Another rainy day in the Pacific Northwest and my cold seems to have dissipated already and progress continues unchecked. Song Number 5, entitled "Embrace The Rain" is well under way.
I posted a version of the previous song "Ophelia" on my player. I haven't had chance to listen to other recordings yet but I have a feeling mine is likely to be a little amateurish in comparison to others. Anyway I like the song and am enjoying the process
Moved this blog to http://rpmchallenge.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=view&catid=14&id=28427&Itemid=100013
22 hours since I signed up for this project. Four songs in with two embryonic ideas brewing and I started coming down with a cold last night....bad timing, how come I only get sick on my days off? Cheapo version of Dayquil to the rescue.
Oh well, it'll be interesting to see what I can come up with today. My aim is to get the basis of all the songs done as quickly as possible, then to refine them over the remaining time. I usually write and record simultaneously anyway and, as previously mentioned, my studio set up is far from professional and I am certainly not a perfectionist. I'll aim to put up some demos later today so you (whoever you may be) have an idea what I'm recording.
Alibi (Don't Use My Name) is now on my player.
Having demoed it yesterday (also on there), it's now has ... a real vocal take, another verse, BVs, an outro bit, some better drum programming.
Given I started writing it yesterday evening, I'm quite pleased - although the faffing today took longer than I'd expected. I can't afford all that time on every song, I'f I'm going to get across the finishline.
For anyone interested my writing process for this song was...
Figured out the instrumental section (on a nylon guitar).
Recorded it (on bass and electric guitars).
Realised there was no way to squeeze a top line on it, so did the verse guitar figures (over cheap drum loop).
Reharmonised that with the bass to make a 4 chord, rather than two chord thing.
doubled all the bass parts on electric guitar (as I wanted them to matter).
Did the chorus - all on single note electric guitars, building chords from them.
Added bass to chorus.
Thought it was a bit thin in chorus, so decided to add acoustic. Also put chords in verse so that this ac.guitar didn't come from nowhere.
Then started jamming a vocal line across the top. Recorded this.
Then used that to write words to verse two (on paper).
Re recorded vocals, and BVs.
Sung instrumental bit.
Added the outro guitar/vocal.
Decided 'fade' was the easiest option. ;)
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.
Well, yeah, and I really am up too late. Need to be up a bit early tomorrow. Anyway, here's the latest. Two to go.
So, I should be recording at this moment, but I hit a mental block and decided it was much more fun to see how different EQ's might sound on a guitar. While enjoying that flight of fancy (and they all do sound different, even when I have the settings identical) I thought it would fun to just mess with a picture of them, because that's productive.
So, I have no music to post, but I do have a pretty picture.
And, it did clear the mental block.
It's going to be a long night... ;)
In my 8 years of RPM'ing I've always played by the rules (pretty much), until now. I'm recording a previously released song. It was on my first official cd, but was sung by a hired female vocalist, and I always thought the tempo was too fast. I think it's one of the best, if not the best, songs I've ever written. Titled Over the Falls. So I'm gonna slow it down and sing it my own way. So there.
Here I am back from snowshoeing all tired, sore, and happy.
RPM ? What's that ?
What day is it ? Who am I ? Where am I ?
Questions I have no answers to.
However, I suppose it's time to start on my album.
All I have to do is come up with something.
Ah, it's great to be back in the fray !
Life seems to be trying to stop me completing RPM this year.
I've had a gig come in (as a guitarist). I'm barely good enough to do it (as a player), but it's in Belgium, so I fancy it, and the money is okay - which means a couple of full days of rehearsal, and lots of time on my own running though the set of material. But it'll eat into my RPM time. A Lot.
Then bloody Ofsted (school inspectors) into the college I work at - meaning I'm doing masses of (unnecessary) paperwork AND working going into work on days off to do prep. Again, eating my RPM time.
The net effect is that my carefully planned out three weeks (having lost a whole week to a musical i was doing) has now become about a week at the end of feb, around everything else. Not hopeful.
Anyway - On player - RPM 3 'Alibi'
An interesting thing for me - I decided to try to build a musical track *without* a vocal topline at all - and see what I came up with. So I recorded the track (heard there). I actually started with what will now be the instrumental break - and realised if it was that dense there'd be no room for the vocal, so retooled it and made a thinner verse. And then a chorus.
My thought processes was lots of single notes on (differently EQ'd) electric guitars, making chords between them (I added the acoustic playing the chords very late on).
Then I set about shoehorning a vocal on top. The codswallop I've sung appears to be about encouraging someone not to use me (the singer) as the reason to leave their current partner. At least that gives me a frame to continue writing from.
The vocal is just into a mic that's set up next to computer and is very ropy, but will be used as the guide for recording the main vox, when 1. I write a second (and maybe third) verse, and 2. when I re record all the other vox.
Still to do:
Drum programming. It's just a quick and dirty drum programmed thing at the moment.
Write verse 2, 3 and chorus 3
Record all vox
Look at instrumental section - actually I'm considering rock guitar solo. Not that I'm good enough - but I could try!
PS To any American ears: In England a 'plaster' is what you might call a 'band-aid'.
First rough mix posted
by simon levene
Channelling Keith Richards
by Ali Kilpatrick
work my way through this cold
by simon levene
Finished Second Song (Alibi).
Song 4 - 'Allies'
by A Lunatic's Daydream
Up Too Late - No, that's the song title
by Keith Landry
by Gary Fox
Breaking a rule
by Kavin.s Acoustic Church
where am I ?
by Jim Anderson
3rd demo on player.
9Am SaTurDay morninG
Hit the Wall
by The Raygun Girls
That's It, 10 Songs Demoed
by Matt Parker
by simon levene
Having Mono (disease) put things on hold...
by The Aviators