Thanks, Marc, for hosting this Open Mic night (or… weekend)!
I have a tendency to hold on to unfinished tracks for a long period of time, in varying states of undoneness. It’s fairly rare that I let them out into the world for other ears if there’s something that I can hear that needs to be adjusted (the logic here being: if I can hear it, then I just need to fix it myself before asking someone else to spend their time listening). I’m not sure it’s entirely the best policy, so this is a welcome change.
I’ve been working on this piece in the background for about a year. It’s a combination of a couple of improvised takes made while rehearsing for last year’s Memphis Concrète festival. One part is a set of loops made from a short phone recording of a rehearsal set, and one is a longer studio take of a separate set. I thought the two worked interestingly together to make the basis of a drone.
The piece is a slow burn for sure… but I wonder if it’s too slow or slight a build to keep interest? I’ve had a couple of runs at doing things like highlighting certain higher frequencies to bring out parts and add interest, or adding a small part or two to make more of a build, but so far none of those have stuck. (Those tries are not included here.) I do think adding something in the mid-high to high frequency range would would work well, as the piece is mixed a bit on the dull side. The question is: what would that be? It could also just be close to done? I think at this point, some outside perspective would be good to have.
Any ideas, comments, suggestions are all welcome and appreciated. And thank you in advance!