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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The Role of the Producer in the Digital Age









When it comes to the job description of producers in today’s recording studio, the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” comes to mind. While technological advances have made the studio a significantly more streamlined and efficient place to work, the principles of what makes a good producer have stood the test of time. That said, let’s take a look at what the producer’s role is when it comes to songwriters and their demos in the current climate.

Originally published in the BMI Weekly by Cliff Goldmacher

Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, music producer and educator with recording studios in Nashville, TN and Sonoma, CA. Through his studios, Cliff provides songwriters outside of Nashville with virtual, live access to Nashville’s best session musicians and demo singers for their songwriting demos.

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