Quick catch up. Been doing a project as part of my masters through August and therefore been keeping my head down as far as the music goes. Once I get my head clear of the fug I shall have a listen to what is left to do (and there is a LOT). For a start the strings need sorting out, there’s a lot of work gone into those but as raw tracks they are really harsh. I am hoping Grant can work his magic and get them sounding tasty.
I also have to select sections of trumpet/saxophone that will be staying. I got the them to record loads of stuff so I guess it is my fault that that is going to take some time to work through.
Next big thing is keyboards, and lots of them – piano, string pads, etc etc. I’m hoping a lot of this can be done from home but then again am realistic about what is acheivable here, with my lack of technical abilities – or rather, perhaps I am being unfair to myself here – I could do the technical side but I find all that mucking around takes its toll creatively. That’s why I feel my best place is in a studio, with an engineer working the buttons and making sure things sound exactly right, while I pull stuff out of my head and get it out there.
So, rather than try to get all this done at home then find a place for doing vocals, I have scraped every last penny into one more session at Ford Lane Studio.
I was also considering adding another song or two but frankly I think 21 is probably enough. We shall see.
In the meantime the old muse visited me and I wrote a new song. It is technically a b&gger to play so I need to practise a lot.
Apart from that I’m off up to Aberdeen for a week in Sept before coming back down to record again. Then it’s Aberdeen for a month – hopefully I can join Grant in working on some mixing etc from time to time. Hopefully by the end of Oct we shall have the final mix and then it’s off to the duplicators to get pressed up.