at the end of each night i always end up frustrated with the work i’ve done for claye so far. a part of me wants to make something completely insane and another part of me wants to hold onto this readers-esque prog style that i still like. that’s the problem with doing this project so soon after readers. but it’s interesting. i’m very interested to see, come march, what claye sounds like. because right now i feel like i don’t have a clue. i have so many different ideas for how claye should sound that i’m having trouble making it all fit together.
today i set out to record cog. i ended up writing and recording what i think are gonna be songs 2 and 10. song 2 is an expansion of something that i started on my iPad yesterday. i played it into the mac and expanded upon it.
song 10 came out of nowhere. i had an empty project and went up to the mic and improvised some words and melody in one take, then dubbed some harmony parts (needs work). i think it could be a cool way to close the album off (after i clean it up, of course).
cb & tp
i also picked a few fonts for the album cover/marketing. i think that i actually want the title of the album to be on the cover this time around. we’ll see. the fonts are beautiful. really fit the concept.
i’m still in the studio now. few hours until bed. hopefully i make some more progress before bed.
i’ve spent all night in the studio and in these past two weeks i’ve thought a lot but recorded so little. i’m not happy with my chord progression. i think it’s boring and bland and unoriginal. it’s really starting to get to me and i’m thinking about just starting over. i need something darker sounding and something that will inspire some words/melody to go over it. right now all i’m doing is dragging out a dead cluster chord and it’s not going anywhere, honestly.
i think this has been one of my harder weeks of recording… the whole project so far is very hard. usually i have an inspiration and i try to mimic another work and form something of my own out of it. but with claye i’m trying so hard to stay away from mimicking anything. i want something truly original and i’m having trouble. maybe i’m just too quick to judge my ideas before even allowing them to develop…
i’m going to start over this weekend. i’ll try to write something tonight, work it out in the morning, then pick up recording on monday.
one of the elements we lose with modern recording techniques a lot of the times is a more free tempo. i’ve almost always gone along with a metronome (except with colour) and let logic keep some time for me. what i’ve found doing some of this ambient stuff is that it’s really quite difficult to make something that sounds good under this kind of restriction. i’ve been thinking about abandoning the metronome on cog and just letting the sounds flow for themselves. maybe that will help me.
it’s been a rough week so far but i think that i’m making some progress. tomorrow morning i’m going to try to grab some sounds and see what i can do with them.
i’m liking some of the ideas i’m having with how to start the album (mass. flsh). that’s making me a tad optimistic. hopefully some real recording starts on cog. this week… i’m getting very stressed out with these never-ending “thinking weeks” where i just spend hours sitting and listening to music and gazing at a blank logic file and several text files with writings.
i see things picking up soon, but right now i’m in that beginning stage. fun year ahead…
recorded a whole bunch of noise this morning. when i got home i had lots of trouble getting ideas in place (what else is new). it was a very frustrating day. but just as i was ready to pack up i had some ideas for a song called “let me touch you?”. not for the album, i think, but it turned out alright. i pretty much finished the first mix for it.
it wasn’t particularly important for the album, but i did get some ideas out that i might want to explore tomorrow when i get back to work on cog.
hopefully tomorrow is a little more productive.
recording noises for the opening of the cog and trying to setup a good live trigger for sounds i recorded this morning
pastel designers wearing coat hangers
- the entire album in reverse
- clicking noises; that’s it
- whiny synthesized imitations of birds
- random lines; fragments and incomplete ideas make up lyrics
- complete ambience
- distant noises
this is where i dump my egotistical shit and vague fragments of what i’m working on. i’m thinking everything will be lowercase, shitty punctuation.
today i listened to a lot of music (not mine) and thought of crazy things to do for claye.
This morning, I’m pleased to announce my next album. It’s called “Carbon Claye”. I’m planning for a March 2013 release. There will be more specifics regarding my release schedule later this year.
I can’t wait to share Carbon Claye with you, and I hope you’re all as excited as I am.
UPDATE: Five months later, I’d like to give you an update on Claye. Read about it here.
A few days ago, I officially took down the CD version of Readers & Reporters from my online store. This was in preparation for something I’ve been working on for the past three weeks that I am finally able to announce. Readers & Reporters CD is now available for sale on Amazon.com.I’m very excited about this for a number of reasons, the biggest being that it provides a simple, easy, and fast solution for customers looking to buy R&R. Amazon is my favourite way to order online, and is one of the top online retailers in the world. This change will make R&R available to a whole new realm of customers by making it easier to discover and buy.
The CD is eligible for Amazon’s Prime free two day shipping for subscribers as well as other great benefits such as Super Saver Shipping and Special Offers for everyone. The CDs will arrive faster and cheaper, and ordering will be way simpler than before.
I’m incredibly excited to be selling the Readers & Reporters physical disc on Amazon and I hope this makes a much easier, simpler and cheaper way for people to listen to the album.
You can purchase R&R on Amazon for $11.99 USD here – http://amzn.to/KzJj2U
UPDATE (08/17/15): ‘ve once again made changes to the newsletter, which actually hasn’t been updated in a year. Oops. I’ve decided to completely revamp it, making it a simple alerts service. Shockingly brief updates on new releases, upcoming shows, and anything else of note.
Learn more at dylanseeger.com/alerts.
UPDATE (10/22/12): Changes have been made to the newsletter. It will no longer be on a monthly release schedule but instead will only release when news or products are revealed. These emails will be infrequent (I hate too many newsletter emails, too) and, as always, you can unsubscribe at any time.
Tonight I’m announcing the dylanseeger.com Newsletter. Monthly news, exclusives, free music, and other content from dylanseeger.com.To sign up for the Newsletter, simply enter your email below, confirm and you’re done! It’s easy and you can unsubscribe at any time if you wish to. You can subscribe here. The first issue will be published a week from today, on May 10th, 2012. Be sure to sign up now so that you can be a part of the exclusives offered in the first edition! I’m excited to bring this new feature to you.