In a Rut? What’s Today?

This tip is geared mainly for Keyboardists, though parts of it might apply to other instrumentalists or musicologists:

Often there have been times when I start working on a project only to find I cannot finish it or worse can’t even get it started.  Hours spent on a project that will never make it to the “Masters” folder.”

The name of the project may be something like “My New Project – No. 14.”  It is likely the next time I open the project will be when I am cleaning out my hard drive…

I developed a unique modification to my work-flow in that when I run across these situations, I name the file for whatever day of the week it is… So I wind up with 7 folders each named for a day in the week.  Next time I am drawing blanks, I just open up the folder of whatever day it is and revisit whatever it was I was working on at the time.  In addition to this, I start each new project from scratch (I don’t use any project or track templates).  This works because these files are not created sequentially, as their is a 1 in 7 chance, depending on the day of the week.  Chances are, I will have moved on from whatever it was that was originally stuck in my head and the result is I will have a bunch of different projects and configurations.

So what exactly is the benefit?  Well for one thing, chances are better I will revisit an idea rather than abandoning an idea.  Eventually, the 1 in 7 chances will bring me back.

Also, and this is where this system really pays off, is that I will have a bunch of different project and track templates, since often I may come to a dead end after creating a bunch of different instrument templates w/ dialed in effects.  Even if I never finish a project, the hours spent on creating different track templates is not wasted.  More often than not, I can climb back into the project with a refreshed approach…

Try it!!!

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Creativity Has No Rules or Boundaries

I posted an extended version of Gentleness (I added a 1:27 prelude).

The unique thing about this track is that I used a recording, from a different session and “sewed” it together (Mom would be proud!).

We often browbeat ourselves searching for ideas.  Other times, we just stumble on them…  When it comes to Creativity in Music, there are no rules or boundaries.

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Disaster Strikes Swiftly

Here is a tip you should take heed of if you are playing music in the 21st Century. If you are not using a computer, then this doesn’t apply to you and you can continue along your merry, analog, way.

If you do use computers and most assuredly if you are producing music, then you may have heard this before but having lost 2 hard drives in one week, it compels me to mention it for the umpteenth time. Back up your hard drives! When I say that, I don’t mean drag a copy and change the name… I mean create a drive image on a separate drive and with your audio masters, project files, or any other vital files, ensure you do make copies in at least 3 different locations.

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I’ll Name it Later

I have decided that for every new original song I post I will add a bit of a by-line to it, as many of the concepts I have come up with, usually have an interesting story behind them.

In this latest “More  Chazzzman” post entitled “I’ll Name it Later,” I see it as either being something from the 60’s or Contemporary Country, depending on how the lyrics turn out…  This song is crying out for vocals…

I am now open to interviewing for “La-La girls,” if you think you fit the role, send a message to the Sysop.  Creativity isn’t as important, though it is still desired.  Being able to carry a pitch and harmonize is required….  We’ll see…If we go 60’s, I hear la-la’s but if it goes Country, maybe not so much…

Ironically, as far as an interesting story goes, this song doesn’t really have one.  It was mostly inspired by the Wurlitzer, the popular piano of many bands of the 60’s, which I guess is why I’m thinking it sounds like it belongs there.  That and the organ, which Sounds like something The Animals and others, may have used once or twice.

I recorded the Drums and Bass in mono to give it a more retro sound…The horns, piano, and organ were summed thru a 35 year old analog console, which is a classic in its own right.  The drums, bass, and the rest were placed on a bus featuring a classic console emulator plug-in…the one the Beatles used to record Abbey Roads with…The console, not the emulator….

Honestly, I’m more of a believer of music being timeless, since I believe with the right vocalist style and the instruments used, the music can be or can be adapted to be, made to fall in a multitude of genres…

Until the deal is sealed, I like to keep my options open…that’s what options are!!!!

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