I’m frustratingly close to wrapping up my second album as ingMob, titled morpho. The most frustrating aspect lies in the conflict between ‘the perfectionist’ and ‘the promoter’ within me. I’m reaching out to the community here for help.
For this album, I thought it would be fun to flip the ‘traditional’ record/release process on its head. Instead of a long secretive production period followed by a big debut PR blitz, I have decided that it would be more fun to open up drafts of my work-in-progress for peer review. I’ve been pushing myself to ‘learn out loud’ more often, here is my attempt to apply that to my music.
My hope is that this community critique will fall somewhere in between a crowd co-production and a pre-release listening party. Somewhere in between the rpm challenge and the disquiet junto. I have immense respect for the community here; after a decade of growing with y’all (my gnomes), this feels like a safe place for this experiment. I have three very specific goals:
- Feedback - Incorporate community feedback to make an awesome album
- Accountability - Use the ‘peer pressure’ of putting this out there as a process to push myself to finish this project
- Engagement - Use this project as a means of engaging with this community in a deeper way
Logistically, I’ve been a big fan of the ‘what if it was easy?’ mantra lately. My goal is to post one song per week until I’ve shared every track I’m considering for the album. This is a slow enough pace that I think it will be feasible for me to work into my very hectic work schedule. (I have a five-year head start on some of the songs.) I’m going to finally put that ‘unlimited’ soundcloud plan to good use. I will edit this top post as things progress, to make a ‘table of contents’ linking to the individual track posts.
My ask of the community here is simple: honestly tell me what you think. What clicks? What doesn’t? What bumps? What sucks? I would really appreciate your thoughts, either here or as timed comments on the soundcloud tracks.
09/17/17 - Cleen Enuff
09/22/17 - Damped
09/30/17 - Autopilot
10/08/17 - Skinin
10/15/17 - Alignmentade