Does anything remain? (mix #17)

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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As you know from past updates, there’s one matter I’ve been battling: the last set of lyrics I need to write to finish the new album. It’s been quite a process. I was thinking about what might help me out with the lyrics, what was missing, what could help set the mood? I decided to add percussion, thinking that maybe what was holding me back was a lack of a pulse. I didn’t want it too driving and rock-n-roll, because that would overpower the minimal and subtle nature of the track. I gave Brian my ideas and let him at it. His first recording was wonderfully performed, a good start, but a bit more than I wanted. I pitch-shifting one of the drums down an octave, and slowed another to half speed, to give him an idea of what I was imagining. I’ll admit that I can be vague with my instructions; when we’re in the same room together we can hash it out with gesticulations and brain-storming. But I’m in Portland and Brian is recording in New York City, so in this case I took his ideas and shaped them into a rough mix. He took that as a clearer direction, and gave me more tracks to work with. Fortunately, each drum is separately mic’d, I can edit, change volumes, drop things out at certain places and shape it into what I’m imagining.

There’s a specific drummer I had in mind, and I think Brian captured that mood. Can anybody guess who that drummer is?

Having the percussion, as well as discussions with Dani, helped move the lyrics along. I came up with a topic that gives the character a core and motivation for her actions. I’m at version 32c of the lyrics, and I think they’re close, which is good because it’s just a month until Dani’s in town to record “the stars” and “does anything remain?” (I’ve remixed “on some faraway beach” from the BLOOD ON THE SNOW ep a bit, it’s her third song on the album.)

I’m taking Tuesday off to record guide vocals, so she’ll have them in hand before I head to Tucson to catch Steve Roach’s live performance. Here is mix #17 for you. Percussion from 2:00 – 4:00; it’s probably a bit loud in the mix, I won’t know for sure until the vocals are recorded.



released February 4, 2018
Sam: electronics
Brian: percussion


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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape for a Blue Girl is an American Ethereal band formed in 1986 by Projekt Records' founder Sam Rosenthal. Their music takes on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and neoclassical music. Director David Lynch is one of the band's more well-known fans. ... more

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