Archive for September, 2013


September 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Paste’s list brings a few nice surprises (my favorite being “Tonight’s The Night” by Solomon Burke and “Use Me” by Bill Withers). My list is ready to roll and I’m going to share it anytime soon…

I could see this coming. ;)


Digging Deeper… New Fat Acoustic Theme. :)

September 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Those effect racks are going to kill me someday… :P But it’s getting more and more interesting. ;)

On Effects Percussion

September 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Talking about music ambience it can be very interesting to hear instruments switching roles inside an arrangement. This time I want to point one of my favorite techiniques out for reaching such results: sporadic percussion.

In gereral rhythmic instruments are used for guiding harmonic and melodic ones over a tempo line; but if you manage to pick a particular sound that stays “apart”, clear from all the others that’s a good opportunity to explore its “mood” vein. :)

Here’s a nice example on the matter, taken from one of the finest videogames soundtracks ever (IMMO): Soul Star, by Nathan McCree.

Here we can listen to some high percussion (a tambourine, some cymbals) standing above everything else and shining without the duty to keep up with the main rhythmic line. Beautiful.

That’s it, have an awesome week!

Jobim/Gilberto’s Way of Doing Music

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Lately I’ve been on preparations for a special gig based on Vinícius de Moraes‘ work and that inevitably led me to some Bossa Nova harmony studies.

It can be quite interesting to get into Tom Jobim‘s mind while composing those terrific songs and into João Gilberto‘s as an acoustic guitar player. The first has merged jazz and samba harmonies in unprecedented ways; the second has crafted a particular way of defining rhythm into a single guitar.

This time I want to share the chords progression of Chega de Saudade, a song that starts in minor tone for Vinicius missing his distant girl and then shifts to a Major one when he mulls over her return. A true masters work. I hope you like it! :)

[chords taken from this João Gilberto’s recording]

Chega de saudade

Intro:		Cm7

1ª:		Cm7 Aº Abm6 Cm7
		II  II  II  II

2ª:		Cm7 Aº Gm7(9) | Ab(13) G7 G7(b13)
		         II   |   II

1ª':		Cm7 Bbm6(11) Am6 Abm6 Gº
		             II   II  II*

3ª:		Fm7 G7 Cm7 Cm7(9) | Aº Abm6 Cm7 Dm7 G#º
		                  |              ½   ½

1ªB:		C7M A7(b13) Am6 Am(b6) | G4/Ab G7 B7/F# C7M/G

2ªB:		C F#º Dm7 | Am6 Fm/D G#m6(#5) G#m6
		      II  | II          ½      ½

1ªB':		C7M C7M(9) Am6 | E7(9)/B E7(9) Am7 Abm7 Gm7 Gº
		           II  |                ½   ½    ½  ½

Concl.:		F7M Fm6 E7(9) A7(13) A7(b13) | Am6 Am(b6) E7(9)/B A7(b13)
		                ½       ½    |

		                               Am6 G4 C7M/G
		                                    7   II

Space Sketch. :)

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you all been?

This week I want to share a quick recording on a space-theme idea… I’ve been digging making acoustic takes drenched in late-FXs for some time now, this one isn’t different. :)

(Pick this image because I suddenly recalled I used to love those NASA logos when I was a kid… *-*)

NASA Voyager

That’s it for now, I hope you like it. See ya!

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