Tag Archives: Relayer

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To Be Over

Dear friends, this is a very special video for me because I’m presenting the bass I have built in the memory of Chris Squire. The #bassforChris project is my first attempt to construct a bass and it took me about one year. Finally it’s ready.

Another important part of the cover is the use of the 8-string bass on the intro and first two verses of the song. Although there isn’t any report of Chris using an 8-string in this song, while studying the bassline, I concluded that it was indeed the Rickenbacker 4008 that was used, with a wah-wah effect pedal. I underline that this statement is just from my listening, but it fits in the chronology, as the first prototypes were issued in 1973, according to the Rickenbacker Electric Bass Book (Paul D. Boyer/Hal Leonard) and Chris was given one of the first copies.

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The Gates of Delirium (iii) Soon

The Gates Of Delirium comes to its finale! I invite you to comment on this entry and share your interpretation of “Soon” – a wonderful poem that may have many personal meanings for each of you…

Translations wanted – let’s write “Soon” in all languages of the world! A few guidelines:

  • create a singable version with the original vocal melody.
  • no need to translate word by word – be creative – write your own meaning.
  • change the words as to flow naturally in your own language.
  • back-translate into English – to explain your translation literally.
  • Read other people’s comments – it will give you some ideas.
  • If you are a native English-speaker, you can write by your own words your interpretation of “Soon”

A future video collaboration with your version of “Soon” can be arranged – to be discussed later.

Thank you very much!

Original (English version)

Soon oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe this endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here

Soon oh soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

Long ago, set into rhyme

Soon oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

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The Gates of Delirium (ii)

Here I play the second section of The Gates of Delirium, also known as “the battle” suite. Most appropriate, I would say… I managed to play it in two nights of recording, having to stop after on the first night I had run out of fingers… they still hurt :))
I must say also that the studying of this particular bassline (including the first section) has been a complete treasure for me. Taking on what seems to be a beautiful musical chaos and listening it in small sections. You will find very particular aspects of Chris’ playing – regarding note choices, rhythm patterns, fingering solutions…. I have learned a lot from the bass guitar itself after studying this bassline, with the help of the available videos, especially the QPR show from 1975, which I adopted as a visual reference for left and right hand positions, which is most probably the closest footage to what might have happened during the Relayer and Yesshows years.
The speed at which this version was played is really on my technical limits… more so after some weeks of holiday without playing and letting my left hand finger tips go softer. Hope you enjoy the music and thanks for watching!

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS

Strings:  Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)

Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC

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The Gates of Delirium (i)

I spent my National Holiday (one year after I did Astral Traveller) editing this clip. For the past weeks I have been learning how to play it, from my favourite version, from Yesshows – it’s a live version, so my moto was chosen “my room is my stage” :) I collected some photos on the net, trying to illustrate a Yesshow from that era. I did 4 takes, but sadly on one of them the camera was off focus, the audio was ok though. Then I tryed to get the best of those takes (you can see I put two video takes at some point on the background just for fun).