you think too much
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I'm pleased with this one. The sound wasn't at all what I originally
intended; I had envisioned it as an upbeat electronic dance track, but
instead it settled into a laid-back groove which I think suits it much
better. Despite its length, this isn't what I would call an actual
song-- there are no significant musical changes, just layers over a
constant theme. Nevertheless, there is some semblance of a beginning,
middle, and end, and I think it could be fun to listen to.
I'm really happy with the loudness. When I made Run, I spent hours
fiddling with compressors and it still turned out too quiet. Since this
one is a lot simpler, I was able to get it reasonably loud without
ruining the sound. The weak point is the transition out of the break,
near the end. It kind of drops off there, which wasn't what I intended.
This is partially because CoolEdit couldn't do the kind of
time-dependent filtering that I wanted, and partially because I didn't
spend the time I should have to rework it.
As usual, the hardest part was coming with the drum track, which isn't
even that complicated. Hopefully, that will get easier with practice.
The main theme that you hear all the way through is something that has
been sitting in my notebook for a week or two. The lead melodies on
bass and oboe were improvised on the spot. And this is the first piece
I've produced that uses no pads! I normally pad obsessively, but the
digital piano choruses enough that I didn't need to with this one.
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My first contribution to the Barnyard Dinosaur Project will leave the
listener doubting that I've even picked up an instrument since the BA
days. I decided to make the song an instrumental and center it around
piano, since words take a long time to write and piano's what I'm used
to. The theme is that of some simple blues sounds interspersed between a
bizarre chord progression. The bizarre portion is generally C, Cb5, Ab,
Db then back to C or G. In between and around this progression are some
simple primary chords that allow me to throw in a few blues licks
without too much dissonance. There's a bit of electric guitar which is
just little riffs that survived many deletings. Then there's a super
basic drum track to fill things out. This piece was about 8 hours of
work, including a lot of dead-ends and equipment issues. Hopefully I'll
be able to put out something cleaner and quicker in the future. Other
thoughts-- I had a lot of trouble getting used to playing in time again.
I mainly used the chord progression so that I wouldn't have to play
anything very creative (the old "shoot from center-court and be expected
to miss" strategy.) I think this song is bearable to listen to but I
wouldn't put it on my mix tape.