Work Method – What’s Yours?

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    johnnyboy
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    This is mine:

    During breakfast, I form a concept for my day’s work. Often just a style & title, i.e., lounge piano with a title “Romance Café”). After breakfast, I sit at the piano trying different melodies, rhythms, and chords. When I connect to something new, that is appealing to me, I start composing. My primary objective at this time is to accomplish the first 8 measures. Once I’m satisfied with the first 8, the rest is basically developing the theme into a complete track.

    Then it’s time for a break… After which, I fire-up my Logic Pro, Mac workstation and Yamaha ES8. Time to lay tracks. After being fairly satisfied with my takes, I let it rest until after supper.

    After supper it’s mixing & editing time. Often this lasts longer than the actual recording time. So many considerations. When I’m satisfied at this point, I send an mp3 file out to my PC, for further listening the next day. Usually there’s at least one minor change at this time. Then I place this in a folder for one of my publishers.

    The day I submit this track, I listen again, just to make sure it’s exactly what I wanted to accomplish. Usually make a change or two at this time. Then I submit it! And the process starts over again. I usually finish five tracks a week.

    So, what’s your method?

    Best, John

    #35476 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    Mine has evolved over the years. My mornings are taken up with admin work on our catalog, MLR and various other chores. I’ve never been a fast writer and don’t like writing to deadlines so I start in the afternoon and write for about four hours.

    I start 10 different cues and each day work on a different one. I find that when I come back around to each cue, in the loop of 10, I’m more inspired. With this approach I’m happier with the final result.

    #35477 Reply
    johnnyboy
    Participant

    Wow, 10 cues! I do one at a time, and can’t leave it till it’s finished. I like working with a deadline (though I don’t get a lot of that work), it pushes me to different places that I wouldn’t have gone if I had more time. Makes an interesting change in my schedule. Thanks for sharing your process Art.

    Best, John

    #35479 Reply
    cyberk91
    Participant

    Great Question johnnyboy!…10 to 15 at a time……. gives my ears a chance to cool on the track.I get more inspiration when I walk away for a bit. if i can’t get it to work the way I want it to in a reasonable time or the compositions is just not happening… it gets deleted usually that only happens in the beginning phase…to many other melodies to pick from in the universe…but that’s just me ..I rotate like that and I have a hopper method I run it through Isotope and EXPOSE until I have that feeling you get when enough is enough and the track is good to go…..like Art I’m not fast so I don’t do deadlines….. my tracks are a representation of me and my work and I want people to feel an emotion from them and libraries to accept them so I take my time…I tend to do admin, check out plugins, tweak my templates, read MLR do any software upgrades in the morn and work on my tracks later in late afternoon into the evening along with a ice cold shot of good bourbon …..lol

    #35482 Reply
    johnnyboy
    Participant

    Interesting model Cyberk! !0-15 tracks… I’d lose track (no pun) of what I’m doing. On track at a time is all I can handle. Must be an old man’s thing – ha, ha.

    Best, John

    #35483 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    On track at a time is all I can handle. Must be an old man’s thing – ha, ha.

    Nah, I’m with cyberk91 and I’ll venture to say I’m older than everyone here!

    #35484 Reply
    johnnyboy
    Participant

    Maybe Art… I’m 71 years young.

    #35485 Reply
    BrianMcGravey
    Participant

    I usually lay the foundation of a couple tracks per day, do rough mixes of them that same night, then over 1-2 more days gradually add instruments/tweak the mix until it feels right. I always prefer to do the “creative” stuff, aka writing, early in the day (while the creative juices are still fresh) and do the more technical stuff at night (mixing/midi editing etc). On a good week I finish 7-10 tracks.

    #35486 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    Maybe Art… I’m 71 years young.

    Still a kid to me johnnyboy. But, hey, we are still doin’ it!

    #35487 Reply
    LAwriter
    Participant

    If I’m working to a brief, I do one song at a time. And I TRY to write, mix, edit one to two a day.

    If I’m working on a project for my production company, I’ll do fast sketches of 10+ ideas a day, get 20-30 ideas and flesh them out and then go into production on 20-30 songs. Production can take anywhere from one day to 6 months for a song. Depends on what musicians / vocalists I need, their availability, the overall size of a project, and money…. 🙂

    Over the last couple of years – between the never ending briefs for shows I write for – I was working mostly on 5 different projects of 20-30 songs apiece – varying styles for each project. I finished all of them before I started mixing. Close to 150 songs. I’m NEVER doing that again. Ever. I’ve only got 35 more songs to mix and edit. And I can’t wait to be done!!

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