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    I've started recording an album. It's just tradition singer/songwriter stuff but I have a couple songs that don't seem to work well with the traditional drums-bass-guitar-keys arrangement (or my technical skills are not enough to realize those arrangements for those songs, either way). So, I'm considering recording them only as a few tracks, mostly ambient guitar and vocals; perhaps very minimal percussion or none at all. I've spent some time around here collab'ing/releasing, so I thought it would also be a nice way to show my ambient-loving side.

    So, I have two questions. These songs have been the hardest to arrange and any help is greatly appreciated and might be critical for me to push through:

    1) Can you point me to any songs that use only/most ambient guitar and vocals? I would really like to see their approach and how they prevented the song from being boring with just these elements.

    2) I will probably use Guitar Rig 5 and/or Zoom MS-70 CDR (and bunch of other pedals, EHX Superego, etc.). If for this purpose, there seem to be some resources (e.g., patches) that I'm not aware of, would you kindly point me towards them?

    Many thanks and happy 2016!
    https://soundcloud.com/lifespace/

  • #2
    Hi.

    I know sod all about guitars (ambient or otherwise), but I do know about The English Cold by July Skies. Very haunting and misty sounds with guitar and vocals.
    https://julyskies.bandcamp.com/album/the-english-cold

    Hope that helps you.
    https://thegreatschizm.bandcamp.com

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    • #3
      Spot on, this is beautiful music. Both the guitars and vocals are very ambient (lots of reverb on both). Lyrics are more sparse than my songs, but similar to what I want to do. Thanks!
      https://soundcloud.com/lifespace/

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      • #4
        Cheers.

        You may also want to consider Strymon Reverberators if you don't have one already. They seem to be popular with guitarists.

        https://thegreatschizm.bandcamp.com

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        • #5
          Sure, I know Strymon. But I stopped obsessing about pedals and learned to live with what I have: A Zoom MS-70CDR (poor man's strymon). :-)
          https://soundcloud.com/lifespace/

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          • #6
            Not sure I'd call these ambient, but there is a spacious and sprawling landscape quality to these (both bands owe a nod to Cocteau Twins):

            Hugo Largo was a band in the late 80's. 2 bass guitar, electric violin, and vocals.

            Produced by Micheal Stipe then Brian Eno on the next album.



            Basque is also mostly bass guitar centered. I often wonder if they are still recording.



            Last edited by aoVI; 01-03-2016, 11:37 AM.

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            • #7
              You might want to check out Benoit Pioulard's Hymnal. He works in that field between ambient and singer/songwriter.
              https://pioulard.bandcamp.com/album/hymnal
              https://soundcloud.com/westernskiesmotel
              https://westernskiesmotel.bandcamp.com/

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              • #8
                I forgot about Darren Lock. He makes Frippy soundscapes with his guitars. No vocals though, but it's very nice.

                https://thegreatschizm.bandcamp.com

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                • #9
                  Dreamweapon by Spacemen 3 comes to mind here. The main song runs 44 minutes, and is woven together quite well.

                  On 19 August, Spacemen 3 gave an unusual live performance. Palmer had booked them to provide 'An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music' in the foyer of the Waterman's Art Centre in Brentford, London, to act as a prelude to a screening of the film Wings of Desire. Kember, Pierce and Carruthers were joined by Rugby musician Steve Evans. They played a 45-minute jam, based around a single chord strummed by Evans, featuring riffs from some of the songs from their as yet unreleased Playing With Fire material. This performance was recorded and was later released, in 1990, asDreamweapon.
                  above quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacemen_3#1988_2



                  Worth picking up a physical copy for the liner notes, IMHO.
                  Last edited by Ambire Seiche; 01-09-2016, 01:51 AM.
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