Sunday, January 27, 2013
5 months since my last track. Dark. Blues. Mesmerizing. Magnum features a haunting melody, downtempo rhythms at 70 bpm, and my first turn on guitar in many years. I had spent a month and a half going down the wrong road at 90 bpm but wasn't feeling it at all. So I actually scrapped the whole piece starting over. It was worth it. The second time around textures were built up around a simple piano melody coursing with vinyl-grit. The TX81Z FM synth part at 0:53 is a crazy patch I conjured for a demo of the synth called DrtySecret, and knew at the time I had the starting point for this track. While the drums are basic, I had spent a great deal of time in BFD getting them to sound big but not too busy. As always the analog synths had to be in there. There's quite a bit of Matrix-12, VP-330, a bass part from the Jupiter-6. Continuing to push myself outside of my comfort zone with some simple ambient guitar textures drenched in Eventide Timefactor, and a short guitar lead part going through a ProCo Rat. I had been practicing with a Fender Strat for a while now, and starting to trust it from a songwriting standpoint more and more.