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To Walk


110603 Practice Notes


Involved
Mark Whitcomb
Tom Ray
Rob Gugel

We started messing with a slingerland drum set up Rob was using. It was a set that Mark received as a payment for some studio time at DNA Studios from a band recently and we came up with a few song ideas.
Mark was using the sound "F15 - downtown" for our Downtown song we were practicing for a video shoot we have for the American-band show pilot we're doing next week
Tom played a lead line with them on the piano in the back of the room

Audio


Original audio: http://www.archive.org/details/110603LorenzosMusicPractice - 110603-0074-lorenzo-practice

We came up with another idea based on a beat Rob was playing
Mark used  what he called "a dj shadow like" sound. It was the "F23 - Roulette" setting on the Korg keyboard.
Tom had an idea for a vocal line
Tom and mark briefly tried to harmonized different ideas based on it
This was recorded in the first half of the video below.

First run

Original audio: http://www.archive.org/details/110603LorenzosMusicPractice - 110603-0075-lorenzo-practice

Vocal ideas

Original audio: http://www.archive.org/details/110603LorenzosMusicPractice - 110603-00756-lorenzo-practice

While winding down, Rob started playing a beat on his leg with the brushes and using the bass drum in kind of a Thom York/Radiohead sounding way
Mark played a few cord lines along with it on the Korg with the setting "F10 I'm doing fine 2"

Original audio: http://www.archive.org/details/110603LorenzosMusicPractice - 110603-0077-lorenzo-practice

Video

Both songs from this session are featured in the video

110603 Practice


110610 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb

Working on the first audio idea from last time - 110603-0074-lorenzo-practice
tom and mark looped the song and decided to write some lyrics like wise tonics that you're grampa would tell you.
Tom thought after the first few were writen that it would be interesting to do like the death from above 1979 song push it and extend the few lines they had like full verses with melodies based on adding sylables to extend them and repeating words.
during certain holds on notes we had instaed of just holding them they were bounced on a 1234 hold.
During this whole process Tom and mark were just sitting on the couch in the studio and set up a condenser mic infront of them turned up really loud and just recorded the ideas as they came. 
Some of the vocal parts were actually kept from the broken thought ideas as we were thinking them up and sing in them out loud. like the line "You don't, don't need more, more feet" was actually Mark trying to think of a vocal melody and changing notes as he sang that was recorded and we built from that on the recording.
Then afterwards pasted the parts that worked into a sample sketch file to use.
Point of note-- Robs drums from the original matched up pretty seemlessly from part to part as pasted with the tempo.

Photos

Lyrics sheet from the song writting session

Audio


original audio: http://www.archive.org/details/LorenzoPractice-110610-To-VocalIdea - Lorenzo Practice - 110610 - To - Vocal idea

110622 Practice Notes


Involved
Cliff Hammer
Tom Ray

After an email request from Tom to Cliff asking for a bass part.

Audio

*note* There is a 4 second silence before it plays cuz the copy Tom sent to Cilff had a click track to lead into it.
original audio: http://www.archive.org/details/110622LorenzoPractice

110916 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb

Tom and Mark listening back to the song thought that the song could use a different bass line that would be more of a melody, like in a Gorillaz song.
First they vocalized the idea while listening back and mark picked up an acoustic guitar to mimic the ideas.
Plugged in the bass and first tried a fuzz sound but decided to go for more of a clean sound instead.
Tom said that the part should be more of a minimalistic idea from what was being played.
Then after making it more basic switching from high notes to low notes for accent.

Audio



Video

110916 Practice


110921 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Rob Gugel

Tried out some ideas with the song using acoustic guitar.
Rob had riff that he had written on keyboard messing around with it at home.
Tom had him break it down a bit from being a riff to more like rhythmic accents on the acoustic guitar.

Audio



110928 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Rob Gugel

Decided to redo the guitar on the electric through the effects rack.
Rob was adding a ping pong effect with the timing at 11:10 and the depth at at about 150, reverb set at ambience with pre-delay at 11:40 the decay at 125 and the color at 10:59.
the input we used was is at 10:45 the mix is at 105 and the effect balance at "12 o'clock"
with the preamp drive at 450 and the gain at 1
The part he was playing using this we used to replace what was done on the chorus part.
Then we went clean with the guitar it was identical Rob just changed the effect balance 100% reverb.
While setting up for that Rob played a guitar riff and we tried it out on the main verse. It was a bit of a streatch but Tom thinks that there is something there with the right rythmn so a scratch was recorded for listening later.
Using that same tone overdubbed hits on the 1 beat with the chorus guitar so the sound blended.
And after that went back using the same clean guitar sound again and re-did the original verse rythm.

Audio



Video

110928 Practice - to walk


111102 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb

Overdubbed the keyboards to the track since they weren't showing up strong in the original recording
Marks chords:
First part - C minor, B flat maj,  
Second part - G minor, F maj
Instead of the guitar idea that we laid out before that was off-key but kept mainly for rhythm, Mark based on that just riffed an idea for part of a loop using the Traymore amp and we liked the 3rd one so we used that.
We added a ton of echo to the original guitar on the "catch more" part. Then Mark doubled the echo guitar using the amps tremolo. After listening back the single note guitar rhythmic that was there we re-recorded that because it was out of tune. 
Had Rob overdub his bass drum line which brought out the rhythm more.
Then with a cloth covering the snare doubled the chorus snare to make it stand out more.
Then added a guitar part to kick some of the accents on the chorus.
Mark played an accent guitar part that he originally wanted to do with drums but Tom said to do it with guitar and we built of that idea from there for the chorus.
Tom liked the first idea and Mark recorded a second one to try and clean it up and ended up using both at the same time.

Audio



111221 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb

Mark and Tom worked on writing lyrics and singing a melody for the second and third verse to replace the repeated one.
After writing the lyrics and singing a scratch track, did a little rearanging on the verse parts. created a break down before one and took out everything but the bass and drums for the ending.

Photos

second and third verse lyric notes

Audio

111221 catch more air (to walk)



120201 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb
Rob Gugel
Cliff Hammer

Worked on a live arrangement with Tom on keys

Lyrics

To, to, to walk faster
You don't, you don't need more, more feet
To, to, to slow down
To, to, to slow down

Catch more, catch more, catch more
Catch more, catch more, catch more air

You, you, you lost faster
At least it was yours, yours to see
To, to, to know now
To, to, to slow down

Catch more, catch more, catch more
Catch more, catch more, catch more air

These things, these things
These things, these things
You can't see
You can't see

Think of it this way, this way
This is why you asked in the first place, first place
To, to, to slow down
To, to, to know now

Catch more, catch more, catch more
Catch more, catch more, catch more air

These things, these things
These things, these things
You can't see
You can't see

Audio


120201-To-Walk-Hi-Bass


Studio version of the song with the new second verse lyrics and arrangement

Need to get live recording of practice from Rob


120912 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb
Cliff Hammer
Eric Brusewitz
Bryan Elliott
Rob Gugel

Mark wanted to try a different approach to the song, more of a Police-like style.

Audio


Original audio: http://goo.gl/ikHJC

Photos

to walk regge style
Marks notes for the Too Walk chords (this version played in a reggae style).

121123 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Rob Gugel

Since we were going the route of changing up the song Rob and Tom just tried to enhance the original starting from scratch
Recorded some percussion with a brush swishing back and forth on a floor tom.
Then wrote a drumline based off of that.
Set it up in Renoise at 91dpi tempo.
Plucked the guitar part a bit more rhythmically.

Audio


Original audio: http://goo.gl/aGNQA

121128 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Cliff Hammer
Rob Gugel
Eric Brusewitz
Mark Whitcomb

Working on the new guitar line that was written from the last practice.

Audio


original audio: http://goo.gl/4KhAF

Video



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