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Friday, 6 February 2009

new song demo: 'no advice'

It's been quite a busy day at home and at work - especially with all the snow we've had, but I've been able to make it to work on the three days I was scheduled to be there, which is a bonus. Yesterday, Beth had an appointment at the Orthotics department of the hospital, so I worked from home. This avoided rather an unpleasant commute (in fact, once again, the coaches didn't run in the morning) and when the children were in bed, I had some time to spend in the studio.

I've posted up a track I managed to write and record to the music section of the main website - it's still very much in the embryonic stage, and I still have all my synths to configure to my satisfaction, but sometimes it's worth just eschewing the sequencer and playing 'live'...

no advicejamelopoeia - no advice [2:35]

jamelopoeia - no advice.mp3 (3 MB MP3 @192 kbps)

This is very much a 'demo' version - something that started as a blank piece of paper at 8pm and was complete within two hours can be considered little else! It was recorded using my Rode NT-1A microphone, acoustic guitar, and the piano sound on the Alesis. I'm finding Adobe Audition to be a very quick and effective way of getting audio recorded - drop-ins are easy, and, although it doesn't have the richness of effects or strictness of tempo that Logic offers, I find I can record and fine-tune things quickly with it.
The song was inspired by a message from a friend on the Twitter  microblogging site, who was awaiting with apprehension the results of a college test; I'm not entirely sure what the intention or sentiment is, and the song is somewhat formulaic (certainly for me) in structure! I have been a fan of the Home Made Hit Show  podcast for a number of years, and used this brief period of lyrical lucidity to apply some of the ideas they've brought to the songwriting sections of the show. I might just submit this as my 'first' home made hit...

Posted by james at February 6, 2009 10:45 PM

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