Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to explain on here what steps I’m taking to make a decent album. Not that I listen to my old stuff THAT much, but I probably listen to it more than anyone else. And I’ve come to discover what I don’t like about some of it. Details on all that has been explained at length on here before, but in short, some songs go on too long and others are just kind of boring. So I’m trying to make shorter, more interesting songs now.
The length I’m shooting for on these songs is between 2:30-3:00. So far, I think the shortest one is 2:36 and the longest is 3:04 or something. For whatever reason, making short songs is a bit of a task for me, but I’m obviously learning how. Short songs aren’t necessarily weird, but I think short songs that are weird seem weirder than long weird songs…or something.
As for making the songs weird, I’m still in that process. I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem figuring out how to make songs weird. But a while back I decided to try to make songs more normal. That’s how Punk Rebel Renegade and Heat Stroke came to be. I’m much more happy with PRR than HS, but that’s a different topic.
Like I said last week, I’m making the new songs weird by putting random audio samples in and glitching out drum fills and things. I realize that’s not THAT weird, but whatever. And it’s nothing that I haven’t done in the past, but the difference now is that the weirdness actually sounds deliberate (because it is) and cool (because it is). It’s dumb to keep the identity random sound samples in songs a secret, but I don’t want to give any of them away.
I’ll just say that they range from cool sounds that I’ve either gathered from the Internet and stuff that I’ve recorded myself. After realizing the images I collaged together for the Boobs, Butts, and Feets cover weren’t public domain, it was a pain to recreate that piece of exquisite artwork. Oh, and I had to get people to record mimicked versions of a handful of movie sound samples too. That was actually kind of fun, but I’ve already talked about that.
Anyway, back to the new stuff. I made sure all the sounds I haven’t recorded myself are cleared for usage. There’s everything from background noises, one-shot noise blasts, people speaking, everything. I want there to be lots of textures since I barely understand how to harmonize. Heh.
Next week I’ll probably post a little audio to whet your appetite for hot new Robby Suavé goodness.