I was inspired this week to write some stuff in weird time signatures and decided to finish strong with two songs (plus I had the week off, so I had the spare time :)).
I ended up really liking both of these. The main riff of The Squeaker was supposed to be 7/4 but it ended up actually sounding more like 5/4 in the guitar part, so the drums just end up sounding weirdly syncopated (which I liked). After writing most of that one, I decided I really wanted something in 7/4, and had an idea for one that I turned into Clocked. I think I'll revisit it in the future.
Posting every week by the deadline was great motivation that helped me to push through even when the song was feeling rough. I learned so much through the year, and even though I've still got a ways to go, I'm much happier with my songwriting abilities now. (Mixing is still a bit rough, but eh, I'll probably take some lessons this year to remedy that.)
It was a lot of fun seeing the stuff other folks worked on every week and I definitely picked up several tricks here. Hope y'all have a good new year full of plenty of composing :)
The pain. The fury. The sweat. Man vs the Thing.
For this one, I brought together most of the techniques and plugins I've accumulated over the last couple of months to put it together. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I didn't have any trouble writing it either, it just kinda popped out :)
A more structured song than last week, but the final section isn't nearly as hype as I wanted it to be. I think the brass samples are a bit weak, and I probably should have figured out how to beef them up with synths a bit more... and probably should have dropped the bass before going into that part. Whoops.
This one came out a bit weird, but bits of it are catchy so I kinda like it. I've recently been trying to program my drums to follow the melody more (since I'm a fan of music that does that). Some of the fills might feel a bit awkward, but I think I'm getting better at it. There's less of a bass focus in this song, which kinda sidesteps my recent muddiness issue. But I should really tackle something drum/bass heavy next time so I'm forced to practice mixing :P
Finally made a rock one that I like :))). The solos in this song are significantly less stilted than the ones in previous attempts. I also think I got the drum/bass mixing a lot better in this one (but let me know if there's any muddiness I could clean up -- I'm still learning to recognize it). Lots of little problems in the performance of this one, but I wrote the entire thing today after scrapping the rest of the material I was working on this week, so I'm not too upset about them :P
Another rock one. I don't feel like a lot of the rock stuff I've been writing is particularly interesting to listen to. The riffs just aren't catchy enough, and I think I missing something when it comes to layering the rhythm sections... Just gotta keep iterating, I guess :)
Spent most of the week working on a track that turned out totally crap (other than some of the drum sections). I didn't even bother finishing it because it just refused to come together so I bailed at the last minute and wrote something from scratch this afternoon. Not my best, but better than before.
I bought a GGD drum pack so I can have some metal sounding drums since I've just been using LABS or GarageBand drums up to this point (even though I've really grown to like the sound of the LABS drums).
I was playing a lot of persona 5 this week and was inspired by the sparser style of music that plays in the background for most of the game. I kinda like how this one turned out overall, but I think some of my choices for the percussion could have been better.
Went for something higher-energy/more EDM-ish this week. I had a lot of fun with the drum programming and synth selection. The overall composition on this one isn't great IMO, but I have some ideas I like better for next week that I've started playing with.
Tried for something heavier this week. This was one of my more solid attempts, but it wasn't quite as heavy as I wanted. NEEDS MOAR BASS
I think the mixing turned out pretty well on this one, but let me know if y'all have any feedback on it. I'm really trying to step up my mixing game.
I decided it's time to graduate from GarageBand to a big boy DAW, so I downloaded a demo of Reaper this week. This song has some fun ideas in it I think, but I would have liked to develop it more given more time. Also, after listening through the final mix, I realize I probably should have put some more reverb on the rhythm, a mistake I've made before :P
Went for something a bit beyond what I can reasonably manage to record in a week with good quality. My sweeps especially were a bit off, and most of the guitar parts could do with rerecordings. I tried to add some extra pads to the verse right at the end of making it, and my daw kept screeching to a halt so I canned them. I also ended up spending way more time trying to mix than I anticipated (and still didn't get time to properly mix the synths) and ran past the deadline. Ehhhh I'm just calling this one done for now.