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Youtube Cover(s) of the Week (3/26): Until It Breaks + Invisible/Other Updates

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments 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:


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And second, a re-recorded Guitar 3 for Invisible, to reflect some recent changes I made to the tab:


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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!


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (3/12): Session/Remix Post Traumatic Contest

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments 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:


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(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.


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (3/5): Lying from You

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I've still been pretty busy with getting used to being a dad, so while I didn't do a true "cover of the week" the past couple weeks, I've been uploading "un-isolated" versions of songs I previously uploaded as isolated tracks every other day (this will continue for at least the next week, by the way - still a few more of those to do). I did upload one "new-ish" video on Friday though, which is an updated version of Lying from You. This reuses the majority of my guitar work from my previous video, but I edited in some changes to reflect the changes I made in the tab for that song after its Rock Band 4 multitracks surfaced:


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I've already re-recorded one more song for next week (it's a partial re-record like this one, although a more substantial amount of it has been redone), and I have a few other songs that need some touching up, either due to tab updates I've made since my last video of a song, or because of tonal things that aren't to my liking (there's also one song I'm going to re-record just to play it on a different guitar than I did before!). I'm also trying to get something done for the Post Traumatic remix contest, so that may pop up in the near future too.


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (2/12): A Place for My Head

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (1)

After nearly eight months, I've finally gotten back into recording for my YouTube channel! The second bedroom of my apartment is currently a full-fledged practice/recording space where I can keep all my gear set up 24/7 and all I need to do to record is plug in my guitar and my laptop. This will probably be temporary, as we'll eventually need to set up my daughter's crib in here once she gets big enough for it, but for now, I'm making as much use of the space as I can! For my first video with this new setup, I decided to redo A Place for My Head, as I was never completely satisfied with the overall sound of my first cover, plus I had to make a couple small changes. I think this is a MUCH better version:


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Speaking of A Place for My Head, I've made two small changes to my tab for it: One involves the transition from the first verse into the first chorus (the chorus guitars come in a little differently than I thought), and the other involves the pre-chorus, where the slide up and down the neck leading into the second chorus has changed a bit.


I plan on resuming my weekly upload schedule from here on out. I won't necessarily upload the same day every week, but it'll be sometime between Friday and Sunday every week. I may even do multiple videos in a weekend if I get stuff done fast enough. We'll see!


-Anthony

Youtube Cover of the Week (6/19): Battle Symphony

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I know I keep posting these late every week...my current work schedule basically has Tuesday and Wednesday as my "weekend," so I'm always strapped for time when it comes to actually meeting my intended upload schedule on ACTUAL weekends...but anyway, here's another song from the new album, and I had to split it across four videos to cover all of the parts!


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Unfortunately this will probably be my last One More Light song for a little while, as the four songs I've covered account for the four I've tabbed! I have Talking to Myself figured out now (just haven't quite transcribed it all), but I'm still avoiding covering anything with acoustic guitar parts until I can buy a new one. I'm going to revisit at least a couple more older songs coming up here...Bleed it Out and Lost in the Echo in particular are a couple of the bigger ones I've been meaning to tackle.


As for the photo hosting situation, right now it's looking like I'm going to be using a new Instagram account specifically for this site and direct linking to the images after they're uploaded, assuming I don't run into any unforseen problems with that idea. I'll keep you guys posted with any updates.


-Anthony