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Home Recording Is Changing Music

Home recording has already changed the music industry. I thank God for that everyday.

Fifteen or twenty years ago, someone like me would never be able to release a record due to incredibly expensive studio rates.

Nearly twenty years ago, when I first started making music, studio rates were around $20-50 per hour. It usually got very expensive very fast to make an album when at least 10 hours are needed to record and mix a single song.

This, as everybody knows, and I won’t bore you any further by rehashing all the news stories of yesterday, is not the case anymore.

What I’m getting at here is not that nowadays you can actually record a whole album in your bedroom for spare change, but that you can actually become a better songwriter because of all that.

Having the possibility of immediately recording an idea, then adding drums, then all the other instruments plus the kitchen sink, is very useful. At least to me.

If you are a Beethoven (or Brian Wilson) style genius who can hear a hundred different arrangement possibilities and structure a whole song without even playing a note, it might not make that much of a difference. But if you’re a less than naturally gifted songwriter with scant musical knowledge, you can rest assured that this IS a great advance.

Not only can I record a rough sketch of my song, and make dozens of tentative overdubs and accompaniments, I can also edit my song to my heart’s content. With modern computer recording platforms, I can switch a song’s structure around as I like. Add a couple more repetitions here, cut short the chorus there, it’s amazing.

That in itself is enough to not only make a songwriter’s life easier, but it can also increase one’s output by making everything more immediate.

Of course it can also work the other way, and make one lazier. I can see how having all that available at arm’s reach is probably keeping many from actually working on their playing and/or studying music. But the positive aspects far outweigh the negative, I hope.

Anyway, here’s a song that will be in our upcoming CD on Cloudberry Records. Again, it’s a demo recording with scratch vocals and a rough mix. Comments, as usual, are very much welcome.


You Should Keep It To Yourself


Brand New Day

Monday is new song day at the Weather Sensitive lair. So inkeeping with my original plan, I’m posting song number three today.

This is another one of those click-through-arrangements, like the other two I already posted. It was all done within Cakewalk Sonar with soft synths, the b-4 organ plug in and soundfonts, so everything you hear in this recording apart from guitar, bass and vocals is digital.

I have nothing against real instruments, in fact I’d love to have done this recording with a few thousand-dollar tube mics on live drums and some vintage gear, like a real B-3 organ, and some analog synths like a Prophet or a Moog Opus. But, alas, I lack the wherewithal.

However, that has (partially) changed since I now am the proud owner of a vintage Farfisa Mini Compact (that I actually had to do a lot of work on, but that’s for another post) and a snazzy piece of digi-analog sound called an Alesis Micron. I love those two pieces of gear. You can’t hear them on this recording, though. That’s reserved for a future and more recent recording.

This particular tune was recorded a couple of years ago, but is only now surfacing because I have been away from music for about a year, and previously I had my mind set on releasing this (and the other songs I posted previously) as a solo record. I have actually already released a solo song in the compilation “Hey, Where’d the Summer Go” on Humblebee Recordings under the name Adélie. I’ll probaly post that tune here in the near future, as it’s a great song, and not many people have heard it. It actually deserves a proper release for itself, as I think most of the songs in this blog do. That is why I plan on re-recording them in the future.

Back to the song of the day, this one is also a number I’m firmly intent on including in an upcoming release, as it’s one of the first I recorded all by myself. Yes, all you hear in this is yours tryly, playing guitar and bass, clicking away at the sequencer and singing. This is one tune that I’m also planning to make into a video that will probably be surfacing on youtube or wherever soon.

Anyway, you now know a lot more than you did before about this song and my gear, so let’s get to the fun part:

When You’re Not Here