Demos

 

Short track recorded fairly recently

Still playing as much as I can. Not a lot of time to record will get back into it. Hopefully it will all be much improved.

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Short demo from July 2014

I seem to be wrangling with the membership area at it's getting a little frustrating. But it will come and I'll get there in the end! 

In the meantime I'm still busy recording loops and haven't lost momentum in that respect. I've just not posted anything for a while as I'm trying to do some development on the site. But I did want to share this little demo track that I enjoyed making over one evening in early July 2014. 

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Demo track - 18 Feb 2014

I don't have a lot of spare time right now so I'm really doing my best to keep hand in at populating this site and practicing recording stuff.

This is a demo I put together over the last few weeks that I was happy enough with to pop on SoundCloud and the acousticloops.com website.

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6 mins and 24 secs improvisation

Two guitar tracks improvised over Jim Dooley drums. Bass was added later with midi keyboard and bass patch in Logic. It was fun at the time and quite enjoyed the dirtiness of the mix. It needs something else, though.

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Last demo track for a while, as will be focusing on a bunch of new loops.

And hopefully upgrading my set up to get a better quality download for the users of this website. This is an acoustic track demo I have been working on - the component parts played differently (the other ones were with no capo - this is capo on fret 3) are available as individual acoustic guitar loop downloads in earlier postings (Acoustic guitar loop 39 and downwards from that for a few loops).

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Something recorded a while ago

This is something I recorded a while back and posted an earlier incarnation of here.

Shortly after that original post my friend provided a bass part and tried to add on as best he could but I only gave him a flat file so it was impossible to mix well. The drums were too loud.

I got the single bass track but didn't get the time to remix it properly (or at least my best shot) at remixing the whole thing, with his bass track added.

I'm not totally happy with how I mixed iit but I was pleased enough with the mix to share. 

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Demo track to kick start some more loops

I've not been posting much as this time of year my day job gets really busy. It's knocked into the evenings for the last 3 weeks leaving not much energy / suitable time to record much.

Before all that, though, I did make a start on a few new bits. I was pleased enough with this to throw it up as a demo - maybe someone else might like it I don't know, anyway, the main thing is this is the one sort of thing I really I enjoy doing and is a big outlet for me! Will try and chop some loops from it for download too.

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My acoustic guitar
 

More Acoustic Guitar Loops coming soon

Hi everyone. We are motoring on with the year and realise I haven't added any new acoustic guitar loops for a while.

I've got some nice new patterns I've been playing around with and will have some up by the end of this week. I seem to have been recording more electric guitar lately, but am still tinkering with the acoustic.

Also just to say, over the last month of April, there have been more than 100 downloads of my loops from the site from 36 countries. This is really encouraging to me and thank you sincerely. I am really only getting going with the site so I'm blown away by these signals that people are thinking that things are worth downloading for hopefully use in their own tracks. I've got a lot more and a lot better to give. Visits keep on coming in from all over the world.

Favourite tuning right now

I am mainly playing in a rather unusual / exotic tuning which I find you can get some really interesting sounds out of - both for electric and acoustic work.

As always I make a note of the tuning and capo position where relevant on each individual loop page.

The Peruvian tuning I am using is EAC#F#BD# and I'm quite partial to how it sounds capo'd at fret 2.

I kind of recommend experimenting with lots of tunings anyway, as apart from generating new ideas you really can get some very interesting and unique sounds from them that sound beautifully unusual. I'll perhaps do a post on favourite tunings I have enjoyed mucking around with at a later date.

A current demo to share

Also, while I'm working on some proper loops felt this was worth a share and plan to export some of the electric guitar parts from it.

It's mostly synths that come with Logic Pro 9, played via midi keyboard. Drums are from Dooley Drums again, but bit-crushed and effected a little to sit in with the general essence of the track.

I like the way this is a one take human played drum beat that sounds almost programmed with the treatment in Logic. It's actually quite a light treatment. Just delay and some EQ and some degradation of fidelity.

Guitar parts are just the minimal, more involved lead lines and a few echoed string scrapes to add some organic / random noise elements.

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All C Monotone Tuning Demo

A few months ago I put the electric in an all-strings-to-C monotone tuning. It was quite unwieldy, but I made a few loops at the time which I came back to listen to yesterday. So, listening back, I decided to upload this electric guitar loop (it's two guitars I think), as it had a certain thing to it I that I liked.

Last night I decided to build a quick demo track around it, using another drumbeat from Jim Dooley's site. 

I was pleased enough with the result to post it here, and thought it belonged in a blog article of it's own right, rather than the usual 'How it might sound in a track' snippets I'm doing with some of the other loops. This is defintely more of a track with a number of layers and various bits going on. Anyways, hope you like it!

PS - the basic loop the whole thing sits over was in all C tuning, but the guitar parts I popped on top are in this strange Peruvian tuning I put the guitar in from time to time which is EAC#F#BD#.

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Criminally long time since I added anything

No excuses really... Just had to put this on a back burner as I've been dealing with an intense day job, and a few other bits of website fun, including a Tumblr blog I set up to showcase some art I am doing, inspired by J.G Ballard's 'The Drowned World'.

The Acoustic Loops website is in the back of my mind every day, and although I've not been able to populate with new content, I've still been recording a fair bit, when I can. Let's just say spare time is not what it used to be at the moment!

Just feel I'm lacking the clear space I need to chop out some decent new loops. But they are on the way.

In the mean time I enjoyed putting this little fuzzy piece together as a demo number. I'll chop some loops from this as the 'not so dirgy' un-layered loops are quite nice and poppy, in a fuzzed-up kind of way.

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Few demo bars of things would be nice to work up

Will be adding a few more short demo loops of things am toying with before chopping out individual loop files. Please note drums are arbitrary and really for rhythm reference.

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Picture from Kennington studio
 

Tracks Using My Own Loops

I don't always end up making tracks out of the things I record. They sit there in sort of sketch format and never seem to be able to come back and do something more worked-up with them. I'm definitely not proud of not taking more time to remember things or make better recordings of them etc. But I guess this is what this site is working towards in a sense.

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