Continuing on the tour of old music that I’ve been wanting to re-record for quite some time…
Walking in Barcelona is a piece that I wrote shortly after getting a crappy $89 nylon string guitar. I had been hearing a lot of nylon on the radio (because my first wife likes sappy music), so I “got a hankerin” for it. The piece was written with a complex sounding but completely repetitive drum line that had no variation, but it had a nice bassline and the guitar wasn’t half bad. The original piece’s sound also taught me that the instruments can be cheap but a good microphone (or two, since the original was recorded using 2 C1000S mics pointing at the soundhole and neck) can make it sound quite good. (This version was recorded using a Neumann TLM103 offset about 4 inches to the left and about 8 inches away from the soundhole.)
This version was recorded in 24-bits so it just sounds better. But, I adjusted the drumline a bit to make it sound less robotic as well as to change it up in a particular spot that cried for a different rhythm. The bassline was changed a bit to reflect my current proficiency level and, scary enough, the guitar playing is crap. I do plan on re-recording the guitar before putting it on BandCamp but I wanted to give everyone a preview here. Also, I have quite a bit of automation in this version to highlight certain phrases and to duck behind the solo instruments.
The recorder is a cheap, neon green, $15 plastic Yamaha that I bought at Sam Ash if you’re curious.
The guiro in the percussion represents the shuffle of one’s feet as you walk down the street.
Comments, suggestions for improvement, etc. are definitely welcome.
Edit: added more stereo depth to the mix; and added more automation to highlight certain phrases.
Edit 2: got to a point where I’m happy with it (unless you point out deficiencies that I missed), so I uploaded it to Bandcamp and adjusted the URL above accordingly.