Good day! It's a long weekend in the USA and like last year
this time I recorded another album-a-day. It's called
Baking about architecture
. In music I only believe in one kind of cover:
This was a sort of interesting one. It was my first AAD with
my new guitar, and also a new mic and preamp. I also more than
usual scheduled this one mentally, somewhat in advance (and then
withheld guitar from myself so that I'd be itching to go). The
weirdest thing is that typically the first song or two I crap out
is pretty bad and then later on I have these moments of
inspiration. But this time the first was
and then some one-minute throwaway thing
A tribute to attributes
Text me like where's Rite Aid at
Text me like...
are easily my favorites on the album (if you
only listen to a few songs, make it those two.) I got excited by
these early successes and spent a long time on them, particularly
on lyrics, and then after five hours I was like jeepers I've
recorded less than four minutes so far. After that I was a little
burned out and had to pick up the pace. I have a new strategy,
which is when I feel like a song isn't going so well, I just cut it
loose, meaning I finish it but as quickly as I can and don't sweat
it (0xCAFÉBABE), so that I can save time for those critical
I have a bunch of new/different equipment and tech now, so
I'm interested how you think it sounds from a production
standpoint. Obviously I am really cranking the levels as usual; I
am just trying to do my part in the dynamic compression arms race.
If you are keen to this kind of thing you will notice a lot of
punching in and out, which I hate the discontinuity of, but this
was part of my expedient process of recording my lyric ideas and
melodies as I was writing them so that I didn't have to put them
down on paper/emacs so much or rerecord when I'd screw up one bit.
When I set out to make an album I sometimes solicit song
titles and lyrics ideas. This time I did it on Facebook and got
loads; there were too many to use but lots of these are named by
suggestions. Some made it in as lyrics, too.
I really like this one and it's an obvious opener. Lotsa good
lines, and probably the best-recorded guitar one. Eating Buildings
is the team name we usually use for puzzle competitions, but this
song is more literal.
A tribute to attributes
The only two redeeming things about this song are the title (though
not really that clever) and the part where I list some things and
their attributes, which depending on what circles you roll in you
may be able to figure out. I sandwiched it between my two favorite
songs so that you get it over with quickly. (Also then the first 3
are in chronological order.)
Text me like where's the Rite Aid at
Everything really came together for this one. I discovered a new
music fact: Triplets are super danceable, particularly when
syncopated with some "regular" power-of-two stuff (the "you were so
It's so mutual
You can tell when I'm starting to feel impotent on the guitar
because I start detuning it, but then you get these drone zone
ditties where it's impossible to be catchy. It's not bad, just a
Love, train & rust, wrench
Usually during the course of the day at some point I'll pick up the
guitar and a song will come to me without any obstacles or
anything. These are always refreshing. Max gets credit for the best
line, "Sacajawheel-'o-fortune". Note that all of the electric
guitar parts in the last 4 songs I've posted on T7 Radar are
extremely blaring. I do know how to turn it down, but it's
currently set up that way and I just think it's so funny!
Helpy, Invert, Soft Pinky & Flexoid
As my synthesizer ages (now about 15 years old, making it almost
vintage) it's interesting to see how useless its once hi-fi General
MIDI patches have become. I spend all my time in the extended zone
mining it for delightfully ironic fake-sounding stuff like "Tron
Flute" featured prominently here.
I'll be acquitted
This is this week's songfight. In songfight, internet people all
write a song with the same title and then the songs "fight" with
voting. A whole week to write a song is way too snoozy for me, but
I like those guys and sometimes do the songfight song when making
This song was built around this musical element seen in the first
bar, which is an increasingly thick series of chords (1 finger, 2
finger... 7 finger) followed by an abrupt faint simplicity. It
works great right before the switch to "Malaria..." but the rest of
the time it just makes the individual parts seem disjoint so that
the song doesn't flow very well. I still like this one.
This was the most painful one, when recording. I just couldn't come
up with any lyrics or melodies beyond the opening "Cafe babe!"
which is annoying after pretty much the first time. You can tell
when I just start doing 59th St. bridge song stuff, barely even
trying. (Listening back, it's not really that bad.)
You mean FIRENZE?
This was a song title suggestion, which means I don't know if it's
an overzealous correction about the local name of Florence (I
imagine some high schoolers on a big trip for their Italian
language class and there's the one kid who insists on speaking even
English in an Italian accent when over there, and has even taken up
smoking for cultural accuracy) or whether basically the same image
but about Harry Potter fandom. Features my signature 2K+-era sine
wave add-chords, a style I like to call "DTMF Jam".
Why won't it melt?
Speaking of Def, about a month ago I first realized what "Mos Def"
means. The best science pun in this song, which is ungettable
unless you read the lyrics or I tell you now, is about the Mohs
Themes (gotta catch 'em all):
Non-human creatures in love
Things being black
Sudden abrupt quiet during techno