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New album finished!

simeon

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hello chaps!

well it's taken me over two and a half years, but 've finally finished my latest album.

it's called eScape and features 10 tracks of future groovin' guitar electronica

you can listen to the whole thing for free on the mini site i've put up here -

http://www.simeonharris.co.uk/eScape/

hope you like it and if anybody fancies sending me a short review, i'd be happy to put it ip on the site (and i'll send you a free download of the album!)

all the best

sim



 

jaydub69

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Congratulation- What a great feeling of accomplishment it must be.
Good Luck and keep up the good work!
-john
 

jb70

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can't wait to hear it simeon. your last cd was fantastic!

jack
 

frankencat

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Congratulations!! I am about 75% done with my band's new one so I know the feeling. Hopefully we will be done before March 2010.
 

simeon

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thanks chaps!

here's a little nerdy breakdown of each tune...

all the basic guitar sounds were created with pedals (including the ehx microsynth) > mesa triaxis > tc g-force > eclipse. any looping done before recording was with a looperlative and an electrix repeater. some pads and rythmic loops were created with the tc d-2
all this was recorded in logic 7.2 running on an old g5 imac
i used strings on one track, rhodes on another and one synth on another. so if it's not bass, drums, or one of those, then it's guitar!


The Moon at My Window - a little mini-soundscape to open. several layers, but the opening sound is just some pitch shifted notes treated with logic filter, gateboy (slicer), logic spectral filter and delay

Lucid Dreaming - the drums in this one are loops, as are the bass lines. the drums at the end were chopped up to add variation. guitar pads in the intro created with reaktor. the little slices of guitar were created by dropping an arpeggiated chord into intakt, chopping it up and triggering via midi

The Space Between Breaths - midi drums in this one, which i programmed. i ran the rendered audio file through a reel to reel tape machine (pushing the levels) to warm them up a bit. a bit of side chain compression added when brought back into logic. the main guitar melody is the microsynth (played with slide)

eScape - more reaktor on the guitar in this one. the drums are several loops layered in different ways to add variation

After Night Falls - the drums are loops again (chopped up etc). the bass was played by my good friend and musical brother, jason rogers. tons and tons of layers in this one...very dense

Techtonik - more drum loops and comb delays from the eclipse on the lead solo. the very end is slices of guitar with eq automation

The Second Realm - string samples in this one, more choppy guitar sounds created with gateboy and filters. i used the replicant plugin to add random variation to the djembe (?) loops. some pads created with reaktor and spektral delay. the vocal effect on the second guitar solo is the formant filter in the g-force swept with a cc pedal (like a wah). main drum part is chopped up loops

To Gather Up One's Shadow - the lead break in this - no i didn't play it (Holdsworth might be able to!) - i sampled myself, dropped the file into intakt and triggered each note via midi. nice ambient break in the middle!

Here and Now - the voice is Alan Watts. the drums in the first half are loops and in the second half, midi drums which i programmed. the choppy sound is a loop in the lopperlative which has been "scrambled"

Into the Light - reaktor beat boxes for the drums here. lots of layers of stuff. wanted to do something darker than the sort of ambient stuff i did on <captured>.


well that's all i can think of, off the top of my head. i'm happy to answer any questions about specific sounds or techniques i used (if i can remember!)

thanks for listening!
 
C

C.J.

man this is in no way what i normally listen to, but it's hitting me the right way right now. i really really like it. it's very organic sounding, which is probably what has kept me away from a lot of electronic-type music. well done!
 

Carltone

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man this is in no way what i normally listen to, but it's hitting me the right way right now. i really really like it. it's very organic sounding, which is probably what has kept me away from a lot of electronic-type music. well done!
hey C.J... I had a very similar reaction to electronica type stuff several years ago, but now I simply love it. There is a lot of good stuff out there by some really fantastic artists...
Try some Squarepusher, Bedrock (Uri Caine), and TGP's own Jack Broad aka "jb70" has a killer electronica jazz fusion disc. Even Jeff Beck has some really cool stuff doing this type of music with David Torn aka Spatt!
Oh, and Ed DeGenero's latest "Less is Seldom More" has some fantastic electronic soundscapes that he boils over the top guitar in.

Great stuff Simeon! I'll give a full listen tonight after work...
 

todd richman

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Been a big fan since I discovered Simeon's music a few years back and also his terrific demos of the Eventide Eclipse and TC G Force. His music is atmospheric and spatially gorgeous. Listen to the new record with headphones, you will be in for a treat. I have only sampled a few tracks so far but the interplay of guitars and technology is not only astounding but beautiful. I get lost in his music everytime I listen.
 

simeon

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a big thank you to everyone who posted a reply here - it means a lot to get such positive feedback and congratulations.

todd - can i quote your post on my reviews page? :)

thanks again

sim
 

scottl

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I'll do a review for you Simeon! Been a fan of your playing since we met years and years ago (in AHs forum?)!! Has it been that long??? I'll try and listen to it after work, with phones!
 

simeon

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sorry to bump such and old thread, but just wanted to update with the news that the album is now available on Bandcamp and all good online mp3 retailers, such as iTunes and Amazon etc

cheers

sim
 

jb70

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it's a great cd simeon. i've been listening to it a bunch lately
 

PosterBoy

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I'm glad you bumped it, I missed it the first time round. Reminds me a bit of Four Tet, but maybe that's because it one of the only other Electronica type bands I like.
 




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