At a very bad time for it, naturally, I’ve been sick, in pain and fatigued. My single distribution went off as long scheduled, though nearly without me! Then (of course?) I was overwhelmed by overthinking belated tweets and such nonsense. Oh, fuck it. Here’s the permalink to my release. ⇐ Enjoy, and may your sinuses be happy.
...The journey of a baby songbird. (It's
all bliss & frustration!)
Decent! I knew it was a prep year though, and now it’s on & up!!!
↓Listen | Read
After posting my last sample blissfully, just a tad too blissfully unaware of a small issue, I shortly noticed I needed to improve a portion. Instead of quickly preparing a basic replacement, I got to work on nearly finishing the mix, plus other prep.
How I let a couple of “matching” lines not match each other in volume, I don’t know, other than excitement and pushing myself to get all that stuff up. I heard the flaw soon after and “fixed the levels” but then worked on so much more.
I didn’t just spruce up a new and slightly longer sample quicker because I want to get all the DAW time in I can. This finished track is my #1 priority for now. Now with my “proper” studio speakers, I’ve been working on the mix of the song as a whole. That did mean cleaning up a few things, thanks speakers! But I’m getting close to finishing.
Oh and oy, the hectic holidays… amirite?? I didn’t even think about prepping another blog post recently. I’ll try to soon amidst a whole excited frenzy of other work and holiday lights. See you around this Internet town!
When I knew I was done (e)composing this-song-o-mine, had some mixing in, and was thinking about seriously finishing up / ensuring all was great – (reading/watching) technical insider blah-blah-chat… made me sure it was time to order some “proper” speakers called studio monitors.
I and many others would think that getting and spending the money might be the tough part for many tiny musos, but apparently my real gear drama started after the first shipment (yep, first shipment…) arrived. Continue reading
Yes, as promised I’ve been work-work-bitch-workin’! But without further ado… First, about the most important, but less visually obvious, music!
New: New Music!
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(& before/optionally, a tester track for those who like giving feedback):
New: Website Design!
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I wanted to save, for posterity, my favorite part of the old artwork that still had to go:
In my music-creation workflow, I may be developing a habit of hitting a “block” somewhere around the composition/mixing (I have my own blend, really) of the first chorus. Eep. I do know this music production stuff has been getting easier and faster, but I definitely sometimes feel like I’m hitting my head against a wall.
I figured a cause of this with my down-mood “One of My Ways” (soundcloud snippet / lyrics) was its separation from my #1 aural love: dance-y pop. Thus, I bent/changed a silent rule I gave myself, which was to work on one song until finished or abandoned. I know myself pretty well (yes, it’s a feat) and based on my past problem of starting new crafty projects instead of finishing … any* … I thought this was best.
My new rule is: I should work on two tracks so when I feel composer’s block, I can still attempt to work as many hours in “my studio.”
So far, success is in sight. It really has been going well with this more booty-shaking other song. I just wrapped up about seven days of difficult, “hair-pulling” love/hate of the project and I sure have drastically changed the structure (and more) of the newer WIP.
As of this morning, after several days of wired (Excedrin) marathons of “DAW” tweaking, a really large chunk has finally come together! When that includes the first verse and chorus, it’s super motivating knowing the bulk of what’s to come is largely laid out for me.
*OK, almost. But still, music will be so different. Especially as I carve out my own steadier flow.
Don’t worry, in these past months I’ve worked on (much) more music than these several bars. Haha. (In addition to apartment hunting, moving [twice], unpacking, making due in a temporary small space with less stuff, and more. So nwah to even my own brain goin’ 0-O at me.)
I promised a new teaser with the “enhanced,” (down) mood-setting, unfolding layers of the intro; plus I do want a more accurate snippet out than what’s been up. After playing with a somewhat longer intro, I cut it even shorter than the original, but kept it true to myself and still longer than the modern trend.
Time was never wasted with big efforts on the “cutting room” floor because I’m still learning a lot about all the computer music stuff; software and beyond. Eventually I’ll probably even be un-slow (but not too fast, of course).
Without further ado…
Snippet: New Intro to “One of My Ways”
And of course that’s not all “she” wrote, or that’s down on tape (woot) … but I have additional small news:
Bug Fix alert! Story short…
After confirming my “newsletter signup” plugin functioned, I later went on to break it without knowing. *wanh wanh* I finally decided to give it a “routine” checkup and big fail! All fixed now though! So if you happened to have trouble attempting signup before or just think you’d like to ensure early notification of my finished first song (and hopefully more) please sign up! (I hate spam!!!)
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