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Happou bijin (demo)


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dantimmermans

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Here's a demo for another track from my second Japanese Idioms EP. Does anyone know a good way to minimise string 'squeek', either by EQ or in the playing?
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Lyrics
The girl gave too much of herself,
It was the only way she knew how to give anything at all.

Rushing here, waving there,
She learnt to smile in eight directions,
The girl gave too much of herself.

She was a hollow stone,
though still one with many facets.
Her character bore out by our refractions.
And now it's too late.

It was the weight of our eyes,
the vacuum of her heart,
and the burdensome way in which we loved her back.

She was a callow one,
and not without her faults,
and a certain charm,
made certain by whatever we wanted to see,
not by whatever she wanted to be.

Rushing here, waving there,
She learnt to smile in eight directions,
The girl collapsed in on herself.

It's the only way to put it,
she just collapsed in on herself.
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Uploaded: Jan 26, 2011 - 06:25:02 PM
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2011 - 08:45:58 PM Last Played: Sep 30, 2017 - 03:31:12 PM
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Hardware:
Maton small body acoustic, Shure SM-57, Fender Telecaster, MacMini, M-Audio Fast-Track
Software:
Garageband
Comments
KCsGROOVE said 2515 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
unique style
Like this song!
cool how you recorded those guitars!
Dig the mood here!
KC
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dantimmermans said 2515 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Thanks for the comment
This was very simply recorded. Played live with the mic hanging in the middle of the bathroom. I also had the acoustic plugged for a second track, to provide a little brightness and clarity. the electric was added later.
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racerat said 2515 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Happou
Hey Dan,
Secondies!
I hate to say it, but even though the reverb of the bathroom is very cool, I think it is badly exacerbating the squeeking. You might be better off with a close mike and a big plugin reverb space. You probably can get the same open bright space, but hold the squeeks at bay. Just an idea. I like the simplicity and the warbly tremolo'd lead. Tender and intimate.
RR
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dantimmermans said 2514 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Hey there Phillip
Thanks for the advice, I'm gonna have to rethink my approach to recording the final version of this one. I've tried to keep it simple this time around and, for once, I don't have grand designs for it exploding into bombast and solos :) Keep well, man.
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ZoltanTougas said 2514 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Like the tune a lot...
I think the squeaks could probably be minimized in a tool like Garage Band. Probably a re-record would do the trick as well...you are on to something with this track...really looking forward to future mixes.
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dantimmermans said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
absolutely
this will need a complete rerecord. thanks for the comment, I'm glad you like where the tune's going.
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lholden said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
sweet voice
Your voice is sweet to listen to. I'd try to bring the vocals more to the front, with a clearer, cleaner sound and to listen carefully for the lines that are going down quickly...it's easy to be a tad flat on these lines. I always find that hard. You are really on to something nice with this demo - the song has a beautiful, relaxed feel and the telecaster lines are truly beautiful. Well done.... can't wait to hear the next version of this one.
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dantimmermans said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
lower notes
yeah, it's hard to nail those low notes (more scale practice for us both!). I also agree with your second comment; the feel is right and the telelines sound real nice. I'm very happy with how that came out. I'll let you know if I rerecord this one.
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TERRAPLANE said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
Squeeks
just another dynamic part of your song ( as a listener its fine for me),, the echo effect on the acoustic seems to enhance the sound..I really like the tone of your vocs & the effects on your electric guitar. There is a silicone polish sealer for tub & showers that makes the fingers very smooth & slick..that may work..
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dantimmermans said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
good advice
I was wondering if there was something to treat the fingers in order to minimise squeek; thanks for the advice.
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mrattue said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
Eight directions
How did you come up with the number eight, here? Does it have a specific Japanese resonance? It's somewhere in the back of my mind that its considered a lucky number in the Far East?

There is something disquieting about the vocal delivery, the (to my ear) oriental sing-song notes that come through at times hinting at a sort of dark progression like a curse driven in deeper and deeper, and this suits the disintegration of the subject.

Depressing, but effective!

Good work. Like the guitar sound. Don't mind the odd 'squeak' myself!

Marc
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dantimmermans said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
great comment
thanks for putting so much thought into your comment. with regard the vocal delivery, I definitely chose this take because there was a kind of desperation to my vocals that the other takes just didn't, and it really suited the unhinged tone of the song and character.
as for the number 8, this is taken rather directly from the translation of 'happou', which is 'eight directions' or 'all directions' and I think it's related to the eight directions of the compass. adding 'bijin', which 'a beauty', the phrase is used to refer to someone who tries to please everyone at the risk of their personal integrity.
anyway, I'm glad you liked the tune, Marc.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
happou
this would sound really great if professionally recorded. very nice feel and sentiment. well sang. cheers graham
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dantimmermans said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
thanks, man.
unfortunately, I'll have to pull it apart and replay each instrument separately to get a more professional sound here at home. I tend to seize in front of a good microphone in a nice studio with somebody expensive judging my every note. cheers for having a listen and leaving such a positive comment.
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PeterB7858 said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
Potential
Hi Dan. Good demo that has the makings of a really good tune. I agree that the bathroom reverb is exacerbating the squeak. A little bit of guitar squeak sounds natural but too much is off-putting. You can get sprays like Finger Ease that will minimise squeaks and I also find you can reduce it if you change your playing style a bit in the offending parts and lift your fingers instead of sliding. Good luck with it.
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dantimmermans said 2514 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
exactly
using a more deliberate approach that minimises the sliding makes things much much cleaner, but I am finding it very hard to do this and sing carefully. practice practice practice :) thanks for the listen and comment.
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buckhorn said 2513 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
string squeek
Why minimize it? Leave it hang proud. To complete this I hear a little droney synth, or some strings? Great tune as usual.
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dantimmermans said 2513 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
I'm thinking synth or organ...
...on the next version. strings? good food for thought.
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Moviz said 2513 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Good song
and nice recording/ arrangement and performance, though the string squeak is rather prevalent at the opening( See PM), definitely has that Japanese 'feel', regards M
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Gaylen75 said 2512 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Lotion
it messes up the strings but if you are recording it might be worth it. This is another really great one.
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jdholliday said 2511 days ago (January 30th, 2011)
Hey Dan
String screech sucks, I used to zoom way in on the track and just splice that spike out, if that makes any sense, they say those Elixer strings really cut down on screech, I never tried them, nicely written song, nice playing and I like the sentiment of the vocal a lot.
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ted23 said 2508 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
Beyond
the squeaks I recognise something wonderful and very much to my taste. I too have a slidy chord acoustic song in the works which suffers badly from the dreaded squeak. I feel your pain.
The into was very Jose Gonzalez which I love.
dantimmermans said 2506 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
interesting
after your comment I checked out Jose Gonzalez and finally realised where I'd heard his voice before. His song 'Far Away' features very prominently in Red Dead Redemption (it's a beautiful moment when it's used, really). my recent demos really have had that kinda flavour to them; thanks for your great comment.
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ste said 2504 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
very
nice work mate. like the sound of the solo. you live over here? do any livehouses?
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dantimmermans said 2504 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
I only wish...
I still lived there. was living in Kyoto for a couple of years and it was just an amazing time. I played a few open mics and got good feedback. The Japanese just love live and original music. where are you based?
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