365 DotU, Day 55: In Which The Request Line Is Open

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).


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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2 Responses to 365 DotU, Day 55: In Which The Request Line Is Open

  1. Adam says:

    Great cover!


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