Old 07-18-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default I have a radio knob solo

I may live the life of quiet desperation but with no songs in me whatsoever. Takes me weeks to squeeze anything musical out, it was more than a month to get the sketch of the composition together then about four painful evenings to gather usable takes for the final video'd version. So - disclaimer in case someone educated drops by, I have prog ambitions but kinda garage skills, that's the best I can do.

Main plan was to make something less same than usual, so ended up kinda Latino-tinged (unexpected tribute to the late Joao Gilberto I guess - started before his passing). And it really has the radio knob solo. And no edits or overdubs.

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Old 07-18-2019, 11:21 AM   #2
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Pretty cool Z! I like the groove and the surprise change in the middle.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:11 PM   #3
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Carmen Miranda cameo! I needed that fruit hat.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:46 PM   #4
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I don't get it.

But then I don't get a lot of things, including respect.

But I'm gonna listen/watch again, and maybe again after that, till the light bulb illuminates. When it does, I'm gonna do one just like it. It was pretty cool, whatever it was.
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I was almost collecting resources (pc games).
The test cards on camera monitors - suggestive of music that used to play during a break in TV broadcast.
Kept me involved,entertaining!
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Old 07-19-2019, 05:01 PM   #6
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Loved it! Great job dude! Nice mix.. loved the low-end clarity.. guitars were superb! Video was inspirational.. The Carmen appearance was hilarious. All around nice job! Take a bow!
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:31 PM   #7
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And it really has the radio knob solo
What is a "radio knob solo?"

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And no edits or overdubs.
Well done.


Sounded good.

It helps that I listen to a lot of "progressive" stuff.
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Loved it! Great job dude! Nice mix.. loved the low-end clarity.. guitars were superb! Video was inspirational.. The Carmen appearance was hilarious. All around nice job! Take a bow!
Thanks! Finding that elusive space between "bass not audible" and "too much" takes the biggest chunk of the mixing time.

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What is a "radio knob solo?"
Oddly enough, it's a solo played on a radio knob . I made some noises with my Tecsun world band receiver (single sideband mode), three minutes in, BFO knob makes cool pitch shifting sounds. Tecsun is my main ambient-noises instrument.
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Oddly enough, it's a solo played on a radio knob . I made some noises with my Tecsun world band receiver (single sideband mode), three minutes in, BFO knob makes cool pitch shifting sounds. Tecsun is my main ambient-noises instrument.
Ah! Yes, I see that now

I wondered what you were doing that. I totally didn't pick up on what was going on there. I heard the sounds and saw the knob twiddling, top right, but didn't relate the two.

Sorry
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Well, it's pretty low key. Recorded like 10 minutes more of various mysterious noises and Chinese broadcasts in Esperanto, they just didn't fit anywhere. Will stash for the next ambient playlist.
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Nice one ZK. At some point I want to attempt the Pink Floyd effect where the music itself morphs to the radio, then try your effect of tuning in and out of it. Maybe I'll start the song that way and when the radio is tuned it's full band in moment.
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I remember listening to AM radio and loving the effect that sometimes happened if two signals were interfering, especially on a spoken voice - it would start as a very slow volume fluctuation of the voice, gradually speeding up to basically a tremolo effect, and then faster and faster until it became amplitude modulation, adding a rising robotic pitch to the voice. I hear the same effect with online shortwave radio receivers, as you scan slowly up and down through the frequencies where there's a voice in the background - similar to what you were doing, I'm guessing.
Love the song!
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Nice one ZK. At some point I want to attempt the Pink Floyd effect where the music itself morphs to the radio, then try your effect of tuning in and out of it. Maybe I'll start the song that way and when the radio is tuned it's full band in moment.
What Floyds songs have those effects? Ashamed to admit, but I have kinda pop-knowledge of PF only(like "it's the band with hammers video isn't it"). Sounds cool.

Ollie created a pretty advanced Reaper template to emulate AM radio effects. It's awesome, but I think I discovered it after buying my receiver, so I'm stuck to authentic free-range noises.
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template[/url] to emulate AM radio effects. It's awesome, but I think I discovered it after buying my receiver, so I'm stuck to authentic free-range noises.
Ollie's template is really cool. On a side note I picked up an RTL-SDR radio dongle ($25) a couple weeks ago and is great fun for scanning the airwaves and recording similar stuff for music/creative. Basically, it's what you get with a ham radio but the computer does all the decoding instead of needing an expensive radio.
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I have RTL dongle somewhere, requires a bit of dicking around with making antennas to be of use though (AFAIK it doesn't work below VHF without extra converters), which is a bit over my head. All I managed to do was tracking some planes with ADS-B and hearing some tram drivers.
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