Big limbo energy after the push to get Keedysville launched in time for this past #bandcampfriday; part of me wants to dive right into finishing a couple more tracks, part of me wants to just, like, chill out for a while and just get back to actually playing and learning tunes, and maybe put something together for October 2, and overall I know I should *really* focus on any number of pragmatic, not-music-related concerns.
I feel like I can reasonably give myself until next weekend to goof off a bit and think about what's next, and still have time to pull together a smaller EP for September 4 if I decide that's what I want to do
I haven't gone back and listened to everything yet, but any necessary overdubs aside I think I may have just tracked this entire EP this evening. Journeyman solo clawhammer playing on an entry-level banjo, but I did a quick mix on one track and it sounds pretty good. I think my levels were a little bit quiet (still trying to dial in my digital recording sweet spot after years of being stuck in the analog "get it as hot as you possibly can without clipping" mindset) but I think I can work with what I got.
I caught myself trying to talk myself out of releasing this under my @magicians alias the other day (having gone to all the trouble of finding a name that lends itself to the style/image/ethos I hope to cultivate, which is not "trad old-time"), but dammit, it's my "band" and I'll do what I want.
It's part of a process; a Marie Kondo style way to say 'Thank you' to my first banjo before I part ways with it, and to say goodbye to my late banjo teacher again (even though I dedicated my last release to him) and to put old-time music to bed the same way I did the early banjo stuff with 'Keedysville'.
Trying to walk the line between “round off the obvious highs and lows and sweep the middle to see what sounds good and call it a day” and “if you’re not mixing in an anechoic chamber with $10,000 monitors your mix is gonna suck”
The nice thing about banjo, especially a beginner-level banjo with steel strings on it, is that it’s going to sound kinda harsh no matter what you do, and once you find the “yeah that sounds ok” spot there’s not much more you can do with it. At least, not much more *I*, who barely knows what I’m doing, can do with it. It’s also easier with solo banjo than trying to make a banjo sit in a mix with other instruments. #audio #mixing #audioengineering
Really feeling that post-release deflation right now, but also looking forward to getting back towards my original vision for the @magicians project, which is neither straight-up old-timey nor straight-up 19th century... but the last two projects have been about different purposes:
On the sentimental side, putting some chapters behind me so I can point to "official" recordings and say "yep, did that." On the technical side, developing a mixing/mastering/release workflow. That's still a work in progress, but I have enough of a grip on it that it shouldn't be a distraction from coming up with arranging/rehearsing/recording now that I have a general approach to things.
Not sure what I may have ready for October's Bandcamp Friday; have to decide if I want to circle back to a couple of irons I've had in the fire or try something totally now.
Just got word that the banjo I used to record the 'Old Days' EP, --my first, bought 19 years ago-- has sold on consignment, and being the sentimental sap that I am I shouldn't be surprised by how sad I am at the news.
As an instrument, I will not miss it at all; I hardly played it for 18 1/2 of those 19 years and it had been knocking around in its gig bag that whole time. The whole point of the EP was to give it a last hurrah before moving it along.
It's mostly the "familiar object that's been with me for a very long time and now some total stranger has it" aspect of it, and that will fade quickly enough.
Ignoring inflation, I also got about what I paid for it out of the sale, so that's kind of a nice equilibrium. And it's motivation to try moving a couple of other things along.
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