I spend a lot of time working with other people on their music which I love.
Listening to great new songs and helping artists put music to their lyrics is something I will never tire from doing.
But recently I was experimenting on the piano and as my wife walked past she commented that she could listen to me play that all day.
This got me thinking.
It occurred to me that I don’t really spend much time making music for myself.
So this started a new small discover and adventure and this is how it progressed.
The following day I was working on my computer and heard this absolutely brilliant piece of music being played at top volume from one of my daughters rooms. It sounded amazing. I actually asked my daughter what the music was and then realised I could have used Shazam or Sound Hound (just kidding). It was the soundtrack to “The theory of everything”. A Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde. If you don’t know the story, check it out. Composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3hann_J%C3%B3hannsson).
I became really excited, as I spend most of my time working with songwriters, but thought to myself, time to indulge in something new, something to stretch my ability and give me a new experience.
As I didn’t have a movie to write a score for, I just pretended there was a movie based on my life and wrote some short pieces that seemed to make sense to me.
This turned into a bit of a self absorbed, take up lots of time and forget to go to bed type of scenario.
The most disappointing thing is that at 3am you finish one of the pieces and think, I need to give someone a listen to this, it is so cool, I have to get some feedback. But sadly everyone is asleep (at least in Australia anyway) and so I just close down the studio and head off to get some sleep.
This got me thinking, maybe their is a business in being available for people on the other side of the world that will listen to your music straight away and share in the excitement of just completing a really cool piece of music. I guess that’s an idea for tomorrow.
Anyway, I completed about a dozen tracks.
The first experiment was using Pro Tools. I decided that being soundtrack music it would help to record some of the tracks as midi so that I could experiment with different sounds. This was a great idea but turned into a nightmare when I found that syncing midi on my MAC with Pro Tools and a DIGI 003 was a nightmare.
I quickly switched over to Logic. And felt so much better. I do love Pro Tools though and ended up transferring the project back to Pro Tools for mixing.
Enough technicalities. What I ended up with was 10 tracks that are all instrumental. I have called the recording “Soundtrack to Life Part 1” as I think of life as a continuing experience and didn’t want to make it sound like this is it and that there is no more to life.
I hope you enjoy the music as much as I enjoyed composing.
Please feel free to have a listen at http://youtu.be/ZdhsjrGz3vU?list=UUK3lNFl4cwzG0jGzJjGVD8w
Leave a comment below and I will let you know when the rest of the music is ready to go.
Music is about experiences and this is an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed.
What have you been up to?