Well, there went my plans to update daily . . . recording is time-consuming. And energy-consuming. And apparently causes me to forget that humans need both sleep and food, instead of just iced lattes.
Starting wednesday evening I ended up syncing brainwaves with my primary session musician-- the genius guitarist/cellist/pianist/composer Maggie Blackbird. I would link you to some of her work, but precious little of it has been published (yet).
She explained to me how jazz improv groups end up literally playing on the same brainwave, and that apparently she and I were too. We jammed. We did a couple of melody tracks. We workshopped a song. We belted Barret's Privateers at three in the morning, woke up my mother, and made her quite sad that she hadn't gotten to join in.
Most of that night got recorded. I might post it later.
We woke up perilously late the next day, and recorded the Twitchyfoot Set live with my friend Lukas Thorburn on bodhran. It came out quite well for us having barely slept, not eaten breakfast, and [gasp!] had no coffee, even the small section of "improvisation".
I think from now on, I will call all of my in-time, on-key mistakes "improvisation".
We recorded another melody line and played around with accompaniment tracks until the drummer on the last track showed up and distracted us. He sadly doesn't have the percussion score ready yet, so we'll do that later.
Neffa's thursday contra was distracting too. We went, danced, overheated, avoided creepy older men, and had fun.
So far I have finished and exported Wound, Paradigm Shift, and the Twitchyfoot Set. Birds Of Death is just missing the percussion track, and Dramatic Irony is waiting for the final session musician's octave mandolin to be repaired before we record it. It is also waiting on me to learn to play it in time. Why is it so hard to play my own pieces in time?
To be done : Recording two more tracks, shooting the album art, having the album art edited, burning the discs, printing the liner notes and tray cards, packaging the discs, throwing a release party. Eep.
I am a tired Ket and still catching up on sleep, so I'll leave you with this and update more later. Night~