Well, I’ve had an interesting morning today, not doing any work of any kind at all. I spent all my time playing around with multi-track recording! I’ve got a few items of recording equipment here, most of which is on loan from Andy C (who is away in Oz at the moment). There’s a nice SM58 microphone, and a mixer, and a motley assortment of cables, plus a clever little preamp box of mine that’s got a compressor and an EQ on it (though I don’t really know how to use the compressor part, so I leave that alone). Recording onto my Mac is good too, as it’s pretty much crystal clear, as opposed to the hideously noisy input of my PC. I’m using a piece of software called Audacity, which is a free multi-track recording program. So to test it all out I decided to record myself playing an arrangement of Shine Jesus Shine that I did a few weeks ago, which aimed to take a song that everyone thought of as cheesy and make it into something fresh and modern. I’m actually quite pleased with it – the recording quality isn’t too bad (clips a bit in places where I had the mic up too high), and it’s mostly in tune! The only thing it’s really missing is some drums, simply because I didn’t happen to have a set of drums handy at the time! But I’ve got a guitar track, a bass track, and two vocals (all me of course). If you want to listen, I’ve put it up on the web – Shine Jesus Shine. Do leave your comments, let me know what you think of it.

Categories: Miscellaneous


Rachel · 6 March 2006 at 6:25 pm

I like it!
the bass sounds sooooo good. very funky!
just needs a little bit of drums, not too much though, it sounded pretty good without them to be honest, just a bit to make it even better!

Phill · 6 March 2006 at 6:36 pm

Cool 🙂

Sounds really good – I’m not too sure about the chords under ‘shiiiine ooooon meeeee’, unusual but not sure it works so well on the guitar.

I also think you could do with some building synthy bits in there (OK, for you classically inclined type people, that would probably equal building strings bits). That’s what I’m into at the moment (see Athlete – Wires for what I mean. Well, I mean, hear. You know what I mean).

Liz · 6 March 2006 at 10:08 pm

I like 🙂 you have a real talent there!

PS. You sound so manly when you sing! 😉

Simon · 6 March 2006 at 10:28 pm

Very nice singing!

You should stick some ‘cello in there though – it’d sound good!

Joe B · 7 March 2006 at 9:00 am

Nicely done, sir! I particularly like the rhythm – amazing what new life can be breathed into a song with a bit of the old rhythmic strumming! Bass sounds fantastic – as do the harmonies and with some drums, cello, synths and heavily overdriven guitars (well I had to add something into the mix, otherwise I’d just be copying what everyone else had said!)

All in all – Good work!

Especially as I’m not the biggest fan of SJS … but this sounds good!

Dad · 7 March 2006 at 3:43 pm

Yep, I like it too. SJS is a bit overdone these days but this is a refreshing arrangement. Refinements? Well yes, a sympathetic drummer would help and maybe a brass section coming in on the chorus (big band style) and perhaps a thumping great pipe organ on the final chorus just to give it a spine tingling punch.
On second thoughts, I think I prefer it how it is!

luke · 7 March 2006 at 5:14 pm

very good, as i said yesterday, drums…

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