Not sure how many of you read Reverb but there is an interesting article on there about recording tricks. It is fairly common techniques but I thought it might be worth sharing for those new to the craft. Things like gated room mic's at distances for natural reverb, kick drum tunnels, layering multiple singers doing overdubs simultaneously etc. So here is the link, hopefully you are inspired to experiment a little!
I must be overlooking something very obvious here, but how do you upload to the jukebox? I mean, not the demoplayer but here: http://monopoli.rpmchallenge.com/
Any help appreciated!
All of the instruments are recorded for my cover of "So Beautiful"... unless of course I go back and decide something sounds too sloppy. (And you should be proud of me: I actually played drums and three keyboard parts, instead of just programming them.) Now I just have to get some time and see if I can get a decent vocal take, or if I'm going to have to call in the big guns to help out on those.
This Sunday? Who's down??
Sent my CD in on time and it still hasn't appeared in the jukebox, nor does it show I completed the 2015. Thanks USPS, you continue to suck big time.
the band now has 4 full songs 1 partial song and 2 demos which total almost 35 minutes of music, yes these are not short songs. i am pushing us towards trying to record a couple tunes next month so that we have a little EP to use for booking shows and getting some interest in the group. I'm very excited about this band, even though it feels a little too early to be doing cartwheels, it's a very different experience than my last craigslist band, NOW/here which I was pretty happy with as well, but also wrote all the songs. Let me tell you, arranging 9 minute jams into a coherant song is pretty challenging, much more so than starting from scratch, especially since the jam sessions tend to all be in one key and just kinda meader around that one key for the whole session.
i don't think anyone listened to what i put up in my player, but if you're curious, take a listen and let me know what you think.
the next big musical project will be coming soon as well, I may wait until after the covers project is done to start on it. I feel creative still and have an urge to write, so i'm trying to funnel that into song arranging for small waves, which is almost the same thing, but not quite.
Things I Learned from 2015:
a:I need to spend a much, much greater amount of time on vocals and mixing.
b: I recorded over twenty songs/fragments of songs and only 13 went on the album, two of which should probably have been left off the album.
c: (a)+(b) suggests that I spent a lot of time on songs that I didn't use, at the expense of the vocal quality and mix of those I did.
d: Due to (c), this is the last time I go in without ten songs written and demoed.
e: That said, some interesting stuff came out of the time restraints.
f: (d)+(e)= I will treat november or December as a personal RPM, writing and recording ten songs. I'll spend January brooding about them, etc. And then I'll spend next year's RPM focused 100% on re-recording those songs and getting them sounding right.
g: I reserve the right to ignore (a) through (f) and spend next February making yet another sloppy album.
I've been looking forward to listening to a lot of the new music produced be my friends at this site this February. Really looking forward to it. From what I've heard so far of the music produced this year, it's been outstanding. Probably the best year yet, as far as I can remember.
But I've run into some trouble. It seems my ears aren't taking it kindly. I've had bouts of tinnitus before, but never this bad. I never sought medical attention for it before, but I might have to this time around, because it's really frustrating to the point of loss of sleep.
I've always been a pretty loud listener, but that obviously won't happen now. And headphones are totally off limits. It seems any noise above the level of normal conversation will set my ears off ringing. Even watching tv I need to turn the volume down if I'm to not experience any ill effects by it. And my wife is a little hard of hearing, so... no tv for me.
So, I'm sorry about not being able to take an as active part in the listening and feedback loop as I'd like to right now. I'm sure it'll get better eventually but right now I'm just frustrated as hell.
so the new band that is slowly rising out of the ashes of NOW/here has a name, we're called small waves, after a conversation about a certain song we were writing, where the sound comes at you in small waves before building up energy and crashing into the shore.
it's a visual idea, though I'm not sure everyone who sees the name will get it until they actually hear our music, which I did not write, thought I did arrange everything and write the words as well.
i'll put a demo or two in my player for anyone interested in hearing it.
Songs and Mixes Are Never Finished, Just Abandoned
That sums it up for the moment. Having had a few days away from all the hullabaloo of dithering, bit rates, waves, and wacks, I did the final (for now) mixes of stuff.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you my 2015 RPM album:
No One Number
It's all in my player, and the jukebox. It will head to Alonetone, Soundcloud, etc within a few days. The artwork is at the bottom, beneath the player which may or may not show the songs, so you may need the pop-up player. Hard to believe it's my tenth RPM album, but there it is, beneath the other nine. It’s interesting to scroll through each album cover. Each one tells its own story.
In no particular order, I would like to thank:
Brian from BogStomp...who has been my best friend for 33 years and is the only person who heard my very first songs and didn't try to stop me from writing more. The world may curse you, Brian, but I thank you profusely.
Tim from Letter Seventeen...who I sometimes think has known me for 30 some odd years. (mostly odd) "Tim, should I boost or cut by 2db at the 5000hz mark? Only on Tuesdays? Ok, thanks." And he's right...
Keith Landry...you keep me honest and are an inspiration, not mention a crazy good man.
Jana from Strummindude...one day I will write and perform as well as you. Of course, you'll be better than you are now, so I may be stuck in an infinite loop.
Tess and Bethan...Your voices are from somewhere else, somewhere divine.
Andy Samford...who can catch a phrase (and play guitar) like no one number, uh, else.
Hussalonia and Peter Fedofsky...For being inspiring.
Alex Moody...I wish I had your voice.
Mick...wherever you are, my brother. We miss you. There's a G&T waiting at the bar.
Jon Nolan...You came up with this insanity, and I can't ever thank you enough.
Dave and Karen...You have my gratitude and respect. You don't have an easy position, so thank you. Deeply.
And most importantly...my family, who have to reconcile the father figure with the artist once per year, during the same month as two birthdays, school vacation, sports, work, snowstorms and whatever else happens to come along. I love them more than they will ever understand, and that's a wonderful thing.
So, thank you as well. Whether it was listening and commenting, or just stopping by to read and maybe comment, thanks for taking notice. It's been a good ten years' worth of work, and a lot of you have been there every step of the way with the struggles and achievements. Congratulations to you.
RPM 2006-28 Days
RPM 2007-Aftermath Hotel
RPM 2008-Pretty Voices
RPM 2009-Dearly Departed
RPM 2010-Summer Grass
RPM 2011-Sunday Morning Music
RPM 2013-Sweet Peppermint
RPM 2014-Lonely Diamond
RPM 2015-No One Number
And the player in pop-up version and embedded:
Gary Fox's player:
How'd They Get That Sound
by The Retarded Potentials
How to upload to the jukebox?
angie fights covers
by Synaptic Disturbance
SF BAY AREA LISTENING PARTY
by Matthew DePasquale
Post office fails again?
by Doug Hayman
small waves update 032015
by angie fights crime
by Matt Ferrara
by angie fights crime
Songs and Mixes Are Never Finished, Just Abandoned
by Gary Fox
trouble tagging! help!
by Alive Underground
Extended Anniversary Remaster
I Was a Dinosaur
by jaQ Andrews
Listen to this.
by Aged Machine
My Favorite Song
by Mike Rae