Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Music Projects

So I've been trying to figure out lately how to do something useful with music recording. For the past few years, I've just been writing music and recording it myself, trying to get a feel for how to record music from home and get it to sound good. I feel like I'm finally to the point where I know the ins and outs of recording and how to actually get a professional sound. Now, what to do with that.

Project 1: The Kara Langer Project

About a month ago, I decided that it would be fun to find a singer/songwriter in the area and record/produce and album. Not only would it give me some good practice in recording a style of music that I normally don't do, but I'd actually get to have some finished songs, which is something that has been harder than I expected. A quick ad post on craigslist offering to record and produce an album for free got some surprisingly good responses.

To make a short story short, I'm recording a CD for Kara Langer. It's kind of an ideal recording situation for me. She has a pile of songs written waiting to be recorded. She comes in, records the piano and vocals, then I get to add whatever I want to the song. It leaves a lot of room for trial and error for me, and it's good for me to get a bit of a wider range of styles that I can say I've worked on.

Here's the first song we recorded. I didn't get too experimental with this one. I think I was most concerned with trying to not make the song worse with the stuff I added.

Project 2: The Boztin Project

If anyone can melt your face with a guitar, it's Austin Lewis. Right now we're working on an album with the shreddingest guitars you've ever heard. Once we find a singer, I can quit my job and become a professional shred master. Our biggest issue is figuring out how to get 10 songs to fit on 1 CD.

This project is also ideal because I get to do all my writing and recording from home. No schedules, no deadlines, no stress, and blazing guitars. What more do I need?

So hopefully in the next year or so I will be able to have two full length albums to my name. We'll see how long it really takes.

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