Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Magical Moment 195, "To Accordion or not to Accordion, that is the Question"

Today was yet another meeting in the pre-production process of recording my EP with Modern Vintage Recordings. We’re at the stage of brainstorming exactly how the musical arrangements for each track should sound - the style, mood, and feel for each song. To do that, we spent the day experimenting with different instrumental sounds and laying down a very crude arrangement in Pro-Tools. This recording is what the “real” musicians will hear and base their performances off of when it comes time to the final recording.

We focused on only one song today (and this should make my dad very happy), “A Builder.” I explained that I wanted a very full, orchestral sound in this powerful song, and with Irish-sounding undertones. After several hours of trial and error, I think we hit the nail on the head. The drums are the foundation for the entire song, keeping the music moving, rolling like the vast green hills of Ireland.  The bass underlies and enhances the dark chord progression. And unlikely sound effects such as music box chimes and even an accordion, make the song stand out with unique quirkiness.

However, this basic guide is always up for change, new ideas, and additions and edits. But I am happy to see the skeletons of my music slowly filling out and taking on a life of their own. More updates to come!