Friday, February 20, 2015

Cover of "Fake Plastic Trees," Parts 1-7 of 18

This song took less than five minutes to record.

I try to sing and play the guitar simultaneously. I've wired a guitar to also play the (fake) bass, under the low E string. I can control a drum machine with a footswitch, to start and stop playing, and add fills that transition to another drum pattern. Basically, I can perform a facsimile of a power trio rock band, completely live, in one take -- just like Bert from Mary Poppins. Before chopping off the quiet at the beginning and end of the audio file, and adding a bit o' reverb for good luck, the performance lasted for four minutes and thirty-five seconds.

For the past week, and for next 11 days, I have been slowly releasing my cover of Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees" on Instagram, 15 seconds at a time. While the song took less than five minutes to record, it'll take a while to fully play on the Internet.

I could always just release the entire performance as a whole, which I will probably do in the future, but for now, I get to produce 15-second short films that each sort of tell a 15-second story, to varying degrees of success. Here are first seven parts of this eighteen-part series:

A video posted by Ryan DeRamos (@ryan_deramos) on

A video posted by Ryan DeRamos (@ryan_deramos) on

I'll try to remember to post the rest of the song, sometime next month.

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