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thenewgreen  ·  198 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: No Way Out

Thank you for listening. I’m not doing anything differently. I’ve been recording songs for 15 years. I think maybe some are just better than others.

I don’t have a lot of spare time these days so I typically like to record an entire song/idea in a sitting. This one is about 1.5 hours of work. I will usually start without any ideas, lay down a click track or drum track and then go from there. Typically bass or guitar will be first. This one started with a Brazilian cavaco (recently gifted to me). Then I added some guitar drone with an e-bow, then bass, then vocals, then electric guitar melodic parts, then some piano, strings and melotron. Then I level, pan and sort of mix as I go.

The vocal melody just comes as do the words. I typically have no idea what they mean until a later date. Sometimes years. Sometimes never.

Thank you VERY much for listening. Always nice to know they’re heard.

Onward!