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SPOTLIGHT 46: Blue Lizard
 
Artist Name:
Joseph L. Young
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 46: Blue Lizard
 
Date Posted:
May 2011
 
Genre:
World
Equipment Used:

Quad Core PC with 4 GB of RAM and Focusrite Saffire Pro 12 interface, running Windows 7 and Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 Producer Edition; dbx 386 preamp; Alesis M1 Active and Alesis 320USB Monitors; AKG C1000 mic on Native American Flute and two AKG C1000s on acoustic guitar; Korg M50 keyboard workstation; egg shaker.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Blue Lizard" is a "World" music styled instrumental. Joe wrote, performed and recorded it at his home studio, playing the Native American flute and synth, with Matt Roos playing the acoustic guitar.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight takes us to "the road less traveled", an acoustic based track that features a Native American flute as its lead voice. By sticking to a less-is-more approach, Joe has utilized his rather basic signal chain to its utmost.

We love the sound of the acoustic guitar as it drives the track without compression or string artifact. This, combined with the smoothly tracked (and superbly played) Native flute, creates a "world" meets Jethro Tull vibe that really works.

We also need to recognize Joseph for keeping his "nature" sounds mixed at a volume that blends with, and supports, the track during the breakdown section. This is an area where many of us would fall into the "hey, this is cool, let's crank it up" trap, thereby tossing the entire mix out of balance. Good on ya for the restraint, Joseph!

Too often in our "more, newer, faster" society, simplicity of craft goes unrewarded. With that in mind, let's hear it for the little guys!

Summary: Tasty indeed.

Contact: Joe Young, xwaveform@aol.com.
About: Marty Peters

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