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September 2008 - Chris Schuette

Weekly Thing #20: Whole Mess o’ Wrong

September 30, 2008 | By | No Comments

Geez, you’d think with all of the cool gear I have at my disposal, I wouldn’t use the Rhodes Keyboard, like, every other week.  But it just sounds so nice; plus, the kids loves the Rhodes (every part of this sentence was intentional.)

I totally improvised the keyboard part of this track, which basically means that I left in the mistakes.  It’s very tempting to go back and re-record a part this isn’t quite right, but you risk losing a lot of the spontaneity that you like about the track in the first place.  Or I’m just lazy.  Um, I’ll choose that first reason; it makes me sound more “artsy.” I also threw in a little bit of Clavinet for seasoning (It’s that “plucky”-sounding keyboard.)

This week’s piece is called “Whole Mess o’ Wrong,” and it runs a whopping 2:26m. Hell yeah. [powerpress]

Weekly Thing #19: Looking Ahead

September 25, 2008 | By | No Comments

OK, before I get to this week’s Weekly Thing of the week (I bought this sentence from the Department of Redundancy Department,) I need to mention a unusual article I read online. Apparently the comedians at PETA want Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream to start using human breast milk in their products.  You can view the article here.  PETA actually sent a letter to Ben…and Jerry! I think it would be great if Ben & Jerry sent a response to PETA thanking them for their “joke letter” and complimenting them on their “great sense of humor,” in spite of their well-known reputation as being a bunch of “freaky-ass whack-jobs.”Oh, and there is no way in hell I am trying “Ben & Jerry’s Soylent Cream!”Anyway, on a subject completely unrelated to breast milk, I wrote a piece of music this week, or something.  I decided to give my vintage Wurlitzer 200a Electric Piano some recording time.  I call this piece “Looking Ahead” and it runs 1:46m.  Hope you like it.[powerpress]

Weekly Thing #18: Daydream

September 17, 2008 | By | No Comments

Things are a little hectic in my neighborhood these days. John McCain and Sarah Palin (can’t have her running around on her own, can we?) are having a rally at the local airport. I’m not sure what kind of rally: “Nuremberg” or “Pep?”I don’t mind them being here, but all of the smoke, mirrors, and manure deliveries are really screwing up traffic.

I know, this isn’t a “political blog,” so I’ll get back to my dinky li’l tunes. This week’s piece is particularly dinky, since it’s only piano and strings. I hope you like it. It’s called “Daydream” because…well, it just IS, I guess. Later.[powerpress]

Weekly Thing #17: Prairie Road

September 11, 2008 | By | One Comment

Patty & I drove back from the Black Hills in South Dakota yesterday, so I’m posting this a day later than usual.  I recorded this piece of music last night, you know, just to see how creative I could be while falling asleep at my keyboard (those black keys hurt!)  Turns out, I was just creative enough to hit all of the right notes and add some of that reverb stuff.

I call this piece “Prairie Road,” mostly because I saw a lot of them over the last week.  It runs an obscenely short 44 seconds and sounds all cinematic ‘n stuff.  Yeah, I’m still waking up.[powerpress]

Weekly Thing #16: Groove Dog

September 1, 2008 | By | No Comments

Patty & I are getting ready to go to Rapid City, SD, so I finished up this week’s piece a few days early (yeah, I’m surprised too.) Just so you know: next week’s piece might be a day late, so it all evens out, right?

I found myself listening to Billy Preston the other day and decided I wanted to record something a little more upbeat, so I whipped together this piece with just bass, drums and Rhodes keyboard.  (Warning! Geeky keyboard information follows!) I took a pretty standard Rhodes patch and ran it through a phaser and a guitar amp simulator, and voila…a slightly less sucky-sounding Rhodes patch.  I actually own a real Rhodes piano, but I haven’t finished restoring it, so it’s still sitting there mocking me…just like the neighbor kids.

This piece is called “Groove Dog” and it runs 2:25m. Grab a sandwich, a heaping glass of milk and get down with yo bad selves! Whoo!

(I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.)[powerpress]