Reproduction: Frying Bacon

Can’tcha hear that sizzle?

The last post covered the sounds of the quiet night, but what about the coming morning? Well, vegans and vegetarians beware: I’m covering that hunger-inducing, stomach-tempting sizzle of bacon.

They say it gets real good after hour 5.

The hiss of the stove sings the prelude, it’s opening click-click-click setting the tempo before the fanfare. Plop the strip of pork down on the pan and summon that droning ssszzssszzssszz, its wavering pitch playing background to the percussive blasts, the explosive pop-pops harmonizing with the violent crackling cracks.

It’s a meaty song that foregoes all melody for primitive beats and sustains. Precision is nixed in favor pure emotion, a soundtrack for a return to our hunter-gatherer days. It could play forever, but this flashback must end just as we must eat.

Recreate It

You could always go the Pink Floyd route and sample it, but where’s the fun in that?

You’re probably going to want the gnarliest fuzz you can manage, one with that harsh, über-trebled, speaker-torn tone that can produce some unhinged feedback. Loop that a few times for the droning sizzle.

For the pops and crackles, I’m going to get real specific and suggest a pitch-shifter with delay capabilities so you can rapidly hit different notes. Delay that heavily and, still keeping the fuzz on, move your hand up and down the fret board. You can try hitting notes or just rely on the scratching of skin-on-metal strings. Hell, why not throw in some pick scrapes while you’re at it.

For bonus points, enlist a drummer to let loose on the deepest toms they’ve got.

Pat Dalton is a writer, guitarist, and self-styled effects pedal experimentalist. He’s got a looper and a bit crusher and he’s not afraid to use them.