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Commando recording in a SILO!!!!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Paladyne, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    me and my friends live in the boonies. There is a barn with a silo at my friend Dans house. Its empty. When you go into it, there is a whole nuther world of sound in their. Millions of sciencefiction type sounds possible.

    It would be a nightmare control room, but maybe would could tame just enough of the nightmare so we could do some exploration in the world of sound?

    Any suggestions to having a good time with the SILO? We are thinking of banging around some metal and recording it with mics at the top and bottom. Hopefully we could get a tripped out segue for my friends next album.(whenever they finish writing it....)

    I have heard of people using elevator shafts, that actually got done while I was at Sorcerer. I live for psycodelica!!!

    a goofball, with insomnia,


    we have a nord lead3 synth, a few mesaboogie rectifers, a SVTampeg. tons of guitars. a cello, bongos, and I think we can get a diggerido too.
  2. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    We have a few ideas already, but I am wonder what you crazy guys might do in the same situation, feeling all psycodelic and stuff.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I am working on a concrete music piece right now, and I would be most grateful if I could use some of your samples.
  4. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

    Metallic reverb pitch shifted a few octaves down is REALLY spooky. Might fit as an intro or outtro for a song, maybe?
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Cool tip. Yes, pitch is my weapon of choice most of the time. ANother cool trick I like to do it have an impulsive sound with a looong smooth verb, and slowly drop or raise the pitch of the verb. Creates nice motion.
  6. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    The kick or tom track with all the decay on it on "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon & Garfunkel was done in an elevator shaft. The silo might make a nifty live echo chamber hanging mics at different levels with a few different speakers pointing up. What fun!
  7. jeeper

    jeeper Guest

    These guys have it setup and going silophone. They have some samples on their site as I recall. I did not dig it this trip though.

    If you can dream it someone has tried it. But it still sounds like a lot of fun and some good probably will come from it.
  8. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Also, be sure to record some impulses for convolution while you're in there.
  9. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    cool ideas guys, and that is a cool website! Bad news on the silo for now, I climbed up about 15 feet and a rung broke off the old rotten ladder and yours truly BUSTED HIS ASS!!! Thank goodness for all the junkfood I eat, I had a padded landing. I have got to figure out another way to get to the top of that thing. David, I will definatly keep you posted if I get something going on, I would be more than happy to share. I think I can get some cymbols pretty easy from my friend. Impulses, thats just a short burst of sound right?
  10. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Yeah, a nice crisp hand clap works well as an impulse.
  11. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    I've always liked two nice dry pieces of firewood about 3" in diameter, 2' long. World Beat!
  12. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Paladyne, You can build a new ladder onto the old one. Screw some 2x4's to the siderails and 2x4 rungs to the new rails. Stagger the butt joints on the siderails for extra strength, ie: start with one 2x4 at 4' long, the other at 8' long and go from there. Use a loop of rope like a telephone lineman's sling to free up your hands. How tall is this thing?
  13. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    YOWZA! That sounds like a good idea, but I think that kind of repair is a little out of my league, plus its my friends silo, not mine. I think I will try and find a ladder and get that into the silo. I think its somewhere between 30 and 40 feet tall.(and VERY stinky!) I am a pretty determined guy, so I will find a way to get this done.

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