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I thought that Top Kill (BP's failed plan to stop the oil leak) sounded like a good industrial song. So I wrote one..

It, naturally, took a few tries and wasn't entirely successful. :D

I haven't done much recording in years. So there was a bit of re-learning. I need to borrow or buy a proper vocal mic so I can blame my studio technique instead of the microphone if I don't like the way things sound.

I used my fancy new bass guitar instead of samples. And the samples I did use are much higher quality than I was using before. Like the multisampled drums that come with the basic IK Multimedia SampleTank set. In fact, the basis for the tone came from the "Boom Baby" preset.

I tried to use some older CDs dating back from before the days of the loudness war as a sonic reference for how "loud" it should sound. Even so, I ended up using a bit of brick-wall limiting.

Production history

05/28/2010
Came up with idea and sang a few bars (while showering) and quickly wrote down the lyrics in ABC format.
05/30/2010
Started writing track in REAPER, recorded scratch guitar tracks and looped them.
06/04/2010
Recorded guitar track
06/06/2010
Scratch bass and vocals, completed first draft
06/07/2010
Redid bass.
06/08/2010
Redid vocals
06/09/2010-06/10/2010
Mixing and mastering

Instruments and Tools used

  • Ibanez RG470 electric guitar through Digitech Legend GSP-21
  • Ibanez SRX2EX1 electric bass to the board
  • IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 sampler
  • A really crappy old Radio Shack dynamic microphone
  • REAPER for recording, mixdown, mastering