We actually released it yesterday accidentally, but challenge complete!
long sample from LibriVox
My tracks are all uploaded. They aren't quite in the right order, but screw it. I finished!
Well I can shit out my ass and sometimes my mouth.
Anyway its done - A far ways from pretty though
Down to the freaking wire but I finished. Uploaded all tracks to my player, but wonder, do I just put the album artwork in my gallery? Thanks for any help!
artist name ... NO Id
tilte ... "MUSIC FOR THE TIME BEINGS"
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So, as promised, my process.
As with others here (I think Sister Savage comes to mind) I had a long month and wasn't sure that I was going to make my goal. This despite the fact that I had book a short tour of Eastern Europe earlier this month to gain inspiration for this project. What I hadn't counted on was:
1. It being pretty f-ing cold (its February! DUH!!)
2. Catching a cold and it getting worse as the month wore on until it got better.
3. These and other issues sapping me of any motivation to start on my album. This despite me being able to finish a couple of songs while traveling.
Which led me down to the wire of finishing my backing tracks over the weekend and writing and singing my lyrics to all of my songs on the day I ultimatly submitted my album. I ended up doing all of my tracks on my IPhone and Android tablet which turned out to be pretty useful, especially on the iPhone, which had the latest upgrade of GarageBand and Caustic (but not Chordbot, which did all of my piano parts) installed, along with a bunch of other virtual instruments I ended up not using. It wasn't until the 20th that I was able to get a decent workflow down.
There was then the issue of a lingering cough wrecking havoc on my voice. As a result, I sound terrible on most of these tracks, especially Sunburned and Starstruck, where I am trying to record and figure out the melody at the same time, and I end up sounding as if someone stepped on a dog's tail. There were also a lot of first take one takes, due mostly to time.
I also had issues with starting out well and then going into sharp land by the time I sang my third verse, which was really annoying.
Also, I will never, ever by Lenovo products ever again.
So, after all of that, I had to use my tablet to upload my tracks to Landr for a quick mastering job then to here for submission.
So, this year's submission was a rush job. I am not particularly happy with it, especially with my performances and some of the lyrics, which I just wrote off the top of my head. But I have some decent ideas in a few of the tracks, and the feedback from FAWM (which I was doing in conjunction with the RPM Challenge) has been somewhat promising. Nevertheless, this will be the first RPM album I have done that I will be too ashamed of to upload to SoundCloud.
So, what I will do in the next month is pick which songs I wish to redo, resing them, tweak the arrangements some more and put out an EP on BandCamp.
In the meantime, I am done with creating for a bit. Album is in my profile. Lyrics are on my FAWM page (http://fawm.org/fawmers/bigstarlet) . Thanks for reading.
Well, I made it. After missing out last year, I managed to get it done this time.
And, in fact, I'm quite happy with the album.
In the rush to get it out the door, I wasn't listening too close to the final mix, and so after I drove to the post office and mailed off the CD, I slid a second copy into my CD player and noticed, ah, some things.
One, the EQ got messed up and it sounds kinda crap.
That's bad enough, but upon closer listening I found that some instruments and effects were actually missing, due to a software bug in the system. Affected tracks have to be re-rendered, and the whole album needs a fresh EQ polish, as soon as I can get reorganized and give the thing a more attentive listen.
I may muse a bit more about the album itself once I've had time to engineer the damn thing again and then upload it to my player. For now, though, it's the curious sensation of having succeeded but still working on it.
What started late on February 15th is now finished. Best it could be? Nah. But cool. Yeah. I think so.
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