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18 Aug 2008
Posts: 31
PostPosted: 05/08/2010 at 1:08 PM    Post subject: Micro-Tone link

Lots of fun discussions going on recently. I'll give it a shot too.

So we start out with a lot to agree on around here; tonal qualities, of course, and it's nice to see that a few of us are into the same music.

I started wondering what some of your favorite tone "moments" might be. I'm not talking about guitarists, records, or even songs, really.

I'm talking about song intros, solos, even the tiniest little tonal embellishments that are memorable or inspiring. Those times when the artist really had the gear dialed in and nailed it on the execution.

Some of my examples:
- the guitar solo in The Hold Steady's cover of "Atlantic City". (that's what got me thinking of this) Great tone.
- Green Day - "Basket Case". Right at the end of the bridge there is little bass flurry, very bright and punchy (kinda funky), that I have always loved.
- Criteria - "Play on Words". The jam at the end of the song has some great harmonics. The first time I ever heard a Travis Bean. 'En Garde' is a great album (with TBs all over it).


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02 Aug 2007
Posts: 77
PostPosted: 05/10/2010 at 10:06 AM    Post subject: RE:Micro-Tone link

For me, one of my favorite sound moments happens to be found in Pink Floyd's song, "Wish You Were Here". I love the low-fi AM radio sound, the cough right before the opening solo, and then the clarity of it all. Great production and a wonderful example of creativity.

The other moment that comes to mind is found in Led Zeppelin's, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You". The part that I am referring to happens to be an accident on Jimmy Page's (engineering) part: From what I understand, he was overdubbing Robert Plant's vocals and there was some vocal bleed that couldn't be isolated, the effect is a sort of haunting double vocal thing going on.

This is from Wikipedia:

At the 1:43 mark of Led Zeppelin's version of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", it is possible to hear a very faint trace of Plant singing, "I can hear it calling me" just before he sings the same line in full volume. This "ghost" is the vocal bleed from Plant's scratch vocal, and it appears on the drum tracks, which were recorded live with the full band.

This might not be entirely what the post is about, but I really love the layering of Electric Wizard's, "Witchcult Today". Jus' tone is super doomy and even though the song structure is super simple, it works! I just this would be point in case of "the whole is more than the sum of its parts" (at least for me).

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01 Jun 2001
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PostPosted: 05/16/2010 at 1:20 PM    Post subject: RE:Micro-Tone link

I've been thinking about this question for a bit. I don't have a personal good answer.. so many moments, etc.

But 1uncertain3 brought up a great point of finding those subtle little things in recordings. I love hearing scratch vox bleed. I also like to hear snare rattle when the guitar is just playing a intro, etc. I love 60 cycle hum from single coils coming through. I guess to me.. it just makes it feel more 'real' vs. 'perfect'.


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