In the last week of October 2013, I was idling on Twitter with pal @jkn. We got to talking about life, coffee, dogs, and a project to write and record a whole album in a month. I mean, a whole album in a month. Holy hell-crackers did that sound like an interesting proposition, and with right speed did I jump verily on that shizzle and never looked back. So basically, this is all John’s fault, and you should probably follow him on twitter and tell him so.
Spoiler alert: I didn’t quite make the challenge! Ugh, I know, right? Some people are just the worst.
These are demos made public, to share with the #nasoalmo crew, friends and well-wishers. So… they’re not mixed. They’re not mastered. In a couple of cases, they’re just impressions and sketches of a riff that will be a finished piece very soon. I thought as I’d badgered my friends and followers for a month while I worked, it seemed only fair to share the results so far. I promise, you’ll be the first to know when you can download the finished article. Have patience! And call your mother once in a while.
Trigger, Happy: a portrait of the artist as a young piñata
"Life is like stepping into a boat that is about to sail out to the sea and sink." ~Zen Proverb
2012-2013 has been both a hideous and divine year for me. For each track in this collection, I was thinking of a period of time - a week, a month, a morning - and the experience of that time. Some of the pieces here are representations of how I felt at that time. Some are reflections on how things have changed since. Some are what I choose to remember, instead of how it happened. Starting these pieces - as lame and unready as they may be - has been so cathartic, I can’t be mad I didn’t finish quite on time, I can’t be disgruntled because work got in the way, or my mixing skills take too long to warm up. I’m just dying to finish these. They’ve helped put the year to bed. What surprised me the most - and I couldn’t have predicted this - was how hopeful these sound together. Wouldn’t it be nice to think that this last trip around the sun was worth it in the end?
All things - Beth
Moral support - Beth’s twitter followers
Doggone break: http://www.beabetterproducer.com/love-doggone-break/
Just got a good recording of a one-take track that I was trying to capture all night. Larry-happy. Time for a cuppa, onto the next track.
Well, I’m here on the evening of the penultimate day of the #nasoalmo challenge. I’ve had a pretty busy month.
I do have ten tracks. I’d have loved to be on the last stretch of mixing and mastering but I’m still arranging the compositions and I’m not really sure that I’ll make it in time. Whether I do finish this in time is debatable (the deadline is midnight tomorrow) but I have had the most tremendous fun doing this whole project. Here’s how everything is sounding to my ears so far:
I’ll let you know more as I go.
It’s 10 days until I have to down pencils on the November Album and I’m excited and nervous about what’ll happen between now and then.
I’ve had a deluge of work in the last few days so I haven’t been as musically engaged as I’d have liked, but I’ve been filling spare time with piano practice, and even synthing on my iPad when I have a chance. I’ve been having japes catching up on theory (and buying up new music and thinking up ideas, of course) and even attempted twelve tone composition at the weekend. The results were godawful, of course, but the process was exhilarating and fun.
Now I just need to make more of a space to execute ideas. I’ve been averaging at least a musical doodle a day so I haven’t been completely disconnected.
Originally, I’d scheduled the time between 1st Nov and 20th Nov as the “sloshing musical ideas about” phase and the 20th to the 30th as the “polishing and refining and finishing” phase. In part because while I don’t dawdle with making music, I dawdle like anything when it comes to production and I wanted to leave less space to fill with self-doubt.
Because I sort of started the project five days late though, my schedule’s a bit mucked. It’d be tempting to run five days over but that’d feel like cheating ;)
Anyhow. Onwards, onwards. I’ll post later on what I’m up to.