Archive for May, 2008

a room of one’s own, week four

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Week three was a bye. For personal scheduling reasons and creative difficulties that were exacerbated by them, I had to burn one of my off weeks. Here I am, a month into this thing, and I haven’t even finished the informative How this Came to Be page. That should tell me something.

In any event, this is the track for week four.

Composition wise, I think I am mostly happy with this one, and it is easily the best of the bunch thus far. The title will be “What have I done?”

I am out of time to do a proper mixing job, so there are about 3 really bad clipping zones that will simply sound bad on certain audio rigs. This will likely be corrected by the end of the experiment.

Now, I have to sleep.

a room of one’s own, week two

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

A very fast paced one this week. I didn’t have a lot of time for music this go around, so I was really feeling the pressure of this deadline. I got to the point where I almost used a patch I’d created beforehand (breaking a rule) and I definitely am at the point now where I’d rather it be done and over than be good. This is sad, as that is exactly what I’d hoped to avoid. Perhaps I will have more to say about this musically after some sleep.

 I can’t seem to get the faced paced ones to work for me now. Next week I’m going for something very down tempo and pretty.

a room of one’s own, week one

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I’ll go into the concept behind A Room of One’s Own when it’s not quite so late, however there’s a beginning summary over at the blog. I still can’t seem to keep these things separate.

This track has been hacked to pieces from what it was early in the afternoon today – I loved it then. I’ve alternatively hated and loved it over the week it took to get it here, and the paltry 2:45 runtime is a sign of me wanting to put something up so I keep at this project fighting against me really wanting this album to have more polish than anything I’ve done before. The part of this song I really like is all after the 2 minute mark, and I cut 2 minutes down to about 30 seconds because some of the beat patterns just didn’t match up, and it was killing the good part. One nice thing about making relatively general rules for myself but making sure I stick to the important ones is that I can reserve the right to futz with this some more later before it becomes the final version, as long as I have time left on the calendar.

Anyway, the likely title for this one is “The Worm has Turned.” It’s not at all great, but since it had been almost a year since I’d really developed anything past a minute long demo, I figured I’d be rusty, and I was right. Life prevented me from doing a couple practice warmup tracks prior to beginning this epic project, which should mean Week Three will finally hit something approaching the last thing I made that I truly loved, which was Hope on the Wind.

So, week one is a massive disappointment to me right now, but it may turn out that tomorrow afternoon I like it again. The important part, though, is that I’m sticking to the regimen. Some recommendations to wash this one out of your ear canal, and to remind myself I don’t totally suck at this: Hope on the Wind, DaybreakThe Hopeless Romantic, and Diversionary Jam Session.

[the life was sucked out of it by forces entirely beyond my control]

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