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Where Is My Mind, Theremin edition

While I’m trying to work out a bunch of songs for the album in a month, none of that is really ready for any serious recording yet, and I’ve got a lot of antsiness and musical energy building up in the mean time.

And so: time to record a cover. Specifically, the Pixies’ Where Is My Mind:

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You can check out the new recording on the Song page (look for “Theremin” in the sidebar) and compare it to a couple of terrible rehearsal renditions from years ago, including a banjo take. The recording also lives in the 2010 collection, where all the miscellaneous things I record this year will go.

It was hard to figure out how much theremin is too much theremin; I chopped out as much as I could stand to, but since its the main sound on this recording that’s markedly different from the original version I didn’t want to set it entirely by the way side. And the theremin is brand new to me (thanks, awesome wife!), so this is its virgin trip besides. I think the main thing the recording would have benefited from is me being a better theremin player, but only time (if that!) will help there.

This recording also has better drum micing than I’ve had in the past; I recently bought a little Audix mic kit, and so this features a rough stereo mix off a collection of mics instead of just one room overhead. But that’s probably another post for another day.

Also: cowbell. (Thanks, awesome Chad!)


  1. limeonaire wrote:

    LOVE this. Pretty kick-ass rendition.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  2. pjern wrote:

    Interesting mix- more fun with electronics than without. I agree with your comment on the benefits of practice, although I’ve never seen any Etudes for Theremin :)

    What do you use for mixing?

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Permalink
  3. Josh Millard wrote:

    I use Garageband for pretty much everything these days as far as multi-track software. For several years before 2009, I used Adobe Audition (nee Cool Edit Pro).

    Hardware mixing: I use a little Yamaha MG102 mixer and a M-Audio Fast Track USB (or as of very recently the slightly more robust Fast Track Pro) and record everything in either mono or stereo.

    At some point here I’ll make a proper post about my recording setup.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink
  4. Angela wrote:

    Not technically an etude, but you get the idea. However, I thought Josh’s theremin stylings were awesome for this song.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

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