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Started out as a drum exercize, grew into this jam. ZZ Top meets Stanley Clark

The drums are acoustic kit recorded stereo with a PZM room mic, back before I was into close micing. Kick is quite boomy.
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Uploaded: Mar 31, 2010 - 11:32:08 PM
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2010 - 11:32:08 PM Last Played: Mar 21, 2016 - 07:42:15 AM
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ted23 said 2793 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Gotta love funk.
Awesome deep funky bass working well with that sharp strumming. I like this stuff... Those harmonics rock.
Cool interesting stuff
Drew Kopr said 2793 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
Great groove!
I really enjoyed this! So tell me what kind of bass is laying down those killing lines. Are you playing all the instruments? If so, great job.
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Loob said 2793 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
re: kind of bass is laying down those killing lines.
Well I hope you are not too disappointed when I tell you how I did this. Here's how it went:

I am first and foremost a drummer by history. I consider myself more of a writer/producer, mixer/arranger anymore, but I have spend over 35 years playing drums in almost all types of bands over the years.

I regularly practice my timing, by sitting behind my kit, and pumping a metronome into my monitor phones. For me time keeping is paramount as a drummer. I also record almost everything I do, wether practicing with a band, or alone. I have since the late 80s. So I was playing my acoustic kit (it was a ludwig melodymaker kit with the oversized toms and kick and no bottom skins, that was so popular back then). I had two PZMs on stands as room mics, and recording into a cassette deck, and just recording my drum practice. But keep in mind I had a click track in my phones so I was playing to a metronome. I was experimenting with the tempo calibrated audio recordings. So I digitized the casette recording into my computer and began editing sections om my playing into "tempo calibrated loops". I used about 5 or 6 of these sections and built this drum track. Because I played to a click the sections synced up perfectly in my loop software. So as experimentation, I began adding loops from my library against the drums just to see how well it'd sync. As you see it synced up very well. So the answer is the only thing I really played is the drums. The rest is me programming loops against the drums. I have a good ear for this. I have put a lot of time into this sort of study, and I am quite proficient at programming just about any type of instruments I need. So I am a drummer/writer/arranger/producer, with a decent ear or the big picture. I used to consider myself a strong vocalist too, and hope to beat my illness (vocal chord cancer), and get back to the singing too.

This recording is from the late 90s when I was fresh into recording and using my computer or audio tracking and loops. I like to think I've come light years since then. I do a lot of experimenting and have a billion ideas. I'm always coming up with new applications of the software tools to achieve my goals. I don't really play guitar and have limited keyboard skills. I've played blues harp since I was a boy, and drums since I was 17. Later on I began delving into experimenting with the softs tools, and production. I have a good ear and lots of tricks for achieving things. I have 35 years of band recordings, rehearsals, onstage etc. Like I said I record everything. I do a lot of experimenting with audio arrangements. I'll post some more recent tracks in the same vane. Close miced drums... Tons of fun.... LOL

Oh yeah. Funk is one of my main loves... I write a lot in this genre (although I work in almost all genres). Glad you are enjoying my experiments.
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dave_b said 2793 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
On Vacation
Tasty licks both on bass and guitar, and live drums are always a nice touch.
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alackbass said 2790 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Retro & Cool
I love the booming kick drum. It adds to the live feel and really allows the listener to visualize the room. The bass has that retro funk feel of the 70's. Very Larry Graham or Pops Popswell's playing with the Crusaders. I don't hear the ZZ Top influence. It reminds me more of Jeff Beck's collaborations with Stanley. Way cool funk!
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iG.STUDiO said 2617 days ago (September 24th, 2010)
Awesome drumming. I would prefer dryer recording of the drums, but I understand that it could be difficult given the room ambience, if not done in the studio.
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ktb said 1749 days ago (February 8th, 2013)
Me thinks
the drums are awesome. The beat just makes you want to run grab an instrument and start playing :-) diggin the jam. Its genesis is even cooler.
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