This is my entry for the second round of NGADM, and I'm pitted against ZipZipper, which means I instantly lose. No but seriously that guy is a beast. Anyways, even if I do lose, it's been fun and I'm really proud of the stuff that I made. I've learned so much!
0. Again, a big thanks to the judges of NGADM. I want to call out Step in particular for writing 64 (sixty four!!) detailed and insanely helpful reviews for all of the round one participants. Wow!
1. The time I had to write this piece was decidedly suboptimal. The first week of NGADM, I was on vacation, and the second I was moving to California. This meant that I never had a single day where I got to bang out most of the ideas in the track. Instead, I wrote the ideas in probably 5 different sessions, each a couple of hours long. This was pretty difficult, and I owe a big thanks to my friend Eery who helped me out a lot with suggestions and ideas in the final day.
2. Step told me last time that I should louderize my track with a compressor and trim the boring intro. Done! I was also inspired by the vibrato on his track Sky's the Limit, which you can hear throughout the track. (Incidentally that track was itself inspired by one of my tracks, making a nice loop of inspiration ;-))
3. Perhaps it was the subconscious fact that I knew that skyewintrest was going to be judging my track, but I spent a lot of time working on transitions, and I'd say that this has some of the best transitions I've ever written. I'm particularly happy with 1:20 and 3:30.
4. Mixing this was REALLY hard. Normally people put plonks on the high registers and melody a little lower down, but I did this song in reverse. Pretty much every track has filters to trim off clashing frequencies. It's pretty crazy.
5. My total time in Ableton over the last 2 weeks was 35 hours...!!!!! However a lot of that time was spent in other failed ideas. (My NGADM folder has 8 failed attempts at a song before this one was born).
6. This track was born in a compo where I only had an hour to write a track. If you're curious how the track developed, here is the old version: http://compo.thasauce.net/files/johnfn_-_free_to_groove(OHC253).mp3
7. This and my last song were both pretty heavy electronica. If I can get into the next round (which I highly doubt), I'm going to do my best to totally switch it up.
Phew, that was a lot of stuff. Feeling talky for some reason. Props to you if you read all that :D