It was one of the rare moments where inspiration struck and stuck. I have been wanting, for ages, to record a song that uses 12 notes played at once, in an octave, perhaps as a punctuation or as a rhythmic totem. My surprise when there was nothing sonorous! Ha, but it was not even rhythmic... not as I had rendered it.
But there was beauty, as always. So I grabbed my bass. I feel there is always a good bass part hiding just beneath the veneer of the lightest licks. I had none, but felt inspired by the beat I imagined that I should have made.
Due, in part, to my lack of a concrete motif at this point, I opted for octaves. I followed that with the standard minor 6 approach. The groove was solid! Humanity was saved!
Along the way, I added in some thoughts that I had been collecting in my notebook. The seeds of corruption will be there and we must expose them, yes?
The imagery I'd borrowed from Margaret Wise Brown was apt. I believe the final touches were success with guitar, harmony, and angst.
The means of production are what's always at stake ... right?
So completing the 2017 RPM challenge was a CHALLENGE indeed!Lots of new recording and production tricks learned and used, even as recording software froze as it was pushed beyond its limits.
Each track was its own experiment, using different tools and techniques. Mostly bass lines were single takes, with different recording and mixing and editing of the beats and other tracks.
But was the "Onuphrius" RPM 2017 album the proof of concept hoped for?
Well, even if the songs aren't great, some things kind of worked and -- in any case -- any result is some kind of proof!
The main thing is -- it was fun, and now it's done....
Time to listen to the other RPM 2017 recordings!
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BAND -- ALKDALEALBUM -- ONUPHRIUS
Technical details -- used an old iMac and Audacity, Fission, Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack Pro software.
Instruments -- Fender P-Basses, at times with various effects pedals, electronic drums and sampled rhythms, various loops and select short samples.
Main ideas -- RHYTHMS, MELODIES, and MOTIONS, Arabic maqams, and melodic linear abstractions.
It's done and it's with me forever. I felt like I should do a song by song review.
This started out as mumbles with the kids playing. But after what happened in july, august, november, january, there's more lyrical ground that needa covering.
I've been blue, right. So have you, no doubt. But I felt like it was worth mentioning that there is hope and that people need to take responsibility for their failure.
More to come ...
I just can't seem to upload anything to the jukebox. Help!
Everyone else seems to be uploaded to the elusive jukebox but when I click on jukebox for Go Round, Mary all it offers is 'URL cannot be shown'. My music is developing a complex. :-/
Thankfully, someone started a discussion about swears in their song and I realized there were quite a few in my listening party preferred track, "Tom Waits for None". It's important because it will be played on WSCA, our local community low-watt radio station and we all know how fickle the FCC can be. I didn't want to change my preferred track, so I added censor tones in the inappropriate places. I actually dig it, there is a sense of irony there. The RPM Challenge Gods worked with me to fix it.
However, my song The Goose and the Big Red Cock is about a rooster, so fuck off about that one :)
Every year I go into this ridiculous, amazing, overambitious, and very, very fun Challenge I wonder if I'll have anything good to say. I mean, at some point, don't you just run out of words? feelings? thoughts?
I have found the answer to be a resounding, "NO."
If anything, it has had the effect of making me more pure, more willing to go to places I never would have if not for the years needing to say something. I've found that what I say each year tends to get more real, more personal, and more vulnerable.
I mean, what's left to say once you've gotten all of your bullshit out of your system?
Yeah, that's the good stuff. I'm both scared and excited for what will be exposed next year now that this year's layer has been stripped away.
Well, mailed to be sure.
All loaded into the jukebox - Still listed as Pzychotropic, the name under which I first started RPM, but doesn't seem to be a way of changing that.
I have now made my 2017 RPM Challenge record available in the Jukebox.
I have settled into the idea that the recording quality of the songs is basically that of simple songwriter demos with scratch vocals (really scratchy vocals, at that). If you approach it with that mindset, you should be ok listening to it. I hope.
I will definitely be reworking some the songs and redoing the vocals in the next month or so, as my cough seems to be settling down. In the meantime, if you wish to provide feedback, loverade, haterade, or whatnot - something I can go on as inspiration on where to take some of those songs, if anywhere, by all means, be my guest!
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