The Gatekeeper Narcissist
The Gatekeeper Narcissist
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August 1st 2021 was the 20th Anniversary of us moving back to Australia after 15 years living in Japan. Just a couple of days ago as I write this. Moved back to Japan to live 19 months ago now though.
There was shortly to be 9/11 which caused almost as much trouble as the Corona Virus has recently.
Living in Japan for 15 years meant that there was a lot of non-Japanese TV I had not seen, such as Seinfeld and . Really big at the time, but non existent in Japan for us.
On getting settled back in Sydney and looking for work, I did manage to watch Home Improvement as it was on 10AM every week day. 9/11 pretty much made the work world for me stop for 6 months at least. No one was doing anything and took a wait and see attitude to any new projects.
One of the things I did start to watch soon after getting back to Sydney was Farscape. It had been running for a few years and was being made there in Sydney Australia!
Must say I don't remember much about it now. I didn't see it from the start. Maybe from Season 2 or 3.Did the cartoon above about it. Remember there was a LOT of running about the ships corridors, as he is depicted above and a lot of interesting characters and puppets. But it was just a TV show I bothered to watch.
I bring this up as a few months ago I think Farscape became available on a streaming service and people like Joseph Mallozzi saying how great it was. The guy with gun did end up in Stargate, so there was a connection there.
So I think about what I remember feeling about it 20 years ago and wonder if it is worth the trouble of tracking down and watching the first 3 seasons. Probably on DVD, as that is most convenient for me here.
So far it isn't a hard YES. Don't remember being that interested in it, other than someone was actually doing something in Sydney that wasn't just a cheap soap opera.
A bit later Battlestar Galactica started and I started watching that, but I was finding getting consistently work hard at the time, and I didn't need the downer that was that show.
So I'm not sure if that confused memory has rubbed off on Farscape a bit. There are many shows I have never watched. Haven't seen any of the shows raved about, briefly, on streaming like THE MANDALORIAN, BREAKING BAD, STRANGER THINGS or GAME OF THRONES.
Seem to doubt Farscape is worth the trouble. But I will want to watch something before I re-watch Babylon 5 again in a couple of years. I watch TV to relax before going to bed but don't want a show to send me to sleep, and I think some of Farscape did do that.
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A METAL-POP-PROTEST-SONG 135BPM with Guitars in DROP C#
This swaps the J-POP K-POP song thing around where the verse is in English and the chorus is a standard Japanese expression Mottai Nai. Means "Wasteful", "isn't that a waste" a few variations on that in the chorus. A lot of wasteful things around and Japanese say "Mottai Nai" a lot...
Pop-ish verses, Heavy Riff Chorus, but vocals still pop-ish.
This is again our down tuned Squire Strat and J-Bass. Wanted a really heavy chorus riff then a dramatic change in the verses, even if the vocals remain pop-ish double tracked through out . Been studying old Freak Kitchen and some recent Metal on those heavy riffs.
My inspiration for song structure and complexity are DEEP PURPLE "Smoke On The Water", "Black Night" , BLACK SABBATH "Paranoid" and JUDAS PRIEST "Living After Midnight" . These are all very simple songs that don't have massive guitar solos in them. They also became really popular, so simplicity is more likely to be easier to listen too. But, the riffs in these songs are very different than modern lower register, low string pedal note riffs.
|The Guitar Pedals and Ashton microphone.|
My song writing , production and recording all happen at the same time in Reaper.
I record much more than gets put into a song off after the end of the song. The song is made of 8 and 16 bar sections, and I select those from much longer takes. Editing, cut, copy and pasting bars and sections, the way you use a word processor. Takes are all improvised on the spot. The verses are using the D# Aeolian (Natural Minor) & Pentatonic scales. The chorus uses C# Aeolian (Natural Minor) with 3 tracks of guitars.
The vocals were sung with a hand held Aston "SM58 look alike" cheap dynamic microphone. It is so hot here, my AT2020 condenser microphone picks up the air conditioner in the next room. The studio is also only a 2 mat room, so the dynamic mic doesn't pick up the room tone either. So a Lo-Fi vocal without the unwanted room tone and environment noise.
Guitar Distortion was the METAL CORE, and we used the GE-7 EQ as a Cabinet Simulator on a chorus track. J-bass used the Behringer GDI21. On other sounds we used Cabinet IRs in Reaper. Particularly the "Gods_Cab_1.2" using a SM57. The Cabinet Sims take away the Buzz and Fizz of the DIed distortion pedal and also allow you to position the cabinet microphone.
My ORANGE Micro Amp is only for practice . I never record it's sound.
This is only the 3rd Vocal based Song I've written and sung so I don't have much experience. As long as I can equal or better Bob Dylan's singing voice I am happy at the moment.
Not sure what I will do next. Needs to use the 7 String though, even though down tuning a 6 string gives just as good results, I have now discovered.
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