Reviving Modus Operandi, Pt. 1

I considered doing a drawn-out blog series about me going back and making my 2010 album, Modus Operandi, new again. That was the method for Punk Rebel Renegade and Boobs, Butts, and Feets. Modus Operandi is less of a classic album. Aside from one song on it that made its way to Rock Band via the Rock Band Network, it’s largely unknown. But that’s how most of my stuff is, so whatever. I’ve been talking about finally releasing this album to the public for a while, so this isn’t a big announcement, but it’s more of a formal behind-the-scenes talk.

There aren’t many interesting things to tell about what I’m doing to prepare to properly release this into the wild. So I doubt I’ll need more than 3 or 4 posts to give about as much detail as there is to give. It’s technically about as much work as it took me to do Boobs, Butts, and Feets, but since I’ve gone through the process a few times now, it’s easier. In case you’re new, I’ll elaborate on that.

So these 11 songs were written and recorded between 2007 and 2010. The software and recording equipment didn’t change much from the BBAF era, which is good and bad. It’s good because I now know the steps I need to take to get high-quality stems generated. But it’s bad because…it’s bad. I think the fact that I recorded using a half dozen different microphones is what hurts the most. Each song has its own sort of sound, which is kind of cool, but I need them to sound at least somewhat cohesive. All the drum tracks were originally bounced from FL Studio to 192kbps mp3s. So bad.

As of writing this, 6 tracks are done save for the actual mastering process. For the remaining 6 songs, I’ve dipped into them all enough to know what needs to be done. Similar to how I handled More Awesome Than Awesome (my 2018 album), keeping track of the remaining tasks in a notebook helps a lot. Maybe in the next post I publish, I’ll include scans of my notebook pages, in case anyone wants to see them.

Okay, I’m going to make this post go live now. I’ll end by saying that the release date will be…hopefully in August, which will be 9 years after the original sort-of-release date. Nine isn’t a nice round number like 10, but I don’t want to wait that long to release Modus Operandi. It’s probably not that good anyway.

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