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2 title: Cover of Stevie Wonder's “Superstition”
3 tags: music,cover,chapman stick
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7 [Here](https://soundcloud.com/rekado/superstition) is my
8 almost-finished cover of Stevie Wonder's *Superstition*.
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10 <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/114302583"></iframe>
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12 The drum sounds come from a single Wavedrum track; I played the
13 Wavedrum with hands only (no sticks). What sounds a bit like hi hats
14 is really the snare of the snare drum sound, played with the
15 fingertips. The patch consists of a velocity-sensitive snare drum and
16 bass drum sounds. (There are still some spots in the drum track that
17 don't sound tight.)
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19 The bass is a custom patch on the Nord Lead synthesizer (a little too
20 much portamento, I think).
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22 Where in the original several clavinet tracks are used I recorded a
23 single Alto Stick. The main theme is played with the left hand on the
24 bass side while the chordal accents are played on the melody side with
25 the right.
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27 Sadly, I don't own any brass instruments, so I played the unison
28 section on the Alto Stick (two-handed), added a guitar and spread them
29 wide apart in the stereo spectrum.
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31 I also added a few splashes of Ukulele whenever it's a little quieter
32 in the song. Because I have one (yay).
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34 I'm not really satisfied with the whole thing, but it's impossible for
35 me to distinguish between annoyances due to perfectionism and those
36 that are actually justified. I'm still working on a video showing the
37 arrangement on the Stick; before publishing it I might revisit the mix
38 of my recording and tweak the sound a bit.
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40 The whole track was recorded and mixed with
41 [Free Software](https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html), most
42 notably [Ardour](http://ardour.org) and the
43 [Calf audio plugin suite](http://calf.sourceforge.net/plugins.html).
44 To the developers and maintainers: thank you so much!