Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Project: Create - Day 03

Welcome back for the third thirty-oneth of this crazy creative journey. I figure by now you probably know what's going on, but just in case you don't, here's a handily-linked recap. If you missed the short story I wrote yesterday, you can find that here.

For today's submission, I decided to record a song. Specifically, I opted to cover a song written and recorded by my old band, Self Diagnosis. The song is called Go Underground, and we recorded it back in 2007 for inclusion on our self-released album Remnants. Composed by my good friend Joe Watson, and with lyrics written by myself, it was originally penned as part of a wider project dubbed The Archive - a song cycle concerning a young songwriter and his efforts to restore rock music to prominence in a near future where musicians must be licensed by the government in order to perform. Go Underground comes at the point in the story where Kit, the protagonist, decides to play his edgy new rock music to underground audiences in order to avoid being arrested for his dissent. You can hear the original recording below:

I've been teaching myself to play guitar for about half a year now, mainly with a view to recording and releasing Project 17, a new song cycle I've been working on for some time. As a test of my playing abilities, I thought it would be fun to try and transcribe a guitar-only, not-quite-acoustic version of this old song and perform it as a solo piece. I had a lot of fun thinking about how to do this, eventually settling for a simple barre chord arrangement not too far removed from Joe's original power chords. My favourite part of the song is my solo take on the drum-filled middle eight, alternating between ringing chords and and percussive strums to generate a similar effect using only one instrument.

Credit is also due, at least in part, to fellow creator Alice Bowskill for inspiring me to take this direction with today's contribution to the project. Her decision to step outside her comfort zone yesterday and do something she wouldn't normally do played a role in making me decide that I wanted to present this as a one-take video, rather than an over-dubbed audio recording (the way I usually approach making my own music). I don't normally play guitar and try to sing at the same time, so attempting to do that with the camera on me represents my own attempt to step out of my comfort zone and do something a little different.

I've embedded the video below. Apologies for the quality of both audio and video - it's difficult capturing anything in this room under artificial light, and I hit several snags trying to get the audio at least semi-balanced.

When everybody else has submitted their creations for today, I'll post links to them here. Until then, thanks very much for reading, and I'll see you around.

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome cover! Considering the background of the song, I think the cover works better than the original. A lot more personal and with a more gig-like atmosphere - great job :D