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Chime Drone w/Particle Dots

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I can’t believe this was three years ago.

This was my contribution to Bryn/Particle Dots’ long drone multi-piece back in 2014. Each participant was given a twenty-minute section of drone and had to make something of it, according to their own taste, skills and inclinations.

I am not a synth guy or a ‘noise’ guy (said respectfully) or a particularly avant-garde guy, so the challenge for me was to make a musical contribution that would be true to whatever it is that I am. I had it in my head that in the folk-rock-y world I inhabit, ‘drone’ would probably be combined with ‘chime’.

As far as I can remember, and it has been a while, I used a guitar tuner app on my phone to find out what the drone tone might be. If I remember correctly, it was slowly oscillating from a G to a B.

I used the then-new Drummer in Logic Pro X to find a drumbeat that seemed to suit the vibe. I then put down a bass line (maybe two) and, I think, a couple passes of Telecaster and a couple passes of Danelectro electric 12-string. The last thing, on impulse, were some very low vocal ‘ooohs.’

I didn’t have a lot of time in which to do this, and as far as I can recall, I think I did the whole thing in two or three evenings after work, followed by a few days of obsessing over whether it was any good before firing it off to Bryn. Bryn then sliced and diced it according to his nefarious purposes, and placed it into the much longer piece.

Since then, I’ve grown to enjoy this odd and not-terribly-typical-of-me piece. I like listening to it while working or reading, and I particularly enjoy listening to it on headphones.

It turned out fun enough, and interesting enough, that I requested another, slightly different, drone from Bryn, that I’m now working on…

I am also going to upload a mix with the drone tone dropped out, for those who might prefer that…

I recommend listening to this over headphones.

Thanks, Bryn…
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VicDiesel said 701 days ago (November 19th, 2017)
Folk rock drone.....
You're right right, this sounds very interesting on headphones. Even my Genelecs are not reproducing all that's in it. In particular I'm enjoying all the low-mid information. But I'll be darned if I can find the original drone.
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Ed Hannifin said 701 days ago (November 19th, 2017)
Thanks for listening, Vic...
...and thanks for confirming the wisdom of the headphone preference... I've been listening to this on all sorts of headphones and each is a little different...I think all the chimey, delayed guitar stuff ends up making it sound like there's more than there is, and I kind of like that...

I thought I had the drone well placed to be audible-but-not-too-audible, but the piece, as you know, is long, and I couldn't get it to upload to MacJams until I dropped it down to 112 kbps, and with each 'try' the drone balance sounded different...it's in there, but had I been more patient I might've played around with the balance a couple more times and gotten it just a bit more prominent...
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Reinholt56 said 700 days ago (November 20th, 2017)
Hi Ed...
It's good to listen to something from you and Bryn... I would chill to this on my headphones...
I agree with Vic. It does sound full but not busy...
Take care.
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Ed Hannifin said 698 days ago (November 21st, 2017)
Thank you, Paul...
I enjoy listening to this one on headphones...some of the 'spacious' stuff is more impactful, I think, when heard that way...

I'm glad it sounds full but not busy...I was kind of hoping for 'deceptively full'...

I appreciate that you gave a listen and left a comment.
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bud said 698 days ago (November 22nd, 2017)
Always great to hear you play, Ed
This sounds great - and I love the 'oohs'. You continue to find new inventions/inversions as you go along - making this a really pleasurable listen. Thanks for posting. DL'd. Have a great Thanksgiving!
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Ed Hannifin said 695 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
I appreciate your encouragement, Kevin...
Glad you like the 'oohs'. That's another 'not-very-me' touch, and one that came out of nowhere. This thing pretty much grew in the playing, and on this end that was a big part of the fun of it...

I hope you and yours have had an awesome Thanksgiving as well...
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PeterB7858 said 697 days ago (November 23rd, 2017)
Do you want noodles with your drone? :-)
Yep, this is ambient music for those of us who prefer stringed instruments over synthesisers. Well done, Ed. Relaxing but stimulating at the same time. Nice noodling :-) The "ooohs" worked in seamlessly. Thanks.
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Ed Hannifin said 695 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
Thanks, Peter...
That first sentence pretty much nails it. Generally speaking, I AM that guy. And this is as close to 'Neil-Young-meets-Brian-Eno' as I'm likely to get, I think...I'm glad the oohs seem to have worked for you and for others...
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Vic Holman said 695 days ago (November 25th, 2017)
so many times...
.... for several years, i kept telling myself to set up something along the line like this. considering i do this all the time when i'm just spacing out on the guitar in the evening. job very well done Ed... and you beat me to it.
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Ed Hannifin said 693 days ago (November 26th, 2017)
I leave notes to myself...and in apps...
...with tasks like, "add guitar to new drone track" or, "make jam track in A minor"...and then get frustrated and annoyed when weeks go by and I don't get any of it done...

But...what the heck...got a couple more tracks done on another one this afternoon....

I would imagine this would be a sort of natural outlet for you, Vic, so I hope you end up doing something in this vein...
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Dadai.2 said 585 days ago (March 14th, 2018)
my kind of...

Let it take you there, wherever. Good one.
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dajama said 504 days ago (June 3rd, 2018)
Sorry it's taken so long to get to this one, Ed. Very cool. I'm a fan of the ambient and "vibey" genres and I really enjoyed this. Nice guitar work with some lovely tones. My ears are not smart enough to separate the guitars but I'm guessing it's the Telecaster I'm relishing. I haven't listened to Bryn's longer piece but I will seek it out now. Nice work. Peace.
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