|Posted on March 28, 2018 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Hey guys, sorry I'm falling a little behind here, I've been fighting flu-like symptoms for about three weeks now, and it's really slowed down my recording output. I posted two videos in the past few days to make up for it. First up is Until It Breaks, which features a re-recorded guitar track and remastered vocals:
And second, a re-recorded Guitar 3 for Invisible, to reflect some recent changes I made to the tab:
Note that I also added isolated track links to my old videos for the first two parts of Invisible as well. You may notice that these videos are in 1080p and a bit more zoomed-in than my other recent videos, this is due to me switching to filming videos on my iPhone (my trusty Sony digital camera that I've been using for 5 years or so finally died on me). The zoomed-in aspect is less than ideal for me, as I really liked how my recent videos were at a wide enough angle to show my pedalboard, but this will have to do - my phone just doesn't have as wide of a lens as my old camera, and it's already set up as far across the room and as zoomed out as I can get it. I'm sure some people will prefer the trade-off of not seeing my pedals in exchange for a clearer view of my playing, though!
In other site-related news, I added a new guitar to Mike's page! I somehow missed that he posted a picture of himself recording with a previously-unseen sunburst Telecaster on Instagram last year. I also found improved (as in not video-screencapped) pictures of him playing bass at the Hollywood Bowl show, as well as him playing his S2 Singlecut at one of the Fort Minor shows a couple years back.
As for other stuff, the Remix Post Traumatic contest wrapped up last week, and I nearly won! I was one of the five finalists selected by the various judging committees, meaning my remix was sent to Mike for final judging. Congrats to Mac Oddy on being selected as the winner, and congrats to my fellow finalists Austin Vicenty, Ocean Grey, and DPARK as well. I'm working on a video for my remix that should be on Youtube sometime this week.
Speaking of Youtube uploads...other than my Place to Start remix and a series of re-recorded videos for Shadow of the Day (which will both be up in the next few days), I'll probably be taking most, if not all of the month of April off from uploading videos. April is National Poetry Writing Month, and poetry is kind of my wife's thing (she's even been published!). Since she'll be writing every day, I anticipate that I'll be spending most of every day taking care of our daughter, even when my wife's home. As such, I don't expect that I'll have time to record, but I definitely will if I find the time to do so! This is honestly just a case of me setting my own expectations low so I don't have reason to be disappointed, haha. Either way, I'll be uploading as much as possible again once May rolls around. I've still got a lot planned for this year!
|Posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Sorry for the late update this week, I've had the flu for a few days, and I've been busy with other projects with strict deadlines (more on that in a minute). Anyway, this week's cover is a partial re-recording of Session, I kept all of my improvised guitar work from the previous version but re-recorded the "real" guitar part at the end of the song because I thought the tone on the original version was pretty bad. Here's the new-and-hopefully-improved version:
(Those blue socks tho...)
Anyway, regarding my next couple videos, I was supposed to have my last couple isolated track reuploads done Sunday and today, but those plans got put on hold for a much more important project as I did end up getting a remix of Place to Start done for the Remix Post Traumatic contest! You can check out my entry here for now, it'll be up on my YouTube channel at some point after the contest is over: https://soundcloud.com/anthonystaten/place-to-start-a-staten-remix
Some fun facts about this remix!
-The first sound at the beginning of the track is actually a guitar. It's the neck pickup on my Strat run through a compressor, then all three sections of my EHX Epitome. Then I cut out the "center" section of each chord to remove the pick attack, flipped everything backwards to create the "swelling" effect, and ran the resulting sound through a bunch more effects in AmpliTube. The end result sounds like some crazy Deep Purple-esque distorted Hammond B3 thing. It's probably the proudest I've ever been of a guitar sound I've come up with.
-The overdubbed lead part in the intro is the first time I've used an EBow on one of my own recordings.
-This is the first time I've ever written my own lyrics for anything. Like literally ever, in my entire life.
-My vocals were recorded on the day my flu symptoms were at their worst. I was running a fever between 102 and 103 degrees all day, and could barely sing above whisper volume. I had the input gain on my mic pre cranked about as far up as it could go!
-The bass solo in the middle is a nod to a comment Phoenix made on the Member Guest podcast episode with Mike, about how there's a cameo by a bass in his video for Place to Start. I thought it would be a fun reference to actually put a bass solo in my remix.
-I hurt my left forearm pretty bad at work while I was working on this (I definitely don't recommend carrying a 200-pound adjustable base for a bed up a hill, in case anyone ever thought it would be a good idea to do so...). When I went to record some of my guitar parts, I found that I had no gripping strength in my left hand. Not wanting to lose any recording time, I ended up re-tuning my guitar and using a capo to record each chord without actually having to use my fretting hand, then edited the whole chord progression together!
Anyway, good luck to anyone else who entered the contest! As for what I've got coming up, I'm going to reupload Crawling tomorrow, but I'm going to save my other isolated track reupload (Shadow of the Day) for sometime next week. I'll also have my usual "cover of the week" up for the weekend. I'm about halfway through updating tabs for Reanimation, so you'll see those soon as well.
|Posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
I just wanted to address something regarding my Youtube channel moving forward: Since WMG has, by most accounts, been a bit more relaxed about copyright blocks lately, I'm going to be re-uploading videos I had previously uploaded as isolated tracks, with the music mixed in like I would typically do. I will still record two versions of each video and use the isolated version to avoid copyright blocks when necessary, but will otherwise not be posting isolated videos anymore. HOWEVER, I will be including download links to my isolated guitar tracks in the description for each video moving forward! I already did this for my A Place for My Head video from the other day, and I re-uploaded By Myself today as well. I plan on posting one of these re-uploads every couple of days until they're all done, in addition to new videos being posted on weekends as usual. I'll also gradually be adding isolated track download links to older videos as I'm able. I hope this is a good compromise, I personally prefer having the music mixed in with the video for context's sake, but I know a lot of people want isolated guitar tracks too!
Hope everyone's having a good week so far!
|Posted on February 2, 2018 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
Well guys, the photo situation is FINALLY fully resolved! Everything is back on the site for the first time in nearly 8 months! I'm sincerely sorry for how long it took to fix this, if you've been following up to this point you probably know that I didn't just go from Photobucket to Imgur, there were failed attempts at using Instagram and Facebook for photo hosting in between, and Chester's passing in July coupled with dealing with impending fatherhood (and at this point, the first six weeks of having a baby at home!) really delayed things. But it's finally done, and I can wash my hands clean of Photobucket permanently and move on to other, more exciting things!
Anyway, as with the other pages, the Misc. Guitars update brought numerous new guitars to the site:
-A red acoustic guitar that Joe was photographed with at a Meet & Greet in 2004.
-Numerous PRS guitars that Phoenix played on "Leave Out All the Rest" and "Hands Held High" between 2007 and 2010 (I previously had one "catch-all" entry for these guitars, but I finally took the time to track down as many of them as possible for individual entries).
-An Epiphone DR-200S acoustic guitar that Joe autographed along with numerous other musicians/celebrities in 2007.
-A photo of Joe with Mike's Pignose guitar.
-Phoenix used Mike's white Strat on "Shadow of the Day" at the Chester tribute show.
And here are some updates to existing guitars:
-I moved the Dean guitar that Joe painted in 2006 so it's in chronological order with everything else, instead of being at the bottom of the page.
-The Gold Tone Banjitar from the Minutes to Midnight sessions is definitely a GT-750 model.
-I previously had one entry covering both Joe and Phoenix playing the band's "communal" Takamine acoustic guitars, but this has been split into separate entries, as Phoenix actually used one of these guitars on stage recently for "Sharp Edges" at the Chester tribute show.
-The Jazzmaster photographed in the studio with its pickguard and strings off is actually a J Mascis signature model owned by Ethan Mates.
In other exciting news, Mike has released three new solo songs as the "Post Traumatic EP," and they all have guitar in them! Tabs for these songs are already up on the tabs page. I also added a "Mike Shinoda Solo" tabs directory in my master tabs directory and moved his 2005 VMA's score songs into that folder.
So...what's next? Back to the usual! I've officially resumed recording for my Youtube channel, and plan on having something posted next weekend. My guitar rig has changed quite a bit over the past few months, and I'm excited to record with some new gear for the first time! I'm also working on getting some more tabs done, as well as finishing up with guitar information/general updates to my Reanimation and The Hunting Party tabs. Photos of my gear are coming soon too!
It's been a tough few months for a multitude of reasons, but I think I'm about ready to come out the other side of things and get back to doing what I love doing. I feel good. I hope everyone is feeling good.
|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
Hey guys, haven't quite gotten around to finishing up the Misc. page yet but I have a smaller update today:
-Added one new guitar to Brad's page, which is actually Mike's Telecaster (Brad can be seen recording part of Guilty All the Same with it in a Youtube video).
-Removed the 1978 Gibson SG from the Misc. page, changed the date of it on Brad's page to reflect it being used as far back as 2013, and moved its position on the page accordingly. I still don't have a picture of Mike playing this guitar, but I figured a picture of Brad with it was good enough to warrant taking it off the Misc. page - note that I haven't done this with Chester and the MJT Telecaster copy though, as Chester wasn't what I'd call a "primary" guitarist. Basically from now on if it's photographed with Brad or Mike, it won't be on the MIsc. page, but otherwise it might still show up there.
-Updated tabs for two songs, Rebellion and Victimized.