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10 MP3 Songs in this album (45:49) !
Related styles: Rock: Instrumental Rock, Rock: Soft Rock, Solo Instrumental
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The new album "Man Vs. Time" from instrumental guitarist Soul To Strings brings you 10 guitar driven songs worth checking out in its entirety. Sole band performer/composer Brad Moore began work on this project not long after the release of his debut self-titled album & Change Is CD's. This sophomore album was released on 1-2-12 and ready for digital downloads on CDbaby distribution. For those seeking hard copy CD's, please email SoulToStrings@aol.com for easy Paypal info and payment options.
"Man Vs. Time" kicks off with radio friendly anthems and just continues to soar out your speakers with guitar goodness. All songs are composed, recorded, & mastered by Soul To Strings. Presently there are no other contributing musicians so he handles the drum programming, bass parts, and of course the layered lead & rhythm guitar tracks.
In typical tradition, Brad will now give you his insight on the "Man Vs. Time" album along with the track by track information for those curious about the tone & guitar sounds you are hearing.
"My new "Man Vs. Time" CD was a long work in progress. It took longer than I had expected but I needed a bit of time to experiment with different sounds & song structures. I am pleased with the end result overall, I learned where I want to take my next project while doing this one. I want the listeners to interpret their own thoughts & emotions while tuning into this, however the ongoing theme to me is time. We are all facing daily encounters but there is no escaping that melting clock that is ticking away. My wish is that you can sit back & enjoy this music as a place where time is limitless.
Now for some notes about each individual songs. I like to include this for those wanting to know the story behind songs as well as the actual music equipment used for those gear guys that are interested.
1. 10-13 The album opener is an upbeat rocker. This was written & recorded around a special date to me and I like the positive vibe it brings. Perhaps this is my personal favorite song I've ever written to date. I plan to work this into some soundtracks or instrumental radio very soon.
I used my amazing Matchless DC-30 amplifier for all the parts actually. You can hear it grinding in the rhythm guitars section, I recommend this entire album and especially this song through a pair of headphones if you can. Most all of the lead parts are done with a Peavey Wolfgang. The overdrive pedal used was my Homebrew Electronics (H.B.E) Power Screamer into the 2nd (EF86) channel of the DC30 amp. The rhythm guitar is also the EF86 side of the Matchless and a Fender Tele chiming out the chords and arpeggios. All echo was the MG Audio "That's Echo Folks" pedal.
2. October's Moon Yes, the October thing seems to be a theme. This was an idea started while viewing a nice Kentucky October's night moon. It reminds me of bonfires, dog's howling in the distance, and when the weather is just starting to get a bit cold out but not frigid cold. A perfect night to be out & about or relaxing in seclusion.
My trustee 1 and only steel string acoustic starts this song quietly. Then we go into the verse which is done with a Hamer Daytona strat and the Mesa Heartbreaker amp set to very clean. The acoustic part plays under the electric also. The 2nd verse introduces some swell harmonics & new stuff going on. As we head into the bridge you'll hear a rockin' blues type section kicking the song up a notch done with the bridge on a Fender USA Telecaster through the Lust channel on the Heartbreaker amp.
Then I switch over to the neck pickup & Love channel of the Mesa Boogie Heartbreaker for the outro solo. No overdrive pedals whatsoever, all the sweet overdrive is from the Mesa amp cranked. The Digitech Digiverb did all reverb for this one.
3. Chasing Numbers - We are all chasing numbers. Can you catch them? Try if you can...this song is a journey that hopefully will be a good one for your listens.
(Alot of gear notes) A phaser pedal and Fender Stratocaster introduce this song through the Mesa Heartbreaker clean sound again. As this progression continues to play, my Yamaha Nylon acoustic guitar begins a short segment. Then the actual verse kicks off with a Fender Twin and Strat playing the arpeggios & phaser tones. The phaser used on this was a Electro Harmonix Small Stone.
The next section where we get an overdriven lead guitar is a Hamer Daytona straight through a Naylor Superdrive 60 amp head & 4x12 cab. This same Hamer/Naylor setup plays through the chorus of the song also, the only difference is I turn the gain of the amp down lower to incorporate the unique Zendrive pedal made by Hermida Audio.
The short rhythm bridge part is a Matchless DC-30 on the EF86 side with the Hamer Daytona. The solo is is all Naylor & strat with a little push from a Homebrew Power Screamer & Uno Mos. Then the outro is the Naylor Superdrive & a Peavey wolfgang.
4. Stars Collide - This rather spacious song has lots of changes involved. It is a ride through space, one where falling stars are in abundance. When the stars collide you can take off on your own alienated spacecraft.
This is a very layered & changing song where an acoustic & clean guitars play softly while a Matchless DC-30 & Wolf P-90 guitar play the lead parts. I am using fingers to play most of the notes to keep the Matchless tamed down from breaking up , but the touch sensitivity is shown when digging in. I use the P-90 Wolf axe on every part of this song. It's got a F-hole semi-hollow also making it rather chirpy. I also use the Matchless amp throughout on different settings.
The solo comes quick in the 1st minute, unusual for my songs. It's done with the Homebrew Power Screamer on the boost channel. Then the chorus is introduced right after the solo finishes. I use the Homebrew UFO pedal for the octave effect you hear on it.
The rhythm bridge is a DC-30 overdriven naturally on the EF86 channel. Back to the chorus again, then to the interesting outro. The outro has several guitar parts going on. They are layered so that you are hopefully able to hear them all, they are all done on the same setup and the Power Screamer pedal giving the light overdrive to the amp.
5. Peaceful Warrior - This song was the 1st I actually wrote for this CD. Long story short, it was inspired by a sick kitten who nearly died from a horrible illness when first acquired. Not too long after a vet visit and a lot of worrying, he was returned with full health. So as a story with a happy ending, have fun as you listen to this upbeat modern rock song.
Every guitar part is the Peavey Wolfgang on this one. All amplification is the Naylor Superdrive. Occasionally I used the Homebrew Electronics Uno Mos to compress things slightly, and a Digitech Bad Monkey overdrive is used on the solo for more gain. Otherwise, not many pedals on here. The only time-based effect throughout is a T.C. Electronics Vintage Delay pedal.
6. Melting Hope - Sad? Happy? Maybe a bit of both? This song is a mixed feeling venture for the listener. Incorporate it as you wish. It's about when all you want, you almost had it, and then it was let go of right at your fingertips.
The dirty rhythm guitar is mostly a Goodsell Black Dog combo with my Vallery Arts super strat. The clean lead part is the Fender Twin with the onboard reverb and the Vallery Arts guitar also. Then the song kicks into gear with the same guitar, this time through a Naylor Superdrive cranked up. The Valley Arts guitar is put through several pickup changes through the chorus of the song.
The rhythm/bridge is the DC-30 with a Fender USA strat on the bridge, digging into those strings! The solo comes on fast, it's the Naylor overdriven with the Power Screamer HBE pedal. Delay provided by the MG "That's Echo Folks" pink pedal!
7. What I Know - The idea of this song is that I was just going to simply play how I normally do, no compromise or crazy ideas. Just a straight forward melodic instrumental song - just what I know, you know? It goes through lots of tonal changes also, and moods. This is one of my top favorites on the album, and was the last track cut before mastering was done. I like how it transforms from light, bluesy, rocking, and then all in between.
The Fender Twin Reverb amp kicks this one off on rhythm & lead. The guitar used on opening is a Hamer Daytona on the neck/mid position, my personal favorite. The 2nd part of the song goes into a bluesy section where a Telecaster is used through a 1954 Silvertone 1331 amp. A true vintage amp, so just plugging straight in yields results!
The chorus is the Fender Twin driven with a Zendrive pedal on a USA Fender Tele's bridge & neck selections. Singy tone! Next comes the solo, done on a Peavey Wolfgangs bridge primarily for that edgy cutting sound. It's the Zendrive again too through the Fender Twin with JBL speakers. After the solo you hear a rhythm section which is a bunch of amps playing arpeggios, some have tremolo on them, some are clean, others barely driven for sparkle.
After the 2nd chorus we get the final ending of the song. This arpeggiated sequence is my red Fender USA strat and the gain channel dialed in on the Lust side of the Mesa Heartbreaker, no pedals besides a Echo (MG Audio).
8. Detached Reality - This song gets a bit heavier than my typical. It's a darker ride into the unknown. Careful where those corners turn, you might end up lonely in need of a reality check.
The oddball distortion effect on the lead opening intro is a Devi Ever Soda Meiser stompbox. The amp/guitar combo was the Vallery Arts superstrat & Mesa Boogie Heartbreaker. The change into the chorus does not change the tone setup much, but then the listener is treated with a more polite section. The melody breakdown is an acoustic, and also a clean electric rhythm. The lead guitar is a Fender Twin with a Fender Strat through a BK Butler Tube Driver pedal.
We hear a repeated chorus, and then the outro solo. The solo coombines the Soda Meiser pedal overtop a Line 6 Uber Metal pedal creating an level of distortion I typically don't play with but it works for this song.
9. Throwback Jam - As the title suggest, this one is a bit old school rock and blues. The combo of Blues & Rock together is legendary and cannot be denied. This riff friendly song is a fun one to play over top of, as it had been an idea of mine for a long time but the sound of it fit this record much better than my previous.
The Naylor Superdrive 60 amp fuels the entire song (besides the solo) pretty much with it's raw rock sound. It handles lead & rhythm duties, while the Peavey Wolfgang guitar gets the call for most of the guitar parts also. Besides a little bit of delay, not many effects just pure 5881 & el84 tubes smoking.
The solo & palm muted breakdown part introduces a little chicken pickin' country playing done with a Fender Telecaster bridge & also a Matchless DC30. As it gets more shreddy toward the end it's the same amp but with the Wolfgang instead.
10. Man Vs. Time - Travel through time but don't forget you have one life to live it up. Life is short, it's you vs. time. Overall the song has a positive vibe - but can man ever escape time truly? Not possible so reflect on how you're going to spend your time today.
A Fender Strat & a Fender Twin Reverb start up this song with a TC Electronic chorus pedal giving the shimmery effect. The smooth lead guitar sound that enters are a Mesa Heartbreaker on the Lust overdrive channel, only effect is a TC Electronic vintage delay. Guitar also a Stratocaster in the neck position.
The bridge leading into the chorus is mostly the same setup - Now onto the chorus which is alot o rhyhm tracks over the same tone setup as before on the Mesa/Strat.
The short solo following this is a Naylor Superdrive with a humbucker in the bridge position of a Samick customized SMX-4 guitar. Then the song heads back to the bridge & chorus again but with an interesting twist on the 2nd part of the chorus.
The last solo comes around 4:20 mark and it the Mesa Boogie Heartbreaker for amplification. The guitar is my Fender Telecaster, the only effect is gentle boosting with the Homebrew Uno Mos, the amp is cranked way up for the singing lead. Then as the song closes you get a short rhythm section mixing the Fender Twin cleans with a slightly overdriven Mesa Heartbreaker amp. The onboard reverb & tremolo of the Twin is used on lots of the rhythms you'll hear in the background.
Well I hope you enjoyed learning about how Man Vs. Time was made. Feel free to get in touch with me by email anytime to discuss music, guitars, tone, etc. Thanks for listening,
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