Chapel - album release - electronic guitar manipulations

The aim of this project was to produce an album influenced by a particularly inspiring, unusual and beautiful sounding space. My decision was to only use material recorded in the Chapel at Hull University, using a Gretsch electric guitar, Fender amplifier and various effect pedals. As a further limitation I restricted the sounds I produced with the guitar to feedback and harmonics, both artificial and natural.

I did not want to record the guitar directly from the amp, I wanted to capture the resonance, reverb and character of the space, and the room responding to the agitation of the guitar. I placed various mics around the Chapel in particularly lively spots, including the pipes of the organ. There was no direct micing of the guitar amp, and the amp was directed away from the main body of the space and placed behind baffles.

I listened through the resulting recording and pulled out any interesting, unusual or engaging sections. These sections, as raw audio or samples, were used for all of the sounds in the compositions on “Chapel".

The album will be free/name your price for two weeks from release date.

released November 5, 2021


Sounds right up my alley…Will check it out!

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Will have a listen!

Congratulations on finishing this project. There are way too many ideas waiting for realization.

Did you document the process in any way?

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Thanks for the interest! I didn’t document it in any meaningful way but I did set myself a strict schedule. I captured the source material in one long session, multiple mic setup. I then set specific periods to
1.extract interesting sections
2. Manipulate them into ideas/starting points
3. Develop these ideas into compositions
4. Refine these compositions
5. Mix
6 . Master .
The hardware used included OP-Z, MPC Live 2, Organelle M, Deluge and Polyend Tracker.
All put together, edited and further processing in Reaper and Cubase, with the Reaper stuff working so much better! Mastering in Reaper and Wavelab.
Anything particular you’d like to know I’d be more than happy to answer!

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Thanks for the freebie, this is really cool!

I’m not super familiar with your hardware : OP-Z, MPC Live 2, Organelle M, Deluge and Polyend Tracker.

Are you using these all as some kind of sample players/manipulators, and using only the recordings of the guitar for the source material?

If that’s the case, you’ve got some amazing processing going on!

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Thanks, glad you are enjoying it!
In answer to your question, yes, the hardware was used to process certain sections of the guitar recording as either sounds or mini sequences.

These were then arranged and/or further processed in Reaper. Some tracks or parts of tracks were made purely in Reaper.

Every sound on the album is guitar processed in some way.

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