BEGINNING – MIDDLE – END
Overall album has progressed forward. The whole album is very much getting together.
Like every book, movie, concert there is also beginning – middle and ending to an album. Classic way of doing rock album is to record a bunch of songs. Pick all or the best of them and then figure out in what order would be the best. I started working on this album in opposite way. I set a loose story and then started to illustrate it with the music. Basically it’s about Mr. Fastfinger leaving his safety zone aka island and moving to unknown territories. It’s about find a Lost World. This trip is most importantly about self discovery. The beginning is about getting to the lost world. Mid section is filled with different trials and adventures along the path. End is about discovering the essential, a little enlightment sort of.
Mr. Fastfinger’s debut album was sort of split into A and B sides (check the back cover) and had additional “Encore”. This new album is probably going to be splitted into 3 or 4 sides. Prelude . The first mid half . The second mid half. The Finale. Splitting album to segments helps to organize the order. I don’t want to see the album as just a long list of tracks.
Since mid-february I’ve composed a lot of music. It was clear that once I get focused on composing: good stuff started to come out. The focus is on getting a good balanced album together. But it’s no surprise there’s a lot of (even good) music coming out that will not make it there. So in addition to the album there could be digital EP or singles releases in the future as well. How knows where they end.
THE CHANGES AND CONTRASTS AND COLORS
Here you can see the current setlist on my iTunes. The titles of the songs may and will changes atleast with some of them. Note there’s no track number 5. I’ve already left there a spot. At this point there needs to be a little more breathing and relaxe track in this spot. This is very Important for the sanity of the album listener. When working on music I try to set myself in the ears of the listener. The music is made for the people to experience. I try to make sure the whole thing stays stimultating and vivid throughout from the beginning to the end. It’s just the classic “rules” of drama that do work. If there’s many fast songs in a row, the tempo just starts to feel the “normal” tempo. The fast becomes medium. But if you but one slow inbetween it clears everything again. Notice in the movies how there’s always silence before the big explosion. Calm before the strorm. Contrats are what we are talking about. Contrasts are what makes things stand out.
When putting together an album, it’s not only the Tempo and rhythm. Key changes, mood changes are something to keep ears and eyes on.Key and Mode has a lot to do with the feel or color of the song. If these doesn’t change too often, it get’s easily very boring. There’s something I’ve spotted a little problematic. 4. Action Guitar and 6. Reveal are both in E mixolydian (Both do modulate but these are atleast their starting/main keys and modes) . So now if I do my new song in between there in some other key, it should be safe again!
I’ve already created some nice continuity between the songs. More about it later.
This was a long writing any body still reading there? Any thoughs?