Today’s offering is the first song I’ve done at someone else’s request (although it is not the first request I’ve received — I’m still working on the skills needed to produce the first one). My bandmate Josh asked for Radiohead’s “Separator,” and once I saw that it didn’t have that many chords and seemed playable, I said I’d take a shot at it.
I am an idiot.
The really, really interesting things about the original version (or at least the bits I personally find interesting) are all things I cannot really do. The original has all of this tasty percussion going, and it’s also got this terrific, random-seeming bass accent happening on all the time, plus dozens of weird throw-in bits from other instruments and voices. All of these things combine to make a really simple song (chord-wise) into something really rich and layered. Just going only on chords, it’s dulldulldull — but built the way Radiohead built it, it’s a sort of aural treat.
I wasted an absurd amount of time creating a complicated version (guitar, several violins, bass, percussion, multiple vocals) before I decided that my version sucked beyond repair, so I chucked it, sat down in front of the computer with the acoustic guitar, and punted. Again.
I don’t think it turned out to be so very terrible as a simple acoustic cover, although it could’ve been cooler. I rearranged a few things to make the single vocal a little more interesting, and did the audio recording in GB using the ever-amusing Radio Voice preset (the only difference between the GB audio and the iMovie audio, as they were recorded simultaneously, is the Radio Voice stuff and some doubling for stereo).