Slacking already. I'm about half a week later with this entry that I said I'd be. The result of catching a bout of man-flu that's still hanging around.
Ah well, at least it's out of the way before Feb, and not being a singer it won't have much impact if it stays.
I've got a few more solid ideas for what I'm doing now though, artwork's getting there and I'm adding more to my armoury of weird/cheap percussion for making noises to blend into the background of the album for texture.
Yeah, not much of an update. I am bloody itching to get this thing underway though. Every time I look at the blank Logic projects I've got ready I want to dive in.
I've spent a lot of time this past year thinking about space, silence, and dynamics. I tend to be a wall of sound kind of artist. My 2011 album "Snowbound" is a great example of that. I'm very proud of the album, but it's an album of excess. Nearly everything is doubled, from vocals to guitars to shakers and hand claps. When the time came to change the energy of a song, it was almost always a case of adding more. At one point in the ninth song, "Graduation Donkey", there are 26 tracks going, including bounced-down layers of hand claps.
It became a bit much.
So I spent time focusing on doing less. I've tried to use more solo vocals, or at least change the eq and gain on the second vocal so that it supports the main vocal rather than doubles it. Rather than hide mistakes behind a double, I'm more focused on getting the performance right. I'm forcing myself to not play so much on my guitar parts (this is EXTREMELY difficult for me to do) and to leave some room. I'm basically fighting my instinct to constantly add more. And so far, it seems to be working.
Does this mean I'm going to totally change my sound? No. Not at all. There are still power pop songs with layers of guitars and vocals. But there are also songs that aren't like that,too. It's a different approach for me, and making it work is my 2012 RPM Challenge.
So I been listening to all the songs i've got demos of so far, and have arranged a very loose tracklisting for my main album based on how things are sounding and how I envision them fully produced... of course things change, and I will write new songs during the recording process (proughcess), and i've got a couple of songs that i'm not sure which album they will end up on... so it will be interesting to look back on this and compare to how it turns out in the end...
END IN LIGHT
01. The Dream Of Love
02. Goin' Thru The Motions
03. Love Is Alchemy
04. Broken & Blue
05. With Every Breath
06. Suffer Alone
07. I Don't Know Her
08. Desperation In D Minor
09. Dying Eyes
10. Forgive Me
11. Let It Shine
12. Don't Know Why
13. Lonely Beautiful Sky
14. Open Your Dream
15. The Last Song
This album will be the main priority but I'll be working on the others at the same time....
The spacerock crazy freakout album currently known as "2012" will possibly include the following songs: Don't Ever Set Me Free, A Place In Time To Lose Our Minds, Sandanista Surprise, I Ain't Got Time For Time and Travellers Of The Sky.
The low-fi/acoustic album currently known as "Cold Lonely Nights" that I plan to record over the course of 48 hours in a hotel room has only one song currently planned known as "The Leap"... I plan on pretty much writing this album during those 2 days while creating it...
Originally my plan for the 4th album was going to be made up of new recordings of some of my old songs that I was going to call "Once Again This Time With Feeling" but I think instead what I'm going to do is maybe record a few of the songs I had planned for this if the mood strikes and then see where they fit in... and then along with the new songs that will inevitably get created during the whole process, what I'll do is take all of the best stuff and put it on End In Light and then have the 4th album be all the stuff that didn't make that album...
who knows though... i'm just going to start recording like a madman at midnight on February 1st and then sometime around my birthday (the 23rd) see what all I've got and figure out what to do with all of it.... i'm way more prepared than i was last year by far, so i think that will lead to a super productive month....
Figure last year I didn't blog much this year I'm going to. Going to be sketching out songs until this thing officially starts. I write about a song a night. I've been doing that for about a year now. Tonight was something a little heavier. Going to add it to my player and keep adding sketches there until we get started.
Would love to have some feedback if you have second to listen to this sketch. I haven't decided if the songs for the CD will be a mixture of styles or something more consistant across all tracks.
This is the forth song sketch for the challenge: http://soundcloud.com/dbug/keep-riding
Well, I'm here again, this time after 2 years off. I forgot the login info for my old account, so I've made a new one. In case anyone remembers me, I participated in 2007 as vxc and in 2009 as poiesis. Since then, music has taken off for me considerably, and I'm on track to release a proper LP next month besides my as-yet-unfated RPM project. My life is in transit at the moment - I just moved out of a sublet, and am spending a couple weeks with a friend while I look for a permanent spot for February - so this project will depend largely on the outcome of that. In the meantime, though, the place I'm staying has an absolutely fucking epic kitchen, so I should be able to have loads of fun with the warmup challenge ;>.
Best of luck to everyone, I hope to reconnect with some of you from a couple years ago.
Add this one to the list of headaches, folks.
On my fast track ultra I am using the front panel for ch. 1 ch. 2 and ch. 3. I am using the back panel for ch. 4 for my harmonica mic.
Now, I've pushed the little button so that it sends via the rear jack, and I do infact recieve signal. I can't however seem to get any volume control, less or more, of that jack. The front knob doesn't do anything, the m-audio volume control panel doesn't do anything. Even the slider in pro-tools mix window doesn't effect the signal.
What, pray tell, is so difficult that is beyond my scope of vision?
Fingers crossed for a guru right about now, because I would love to get to the fun stuff.
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Thanks for the tips on my previous blog. They were great! There is always something to learn, and often re-learn, and even though it may sound obvious I've found that those are the things most looked over. So, please, keep the tips coming if you care to share.
I've got a set up I think I like for my mixdown, but while trying to balance the left and right I realized that it wasn't really doing anything.
Let me explain, it seems in other programs (from my memory this program too in previous years but for the sake of arguement we'll say "other programs") when I pan all the way left or right the sound is played only left or only right. I do this now and I can hear a volume shift, mostly a drop, but the sound is played in both speakers (headphones and monitors) and it seems to be heard at the same level.
Am I crazy? Am I missing something? A brain maybe that the sound blows through my left ear straight over to the right?
I know that I shouldn't necessarily mix left and right, rather balance in the land of EQ, but this is something that I feel I should have control over, yes?
Again thanks for the time and helpin' a brother out.
Oh, pro-tools 8 and fast track ultra
Sad news, such a brilliant talent.
The other great thing about January: it's time for the main NAMM show! (There's the one in July, too, but it seems like the January one is bigger.)
The neatest thing I've seen so far (although, to be fair, I haven't looked at many NAMM vids from day 1 yet) is the Peavey AT-200, that puts a DSP tuner in line between the pickups and the electronics to keep your output signal in tune and properly intonated. Of course, the real neat trick is that it doesn't just bring you to standard, but by fretting when you're training it, the video shows transitioning it to baritone, drop D, or open tunings.
Breaking old patterns
.... Off to the studio.
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