Quite a few people wanted to hear a more organic tune out of us. Welp, here ya go! Mumford & Sons: lots of banjo, driving kick drum, folky, powerful. BTArranging: tongue twisting, rhythmic, wall of sound. The result? spectacular.
This was our first project using Dropbox for remote collaboration. Drop in a MIDI and PDF of the arrangement, let your singers know the tempo, and receive back completed tracks. Simple. The only issue is now you are no longer coaching these singers and what you get is what you get. So, when you have syllables which can be interpreted in many different ways, you end up with many different results. Lesson to be learned, be very, very clear with your requests.
Really the power of this track is in the arrangement. Driving rhythms propel the song forward while a wall of block chords fill the sonic space. The key to this oddly enough is dryness, something which is very difficult to convince yourself to do. Instead of drenching a track in heavy reverb, try some delays sans feedback. The brrungs are just some careful EQ with a nice slapback delay. Another good trick is the use of nonlinear reverbs. Nonlinear verbs give guitars space without muddying up the backs.
David Longo (mixing, announcer) @sleddogstudios @longodj
Matt Bielewicz (solo) @smokinghotpipes
Mickey Hamilton (backgrounds) @sleddogstudios @MickeyBluEyes81
Ted Trembinski (backgrounds) @sleddogstudios @tedtrembinski
Jeston Lewis (backgrounds) @sbhighcs @jestonlewis
Justin Bartlett (backgrounds) @8beatmeasure
Rohit Crasta (backgrounds) @8beatmeasure
RJ Pollard (backgrounds) @8beatmeasure
Ryan Vazquez (backgrounds) @8beatmeasure
Shaun Paduano (backgrounds) @8beatmeasure
Joe Kaplan (backgrounds) @8beatmeasure
Dave Magde (backgrounds) @8beatmeasure
Mark Holcomb (graphics) @8beatmeasure
Josh Goodman (percussion) @8beatmeasure @JoshyPGMan
Jon Brennen @BrickCitySingers
Bradley Turnbull (arrangement) @BTArranging
Dave Sperandio (mastering) @diovoce