12.26.16

Christmas Medley 2016

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental at 7:33 pm by Martin

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Only a day late I’ve completed this year’s Christmas medley. It’s hard to find enough time to record when there’s a toddler in the house always wanting “to play choo choos” 🙂
This year the medley starts out with the Charlie Brown classic “Christmas Time Is Here” and then takes off with a rock version of Wham’s “Last Christmas”. I recorded the “Last Christmas” solo guitars on Christmas day itself, which coincidentally was the day George Michael died. So this kind of turned into a tribute to him.

Hope you enjoy!

12.29.15

Christmas Medley 2015

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental, Metal at 5:43 pm by Martin

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A bit delayed this year (it’s hard to find enough time to record with a toddler running around the house :P), but it’s finally here. Please enjoy my yearly Christmas medley!
This time around I’ve mashed up “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Let It Snow” in a progressive metal extravaganza. Somewhat deviating from my usual medley style, this year already starts out pretty heavy and somber instead of the much quieter and softer beginnings of previous years.

Anyway, download it and listen to it. I hope you like it!

For the nerds, this year’s medley was recorded exclusively with my brand new Strandberg Boden OS 8, an 8-string guitar, my old Ibanez ATK-305 bass, and using my Roland TD-9 electronic drum kit. Software-wise, the DAW used was Cubase 8.5 Pro with a good sprinkle of various plugins. The guitars all either go through Peavey Revalver or Overloud TH-2 as amp plugin. The drum sounds are from Toontrack’s excellent Superior Drummer plugin.

12.31.14

Christmas Medley 2014

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental, Rock at 11:40 am by Martin

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Another year, another Christmas Medley 🙂 This year it’s a medley of “Away in a Manger” and “Deck The Halls” (mostly influenced by Debby Ryan’s excellent version).

The newest addition to our family, Kai Sebastian Ecker, also had a role in this medley. He’s the one doing the intro announcement 😛

Hope you enjoy it!

12.19.13

Christmas Medley 2013

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental, Rock at 11:12 pm by Martin

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It’s that time of the year again where I go into my cave for a few days to arrange and record my yearly Christmas medley. This year it’s a medley of “Do You Hear What I Hear” – first slow, then fast – and the great 80s song “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. Hope you enjoy it!

It took me about five days worth of work to arrange, record, mix and master this year’s medley. I pretty much arranged and recorded all the drum tracks in the first two days, then recorded the rhythm guitars on day three, the bass and solo guitars on day four, and did the mixing and mastering on the final day, which was spread over several evenings. Quite atypically I recorded the bass after the rhythm guitars. Usually I do it the other way around, but this year it just worked out that way 😛

12.23.12

Christmas Medley 2012

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental, Rock at 12:24 pm by Martin

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Merry Xmas and Happy New Year! This year’s medley contains two different versions of the German traditional Christmas carol “Alle Jahre Wieder”, which roughly translates to “Every Year Again”, and “Sleigh Ride”. Enjoy!

Just like last year, all the guitars in this medley were recorded clean and straight into the computer without microphones. Various guitar amp software plugins took care of making the guitars sound as they do. It’s pretty impressive technology, and a lot less hassle when it comes to recording guitar tracks, because there’s no need for microphones (and with that the hard-to-get silence required everywhere else in the house while recording).

Also, a first this year is that I pretty much worked out and recorded all the drum tracks live, going straight from my electronic Roland TD-9 drum kit into the computer. The drum sounds come from the Superior Drummer 2.0 drum plugin, which conveniently has a MIDI mapping set up for the TD-9 out of the box. In previous years, my drum skills weren’t good enough to do all the fills on the drums, and so I would still set them on the computer. This year, however, I didn’t manually set any fills on the computer, but rather just played them in via MIDI straight from the drum kit, along with the rest of the drum track 🙂

01.09.12

Christmas Medley 2011

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental, Rock at 11:06 am by Martin

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This is the first Christmas medley that my girlfriend actively participated in. She plays the clarinet in the slow part in the beginning 🙂 This year’s medley is a mashup of “Silver Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. Hope you enjoy it!

For the techies among you it might be interesting to know that all guitars were recorded clean and going straight into the computer (i.e. no amp or microphone). All the guitar sounds come from plugins. That’s a first for me, as I’ve always recorded amps with microphones in the past. But I have to say that guitar plugins have evolved quite a lot and they sound really good, so I’ll probably keep doing this for future recordings because it’s a lot less of a hassle.

12.23.10

Christmas Medley 2010

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental, Rock at 9:46 am by Martin

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It took me a while to figure out what I was going to do this year for my Christmas medley. There were quite a few contenders to be included in the medley but I finally settled on “First Noel” and “Carol of the Bells”. It also took me longer to record this year. Normally I record everything in about 2-3 days, but this time it took me over a week to get everything done. I think it turned out pretty well though and I hope you like it! Happy holidays!

12.18.09

Christmas Medley 2009

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental at 12:19 am by Martin

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This year I had no idea what xmas carols I would use for my traditional Christmas medley until the day I wanted to actually start recording it when my girlfriend said “two of my favorite ones are White Christmas and Winter Wonderland”, so that was the inspiration for this medley. I immediately knew that it would be a good combination. The first part “White Christmas” is all acoustic. I played the lead part on both my nylon and steel string acoustic guitars. One is panned to the left the other panned to the right. For the second part of this year’s medley, “Winter Wonderland”, I went into overdrive mode and it turned out to be quite heavy this year. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

02.19.09

April Weather

Posted in Instrumental, Metal, Rock at 10:52 pm by Martin

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Who would have thought that I’d actually pump out another song just shortly after last year’s Christmas Medley…well, okay it took two months, so sue me 😉

The rhythm track of this song was a single take jam session I did a few weeks ago that I was lucky enough to record (often times I’ll just jam something cool, not record it, and immediately forget it, which leads to me screaming profanities at my neighbors, housemates, and other random people that happen to walk past the house ;)). I re-recorded the song with a click track, added some solos and – taa daa – this is the end result. I admit, it’s kind of random, but it was still pretty cool to just come up with a 4 minute piece of music while jamming.
Since the music is so random I thought the title “April Weather” was appropriate because in Austria the weather in April is pretty random and the song reminded me of it 🙂

12.12.08

Christmas Medley 2008

Posted in Christmas Medley, Instrumental at 10:29 pm by Martin

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Yet another year where I didn’t record much…well, actually I did somewhat, but none of it is ready for release yet. Ah well, I managed to finish my yearly Christmas medley on time 🙂 This year it’s a medley of the traditional German carol “Süßer die Glocken nie klingen” or “Sweeter the Bells Never Sounded” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”. Enjoy!

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