0 0

 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Songs About Mammoths, a sneeky peek!
TesttubeMammoth
post Oct 24 2011, 08:47 PM
Post #1


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 104
Joined: 10-September 11
From: Norwich
Member No.: 13.831



Hey guys,

I am starting work on a new solo project writing songs about (you guessed it) mammoths.
I am quite excited about this one. It is going to be a purely instrumental effort, just me and my gear.
I have just started the first tune and here's what I've got so far :

http://soundcloud.com/testtubemammoth/ralas-theme-first-bit

Work in progress!
I am trying to make it progressive but not too busy - because the rhythms can be quite complex I am trying to give them time to establish themselves before layering loads of lead over the top. The idea is to write it as loops and then go back and record the guitars properly.

You comments are welcome! smile.gif

Attached Image

This post has been edited by TesttubeMammoth: Oct 24 2011, 08:58 PM


--------------------
be excellent to each other
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Daniel Realpe
post Oct 25 2011, 01:30 AM
Post #2


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 5.655
Joined: 11-October 09
From: Bogota
Member No.: 7.694



I like it! It sounds fresh.

I love odd time signatures. Great job!


--------------------
Visit my:
INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."
Gustav Mahler


Subscribe to my Youtube Channel here
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Gabriel Leopardi
post Oct 25 2011, 05:41 AM
Post #3


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 21.227
Joined: 3-March 07
From: Argentina
Member No.: 1.289



That's great man! I like this tune. All the best with this new project! smile.gif
keep us updated!


--------------------
My lessons

Don't miss my New Guitar Session at VCHAT,
this Wednesday at 20 hs (London Time).

Do you need a Guitar Plan?
Join Gab's Army

Check my band:Cirse
Check my compositions at:Soundcloud

Please subscribe to my:Youtube Channel
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Oct 25 2011, 09:17 AM
Post #4


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.015
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



I'm lovin it mate! biggrin.gif wooohooo biggrin.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
AK Rich
post Oct 27 2011, 08:01 PM
Post #5


Learning Guitar Hero
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.660
Joined: 10-September 11
From: Big Lake, Alaska
Member No.: 13.839



Y0 Mammoth thats sounds really good man!! not the kind of stuff I normally listen too but I gotta say it kept my attention as it was very interesting and I really liked it. Imagineing watching a Mammoth slog around in a prehistoric swamp or something.Very cool cool.gif you rock man! go Mammoths!

Rich....


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Sinisa Cekic
post Oct 27 2011, 10:03 PM
Post #6


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 4.649
Joined: 15-October 08
From: Belgrade,Serbia
Member No.: 6.085



Hey ,that sounds very goood man ,like it! Congratz !


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ivan Milenkovic
post Oct 27 2011, 10:17 PM
Post #7


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 25.396
Joined: 20-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.341



I like it, I can smell the Mammoths already biggrin.gif

Great riffs, nice layers, some better mixing and it will sound awesome! smile.gif


--------------------
- Ivan's Video Chat Lesson Notes HERE
- Check out my GMC Profile and Lessons
- (Please subscribe to my) YouTube Official Channel
- Let's be connected through ! Facebook! :)
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
TesttubeMammoth
post Oct 28 2011, 01:55 PM
Post #8


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 104
Joined: 10-September 11
From: Norwich
Member No.: 13.831



High praise indeed! Thanks guys smile.gif

I will post more when I get some tracks finished, struggling to get it flowing at the moment...

Ivan, what would you improve about the mix? There is no bass in there yet.


--------------------
be excellent to each other
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Adrian Figallo
post Oct 28 2011, 10:15 PM
Post #9


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 3.466
Joined: 24-October 09
From: lima peru
Member No.: 7.730



hey i like those riffs man, great stuff, i really like that distorted and detuned feel.


--------------------


Check my Instructor Profile Rockers!
Got a Blog too!, www.adriantracks.com


Follow me on facebook and youtube!
-Facebook
-Youtube




Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Todd Simpson
post Oct 29 2011, 12:27 AM
Post #10


GMC:er
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 9.632
Joined: 23-December 09
From: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member No.: 8.794



Very cool stuff! Almost Djent meets Eric Johnson in terms of spiff time sigs and heavy riffs yet melodic passages as well. keep it up!

If you decide on getting the songs some exposure, here is a cool site where you can submit your songs under creative commons license and video producers from all over the world might use them in various projects. It's a great way to get your stuff out there smile.gif

http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/video


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ben Higgins
post Oct 31 2011, 10:40 AM
Post #11


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 12.593
Joined: 11-March 10
From: England
Member No.: 9.820



Wow this rocks serious ASS ! cool.gif

Your off the wall downtuned riffs and odd time changes remind of of Tyler T, another GMC member. I don't mean that you guys sound the same, but your creativity reminds me of his. It just goes to show that there are lots of great composers out there waiting to be discovered !

I'm very interested how you create your drum lines.. did you just use existing loops or did you create some of the drum beats yourself ? smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
TesttubeMammoth
post Oct 31 2011, 05:24 PM
Post #12


Learning Rock Star
*

Group: Members
Posts: 104
Joined: 10-September 11
From: Norwich
Member No.: 13.831



QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Oct 31 2011, 09:40 AM) *
Wow this rocks serious ASS ! cool.gif

Your off the wall downtuned riffs and odd time changes remind of of Tyler T, another GMC member. I don't mean that you guys sound the same, but your creativity reminds me of his. It just goes to show that there are lots of great composers out there waiting to be discovered !

I'm very interested how you create your drum lines.. did you just use existing loops or did you create some of the drum beats yourself ? smile.gif


Thanks man smile.gif
For the drums I used Superior Drummer with the Metal Foundry expansion. I used the Fredrik Thorendal Metall preset kit as it's my favorite.
I love superior drummer for this kind of stuff - I was using plain old DFH before but I think superior is, well, superior. Well worth the upgrade IMO. I use cubase sx to sequence my stuff.
I didn't use any loops - just good old fashioned drum map, adding flourishes with groups of 16th triplets on the bass drum. I like my drums to tie in heavily with the rhythm guitar and I can't get that degree of control with loops. As for odd time signatures, well surprisingly enough the whole thing is in 4 - I wanted to keep this stuff accessible so I kept it kinda straight. Maybe the riffs are a little odd though.

Check this one out for an example of a polymeter I use http://soundcloud.com/testtubemammoth/northpole-re-working

At about 1:40 this changes from being straight to having a 7 against 4 rhythm - the guitars and bass drum hold the 7's and the snare and cymbals hold the 4's. This makes the guitar riff finish an 8th note short (the pattern moves back an 8th in relation to the drums on each repeat) of the drums giving it an off kilter feel which introduces a bit of movement. I made the chord change happen three guitar phrases in to add more movement. Later on (2:12) I change the snare from landing on the 3's to landing on the 2's and 4's to give a feeling of groove. The chords change every phrase now and the last bar of the pattern is a beat short to make it sound a little more complex than it in fact is. I think then I just repeat a single bar until it finishes.

I'll stop rambling now lol, I am sure I have probably made a pretty poor job of trying to explain what I was doing! - I am quite pleased with the way that groove turned out but again it is still a work in progress - need to get better at playing what I think rather than what my fingers want to do.


--------------------
be excellent to each other
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post Nov 1 2011, 11:23 PM
Post #13


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.015
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



Hey Frankie biggrin.gif most definitely, you and Tyler share that creative power!


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 23rd October 2014 - 09:40 AM