Tags : | Blues | 6.79 MB

Description : My thoughts for a Halloween track this year was to work up some foreboding Drone music with a little Delta Blues slide guitar mixed in. My inspiration being the classic story of Robert Johnson and his infamous deal with the Devil.

In Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1930, Robert Johnson supposedly made a deal with the devil at the crossroads where US highway 49 crosses US highway 61. Johnson had been playing down in Yazoo City and was on his way back up to Helena. He had hitched a ride that dropped him off next to the levee. It was a cool October night and a full moon glowed in the dark sky. He continued walking up the highway, guitar in his hand. As he approached the crossroads he was thinking about his friend Son House preaching to him about giving up his guitar playing. He really wasn't a good player and most people would joke and mock him when he was on stage. He hated it and was thinking he would give anything to be as good, no, better than his friend Son House. It was at that moment he noticed a figure in black standing there at the crossroads. As he approached him, a deep voice issued "Let me see that guitar boy"! He then took his guitar from him, tuned it and upon returning it asked if he would trade his soul to become a famous Bluesman. He agreed and the rest is history. Johnson's ability was seemingly transformed overnight to the amazement of everyone who knew him and he went on to become a Mississippi Blues legend. However, his fame was short lived. A mere eight years later the Devil returned to make good on the deal.

So this Halloween, be careful what you wish for, especially at the crossroads.

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  1. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Wed 21st Aug 2019 - 1 month ago

    So I recently made a 3 string fretless Alcazar cigar box guitar tuned a nice low DAD with heavy gauge strings and was thinking I needed to record a dark ambient doomy type tune with it. This is the perfect inspiration!! Thanks Neo!! Watch for Crossroads, a delta doom tune. Love this.

  2. lAVel
    lAVel on Thu 27th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Amazing sound man. It is snowing really heavily in Russia now and this will be perfect track for walking in a little blizzard. I will try it tomorrow.

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    lAVel, Sounds cool (no pun intended)! I'm originally from New York state so I can recall such Winter events. Its a harsh reality at times but the beauty of the winter wonderland is awesome to behold. I miss it now living here in Texas. Thanks for your comments my friend.

  3. stallionboy
    stallionboy on Wed 26th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Ya this is super cool. dark and melodic with roots in old school and contemporary.

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Thanks man, good analogy there bro. Man I have got to get around and check out some of ya'lls music as well. I'm seeing a lot of new names popping up lately. It's definitely cool to get some new responder's.

  4. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Mon 24th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    What a monstrous opening to this one...some really incredible sounds here ! Everything sounds so massive and punchy and that big crash at around 1:01 is a stunner !
    Really enjoyed this one !:)

    Compliments_____Orlando

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Yes "Monstrous" is, I assume, a perfect word to describe it since it is the Halloween track ! So glad you liked and took time out to comment. I really appreciate it Orlando.

  5. PeteTebar
    PeteTebar on Sun 23rd Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Crucethus said it better, drone blues :) Very cool concept. I did not know enough of Robert Johnson's deal with the devil. It reminds me of the movie 'Crossroads' (Vai totally kicked ass). You have a lot of talent on the guitar. You're an all around seasoned player, more so than me and you are a guitar player I would want in my band (not that I have one). great way to contribute your Halloween spirit through this piece, definitely faved. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Pete

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Hey Pete, much thanks for the kinds words. There are several here that I admire on that level as well and the feeling is mutual of you my friend. I'm really having a blast experimenting with this drone stuff. I had worked up a few various guitar melodies for this Halloween track submission thing and after hearing your latest Ambient track I decided to go from here to work one up myself. So you see, you've inspired me. So I have to also thank you for that. I will upload it soon so if you get a chance I hope you check it out.

    Neo

  6. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Fri 21st Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Regreetings.

    Yeah maybe 1 min wouldn't be enough for most drummers to get their sh-kit ready. I forgot that they need at least 2 mins to scratch their balls. Perhaps they'd have to begin that offstage and then continue during this 1 min intro, while fiddling about with their hi-hat.

    I can sort of see how this might have creeped you out. I recall one shaker or something in one of your tracks this year freaking me out cos it came in so loud. I also remember some bongos or something in one of Cru's tracks that I thought were someone rubbing on the living room window behind me.

    " live drums of Vinnie Paul of Pantera"

    Aha - that's why they sound better than the drums in lots of your tracks.

    "Does anybody else do this?"

    Yes - often. Of course I can't help but be a bit addicted to that playback head as it scrolls across the screen but I also like to look away entirely when listening back to stuff. Perhaps stand up and walk about a little. Or even rock out/dance a little.

    Anyway, I listened again and this is still great stuff. Perhaps bluesier than I first thought though (ambient) doom is definitely the predominant vibe here. I think I'll share this track on Facebook as I can think of a couple of people I know who'd like it.

    Jeremy Clarkson is generally considered a real opinionated asshole here in England but he does have some character so you love away. However, I doubt he ever rides a moped. And certainly not a bicycle. He absolutely hates them.

    Fare thee well, Blue Doommaker.

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Haha, yeah sometimes listening to tracks alone into the wee hours can be a trip, especially these Halloween specials. I'm still having some fun with this drone stuff and have an Ambient track you might like that I will post soon so check it out. Thanks for the 2nd go round on this one bro.

  7. Bindanox
    Bindanox on Thu 20th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    I like conceptual songs and this one really tells a story despite being an instrumental.
    The sparse drums really adds some needed tension to the track.
    You might inadvertly created a new genre (Delta Drone).
    Thanks for sharing.

    Nelson

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Hey Nelson, yeah man I'm not sure if the DD would be a good thing or a bad thing but its always good fun to experiment. Which is one of the great things about being here on Looperman, and having the means to make this stuff available for mass consumption !
    I just hope it doesn't make anybody sick. If it does, well at least Shans lawyers got me covered !!! (Hmmm, Shan can you confirm that ?)

    Thanks bro.

  8. kittytrillah
    kittytrillah on Wed 19th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Gosh, what a new sound! Thanks for this track. It will be with me on this Halloween for sure.
    P.S. It would be so cool soundtrack for a cool movie
    P.P.S. Sry for my bad english

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Hey Buffet (pronounced buff-it or Buf-fay?),

    No problem bro, glad you like the track.
    Your English is good man.

    Take care on Halloween OK?

  9. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Wed 19th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    No repenting for me!! I was there for a funeral mass, first time ever in a catholic church and I really don't know why I didn't burst into flames upon entering! 3:D> Very happy the pope didn't find me either, he's been looking for me but I made my escape before he arrived. Now for a proper review. Love that opening drone then into those evil doom riffs with that delta blues guitar and those drums \m/ I think we've created a new genre - Delta Doom. Cool lead riffage at the end. Like how it just fades to noting. double horns up for this one Neo \m/ \m/

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Oh, ok bro, makes sense now.
    Funerals are no fun for sure. I've been to two so far this year !!
    Yeah its quite entertaining creating these unorthodox combinations. Although sometimes they don't always work. This one seemed to have came out OK, so I'm happy.

    Thanks for dbl horns bro !

  10. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Tue 18th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    4961 greetings, NeoDoomBro.

    This ain't blues - it's doom! With a bit of a nod to them blues, especially after 3:34.

    It's also really, good and well produced stuff.

    1 min intro is cool and doesn't get boring. Perfect for a gig intro as the drummer adjusts his kit etc

    1:01 that's some dark shit right there! Nice, evil chord and big crash. Wailing guitar to the left and then a bit of slide g. Sort of bluesy, in an apocalyptic kinda way. Just cos it's slide doesn't mean it'll always be blues. I've done loads of slide that isn't bluesy and I'm not entirely sure why that is.

    This really sits nicely without any drums. Great soundtrack music.

    Occasional massive drum fills are good and very powerful. Sound much better than drums in some of your other tracks.

    3:34 a fairly tasty bit of ZZ Topish guitar enters, backed by that massive metal kit. I can still hear some guitar edits here and there. I can point them out if need be though they're not too much of a problem.

    Quite a chilled little guitar ending that makes me think of Jimi.

    Congrats on this dark trip. Doesn't make me think of Halloween but abandoned, desolate, post-apocalyptic American landscapes.

    I had no musical ability at all until I sold my soul at an English crossroads a few years ago. It turns out that not having a soul is OK and you can get by just fine in society. The deal was well worth it for all those mad musical skills the Devil bestowed upon me.

    Take care,

    Soulless DoomMad

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    I don't know if even this intro would be sufficient for most drummers to get their sh-kit ready, but its a nice thought on your part (haha)! To be honest, making this track was a bit unsettling. After listening to it over and over for many hours during the mixing and editing phase, it really started creeping me out. I actually scared the shit out of myself the night I started working on the drum track. Its part of some live drums of Vinnie Paul of Pantera that I have recorded. Anyhow my original intent was to just have the drum accompany the lead section there at 3:35 but I got sectioning things and somehow ended up moving a couple of pieces further up the mix and forgot about them. Later, after I had pretty much got the lead /drum section complete I decided to replay the track. Most of the time when I preview listen to my tracks, I will turn away from my computer screen and not watch the DAW, for a pure listening experience with no visual indication of whats happening or about to happen. Does anybody else do this? Anyhow, I'm sitting there in the dark and the track is right there at about 2:35, nothing but music and then out of nowhere "BAM ! BAM ! BAM ! BAM !! I'm just glad no one else was here, because I scared the b'Jesus outta myself. I would have been embarrassed. Anyhow, after I calmed down (and got a change of underwear), I decided I liked the "Massive Fills" as you call them and worked up that section as well. So, yeah, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to do this form of music on a permanent type of basis, but it's always fun once in a while.

    "I had no musical ability at all until I sold my soul at an English crossroads a few years ago." Hmmm, I can envision you standing in the middle of Piccadilly Circus...cello in hand...ready to make a deal. Jeremy Clarkson pulls up on a moped.

    HAHA, yeah! Now that IS a deal with the Devil!!! I love him !

    Thanks bro.

  11. Wobbin
    Wobbin on Sun 16th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Nice! I love how the ambient and the track are literally going hand in hand with ease.

    Having such a long description gets people reading while listening and it surely helps telling a story together. Good job man :D

    - Wobbin

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Well story telling is fun especially at Halloween. Thanks for taking time out to listen and comment on this one bro. And thanks for setting things in motion for the Halloween tracks !

  12. danke
    danke on Sun 16th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    this is huge...remarkable and unique...when I see the genre called blues, I immediatrlly go further...:-)
    but this one is progressive and not the every day blues...(so boring) :-)

    congratsand handshake, Danke

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Hey danke, I agree this ain't your Dads blues bro! I figured since its Halloween I would Frankenstein a few genres !!

    As always thanks for the comments my friend.

  13. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Sun 16th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Sweet!! :p This year we have some Doom delta blues and some drone delta blues. Wobbin the evil chef beat me to the annual halloween thread this year. Awesome piece of blues history Neo! I'll be back for more, brains a bit fried after a long day! I think spending the morning in a catholic church had something to do with that hahahaha!

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Yeah I noticed Wobbin jumped the gun on ya! Haha, he got everybody worked up, so its cool. All morning in church! man thats a lot of repenting dude!! You musta done sumthin REAL bad ! Haha! Hey thanks for the comment Katz !

  14. crucethus
    crucethus on Sun 16th Oct 2016 - 2 years ago

    Evil opening. Drone Blues indeed. Like the Devil is holding Johhny's head underwater as he plays his sounds for him showing Robert Johnson as a cautionary tale. But We all know Johnny plays the best fiddle. And will give the Devil his due.
    Cru

    Neomorpheus
    Reply by Neomorpheus

    Dont know why the Devil is always hanging down south, I'm guessin it's the weather ! Yeah I always found this tale a bit creepy yet very intriguing. Yes a cautionary tale. Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath tells a story of waking up one night and seeing the figure standing by his bed, which we all know led to the bands idea to invent Doom/Heavy Metal. Go figure.

    Thanks Cru !

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