"Birds Of North America," Zoom HD16, G. Wood original

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"Birds Of North America," Zoom HD16, G. Wood original

Post by gwood » Fri May 01, 2009 8:25 pm

Hot on the heels of my last one... At the risk of sounding vain, I'm really in love with this song. It fell together so easily. So there, heart on my sleeve. :oops:

I might add an organ wash low in the mix, and I want to get some girlie vocals, ooohs and aaahhhs, once the girls get done with school and their big social lives. But it just might be finished the way it is.

Me: Rhythm guitar (SG, Marshall), vocals, "A" chord accent guitar ('72 Tele, Twin Reverb)
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Rhythm guitar and drums recorded live, rest overdubbed. Mixed in Adobe Audition. As ever, sincere thanks for your kind attention.

Rock, you devils!

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[edit] Tell ya what, it sounds so much better on my 'pod than it does on Soundclick!
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Post by The Cracks » Fri May 01, 2009 8:37 pm

Really solid recording here. Great songwriting too.
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Post by surfercook » Fri May 01, 2009 8:50 pm

Sounds like a Dylan rocker. Nice lead work. Is that alot of reverb in that lead? I can see why you love this song so much. (Can I borrow those live drums for a bit?) Those birds are cool in the mix. Adding sound effects to a song is def fun.
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Post by gwood » Fri May 01, 2009 11:56 pm

surfercook wrote:Is that alot of reverb in that lead?
Yep, straight out of the amp, nothing added.
Those birds are cool in the mix. Adding sound effects to a song is def fun.
That was a whole separate project. Combined a bunch of different shorebirds, mostly gulls, from a site called Free Bird Sounds (or something like that), and then imported it. There were better bird recordings on another site, but when I called the guy for permission, he said "No rock bands." Well! :roll:

Sure, Charlie will be happy to record with you, I'm sure. But you'll have to come to his house, he doesn't know a computer from a watermelon.
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Post by petedeuxwheels » Sat May 02, 2009 3:46 am

Interesting subject, is there a deeper level I'm missing than ornithology?

Nice separation of instruments. Particularly like the lead guitar tone and performance, sort of Mark Knopfler sensitivity there.

In one sense it sounds like a throwback to Woodstock (reminds of some of the stuff on the LP), or what I imagine a live band might have sounded like there.

Glad you're pleased with it.

Cheers

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Post by keyshardy » Sat May 02, 2009 4:53 am

Listening now..Yeah love that crunch guitar..Wicked vocals..Wow dude this is driving music for sure. Drums are ace!.

Top marks for this one. Really good song writing here.

This damn Good Wood !!

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Post by gwood » Sat May 02, 2009 8:30 am

petedeuxwheels wrote:Interesting subject, is there a deeper level I'm missing than ornithology?
Only that birds are an indicator species, what happens to them will happen to us if we don't wise up. So, it's a broad environmentalist statement, in that sense.
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Post by gwood » Sat May 02, 2009 8:34 am

keyshardy wrote:Listening now..Yeah love that crunch guitar..Wicked vocals..Wow dude this is driving music for sure. Drums are ace!.

Top marks for this one. Really good song writing here.

This damn Good Wood !!

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Post by dickl » Sat May 02, 2009 10:48 am

Good grungy groove, gritty guitar and growling vocals.

Reminds me a bit of Neil Young or maybe Nils Lofgren.

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Post by chf » Sat May 02, 2009 6:30 pm

Good old Dick. I was reading the comments thinking I can't believe no one thinks Neil Young.

It is a perfect mix of that band in Australia who sang about beds are burning in 40 degrees (answers on another beer mat) and the aforesaid Northern Man.

Very good stuff. Very enjoyable. Good luck!

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ps the birds in the outro are black-headed gulls (bullshittus maximus) which I think you'll find are European and not North American. :D
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Post by voclizr » Sun May 03, 2009 1:34 pm

Love this groove!!
Wish I could hear this in stereo, but I can only lofi stream. Love what I'm hearing though.
Can understand why you're proud of it. I'd be too! ;)

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Post by gwood » Sun May 03, 2009 9:39 pm

chf wrote:the birds in the outro are black-headed gulls (bullshittus maximus) which I think you'll find are European and not North American. :D
BH Gull occurs on the East Coast of NA, rarely but regularly, usually seen in winter, but I think these (in the recording) are mostly California Gulls and other Western species, the recordings were mostly made in CA. I piled a bunch of them together, selected for clarity of the recordings rather than authenticity of occurrence, so by any measure, it's not an realistic representation of any flock. But heck, there might be BH Gull in there, I really don't remember, and am not at all sure if bullshittus maximus is the same as bullshittus americanus.

But anyway, thanks for the close reading and attention! :D
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Post by Paul Janowski » Sun May 03, 2009 11:58 pm

nice solid recording.. Like the overall sound. Very energetic.


Sounds great....


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Post by minerman » Mon May 04, 2009 2:08 am

Wow Gary,
In my opinion, this is your best song that you've put on the board. Great job, like this a lot!!!

PS I think everyone's songs loose quality when put on Soundclick, might be the mp3 bitrate?
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Post by nicka » Mon May 04, 2009 6:03 am

Gotta agree on the Oil Sound :shock: (Sorry Chas, couldn't resist :D (Abuse me during that beer))

Good rocker and mix with the full panning of the distorted guitar and all else spread out nicely.

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Post by Polly » Mon May 04, 2009 6:42 am

I'm rocking as I TAIL. That's an odd off beat drum rhythm going there. Like the grwoling vocals. The lead break is nice and solid, it's only little but it works.

Picks up pace very well and rocks along around the 2 min mark. This isn't at all cliched, its got an original flavour in the guitar sounds and the way its put together.

I'd like the vocals a bit louder. I like the sound of them but I could hear more of the lyrics more easily. My hearing isn't too good actually.

I'm not going to enter the 'which gull is it' debate - though it is a worthy one. ;)
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Post by gwood » Mon May 04, 2009 7:37 am

nicka wrote:Gotta agree on the Oil Sound
Nick
Oh, that's right, Midnight Oil. I couldn't remember the name before. I think it's interesting how people hear different things in songs. I have MO's first album (haven't played it for years), but I'm really not familiar with it or their other work. So, not an influence of mine, not directly, anyway. I guess the main influence for this song was Roger Tory Peterson.
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