9/24/17

Mooer, Please

I just recorded a demo using the great little micro pedal by Mooer, called the UK Gold 002.  It digitally simulates (VERY accurately) the sound of a Marshall JCM900.

Luckily, City Music in Leominster MA has most of the Mooer pedals in stock.  They are pretty inexpensive, VERY small, and sound great.  Check them out when you have a chance of you're a local musician.

The signal chain is: Agile 3010SE Joyo Vintage Drive Mooer UK Gold 002 (cab sim on) Earthquaker Avalanche Run directly into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 I use Cockos Reaper as my DAW exclusively.



 


9/16/17

Drone2012 - now streaming at YouTube

I finally created some videos for my 2012 album called "Drone2012" and uploaded them to YouTube.



Yes, I did record this way back in 2012.  Here's the general description from the Internet Archive download page:

An experiment in drone-doom-noise. I'm mainly toying with feedback, delays and other effects in real-time. For a lot of this I just propped my guitar up in front of the amp and let it do the work.

The final "song" is a "cover-tune" of sorts, but obviously severely modified. Anyone care to venture a guess? 

All recorded with my guitar tuned to D,A,D,A,D,E. Loud amp. Loud.

All music herein remains untitled ...
All music herein shall move, yet remain still...
All music herein shall be created to be deconstructed...
all music herein shall not only be heard but shall be experienced by all tactile senses ...


Here's a link to stream / download the files at the Internet Archive:
CLICK HERE!!!

To directly download a ZIP file with the whole album, art, etc., 
CLICK HERE!!


8/18/17

Eklipss

Here it is folks, ... EKLIPSS

Some new experimental Drone Doom Metal from Dimaension X created and inspired by the upcoming Solar Eclipse on 08/21/2017.  Once again, I've been listening to SunnO))), Monarch, Olde, Thorr's Hammer, Khanate, Nadja, and other Droney Doom bands, and using the number Pi (π) as "tablature" for the notes.




1.  Umbra
2.  Penumbra
3.  Antumbra
4.  Abandonment
5.  Downfall
6.  Darkening of the Heavenly Body
7.  To Cease to Exist.

Composed and performed by Dimaension X.
Recorded and produced by Dave Lanciani at Dimaex Studios


Click HERE to go to the Internet Archive page for streaming and download options.

Click HERE directly download a ZIP file for the whole album, art, etc. 



Recorded almost exclusively with an SX Furrian Telecaster-copy (just to prove that it can be done with stock single pickups); the first album half using a Joyo Ultimate Drive for the main tone, and an Earthquaker Devices Acapulco Gold for the second album half.  I used my Yamaha THR-10 as my recording interface, with the Lead Setting (Low Gain British- EL34) as my clean tone.  I also threw in an EQD Transmisser for some of the weird modulated tones.

7/29/17

New Doooooooommm (coming sooooon ...)

New project on the way, ... some DOOOOOOMM Metal. Loud. Slow. Heavy.  HEAVY, man.

Is being recorded with a few new toys ...

Trying to make doom metal with a Telecaster-style guitar.  Yes, that's what I said.  Makin' DOOM METAL with a standard single-coil-loaded Tele. A stock SX Furrian.  No upgraded pickups.  Just the single-coilies.  Why?  Just to prove that I can.

A few new pedals in the mix.  First using my Joyo Ultimate Drive (not new, but haven't used it much), for some raging tones (drive and tone dimed!).  Next, I bought a few Earthquaker Devices pedals at City Music! Yeah, they stock Earthquaker Pedals!  Kudos to them for taking a chance and stocking up on some really unique effects pedals!

I picked up an Acapulco Gold pedal, which basically reproduces the sound of an old Sunn Model T amp cranked up to maximum volume! It has ONE knob on it - the volume control, and that's it.  This pedal is LOUD, so you have to keep the volume pretty low unless you plan on really punishing your amp.

I also grabbed a Transmisser pedal, with is a weird, modulated reverb pedal.  It makes very spacey, wobbly echo sounds.  Great for ambient music.

You can also check these pedals out on the YouTube.  Lot's of musicians online really rave about Earthquaker Devices pedals, and with good reason.  Instead of making yet-another-clone-pedal of a "Marshall-in-a-box", or ANOTHER Tube Screamer clone and the like, they really strive to come up with their own flavors of sounds and special effects that know one else does.  They can be a little expensive, but they really do things that no other pedals even attempt to do.

I'm running the pedals into my trusty Yamaha THR-10 amp that I've had for several years now.  I love the thing.  I'm basically running the pedals through the Marshall Plexi model, which is like an old non-master volume classic Marshall stack from the 1960's.  You know, low-gain preamp that goes into EL34 power tubes. You basically turn all the controls up to ten.

It's USB'd right to my computer, everything recorded direct, so you get a great rich tone with no mics needed.  I'll post some samples when I'm satisfied with the mixes.


7/9/17

Darker Dreams (newest album for 2017)

Darker Dreams - yes, my new album for 2017!

A step towards something a little different.  The guitar are less emphasized, while piano and other more "organic" instruments like violin and a few other stringed instruments are brought forward and present the melody.  Not metal, maybe not even "rock" music.  More like melancholic ambient post-rock with influences from cinematic soundtrack music.

Here is the link to the page at the Internet Archive (CLICK HERE!!!)

Or download a zipfile directly (BY CLICKING RIGHT HERE!!)




1.   False Awakening
2.   Hääg
3.   Lucid Märe
4.   Mora Myth Moroi*
5.   Night Terror
6.   Disorder
7.   Nocnitsä
8.   Parälysis
9.   Nocturnal Fusion
10. Horror
11.  Därker Dreäms

Music composed and performed by Dimaension X.
*Song #4 composed by "anonymous", circa 1829
Recorded and produced by Dave Lanciani at Dimaex Productions.

It's also streaming at YouTube:
CLICK RIGHT HERE, DUDE! 



This album is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I was really inspired after listening heavily to the Nikki Grace Experience (see my post below).

I have NO idea what's next.




6/24/17

An Ambient Jam (2 versions of the same thing)

I decided to try recording a strictly ambient guitar piece, and ended up creating something else entirely.



First I recorded a series of simple one-note volume swells ... funny fact about these notes - I used PI (π) as my tab - i.e., 3.141592653589793 - using the low E string, I played the notes at the 3rd fret (G), 1st fret (F), 4th fret (G#), 1st fret again, 5th fret (A), and so on.

I used a compressor to keep the note nice and sustained, and I used my Morley Mini volume pedal to swell the notes in.  My clean tone was my Tech21 FlyRig5 CALI, only using the Samsamp section for the first half, then I added the CALI drive section for the second half.

Then I added a boatload of effects after recording - some EQ, chorus, phasing, some pitch-shifting, and some delay and a LOT of reverb.  A LOT of reverb, to really sustain the notes for a long time.

This is how I created "Ambient Only".

But after completing the piece, I wanted to completely turn it into something else.  Luckily, I thought ahead a bit when I recorded the "swells", because I recorded them with a "click track" on.  So now I can add some additional instruments, including MIDI instruments since everything will sync to the tempo.

So I added some drums using EZ Drummer, then added the "solo" guitar (following the notes so I could figure out what key each section is in), then added live bass (my trusty old Squier Affinity P-Bass).  Voila - the piece called "An Ambient Jam."


6/18/17

Abjuration of the Black Goddess Suite


Finally completed a project that I started last year around September.

Abjuration of the Black Goddess Suite.


This is a long, conceptual piece of music.  Originally my guitar was tuned to Open C, then eventually morphed into Drop-C.  And I think I did a few parts in Drop-D, but transposed the audio tracks down a whole step.  Bass guitar is either Cakewalk Studio Instruments VSTi Bass, 4Front VSTi Bass, or regular electric guitar transposed down an Octave. 
The Ambient, atmospheric synth sounds are all guitar.  No Synths used.  In fact, this part is just my piece I just posted on YouTube entitled "Dark Drone 1" chopped up into pieces and distributed between the metal bits.

Then I added the spoken word bits after this.  The words are from a section of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

An MP3 file is now downloadable ... go HERE to stream or choose your download options, or glick HERE to download a ZIP file directly.

This may be my last "metal" piece for a while.  I'm beginning to find metal a bit "limited" in scope, so I'll be exploring some more alternate genres of rock and instrumental music, maybe some avant-garde improvisation, more of the "gentler" side of ambient guitar (Chords of Orion is a big influence in this area - makes really expansive, beautiful sounding ambient washes of sound, all generated by guitar), and who knows what else I'll try