Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Way of the Future

Over the past few months, as I've worked on the music, a tangent thread has run in my mind, wondering how to possibly release this album.

Surely 365 songs won't fit on a CD, won't kindly fit in a single Amazon album (at least I am guessing). Besides, I hadn't been convinced that was the best way to distribute this. Thought maybe a nicely branded USB stick, but that doesn't make it easy for anyone to listen to. There is this blog, but checking a website daily seems rather pase now-a-days. Finally, there's the likes of Soundcloud, et al, but that seemed so anti-climactic, feeding a single song a day down the raging river of daily Soundcloud releases.

Then about 2 weeks ago, the idea hit me. Build an app around this. So, that's what I did.
The Android app is wrapping up development right now and will be released soon, and I'll get to the iOS app in the next two months. Basically, it's an app that plays the daily song, shows artwork, notes, news...what you'd expect. And for those that wish to purchase it/donate, will get access to the full 365 song library to be played at will.

I think this app came out really well. So excited to share it. I actually built my own font for it, so here's a photo of my handwritten font.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Management sucks, obviously.

Managing this project is mostly unwieldy. Or, i have it down to a process, but it’s time consuming. After generating a final mix, I have to track the order of all these files as they need to be released in series. Alphabetic won’t cut it. 
I have all these things tracked in a LibreOffice doc, and added a series column I can sort by. However, Logic X and Ozone just produce the filename, as I don’t know the release order as I create songs. So I created a little Ruby script to parse the spreadsheet and rename the files in order. Pretty nice, as I can decide at the zero hour after months of writing how to release and quickly re-order everything. Yippee. 
Coming soon, a really cool new idea I had for releasing the album. Exciting! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Simpler Time

One year ago, the release party had already passed. Somehow, possibly through a willful ignorance of properly checking the date, I missed the actual anniversary of August 1st. Curious, as nostalgia is a piston.

Being almost 100 songs deep in my current project, that album of a paltry 13 songs seems like several lifetimes ago. Almost precious that I spent so much time on a baker's dozen. But that was so much more than just the album. The planning, the rehearsals, the exhaustion, love, anxiety. It was something most likely once in a lifetime for me.

I haven't re-watched it in full since I edited the video, so I suppose it would be appropriate to do it in the next week or so. Anyways, cheers to that night, that life.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

To Dream or Not

I don't tend to dream very much, or at least recall much of a dream upon waking. I'm guessing I must at times be having some level of intense dream, because often I wake up very agitated.

The one thing I can say I do often is wake with ideas. For this reason, I always keep a voice recorder and tablet close by. When I was younger I used to think I'd just remember my midnight ideas and thoughts, but after years of wasting them in the wee hours of night never to be remembered in daylight, I started making sure if something seemed interesting it was recorded in the easiest fashion.

Last night, woke quickly in a hotel bed with mostly an entire short story on my mind. I quickly typed it up on my Surface in Skrivener (excellent little program I'm currently using for my novel). This story though was self-contained and suited well form short form. Almost a sci-fi cautionary example future type of thing. Typed much of it up last night and it just needs a few rounds of filling in the details and editing and then hopefully I can get it published somewhere before whatever real future occurs overtakes this imagined one and renders it obsolete.
Come read about the state of the first 75 songs on songaday2017.