the 2010 FAWM/RPM "album" - in reverse chronological order
What’s weird is that I didn’t feel the rush of adrenaline until after I had finished recording the vocals. At 12:59 CST.
And then I just kinda freaked out.
For those not in the know, this was for February 28th’s FAWM song skirmish. A title was announced at noon CST, and then the goal was…read more
It seems that any time I feel confident about being able to continue doing a song a day, I jinx my next day.
Like last night, I made it known that I was probably going to continue with song a day in March, whilst starting to revise and polish on the side. And…read more
flute/bass/drums, kinda jazzy, upbeat
I admit, the title has nothing to do with the piece. It’s a reference to the morning I had. Yelyah v. Squirrel.
“bouncing pianos” - energetic piano/bass/drums tune
This tune was totally brought to you by technology.
The variant in the piano chords came from quantizing some sloppy timing that led to some happy accidents.
The main piano line came from playing some chaos that ended up sounding…read more
“my jetpack” a floaty, atmospheric type piece.
I’m not thrilled with the strings (the part that only shows up once in the piece). I need to blend them more. They’re too abrupt.
I think the “percussion” may get too loud towards the end.
I learned important stuff today, such as how to…read more
lullaby featuring piano (but of course!)
Today I learned how to add an insert effect to the master channel. The song was way quiet so it got boosted via a limiter. Hurray.
“Donar”, a title that’s an obscure shoutout to the German Reason users.
This is an updated vocal of the song I wrote during FAWM/RPM.
I had thought that this was an improvement but when I listened to it later that night, it ended up just sounding like a chorus of flat-ness.
Kind of a chillout, lullaby type tune.
I think the shaker comes in too strong. I think the intro goes on for probably 1 or 2 more phrases than it should.
I get to say that it borders on hip-hop because there’s a hip hop drum loop and a hip hop drum kit on it. I have no idea what to call it other than “electronic”. With a piano.
This is my second song using Record.
I was going through a book on Reason which featured a tutorial on how to do a…read more
True to form, I used my new software to… do the same exact thing I’ve been doing most of this month.
So far I definitely miss Logic for pure piano, but I’ll have to see if there are workarounds or things that I’m missing in Record that will make my piano-music-producing-life easier.
Confession: Last time I did the song-a-day project, I came up with an idea from scratch every day. I intended to do the same thing this time around.
This piece breaks that rule in two ways.
I wrote the opening part over the weekend.
That part itself was a derivation of something I wrote…read more
Yay. Solo piano.
Who hasn’t fallen victim to thinking that a piece of “kit” is going to make all the difference in the world? Don’t fall for it people.
Production notes: Oh yeah, I totally left in a bunch of plosives (PUH-PUH-Plosive) all over the place. Sometimes I just try to “suppress” them when I…read more
With this sub-1-minute, A-section-only piece, I win FAWM.
Not to sell this piece short, but after yesterday’s grueling session, I’m just happy to have written anything at all today.
This Valentine’s Day, sing this song to your SO and there’s a good chance they’ll turn into your ex.
Oy. About 6 hours of work:
1.5 hours to write the lyrics/melody first thing in the morning
1.5 hours figuring out the harmonic progression and laying down scratch vocals (they’re always…read more
The melody was the last thing that was written for this.
The piano is a placeholder for whenever I get around to actually writing full lyrics. (I have a few lines written down, but I’m not sure if that’s the direction I want to take the song.)
Oh yeah. The silly a cappellas are back.
Ideas they are like water
Just floating all along
But you really can’t hold on
Ideas they are elusive
You can chase ‘em everyday
In the end they get away
So get that old idea
And dust it off
It don’t matter if it’s good or not
It’s the fact that you…read more
“Farmer’s Blow” is redneck rap. Oh yeah, I went there.
If you’re on the run
And your nose has gotta go
Don’t grab a tissue
Do the farmer’s blow
Just tilt your head
To the side
Then block one nostril
And let it ride
You may think
That it’s obscene
But it’s quite the opposite
Where I been…read more
Well I had intended to try doing something different this week.
So technically I succeeded.
It’s solo piano again, but I had to teach my left hand how to play this somewhat syncopated bass line, before I could actually compose against it.
The 80 bpm tempo was set when I was still trying…read more
Did I mention I’m taping my songwriting sessions?
So I now have about 30 minutes of footage of me totally screwing around at the beginning of this session. Listening to Spotify. Playing melodies by ear and such.
And then I finally decided to buckle down, and the chord progression that starts…read more
Day #6 and it’s still solo piano.
And I think this is the most I’ve ever written just piano before.
I do miss patches and polish, but it’s all raw material that could be built into something more later on. Or left alone.
And for once, this was done in one take. Still plenty of loose timings…read more
And how was your Friday night?
Here I try to see just how far I can push 4 chords (that I ended up stripping down to a 1 note bassline).
Song #4 for FAWM. More solo piano.
One of the things I struggle with, with all of these pure piano pieces is how much to edit/fix them.
Way way back in the day, I quantized everything precisely and made all of the velocities the same. To this day, I have no idea why I was messing with note…read more
I might as well officially say that I’m attempting to go 28 for 28.
Maybe nuts, but I seem to feel the need to prove to myself that I’m the same person who could write a song a day (24 in 24) back in August.
This song has lyrics, but you wouldn’t know that, because this version is solo piano…read more
Um. If you enjoyed “solo piano 20100201”, you’ll probably enjoy this similarly titled piece.
Hugs to all my fellow alonetoners who listened/commented on yesterday’s track.
I’m looking forward to catching up on all of the great music you guys released during my extended absence!
I excel at disappearing for long stretches, eh?
I think with this I’m officially committing to doing FAWM.
And R.I.P. my songwriting drought. August 27th, 2009 - February 1st, 2010.