Stems for Seeds

by Vlayman

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1.
04:20
Robot c. '15 Vlayman You ain't somebody ought need someone to tell ya what to do You ain't the type, I can tell just by lookin' at you Or is it the case that I got you all wrong Was I tryin' too hard to fit you into this song? Tell me tell me the truth Have I figgered out you Tell me tell me the truth Have I figgered out you Talkin' 'bout things yer not You ain't a robot Well, I can tell that yer ascared And I can tell ya, there's no reason to fear Talkin' 'bout things yer not You ain't a robot Talkin' 'bout things yer not You ain't a robot You ain't somebody ought need someone to tell ya what to do are you? Talkin' 'bout things yer not You ain't a robot Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
2.
04:53
Gamble On c. 15 Vlayman I been goin' cold turkey, baby livin' on beef jerky, baby I can't get enuff licker, baby and I'm gettin' sicker, mebbe All I do is run and run Ain't nought to do but gamble on I got no money for to make the scene I got no money for cheap gasoline I think I'm gettin' sicker, baby and I can't get enuff licker, momma, no, no Ch 2x I hang around in yer favorite bar Somehow I think you won't go too far away I can't get enuff licker, I say I say and I'm gettin' sicker, mebbe Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
3.
Riot (Auto Pilot) c. ' 15 Vlayman There's a story to be sure There's a story and it'll bring tears There's a story There's a story I'm on auto pilot as I enter into this riot There was a boy, he'll never get to be a man I look at both of you with yer weapons in hand I try to understand Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
4.
Rockin' the Shockin' c. '15 Vlayman I look like somethin' yer cat dragged in And I know I look like somebody who can't live without sin I always gotta win I always gotta win I look like somebody mebbe dated yer mother And I look like the guy kicked the shit out yer brother It ain't a sin I always gotta win I look like mebbe I ought go to jail It ain't real serious, it's just that I'm lookin' rather pale Gimme a minute and I'll fit you in I always gotta win I look like I'm about to kick yer ass I know that it's true, but mebbe, baby it's just gas But don't you believe I ain't got no sin I always gotta win Awe nothin' could prob'ly be more shockin' Than when ya see me rockin Bombs between yer minarets is what ya get Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
5.
Round the World c. '15 Vlayman I left home that Monday mornin' I got in my ride and I left I left home that Monday mornin' I just left I needed a baby , I needed a girl _ To take me Round this great big world I come back on Wednesday evening Somethin' like 3 years gone by My family and friends did not know me They looked at me all mysitifie d Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
6.
03:26
Sieve c. '15 Vlayman Oooh I can't seem to talk about it no no It's not a good idear Do you believe my brain leaks like a s ieve Oooh I wanna shout about it but no It's not a good idear Oooh I'm gonna die soon no no It's not a good idear Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
7.
03:45
The Button c. '15 layman Her favorite movie is "Chasing Amy" There's just something there she relates to Oh yeah "Chasin' Amy" Hits her square You hit it on the button, right above the zipper You hit it on the button, and now it's time to flip her She likes to wear rainbows and she don't like to shave How can you save her Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-117
8.
Love Is a Roller c. '15 Vlayman Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
9.
04:01
Pink c. '5 Vlayman I can't say I'm real educated About all the things you might like - I only know about the things I hear And what I see with my own two eyes Pink is what the girls seem to wanna wear On their backs and in their hair I can't claim no special ignorance I'm just a guy Pink is what the girls seem to wanna wear On their backs and in their hair You know I got mebbe enuff money To get you every thing you need - I ain't want you as a full time honey I mebbe just wanna watch you bleed Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176
10.
03:33
Grenade c.'15 Vlayman You didn't see or you didn't care It was only me and I'm clearly nowhere in your little mind All the time How can you live with the mess that you made? How can I live with the mess that you made? You hit me like a grenade Live free is what I wanted to do I never saw the cost of lovin' you How much to get outta yer line? I want somethin's mine How can you live with the mess that you made? How can I live with the mess that you made? You hit me like a grenade Solo CH Drums: net stems Bass: Hnr2BA2-Brick-dbx160XT_VC3Q Gtrs: Strat-HRDlx-421II-ISA1_MXL880-PM1000(M/S) Vox: Genesis-UA110-1176

about

_"Stems for Seeds"" came together when I found a bunch of drums stems on the 'net, many from video games, mebbe all. I decided I wanted to use the stems as seeds for new songs, almost in demo form, for a band that will probably never form, but I wanted to take seriously.
_I gave myself a weekend to write and record ten songs as they were only to be demos, because I value spontaneity, and also just to be weird.
_I used the drums exactly as downloaded, with no edits, altho' I did do some EQ, limiting, gates, pans and rides. Otherwise, they are as found. Hear a little bit of "clank" on the percussion of "Gamble On"? That's what the gates couldn't catch of ol' Pagey. There's other such artifacts elsewhere - hopefully they are not too distracting.
_In keeping with the demo concept, I decided immediately to use one guitar, one bass with pre-amp and compressor, one guitar amp, my pedal board, two mic's on the amp with the same pre's each track, a single vocal mic and pre and compressor chain.
_Geek alert: the guitar was a MIJ Super Strat, chosen because it was already in a stand in my bedio. The bass was a Hohner 2BA2, chosen because I like it's sound, and I have to fight it some, and because I like the headless design in my tight recording space. All guitar tracks were played through a Hot Rod Deluxe, mic'd with a Sennheiser MD421II into a Focusrite ISA1 as center channel, and an MXL880 (looks like a Royer) ribbon into a Yamaha PM1000 (racked by Digitaldrummer). All guitar tracks but a couple of leads are in Mid/Side, generally with the amp's reverb, altho "Riot" has a plethora of pedals from the board, many songs use the Toadworks Meat boost, and there's a cuppla leads with the Meat, Jr. and a Soul Vibe. The bass is DI'd into a The Brick and a dbx160XT compressor, with the DI split out parallel to a Meek VC3Q for extra bottom. The vocals are all an MXL Genesis tube mic into a Universal Audio 110 Solo, into a Gyraf 1176 clone.
_I started at noon on Saturday and did rough mixes of the drums first, where I had more than a two-mix. Some of the drums tracks came with isolated cymbals, or kick, or snare, but all had tons of bleed; I felt lucky when it was only percussion bleed, although cymbal levels were frequently an issue.
_Next, I wrote the basic outlines of the songs. Five were done with the bass, first; the other five were with the guitar. After those song progression skeletons were completed, I added more guitars, and finished the other bass tracks. I tried to envision the forthcoming vocals, even placing small lead fills (note there is really only "lead guitar" on a couple tunes, two done in mono after the vocals). I then consolidate the tracks, pass-filtered and limited and cleaned 'em up, with some minimal editing of the guitars (only on "Grenade") and no bass edits.
_Next came the vocals, what required lyrics before I could sing. The lyrics were based on the title of each song's original drum tracks, for the really geeky among us. I approached each song separately for this, doing leads and then backing vocals song by song and committing to them before I went to the next.
_95% of the vocals are first take (I redid a set of choruses on one song to get more melody, and I changed 3 words on another) and the same holds true for the bass, and closer to 98% for the guitars.
_I made and had regularly scheduled meals, two pots of coffee, a 1/2 bottle of wine, and 5 martoonies while creating this. I took my kid back and forth to work, and I watched part of a football game, and I slept about six hours.
_I started final mixing (I do mix as I go along - love ITB!) at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and I was done by 8:15.
_There ya's have it, then, the demo seeds from the downloaded stems, songs for a band that will probably never exist.

credits

released December 21, 2015

Downloaded drum stems, and me.

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Vlayman Chicago, Illinois

Fat, bald and old - could I be anymo' rock-n-roll?
I play guitar, bass, some keys and percussion, and I try to vocalize. I write and record, and I do so obsessively. Also, I like martoonies, a lot, and I raise my kids, whom I also like, a lot.
Look for me at the TapeOp and TalkBass forums, where I'm vvv, or in various bars in the Loop.
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