As I work on guitars for Fight Songs, every electric-based tune gets its own sound. (About a third of the songs are electric, the rest are primarily acoustic split between the regular acoustic and the classical.)
Today I did the bridge overdub part on the titular “Fight Song.”
Snark SN-1 tuner
DOD 280 compressor
Mr. Furious Audio Falcon Heavy drive
Mr. Black Shepard’s End flanger
Dawner Prince Boonar delay
The 280 and Falcon Heavy will probably be on everything, or almost everything. Other dirt, modulation, and space pedals get switched out depending on what sounds good for each song.
Next up is “Lost,” a solo acoustic version of which appeared yearrrrrrrrs ago on the Furious Instance comp. I’m planning to try some phaser on the verses. Not sure what else it might need.
Night Mode has a new track, “Sonar Love,” on Takkeherrie Recordings’ TAKKEHERRIE 200 comp. Check out the song below and head over to https://takkeherrierecordings.bandcamp.com/album/takkeherrie-200 to hear 16 more ambient/experimental tracks!
Here, for the first time online, is the Blame the Game EP recorded in February 2003. Thanks to Tim J, we have some pics from the session!
To my ears, this EP still tells a compelling story about the individual guys and the way they came together musically. I’m really happy it’s available to hear in 2021.
There’s a new Night Mode track, “No Two,” on the Silber Records Droneuary 2021 compilation. We’re honored to be included! Pay what you can for a ton of drone, ambient, and experimental music.
If you’d like to grab Droneuary 2021 for free, go to http://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/yum and enter one of the following codes:
Then, Cory returned to The Long Play Listening Party today to get into the weeds about re-mastering “Pardon My Pretension, But Isn’t It Blackbeard’s Birthday” for modern listening, including on streaming platforms.
We’ve released Shacker’s three LPs on Bandcamp and major streaming platforms!
This includes a re-mastered “Pardon My Pretension, But Isn’t It Blackbeard’s Birthday?” which hasn’t been available online until now.
We’re celebrating the release with an episode of The Long Play Listening Party guest-hosted by Rob. Get it on your favorite podcast platform or Instagram TV here, or on YouTube below.
…Which has been up since at least January 2020, if not December 2019.
Signal path is:
Tuner > big gold bypass looper (duplicates the signal) > output 1 recorded in Reaper
Looper output 2 > Falcon Heavy Drive prototype > Wheeler Leveling Amplifier > ART Dual RDB passive transformer-based DI > recorded in Reaper
(The production Falcon with four white knobs wasn’t used)
It’s the second path that provides the main bass sound in the mix; not obviously distorted but super warm and even, inspired by James Jamerson’s Motown tone. The clean path is just for backup, blending in something punchier when needed, using with a virtual amp for something different, that sort of thing.
I had no idea when I set this up, of course, that it would last through most of a year-long global pandemic and a month-long minor basement flood issue. Tearing down rigs is always a bit of an emotional milestone – not sad, not happy, just a feeling of before and after – and while this one was simple and easy to re-create, a whole lot has happened while it’s been up.
And yet, onward. I need the space for some synth things, and will be setting up gear for “Fight Songs” guitars.
Last weekend a couple of new modules for my modular case arrived – a 2hp Tune and an EricaSynths Pico VCO – and in the course of learning to use them I made a quick Night Mode record, as one does, five pieces with the modular, MS-20, and 1776 Effects Multiplex delay pedal.
I’m using it as a reason to update the Night Mode timeline, below.
EDIT 2021 MARCH 25: Drew reminded me of the “Murder Mountain” session. After digging around, my best guess is that we recorded this material – maybe an album’s worth, or more – on two dates in May and June 2019
|Feb – Dec ’15||OTHER|
|Jan – Aug ’16||Dirac Spike|
|Feb ’17||Duo (H/Damon) –|
|Mar ’17||Trio –|
|Mar – Jul ’17||Your Pain Matters|
|?? – Jul ’18||Gentleman Scientist||(there’s a Drew/Damon|
noise / Marshall reamp /
drums project in
|Jan – Apr ’18||Working Bears Or Barely Working (unreleased)|
|Jan ’18 – Mar ’19||Only Mostly Dead|
Come In Alone / Stuck On You (Sep ’18) (unreleased)
|May 8 – Jun 6 ’19||Duo (Drew/H) – Murder Mountain|
|Jun – Nov ’19||Not One Person Left Out (unreleased)|
|Jan-Feb ’20||Duo (Drew/H) –|
|Mar ’20||Duo (Drew/H) –|
|Summer / fall ’21||Asterales x Night Mode “Orbital Debris Vol. 1” and “Extra Junk”|
|Jan ’21||Title TK|
Digitone + 1 LP
|In progress: |
Seen Heard and Known,
Monotribe record(s) (Oct ’19 – ??),
AX60 record (Nov ’19 – ??),
Medusa record (Apr ’20 – ??),
Noise record (Mar ’20)
Frank-N-Puter x Night Mode (summer ’20 – spring ’21)
MS-20/Pico (March ’21)
Nate and I committed to donating the proceeds from last year’s collaborative album and EP to anti-racist organizations. I let it run a little long to see if other donations would trickle in. Proof of donation above.
The only way to get my Bandcamp sales data is via .csv export, easily editable, so you’ll have to trust me on that.
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