back and forth between guitar signal which is live and 4 seconds delayed.

13 Feb 2015
Just found this: http://playback.fm/birthday-song

It allows you to find out which song was #1 on the day you were born. Have no idea about the accuracy of the data though smile.gif

Here is mine:

13 Feb 2015
I was watching the movie Boyhood (what an epic movie btw!), and there was a scene where father gifted his son with a custom made CD - The Black Album, consisting of songs from Beatles solo carriers which when put together conway that special magic which made their music so cool. The idea is based on Ethan Hawkes real life experience and it is a really cool one to make such a CD smile.gif

Since this scene in the movie raised some dust, the cast later on gave more details about the actual playlist of the CD.

First, here is the scene :



Here is the official interview with the details and playlist: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ethanhawke/boyhood...bum#.cd1oAxdm7d

...and here is the Youtube playlist for the "black album" :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAOi...7FYodR81dPuKHO_
12 Feb 2015
When we go into the studio, we usually either record "live" or against a metronome beat or so called "Click track". I must say that all the material I have recorded with bands so far was done against a metronome beat/track. We would usually record pilot tracks at home and then drummer would first go into the studio and record the drums over pilot tracks and metronome click. After drums are done, other instruments would be recorded. Lately, I've been thinking about the alternative approach - recording "live". This means that the band will go into the studio and play live, just like on rehearsals or gigs. Usually drums, bass and maybe a guitar track would all be recorded in this one take and then other instruments/tracks overdubbed.

As I view it, here are some pros and cons of both methods :

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CLICK TRACK


Pros

- music is recorded to a steady metronome beat so there is not much if any tempo variation throughout the song
- it is somewhat easier to record overdubs and add other midi triggered instruments over the tracks which are recorded "in time" and with the click track
- more flexibility in studio choice as only 1 instrument is recorded at the time

Cons

- less dynamics in music which come from variable tempo throughout the song
- lack of energy that comes from band playing together in one room

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LIVE PLAYING

Pros

- songs sound more like the live band performances
- songs have tempo which is not fixed and usually speeds up in the choruses, drops a bit in verse and dynamics go up during solos or ending sections of the song
- overall more dynamics

Cons

- tempo can really get away and song can start in one tempo and end up with a completely different one which is not always good. I would call this "additional nervousness" in the song. Songs would be less "flat" and steady sounding when it comes to time keeping.
- could be more tricky to record as band would be searching for a "perfect" take and this take also needs to have a good and well played other instruments (not just drums) since more musicians are recorded at the same time.

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What would be your preference? If you have any experience with these recording approaches, please share smile.gif
Did I miss any pros or cons of both approaches? I was wondering how famous bands record? Which ones record live tracks for example?


I saw some clips by RHCP and Iron Maiden from the studio which I would guess are recorded live but I'm not sure.

Here are they:



2 Feb 2015
Hey everyone, I'd like to discuss with you the topic of time keeping skills. I have noticed a tendency along with guitarists and other musicians in bands to think that drummers are the only time keepers in the band and that their role is to essentially be a machine - metronome. Drummer=metronome. I found this utterly wrong? As a bass player primarily, I have always considered time keeping as one of important skills a bass player should posses. To define time keeping: being able to keep a steady time/tempo on your own.

Now here are the problems I see: drummers can't become a metronome. Metronome is a machine that keeps time perfectly. Drummer is a live being and even though his role is primarily rhythm, groove and time keeping - I never met a drummer who plays perfectly as a metronome live, on his own without click track or something. I don't think it is impossible but a sort of illusive skill to assign to drummers "by default".

Where I'm going with this? It is possible for guitarists and other instrumentalists to become too comfortable with the thought that "drummer=metronome" so that they completely disregard their own time keeping skills. Where this manifests? For example in acoustic gigs without drums, when jamming with fellow guitar friends or even during recording when playing along click tracks. My thoughts are that when band is playing live, it is a job of EVERY band member to keep time as if some performers in the band are bad at time keeping, they will start "dragging" in this or that direction. Here the pressure on drummer mounts up as he is both trying to play "as part of the band" and blend in with other live performers, but also to keep tempo and time - so it is a paradox smile.gif Drummer in this instance needs to practically ignore the players who are not keeping time well and playing loose in timing so just keep going his own way. This is tricky as the band might not sound good as a whole in this case.

What I'd suggest is : practice your own time keeping skills as there is in reality no shortcut or excuse to leave time keeping to something else (drummer/metronome or some other 3rd party).

How to practice time keeping? There are lots of cool exercises. My favorite one would be to practice playing along with metronome and/or drum tracks whenever possible so that music you practice is in time and keeps nice time. Then try to turn off the metronome for a few bars and then turn it back on. You can do this with drum tracks by muting a few bars of drum track in the DAW and let it randomly get muted/played. This way when the metronome/drum track stops - you keep going on, ON YOUR OWN. Just try to keep the beat as good as you can and with practice you'll surely improve your accuracy.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this or cool time keeping exercises to share? wink.gif
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MonkeyDAthos
Happy B' Bogdan wish the best for this day \m/
7 Jan 2011 - 1:47
Bjaron
hehe no problem :) then i hope you will have a nice party and much gifts.
8 Jan 2010 - 1:22
Bjaron
Happy Birthday Bogdan.
Greetings Bjaron
7 Jan 2010 - 23:30
Dexxter
Cool Bogdan! Looking forward to see/hear what you come up with, if you do :)
1 Aug 2009 - 13:27
Dexxter
Hi Bogdan, thanks for the add! :) Any chance of some Heavy or Thrash Metal bass lessons? ;) Even if that's not your style really, am I right? :)
31 Jul 2009 - 20:31

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