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In The Now
Artist Name:
Steven Separovich / column:inches
In The Now
Date Posted:
February 2011
Equipment Used:

Apple iMac running Logic 9, Art & Lutherie folk guitar, Ibanez Thunderbird, Roland SH-101 and Juno synthesizers.

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Production Notes & Credits:

Music: "In The Now" is a acoustic/electronic instrumental. Steven did it all.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 2
Recording: Steven tells us his intention was to "juxtapose the organic with the machine made, an acoustic guitar motif set against a driving electric bass line and analogue synthesizer". Fair enough, Steve -- let's see how things panned out (pun intended).

Over the course of a fairly long intro we hear the acoustic part of Steve's game plan; his double tracked Art & Lutherie guitar is presented cleanly, albeit a bit shy on the low end. It is in the second part of the track that things don't quite figure. While the bass and synth parts do move, the lack of impact from the drums keeps them from actually driving.

Suggestions: This wouldn't be the first time we've found a programmed drum part lacking. In many cases, particularly one man band operations, the drums serve as a rather glorified metronome, and this seems to be the case here.

Therefore we encourage Steve to go out of his way this holiday season (I'm writing this just before Christmas) and actually befriend a drummer! Yes, we know that they can often be difficult creatures; however, in the spirit of the season, we feel it's the charitable thing to do. Oh, and the upshot is that they will bring their skill and energy to the table in return. Ah, a win-win... what a wonderful world!

Summary: Peace on earth and good will to drummers.

Contact: Steven Separovich / column:inches,

About: Marty Peters

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