6/24/17

An Ambient Jam (2 versions of the same thing)

I decided to try recording a strictly ambient guitar piece, and ended up creating something else entirely.



First I recorded a series of simple one-note volume swells ... funny fact about these notes - I used PI (π) as my tab - i.e., 3.141592653589793 - using the low E string, I played the notes at the 3rd fret (G), 1st fret (F), 4th fret (G#), 1st fret again, 5th fret (A), and so on.

I used a compressor to keep the note nice and sustained, and I used my Morley Mini volume pedal to swell the notes in.  My clean tone was my Tech21 FlyRig5 CALI, only using the Samsamp section for the first half, then I added the CALI drive section for the second half.

Then I added a boatload of effects after recording - some EQ, chorus, phasing, some pitch-shifting, and some delay and a LOT of reverb.  A LOT of reverb, to really sustain the notes for a long time.

This is how I created "Ambient Only".

But after completing the piece, I wanted to completely turn it into something else.  Luckily, I thought ahead a bit when I recorded the "swells", because I recorded them with a "click track" on.  So now I can add some additional instruments, including MIDI instruments since everything will sync to the tempo.

So I added some drums using EZ Drummer, then added the "solo" guitar (following the notes so I could figure out what key each section is in), then added live bass (my trusty old Squier Affinity P-Bass).  Voila - the piece called "An Ambient Jam."


6/18/17

Abjuration of the Black Goddess Suite


Finally completed a project that I started last year around September.

Abjuration of the Black Goddess Suite.


This is a long, conceptual piece of music.  Originally my guitar was tuned to Open C, then eventually morphed into Drop-C.  And I think I did a few parts in Drop-D, but transposed the audio tracks down a whole step.  Bass guitar is either Cakewalk Studio Instruments VSTi Bass, 4Front VSTi Bass, or regular electric guitar transposed down an Octave. 
The Ambient, atmospheric synth sounds are all guitar.  No Synths used.  In fact, this part is just my piece I just posted on YouTube entitled "Dark Drone 1" chopped up into pieces and distributed between the metal bits.

Then I added the spoken word bits after this.  The words are from a section of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

An MP3 file is now downloadable ... go HERE to stream or choose your download options, or glick HERE to download a ZIP file directly.

This may be my last "metal" piece for a while.  I'm beginning to find metal a bit "limited" in scope, so I'll be exploring some more alternate genres of rock and instrumental music, maybe some avant-garde improvisation, more of the "gentler" side of ambient guitar (Chords of Orion is a big influence in this area - makes really expansive, beautiful sounding ambient washes of sound, all generated by guitar), and who knows what else I'll try

6/11/17

Dark Ambient Space Drone

Only available on YouTube - NOT!  Now you can download an MP3 of this by clicking HERE! 

Or go to the Internet Archive to stream by clicking HERE instead.

created with only guitars and effects ... no synthesizers at all.




5/28/17

Oakwind Hollow

Dimaension X delves into the world of Prog Rock. After listening to lots of Yes, King Crimson and Steven Wilson, it was time to give in and try something a bit more "proggy". Less emphasis on Berlin-School electronics and more on band interplay and rocking it up a bit. There's still plenty of Moog Synth, but now some Mellotron and B3 organ, too, along with the usual guitars, bass and drums.



 Dimaension X - Oakwind Hollow

01 - Scions of Aurglko
02 - Swords and Secrets in Betua
03 - Oakwind Hollow, pt 1
04 - The Blood Queen
05 - The Exiled King
06 - Oakwind Hollow, pt 2 (What Comes After …)
07 - The Sign of the Gilded Serpent
08 - The Tower of Osaugghi
09 - The Summoning Chamber
10 - Oakwind Hollow, pt3 (The Ruins of Akharon)
11 - The Temple of Icetooth



Music composed and performed by Dimaension X.
Recorded and produced by Dave Lanciani at Dimaex Studios.

Recorded with a bunch of different equipment, guitars, amps, effects, pedals, etc.

Recorded with Reaper, as usual.

Go to the download page for download and streaming options HERE

or download a ZIP File by clicking HERE

I will be working of uploading some files to YouTube for live streaming soon!

ThanX for listening!

5/14/17

New for 2017

I started working on a few new projects that I hope to release soon.  I've been delving into some classic old Prog music lately, including classic Yes and King Crimson, and a bit of "new" prog, like Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree.  This more "classic" style of progressive music has inspired me, and I have about 8 songs nearly complete, and would like to fill out the album with 2 more songs.

I've also been listening to a really interesting project named The Nikki Grace Experience.  This is a sort of "post-rock" meets melancholy ambient music project led by Marko Hupel since 2009. He has released a number of somewhat popular net releases (mostly on Webbed Hand Records) and some videos on YouTube. Lots of his tracks contain contributions of female singers (mainly Lotte Kestner, which is a stage name for an American singer from Seattle named Anna-Lynn Williams). Since the beginning of 2014 TNGE has added a new permanent member named Frank Lobow.  I've scoured the Internet for more information on this musical project, and the most recent "website" I can only find is a Facebook page, but the latest post is dated September 2015.  I highly recommend this band.



The Webbed Hand Records site is still active, and contains music from a whole bunch of other artists, too, so I recommend checking it out.  But the best place to find downloads of the albums is at the Nikki Grace page at Internet Archive.  They're all free and legal.  And worth it.  If you like simple, minimalist and melancholy music, this is for you.  

TNGE has really inspired me to just sit at the piano and try to come up with simple chord progressions and melodies, and then try to come up with accompaniment from bass, drums, and other instruments.  And eventually some guitar.  This is probably going to be a similar sound to my "Gothambia Redux" album, which was also based on a lot of piano rather than guitar.  I also managed to download a really good piano instrument called "Neo Piano".  It's a very good sample set of a grand piano.  With a little reverb, it sounds very realistic.

This music is a far cry from my usual metal-head tendencies, but I really like delving into different music that ISN'T metal lately.  I need to expand my horizons and challenge myself artistically. Metal isn't the only good music.

Maybe I'm just getting old? Nah.  I still have a few "metal" projects brewing, too.  But first I need to try a few other things.  Hopefully the prog album will be done soon (tentatively titled "Oakwind Hollow".)

4/9/17

Ghost/Echo - new album for 2017

Well that was quick - here it is, the new album from Dimaension X, titled "Ghost/Echo".

You can go to the Discography page and click on the links to download it from the Internet Archive, or you can follow the links right below:

Ghost/Echo (2017) - More sci-fi electronic synth rock madness from Dimaension X.  The titles and general themes are based on an interesting rules-lite RPG named Ghost/Echo by a game designer named John Harper.


Similar to the last two albums, there are synth-sequences, guitar melodies, a few solos, some cool drum beats, and more. 

Similar to the last two albums, there are synth-sequences, guitar melodies, a few solos, some cool drum beats, and more. 



Dimaension X - Ghost / Echo

01 - Looting the Ghost World
02 - Betrayed by Vixen
03 - Hungry Wraiths
04 - Crew Needs Metal
05 - Channeling the Ghost Field
06 - Paranormal Backlash
07 - Ruins of Undercross
08 - Blackcircle
09 - Echoes of Distant Events
10 - The Truth in the Datastream

To go to the download page to stream or download, click HERE.

To download a zip file directly, click HERE.

4/8/17

New album coming soon!

I am finally finishing the mixing of my new Dimaension X album! I'm just giving it a final critical listen, and will start posting it very soon.  It's in the vein of the last two albums (Brain Tree Split and Dark Spaces), very synth and sci-fi oriented, with song titles thematically created from a neat game called Ghost/Echo, which was developed by John Harper of One.Seven Design Studio.  Here's the proposed album cover, based HEAVILY on some of the images directly from the game.



  If you're a fan of bands like Zombi or Goblin, you'll probably like the music.  I wanted to keep it pretty simple, just good fun electronic rock that you can have playing in the background while you're typing away at work, or whatever.  Sounds good on long car trips.  No lyrics or singing to get in the way.  You know, typical Dimaension x music.  Might sound cool in headphones late at night in the dark, too.

I'm only playing a few actual guitar solos on this one.  I'm trying to focus more on a mood or atmosphere, while keeping it rocking and fun.  Maybe the next album will be more "guitar" oriented, but I really like working with the combination of synth and guitar. And trying to create "songs" where the guitar and synths play a melody together.  It's just where I am artistically.  And let's face it, I'm not exactly a "shredding" guitarist, so my idea of a solo is a bit different right now.  It's more about trying to create a "sound" that works with the music, rather than showing off my "skillz." 

I'm also trying out a whole bunch of different guitar tones on this one.  I didn't just stick to just one guitar or amp.  I used most of my guitars for different parts, and combined my various effects toys, like my Yamaha THR-10 amp, and both my Tech21 pedals (the RK5 and Cali Fly Rig).  All recorded though my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.  And I think I used my Joyo Vintage Overdrive a bit here and there to "goose" the guitar signal a bit.

So I'll post again once it's up and available for download and streaming. 

And more music will be in the works this spring.


2/27/17

Hibernation 2017

Yep - ’tis still the Hibernation Season for Dimaension X.  I get a lot of music recorded and done during the Spring thru Fall, but Winter is a big drop-off due to the fact that my weekends are much busier.  But Spring is coming and my weekends will be freed up a bit, so I will have more free time to get more recording done.

I just bought a new Tech 21 FlyRig5 Cali, so as soon as I get plugged into that, some more ideas should be flying out.  It’s very similar to my FlyRig RK5, but instead of the Ritchie Kotzen OMG pedal as the front end, we have the Cali/US Metal simulation preamp (which is basically a clone of the classic old Mesa-Boogie MkII C+ amplifier).  Lots of music from the 70’s and 80’s was recorded with those amps with great results (everyone from Carlos Santana, Kirk Hammett, John Petrucci, even Pete Townsend and Keith Richards used these amps), so I am looking forward to cranking up with that!

Note that I haven’t done NOTHING all winter season.  I’ve actually spent most of my time getting demos and basic song structures written and recorded, just without any guitar yet.  I probably have enough material for several albums, so it’s really just a matter of getting the time to add final guitar to everything, and mix it all down into cohesive albums.