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How to get the "resonate-y" sounds in these two songs?

Postby jc6213 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:15 pm

Hi all, I've lurked these forums for a bit but finally registered to ask a question. I'm fairly new to production, so I'm wondering what techniques were used to get the kind of resonating effect in these two songs:

The first one is straightforward, its in Radiohead's "Optimistic", when Thom says "flying on in a prison ship" here: https://youtu.be/1On-ZHfTWOo?t=192 . On the word "ship" his voice sounds like it just starts reverberating away inside of a tin can or something. How was that done?

The other one is more subtle, but here in the intro of the song "Moon is Sharp" by Grouper, a lot of the sounds are very resonate-y and are almost phasing with each other (this is easier to hear with headphones on): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgPJKm3oxlc . What technique/effect leads to that?

Thank you guys, love the forum!
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Re: How to get the "resonate-y" sounds in these two songs?

Postby desmond » Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:23 pm

Welcome to the forum! :thumbup:

jc6213 wrote:On the word "ship" his voice sounds like it just starts reverberating away inside of a tin can or something. How was that done?

To me it just sounds like a delay with a rolled off top end (low pass filter).

jc6213 wrote:The other one is more subtle, but here in the intro of the song "Moon is Sharp" by Grouper, a lot of the sounds are very resonate-y and are almost phasing with each other (this is easier to hear with headphones on): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgPJKm3oxlc . What technique/effect leads to that?

I'm not sure to which particular part you are referring to, but there's no phasing going on that I can hear, the intro has parts with a lot of ambience effects (reverbs, delays) and with quite a bit of distortion/colour going on... The resonant frequencies might be coming from feedbacked delays, possibly.
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Re: How to get the "resonate-y" sounds in these two songs?

Postby jc6213 » Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:09 pm

Cool, thanks for the reply, I'll start playing with those ideas and see what I can get!
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