"…Zombie theme or not, it is an effort worth listening to not only because we’re suckers for collaborative efforts that span continents, but also because tracks such as Standstill and the title track properly showcase both artists’ musical capabilities. A step in the right direction for electronic music fans who dug Portishead’s Third album, Homogenic and Vespertine-era Bjork, and even Drip, though slightly more subdued.”
“Tupac was an extraordinary, visual, emotional, passionate artist. A lot of times people, they have a knock on him about he wasn’t the most technically skilled rapper, but those aspects of what he was doing was just as difficult or more difficult than just having an incredible flow or being —having great metaphors, because if you’re a great lyricist and you have metaphors you have the entire dictionary at your disposal. So you can do just about anything with your voice and flow, granted that you have that talent.He was telling stories that had linear thoughts and emotions and — you know, multiple levels and he was digging deep on these songs like “Dear Momma” and “Brenda’s got a Baby.” He’s just one of the best ever.”
so this weekend i foolishly thought to myself, “hey, i’m ready to give this music production thing a shot; shouldn’t bee too hard, right?”
OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. i now have a newfound respect for every single amazing producer that i’ve worked with so far. quantizing. adjusting velocity. fiddling with presets. compressing. equalizing. and the drums. the drums. THE DRUMS. i want to punch every single punchy drum kit in its punchy fucking face. excuse me while i regain my composure as i try not to think of just how much i suck at this.
…yeah. as you can see, it’s been a struggle. i’m producing an old composition (translating it from a WIP hastily recorded months ago) for a pop song compilation / challenge among a number of musician friends of mine. so far i don’t think any one of us has really surged forward noticeably. we’re all a little lost. part of me wants to give up and take the easy way out — a pop compilation, it’s like the theme was conceptualized just for me; if i just go with an acoustic guitar and a live performance that’s really all i need — but i think i do want to prove that i can do this.
another thing that didn’t go as planned was what was supposed to be accomplished for my new concept collab project by this week — recording a rough WIP recording the tentative melody for a song, and recording field/non-singing parts. BC and i just couldn’t figure out what to do with the WIP! nothing felt right; it didn’t feel like it was a perfect fit, any of it. oh well. i did finish the lyrics though, so that’s a step in the right direction.
now, onto things that i did manage to get done over the weekend: i tracked final vocals for two songs (one with viktor disque, and one with harlot hero for across oceans). wgwgsa and i also got back the first batch of remixed for our little remix EP idea — awesome so far! the first three really surprised me. finally, ironed details for songs with new motive power and the flying batteries (maybe a 3-way split EP); and also discussed an all rap EP (possibly, not sure yet) with a young producer from sweden. oh! and something really exciting — sort of a different working arrangement, but i guess it works for him — someone’s offered to produce an EP’s worth of my solo music to my specifications (complete creative control). in return i get to be the singer for his motown-inspired project (in which i will have no creative input aside from singing). sounds like the perfect setup to me.
that’s all for now. can’t wait to get started on those collaborations!
Can you sing something by Bon Iver? Like I Can't Make You Love Me or that new one with James Blake.
anon! shame on you, “i can’t make you love me” isn’t by bon iver. he did a cover but it’s a bonnie raitt original. i’ve already done a bon iver song (“skinny love”) so i’ll see about “i can’t make you love me.” deal?
#136 DOING IT WRONG (DRAKE FEAT. STEVIE WONDER COVER). i wanted to do the whole song but the chorus killed my resolve. haha. probably should have looked for a more comfortable key for my voice but, eh. hope you enjoy it. :)
even though we are going to a straight up rap EP, i would like a trip hop vibe to it. i want the dark and ambient atmosphere of this [dj krush track] combined with the genius sampling and arranging of this [jungle brother's track.] now, do you have any suggestions?
mm. i like the feel of this [masia one track], but not necessarily following her cadence. it's not how i would do it. i like the instrumental otherwise.
yeah, i love the guitar melody. however, i would've replaced the drum machine with a sample, but that's just me.
yeah same. the drum machine i think is what sets the way she raps.
do you have any more pegs?
well, this [wu tang clan track]. i like wu tang in general. this is what i think you're trying to get at -- dark but organic. but yours would be a little updated. right?
yeah, you're right about that: i was actually about to mention their debut.
haha. then we are in agreement! this [gravediggaz track], too, btw.
...as well as this [gravediggaz track].
OH LOL. did we really just both post gravediggaz tracks at the same time? i think we were off base with the "me singing over your beats" idea. obviously we connect more with hip hop.
hahaha. yeah, this definitely flows more smoothly.
a swedish teenager and an asian woman bonding over american hip hop -- truly this is the future.
#135 EXCLUSION (ACROSS OCEANS). it’s been a while, but we’re finally back. most of you probably won’t remember, but across oceans was one of the first online collaborations that i really put a lot of time and effort in when i started out with this music progress blog early this year. in fact, the only real collaborative work that predates this project is the song i did for snailhead.
here we are with “exclusion,” complete with brand new lease on life. we hope you like this one; we worked hard on it!
first, things that happened during the actual weekend. i finally recorded the final vocal tracks for a new across oceans song HH and i worked out more than a month ago. he’s still not completely satisfied with it (the chorus needs to be fattened up with more harmonies), but it’s getting there. there was also time to finalize the lyrics and melody of a song that’s going to be part of my next collaborative concept project. this time i’m working with a german producer named basscrap, and the theme isn’t post apocalyptic — still fantastic, though.
additionally, last weekend WGWGSA and i started looking for people to remix songs from “decompose.” so far i’ve heard the rough mixes of two, and both are incredible. we’re so lucky that these artists have stepped up and just made more out of our music than we ever could have. watch out for the remix EP, coming soon! oh, and our silly little group of mutants is also planning an end of the year compilation release — we’re doing pop songs, if you can believe it. this should be fun.
the cellar doors are also doing pretty well schedule-wise. our target is mid december, which isn’t so bad considering we’re already three and a half songs in (we’re only recording five songs for our demo EP).
thus far, the other collab projects i have are at a standstill. but! a viking just recently (like “a few hours ago” recently) offered to produce an EP’s worth of solo APLM stuff in exchange for me singing an equal number of his songs. the thing is, this guy’s production work and songwriting skills are both excellent; so this deal is just… amazing. to make things even better, his songs are all going to be in a genre that i’ve always loved and wanted to try.
so excited. all my ducks are in a row and i’m raring to go! 2012 is going to be phenomenal.