Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Pass the Medicine

  1. #1
    music with whales Jim Nollman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Friday Harbor WA
    Posts
    1,517

    Default Pass the Medicine

    Here's a recording I've produced of a song of mine entitled "Pass the Medicine", on the subject of dying with dignity, that makes great use of a Godin electro-acoustic mandolin playing lead. Comments, both positive and negative, are most welcome.
    Explore some of my published music here

    óJim

    BRW 3-point #65 (2009)
    Altman 2-point (2007)
    Portuguese fado cittern (1965)

  2. #2
    fretboard roamer Paul Merlo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Motown 'burbs, MI
    Posts
    338

    Default Re: Pass the Medicine

    Jim - that was sweet!

    Certainly not what I was expecting at first, but I was drawn into it right away. Obviously this song has some heavy subject matter, and the music really brings out that feeling in so many ways. I think you nailed it with the Godin too. That tone you're getting out of it sounds like it's coming from some spooky eastern European mountainside. I also like the way your lyrics and (I'm assuming) vocals act as a whole other instrument in there. They kinda roll over the top of your heavy bass line and then drop in between notes when you make a point. The consistent bass line and drums keep everything grounded all the way through, which really lets that (something)caster adjust the tone between the chorus and overdrive. Nice work, you did a great job producing it!

    I'm a fan of everything from Love & Rockets to John Coltrane to David Grisman and think this song is cool. Thank you for posting it.
    Paul

    Weber Custom Vintage A
    Alvarez A-100
    '82 Fender Bullet (USA)
    '55 Harmony Master Model
    '62 Harmony Tenor Guitar

  3. #3
    Registered User JH Murray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Burnstown Ontario Canada
    Posts
    755

    Default Re: Pass the Medicine

    Reminds me of Nash The Slash. Well done.

  4. #4
    music with whales Jim Nollman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Friday Harbor WA
    Posts
    1,517

    Default Re: Pass the Medicine

    The mandolin was recorded dry, then modulated during the mixing process via Guitar Rig software developed by Native Instruments. As you might suspect, Guitar Rig presets are almost entirely for guitars, with a few for bass, but nothing at all for mandolin. So over the years I have generated 6 or 8 go-to mandolin presets of my own. This one is boosted hugely around the 2000 hz range and also at around 6500 hz. All the un-boosted frequencies are sent through a couple of very fat flanges. The result is a sound that is, at normal volume, ear-piercingly sharp on the high end, and yet with accelerating movement lower down. I placed the mandolin sound into the mix at very low gain, yet it is easily heard over the other instruments. I believe Carlos Santana spent years nurturing a guitar sound that possessed vaguely similar tonal characteristics.
    Explore some of my published music here

    óJim

    BRW 3-point #65 (2009)
    Altman 2-point (2007)
    Portuguese fado cittern (1965)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •