Around six years ago I was experimenting with video effects and recorded this cover of Machine Messiah. Since then, YouTube’s audio and video compression capabilities improved a lot so I figured that this one could be sort of remastered both sonic and visually. As I had the green screen behind me, and although the lighting put a big shadow on it, I decided to make some different video effects, not as flashy as the first version. Most of all, I hope now the sound is better and you enjoy this cover of one of my favourite Yes compositions and basslines!
Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS
Strings: Warwick Red Strings (45-105, stainless steel)
Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)
Effects: Amplitube 3 – T-RackS CS Vintage Compressor 670
Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→T-RackS
05/02/2015 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001CS, Alan White, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Chris Squire, Drama, Geoff Downes, Machine Messiah, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, moog, pedals, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), Squire, Steve Howe, Taurus, Trevor Horn, YES
Here is the Rickenbacker version of Montreux’s Theme, which came second on the poll in which the Fender Jazz Bass has got more votes as we were trying to guess which bass was used by Chris Squire for this beautiful instrumental.
For the recordings I chose to boil old Rotosound strings, which sounded better that brand new ones from other brand, as I was trying to find a possible lower cost substitute for the Rotos – with no success.
I will soon post something about how I boiled the strings, for those interested :)
Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS
Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)
Signal conditioning: Boss LM-2 (limiter)
Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)
Signal path: Bass→LM-2→BDDI→PC
17/05/2014 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged Alan White, bass cover, bassline, Boss LM-2 Limiter, Chris Squire, Going For The One, Montreux's Theme, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Rotosound, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), Steve Howe
It will be a good 2012! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Miguel
28/12/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass, bass cover, bassline, Chris Squire, eight-string, It Will Be a Good Day, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Sonus 8, The Ladder, YES, Zon
For professional reasons I have had little time to make a brand new clip, so I recycled an old bassline recording of mine. November is coming – Happy 40th birthday “Fragile”!!
23/10/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, Fragile, Jon Anderson, Long Distance Runaround, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rick Wakeman, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Squire, Steve Howe, YES
Celebrating the NEW YES ALBUM IN 2011!! *** now available worldwide ***
13/07/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 2011, 4001, 4001CS, Alan White, bass, bass cover, bass pedals, bassline, Benoît David, Chris Squire, Fly From Here, Geoff Downes, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, pedals, Rickenbacker, Steve Howe, Taurus, Trevor Horn, We Can Fly, YES
Hello everyone and happy new belated 2011!
I added the pdf files for Tempus Fugit, Heart of the Sunrise, Siberian Khatru and In the Presence of.
Just click on the links and you will be directed to the original post, now updated with the respective files.
Posted in Chris Squire bass covers, News
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Chris Squire, Close to the Edge, Drama, electric bass, Falcão, Fragile, Heart of the Sunrise, In the Presence of, Magnification, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Siberian Khatru, Squire, standard notation, Tempus Fugit, Transcription, YES
These are my wishes of Merry Christmas for all of you visiting my music.
May the Music be with you always!
19/12/2010 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 8-string, Ampeg SVX, bass, bass cover, bassline, Choir, Chris Squire, Christmas, DI, eight-string, Gerard Johnson, Gustav Holst, Holst, Miguel, miguel bass, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Personent Hodie, Piae Cantiones, preamp, Sansamp, Sonus, Swiss Choir, Xmas, Zon
This is an original song I made over the last weeks that I would like to share with you. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for sticking around! Miguel
The idea started while trying to make another (yet unfinished) song. I thought it was getting too complicated and took on some accidental playing on my guitar. I found the riff ok and thought it could be the base for something simpler where I could work out an arrangement with all instruments, as to prepare myself for finishing the first song.
Anyway ideas started flowing and it ended up a bit more extended than I initially wanted. The basslines (intro and pre and post solo) were made up a bit after, while I was having fun experimenting with a demo of the Ampeg SVX plugin.
Then the drums – I wanted to find something that would make it sound simple (in spite of having to deal with some odd meter – a blend of 7/8 with 4/4) – and anyway, something I would be able to play by myself. Then the middle sections came about while I was inspired to write some lyrics.
The choral section is a four-part harmony (2 tracks for each voice) that starts – intentionally – very “Bulgarian” and ends up a bit more CS&N (that’s a nice combination :) as to make a passage to the acoustic guitar section and the main poem that I wrote with my dad’s old Ramirez – still sounds incredible. Some more arrangements were made by then, especially the double-bass parts.
Finally the second harmony part, probably the most difficult bit, because my idea was to link to the finale that was already made. Again a four-part harmony but a different one, that finally melts with the kind of repetitions towards the end. The bass solo was the last thing to be thought of.
Well that’s part of my memory description for this song. Most important is that it’s ready now and I can present it to you!
Thanks for watching!
23/11/2010 in Solo
Tagged 2010, 360, 4001, 4001CS, Ampeg SVX, bass, bassline, Bulgarian, Chris Squire, contrabaixo, CSN, doublebass, България, electric bass, Falcão, fireglo, guitar, harmony, Jose Ramirez, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Practice Versus Perfect, Rickenbacker, roland TD-9, Squire, vocal harmonies, YES
Perhaps my favourite Michael Steele bassline, but there are many… This was one that I started playing bass with, back in the days I bought the album in ’86 and I got my first bass on the following year. What strikes me the most about this bassline are the subtle passages on chord transitions, which are so good taste, very discrete and make the whole song flow. Listening carefully to Michael’s playing here, I can guess that she did the whole song in one take, for many of the passages here are really thought of “on-the-fly”, as she never repeats the exact same pattern on similar passages. She must have had the song so present that, along with her abilities, was able to let herself go with the groove. This bassline is a study on how you can make several great sounding basslines on a simple chord structure, and doing “your thing” without imposing your playing. By the way, Michael definitely wouldn’t need it as the is shining with her voice. September Gurls was written by Alex Chilton in 1974 and covered by The Bangles on the “Different Light” album, from 1986.
07/09/2010 in More Music
Tagged Alex Chilton, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, DI, Different Light, Fender Precision, Michael Steele, Micki, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Sansamp, September Gurls, The Bangles, wine red