Saturday, June 25, 2011

Song 1 - Day 16: Scratch that.

So my last post was bullocks.  Yeah, I came up with a cool idea the old-fashioned way... but thanks to my wife's helpful feedback I realized it sounded like a bunch of other songs I'd already written.  So, back to the drawing board... and back to the computer.  This time I started the writing process in reverse:  a drum pattern first, a little piano riff, a bass line and finally a simple guitar chord progression.  I'm pleased to say it's coming along quite well.  Still a bit daunted by the lyric / singing part - it's been awhile.  Given that I'm basically producing the full sound as I go - any samples would give away too much (spoiler alert!).  Stay tuned... only 14 days to go.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Song 1 - Day 12: Breaking Ground

I'm pleased to announce the writing process has officially begun - and the old fashioned way too!  Sans ordinateur (no computer), just a guitar, notepad and a tape recorder.  I'm trying to get as much written as possible before I start messing around all the bells and whistles the computer provides.  It's the way I used to do it back in high school and the results were some of pieces I'm most proud of.  I'm afraid there's not much to show yet but I'll try to give you a little snippet sooner than later.  Have a great week - talk to you soon.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Song 1 - Day 6: A Learning Curve

So here I am watching the Stanley Cup Final like the good Canadian I am and realize it's almost been a week without much to show in terms of music production.  In my defense I find myself battling a bit of a learning curve.  Without getting too technical - I've recently updated my computer to the latest version of Microsoft butchery (Windows 7) - only to find out that my music software of choice is no longer working for me (Cubase).  However my other recording program (Pro Tools) seems to be working just fine.  It's been a number of years since I last used it so it's taking some time to get back up to speed.  My summary would be that as a recording musician Cubase is great to help you get your ideas down really quickly and sounds pretty good too.  Pro Tools on the other hand is a little more cumbersome in terms of ease and intuitiveness but has the potential to make a better sounding recording. 

Vs. 

So yeah, I used to use Pro Tools because it's considered the "Studio Standard" and I was looking to get myself a job as a professional Jingle Writer.  In the meantime I also used the program to record this album a number of years back for my band at the time called 'Say Ah!'.  Anyhow - I'm rambling... the long and short of it is that I'm planning to do this project in Pro Tools and have been taking the past week to re-familiarize myself with the ins and outs of the program.  The idea for this first song that I've been playing around with in my head is to have a sort of dueling guitar + bass thing going on.  Not playing nice together or taking turns but actually alternating notes in quick concession.  To do it right is going to be quite an undertaking in terms of production - so I think I may put this idea on the back burner for another month and start with something a little more straight forward.  We'll see.  I am pleased to say that the week hasn't been completely fruitless in terms of music.  I did compose a little music (in the bar scene) for my wife's new acting reel.  Well, I've got 24 days left - that's plenty of time right!? ... Not looking good for Vancouver at the moment (losing 3-0)... shucks.  Goodnight folks.  Talk to you soon.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Song 1 - Day 1: An Introduction

So here's the scoop.  The video below should (however awkwardly) explain all the particulars of why I'm starting this blog; but here's a few bullet points to give you the quick rundown:

  • Today, June 9th - is Day 1 of Song 1 (despite the video saying 'June 7th)
  • By Day 30 (July 9th) - I will have written / produced / recorded a new song for your listening enjoyment
  • This 30 day cycle will continue for at least a year (12 songs)
  • Throughout the 30 day cycles I will do my best through regular posts to keep you up to date with the progress and perhaps share some "sneak peeks", ideas and rough cuts
  • On Day 30 the full song will be available to stream for free and download at a minimal fee (TBD)
  • These updates can be monitored either here on the blog or through this facebook fan page
  • The more people who follow the more pressure I have to stick to this.  So please help me out and spread the word.  Thanks.