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Post by ned-ryarson » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:42 pm

one of my favourite B.O.C songs.

really nice at the beginning, often wondered how they got this sound and what is being played.

it seems like bass guitar, with plucked chords from an electric guitar with delay+verb. the guitar almost isnt there and the noise and slides of the strings are almost clearer than the chord.

cool a*s effect. but its probably simpler than i think....





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Post by madtheory » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:09 pm

Ya, it's nice isn't it? I think you have the technicalities of the sound correct. The key is the player's touch on the guitar though! And the intonation is perfect. 90% of guitars are out of tune, which is why people have trouble getting good guitar sounds, IMO!

BOC are also really good at placing each sound in its own bandwidth. Just plain old good orchestration, but done with filters etc.

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Post by Alex Hamilton » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:52 pm

Sounds like the delay on the guitar is only on certain notes/slides, but aside from that I think you've pretty much nailed the sound - listening to a better quality version on my computer suggests that there's a 'noise bass', not sure how that's made.

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Post by ned-ryarson » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:43 pm

and i guess only the lower notes of the chord are being played

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Post by madtheory » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:07 pm

Yes, it's also great to hear a guitarist who knows how to voice a chord!!

I wonder if they're using an alternative tuning?

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Post by synthesizerist » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:23 pm

I don't know who boards of canada is, but BOC= Blue Oyster Cult!!

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Post by johans121 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:14 am

synthesizerist wrote:I don't know who boards of canada is, but BOC= Blue Oyster Cult!!
On this forum sir (or mam), BOC=Boards of Canada :)
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Post by shaft9000 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:18 am

c'mon guys, not AGAIN...

BoC= Boards of Canada
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Post by 30h5 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:00 am

johans121 wrote:
synthesizerist wrote:I don't know who boards of canada is, but BOC= Blue Oyster Cult!!
On this forum sir (or mam), BOC=Boards of Canada :)
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Post by JSRockit » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:58 pm

ned-ryarson... are you trying to figure out how they made it so lo-fi sounding? or jus trying to figure out the instruments through the haze? I love this song as well... and would imagine, no matter what part you are wondering about, a lot of work and post processing went into it.
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Post by masstronaut » Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:08 pm

I always liked the vocoder on this - (listen from 4:50 for the fun bit)


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Post by hfinn » Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:05 am

This song (peacock tail) is SOOO reminiscent of songs off of Brian Eno's "Another Green World"... fantastic

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Post by mikewelch7 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:45 am

I really dig the Boards of Canada, particularly 'Music has a Right to Children.'

Any idea what types of synths they use? I heard from a friend who is a huge fan that they are strict users of analog gear, yet Richard Barbieri in a recent Keyboard Magazine interview credits them with inventive use of digital synths.

Any insight into synth gear and production aspects?

I really like the tune 'Olson' when heard on a very good system through top notch earphones. I have a Consonance Droplet CD player with tube outputs - this tune absolutely rings!

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Post by ned-ryarson » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:26 am

they believe in analogue and use early 80s synths. but a lot of their sounds which you would think are synth pads or whatever are flutes and other real instruments, with a lot of processing, re-sampling etc

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Post by dr.sine » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:00 am

well ned, i'm afraid i'm going to have to thank you rather than offer insight into how this amazing collision of sounds came to be.
i'd only heard of B.o.C before this and now i'm currently downloading about 10 of their songs off of iTunes.

absolutely amazing.

thanks again.
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