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RPM : Recording Guitar

Although I am supposedly a guitar player, most of my music for The RPM Challenge so far has been without guitar. But today I actually recorded guitar for a song about a werewolf.

Here’s a video of me recording a couple of riffs for the guitar solo. It shows me experiencing technical difficulties when the drum track mysteriously disappears…

I posted the finished demo recording of the song on the AloneTone.com web site here. Whether I have time to do any more tweaking on it before the deadline remains to be seen.

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RPM: Noswonky Gets Podcasted

RPM is consuming a lot of my time. I now have three songs ‘complete’ and another two in progress. Overall, it’s going well and badly.

‘Well’ in the sense that I’m getting a lot of work done musically – more than I have in years. ‘Badly’ in the sense that my progress so far, if extrapolated to the end of the month, will not be enough to finish the album in the time available. I will probably have to churn out some quick and easy electronic music just to fill it out to 35 minutes (or 10 songs).

I was shocked today when I listened to the first episode of the RPM podcast and heard one of my songs! I had not read the forum post announcing it (below) so it was a bit of a surprise.

Here is the mp3 file.

(The link to the forum post doesn’t appear to work unless you’re logged into the site).

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RPM Challenge Begins

One year ago when I was working at SMARTS, a dude I was working with told me about a project he was participating in – The RPM Challenge. The challenge is to record an album of original music during the month of February. I was too busy last year to take part, but this year I have decided to go for it.

I’ve been preparing for this for the last few weeks. I bought some new equipment including a microphone and an interface to connect my instruments to the Mac. The interface box also came bundled with ‘Pro Tools’ recording software, which I’ve been learning to use.

The 'Studio'

I’m using my old music keyboard, which I bought in 1993. However I will only be using it as a MIDI controller – not using the built-in sounds.

Old Roland E-5 Keyboard

By the time this blog post is published, I should have one or more demo recordings posted on my RPM player (which is embedded below).

Noswonky‘s player:

Meanwhile, the doctor called me to say that Belinda was ready to come home. So in the afternoon I walked to Artarmon to pick her up…

Belinda after surgery

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