performed, recorded and produced these songs during National Solo
Album Month (nasoalmo.org) 2008.
It was fun to apply a deadline to my creativity. It certainly
increased output, and I'm sure I've learned from the experience.
I'd recommend it to anyone! (Especially if their girlfriend is taking
part in nanowrimo)...
The writing process was mainly chord-progression first, then bass, then lyrics, then drums. Lyrics are the hardest part for me, as I listen to them the least when I listen to music. The drums are the easiest, which is part of the reason I left them until last.
All of the drums were done in one three hour session at a local studio. These were intended to be a first draft, but techinical difficulties meant that they all had to be final takes! I think they worked out okay, but I wish I'd been in better practice. Half of the guitar was done on my old 25 quid classical, and the latter half was done on my lovely new Aria-FA80!
Everything was recorded using my laptop, and a VXPocket 440. The bass was programmed, and everything else was performed.
I'd like to thank Alison for finding out about NaSoAlMo for me (on the night of October 31st!) and also for my new lovely guitar. Thanks also to Tom F. for loaning me the portable mp3 recorder that helped me remember ideas and listen to the works in progress while on the bus, and Lucas for the loan of his bongos, although they never made it into the album! I intend to make a song with them ASAP. I'd also like to thank anyone who put up with my excessive talking about this project. I hope everyone enjoys at least some small part of at least one of the songs!
You can stream the whole album in order by clicking play on this player.
...or you can download all of the mp3s in a zipped file by clicking here.
...or you can listen to the songs individually, using the play buttons below.
Click here to go to the old rhthm.com.
Other music, NaSoAlMo albums etc:
Richer Grays (NaSoAlMo2010) | Sensorimotor (NaSoAlMo2009) | Pre-NaSoAlMo (pre 2006)
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