Osteocephalic Getting Productive with Music

Jan 08, 2008 - 23:01

Goals, Osteocephalic, Workflow

Resolution 2008

In January 2007, I had a mishap with my computer, which cost 12.5 gigabytes of data, including a directory on my Desktop called “Music.” You can probably guess what that contained—all of my noodly compositions from about 2001 until early 2007. After taking my computer to the recovery place, I was left with no working files. In my closet somewhere, there’s my non-working PowerBook G4 (a video card failure crashed the motherboard) with an intact drive that may have some of it.

After the catastrophic data loss, it was hard for me to write music productively. Toward the end of the year, I realized that I hadn’t really gotten significantly toward any releases. Despite having a bunch of equipment, I don’t have a productive workflow, a live performance setup, or even a recognizable style.

Near the end of the year, I decided to upgrade Reason to version 4 and Logic to Logic 8. Since I’m spending money on music software now (I’m considering upgrading Live to version 7, as well), I might as well get with the program and put some music out in 2008.

My resolution for 2008 is to try to write a track a week. Every Tuesday, I have to start a fresh new track. I can always come back and revise or remix the work of previous weeks. Not all of these tracks are going to be good, but maybe I’ll end up with my workflow. And if just 20% of those tracks are releasable, that’s an album this year.

What’s your resolution?


Posted by
16 January 2008 @ 11am

How are your tracks coming?

Posted by
16 January 2008 @ 4pm

Pretty good. So far, I’ve got two rough drafts and a stub.

Unfortunately, I’m being really lazy. I primarily write music on the train between my house and my office. This means that things get mixed down on headphones.

I think it’s important for me to be more disciplined in getting physically into my studio and using all my gear.

Posted by
23 January 2008 @ 1am

Hi new blog. I like your aesthetics.

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