Musical Cartography

So last week I announced that I’d be coming up with an album-type-thing as a personal project. The goal was to compose and/or consolidate enough tunes to get about 40-45 minutes.

I’m pleased to say that I’ve achieved that goal. This is mostly because of some old material I’ve had sitting around for a couple years now. (One song even goes back to 2008.) At the time, I didn’t know what to do with a lot of it, but being exposed to much more music since then has certainly opened some creative doors for me.

My latest and most prominent compositional influence is this weird combination of Radiohead and MSMW (Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood). As a result, some tracks are more organic and open, relying less on lyrics than most things I’ve written in the past, while others have much more defined and elaborate arrangements. My classic rock roots run strong through the majority of the material, but I would like to incorporate something new into each track.¬†“New” in this case can refer to many things: In some instances, it’s just me trying something I’ve never tried before. In others, I’m hearing textures in my head that, to be honest, I’m not entirely sure how to create. But that will be half the fun when the time comes.

Having said all that, I dislike the idea of doing things simply to do them. There needs to be a legitimate reason behind choices of composition and arrangement and, “I did it because I could,” doesn’t cut it for me. All individual parts must benefit the experience as a whole in some way.

The next step will be to create one massive demo of it all, so that’s what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. ¬†Thanks for your interest, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted as I get these things out of my brain and into my computer. Which is basically my other brain.

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