Super-EP-Makin’-Time

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2014 by celiacmusic

So, it’s summer once again. My university semester is slowly drawing to a close, leaving me to pick up the pieces and try to remember what exactly I do when I’m not studying.

I quickly remembered that one of these things is recording myself, then reducing my vocals to barely-audible levels.

With the ‘Melbourne Cup’ long-weekend’s celebration of gambling and abused stallions upon us here in Victoria, Australia, I decided to take the opportunity to knock off some more songs from my upcoming EP.

I’m aiming to get this out by around December or January, but I really enjoy the whole process, so I like to take my time.

You could say that I’m getting out a years’ worth of happenings and compressing them into 2 minute snatches, and I could say that you’re being an unctuous little troll.

So there you have it. You heard it here first — a new Celiac EP is on the horizon!

Stay tuned for a post about how I record my stuff at home on a teensy budget!

(Don’t worry, it won’t be in Comic Sans).

How She Does It.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2014 by celiacmusic

Recently, I’ve had a few questions about how I make Celiac work in a live setting. Unlike playing in a band, live gigging with computers means one thing: forward planning. I don’t get the luxury of playing on a whim.

This can be both good and bad. For one, I never overstay my welcome in a lineup. What you’re seeing live is the result of careful consideration of song order and set time.

For the most part, I dislike long sets and I’m not deluded enough to think that people are going to watch me skronk around for forty-minute stretches.

My live setup.

The live setup (Sound Rehearsal Studios).

So, first things first: I set up Ableton with everything I need. All the songs I’m going to play on the night, I load into a single Live Set to avoid messing around and looking through my hard drive on stage. I’ve seen gigs where this has happened, and it’s lame for pretty much everyone involved. Definitely to be avoided.

I can’t stand backing tracks, so I try to play as many of the software instruments as I can with my feet. The purple box you can see there makes it all happen. It’s a rehoused computer keyboard that sends keystrokes to functions within the software.

To get around its limit of only sending enough signals for one song, I make use of international keyboards within Windows to expand its horizons.

I also always bring my own mic, because I hear oral herpes isn’t nice. I like to spit and kiss and knock my teeth on my own Sennheiser one with reckless abandon.

Meanwhile, my guitar is a completely separate beast. It’s a Squier Vintage Modified that I’ve… modified yet again. The volume pots now face backwards instead of forwards. I run that through a Pro-Co RAT II distortion box, into an unbranded Chinese Blackstar amplifier. Why so plain? If I’m going to have a computer on stage, I really don’t want a sprawling guitar rig on stage.

As always, if you have any questions – feel free to send me an email or tap my shoulder after a show.

Revival!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2014 by celiacmusic

I’ve made a few false starts in my attempt to document the ongoing project that is Celiac.

I mistakenly decided to concentrate my efforts on Tumblr (the new Geocities), leaving this poor hosted WordPress (the new Livejournal) site neglected. Today, I heard its pitiful cries and decided to revive it.

Naturally, quite a bit has happened since the last post! *

Cliff’s notes: I played a show, updated my gear, released an album, had a bit of podcast play. It’s been a rather interesting year, and now that the Australian summer is slowly creeping up on us, I’m going to have a lot more time to pour into this.

I’ve made the rather bewildering realisation that Celiac is now officially 4 years old. Intra-band affairs are remarkably peaceful, and we’ve yet to start making a slew of awful self-titled albums.

* For those of you holding your breath: my Sennheiser mic eventually showed up in the mail.

Home Stretch

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2012 by celiacmusic

Developments, dear readers!

My little Radioshack VCR karaoke mic was well due for a replacement. Generally, it’s a good idea to consider a new microphone when the mesh is hanging on for dear life. A Sennheiser e835 is on its’ way. Feels like Christmas already.

As well, I have a free weekend to hit up the studio! Will be booking soon, but I’ll need to wait for that mic.

In other news: I have been planning a physical release for the new album,  a small run of 10 CDR’s. Just hit up the office supplies store and bought a whole bunch of jewel cases and cd labels. Artwork is all done, but I need to get my recordings sorted before I get any printings made.

It’s hard not to get ahead of myself here, but things are certainly happening. It’s times like these that make it all worthwhile.

More Progress!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2012 by celiacmusic

With my new Ableton setup, I’m able to be productive when I would normally be Wasting Time.

This is a Very Good Thing, because I now have 6 brand new tracks ready to record!

Now it’s a matter of a rehearsal to work out the performing specifics: lyrics and guitar lines. I’ll be booking a rehearsal space within the next few weekends so I can make this happen.

Wish me luck!

 

As We Speak…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2012 by celiacmusic

So far, so good!

Progress at Last!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2012 by celiacmusic

My hopes of getting my new album out by the end of the year are renewed.

Since my last post, I got my hands on Ableton. It’s an easy program to use tastelessly, believe me. Restraint is key.

However, it’s absolutely changed the outlook I had on this project. Samples coming soon. [No pun intended].