Well all done. While there are a few things I'm not happy with in the actual performance (mainly vocals) I'm actually happier with the songs listening back than I think I was when I finished most of them.
Now for wine and sleep! (After submitting)
Finished this yesterday but had some issues uploading it so I'm uploading now.
Fairly happy with the song if not the mix.
Just working on the final (8 minute) piece now. Done most of the main vocal and it's guitars and some remaining keyboard parts to go and then I'm done apart from final mix tweaking.
Song 5 is finally finished after I had to wait most of the day to record vocals as builders opposite were taking down scaffolding!
Song 7 is getting close to being done and has finally broken my plan to keep all songs under 5 minutes. Oh well!
So song 5 is nearly finished but has quite a lot of vocal layers I haven't really been up to singing after work. I finished the lyrics this evening but decided to jump ahead and do the short piano piece I've been planning to do to give my voice some rest.
Hopefully I'll manage to get the vocals for songs 3 and 5 done this coming weekend.
It's interlude 2 because 'Pleasant Dreams' from RPM 2012 was interlude 1.
4 Down. Originally I was intending to do a gentle piano piece and get another song finished but then I accidentally picked out the 'cinematic effects' piano and not the actual piano and this happened.
Song 3 - Your Fantasy (Instrumental Edit)
Three tracks (almost) down now! I'm still working on the words for this one so it'll probably reappear later on with full vocals.
This is a bit of a departure from most of the things I've done recently and is probably the closest I've gotten to actually writing funk. Kind of wish I had a horn section now.
First version of the second piece is done. A softer tune than the opener.
So I've finished a version of the first song I'm reasonably happy with. There's a bit more editing on the vocals (yes that entire final section is a melodyned copy of an earlier bit) than I'd like but that seems to go with the final stages of this cold.
There are definitely a few things I'll go back and edit if I have time but now it's onto the second piece!
The Seashore - Finished, all 42 minutes.
So I ended up doing the ending as part of the song in the end anyway. The whole project's just rendering now before I divide it up for the CD version.
The song's broken up into seven sections as follows:
I'm considering this a first draft as there are a few areas where there are definitely things I'd like to tweak but don't have time to for RPM. It's just a relief to have it finished for now. Given that I wasn't sure I could do it again when I started I think this came out better than last year's.
I've posted the current versions of parts i-v of 'The Seashore' now. I tried to upload them directly to the site but it seemed that 'The Teacher' was on the borderline and the first four parts went over the limit so I've linked them via dropbox.
This takes me pretty much to the half hour mark. I imagine the next bits will take me over. I don't know if I'll get to the separate summing up song during RPM but I'll certainly break past the 35 minutes and finish the main body. This was meant to be closer to 25 before the summing up song...oh well!
Well I've passed 15 minutes now with no end in sight yet. It still needs vocals in some sections and filling out in some others but I'm fairly happy so far.I'll be posting snippets and such here
The Seashore: ii. On Saturday
I've put up my first WIP for this year's project. I'm mainly planning on doing one big song this year so I'm not sure how many bits I'll get to put up before that's done but this section kind of makes sense on its own.
It still needs more keyboards and electric guitar but I wanted to have something up. I may update it tomorrow with those parts added. Or I may wait until the whole song is finished.
And I'm done. The end of this song fulfils the promise made at the end of the first.
Putting it all together onto a CD tomorrow.
Song 9 finished. Technically I'm over 35 minutes now. But I'm still hoping I can get the 10th song done. This did take a lot longer than I'd hoped though. It is also longer than I'd originally planned.
The mix could use some more work but I need to move on to song 10 now...
So I was all set to work on a prog piece in 5/4 and then someone pointed me to a jazz piano show that was on. And then this happened.
Also I had a really good title for this but then I forgot what it was.
I think I've got a handle on this now. I was up quite late finishing the guitar/bass parts for this. Easily the most agressive song of the set so far. I felt that 4 of the first 5 songs were pretty gentle so I needed to start doing more active pieces in the second half. I think that was a good plan.
On to song 8...
6 Tracks down, 4 to go.
This is a bit of a headphones mix and I was trying a whole bunch of new things so I'm not quite happy with how it sounds at the moment but it's time to move on to the next one.
The story told here might be familiar to those who listened to last year's album.
A nice short break from singing. A guitar/piano duet. Originally it was going to be longer but that bit just sounded like the right place to stop, so I changed it a bit and made that the ending.
Phew, seems I can do somethings in 2 days still. A few more at this rate and I guess I'll still be able to finish this thing.
Urgh, I had so much trouble with the words for this one and then just before I uploaded it I cut out a whole prechorus/chorus so I didn't need most of those words anyway!
If I have time I'd like to redo the vocal but I don't at the moment.
Monsters - Song 3 (Before I've finished Song 2...)
I've ended up finishing the third track before the second one (the vocal was easier). As this isn't a single story album I'm not as worried about order, but I'll still wait until I've done the second to add it to my RPM player.
You can hear it here though.
I have another musical project I'm still finishing at the moment which helps add to a slower RPM progress but I'm still moving along with it so I'm not worried about missing the goal yet. Hopefully I'll manage a few 1 or 2 day songs somewhere in the middle which will even everything out again.
This particular tune fits in with my planned theme of stories and lies told to children. This one’s probably not best looked at as advice to follow though.
First song is up: Goodnight
Starting with something short and simple this time. The album's working title is 'Short Stories, Tall Tales' (though I'll also be referring to it as Daydream 2).
This piece kind of sets up the framework for the album. We'll see how that pans out.
The lyrics to the whole album are now up on my site on the 'daydreams' page. Will be doing just a little polishing here and there before I put it up on bandcamp. Also recording some bonus tracks for that.
Note on Tracks 9 and 10 (they're on the way...)
Tracks 9 and 10 feature the only guest musical contributions to this album. My good friend Malik came round and busted out some saxophone. A tenor solo on track 9 and some smooth alto fills on track 10.
Finally got everything together. Thanks to a massive artwork save by a friend of mine and some help tweaking it to look better printed by my father I'm now all set to send it off tomorrow morning.
Time to re-upload all those songs. First to delete them...now!
I'm quite glad I've already written the chorus for the final song.
I'm working on the last instrumental at the moment and trying to figure out how far to go before making the transition from 6/8 synth bass/harmonised guitars to a 4/4 funky jazzy section (for a possible saxophone solo).
It's going fairly well and is significantly less orchestral than a lot of the previous bits. A nice break from that after 'Outside' had all those (faaaaake...) french horns and strings.
I'm not sure I've ever done a project with consistent instrumentation. I'm already saying, yeah...this would need to change if I ever put a band together to play it live.
After this instrumental there are 2 final tunes to do. A soft, fairly ambient tune and a nice bright song to finish (of these, only the chorus of the latter exists, as mentioned earlier).
I thought I'd work on something a bit less complicated after the last tune and I ended up with this. Mellotron samples abound! It's mainly in 11/8 which I don't usually play in often (I'm more likely to write in 5 or 7).
I haven't really been explaining what's going on story-wise. I'm not really sure how clear it is from the words.
Three to go in this little story. Next one's another instrumental if you wish to avoid hearing my voice!
[Edit: Ack, I think I have a better take of the first line. Will change that in the final version.]
Phew. This one was a bit of a monster. The decendants of the original explorers return to look at the earth.
Still needs some tweaking before it's actually ready but pretty much all of the arrangement is there.
Right. Little break, then onto some more short tunes!
Also having said no more high notes this one is full of high stuff. Probably needs a couple of bits touching up but that's what you get for recording vocals at 1am.
And yes, that chorus drops the 'band' name in there. Still, the name came first.
Well, I've put the first version of track 6 up now. It's missing a few things still, mainly harmonies (and probably a better lead vocal). I'm thinking I may also add some extra instrumental space when the instruments come in as it feels a bit abrupt at the moment.
Also if I have time when all the songs are written I'm probably going to go back to Generations and replace the dirty guitar section with something different as on relistening it doesn't really fit the song.
About to start work on one of the slightly longer songs (at least it's supposed to be) and the first one I already have ideas for since the opening track.
Phew, this was another tricky one to write. A fairly laid back instrumental. It started off as an attempt to be kind of game-music-ish and then just kind of went off somewhere else entirely. A little return to one of the themes from 'Launch' with some different chords and a gentle ending.
I'll almost certainly tidy up the distorted guitar for the final version. I've only really heard it through headphones so far as it's pretty late here so this may be horrible but I'm kind of comitted to an update every two days now.
P.S. I'm never using a clock effect in a song again. The sound is nice but 60BPM is rubbish and speeding up the clock would seem to defeat the point.
Digifish's cleaned up version of daveincamas' Grandfather clock
A shorter song and one that caused me more problems than it should. I threw out the first attempt at writing the sad homesick song partway through recording it and this is the second one. A short piece that's not that much like the previous songs.
The chords in the main section turned out to be fairly awkward to sing around.
Needs some more percussion and some ambient noise. That'll come at the end again.
This is the last we'll hear from this first batch of space explorers (who mysteriously all sound exactly like me). Time moves on in the next part to new explorers (who will also sound exactly like me).
New in my player is the (very) rough mix of the third song.
When I started this I kind of said to myself that I'd do nothing complicated and no solos...So that's one of those out of the window already. Though they're improvised solos rather than (overcomplicated) written solos.
This is the first song to deal with why these people are out in space at all.
It's missing some acoustic guitar which'll be added in after the rest of the songs are written (I use the same mic for vocals and it's currently set up for that).
Added the first two songs (they're joined together). Still a bit of work to do.
It's going to be a concept album. Involving space and stuff. Hopefully you'll hear...
Also I should never again write that high D (for me) in a falsetto part.
The second song here (the simple thing with the vocals) is a re-recorded version of a very old demo. if all goes to plan I'll be doing 11 tunes to make up for the fact that this one's really old.
I don't usually build sections up much so that's pretty much what lead to the layering at the end of the first tune.
Anyway, time to take a break until tomorrow.
The song uses Creative Commons Samples from:
Cooking with Gas ( Like a Rocket) by Timbre - http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=71023
Space Shuttle Launch by CGEffex - http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=93078
"StereoVocoderNumbers" by Steven Phillips - http://www.freesound.org/packsViewSingle.php?id=47
Which probably gives a hint as to what's going on if it's not clear.
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