Holy crap, people. My laptop decided to die on February 1st; it took me until the 14th to hack into an old laptop and reset the admin password, install a trial copy of REALLY old but good multitracking software, and get crackin'. Other complications came up, but I just finished track 10 about an hour ago, just barely squeaking in. I had a cover of Nitzer Ebb in the works, but the first take vocals from a few days ago sucked and my wife is asleep in the next room, so shouting the lyrics was probably not a good idea anyway. A quiet recording of a few clean guitars and a bass was a better choice.
This year challenged me to change up my methods: there are a couple older pieces from my hardware sequencer that never got completed into anything, but mostly the album is new stuff, and is me playing actual instruments instead of programming synths or samples into a sequencer.
I'm glad to see that we can now upload our albums rather than mail them, although I just bought a bunch of CD-Rs and cases I won't be needing now. Oh well; maybe I can return them tomorrow since they're unopened. But that's a thought for tomorrow. Staff meeting in 8 hours, so I'd better get to sleep.
Rock on, RPMers! Hope you overcame like I did, or better!
I can't believe I managed it!
I composed, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered 14 songs in the month of February 2017 - a combined FAWM and RPM Challenge.
This year's album features jazz, salsa, chiptunes, techno, D&B, chamber music, space guitars, ambient, theremins, and even a robot sea (well, space) shanty.
I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
I wasn't going to do the challenge this year, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to focus on music creation for the month.
My album this year is quite a bit different than the two previous ones. Titled "Pieces In An Electric Style," this time the album is a collection of music that, while written in a modern style and using modern instruments (electronic ones, to be precise), evoked for me the character and feel of various types of classical music: Fantasia, Pavanne, Intermezzo, etc.
These pieces don't follow the forms that the track titles suggest, but the ideas and thoughts which I had that evolved into the music definitely fit certain classical and renaissance musical types:
Anyway, I really appreciate and enjoy the challenge of writing an album's worth of music in 28 days. Thanks RPMChallenge for providing the forum and motivation!
YES!!! Lyrics were definitely the hardest. 3 tracks needed vocals but....
Thank you Sean Hasan for doing this with me for the tenth year in a row! Holy cow. Wow. We're committed, or we should be. I like making music and recording, but it's also an awesome excuse to spend a lot of time with a true friend. Thanks for making the time, putting in the effort, dealing with my derailments, and contributing excellent musical taste and skill to these songs every year.
Thank you Sean Sheehan for contributing blistering keyboards. I was hoping to get him to do some drumming for us. Things didn't work out with that but he took a bunch of our "vomit takes" (first drafts where we were just making stuff up on guitar and drums) and layered killer organ/synth/clav on top and made them brilliant.
Also thanks to my lovely wife Jessie for contributing "Don't Make Out with Dogs." This is some good advice.
and now that i've finished 2 albums this month, I think i'm going to take the rest of the winter and most of the spring off. yup. thanks.
Tue month started easy. Wasn't stressed. The songs were coming together. All was good. Then all the wind was taken out of my sails and I lost a week. But I've got some good seed material.
The last song "Breathe The Free Air" is an acoustic number I wrote for my four-month old nephew. Cute little guy named Miles... actually, he's kind of big for his size. Figured a tune that's NOT a lullaby is something he might eventually appreciate.
Breathe the free air, Miles.
You and your awesome sister, both!
Thanks also to Chris Cote, Brian James, Peter Burton, Isis Orchard, Colin Flores, and my Mom and Dad. You're all part my crazy now, eh? I've named names! You can't avoid it.
Love to you all.
To bed now.
Will be dropping into the deepest sleep ever. I wish everyone here happy -- or at least interesting -- dreams. About spring. And mountains. And song.
Carpe Noctum, Fellow Fools!
Midwestern thunderstorms are making tonight a memorable flood of weird and over-determined manic moments. As I printed album art, utilizing Jose's open-til-midnight services, I sent one of the world's last endangered plastic rainbow discs from a one-stop shop at 11:42pm on 28 February 2017, I felt like one satisfied freak watching rain pour into the streets. I printed a cover:
A back cover:
A disc (sort of):
And a booklet:
Returning to my semi-mobile bunker at Teutonic Studios, I encountered a list of Bands Online the likes of which I have never encountered, and it was a heart-warming and unexpected feeling of camaraderie. In the glorified temp. job that is my current life, I've floundered in the mediocre and the mundane for many months, until there was music once again. I toiled in mindless labor and thankless subservience, until there was RPM 2017 and TS017.
I was recording a song a day for the first fourteen days of February. Then I took a break and things got rough. Mixing was the typical mysterious slog and occasional nightmare as I wondered: so I guess I just have to move a digital slider here and there and continue to psychically intuit what it will actually sound like on yet another draft CD knowing that converting to .mp3 will lead to yet another set of unpredictable mutations.
But then, who cares! There are still more than a triple-dozen of ye freakish brethren hanging here currently and I've boarded the mother ship of beautiful fools who are doing *this* rather than anything else. And only you glorious brothers and sisters in musical foolishness understand that there is nothing more useful to *do* than upload strange and shining files into a quaintly antiquated Seacoast server. I second everyone's comparisons that this is New Years for artists and weirdos.
Happy Hash Wednesday to you-all. For those about to rest, we salute you!
On the 2017 50 Latest Demos, Good Times for the Meek uploads were seamlessly intertwined with The Retarded Potentials, and all is perfect.
by Jim Anderson
by angie fights crime
Ways to improving writing skills
by sam berry
by Smooth Around The Bend
by Matt Ferrara
by angie fights crime
Big Thanks-- Until Next Year!
by Strange Dream
Songs up on Alonetone
by Terri Ellen
Moderate Rebels 2.0 on Alonetone
Partying alone. With a cup of tea.
by Porter Harris
by A Beautiful Scene
by angie fights crime
Various and Sundry
by Gary Fox
One Fine Day
by Chloe Radcliffe