I’ve decided to give tumblr another whirl. I’ve just entered another time period where I have a little more time to produce music. It is hard to be confronted with time and feel the pressure to use it to its fullest. I need to divide my music activities into blocks so that if I am not feeling inspired I am working on sounds or mixing something better or rearranging a song. I also need to get more disciplined about working hard. I tend to start songs all the time but rarely put the time in to finish them. Sometimes I think having a collaborator would be very helpful because we could bounce ideas off of each other and feed off of the mutual excitement.
I’m excited for my debut EP “Escape Velocity” released on my new friends from Guatemala’s label CUBEREC. It also features a nu disco remix of one of my songs by Statickman from Santiago, Chile. CUBEREC has been a real pleasure to work with, very professional and creatively open minded. I’d like to thank Andres for taking a chance on the style and multi-genre nature of Explosive Bolts, and Robert Babicz for his bang-up mastering work on the EP. I hope a lot of people get enjoyment and happiness from the music!
Thanks to the label CubeRec releasing some of my tunes soon, I’ve finally felt the sensation of completing a track and having it mastered. The tracks are actually done, and I can’t do anything else to them and they’re going out into the world. It is a weird feeling, like it must feel to let your child go off to college or something. I just hope my songs don’t get knocked up, drop out of school, and get hooked on meth. I hope I raised them better than that.
Thanks to Jason Gross for designing the great cover art inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey:
I haven’t posted on here in a while. The latest music news is that one of my songs as Explosive Bolts “Mammoth” is going to be released as part of a compilation on CUBEREC, a small but forward-thinking label from Guatemala. I experienced having my song remixed by someone else for the first time when Alex Hentze transformed “Mammoth” into a joyful and playful new version. I really appreciate the work he put into it.
So today I took the stems for my song Activate and loaded them into Pro Tools 10 HD and started mixing on a Euphonix MC-5 system with Genelec monitors and sub on an acoustically treated film and television dub stage for several hours. I used Ozone in the mastering stage. I put it on my ipod and listened to it on the way home. The original mix from Reason sounded better. :(
Tonight while walking with my wife and Kima I was saying that it seems like most people in the world if given a lever that at the top represents taking as much as you can get given your level of power, influence, money, etc. and the bottom represents total selflessness, they’ll peg it to the top every time. Most people won’t stop and say “Well, I’ll take a little less this time because the other person probably has their own life and problems and needs too, and maybe later we can still be friendly and take part in other things together.” It seems that their mantra is “I will take as much as I possibly can at the expense of everyone else around me because I’m more important than everyone else.” I’m not even citing a specific event right now, it’s just my general feeling after years of interacting with and doing business with different people.
The shining beacon of hope is finding the person who yields even one molecule in your favor because they see something in you that they like, respect, or even love. And the appreciation for that act ripples onward and outward like a stone hitting a calm pond, and everyone grows stronger as a result.
I wanted to talk a bit about a phenomenon that has plagued me on and off with my music creation. Sometimes I have long periods of time where I’m coming up with new music ideas and banging out songs or ideas for songs easily. Then I get really critical of my mixing skills and start wondering if I need to buy new equipment, then I feel frustrated because I don’t have the money to buy a bunch of outboard analog gear. But then I remember that I haven’t even mastered the things that I already have, and that with enough practice and research I can bring my mixes up to a higher level. It is easy to get bogged down in the technical aspects and start to lose all sight of the creative process. Sometimes it trumps the creative process to the degree that you are making music from a purely technical standpoint, which is inspirational death. Don’t let it happen!