Four days into 2018 and already a lot has started happening. The upshot of which is the album I’ve been pretty idly working on for a few months now needs to be completed relatively sharpish, so that’s become my major priority for now. Alongside the small matter of actually learning to perform all this noise in the very near future. Which is exciting, but also fairly terrifying.
Here’s a couple of small snippets from a few of the tracks in progress that will [probably] make it onto the release. Excuse the shoddy sound quality, quick n’ dirty recordings from my phone next to a monitor.
Released yesterday, free download/pay what you feel on Bandcamp until November 6th.
It’s been a bit since I posted anything on here, and I’m off work sick today, so this is pretty much just a couple of things I’m working on with a view to a slightly more formal release sometime. This first one is called We Lie, and is pretty much ready to go. Mixed and mastered by Steve Whitfield, who does magical things with my vocals. Instagram teaser, but you can, if so inclined, hear the entire track on Mark Corrin’s radio show from July 3rd here.
In likelihood, I should remember I have this, since it’s the address that’s on my business cards >_>
Free download on Bandcamp 🙂
Well, despite having plans to keep this updated with my progress and discoveries across the past year, clearly I didn’t. Now, I’m 8 days into my second FAWM, and since I’m currently slightly ahead of schedule, thought it was high time to post something on here.
Taking the form of the NaNoWriMo influenced time constrained artistic challenges which are growing both in number and popularity, February Album Writing Month (or, FAWM), sets musicians and songwriters, both amateur and experienced, the challenge to create 14 new songs in 28 days. As with many such challenges, the emphasis is not on high quality, polished work, but rather on output to be grown and edited at a later time. It’s as much about active participation as it is about the creative process, and the online community is supportive and friendly.
For me, participation has meant having an extra driving force to stop worrying about the fact that I’m still learning the ropes, or that what I’m doing doesn’t sound quite how I’d like, and start getting ideas down. At the time of writing, I’ve published two tracks, both of which I’m reasonably happy with as rough drafts, and both of which I intend to work on further once the month is up.
Without the purpose of a set challenge behind me, I’m not certain I would have had the confidence to publish anything for a while yet. Sometimes, especially at the beginning, it’s a hell of a lot easier to say “here’s something I made for this specific reason”. The limitations of the project act as a safety net, in some ways. The time constraints mean that there’s an implicit understanding that quality of work is not the goal, and for anybody without years of experience, that is a massive asset. I know I’m not going to be creating anything amazing after only a few months learning, but this gives me the opportunity to get ideas down, put them out there, and get some feedback much sooner than I might have done otherwise. Feedback and constructive criticism means progress, and I welcome both.