Archive for December, 2010

Cameron Stenger

Posted in Music with tags , on December 30, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I dig this tune. It’s by an artist called Cameron Stenger who I found on soundcloud.

Foreign Lullaby

Tastes Like Couture EP

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on December 27, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

This is mini set that I wrote and recorded in 2009 and 2010 (one tune actually dates back to 2002/2003). I thought these all sounded pretty good together.

The songs were all written, arranged and recorded in my studio room. As usual, I played all the instruments and sang.

BTW, none of the songs have been sent for mastering , and nothing has been previously posted.

I hope you enjoy it.

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2004, 2011 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats ® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

Blush

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on December 24, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

This is the full set of songs that I wrote and recorded back in 2008 (and early 2009) that made up Blush.

The songs came very quickly, and were all written, arranged and recorded by me in my living room. I also played all instruments and sang. I’m generally a rhythm player, so I had to enlist the help of a few musical friends to provide guitar solos. Mitch Krauss played lead on “Turn It On” and “Everything You Want Me To Be”, Tommy T-Cell played on “Blush”, “More” and “Poppy Man”.

BTW, none of the songs have been sent for mastering (track volumes might vary a bit from tune to tune) and some of the tunes have already been posted here.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did recording it.

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2008 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats ® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

Reaper Video Tuorials

Posted in Recording with Reaper on December 17, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I’m home sick like a dog today, so I figured I’d sleep, and take the time to learn more about my DAW.

I use Reaper, and if you haven’t checked the program out I recommend it highly.  It’s got fantastic routing features, is very stable, updated regularly by the developers (can’t say that for Cubase can you?). In fact, if I were a rich and famous musician I’d endorse it. But you don’t have to be rich to get yourself a copy. There’s a sliding pay scale for professionals as well as home users, so don’t be a douchebag and use a cracked copy- just buy the damn thing.

I found these great tutorials aptly titled tutorialsforreaper.com. I’ve already walked away knowing a lot more than I did, and each video is only about 8 minutes long. I won’t post any of them to my blog- you should check them out on the OP’s site. Here’s the vid list:

  1. Reason Rewired to Reaper
  2. Addictive Drums– Recording multichannel audio and live audio via input (this is great, cause you don’t have to record MIDI first. You can record straight to either stereo or mono wav files).
  3. Mixing and Bounce Help – Envelopes, Drawing Automations,  Normalizing, Manual Leveling, Volume and Pan, Render Ready For CD.
  4. Midi Routing – Kontakt 4, Route Midi to VSTi and Back to Separate Audio Tracks, Render Each Instrument Properly.
  5. Drums as Click – GTG Synth Drums, Midi Drums as Click, Basic Beat Creation.
  6. Live/Multi-track Recording or Mixing – Full Band Recording, Multi-Tracking, Live Sound, Record Your Show.
  7. Take System Basics – Record Selected Area, Audio Compilation, Vocal Compilation.
  8. Split/Slip Editing – Edit Drums Manual, Faster then Pro Tools, Better then Beat Detective, Gofer KeyMap, SWS Extensions.
  9. FX Menus and Simple Sends Routing – Quick Add FX, AcmeBarGig, Density MKII,  FX Chains.
  10. Audio Import, Track Organization – Large Audio import, Track Organization With Folders, Color Code Groups.
  11. Elastic Audio in Reaper – Stretch audio, Warp Audio Like Pro Tools, Sync Vocals, Align Audio.
  12. File Structure – Organize Audio, Setup Back-up Folders, Session Directory, Reaper-blog.com.
  13. Customize Menus – Basics of menu alterations, Export/Import, TCP, Mixer.
  14. Changing Reapers Theme – Download, Extract, Menu Options, Forums.
  15. Audio Interface with Asio4All – Latency, Monitoring, Buffer Settings.
  16. Basic Overview – Save Session, Default Setup, Record Audio, Simple Effects.

 

 

You Will

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 16, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

Here’s an acoustic offering before the electric bombs start to drop.

You Will is a re-recording I did today of a simple song I wrote (and posted) in Dec. 2010. I like this one better because it’s truer to the demo. It’s also got a nice alt. tuning which is always fun to play around with, and only took about an hour to get down right.

You Will

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2010, 2011 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

 

Dec. 8th

Posted in Commentary, R.I.P. Rock Stars with tags on December 8, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

What a day.

It started at 3:40 am. I just couldn’t sleep. There was the same ol’ crap on the teevee, and nothing new on the www.  I stared at the ceiling for awhile, checked in on The Kid, and I finally, finally got back to sleep.

When I woke up I put on the news. It was all about Lennon. Of course… it was The Anniversary, and 30 years is a long time. A lifetime. I was a little kid when he was killed, but it hit home hard. It made me think about where I had been in my short life, and where I was going. And it still makes me sad in a way, even though I never knew the guy, and what I do know about him now that I’m a man and a parent, I don’t really care for.

But what an Artist! The best around. Him and Paul.

I didn’t listen to any music today, and I didn’t talk much either. I did think, quite morbidly,  about the fact that if Lennon had lived he would have become (after a long string of terrible 80’s albums)  as spent as Paul creatively. He definitely would have divorced her, and would be living well and happy in England making guest appearances on Jools Holland, or an Oasis album. Then there would be The Reunion, whether or not George was alive, because even Zep toured without JPJ.

But in the end, I get pissed off. We were all robbed because he was the one motherf**ker who could put it all out on parade, all out on the line no matter how mis-guided or mis-informed. He meant everything he said, and played. He lived it like he talked it, and there’s no one out there willing to do that these days.

It’s a pity.