At the @immortalminds studio listening to mixes of their upcoming album, getting ready for the #mastering stage. #musician #music #lifeasamusician #production #musicproduction
Had coffee in downtown earlier today. This certain spot has quickly become my favorite place to have coffee.
It’s nice to get out of the studio. I trap myself in there often, and while I have a great view and am incredibly lucky to be doing what I love for a living, I deprive myself of completely enjoying my surroundings. It was relaxing, but I always get anxious when I’m not working. I begin to think about everything at a million miles an hour. From the projects I’m working on, mentally transcribing melodies in my head, mentally analyzing music emitting from speakers, family, musicians, reciting words from books I’m reading, etc.
The only time I am ever completely present, oddly enough, is when I am surfing. It has become a meditative ritual for me and even when getting tossed around by Poseidon’s’ wrath, it is a refreshing experience.
What activities do you all enjoy that have become meditative?
Feelin inspired after my short day at #namm #guitar #musician #guitarist #jazz #shred #7string #music #lickoftheday
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Get Going: Toss a bunch of ideas out. Direction comes from joyous chaos. No filters, just go!
Get Excited: Brainstorm. Dream. Take tangents. Notice where ideas go, what’s cool about them, and incorporate them.
Get Food: Brainstorming sessions go better when food or toys are around.
Get different opinions: Listen to someone else’s point of view and listen for things that improve the project. (I’d say save this for when you’re stuck. Getting everything out is the most important at this stage.)
Get confused: Ask yourself hard questions that you can’t answer. (Again, I’d save this for the end. Get everything out, first. Let’s minimize the potential for paralysis by analysis.)
Get it on paper: Take everything you’ve learned and write a description of the goals and details of the design. If you write convincingly, you’ve got a great idea.
The most important action is by far is GETTING STARTED. If you’re a professional, you can’t wait for the lightning to strike. Don’t think, just do.
*This is an excerpt of “The Imagineering Workout”, a book comprised of anecdotes/ creative exercises written by some of the Imagineers at Disney. Small additions by myself.
I have found collection of exercises to be extremely helpful in courting the muse and inspiring ideas when the ideas bin is running low. They can easily be applied to any thing, really. Their objective is to stimulate cognition.
This place is playing #jazz in the background. This makes me want to go home and practice. Some day off this is. #musicianlife #musician #music
Breaking out the @coda_scout custom modded #strat on a #beat I’m making for @teren_g from @immortalminds next album. Thanks, Bill. This still sounds amazing.
#guitar #guitarist #stratocaster #musician #musicproduction #music #maschine #hiphop #undergroundhiphop #ableton #custom #tonefordays
A lot of times, genius and madness are synonomous. #music #studio #maschine #sampling #mpc #genius #recording #vinyl
Alas, the fruit of my intense labor.
Much gratitude to Perry LaMarca on this project. He is single- handedly responsible for constantly pushing me to up the bar on myself, breaking down barriers of what I formerly thought were impossible, and really helped extract my best work yet.
I delved deeply into the mood of the room, the story, and the character.
For textures, I borrowed from John Williams and many have told me that I stole the harmonic language from Danny Elfman. I’ll take that as a compliment.
The Runs Script in Hollywood Strings really shined here and allowed me to write intricate lines, gave way to more elaborate orchestration. The variety of included reverb impulses gave me the opportunity to audition impulses until I arrived to the perfect reverb; If I remember correctly, it was the Burbank Scoring Stage impulse.
CineBrass, gave me the transparent power I needed, and have absolutely fallen in love with their velocity switching. Velocity switching makes key switching seems like an antique, a novelty. I love loading a single patch for several articulations including Legato, Sustain, Marcato, Staccato, Staccatissimo, and have all of the dynamics controlled with the mod wheel. This method of articulation switching makes for fluid play and programming and a cleaner project view. It’s microphone mixer is awesome when I’m searching for a different tone.