I haven’t been the best at publicising so as a summary here’s a playlist of the project so far:
Entry number 4 in the ongoing compendium is a lovely floaty piece of acoustic art-pop. Should I feel a bit self-conscious in calling it art-pop? Nope! No prizes for guessing my references for the voice parts.
SAWFAY number 3. I tried to use as few guitars and as many basses as possible and this is the result.
I’m quite enjoying only using acoustic guitars in these compositions, especially for the lead or harmonic sections.
I’m still a bit shy about singing though.
OK, 2nd week. I completely forgot to post this here at the time -the 7th of November.
Initially I had a problem with my mix, the whole piece was overdriven once I’d exported it from my DAW. Eventually I discovered that somehow SoundForge is boosting the gain of everything it opens, even the preview feature in the File Open dialog.
This piece is perhaps a wee homage to both Tortoise and David Bedford.
So I think I’m going to do a thing. Like really commit to something.
I’m gonna make a piece of music once a week for the next 53 weeks.
This is my first piece. I’m keeping it rough and ready. This is only the beginning.
Drum loops from Siggi Baldursson.
Meaty glorious guitar solo in the coda by Stevie McKnight: steven-mcknight1
Other guitars & percussion by me.
I am making the first of two decisions.
When I complete my exam I will pick one thing and do it. I will take proper notes for every idea I have but keep my focus of that one thing.
The second decision is for after the exam, when I will decide on what to focus.
I’ve spent too long spinning in circles, getting nowhere.
Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) was a German composer whose organ music is still played today. He was a major influence on a far more famous German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). When Bach was a young man, he decided it was crucial for him to experience Buxtehude’s music first-hand. He took a leave of absence from his job and walked over 250 miles to the town where Buxtehude lived. There he received the guidance and inspiration he sought. In 2015, I’d love to see you summon Bach’s determination as you go in quest of the teaching you want and need.
And then this:
“If you have built castles in the air,” said philosopher Henry David Thoreau, “your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” That may seem like a backward way to approach the building process: erecting the top of the structure first, and later the bottom. But I think this approach is more likely to work for you than it is for any other sign of the zodiac. And now is an excellent time to attend to such a task.