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Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:21 pm
by modusjonens
First time I've written a surf rock piece. Wrote and recorded this little piece today. Trying to get the hang of it :)

https://soundcloud.com/modusjonens/lets-cruise

Had some fun putting together surf-type guitar tones and trying out a new (to me) drumkit: the GMkit.

As per usual, I played my "bass" parts on the 8-string. I really ought to get a proper bass at some point.

Hydrogen on drums. Ardour as DAW.

Hang ten,
mj

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:50 am
by bluebell
For me it sounds more like The Shadows than like Surf. Cool anyway.

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:10 pm
by jonetsu
It's a pretty good piece. While offering such a polished surface it nevertheless hints at some 'mystery' by the choice of chords.

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:59 pm
by Michael Willis
When I read "(surf)", I was wondering if it would have a spring reverb. It sounds like there is no spring reverb, but that's fine.

Some of the solo parts are using an exotic scale. Is that the phrygian mode, or something else? Whatever it is, I like the sound of it!

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:22 pm
by folderol
I also immediately thought of The Shadows - nice playing :)

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:09 pm
by modusjonens
Michael Willis wrote:When I read "(surf)", I was wondering if it would have a spring reverb. It sounds like there is no spring reverb, but that's fine.


When creating these patches on my Line 6 POD HD500X, I initially reached for a '63 spring reverb (but of course!). For whatever reason, it wasn't quite doing it for me, and I ended with up with a pitch vibrato into an echo-type reverb.

Michael Willis wrote:Some of the solo parts are using an exotic scale. Is that the phrygian mode, or something else? Whatever it is, I like the sound of it!


Thanks, and great question! Not entirely sure how to refer to it modally. I did some poking around on Wikipedia and perhaps those parts can be best described as being in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_minor_scale. I'm leaning on the augmented fourth (D#) and the augmented 7th (G#) for extra color in those parts, so that's my best guess!

Thanks!

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:52 am
by psyocean
Perfectly music! I heard something nostalgic from 70-80th. Bravo!

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:49 pm
by milo
I dig this piece, and I think you nailed the sound. The guitar is just the right kind of wet, and the drumming patterns have just the right momentum. Very listenable, and interesting all the way through. Your guitar playing is quite good!

Thanks for sharing this recording!

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:52 pm
by ufug
Emulating a style is a super fun project, especially when you inevitably end up with something that includes your own personality. Very catchy and nice playing!

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:59 pm
by Basslint
As a surf rock fan, I hope you will do more songs in this style!

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:49 pm
by modusjonens
@psyocean
Thank you! It is much appreciated. :)

@milo
Many thanks! I appreciate your comment about my playing -- always nice to hear.

@ufug
Thanks! I hadn't tried this style before, so I had a blast playing this one.

@Basslint
Thank you! I hope to do some more.

Re: Let's Cruise (surf)

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:11 pm
by GMaq
Hi,

Had missed this! Loved it! A little more lo-fi version would fit nicely in a Tarantino movie.. :D