[LAU] smooth blues

Dave Phillips dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Wed Aug 8 07:10:28 EDT 2007

Thorsten Wilms wrote:

>On Tue, Aug 07, 2007 at 03:48:37PM -0400, Dave Phillips wrote:
>>   http://linux-sound.org/audio/good-love-blues.ogg
>Great singing, guitar, harp, just that stumbling drum fill 
>bothers me a bit ;)
Thanks for your comments, Thorsten, I'm glad you liked the performance.

About those drums: This was my first attempt sequencing audio loops. 
"Sequencing" to me has always meant MIDI sequencing, but of course the 
term now extends to the modern concept of audio/MIDI sequencing. So, in 
order to stay ahead of my students, I decided to try sequencing some 
drum loops and writing a song around the resulting pattern. I made some 
interesting mistakes: for example, I have to use "snap to bar" and not 
to the region end in Ardour, else the loops gradually get out of sync 
with the metronome (I naively assumed the loops were neatly trimmed to 
exact bar lengths).

I wasn't going to keep the "stumbling" measure, but it reminds me of the 
kind of thing my drummer would do to keep me awake during the wee hours 
of a gig. It usually occurs after we've had a "discussion" on our break 
out in his van...

>Oh, and the lack of an intro, everything starting at once 
>is a bit odd, but ok.
More weirdness. After constructing the drum pattern my original plan was 
to record a simple instrumental. Then words popped into my head, then I 
was singing, then I realized the pattern was too short for intro and 
outro sections, so I just said "WTF" and worked with what I had. Maybe 
I'll lengthen the whole thing, maybe not. The recording really only 
serves the purpose of giving me something to show to my bandmates for 
them to learn the tune, so it's not nearly so completely constructed as 
a live performance would make it. But sometimes I just get carried away 
with Ardour...

Did that make any sense ? ;-)

>Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for listening (again).



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