I should be writing

Mur Lafferty releases one of my all-time favorite podcasts on a somehow regular basis. She addresses the hurdles of writing, publishing and a lot other aspects of being a professional author. I really feel that there’s a lot to be learned for anyone working or trying to work in any kind of creative business.

I find that a lot of what she has to say also applies to writing and recording music. Think inspiration, consistency of work, motivation, the inner editor, getting your work out there, amongst others.

So, give her podcast I should be writing a try and if you like what Mur has to say, maybe try her fiction, as well.

Playing for keeps (Fiction, superheroes gone wrong):
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New Track – Jungle Fever

Audiojungle just added another track of mine to their library. This track is strange in a nice way, as it combines an arpeggiated squelchy sound which kind of reminds me of the Novachord with analog loFi percussion and a brassy bass line.

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Production notes:
A couple of soft synths are involved, from U-he’s Bazille to Synthmaster. Compression with NI’s Vintage compressors, EQing with FabFilter Pro-Q 2, Reverbs by ValhallaDSP.

New Track – European Dance

Pond5 were kind enough to include a new track of mine in their library. This is an epic dance piece which to my ears sounds very european. Think open air festival way past midnight.

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Production Notes:
This track is based on a Synthmaster plucky lead sound which is monophonic. By tweaking some aspects about the sound and messing about with the voice settings, I discovered that by playing chords with it, I could produce a strange filter artifact which I really liked.

Compression was again done with NI compressors, EQ duties are all handled by FabFilter Pro-Q 2. This is the sec on track I got to work on with ValhallaDSP reverbs. A real pleasure to work with.

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New Track – Pop Rock

This rock piece was just released on Pond5. I threw in all the good ingredients of a rock song – guitar, bass, drums, Hammond organ and a Rhodes piano for good measure.

You may be confused by these sounds but let me assure you, you haven’t travelled back in time, to the late 70ies or early 80ies. You’re allowed to feel taken back to that time, though.

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Production Notes:
This is the sort of guitar riff I catch when riding my bike to work and they get stuck in my head until I record them. Now it all started out very AC/DC, but developed into something a little bit influenced by the sound of progressive rock bands I love. I have no control over these things!

The guitars are recorded with Bx_Rockrack, which took a little tweaking and pre-processing before it started to sound the way I wanted, but now I’m very happy with the results. Similar experiments allowed me to finally make peace with Logic’s Bass amp. To my ears, it sounds very real now.

This is also my first track using ValhallaDSP’s Room and Vintage reverbs. And to me, they make all the difference. The compressor credits again go to NI, FabFilter’s Pro-Q 2 has taken over as mixing and mastering EQ.

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