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Week 37- You set yourself up

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Week 37- You set yourself up by Charles Allison

I started this week off like many of these with the hopes and opportunity to do something with my band Land Camera. We had a session on tuesday that was good but i wasn’t terribly motivated to pull something out of it for this week’s song. I’ve made an incredible amount of these songs with them and they’ve been amazingly fluid and fun to make but this week just wasn’t as happening as most of those.

So later in the week. ie: last night, i started thinking about what i wanted to do. I needed to so something on my own and i wanted to get in a different space to do it; physically and mentally.

I’m building a woodshop out in my detached garage, and i wanted to do something out there. Its very rough and dirty and Its a much more live space than my studio and i wanted to use that for character. Even though its close to the studio, the logistics of setting levels and running back and forth was not at all appealing so the obvious choice to record it was my battery-powered Zoom H4 stereo recorder.

I wrote the song in a about 30 or 40 minutes and i recorded it in a few takes. I recorded some vocal harmonies on the copperphone once i imported the track to PT. I decided about half way through that i wanted to video the song also. That, as with all my video endeavors, was a complete disaster and is why you don’t see a video.

Players:
Charles Allison: Acoustic guitar, voice

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Week 36- Some Italian ice cream truck

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Week 36- Some Italian ice cream truck by Charles Allison

Players:
Bob Stagner: King of the world, vault of lost/found sounds, chattanooga canister, homemade xylophone, fanned thunder spring drums, Bosch drill, etc.
Callie Harmon: Old fan, plastic Walmart bag, hand saw with mallet.
Charles Allison: Wine glasses, propane tank, cooking pots, bars from a toy piano
John Lazenby III: Didgeridoo

Land Camera went into this week with the idea that we wouldn’t be using any instruments. At least not anything you would normally consider a standard instrument. One could argue that everything is an instrument. I might argue that myself. All matter has a resonant frequency, be it audible or euphonic. This is all semantic, and i don’t mess about with semantics much anymore.

At any rate, we entered this week’s challenge excited about checking any pop music conventions at the door. By the time I got down to the studio, Bob had surrounded himself with a bevy of stuff. That’s what it was. Just random stuff you’d find anywhere in your house. There were some wood blocks, a small electric fan, a propane tank… I think that was a propane tank. I had a pot and some shaker-ish things and some thin resonant wine glasses and a water bottle to experiment with tuning them to different pitches. Bob shared his wealth of stuff with the other guys. We started right away at honing in on something that made sense. It didn’t take long. John’s courageous “last breath” stopped us all in unison. And then we had a good laugh and it was over.

Week 35- Barking up the wrong tree

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Week 35- Barking up the wrong tree by Charles Allison

Players Club:
Bob Stagner: Drums
Callie Harmon: Electric guitar
John Lazenby III: Bass
Charles Allison: Voice

Week 34- Sex warrior

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Week 34- Sex warrior by Charles Allison

Aye-yeah
yeah eah eah eah!
Sex warrior
Sex warrior

Our bodies are our only weapons
we only use them to quiet the past

but a new day’s on the horizon

mr. copper, just keep going
i saw a sign for all-night breakfast down the road

but a new day’s on the horizon

Aye-yeah
yeah eah eah eah!
Sex warrior
Sex warrior

Aye-yeah
yeah eah eah eah!
Sex warrior
Sex warrior

Aye-yeah
yeah eah eah eah!
Sex warrior
Sex warrior

Players:
Callie Harmon: Bass, drums, electric guitar
Kyle Malone: Piano
Charles Allison: Voice, melodian