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Approach to wrting a track
Old 7th June 2016
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Approach to wrting a track

Thanks for taking time out for this

So how does one go about writing a track these days in comparison to back in the day (first floor etc)

Were you recording in one take or do you simply compose then arrange etc?

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Old 7th June 2016
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Hi there and thanks for the question
I used to record either to tape or run everything live to DAT. Over the years the computer replaced the tape machine and the DAT but I do still try and use the computer more like a tape machine. I try not to record short sequences and then repeat them. If I am recording a synth sequence i will often tweak it as it is being recorded and run it for the length of the tune. I still mix on my console rather than in the daw. I'll mix to 2 track tape sometimes too.
The actual writing process often starts with just creating a patch on a modular. I still find that a concrete way of moving forwards and getting inspired. Sometimes I do have a clear idea of what I want to achieve or I have a chord progression I like that I start with though. That side varies.
One thing that I always do though is leave a finished piece for quite a while before listening again. Months sometimes. Then when I first listen to it, I know instantly if it works for me or not.
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Hi there and thanks for the question
I used to record either to tape or run everything live to DAT. Over the years the computer replaced the tape machine and the DAT but I do still try and use the computer more like a tape machine. I try not to record short sequences and then repeat them. If I am recording a synth sequence i will often tweak it as it is being recorded and run it for the length of the tune. I still mix on my console rather than in the daw. I'll mix to 2 track tape sometimes too.
The actual writing process often starts with just creating a patch on a modular. I still find that a concrete way of moving forwards and getting inspired. Sometimes I do have a clear idea of what I want to achieve or I have a chord progression I like that I start with though. That side varies.
One thing that I always do though is leave a finished piece for quite a while before listening again. Months sometimes. Then when I first listen to it, I know instantly if it works for me or not.
Nice one for the insight. Leaving the track for a while and then coming back to listen is quite an epic point, hard to do (for me). cheers
Old 9th June 2016
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Then when I first listen to it, I know instantly if it works for me or not.
Thanks for taking time for Q&A David!

From the ground zero 'have an idea' to the 'this works' calculus, could you take a moment to describe how a potential audience fits in w/your process (if they do at all)?
Old 11th June 2016
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Thanks for taking time for Q&A David!

From the ground zero 'have an idea' to the 'this works' calculus, could you take a moment to describe how a potential audience fits in w/your process (if they do at all)?
Hi there
I honestly don't try and think of any potential audience. I am clear that my musical world is quite small in the greater scheme of things and for people to like what I do, they probably appreciate most of things I release or at least enjoy what I am trying to say. So I try to make music I like.
I would say the only thing I feel responsible to any buyers for is quality and originality. Does it reach a level that I am happy with, have I got everything I can get out of the idea and is it original?
If I fail on those 3 points, I would work some more on it and change it or abandon it.
Hope that answers the question somewhat?
Cheers
David
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