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December 2012 - Chris Schuette

Winter’s Return

December 11, 2012 | By | No Comments

Winter arrived with a vengeance in Minnesota this past weekend.  I mean “vengeance” literally, since I can only assume I’m somehow responsible for this.  Patty isn’t as crazy about winter as I am, since she gets cold easily and appears to have misplaced her coat.

We live next to a nature area, so on Sunday morning, I grabbed my camcorder to capture some of the local beauty.  I then put together this short film along with some original music to show all of my “warm climate friends” exactly what they’re missing. (The answer is “cold;” they’re all missing tons of cold.)

Continental

December 4, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

credit: Wikipedia

This week, I’m posting a piece I whipped up just for the fun of it.  I was listening to The Animals and found myself enamored with the sound of the Vox Continental organ in a lot of their recordings, so I put together a piece that features it, as well as bass, drums, and mandatory handclaps.

Unfortunately, I don’t own a real Vox, so I’m using a good virtual instrument.  That’s fine by me; I’ve already restored a Wurlitzer 200A and a Rhodes Seventy-Three, so I’m not in a hurry to tackle anything else right now.

If you aren’t familiar with the Vox by name, you will definitely recognize the sound. It’s a much thinner sound than a Hammond and it is all over a lot of 1960s recordings by groups such as The Doors, The Monkees, Iron Butterfly, and (of course) the Sir Douglas Quintet.

I’m happy with the way this piece turned out, as it has a frantic, car-chase feel about it, and who doesn’t like that? (No one; no one doesn’t like that.)