One of my goals for the EP I’m recording is to use lots of microphones. Much of my own music from the past has involved nothing but virtual instruments. Software is a beautiful thing, but I wanted these tunes to sound a little more “real.”
To increase my microphone count, I decided to record live drums instead of using virtual ones. I didn’t have the time or resources to work with a drummer, so I played them myself. It was relatively fast, easy, and efficient.
It’s important to understand that I am in no way a drummer. I decided to limit myself to kick, snare, some shakers, and two microphones. After investing a few hours into tuning drums, trying different microphones and mic placements, and working out parts for each tune, I finished tracking the drums for my EP.
This project is moving forward, and I’m excited to see where it takes me next.
A week ago, I would have told you that I’m getting ready to record an album. However, I’ve decided to record an EP mostly because I can release it sooner.
The tunes are written, the arrangements are nearly done, and I’m almost ready to begin recording.
I’m planning to document the entire production of the EP here on my blog. There are sure to be many strange things that happen along the way, and I’m looking forward to it.
Four fragmented thoughts:
One of my goals for January is to write more. (A lot more considering I haven’t written any music for over two months). I’ve been experimenting with different approaches to composition, and I recently had a (surely unoriginal) idea that has so far sparked my imagination multiple times and provided interesting starting points.
The other day I sat down to write. I had a title, but I had no musical ideas. I decided to start with a rhythm, but I didn’t know what sort of rhythm to choose. In order to develop a rhythm, I used a word related to the title. I’m no lyricist, but I can take a short phrase and write out the rhythm of the words.
My title was “Dark Room,” so I chose the words “photographic dark room” for my rhythmic idea. It looked something like this:
I took this rhythm and began to write a melody with my title in mind. If nothing else, it gave me a place to start, and it gave me something to develop.
Using text to develop a rhythm might not work every time, but it’s a tool to use when I need it. I’m simply trying to write more and judge my work less, and any idea is a workable one.
2014 is just a few days away, and I’ve been thinking about the past year and what is to come. 2013 brought some amazing opportunities for traveling and making music, and 2014 is promising to be even more exciting.
I’ve been incredibly busy applying to colleges and preparing for college auditions that begin in about three weeks. I’ll be traveling and auditioning at a number of music schools and conservatories. I’m super excited to visit these schools, play my best, and share my experiences with others.
I’ll be back in 2014 writing about my experiences with college auditions and the stress and excitement they bring.
Happy New Year!