Yesterday I decided to take a stab at an "all-at-once" song recording. I did this once before with the St. Patrick's Day Jam of 2009. What this "all-at-once" recording is is a spontaneous music composition - I come into it with no material whatsoever and make it up as I go, but I have to do it all in one day. In short, I think that it was successful - you can check it out here while I jabber on about what went into making it:
So, anyway here is how I went about doing this. I first made a drum pattern for the song. All of my drum patterns are programmed mostly due to a lack of a drum space and partly due to a lack of drums. Also the fact that I am somewhat of a spazz. The drum pattern is random - that's right, completely random. Well, mostly. I did set the tempo, time signature, beat resolution, how many measures a pattern is played, and what order the patterns are played. But other than that, its random :)
Then, I plugged in the guitar and played with it a couple of times to get an idea of what I would do in each section. It took a couple of times of going through it, but I got a good feel of what I wanted to do and recorded guitars and bass. After I recorded it, I edited just the major mistakes on a take in order to keep a level of spontaneity.
Then, came the extras. I was thinking of actually composing some extra parts using virtual instruments to fill in some of the dead space, but decided against it. Instead I made use of noise and signal generators and other nifty modulators and such to provide some intrigue in some of the dead spaces.
Lastly was the mixing/mastering stage. Now, considering that I did this in a day - I would have wanted to spend a little more time in the mix/mastering department than I did, but I think that the result is phenomenal (if I do say so myself). I am planning on releasing this with the free Last Rites album later this year, so I have to also match up volume and sonic quality with the other songs on that release.
The end result is some sort of a Sci-fi-ish heavy rock piece. I played how I felt it, I had no idea on a story or purpose other than I felt that I had to make noise.
I hope you all enjoy!
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