It looks like we might just make it to the end.

I am 48 weeks deep in 52 week project in which I write, record and release a song each week for a year.
The realisation hit me just a couple of hours ago that I only have 4 more songs to create before I’ve completed the project.

Wow. I feel like I’ve only just started, like I’m barely half-way.

Here is a link to the entire playlist:

https://soundcloud.com/mysterioso/sets/song-a-week-for-a-year

New Musicks

It’s been a while since I did much to publicise my work, but I’m here today to remedy that.
In the last nine weeks I’ve released nine more pieces of work, some of which I’ve pushed off into the world with those little shivers I only get when what I’ve created seems somehow more than the sum of its parts.

These are my current favourites:

And here is a playlist for the Great Song A Week For A Year Playlist so far:

That’s the Message

My current project, a Song A Week For A Year number 24 – ‘That’s the Message’ on #SoundCloud

This piece started off inspired by Black Heart Procession, but then traveled through Gravenhurst and latter day Nick Cave.
Once again, it’s a bit dark. I started work on the lyrics before I’d completed all the instrumental parts and for once I had the time to come up with a text I’m happy with. The downside of this being that I ran out of time to work on the drum programming. Swings and roundabouts!
Becca Allen joined in on backing vocals and autoharp.

Here is the continuing playlist for the project so far:

This is the Great Void

I decided to play around with a couple of synths, a bit of MIDI, a handmade BEW pedal and see what happened. This is the result.
In the process I taught myself a couple of new things about recording too.
I got to the end of the lyrics and realised I really ought to have rewritten the first verse but time was not on my side. So have at thee.
Guest vocals by Becca Allen.

Look Around You

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.

An Introduction

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.