Music Recording Progress

I laid down some vocal tracks for the “Love’s A Burden” cover today and am starting to hone in the sound I’m wanting to portray in future music productions. I’m quite thrilled, but I am a bit stumped on what genre to call this. As I’ve said before, I’m exploring a goth subgenre, but it’s not really darkwave or anything of the like. It’s this goth, electronic, classically-influenced…thing. I don’t know what to call the thing, but whatever it is, I’m excited to share it. Hopefully, it will be shared with you all by this weekend. Fingers crossed.

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Recording With Garageband and Defining My Music Genre

I’ve been messing with this program since 2013 and I’m still so grateful for it. Like I’ve said before, I do want to graduate to Logic Pro X, but man you can really make some amazing beats with Garageband. Don’t knock it so quickly. I think Windows users probably hate on it the most, but maybe that’s my Mac bias speaking? I don’t know.

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Defining A Genre

“Love’s a Burden” is still a process, but I’m nearly done with the instrumental itself. I really wanted to define the music style I’m aspiring for to achieve. I love electronic and classical (I love heavy metal too, but my guitar skills are garbage for now). Those two genres can wonderfully meld, but I want a darker tone to my music, but not so dark that it’s not catchy. What do you call that? I know there’s darkwave, synthwave, witchhouse and the like, but I’m really not brave enough to say my genre fits in those categories. Perhaps categorizing it isn’t that necessary at the moment.

When A Musician Considers Their Strengths and Weaknesses While Recording

Aside from my cat jumping on my piano keyboard one time, I think my cover song of “Love’s a Burden” by Beyond the Black is coming along. Today I kept some things in mind that really helped me stay grounded and stable while recording.

My Music Recording Weaknesses

  • I record for too long without breaks. I don’t really know how long professionals record, but I used to do 5+ hours and it totally stress me out. I’ve cut it down to 2-3 for my own sanity.
  • The fatigue made me too critical of myself. I would be tired and grumpy and that would skew my perception of all the progress I made in several hours.
  • Forgetting that it’s a learning process. So, even though I’ve been using GarageBand since 2013 (and I hope to graduate to LogicPro X soon if it’s necessary), the program has changed a lot and there’s still a lot about music engineering I need to learn. There’s no need to be frustrated when this is a skill that just needs sharpening. I can’t be mad at myself for learning at my own pace.
  • Forgetting to pat myself on the back. This goes with being too critical. Progress is progress. It’s better than nothing at all.

Keeping all that in mind, I was able to enhance my strengths as well.

My Music Recording Strengths

  • I have a good ear. Because of this, I’m able to catch my mistakes and learn more about editing and engineering along the way.
  • I am obsessive, but empathic. Music is more about feeling than it is having perfect technique, perfect rhythm, perfect pitch, etc. All those things help and I strive to meet them, but the feeling of the song isn’t in its perfection.
  • I am developing confidence in my creative process. I have to amend the way I approach a song all the time. Change is the only constant. It’s quite fun to have new ideas pop up and experiment with them. I’m trusting my imagination every time I give it a try.
  • I realize my resourcefulness. There are so many awesome tutorials, plug-ins, and more sources of information that will help me understand GarageBand more and more. I’m not crawling in the dark here and I shouldn’t force myself to do that. The information I need will come to me in time. Remaining open to whatever comes my way gives me hope.

I truly hope any fellow musicians reading this relate and treat themselves with more compassion, give themselves more pats on the back, and take breaks when they need it. Working ourselves to oblivion will actually obliterate the enjoyment that comes with creating music. So love the journey and stop obsessing about the destination.

Music On The Way – “Love’s A Burden” by Beyond The Black – How I Did Cover Songs In The Past

Beyond The Black is a german symphonic metal band that I really like. I don’t have a badass metal band at the moment, so I’m going to do my own take on “Love’s A Burden” with sort of a gothic electronica twist, since it is one of the few songs that isn’t heavy and I don’t have to feel too pressured.

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How I Did Cover Songs In The Past

So, in 2014, I actually had a channel called “Keiko Artz” where I would do cover songs (mostly anime intros, songs from movies, or songs from video games lol). When I nearly lost my battle with clinical depression in 2016, I deleted the channel and all my old songs off of YouTube and removed it from stores (well some songs might be up somewhere lol). The songs are still saved on my computer and there are some I would like to share again, but I’ll need to record them over. But when I had them up, I had them accompanied with (very amateur-ish) digital art. I was still learning how to draw then and it was incredibly difficult to have enough confidence in myself to complete a work and keep it up there. Well, three years later, I’m back into drawing again and I’m determined to keep creating. So, if you stay in touch, I hope you’ll support me. Like I said before, on Instagram I show my progress. The final result will be on my YouTube Channel and on my blog of course :).

Rate My Music – Storm Magick – Follow for Follow

Happy to announce the release of my single Storm Magick, the start of my dream to create a soundtrack or score for my upcoming novel. If you’re musically inclined or just like checking out new melodies, I’d appreciate your feedback. If you’d like to know the novel synopsis, go to my Home Page, especially if you’re into dark fantasy/scifi. I will announce when the track will continue to share other outlets where people can listen to my music, such as Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and more.

Also, if there are any fellow musicians out there on WordPress, I’d be thrilled to give a follow back and support you if you took the time to listen to my single. Happy listening.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/storm-magick-single/1457413245