Sampling: Italian Dinner?!?

Italian Dinner?!? is a musical track made up of samples taken from several recordings made during a friend’s dinner party here in Berlin. It was decided to use only that material to try to achieve something completely unique and, in a certain way, alternative. All the takes were done by using a stereo microphone recorder. It was inspired by Empire Of Coffee by Matthew Herbert.

After completing the dinner recordings, the most time-consuming part of the work was that of selecting all the best samples out of the over twenty takes executed.

The chosen ones were dived into three categories: rhythmical, voices and non-percussion instruments. Thanks to the Ableton digital tool Simpler, all the sounds in the first two categories were treated with its “1-shot” modality in which each time you press the linked key, you hear the whole selected sample with all its editing (fade in, fade out, filters, etc…). All the samples were, then, gathered into a layout so that it would be easier to play them as if they were instruments. Thus, both the percussive instrument and the vocal one were achieved and all the sounds were roughly mixed following their audio characteristics.

Three other tracks were created but, this time, thanks to the “classic” mode in the Sampler. This mode helps you to create an instrument by using only one sound: the original sound is linked to the C3, while all the others are pitched and, when needed, stretched to all the other notes. In this case food mixer, a tap and a beer-drawing instruments were created by using this method.

The song was built from a horizontal point of view: twenty or more loops were created and linked to a scene and, afterwards, they were recorded in the arrangement view in a way that sounded right and made some sense.

All the proper mixing was done at the very last stage with the addition of three return tracks per each kind of instruments with reverb on it (for the vocals a very fast delay was added).

Some simple volume automations were executed too but it was decided not to push this button too hard, letting the sampling itself taking the lead.

This is just a rough mix.

Sampling: Italian Dinner?!?

The Knock OUT (Friends in music)

In 2009 a group of great friends decided it was the right time to rock and roll: The Knock OUT came to life.

Dam Bitz (guitar and vocals)

Alessandro Segati (guitar and vocals)

Tommaso Bagna (drums and vocals)

Marcello Ricci (guitar and vocals)

After four years of small gigs, contests and lots of covers, Davide Scapin joined the group as “the definitive bass player” and, finally, it was the moment to work on some original material.

460909_432445586770640_1349890961_o.jpgOne entire day was spent inside a professional studio recording in Milano and four songs were live recorded:

  • Heroes and Insomnia (original tracks written by Dam);
  • Volpino (original Italian track written by Alessandro);
  • The Cat Came Back (remake of the great song by Harry S. Miller).

Unfortunately, after this event, the four friends understood they were not anymore on the same wavelength and they decided to disband with a nostalgic smile and a tear. For this reason, nothing has never been done with those four songs yet, but, as Chuck used to say, “You Never Can Tell”: they are still great friends and, someday, they could have that chance to spread their music again.

Said that, here it is what came out from that recording:

I wrote both lyrics and music for Insomnia and Heroes and I am the acoustic guitar player and the leading vocalist. I helped writing Volpino and I am the electric guitar player singing backing vocals too (for The Cat Came Back I did the same).

It is a simple young work produced in a professional environment. Maybe it could have been better, but it really explains who we were at that time: a band of friends willing to have fun together.

The Knock OUT (Friends in music)