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Tiny Man Inside (Read Between the Lines)


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MasonAtom

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PLAY THIS LOUD!

And now for something completely confusing... so, despite the fact that the song is called Tiny Man Inside, it is not a collaborative effort by my virtual band Tiny Man Inside. This is a solo piece. Are you confused yet?

I guess this song is what happens when your favorite playlist includes System of a Down, Beck, Tom Waits, Static X, Tool, and the Beatles. Believe it or not, the Beatles song "Glass Onion" was my biggest influence when writing this...

The entire concept of the song came from personal reflections on living at "the Fan Club" in Ithaca, NY in 1997. The line "spray paint your grass" served as the nexus for the idea. I'll leave it at that.

I used two different homebuilt guitar amps to record the guitar parts in this song - the rhythm guitars were recorded through my TMI Atom Smasher and the lead guitar parts were recorded through a new prototype preamp that is currently mated with a 2W PP 6SN7 poweramp based on the AX84 October Studio design. This new prototype is still a work in progress and is likely to sound much different than what is currently presented here.

Here is a picture of the TMI Atom Smasher, which I finished about a year and a half ago. This is the first recording using this amp, and I would very much like to re-record all of the previous Tiny Man Inside tracks with this amp, as I consider it to be the closest thing to a signature sound that I've found.

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Lyrics
Tiny Man Inside
Feeding You the Lies
Read Between the Lines
Tiny Man Inside

I’ll mop your dog and massage your floor
Burn up your britches and kick down your door
I’ll kick and scream, ‘til the light turns black
Frame you for murder, then I’ll take it back

Tiny Man Inside
Feeding you the lies
Read between the lines
Tiny Man Inside

I’ll mow your ceiling, spray paint your grass
Recite some Shakespeare then I’ll kick your ass
I’ll drink your gouda, and make you whine
Take out your daughter, bring her home on time

Tiny Man Inside feasting on your precious thoughts you cannot hide from the Tiny Man Inside

I’ll smash your ego, get inside your head
Tiny Man Inside, making you see red
I’ll rob your bank, then I’ll solve the crime
Keep smashing atoms ‘til the end of time

Tiny Man Inside
Feeding you the lies
Read between the lines
Tiny Man Inside

Tiny Man Inside feasting on your precious thoughts you cannot hide from the Tiny Man Inside

"The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils."
Song Stats
Hits: 5153
Comments: 32
Fans: 17
Plays: 558
Downloads: 119
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Sep 21, 2009 - 09:25:28 AM
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2009 - 08:51:41 AM Last Played: Mar 23, 2017 - 09:24:47 PM
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Hardware:
Dual 1.8 GHz G5, 6 GB RAM, Mackie Onyx 400F audio interface, JoeMeek JM37 condenser mic, Shure SM57 and Sennheiser e609 dynamic mics, TMI Atom Smasher tube guitar amp, prototype Gothik AUG tube amp, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, craptacular Dean bass
Software:
Tracktion 3.0.4.8, Digital Performer 6.02, Amplitube SVX Uno, WaveArts TrackPlug 5, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Nomad Factory Analog Phaser, Nomad Factory Oil Can Delay, Addictive Drums
Comments
blindsidedpoets said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Tiny Man Inside
Yes, yes, YES!!! Awesome. Killer progressions. Beautiful tone.
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Reggie_Pole said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
TMI
Yeah, LOUD is good for this. Really great to hear your work here. All too few and far between. Love the guitar work and the sound. I didn't know you sing also. Great job! I enjoyed the quote also. Is that yours?
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MasonAtom said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
The quote
Thanks for the kind words Reggie. The quote at the end is from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, it has always resonated with me as a wonderful descriptor of those who find no joy in music.
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
WillyB said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
...
Wow, love the amp! Great sound & great playing too. Sounds like you had fun coming up with those lyrics :-D
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johnwhitehead said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Tiny Man
Not my genre, but admire the wit and the skill of this piece. I appreciate that even though this rocks hard, I still can understand every word you say.
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johnwhitehead said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Tiny Man
Not my genre, but admire the wit and the skill of this piece. I appreciate that even though this rocks hard, I still can understand every word you say. Nice bit 'o songwriting.
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bud said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Great tone from that amp
I'm amazed at what people do with 5 watts these days. Cool song too - killer riffs and drive.
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Feter said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Tiny Man Inside
Alt power ...tight arrangement ..good job
thnx alot for sharin !!!!!
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Jim Bouchard said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
addictive!
Those drums certainly rock hard, love that double kick! Guitar tones totally rock, of course. All amp overdrive, right? Pure awesomeness! Glass Onion? You're right, that's hard to believe. hmmm maybe lyrically.
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MasonAtom said 3008 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
amp overdrive
Yes, 100% tube overdrive. I used Masterworks Leveler to add a touch of compression on the rhythm guitars, but that was the only effect.

Glass Onion was my main influence lyrically, but I even poached a few musical ideas, just distorted them a bit ;).
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
bug67 said 3009 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Nice!
Came to listen 'cause I wanted to know what that bad ass looking amp sounded like. That's only 5 watts? Sounds like waaaay more!
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MasonAtom said 3008 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
5 Watts
You'd probably be surprised at how loud 5 Watts can get. Volume does not scale linearly with output power from the anode of the power tubes. So actually a 5W amp is half as loud as a 50W amp when cranked. Depending on how you design the circuit, you can get a BIG sound out of less power. Makes my life a whole lot simpler for recording at home.
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
crissew said 3009 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Killer tone
sounds like the Randall that Dimebag Darrel uses with Pantera. U sure that Pantera isnt an influence on your music? Really has a Pantera vibe to it. Sounds great. Love it. Not much Hard Rock on here. Great Job!!
Check out my latest song called Dollar Store Christmas w/ Jerry Rissew
MasonAtom said 3008 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Pantera
I certainly listened to A LOT of Pantera when I was growing up. Obviously DD was a major influence on my playing, especially his use of pinch harmonics, which I like to showcase very much. I haven't actively listened to that band in a long time though.
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
MannequinRaces said 3009 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
YES YES YES
Those amps sound really nice. You need to start full scale production on those ASAP. Everybody is scrambling to get a piece of the small watt tube amp market. Really, really nice work. I can tell it's a labor of love. Seriously, maybe you don't want to sell your amps, but now is a good time to do it if you are so inclined to do so. Orange has the Tiny Terror, Vox just cam out with the Night Train, Marshall just came out with the Class5, Fender has the Blues Junior, okay I'm sure you know about those already so I won't bore you!! Anyway, once again, sweet stuff! Keep on making those amps!
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MasonAtom said 3008 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
amps
Thanks for the kind words. I'm well aware of all the amps you mention, believe me. I keep an eye on what's available and have been trying to test out as many different commercial amps as possible these days. There is a ton of really killer stuff being made now, the options are so much more plentiful than when I was coming up as guitar player in the early 90s.

I'm working hard on several different designs and builds right now, including some very low power stuff - like 250 to 500 milliwatts or thereabouts, using some different vacuum tubes that not common in any commercial designs. Honestly you'd be surprised how loud even 1/4 of a watt can be when cranked.

I'm not sure if I'll ever get to the point where I do full scale production but if there is enough interest I may start doing custom builds. I still have A LOT of things that I want to improve upon - increase my build quality, learn more about the cosmetic aspect, learn a lot more about the theory so I can improve the sound and reliability, etc, etc...

I'll keep everyone here posted on my progress. This is the type of thing where I'm always going to be learning and hopefully progressing. I view this as likely to become a lifelong process.

Mason
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
MannequinRaces said 3008 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Amps
Cool! I commend you on your quest for continual improvement! Keep us posted if you get any prototypes of those 250/500 milliwatt designs.

Do you have a background in electronics or is this something that you've been teaching yourself. Any books you could recommend for somebody new starting in electronics? I'm interested myself in building analog stomp boxes.
Check out my latest song called Parsec to Parsec
Tiny_Man_Inside said 3001 days ago (September 29th, 2009)
yo
hey MannequinRaces,

check your macjams messages, I sent you something in answers to your questions below.

-Mason
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davisamerica said 3008 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
too sweet!!
Mason this is great. The amps sound amazing and this tune is 200mph right at you .... very cool!
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Ibstrat said 3008 days ago (September 22nd, 2009)
Glass
Onion is a genius song.This is a killer recording- I blasted it super loud. Great guitar playing/tones.Those amps are extremely tight and focused sounding.Watch out Line6 may hear this and put a digital reproduction of it on their new pod!
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MasonAtom said 3008 days ago (September 23rd, 2009)
yeah
glass onion is so brilliant. "Fixing a hole in the ocean / tryin' to make a dovetail joint, yeah!" has got to be one of my favorite lines in rock history.

Thanks for the kind words regarding the amp. I'm really pleased with how things are progressing. It really means a lot to me when one of my favorite guitarists on the site complements my sound.

Mason
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
rabittwhole said 3006 days ago (September 24th, 2009)
x2
...davis sent me ....was right
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magnatone said 2983 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
TMI
GEEZ - this is incredible! this is you singing? (guess so, that's what you said - lol) - you've got some vocal chops there! i've been following the story of your amp, so it's great to hear this. really impressive work - sorry i'm so late to get here! thanks!
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MasonAtom said 2980 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
haha
That's a new one! I've never been accused of having vocal chops before...

I'd say that the vocals are more a product of having the freedom of doing 40 or 50 takes, rather than a reflection of any real skill on my part. You got to hear the 2 or 3 takes that were actually in tune. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes...
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
Pete_NB said 2980 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
Wicked
Good driving tune with some killer tones. Must be awesome to paly through your own amps. Sort of like catching a fish with a fly you tied, only must more painstaking I would guess.

Great sounds!
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Jarvoid said 2886 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
I have a bloody
headache now...not from the track which is loud but great...but from getting my head round the math, 5 Watts in a line out being driven over by a tube makes it cranky and it becomes like the Hulk and goes to 5 times its size,which is half a 50....darkened room,damp flannel........Srsly the guitar was extremely impressive...hints of Led Zepp here and there but that's only cos I don't know any of the new stuff in this genre...but I may have to go have a look...Rock On....oooh aye were them drums real or progged ?!
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Monkaton said 2616 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Tiny Man is Pretty Heavy
Very well done Mason. Great sounding guitars and amps.
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Monkaton said 2616 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Oh and Another Thing
Great quote from Master Will.
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crissew said 2615 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
Bad to the bone
great sound coming out of that amp you built. Wow, impressive. Great tune, with a powerful sound.
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crissew said 2586 days ago (November 18th, 2010)
How much
would an amp like the one you used here cost?
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MasonAtom said 2585 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
hey charles
Are you asking (below) in terms of how much would it cost me to make an amp like this for myself, or how much would I sell an amp like this for? I think I sank about $400-425 into this build, but that included a lot of components tinkering and tweaking, so the actual dollar value of the parts that are in the completed build is probably closer to $350. I've put together working amps for as little as about $200 out of pocket before, but the cost of parts increases dramatically with the amount of output power you're looking for. Right now my 'specialty' is in lower power amps (10 Watts and under) intended for recording.

Takes a decent amount of time and effort for me to design and build something, so I'd probably charge about 2 to 3 times the parts cost at this point. Although... I think I would be willing to negotiate, particularly for early commercial builds where I'm just starting to make a name for TMI audio. If you're interested in more details, you can PM me and we can discuss stuff offline.

Mason
Check out my latest song called Amp Demo: UberSEL/KT77/Gothik PSU
RazorsKiss said 2594 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
fuck yes!!!
i had to cuss, i know this is a family website, but i love the track!!!!
great guitar effecting, massive drums, and all over killerness!!!
AD10
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