“Music is in life. It occurs everywhere – at any moment in time, in every place” (Page 2010)
Aim and Objective for this Project
The aim of this project is to refocus on a creative production project that allows me to create a natural musical style and arrangement.
The objective of this project is two-fold: to fuse multiple musical styles into a finished product – a soundscape that expresses myself musically and sonically; and to develop a greater understanding of my workflow in a virtual environment using both a range of technologies (software and hardware).
The three musical styles I intend to fuse are: folk-rock, new-age/spiritual, and soul-rock musical styles, creating a new fusion musical style in which I am going to name: Nu World Indie Soul. The fused musical style I envisage could be described as a: rock track, with soulful overtones, a strong ethnic-flavoured instrumental/synthetic base, with possibly a simplistic real-type story and/or music-bed (harmony/melody) underlying the track.
Background Summary for this Project
I hope that a brief summary provides an insight of where I have come from, with a clear direction as to where I am heading to in terms of my creative practice.
My music practice experience over the past twenty-five years has been predominantly in live music performance (solo, duo, multiple piece bands) – mainly in rock-based musical styles. Several decades ago I self-recorded my original songs utilising a hybrid technology 4 track TASCAM Porta-studio. I achieved a logical practical work-flow that allowed me to produce many original songs in simple demo format that could then be forwarded to band members or record companies of the day. Side-tracked by life – performing, being recorded by others, recording other performers in studios and other opportunities – technology has changed and I have yet to develop my self-recording original song 4 track workflow within a virtual environment to an industry standard production level. I am conversant with three virtual production programs – Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Reason – which have become standard in production practice over the past few years. I have used these virtual production programs either as multi-track recorders in recording studios over the past decade, or as an electronic music production workstation over the past three to four years.
Constraints in Completing this Project
I have outlined my lack of developed workflow self-recording acoustic technologies into the virtual environment, to an industry standard of production. I will list the workflow I intend to use in this project.
Another constraint I see in completing this project is the lack of clarity I have in the diversity of musical styles I have chosen to fuse in this project. I lack a deep understanding of many electronic-based musical styles – such as new-age/spiritual. I will therefore describe and analyse all of the three styles included in this project in Part 2.
My Work-flow selected for this project
Analyse the three musical styles in order to help me focus my objectives
Exploring Logic Pro 8 in terms of ‘workflow’ of traditional songwriting
Applying Song Structure Templates into Logic Pro 8
Creating Song, using both manual and electronic programs
Importing base song into Logic Pro 8
Developing song in Logic Pro 8
Consider ‘Groove-based’ song development as an alternative option
I will experiment with Logic Pro 8 notation – importing basic digital recording, notating melody with MIDI instruments.
I intend to use the following technology:
Mac tower computer (Power PC)
Logic Pro 8
Logic Pro 8 Manual (Hard + Electronic)
Digidesign 002 Rack
BOSS DR 880 as a beat MIDI device
Inboard/Software Drum – ‘idrum’
Casio CTK 671 MIDI Controller
Evolution MK-449C MIDI Controller
Outboard hardware ‘Virus’
Outboard hardware ‘MKS7’
Outboard hardware ‘Proteous’
Inboard/Software Synths ‘Reason’ (same as SAE front room)
Inboard/Logic Software Synths such as ES1, ES2,
Inboard/Logic Software Synths such as EFM1, ESM, ESP
Inboard/Logic Software Samplers such as EXS24, Ultrabeat, etc
Electric Guitar – passive pick ups + active pick ups
Inboard amps/ Logic Software Amps such as ‘Amplitude’
MIDI Guitar (GK3) + Processor (VG99)
External amps such as Vox AC30, Fender Twin Reverb
Shure SM57’s * 2 (for micing live amp cabinets)
Effects Rack – TC Electronics G System
Effects – Individual Pedals
E-Bow Harmonic Pick
Rode NT1A, Rode NT3 (for vocal micing)
Microphone Pop Filter
Import traditional guitar-based track (eg ZZ Top’s La Grange)
DI/Live input Device
Monster Cable DI Cable
XLR Leads *2/3
Guitar Leads * 1/2
Production Techniques to be incorporated:
Create a drum beat from MIDI
Create a drum beat from sample
No audible distortions
Create a drum beat from an audio sample (as per Assign #2)
Applying FX to the sample
Creating a sample from a Logic ‘loop’
Creating a sample from an real ‘CD track’
Remove unwanted noise/sounds from required ‘track’
Create a sample from an external instrument
External Instrument Direct input into Logic
External Instrument Live Recording into Logic
Simultaneous DI + Live Recording
Create Synth-type sounds from MIDI
Convert MIDI to audio sample
More understanding of ‘Musicology’
More self awareness of my ‘workflow’/how I naturally like to work
I will continue next month with Cultural Production Project Part 2 [January 2010], focussing on a description and analysis of the three musical styles that I am choosing to fuse together in this creative production project – a soundscape that expresses myself musically and sonically.
DLP image courtesy of: DLP Accessed 9th January 2010
Logic Pro 8 image courtesy of: Logic Pro 8 Accessed 9th January 2010
Page, David L. 2010 DLP Quote Accessed 10th January, 2010
With over 20 years experience in the arts & post-compulsory education, David has lived, studied and worked Internationally including Japan, India, Fiji, the US and NZ.
David has extensive interests as per the extensive blogs hosted on his site (see below).
Additionally, David has published in both lay texts and academic (peer-review) publications.