The industry pundits would tell me that I have to finish the demo and get it perfect before going public, but I am going to do something different: I'm going to put the entire project in public view as it develops. If you want to see how much work goes into producing the tunes that you download on the internet, read on. The audio and visual information here may be copied for personal use. All commercial rights are reserved, with the following exception: Internet and terrestrial broadcasting is permitted by anyone who pays performance royalties to BMI. [My publishing affiliation is BMI.]
I plan on doing three or four of my original songs and two covers. My songs are:
I'm still not sure about the covers. I think that a Ska version of Runaway will be one of them, but I haven't really made up my mind. I won't be able to post lyrics or audio for the covers due to obvious legal constraints (sorry).
The process starts with what I call a Preproduction Demo. This is something where I sequence and/or perform all the parts. I generally use a MIDI sequencer for the rhythm and keyboard tracks and the record vocals and guitar. The purpose of the Preproduction Demo is to teach the song to other musicians; so, it's pretty basic and I don't spend a lot of time getting the performances just right. You can get an idea of what the song will be about. This is currently what I am working on. I will post MP3 files as they become available. Unless otherwise noted, all the vocals and instrument work was done by me.
Two of Each Kind was sequenced and recorded using Emagic's Logic Audio on a PowerMac 8100 with a NewerTech CPU upgrade. The audio recording was done using an old ProTools 442 interface.
Plain Brown Wrapper was sequenced and recorded using Mark of the Unicorn's Performer on a Mac. The audio was recorded on Tascam 48 8 track recorder, but I've changed the lyrics and need to redo it.
Just Say No was sequenced and recorded using Mark of the Unicorn's Performer on a Mac. The audio was recorded on Tascam 48 8 track recorder. I still have to transfer this from DAT to the computer so I can make an MP3 for you.
Let Peace be Found was sequenced and recorded using Mark of the Unicorn's Performer on a Mac. The audio was recorded on Tascam 48 8 track recorder. I still have to transfer this from DAT to the computer so I can make an MP3 for you. I also need to review the lyrics for this one; so, there may also be changes that need to be re-recorded.
00-11-02 Created the Demo Project Page.