Originally Posted by Kcatthedog
@ragan listened all the way through and that is impressive; you got talent !
at the same time, I understand the constructive challenge cowboy is putting to you and I say constructive respectfully to you and he both as artists
So let me ask you what is the song about for you: a sonic palate, self expression, who is the audience ?
I am all for self expression My heading comes from the great american writer William Faulkner who used that expression to refer to editing the hell out of everything he wrote the night before.
So I am suggesting you put it away for a while and listen to it with some fresh ears and see how you respond to it.
I don't mean any of this negatively. I enjoyed the song, loved how you nailed those vocals near the end!!. With your creativity and musicality, I am sincerely curious what else you might choose to do with it ?
At this point, the song (and whole project) is just about pleasing myself. As a teenager, I used to spend forever writing/recording weird stuff with my Tascam cassette 4-track. It was some of the most enjoyable music-maing I've ever done. I'm trying to dip back into that spirit a little.
One of the things I'm most smitten with on the Apollo is the tracking with UAD plugs. I find it so much more inspiring to dial up a sound and actually perform with it than it is to just record clean and choose the sonic vibe later. I've been printing all kinds of stuff too. All my heroes made records with a handful of tracks and had to have the balls to commit to a sound and track it. I'm finding that very refreshing about working with the Apollo (obviously you don't have to do that, I just like it). If I want a 70s tight vox slap on the song, I dial it up and sing through it. If I decide it's wrong later, I'll just have to retrack it. If I can't consistently get good takes of something, what the hell am I doing? Time to practice more.
I'm also trying to comp things/punch stuff less. Doing whole vocal takes when I can. Focusing more on the inspiration and less on technical/editing expediency. The workflow of the Apollo has brought that out for some reason for me. Funny that something so new and cutting edge would inspire such an old-school workflow for me, but that's how it's working out as of now.
Anyway, thanks for the thoughts!