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Thunderland


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Warren Smith

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I've started working on a new series of pieces called "City Songs" where the goal is to knit together environmental urban sounds and original melodies. I've been doing this kind of thing for years, but only as occasional individual pieces, never as serial project. I'm not sure where it will lead to .. but that's much the reason for doing it : )

City Song No. 5 ("Thunderland") had me recording thunder and rain out of my front window .. as well as squeals from a couple folks caught in the downpour. The picture (I grabbed it off the Web) shows a lightning strike on the Empire State Building during this same July 25th thunder storm.

I recently had my Fender Mustang Special cleaned and serviced, but that hasn't eliminated certain clicking sounds emanating from the pick-ups .. so I've simply decided to embrace that now as part of my sound.
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Uploaded: Aug 10, 2016 - 02:59:17 PM
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2016 - 02:59:17 PM Last Played: Jan 18, 2017 - 04:34:13 AM
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Comments
Philip18 said 166 days ago (August 10th, 2016)
Thunderland
Well that's different, Warren. I like those sounds. Plenty of energy in the guitar playing too! Keep at the project!
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Warren Smith said 165 days ago (August 11th, 2016)
Energy levels
I love serial projects .. as well as singular pieces. There are a bunch of soundtracks in development .. so it should keep me musically busy : )
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jiguma said 166 days ago (August 10th, 2016)
Shocking!
You can always be relied on to come up with something quirky and different. This is transporting - the middle and end sections of rain really cleared my brain for a minute or two.
Very enjoyable - nice to hear your environment :)
Cheers,
N
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Warren Smith said 165 days ago (August 11th, 2016)
Brainwashing
How much rain (and thunder) to put in the middle section was a moot point. I wanted the feel of a heavy downpour .. and I didn't want it too short .. but of course not too long, either. I just kind of settled on this much .. and went with it. I'm glad to hear you found it refreshing.
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Jarvoid said 166 days ago (August 10th, 2016)
That
Thunder reminds of when I lived in Singapore and the monsoon season...real thunder ...not the flabby stuff we get in GB..*sigh* interesting and rocking little piece ...be interesting to follow the development of the project.
Warren Smith said 165 days ago (August 11th, 2016)
Storms
When my nephew visits from California he always wants to know if a thunderstorm is expected because he misses them from his experience in childhood years. Oddly, this year the thunderstorms seem to have come a month late. Usually they roll through in June; this year it was in July. Maybe it's climate change? I'd like to hear more about your Singapore experiences.
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bud said 165 days ago (August 11th, 2016)
Nice recording of the storm
A little more nod to the oriental in the guitars and I'd call it a monsoon piece. Cool project.

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Warren Smith said 165 days ago (August 11th, 2016)
Projects
You know about encountering strange (as well as ordinary) sounds walking around this big city. I keep trying to create percussion tracks from construction noises, but it never seems to flow quite like I want it to. I figure if I keep working it, someday it will fall into place : )
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DWL said 165 days ago (August 11th, 2016)
Thunderous stuff
Your creativity leaves me floundering.

As always you bring something different to the table and a fine feast it is :-)

I don't hear the clicking btw

Cheers

Dick
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Warren Smith said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Life raft
Ha-ha, Dick .. floundering is okay .. as long as it doesn't lead to drowning : )
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KCsGROOVE said 165 days ago (August 11th, 2016)
thunderland
love the weird sound of the guitars
quite a lot of rain :-) like we have this summer in the netherlands.
enjoyed!
KC
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Warren Smith said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Rain in the Netherlands
Rain is good .. as long as it doesn't overwhelm the dikes and levees!
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abzwork said 164 days ago (August 12th, 2016)
Thunderland...
Exceptionally uplifting...in between the rains...most excellent my friend...:):):)Abz
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Warren Smith said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Coming down
I'm glad you found the downpour .. uplifting : )
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grah3am said 163 days ago (August 13th, 2016)
I do that.
Every thunderstorm is different, and you never know what you will end up with. Kind of like your music! Seriously, you had me at "Thunder".
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Warren Smith said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Crack and boom
Trying to record the sound of thunder as it reverberates across the land and sky is an interesting pursuit. As you point out, all storms are different. Likewise, no two booms are quite alike .. even though it seems so to a casual listener. I recorded these crack & booms with an app using the microphone on my iPhone through an open window. While it seems to have done a decent job of it .. I can't help but imagine the nuances of sound a sophisticated recording set-up could capture.
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J_Gretch said 163 days ago (August 13th, 2016)
Thunderland
Been wanting to do this sort of thing for some time now,,,,,,Great Job !!!
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Warren Smith said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Storms coming and going
The next time you see that lightning flash .. punch on the recorder! Of course, it helps having radar at our fingertips, so we can anticipate the arrival of a storm. So, besides using a recording app of my iPhone to capture the sound of rain and thunder, I also used a weather app to foresee the event.
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Daugrin said 163 days ago (August 13th, 2016)
Thunderland or Ninja Turtles?
It could be China Town perhaps!
I have suggestions for your "clicking". The pickups in your Mustang could have become "microphonic". The clicking sounds are the noises of your pick, your fingers or palm, hitting the pups while you play?
If the sound is present with the instrument at idle, in other words with the amp on more than half and in a stand without anyone touching it- it's something else. The something else might be a wiring issue, as the connections in your guitar have become oxidized over the years.
Either way invest in some "contact cleaner" and go to town spraying the connections in each of the cavities.
A good test for the microphonic pups is to get real close and yell into them, again with the amp on 1/2. If you hear yelling plainly in the amps speaker replace the pups. Unless you like that sorta thing... Neil Young made it his signature sound... best of luck!
Thanks for sharing your work. I was expecting some wet kung foo action here for a second...

Daug
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Warren Smith said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Stating the obvious to the oblivious
I think that is probably the issue here, my picking hitting the pups - especially on the lower pickup. I strum (and pick) all over the place .. and it only seems to be an issue when I'm playing lower on the strings .. so I think you have just made me aware of what should have been obvious : ) It's not a factor in this post, but noticeable in other (non-posted) recordings I have made. I appreciate the feedback. We will see if it makes me into a better musician : )
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Dean-Resonator said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Thunderland
Playing up a storm as usual Warren. Hats off to you Sir. Well done.
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Warren Smith said 161 days ago (August 15th, 2016)
Food for thought
Okay .. it's been a year since you signed-up .. so when are you going to post some of your half-baked ideas on MacJams so we can chew them over?
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PeterB7858 said 158 days ago (August 19th, 2016)
Thunderland
I heard thunderous clapping at the end. Obviously, this pleased the Rain Gods :-) Creative, as ever, Warren. Thanks.
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Warren Smith said 156 days ago (August 20th, 2016)
Thunderous applause
Ha-ha .. now that's a great interpretation. Your comments are as creative as ever!
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bronco said 153 days ago (August 23rd, 2016)
Good one Warren
Really like the guitar part and the tone you got. Very different sounding. Only thing I might relate it to is some of McCartney's solo stuff.
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Warren Smith said 151 days ago (August 25th, 2016)
Trial and error
I really don't have a formula for guitar tone. I like to keep trying out new things with each new song as I keep exploring the myriad of possibilities in amp settings contained within GarageBand. Often it's playing around with various combinations .. and then seeing if that works with what the song seems to want. Lots of trial and error : )
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Doug Somers said 150 days ago (August 26th, 2016)
Interesting juxtaposition
Your music is always interesting and fresh, and this one is no exception. No riders on the storm here - this is kind of a study in contrasts between the rolling evolving sounds of the storm and the energetic beat of your tunes. Cool stuff!
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Warren Smith said 141 days ago (September 4th, 2016)
Relativity
Thanks, Doug. Nothing like summer rain of the roof to refresh the air. Or drive up the relative humidity.
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