You may have noticed a delay in this going up. Nobody reads these things, but I’m sorry anyway. Last week, one of my eyes got super irritated from my contact or something and so I was half-blind for the whole week. Not being able to see inhibits my ability to see a computer screen. So I couldn’t work on music or even comfortably type about working on music. And to be honest, I haven’t done a lot of music-producing this week either, but I’ll report what I have done lately.
It sounds lazy, but the brunt of what I’ve been doing musically is simply listening to the songs on Heat Stroke. Doing that helped me figure out what changes still need to be made. For example, “Wildfire” was originally a little awkward and short sounding. I’ve made some changes to it, but it’s still not quite right. And the vocals in “Burn It Down,” sound a little tinny. In short, pretty much every song needs at least a little touching up. Whether it’s something as quick as EQing the vocal track or repeating and/or moving around musical sections, something needs to be done to each one.
Oh, another thing I had to do was figure out which audio samples I’ve been using are actually legally mine to do whatever I want with. It turns out that a lot of them weren’t available for commercial use. I’m still not sure if I’m going to even entertain the idea of making Heat Stroke available for purchase, but if there’s even a chance, I can’t have those sound samples in there. So I had to go in and get rid of all of those, and that changed a few of the songs, mostly just the intro. And really, I think it sounds better now. You can actually make out what is being said, for the most part.
I have a lot of other things to say about how things are going, but I want to do a super in-depth retrospective on the recording process when everything is completely done, and I don’t want to repeat myself. One new thing I can announce is that I’m considering putting another song on the album, an outro of sorts. Why? Because out of all the songs currently in the tracklisting, I don’t like how any of them end. They don’t sound like an appropriate closing to the album. I’ve made about 5 different versions of the CD to listen through, most of them with “Countdown to a Breakdown” as the final track, and it just doesn’t sound right. I’ve also tried using “And So the Ice Melts” as the closer, and it seems a little more appropriate, but it’s kind of a sad song. I want it to end on a more positive note I guess. I’m not sure if I’ll utilize some of the music I’ve already recorded for the album that didn’t make it to any of the other songs or just create something completely new. I don’t know. Plus, it’ll make me feel better to have 10 tracks on the album instead of just 9. Nine sounds so much fewer than ten.
To make up for the delay in this posting, and to make it a little more interesting, I leave you with an excerpt of a “live” version of “Burn It Down (Repetition of the Competition)” that I recorded a couple weeks ago.