We Will Destroy! - Promo 

Okay so this post maybe a little shameless self promotion, as I am co-owner of ‘We Will Destroy’, though I am not posting it for purposes of the ad, I am hear to talk about the sound.

The vibe of the song was to capture the essence of avant garde within the sound. A challenge that seemed far harder than it turned out to be. With the use of a Moog Little Phatty, Watkins 2-track Copicat delay/reverb, and a handful of crazy preacher clips.

Being a contour of avant garde cinema, though a lot of it is trash, that which is not is pure gold exploring the mind scape with two extremely popular mediums (film/sound) but taking no regard of pop-cultures current trends, or the norm within these industries. I wasn’t difficult for me to know what I wanted within the sound the problem was, would the Little Phatty be up to the challenge. At first I thought it may not be, as 98% of the pre-programmed sound within that miniature beast are far too lush in rich warm tones, you can only achieve with analoge circuitry, I feared this lush rich tone wouldn’t allow me to create that horrible driving sound, even with the Little Phatty’s overdrive function I thought I’d have to run the device through a secondary distortion of some what. 

I was wrong, the Little Phatty while running through the Watkins delay, really stepped up to the plate, only requiring some minor EQ’ing tweaks within Pro-Tools to remove some of the harsher harmonics, and roll of a little of the low end to make the distortion more of a high-pitch squeal. 

With the addition of the preachers mad rants within the background of the track playing both forwards, and in reverse, from an old Ferguson two-track, and then resulting in the self-oscillation at the end of the piece, it add a creepy subtle undertone to the entire piece. 

Yes I am aware this first post, after my absence is not very techy, but just an over-explination within to a sound I created, but I do hope someone out there does read/enjoy.

- Mark 


Hello.

I am back.
Working full time in a recording studio now.
So fingers crossed I will have more time to talk shit about sound.
That’s the plan anyway.

Sorry for being away so long.
But I’ll try and update loads from here on in.

- Mark  


Nothing about pedals!

Again.
I know what a shit/let down, sorry all, I spent all this evening trying to set the intonation on my new (second hand) Telecaster Custom, sadly did not succeed, then installed my new Waves Tune bundle, but ReWire doesn’t work, which is a bitch…and now I am far too tired to type about pedals.

I really do promise I’ll sit and knock out like half a year worth of pedal reviews one afternoon, and save them all, so each Thursday you can indugle your brain in awesome pedal knowledge!  


Okay so I’ve been slacking…

in terms of my blog, but working overtime in terms of life. 

On medication that causes me to have migraines is a vicious cycle of constant medication to battle one ailment only to create another. 
On top of working two jobs, one of which drags me out of bed at 7:45am, the other holding my hand until the early hours of every morning usually working away from home until 1am, then working more when I finally get home at 2am.

So I do apologise on my sporadic input into my writing, I don’t even have time to write music, everything sounds like a pop song as it’s half-assed and written in a rush. I promise to get my shit together, and write article to keep your rotting eyeballs salted. 

To do so I’ll give up on a few fundamentals like washing, loving, and living.  Here is to a life fully dedicated to music, and musical release!


Who are all these haters and why must they hate?

Good morning all, I start with a question (located within the title) as it renders me quizzical, maybe I am one year to old to understand high school kids know a days or maybe I wouldn’t have understood the expression when I was there either.

This is to not get me wrong I understand the works and the context they are in just don’t get why they must hate.

Anyway, I woke up late for work so must rush my morning routine if there is to be any chance of picking up breakfast on the way!


This photo really does sum up the sound of the new ‘These Little Kings’ EP.

Though we had countless more guitars at our disposable this is all we used. Seemingly fitting as they all white on the bands debut (virgin) EP…

This photo really does sum up the sound of the new ‘These Little Kings’ EP.

Though we had countless more guitars at our disposable this is all we used. Seemingly fitting as they all white on the bands debut (virgin) EP…


Sorry…

I had written a very long an insightful piece on the ProCo RAT, saved it as a draft and now it’s no where to be found so sadly no pedal today!


My Fender Precision bass with a custom bass pearl scratch plate, replacing the original discoloured white one.

Sorry for the ‘hipster’ photo effect the original wasn’t ‘jazzy’ enough…

My Fender Precision bass with a custom bass pearl scratch plate, replacing the original discoloured white one.

Sorry for the ‘hipster’ photo effect the original wasn’t ‘jazzy’ enough…


Cast your naked steaming eyes on my ‘1 of 1’ Zvex Fuzz Factory.
All I can say is; ‘it is bitching’!

Cast your naked steaming eyes on my ‘1 of 1’ Zvex Fuzz Factory.
All I can say is; ‘it is bitching’!


So for the last six hours of today, and a lot of hours last evening I have been sifting through over an hours worth of acoustic drums I recorded last week turning them into drum loops, I’ve currently only gone through twenty-three minutes of the drums.I AM GOING BRAIN DEAD.BRAIN DEAD. 

So for the last six hours of today, and a lot of hours last evening I have been sifting through over an hours worth of acoustic drums I recorded last week turning them into drum loops, I’ve currently only gone through twenty-three minutes of the drums.

I AM GOING BRAIN DEAD.
BRAIN DEAD. 


Currently…

Drawing up the schematics to my custom Bass Fuzz pedal, that I will be constructing very soon…hopefully. 

I’ve never made my own guitar pedal before, so this is a first, and has the makings of a disaster large enough to create a black hole that will absorbe all of existence, if this is the outcome, then I am sorry in-advance.  


It’s Thursday so here is a post about a guitar pedal that I am totally digging on!Okay I have to keep this nice and short thus why I picked the Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phaser. It is the most simplistic pedal I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a good fifty plus pedals…ha.Anyway, yes due to time constraints of this weeks recording plans, and work commitments I am up at an ungodly hour to write this entry, after a night of intense Red Dwarf watching. 
The Small Stone phaser does exactly what it says on the packet, it is a phaser, what you can gather for the image above is it is a simplistic phaser at that. With a knob to control the speed of the phase shift (RATE), and a two position switch which alternates between the two colorations of the pedal (COLOR), to break that down in laymen’s terms, when the Color switch is in the upper position the effect is far more intense and deeper, in the lower position it is more reserved. 
Phaser is not to be mistaken for its other family members, Chorus, and Flanger, unlike Chorus it is designed to make a guitar sit forward in the mix rather that blend into the back. Sadly I cannot find any literature on this legendary pedal to say exactly how deep the effect goes, and what rates it operates betweens. I love this guitar pedal it was the second pedal I ever bought on a random impulse buying moment. At first I found very little use for the effect as there is no mix control, and I do feel that the pedal is set 100% WET (0% DRY), which can be a little overwhelming in more subtle tracks.
Though with time I realised its full potential to be used in a effect mix, and run a parallel dry signal at the same time. Allowing for a better balance between wet and dry. Although at the same time, I do enough cranking the rate rate right up before the point in which the rate is too fast to hear the differences any longer, and use it to real mess up a shoe-gaze solo, or make a boring simplistic guitar part sparkle and shine in the corner.I must leave it there for today, more pedal non-sense and reviews next week, all the best human beings of the planet! 
- Mark

It’s Thursday so here is a post about a guitar pedal that I am totally digging on!

Okay I have to keep this nice and short thus why I picked the Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phaser. It is the most simplistic pedal I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a good fifty plus pedals…ha.

Anyway, yes due to time constraints of this weeks recording plans, and work commitments I am up at an ungodly hour to write this entry, after a night of intense Red Dwarf watching. 

The Small Stone phaser does exactly what it says on the packet, it is a phaser, what you can gather for the image above is it is a simplistic phaser at that. With a knob to control the speed of the phase shift (RATE), and a two position switch which alternates between the two colorations of the pedal (COLOR), to break that down in laymen’s terms, when the Color switch is in the upper position the effect is far more intense and deeper, in the lower position it is more reserved. 

Phaser is not to be mistaken for its other family members, Chorus, and Flanger, unlike Chorus it is designed to make a guitar sit forward in the mix rather that blend into the back. Sadly I cannot find any literature on this legendary pedal to say exactly how deep the effect goes, and what rates it operates betweens. I love this guitar pedal it was the second pedal I ever bought on a random impulse buying moment. At first I found very little use for the effect as there is no mix control, and I do feel that the pedal is set 100% WET (0% DRY), which can be a little overwhelming in more subtle tracks.

Though with time I realised its full potential to be used in a effect mix, and run a parallel dry signal at the same time. Allowing for a better balance between wet and dry. Although at the same time, I do enough cranking the rate rate right up before the point in which the rate is too fast to hear the differences any longer, and use it to real mess up a shoe-gaze solo, or make a boring simplistic guitar part sparkle and shine in the corner.

I must leave it there for today, more pedal non-sense and reviews next week, all the best human beings of the planet! 

- Mark


I don’t often ‘reblog’ but I agree with this picture. I hope we evolve back to a state when we enjoy what is in front of our naked steamy little eyes and not blur it with a camera lenses.- Mark

I don’t often ‘reblog’ but I agree with this picture. I hope we evolve back to a state when we enjoy what is in front of our naked steamy little eyes and not blur it with a camera lenses.
- Mark

(via cleangreenmusic)


My new Fender P-bass, a wee treat from myself to myself to cheer me up!
It’s in Candy red, with a custom black scratch plate on its way to me as I type.  -Mark

My new Fender P-bass, a wee treat from myself to myself to cheer me up!

It’s in Candy red, with a custom black scratch plate on its way to me as I type. -Mark


Last night we dinned on some overpriced Subway sandwiches then full up on gluten and cheap tasting cheese, we headed off to record drum beat after drum beat.

Inspired by: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster  we knocked out over an hour worth of four bar loops, and one full hip-hop song. It’s going to be great fun writing some songs to fit with these beats. 

Above you will find some pictures depicting the kit that was used, I’m not a big drummer, I know sizes and models but I’m not really sure of wood grains and finishes, so please don’t question that side as I will not be able to provide an answer. But here is the mic schematic that was used:

Kick - AKG D112
Snare - SHURE SM57
Hi-Hat - JOE MEEK JM27
Hi-Tom - 
Lo-Tom - 
Floor-Tom -
Overheads - AKG C1000s’s  

I leave the tom’s blank as I am really unsure of the name of the Mic’s I know they are made by Superlux, and they are pretty bog-standard, but they are effective, and capture a lovely bounce so that is why I return to use them time and time again, over something more substancial. 

- Mark