Adventures in Protools: I gaily thought that I would have all this album recording and mixing stuff done and dusted by the turn of last year (2017). So it is that I have not!
It has been a lot of learning and discovery which I enjoy. People ask why do you do it this way, all alone?
It is partly wanting to make something as I think it ought to be and having the final sayso. I am probably just a control freak of a very English sort!
The process can be very dispiriting because it is all up to me and the days turn so easily to ratshit. I look at what I have done in the day and curse myself! The whole thing seems a vast enterprise, the edges of which I can only dimly see. It becomes smaller and more manageable day by day as I learn. I do have a support network of donors of good and sometimes wise advice to help me along.
If I got someone else to do all that nob twiddling and listening stuff I wouldn’t know how it all worked. There is a raw beauty in understanding better and being able to hear things in my own and other’s work.
The whole business of mixing a drumkit is an exponential gamechanger. The kit itself is more tracks than I have ever previously worked with at once. And then phasing…I thought that that was just a horrible pedal for guitar botherers.
The upside of all this slow progress is that I am growing into the songs and my views of them has changed since the original tracking in Melbourne last May. I have also had the chance to sing the songs out on my own at gigs which is informative.
So where and when will it all end? I have been getting friends who pass through to add their work to the album as their time and schedule permits. It is a slow process as I only get a bit of time with them here and there. I am hoping to get a lot of that finished by May.
In mid March I am doing a session with some friends at the Metway in Brighton to record a new song (Sometimes She…) and to re-record ‘Here comes the storm’. Looking for a live band feel for both with everyone playing all at once.
Realistically I think this crazy thing should be complete sometime in the Autumn of this year. Meanwhile I am getting to play as much as I can which I love.
Life is interesting and I would not have it any other way! Back to it…Sat July 7th 5pm: Rochester Acoustic Music Day. “The Good Intent”, JohnStreet, Rochester ME1 1YL. More Soon!