Expanding to four tracks of guitar this week. I'd wanted to do something with more spaces, along with a bit of fake sustained/freeze by looping very short sub-clips, so in tracking, I allowed more spaces and wrote fewer melodic lines to make room for those. The melodies that came through anyway, though, were worth writing. There's also chordal motion in here as well. On listening back, it's kind of surprising I'd got through all these sections in such a short time.

Four tracks of PureSalem Mendiola, no processing, though there's a bit of convolution reverb send on each track, and the stereo-bus Wide&Warm preset.

The title comes from the dedication of the Temple of Castor and Pollux in 484 BCE.

Kedbreak136 · 244 days ago

@onezero Thank you for this nice list! Many artists and works I do not know - will check them out!

onezero · 245 days ago

@Kedbreak136 Thank you! Yeah, that little repetition worked pretty well!

I started doing guitar-only tracks (not exclusively, but mostly) with week #39 of 2021, with "Star Hopping". I'd been listening to the duo Charalambides, and thinking of the possibilities of working with loose, fuzzy guitar. It was also a reaction against the previous pieces I'd been doing with more conventional band-like arrangements that were more groove-directed, with less chordal motion. Now I want to play over chord changes--it's more fun than the one-chord/two-chord stuff, and a lot of emotional content resides in the chord sequences, I think.

That track went well, so I wanted to try a variety of approaches. Eventually, I just...stopped using pedals, mostly. It was easier to plug in and focus just on the guitar. I was playing more with fingers than with a pick--some of that was influenced by my getting an acoustic guitar again at the end of 2019. Some of that is also laziness on my part.

In terms of playing style, I hear some influence from the '90s band Bedhead, particularly their last two records (which I listened to a lot in the late 90s and later), Transaction de Novo (particularly the songs "More Than Ever" and "Parade") and the previous Beheaded, with the songs "The Rest of the Day" (some of my barre chord playing has that as an internal reference as to how I should be playing), "What's Missing," "Burned Out," "Withdraw," and the absolute all-timers "Lares and Penates" and "Losing Memories." Maybe those last two are real antecedents of this stuff for me--they're really lodged in my brain. ("Losing Memories" notably is guitar and voice only.)

Also in the mix is (of course) Slint's Spiderland, David Pajo's Aerial M and Papa M projects (particularly Live from a Shark Cage), Brian McMahan's post-Slint band The For Carnation (notably the last, self-titled record). I had the good fortune of seeing The For Carnation on that tour in 2000; everyone sat down on the dirty floor of the bar to listen to them. (Now that bar's an upscale clothing boutique.)

Codeine. The recent Dessau sessions are glorious, though I'm glad that their rethinking of those sessions which gave us The White Birch produced the glorious "Loss Leader."

Tom Verlaine's recorded (and live bootleg) output is very important as well. His instrumental stuff--film soundtrack guitar duos with Jimmy Rip--fits in with this, as do his instrumental releases Warm and Cool and Around.

Fred Frith (Speechless and Gravity are very important to me) and Bill Frisell are in there, though I don't have any of the deep chordal knowledge Frisell has. I have difficulty getting away from major/minor barre chords with their roots in The Velvet Underground's third record and the MC5 and the Stooges.

I listen to a lot of other things, but I think those are major threads leading up to this stuff for me.

It's a good question! Maybe this list will be helpful!

Kedbreak136 · 245 days ago

Subtle, as always. I like the little details like the chord lightly repeated from 1:14 to 1:20 - it brings a little change of atmosphere, which then gives more strenght to the pause afterwards and then the buildup that occurs at 1:31 onward. I like a lot that feeling mid point, with the doubling of the guitars.

What are your inspirations for these tracks, or music you listen a lot?

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I'd wanted to do something slower with a bit more space. This one again is three tracks of PureSalem Mendiola, straight into the UA Volt 1. Slow, but there's a vibe. There's the usual convolution reverb and compression/eq on the stereo out.

The title comes from the minor planet 519 Sylvania.

The three-guitar-piece series continues. This time it's low-tuned Univox hollow body, in a variant of Fahey C tuning (in this case, Bb F Bb F Bb C--the same tuning, but a whole step down). I tracked this in two short sessions--one late Saturday and one Sunday afternoon...though finding the right through-line took a while. There's a sparse gentleness to this one.

No inline effects, but some compression/eq on the stereo out, and convolution reverb.

The title comes from the asteroid 518 Halawe.

This week's track is another intentionally shorter piece, trying to make use of some silences and space. Initially I'd tracked a lot of different phrases in a different key Tuesday evening, a more aggressive approach that I'd liked...but it didn't lead to satisfying development. Finally, a more sparse combination of phrases in a different key seemed to lead somewhere, so I followed those, abandoning the first set. (I did keep them, though they're not used at all here.)

Three tracks of PureSalem Mendiola, with the end of one phrase bumped over to an additional channel, to allow for a note to decay across the beginning of the next phrase. Straight into the UA Volt-1, bit of convolution reverb on the channels and compression/eq on the stereo out. There's a bit of a vibe to this one.

The title comes from a village along England's A517.

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There's a short clip on a fourth track to allow one note to fade over the next phrase on the source track.

The title comes from Arouca 516, one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges.

Three tracks of fingerpicked Danelectro baritone guitar, with kind of...an Elizabethan vibe, maybe? No effects, but some convolution reverb.

The title comes from the asteroid 515 Athalia.

Three tracks of Danelectro baritone, with a contemplative vibe. Kind of digging it. The bridge pickup got the UA Volt-1 vintage circuit, while neck and both got the UA Volt-1 regular circuit. Bit of convolution reverb and the usual compression/eq on the stereo.

The title comes from the remote shell process, which is usually exposed on port 514.

Again with the three-guitar approach, done quickly in a few tracking sessions. This one's back to the PureSalem Mendiola, straight into the UA Volt 1. The signal chain in Ableton is the usual one: some sends to convolution reverb, stereo bus eq/compression, but nothing special in the channels.

Also again with the minor-planet-related title, though it's probably a better inspiration than Roman taxes.

Another three-tracks-of-Danelectro-baritone track, this one focusing mostly on fingerpicking. Straight into the UA Volt 1, but one section (right channel, 2:45-3:10) sounded weirdly lacking in tonal color, so I put it through high-pass auto-filter with drive. (Some of that lack of tone comes from where I was playing on the high strings: the 12th fret's a bit flat, so it's tricky to get a clean note sounding there, and several times the note sounded dead.) There's some convolution reverb and the usual multi band eq/compression on the stereo mix.

The title comes from the asteroid 512 Taurinensis

To switch things up a bit, this week's track uses the Danelectro Baritone. Three tracks (neck, bridge, both in series) straight into the UA Volt, no pedals. There's the usual convolution reverb and finalizing effects rack. I tracked in a couple quick late-night sessions Friday and Saturday; four clips didn't get used, but I ended up using everything else.

The title comes from the Indian astronomer Aryabhata, who developed many mathematical equations, including one describing the Earth's rotation, in (apparently) 511 CE.

This past week I had two live, in-person performances, and spent some time with tracks from earlier this year--it's the first time I've officially released any of the weeklies. Laodica is a collection of 10 guitar tracks from this year.

So...that all leaves not a lot of time for a new track, but I managed to fit in a three-track guitar thing. The usual signal chain, and PureSalem Mendiola.

The title comes from Ontario's Parry Sound, which has highway 510 running nearby.

Another three-guitar/no-drums thing, which fit into a busy weekend in two quick tracking sessions. Some weeks, I'll generate a lot of little motives that could fit in with something stronger, but end up being tossed. This one had only two bits that didn't get used: they could have worked, but I ended up tracking stronger lines over them.

PureSalem Mendiola into the UA Volt 1 (not on the vintage circuit), no pedals. A little convolution reverb, and the usual compression/eq on the stereo out.

The title comes from (again) the minor planet 509 Iolanda.

In and among a busier than usual weekend, I've managed to put this one together: a pleasant little all-Mendiola piece. Some of these figures were surprisingly difficult to nail, though they sound simple. (This was a balance between fingering choices and occasional converter drift distortion ruining the occasional take.)

The title comes from the number 508 apparently being the number of graphical forest partitions of 30.

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The title comes from the asteroid 507 Laodica--we're back to the celestial objects for this week.

With a very busy end-of-week and weekend, I was able to wedge in just a couple short tracking sessions, and a late arrangement/edit cycle. This one's just three tracks of PureSalem Mendiola into the UA Volt-1, with a touch of convolution reverb and the usual stereo compression.

I'm kind of neutral about this one--the stronger theme only came about in the last Sunday afternoon tracking, and earlier sessions had a bunch of wandering things that didn't make the final cut. It has a pleasant enough vibe, though.

The title comes from IC 506, an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Hydra.

This week's track came together in one quick Saturday-night tracking session with the PureSalem Mendiola and...a new-to-me stereo Uni-Vibe pedal.

There are four tracks of guitar, though the Uni-Vibe track is itself (of course) stereo, with chorus on the left and vibrato on the right. One can sum these down to monaural with the width control, but I kind of liked the stereo separation. Since I needed two inputs, I went into the Focusrite Scarlett instead of the recent UA Volt, and the slightly different sonic profile is a neat change.

As I usually do, I started with one little motif (the Uni-Vibe at the beginning) and responded to it on multiple tracks, then going back and repeating the process for new sections. There's even a bit of a key change in here, which is nice. Also, as usual, there's some convolution reverb and the wide & warm preset audio rack on the stereo out.

The title comes from the number 505 being the magic constant for the magic square and n-queens problem, for n=10.

More one-guitar, this time with the home-built Res-O-Glas straight into the UA Volt-1. There's a bit of convolution reverb and the usual eq/compression on the stereo mix.

Title comes from exoplanet Gliese 504 b.

Earlier this week, my Monday night ambient improv livestream was delayed by a bad cable, though it took me 20 minutes (live on Twitch) to figure that out. I ended up recording a lot of the plug/unplug/restart/swap-gear process, and had the thought that I should incorporate it into this week's track. That's the buzz/wah-noise/click sound in the background at the beginning, middle, and end.

Initially I'd tried sub looping a lot of it to use it as a rhythmic element, but that ended up sounding annoying. So I played guitar against it, and ultimately reverted to some snippets of the debug-noise, with cleaner guitar as an alternative or counterpoint.

There's some convolution reverb here, as well as compression/eq on the stereo.

The title comes from NGC 503 being an elliptical galaxy, but also from the ellipses in things I've left out of this, and the interruption of the live performance.

The three-guitar thing continues. I didn't start this one until late Friday night with the initial melody, chords, and counterpoint. Then Saturday and Sunday I wrote responses to those. While I think I'm due for a change in direction, this one developed in a way consistent with recent ones, though the (simple) chords seem a bit stronger.

Three tracks of PureSalem Mendiola (bridge, neck, both pickups) direct into the UA Volt 1, sometimes with the "vintage" circuit engaged. Some convolution reverb and Wide&Warm compression/eq preset on the stereo out.

The title comes from the minor planet 502 Sigune.

This one's back to three tracks of PureSalem Mendiola. I started this Saturday evening, and it didn't really take any shape until Sunday afternoon with an editing/tracking session. Sparser, slower than recent ones. Some of my right-hand technique emphasized more lower midrange than high frequencies. Not really a plan there; it's how it came out.

Convolution reverb, compression/eq in the stereo out.

Title comes from this interesting wikipedia factoid about the number 501.

Another 4-track guitar piece. I keep thinking to do something very spacious and minimal, something barely-there...but once I start writing parts against other parts, the pieces tend to fill up. There's still a bit of space here.

As I've been doing lately, this is just PureSalem Mendiola into the UA Volt 1, with some convolution reverb on the tracks, as well as the Wide and Warm mastering preset from Ableton.

This marks the 500th weekly composition I've done since joining the 2014 Weekly Beats project. That's...a lot of music.

The title comes from the model number of the old rotary telephones: the Western Electric 500. (Had I known the title in advance, I could have tried tracking with a little Western Electric amp I have...but I write first and do titles later.)

Thank you for listening (so far)!

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