Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Night Beat Lab

Creative people don't need social lives.
So meet one of my best friends - Muse.

That aside.  About a year ago, I decided to start making beats.  Authentic beats - not messing around with the pre-made loops on garageband like I had been doing, but actually creating my own.  Still using garageband, but nothing premade, but all my own doing.

A little bit after that, I conceived an idea for Girl Conception - the comedic rap duo that I'm apart of.  An EP consisting of six tracks - most of which Nina and I had already talked about - with beats that I'd create.  So throughout last summer, I eventually composed beats for six tracks.

Flash-forward to now.  We recorded and released just two of the aforementioned tracks - the rest have been weighing heavily on me, because when you've been conceiving something for a year, you just want to go forth with it already.  But I've sort of strayed from the EP idea, because since last summer, I've composed four more rap beats for Girl Conception that I really love.

So I'm thinking about expanding this project into a LP.

The thing is - I've gotten tremendously better at composing in the past year.  Now my earlier work is nothing to scoff at, but there is definitely a difference that's relatively noticeable.  So I wondering about mixing together the two stages of my creative development into one.  I certainly still want to release my earlier beats, but maybe in a separate volume.

Anyway.  Tonight I spent some time mixing some beats, because I've had a sort of creative musical blocks for months now and can't really seem to compose anything new.  I have been able to change some things in my pre-existing work, though, which is also part of what I did tonight.  And right now, I'm pretty satisfied with the collection of nine instrumental tracks (plus one of our pre-recorded tracks) that I hope to turn into a LP.

Do you know that feeling - when you've created something that you know is a hit?  The final track on this LP is that.  As objectively as I can say that, I do - I'm very satisfied with it.

So I'm hoping to release some demos pretty soon.  Like 45 seconds to a minute long, showcasing the beat and also the lyrics I've written to go with it - hopefully to both get feedback and sort of strike interest.  Then ride off the momentum of people's interest to get this LP recorded and released.

But it's all in God's timing and will.  So we'll see.