Oh gosh, I had too much fun with this one. I put the electric guitar away for the day and returned to my acoustic guitar, this time in Open C tuning with my capo on the 5th fret, which puts the song in F Major. I also decided to strum with my thumb and fingerpick most of this song, until the victorious conclusion that I wanted to feel a bit louder without simply automating the volume on the lead guitar track.
Regarding alternate tunings… I find that it forces me to play guitar differently, since I can’t rely on usual chord shapes or lead lines that I might dare to repeat. In other words, it’s kind of my foolproof way of making sure I don’t accidentally create something I’ve done already.
For this song, all of the sound effects come from my hiking journey up Mount Inasa in Nagasaki. It actually has one of the three most beautiful night views in all of Japan, so I’ll see if I can sneak some nighttime footage into a future project. It wouldn’t have worked well for this one. Anyway, I didn’t have as many sound clips for the atmosphere/soundscape to choose from as I thought I would… Almost every clip had my friends talking (we were having fun), or… dare I say, listening to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” on portable speakers, so that eliminated a lot of sounds that could have been useful. Not hating on Miley, just saying it would have been nice to have more than 8 unique atmospheric sounds 😜
I chose to take on this challenge of having access to a smaller selection of sound effects by looping the lead guitar sections and having two guitar sections playing at all times after the intro, and I made two ambient pad lines instead of one. One of the pad sounds has some evolving qualities that sound really nice over the duration of the song. Rather than using my Volca FM for pad sounds this time, I used one of my VST synths: Arturia’s Jup 8 V3. It was the first virtual… well, the first synth in general that I bought in the very first days of my music production journey a few years back.
To briefly talk about the video… I had just as much fun writing the story and editing as I did making the music for it. I broke the hike into a few phases, including the city streets to the neighborhood, and then the wooded path to the deer and monkey park, and ending at the observatory where we found a less crowded area to set up a small base and fly my drone for a bit. It made me miss the days I spent in Japan…
All right, that’s it for the song and story. Thank you so much for your time!