So...for the past couple of days and nights I've been working on a score for a short film project for a car company, not an ad, but about a minute and a half long concept piece. The picture (shot on film) is very cool.
Working with the creative team, we decided to do something scored precisely to picture moving from piano, adding in orchestral instruments, and eventually going to rock/electronica/dubstep.
My deadline for this? Well, I got the project on Sunday night, and had to deliver test mixes by Tuesday AM.
Because of the deadline, I had no time to experiment, think, or plan. It was all about slamming into the project, going with my gut, and moving forward to finish in time. When the time for the electric guitars came, I just had to write as I laid down tracks. I didn't know what I was going to do until I did it. But I have a secret weapon for meeting deadlines...
The Mighty Sig Limited.
The Sig is my guitar of choice for "it doesn't matter what I decide to play, this guitar can handle it." I tuned 'er up, and got to work.
First track, heavy, with distortion, a a filtered chopper modulation, into my trusty HXDA. Bridge pickup, full humbucker, volume about 8. Yeah that works. Two takes. Move on to next track. Three minutes to create and record the part.
I decide to do a chimey high part to go with the choppy part, with a lot of delay and some chorus. Set the guitar volume to about 6, kick on the delay, kick on some chorus. Too much lower midrange, a little too much distortion from the amp. No problem, just flick the switch to split the bridge bucker, turn guitar down a little bit. Not necessary to touch the amp. Boom. Three takes gets it. I pick the last take, and move on. Maybe 5 minutes consumed on this.
Next track - I think a woody sounding part might be good, something lower on the neck, picked, to harmonize with the high part. Slap delay and clean. Split the neck pickup. Volume on guitar at 4. One take, simple, easy, done. 1 1/2 minutes.
Come all without, come all within, you've not seen nothing like the Mighty Sig!
I think it turned out great. When the client releases the thing, I'll be able to post a link to the track. Until then, it's all super-secret spy stuff.