Still a bit shellshocked here in Brooklyn, NYC. While wrestling with a few other concepts in the last couple days, Amazing Grace kept floating in the air. I believe in forces greater than myself, but I am not religious so much as spiritual. That is, I don’t believe these forces around us act with intention. Sandy didn’t “do” anything to us. She becomes, however, like every disaster, man-made or otherwise, an unwitting catalyst of grace, a measure of everything we “do” for ourselves and each other. The sky was so blue today. Crystalline.
Guitar: Jolie (cherry-red Gibson ES-335)
Amp Modeling: Line-6 POD-XT (setting: “Insane,” described as a “Dual Rectifier on 10 being used as a preamp for a Soldano.”)
Pedal: Ibanez Screamer
Software: Sony Acid 7.0, Paulstretch for Windows, Audacity for Mac
All sounds other than the guitar were derived from the shared recordings by Michael Raphael detailed below (fuzz distortion and Paulstretch harmonics were the key ingredients).
Create an original track that makes a transition from stormy to placid over the course of its duration. Your track should open fiercely and then slowly give way to calm. You can use additional instruments of your choosing, but the original field recordings should serve as source material both for the stormy and for the placid portions of your track. In other words: the calm part of the track should be built in large part from audio of the storm.
The source audio from the 2012 storm Sandy was documented by Michael Raphael, an SFX recordist who maintains the field recording blog Fieldsepulchra at sepulchra.com/blog. His sound effects can be found at Rabbit Ears Audio:
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