Listening Station & Thanks
I’m extremely proud to introduce some new music I’ve been working on. Most of you guys know that I really enjoy ambient music, and somehow that’s translated in the last year and a half into scoring some independent films. So last January I started scoring a film called ‘Semblance’, little self-produced indie flick, but with one of the best screenplays I’ve ever read. And unexpectedly, that turned into a real soul-searching, self-expressive six months of writing for me. Or maybe just something nice to do with all that gear we buy, right? Either way, I’m excited to share this blog post with you as a listening station for that music.
And the thanks. Just reading this blog means a lot to me, especially when I say dumb things. I really don’t have an idea of how many of you here are into ambient stuff, but there is one track within this collection, one of my favorites, that is free. Just a small way to say thanks. It’s the first video below. Thanks, everyone, and like it or hate it, I’m very proud to share this piece of myself. And for the gearheads, there’s a bit about the gear and recording process at the bottom.
(This is the free track. Completely free download right here: ‘Cityscape’ off of ‘Our Dreams are Made of Rain’ on Bandcamp.
And if you’re enjoying that, here’s a youtube playlist with ten songs from the album. They’ll all play right in a row: YouTube Channel ‘Karl Verkade Ambient Music Playlist’
All sounds are real, and came from amps and vocal chords. Nothing wrong with computer-generated stuff, but this is how I chose to do it this time. Your amp is the regular Matchless HC30, with Blue and Scumnico 30. Guitars were the Prairiewood Hardtop, ’96 G&L strat, and Godin FFX.
Delays: Strymon Timeline, Strymon Brigadier, Strymon El Capistan, Arion SAD-1
Tremolos: Diamond, Danelectro (seriously)
Drives: CA Holy Fire, EH LPB-1, Fulltone Fatboost, ’79 Boss OD1 (amazing textural pedal)
Fuzzes: Hartman Vintage Germanium, Skreddy Lunar Module Deluxe
Reverbs: Strymon Blue Sky
Phasers: Arion SPH-1
Loopers: Digitech Jamman Stereo, Boss RC20XL
Thanks again for reading, listening, and for the community that’s been created here really with or without me. (Yep! ) Hope you enjoy the free song, and for those of you who are interested, a link to the full album and included ep (22 songs) is below. Thanks for letting me take a break from tone talk and share this with you! Always nice to actually play and write a little music, instead of just talking about it.
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- Twelve Things I Believe about Worship Music
- The Future of Christian Music is That Band I Listened to in Junior High While Playing Wolfenstein
- Worship, Come Thou Fount, & Ambient Pad Tutorial
- Worship Leading Choose Your Own Ending (Part 8)
- When God Says…Something Else
- A Guitarist’s Answers to Life’s Questions