“gone native” has finally arrived: since I am now using SONAR 8.5 to its fullest
capacity, this allows me to play all of the instruments myself (except drums on one
track); so, virtual drums and synths – real synths, real basses and real guitars,
and, beginning in early 2011, guitar synth as well. the 19 tracks showcase my oft-hidden
prowess as not just lead guitarist, but also as composer. it’s a fairly common misconception,
that I hope this record will dispel, that I “just do ambient”, or I “just do looping”,
or I “just play crafty guitar" - but “gone native” does show that I can actually
write songs. I mean, who knew? not to mention, my first-ever recorded bass solo.
the album was actually begun in november, 2008, with a single track (“thanks, frank”);
then, the majority of the drum-based songs were composed and realised during 2009,
with a sprinkling of later pieces from 2010, 2011 & 2012. the first 12 pieces are
all fully-instrumented songs: drums, bass, mellotron, guitar, guitar synth (from
2011 on only) - while the last 7 span an enormous range of different styles, from
ambient to synthetic to kaoss pad and back to ambient again - and this diversity
really allows me to show off a wide, wide range of guitar, and guitar synthesizer,
styles, which in turn maybe begins to present some viable portion of the result of
forty one years’ playing experience.
final mixes were completed during june, 2012 although some of the pieces from 2009
had been final mixed during 2010; all of the pieces received an update, including
a brand new mix upgrade and 24-bit mastering for all 19 of the tracks. a number of
the tracks were fully remixed to bring them up to my current 2012 standards - although
a few were pretty much just right as they stood...