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Picture it all



120128 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Rob Gugel

Found a beat loop on freesound.org and Rob played bass to it running it through an Ibanez tube screamer.
Then added a beat with it using the octopad set up.
Tom suggested a pulse guitar rhythm and Rob played it running through the Rackarak amp emulator.
Then Rob put down some ideas for a lead guitar line.

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Original audio: http://www.archive.org/details/120128LorenzoPractice

121226 Practice notes


Involved
Tom Ray

Previously
Around mid-November Tom Revisited this song. Took out the bass and the drum loop and minimized the arrangement. Then restructured the parts and laid them out. Tom recorded a new acoustic guitar pulse and added a VST organ part and wrote and sang the first 2 verses. The first was recorded far away from the mic to give it an open room sound with the acoustic guitar and to make the first verse represent a dialog that was just thoughts running though a persons head. The second verse is closed mic'd to give the feeling of eyes being opened and the thoughts being right there.  
In a different session Tom had Rob play a stripped down version of the guitar line and re-do a thumping drum part that was programmed in Renoise.

In this session
Tom worked out some ideas for a 3rd and 4th verse and tried an idea for tying to of the parts together with some vocal harmony holds.
Still working ideas.

Song is now titled "Picture it all" after the first line of the song.

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130220 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb
Eric Brusewitz
Cliff Hammer
Rob Gugel

Working on the live interpretation of the song with the band.
Mark listened to the song and wrote down the structure on a whiteboard so everyone would be able to learn it.
Mark writing out the song structure from the Renoise file
Song structure whiteboard
Picture from this session


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In this recording we got the song structure down mainly.

130313 Practice notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb
Rob Gugel
Eric Brusewitz
Cliff Hammer

We worked out the structure and syncopation on the verses. Rob changed the rim hits he was doing to using the hihats which we liked better.
Liked the sound that Mark had used for the guitar. Took a photo of it to remember what it was.

Photo

Mark's guitar settings

Band photo

Recorded a take in the back warehouse at DNA Studios. We also took some band photos that night after we were done.

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This is a recording from Tom's phone using the soundcloud app


130320 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Eric Brusewitz
Mark Whitcomb

Tom, Mark and Eric working on the vocal harmonies for the chorus part. Tom and Mark took the high harmony and Eric sang the lower.

Photo

Picture it all single card

Decided to use this photo that Tom took from a hotel in Seattle of a bird in the edge of a roof as the songs single cover.

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This is the recording of a couple of the vocal takes.


Added the vocal harmonies to the previous practice session recording. The second chorus starts with "I" to match the verse right before it and then switches back to "Oh" on the last one.


Mark had sent a copy of the live version of the song to his co-owner at DNA Brian Daly. Brian had some feedback on the song, wondering if the rhythm of the song would lose interest as it progressed. 
Tom got the idea to post this private YouTube link to the song and ask the opinion of people on the Lorenzo fan-list to see what they thought. Also to see in the songs analytics where listeners drop off while playing it to improve upon that section(s) of the song.

130328 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray

Tom did some slight re-arranging to the song in Renoise based on the feedback.
added a new organ rhythm on the 3rd verse. C, Bb, G, C, C, C
Removed some of the 1/4 note guitar pulses in different sections.
Song is at 130bpm

Notes on the track:
would just be clean guitar, no organ at 0.20
Drums drop out at 0.32
Organ can come back in as the pulse here or have eric play it on guitar? at 0.44
Mark would play this lead rhythm at 0.46
Drums drop out again at 0.57
New organ part, notes are C, Bb, G, C, C, C at 1.23
Drums should do what they do with the hi-hats on the previous session here and not drop out. at 1.52
Electronic drums at 2.02

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130424 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Cliff Hammer
Mark Whitcomb
Rob Gugel

Changed the song to 82bpm

Added quarter note hi-hats to the main part to drive the parts more.
Rob plays a new beat leading with the floor tom on the b-part instead of the 1,2 beat we were using.
Cliff now does a low C on the main part instead of playing the same notes.
Thinking of having Eric follow Mark on guitar for what he calls "the latin part"
Recorded live in the back warehouse at DNA Studios.

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130501 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Rob Gugel
Cliff Hammer
Mark Whitcomb

Tom, Cliff, Mark & Rob recording the song in the back warehouse at DNA Studios.
Mark had a really cool clean sound on his guitar that night that we went with. He changed up his chords a bit and washed out the more stomp feel using this new sound to it's advantage. Tom and Rob had previously worked out a better electronic drum sound and used it this time.

This session was recorded live on a Xoom recorder in the room.
Can't remember if the BPM of the song had changed with this session?

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130503 Practice Notes


Involved
Mark Whitcomb

Mark added Eric's part from the studio recording we did previously to this recording and Tom's vocals from the same session.

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130612 Practice Notes


Involved
Tom Ray
Mark Whitcomb

Mark & Tom Mix at dna
Added new guitar tracks and trying out a room mic sound for the beginning.

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