Thank you so much for doing this Q&A!
Masterful job on the production of Celebrity Skin, its simply beautiful in places.
Besides all the stuff I hear on top of the tracks - drums, guitars, vox etc.
What is going on under some of the choruses, specifically Celebrity Skin and Petals?
My pleasure. Thanks for the comments regarding Celebrity Skin- a lot of work went into getting things to sit right. As far as underscoring- I think that was mainly different guitar textures and background vocals. I did a lot of guitar-synth processing on that record, which may be what you're hearing. I had just gotten a 3 panel Serge modular system for that same purpose.
Yes. I like to use the preamp in an ARP 2600 as a front end to the Serge because it seems to hit it nicely. I generally will use a different "pre-gain" section prior to the Serge. After that, I use different modules in the Serge for various distortion/textures. There are 3 Wave Multipliers and 3 Wave Rectifiers which can be used in a variety of ways with the Variable Filter and Resonant Equalizer modules. In some cases, I'll use the Frequency shifter to create nice Univibe effects.
These instruments are modular so there are many options as far as signal chains, interconnectivity and introducing other effects in the chain.
No questions really, just wanted to add to the chorus of Celebrity Skin fans. It was an important album to me in my mid-teens, thanks Also, I worked on a record with Joby Ford last year and he had nothing but good things to say about you.
I know that's a very genereal question but is there a secret behind "use once and destroy". I mean there's so much going on in the song, it's totally overloaded (in a very, very cool way) and yet you can sense out every single instrument.
I know that mixing plays a part of it but how did you approach that track as a producer.
Anyways, you did an excellent job I truly love everything about that song and always use it when I work on music with lots of tracks and instruments.
Regarding "Use Once"- I'm glad you liked it. I can't recall exactly how I approached that specific track. Generally, I'll try everything that comes to mind until the song starts rejecting any more ideas. Once no can add anything else that works, it's usually complete.
I just got used to what these instruments sound like individually and separately- how they interact with various other instruments. When I'm creating a patch (or doing any kind of processing), there's no real thought process involved- things generally just fall into place. I get "directed" as far as what instruments to use and how. The two elements combined seem to bring good results.
Thanks that would be really great!
I have seen a few videos on YouTube with the synth controlling a guitar part, but the style of music is nothing even close to this more 'rock' style that is being discussed here. The fact that it's rock with a guitar synth like this is pretty cool and different to me.
Yes- synth controlled guitar processing is great, too- we did some of that on a few Korn tracks. Vocoder controlled guitar (or guitar controlled guitar, a la "Don't You Want Me"- Human League) is also interesting.