Oct. 1st, 2010 12:35 am
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“I did the bits that sound "noodly" or "solo-y".
@finnkisch did everything that sounds like "an awesome motherfucking song".”

In January, Finn sent me an mp3 of this great song -- a bit minimalistic for my taste, but undeniably strong lyrically, just a great song no matter how you slice it. And he wanted me to lay a guitar solo down on it.

I was going to go see Ninja Academy that night, but the song grabbed me and I ended up playing guitar on it. A lot of guitar. I not only recorded a raw solo, but also noodly clean bits that trampled all over the vocals and repeated a theme in the first section of the mosh part. Think, maybe, of asking Jackson Pollack to paint an empty corner of your floor, and finding the entire house covered with an inch of paint.

Just the way I am, you know? I'll solo over anything.

I really liked what I did, and so did Finn, but we agreed that a lot of the busy-ness was detrimental to the vocals, which should really be the focus here.

We talked about the song a bit, then tried throwing other half-finished songs at each other to see what stuck. Nothing came of that, and no one was surprised. Months passed.

Then, in July, Finn started his song-a-month project under his old solo project moniker All the Meat Wants, and it was good. I recognized a lot of the songs off of Yesterday Again Today from the Dark Secret Love days; it's good finally seeing 'em in a finished and presentable form.

Labor Day weekend, Finn emailed me about making Fracture September's song of the month.

All in all it was fun, though there were times when I was frustrated at my own limitations on guitar. I idealize the first-take solo, the imbued channeling of godhood through the mortal instrument in one perfect transcendent performance. Yet, take after take after imperfect take later, I resigned myself to my own mediocrity. And turned to my skills at editing shit together ;-)

I think the clean guitar bits are comprised of 3-5 different takes, edited together; the solo is definitely 5-6 takes hacked into, as Finn called it, a Frankensolo. Phrasing my solos into distinct sections is not only advantageous for letting the solo "breathe", but also for covering ugly fuckups the fuck up.

My innate ability to hear flourishes and counterpoint melodies that aren't there, yet, added a lot. But Finn's devotion to the purity of the song (read: keeping me from going hog wild and trampling over everything), plus, y'know, the awesome song he wrote and recorded, were even more important. And it just meshed and gelled and whatever other verbs that connotate symbiosis or collaboration.

I think it's the best work I've done to date.

It's definitely my favorite song of Finn's, hands down. As he said, it's something special. I'm really glad he let me be a part of it.

Take a listen.

And share it with somebody.

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From the website:

2004.05.03 -- announcement

Dark Secret Love has decided to part ways.

Finn is spending his days at EndGame. Jason had a brief stint with Nordic Death. And Aki is working on his solo project, Escape(Window).

Thanks for all your support!


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Hair: ass. Need more hats.

Show: good. Read here.

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Babyland's Past Lives Release

Saturday, January 24
@ 924 Gilman

Midnight Lazerbeam
Dark Secret Love
Giant Haystacks

$5 (with $2 membership)

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My show writeup.


Dec. 2nd, 2003 08:25 pm
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So there's the Studio Z show on the 17th, and the Club Galia show on the 27th. (details) Now this one is confirmed:

Saturday, January 24
@ 924 Gilman

Dark Secret Love
special guests

All Ages
$5 with $2 membership

More details TBD.

This post brought to you by the phrase "omg [ profile] starscream242 is going to be SO F'N JEALOUS".

I'll get some real content into this here journal someday, honest.

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Welp, no waiting around for the other stuff. This is confirmed:

Wednesday, December 17
@ Studio Z

Sunshine Blind
Dark Secret Love

Doors at 8pm
Show at 9pm

I want to finish writing Be With Me before Wednesday so we can continue our string of shows with at least one new song.

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my show writeup.

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graphics amateur does 4-color cover art )

Still gotta do the inside art and spine text, then double check that everything will look good when cut/folded. And leave a white rectangle for the bar code.

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yesterday: went to mark's to cut 24bit files. i was sure it would take a couple hours, but mark thought only one, which is funny since everyone calls him up and insists they only need an hour of his time and end up taking two or three. the man hasn't had a day off in a month and a half.

nearly dozed off, and we weren't even cutting drum tracks. played with his epiphone casino (semihollowbody guitar) and wurlitzer, which was really fun. talked portishead and massive attack. asked him if he knew what hardware massive attack used for their bass sound, and mark thought it was just someone playing bass guitar. no way. listening to mezzanine; ok, maybe someone who plays everything perfectly. an amazingly competent bassist who doesn't want to put unnecessary frills and fills in, and doesn't try to go off on [guitar-wannabe] bass guitar solos that make the song lose the bottom end. no way, i say.

if i had a bassist who sounded and played like that, i would SO build a band around them. that or alison shaw's voice. good thing they're already in cool bands, eh?

mark said he'd see me at tino tonight. i should get him a cd of the remix (he wants a copy) and ask him if i owe him more money, since i paid him for an hour and noticed it had been two and a half when i left.

jason's gonna be gone for a couple weeks; will be good to have a break from these 12 songs for a while. should start writing new ones. to keep from getting sick of these, and as an outlet.

seriously need this two day weekend. might cancel rehearsal so i can sleep more, drop the cds off at da5id's, get some artwork done. get some serious r&r time in, as in lazing about like a fuckin' bum. need to do some serious house cleaning too. like always. unhappy sim.

i'm starting to worry how much money it'll cost to ship 1000+ cds to my house. it may actually end up being cheaper to keep most everything online (cdbaby, amazon, couple other places), and ordering copies for people that i want to give copies to, rather than shipping most of them to me, then shipping them individually to various places (friends, djs, labels, etc.). we'll see.

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Oh yeah. If you're curious. Please don't listen using laptop speakers (or even headphones plugged directly into a laptop); apparently we didn't think of that and it sounds crappy without bass for the kick. - The Last Time (album mix). 4mb, 2:55 - The Last Time (Mark Pistel Remix). 6.5mb, 5:36
Stream both tracks.

I'd love to hear your opinion.

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The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 10 (final day).

It's kind of sad right now. I mean, it's exciting having my songs recorded and mixed and all. And I'm glad we worked quickly; if I had to go over the same songs for another two weeks I think I woulda gone a bit crazy. But I'm gonna miss Mark.

Not like he's gonna go away or anything. I'll keep in touch. We may need to work on that particular session again for remixes or whatnot, or maybe I'll go back for some other songs. I'll be sure to get him a cd. It's just... I dunno. Good working with him.

I'm really not good at long goodbyes. I think ours was about right.

We fixed Waste Away )
We made some other fixes )
We remixed The Last Time )

And that's it. We said our goodbyes, I loaded my gear into the truck, and then Mark drove off to his dinner party.

I had said at the beginning that I'd be happy with 8 songs completely finished, though we could try to tackle 14 songs, remixes, and mastering if we had time to burn. Ended up with 12 songs I'm happy with, a kickass remix, and a quickly mastered "single". And a good working relationship with a guy I have a lot of respect for. I'd call this a huge success =)

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The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 9. This is gonna be a long one; I can feel it. LJ-cut for your sanitary protection. -the mgmt

[EDIT]: Urm. Can't sleep. Editing this entry.

I had bought a firewire/usb2 drive yesterday, so we copied my Pro Tools sessions there and started working off that. Now I need a Mac. Or I'll be dragging that thing back to Mark's every few months... not that I'd mind that.

We fixed stuff. )
Miscellany )
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The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 8. I'll have to be brief, since I left my laptop AC adapter at Mark's:

We mixed Peaches in Springtime. )
We mixed Forlorn. )
We fixed stuff. )

Also, someone needs to take Serial Experiment Lain's Protocol episode and make a dance remix from the narrator sections. Neural network. Someone's probably already done it.

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The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 7:

We finished The Last Time. )
We mixed Waste Away. )
We mixed Violence. )
I found stuff to fix in Tuesday's dailies. )

Might go to BaGG tonight. Dunno. Maybe Affliction tomorrow instead. Or sit at home and masturbate to my nearly finished mixes. Madden 2003 is slowly losing its deathgrip on my free time, which I think is a good thing. The Sopranos season 2 disc 1 is here, though, which is tempting.

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The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 6:

We tweaked Despite. )
We finished mixing Beautiful Dream. )
I asked Mark about his guitar mics. )
We mixed Pure Vitriol. )
We talked about what to do with our 'free' time. )
And another picture of the control room )

Feeling tired and a bit down, but not 'cause of today. Three things make me happy, and I've been living on one and a half of them for a while now. Knowing that one's subject to mood swings and the other might go away in the near future makes me feel a bit edgy.

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The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 5. )
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The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 4. )

Jason's been stuck in L.A. all week for work. Guess he hasn't picked up advance Infected Mushroom tix. Maybe I'll go to that tomorrow. Maybe I'll go to Counterstrike for the first time. Maybe I'll crash after a long week of recording.

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First off, stuff I've forgotten to mention already.

  • Mark's studio is right next door to Filthmilk's rehearsal room. Go go duct tape cello!
  • Mark was amused by my fifty cent piece picks. First time he's seen that =) ... I suppose I am a bit eccentric.
  • Also, the bathroom is painted this unbelievably harsh orangey-red. I mean, they got it as uncomfortable-feeling of a bathroom that you can get without having puke and feces smeared all over the floor and walls.

Anyway. With that vital information disclosed, I can proceed on to

The Boy Who Flew Too Close to the Sun recording sessions, day 3:

We spent the first half of the day working on drum tracks again. After seeing how long it took to fix a drum track, I decided to just record Peaches and Beautiful Dream (instead of trying to track them live Saturday, then fixing them all day Monday). Laid down guitar tracks for those, laid down the rest of the vocals, then fixed Outro's piano bits.

Boom. We're done with the basic tracks.

I might want to fix certain parts after we hear the in-progress mix, but we're moving on to mixing tomorrow. And I have an idea of how to end the album. Got a beginning and end. The middle's a little fuzzy, but we'll get there =)

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