I recently had a little adventure out in California, visiting my brother in
San Francisco, then riding with him down to San Jose to see the Cirque du Soleil
Volta show my sister works for. After that I headed off on my own down to LA.
The video above has some footage from the ride, and ends with a rundown of the
gear I took along.
Here’s a little video clip documenting some of the writing process for “Singleton”
from Synchronized Seasoning.
The latter half shows the development of a new chord—the “heartbeat chord”—based on real ECG data.
It sounds terrible, but it serves to encode more information into a song that
will be at least partially about relationship type stuff,
or “matters of the heart.” Hopefully it isn’t too ridiculous.
I love the sound of Strat and Tele neck pickups. The single coil tucked way up
where the 24th fret would be produces such a glorious tone,
which is unfortunately rare in today’s metal music.
When I first got my Agile Sentinel 7-string Strat way back in 2010 or something,
I immediately started playing stuff that sort of sounded like Rage Against the
Machine and Soundgarden.
I then started toying around with the idea of covering Meshuggah’s
“Straws Pulled at Random” since it struck me how
such a moving rhythm can take on a different
character with a different guitar tone.
It took a few years, and I only recorded
the end section, but here we are.
This is somewhat of a preview for some of the aesthetics I hope to achieve with
the 6th track on Synchronized Seasoning,
i.e., a 22-fret single coil neck pickup tuned to drop-G#, not palm-muted.
That tune should be out before the end of the decade.
Art, entertainment, cultural cohesion, cutting rugs,
radical prehistoric themes, sex, drugs, and wannabe jazz;
the third track from
from Synchronized Seasoning,
“Cliff Walker” has it all.
It’s obviously a bit of a sequel to
but from a different (perhaps more mature) perspective.