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January 2013 - Chris Schuette

The Machine

January 25, 2013 | By | No Comments

hohner pianetI’ve been doing a lot of work in my studio lately, and I’m always looking for new ways of streamlining my process.  In the course of learning some tricks with my recording software, I decided to delve into the world of loop-based recording.  This is NOT recording using pre-existing loops made by someone else; rather it is a process by which you pick up an instrument record a pattern of a specific length (i.e. 4 bars,) then while that pattern plays back, you then play a different pattern on another instrument.  You then continue this process until you have a piece of music consisting of several instrument tracks.  The results can be simple, complex, hypnotic, or in the case of the music I’m posting today, “1970s-y”

I recorded the basic tracks using a Hohner Pianet through a wah pedal, then adding electric bass and drums, with a short synth lead part thrown in for fun. I always liked the sound of the Pianet. It has a “sticky” quality about it, and the instrument is featured prominently in songs like the “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen, “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles, and “She’s Not There” by The Zombies, just the name the few.

Nothing too complex here; I just wanted to see if I could do it, so after some minimal editing, I’m sharing the results with you. Enjoy!