followed tags: 60
followed domains: 1
badges given: 3 of 15
member for: 2283 days
For the moment I am entirely preoccupied with this album release on Friday.
I’ve been running around social media trying to do a bit of promotion and junk, but I can’t expect all that much for returns on it since no one knew it existed until five days ago. Predictably the results are modest. Still, it’s kinda fun trying to manufacture popularity for your work.
I also did a synth soldering kit. It’s a cheap Arduino-based unit, but it was lots of fun. I think I’ll be doing lots of soldering after the holidays.
The Album is done! But I'm not going to show you... yet. I'll upload something for the NaSoAlMo group later today or tomorrow, but I'm going to break a few rules for the challenge and release an extended/more polished version in about a week. That one I'll promote.
Of course, this means it's the perfect time for the RAM on my desktop to start crapping out. I'm pretty sure it's warrantied and I can do an RMA, but that means I'd be out a usable computer for X amount of time while I await the replacement RAM. I may have to either scavenge RAM from another computer if it's compatible, or relent to an upgrade to 16GB and drop a chunk of change I wasn't planning for before the holidays.
Work on the album is coming along quickly. My artificial deadline is the 30th and I'm sticking to it. That is ostensibly plenty of days to wrap everything up, but looking at my schedule most of those potentially productive days will be wasted on ordinary life tasks.
I'm trying to master some tracks now as "properly" as I can. I've been doing pseudo-mastering with a plugin that just so happens to sound decent as a one-step master, but I'm thinking I can do better. If all else fails I'll submit to just pseudo-mastering all of it.
Right now I have a track that's at the level I want with the right amount of dynamic range I want, and there's no clipping. Except when I put it in the LUFS meter, which tells me my kick is exceeding the true peak max sporadically. So now I need to learn how to fix that without wrecking everything else. I'm pretty sure I'll have this issue for every track.
I also need to figure out album art. I have an idea for it but I don't know how the execution will go.
I wish I knew some of those details when I saw that thing; I would have asked more about it. The owner (first and only) was there:
She's the old lady checking out the engine. I seem to recall her saying it was all OG, but I wonder about that counterbalance shaft gear now.
I saw her launch it from the lot. There seemed to be some pretty respectable pep in that car. Going downhill at least.
So I've decided to participate in National Solo Album Month, (or NaSoAlMo, one of the worst acronyms ever). For real this time. Whatever I get I'm gonna publish on youtube at the least.
I grabbed a solo moniker for this specifically (so I don't have to be stuck with it if the end product sucks). So all progress and bits go up on the Elk Bird Stone soundcloud page. I actually started working on bits last night (totally cheating) and there's some stuff up there now.
Also went camping with the lady.
Along the way there was a pit stop where all the fancy cars and motorcycles going up the 2 take a rest. There were Porsches, Skylines, Ducatis and all sorts of cool stuff. I was most intrigued by the mint Saab Sonett III though: