These are the last two songs I wrote for my band but that we never recorded, so I finally got around to writing drums and bass and something approximating solos for them. The mix is better than what I used to produce, but still not great... mostly the drums either sound too loud or too soft when I'm mixing, and it seems I went the route of too soft before bouncing these. Although, amusingly, the kick drum comes out way better on my headphones at work than it does on my monitors at home.
Don't know if anyone is around here, but my challenge is in July this year. I have about 18 days. Time to kick some butt!
Not much to say, not playing a ton right now, enjoying the down time.
Aside from real life, I have been trying to educate myself a lot more about the intricacies of mixing. Exciting stuff, like EQ, compression, mid/side comp, all sorts of things. I have come to the conclusion that it is very much like painting or sculpting. Some of this effort ends up with results that are really f***ing subtle, but noticeable for their subtlety. I hear my favorite albums differently now. (in a good way)
To use a loose analogy: when you see a painting where someone went with blue-gray mix for a part of it, as opposed to straight blue, it can make a big difference. It would been fine with blue, but blue-gray...well, that was just perfect. It's that 'around the edges' polish thing. You notice it when it's not there. Not even consciously either, depending on what it is, but you sense it when it's missing. It's almost like perceiving quality from a lack of imperfections; it's better because it has fewer, rather than just having more good things. Excuse the hippy zen mode, but I think that's really the key here.
In other words, I think I get it, viscerally. Now I just have to figure out how to do it, literally.
So in the last update, I mentioned that it might be about time to call the whole thing off after our drummer quit. I guess after the other guitarist I had been playing with finished up working with his former band, he agreed that we probably needed a new approach (or a new genre, that didn't encourage so much intricacy and perfectionism in his writing, maybe?) if we were going to move forward. I didn't really have any other suggestions, other than that I'd been listening to a lot of folk metal recently. Some number of weeks went by and he announced that he'd gotten a drum kit and figured his music time for the foreseeable future would be working on learning drums, so he guessed our project was done for now but maybe we could get together and jam on occasion.
So, yeah, so much for that whole band thing.
I have three songs I'd written for that project that were waiting for him to write his harmonies/for the drummer to, you know, do his thing, so maybe I'll pick those back up and do them like I always did.
In the interim though I've been working on covers, both to learn new songs and work on recording/mixing/drum programming (most of the songs though I managed to find drum transcriptions, so I think I've only transcribed the drums myself for 4 of the 12 or 13 I've done so far). The downside: still can't get over my discomfort with singing. Actually I thought maybe if I got a bit liquored up I could just stand up and belt out the tunes, but the one I tried the other day I couldn't actually find the right pitches. So let's see how long it takes me to better my singing, or beg for collaborators :p
well the two cd release shows were fine, though we didn't really sell a whole lot of CDs, oh well, this town, meh. while preparing for the shows, our drummer told us that he was moving to seattle. back to craig's list with a new drummer add and got about 17 replies, of which 5 of them will actually audition. tuesday we had 2 guys that were one great and two decent. the remaining three include a limey, which is always exciting since I tend to lean towards brit rock in my song writing. at this point I'm trying to remain ambigious, even though the great on on tuesday will probably win. oh, and he owns a recording studio too, which is like CHA-CHING! we've stated writing new songs, i'd like to record another CD next winter, there's no reason not too, though i'm not sure if we'll spend 1400 in a studio, maybe just do it ourselves? on the AFC front, I've got some ideas, but nothing in concrete. if Tess doesn't use the album I wrote for her last year I may just make that one the Z album. Zeta? Z is for ?
love you guys.
the NOW/here cds are done, they're in my hand and they sound amazing.
very proud of the work we did on this thing, even if it seemed to take a little longer than I normally like to work. anyone interested in getting a copy should let me know or they'll be up on I-Tunes/Amazon/Etc.. after the release date 05/23
hi, i've been trying to upload my 2014 album tracks and two of them won't upload. they are both over the 10kb limit. Is there any way to change that?
Best wishes to Dave, Karen and everyone else at The Wire who got RPM started back in 2006. May the future be bright for each of you.
For those of you who do not know about this, The Wire is the publication that started The RPM Challenge in 2006. If it were not for them, this would not exist.
i really have to appreciate the fuck out of all the solo CDs that i've to this point, because being in a band and trying to a CD accomplished is like pulling teeth. FUCK. seriously, this damn thing should have been done a month ago, and here we are the day i shoot it off to diskmakers and people are still trying to make changes to artwork, songs, etc. i have to admit it sounds very very good. and that's no joke.
i'd post a few tunes for you, but at the moment "you" = "me"
and i have the original.
tomorrow the CD will be mastered, the drummer and I are working on the cover and hopefully it will be sent off to Diskmakers this weekend. also working up towards the release show in May, followed in quick succession by 3 more shows in June. the rest of the summer will be vacations and army training, so there may not be a whole lot of things going on in that time. I would like to try to make a video for one of our songs sometime between now and June, but we'll see about that. I will post a song or two when the mastered songs come back, if you care.