With my Finding the Light album release this week, I figured I should preview a full track. And in the same spirit as the recording process, why not keep the video DIY, too?
• Self-shot with a single GoPro on a gooseneck clamp in my Womb With a View studio.
• This was the penultimate song written and recorded. Given the theme of the album, I needed a climactic, scorching “set-closer” of sorts before the metaphorical encores.
• There was supposed to be a double-time section that really smoked (third verse), but in the moment I simply forgot to record it!
• I program all of my drum tracks one measure at a time, which is why there’s no kit in the studio (that, and I wouldn’t be able to actually execute it).
• The lyrics employ a method called polysemy, where each instance of the word antidote has a slightly different meaning in context.
• Probably the best bass line I’ve written to date, though my blistered fingers might disagree.
• On guitar, I’m using a “hybrid” picking technique (pick + fingers) that makes those triplets in the verse much easier to play in time and with the proper accents.
• That device I’m holding over the guitar pickup during the solos is called an EBow. It replaces the pick, and a battery creates a magnetic field that vibrates the string for infinite sustain. You can also achieve cello-like volume swells by moving it closer to or farther from the pickup. This song was the first time I’d ever used one, and you can hear it throughout the opening overture track, called “Zeitgeber.”
• Final Cut Pro (video editing software) has a “multicam” mode that was a huge timesaver in synchronizing all those clips to the audio track.
Gordon, We are so very proud of you, this is so AWESOME, GREAT,WONDERFUL and what an OUTSTANDING job you did. We keep watching it over-n-over, we LOVE it, and sure that you are very proud of this, can’t believe your nice set-up you have, it’s like walking in toa studio. We Love You and are so VERY PROUD of you. Shelia-n-Dave
So glad you liked it, and I hope you enjoy the CD. The video was a total afterthought, nothing planned out. Only took a couple hours to shoot, but it came out way better than expected. I just thought it’d be fun for people to get a glimpse of what the process looks like. Without all the bad takes, of course.