Electric Rain Dance 2011: redux

[First posted at MyRightBrain.wordpress.com]

Here’s an updated version of my June 2006 track:

ELECTRIC RAIN DANCE 2011

Listen/ Download at www.archive.org. The track is licensed under a CC-BY license. Feel free to reuse or remix this song (CC license applies). Please credit the music to: Music by Ivan Chew – MyRightBrain.wordpress.com.

The original was composed at a time when I was still new to GarageBand. There wasn’t much of an original lead guitar. More of a tentative attempt at learning how to record an electric guitar “live instrument” into GarageBand. And it was composed after a 12-year break from playing the guitar.

Here’s the original (the volume is mastered too low and uneven; lack of any significant melody):

Four years on, and about four digital albums later, I’ve learned more about recording, mixing and mastering.

I have a better understanding of Compression settings, tricks like applying a Limiter to the final mix, stereo and panning effects. Had help from books like this, this and this.


Redstone Arsenal Army Concert Tour
Originally uploaded by familymwr

While I’m far, far from the likes of playing like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, the lead guitar playing is considerable better. By my standards, at least.

Even if I’m not technically accomplished, I definitely gave more thought to the lead guitar composition and musical phrasing.

Enjoy!

~ Ivan

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