some new thoughts as i’ve been reflecting and really focused this week on creating a more productive workflow for album making:
the importance of having everything wired up and ready and the creative space de cluttered and organized- this is a big one that i think a lot of people are already aware of, and i have always been as well, but basically it’s easy to be lazy!! things get in a not so nice and professional seeming way and that, at least for me, is a big hinderance on my productivity and really effects the kind of “session” i have when i sit down to record. so i’ve been more diligent about cleaning up after i’m finished vs before i start and making sure that i won’t be discouraged the next time i want to start recording because all my gear is unplugged and there’s stuff all over my desk/chair.
stay close to your inspiration- with instrumental music, i am finding it more and more critical to get into an album making mentality with some concept. even something as vague as like “natural sounding” or “dark” i think is an infinitely better starting point than just making a new patch every day and throwing them all together in an album. cohesiveness is key! if i put 10 songs i wrote on guitar over the last 5 years onto an album it would not be cohesive at all. making modular music is pure joy for me, and i hadn’t really though of it in this way before, but it is helpful to from time to time and not get lost in the black hole of sketches. if you’re like me and change your mind often about what is inspiring you and what kind of vibe you’re trying to get, i have been finding it so helpful and relaxing to just stay with one and see it through. i have been doing that this week and i already have about 30 minutes of recordings for the project that i am working on.
polish, light master, and bounce- when my band and i are recording we always joke that the song sounds so much better after you bounce to itunes and listen from there vs in the daw. this is the kind of psychological terror that every musician is probably familiar with. for some reason i hadn’t really realized this in the same way with modular music before starting this thread, but there is a HUGE difference between recording stereo into your computer and doing nothing to the track because you think “well it’s a synth why would i EQ it and change stuff” vs making those finishing touches, adding light compression, reverb, saturation, whatever. i’ve been doing more post processing than i ever imagined, but when i listen to my bounces in itunes, they are feeling like real pieces that i would listen to on an album that i like. not only does it make your work sound more fully realized, it makes you feel more grounded in a way that i think is critical for the continuation and completion of a larger work.
thanks everyone so much who has contributed to this thread. it has really helped me and i hope a lot of others to get motivated to be more mindful and organized in my creative process, which, album or not, is a really positive feeling!