Big Bout Yah

My New Music

Bruce Arnold

Bruce Arnold

I’ve been working on a new CD. Usually I just do a “live” in the studio recording and take the best take. After losing my studio to Hurricane Sandy I’ve been able to record but only one instrument at a time so I’ve been doing a lot of overdubbing. I thought I’d bring everyone in on the process so they can make comments on what they like or don’t like. You can listen to the audio of the 1st track called “Big Bout Yah” and hopefully you will leave some comments to tell me what you think.

“Big Bout Yah” Details

“Big Bout Yah” is a Reggae tune in 7/4. I used a Music Man JP Custom and Fractal Axe-EFX 2 for all sounds. I did not use an amp. Sorry, mix 3 and 5 are lower in volume.

Technical Details

For those of you who are interested, I used an 025 pitch class set for everything within the composition including the solo. If you want to learn more about using pitch class set theory in contemporary composition and improvisation I recommend these books:

Sonic Resource Guide
My Music

Check out the audio and please come back to this page and leave a comment. There are links to bring you back.

Listen to Audio for “Big Bout Yah”

Looking forward to your comments!


6 thoughts on “Big Bout Yah

  1. Hey Bruce,

    Including us in your process in really cool. It’s great to check out all the changes you made. I didn’t hear the the sub bass thing at first, but once I did I understood why you used it. I thought the solo was fine before you fixed it half way through but the new part really shows some exceptional chops. This is fiery stuff and I’m looking forward to hearing more.


  2. Hi Bruce,
    Thanks for the invite to listen to your song, I really enjoyed it!
    I have to say I’m not highly experienced on the tech side of stuff, but have a lot of appreciation for what it takes to get all the parts working together well.
    Some background. I don’t have a monster sound set-up for listening, an okay amp that I set sliders at 0 everything to hear your mixes. I listened to them all, 1 and 5 and 6 several times. The composition and execution are both exciting and tasteful, well done and thanks for sharing them!
    A few small things, and it may just be my set-up. The bass is really present at the beginning in 5 and 6, but there are parts where it could be brought up a bit. I also found the kick to be a bit too far in the background, whereas the floor tom really booms on a couple of occasions. The guitar part in 6 at 47 seconds seems to be missing a bit of something (body?), not in terms of the part, but the eq.
    I hope this is what you were looking for in terms of feedback.

    1. Hey michael. Thanks for the detailed message. It’s great that you are listening on a less than perfect system because that helps me know what it will sound like on different systems. I’ll check into your comments. Should have some new music up in a coupe of weeks

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