I’m not sure if I ever posted about this here on my blog, but those associated with me on Facebook, Twitter, and deviantART are already aware of this project (download link is at the bottom of this post if you wanna skip this Great Wall of Text™). If I didn’t post it here (I’m too lazy to go and check at the moment) it was because I didn’t want to post anything about it until it was done. I got tired of the whole “telling the world about a project but never finishing it” thing.
Anyway, as this post insinuates, I have completed a creative project (it’s a miracle!)
In April, I decided to write/compose/produce a song. It didn’t have to be good or anything; I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do something like this if I put my mind to it. Mainly due to my apparent inability to ever finish anything I start. I figured a simple song project would be just that: simple.
It was anything but.
I’ll go ahead and let a few posts I made on Facebook over the past three months tell the tale:
[May 1st, 2012]
My little music project was going along swimmingly for the most part, but now I’ve reached a standstill with the current sounds. It just doesn’t “meld” well, if that makes sense. I’ve decided to re-compose it, using the same main melody, but changing sounds around to be much more pleasing to the ears of a wider audience. It currently sounds really glitchy and chiptune-esque, but after listening to the music in my head, I think this track will work out much better as a Trance/Electronica song.
I originally intended this track to be released sometime this week, but that isn’t happening. I’m gonna try this again, because I’m absolutely positive this song will sound better the second time around. I’m not giving up on this, because I know it’ll be cool if I could just get it to sound like it does in my head. I’ll let you all know when it’s done so I can get feedback on my work.
[May 16th, 2012]
Man, this song I’m composing has taken such an interesting turn. It is officially a totally different song from the first incarnation. Everything down to the basic melody has changed. And I think it’s all the better for it.
I went through three stages as far as vocals/lyrics go: originally, it was going to be based off of a poem I wrote before, but the vocals didn’t match the overall tone of the original composition, so I scrapped it.
Then I started on the second incarnation from scratch and planned on using the original lyrics in that one, but in the end, it just wouldn’t work. It seems making music and then trying to shoehorn lyrics into it later just doesn’t work. Haha! So I’m saving those lyrics for another track I may produce another time.
So I figured, okay, I’ll just make this one completely electric with no vocals. Most electronic music has no lyrics, after all. But then an interesting thing happened: I began humming to the section of the song I’m working on now, and realized there’s definitely something I could fit there. Not only that, but the humming made the track feel more “whole” — more complete, if that makes sense. It always felt like there was something “missing” until then.
So, since, like, two in the morning ‘till now, I’ve been working on producing lyrics for this song, and I think I’ve created a winner! It’s a totally new poem for a totally new music track! :D
I was also inspired by a light novel series I’ve been reading called Accel World. Or, well, WAS reading, but there’s been an anime adaptation since then, so I’ve been watching that instead. :P And, man, it’s so freaking cool! It’s still airing in Japan, a new episode every week, and apparently is gonna get two seasons. So excited! I’ve seen all six episodes currently released and am eagerly awaiting the next one. I’m totally hooked; Accel World is like the embodiment of everything I love about urban science fiction. If you’re an anime geek like me, you owe it to yourself to hit up UTW (my favorite fan-subbing group) and getting all the eps you can of Accel World.
A not-too-distant future where you have wearable computers that let you jack your mind into virtual spaces / Internet and communicate in a telepathic manner? Playing a virtual reality MMO fighting game to build up Burst Points which allow you to accelerate your thought processes a thousand times faster than normal as to slow down your perception of time in the real world? Epic mech battles and general shonen action awesomeness? A love triangle to spice things up?! Heck, yeah! This anime has it all! Freaking LOVE Accel World!
Anyway, the point of all this is that my song has pretty much become a homage to Accel World, because that’s where I took inspiration for some of the lyrics. But even for folks who have no idea about the anime, it’s still metaphorically and symbolically followable, as I use pretty common or obvious metaphors and symbolism that anyone could follow and empathize with. It makes perfect sense, even outside the context of Accel World, which is exactly how homage’s should be, in my opinion. That way, everyone can enjoy it. :)
Finally, my song officially has a title! It’s, “A Certain Conscious Ejects Languished Exhilaration; Regain Awakened Truth Earnestly,” or “A.C.C.E.L.E;R.A.T.E.” for short. :P
So look forward to my first full-length electronic music project, A.C.C.E.L.E;R.A.T.E., coming soon! :D
[June 19th, 2012]
Excellent! My crappy song project is finally done! Been messing around with it since the end of April and I’m finally done with it. Thank goodness. It didn’t turn out at all like I wanted, and nothing I do will ever make it sound professional since, well, I’m not a professional composer/producer. This is literally the first time I’ve ever tried something like this, so I like to equate it to a first drawing or first story etc., i.e. no one ever gets it “right” their first time with anything, so no biggie. At least this proves once and for all that I can do something like this if I put my mind to it. Probably would’ve finished it a whole lot sooner if it weren’t for all the procrastinating I did. Haha! XD
Anyway, it’ll be available to download tomorrow; I’ll post a link to it on my wall/timeline here so everyone who wants to can check it out. I’ll probably tag a bunch of people to give me some constructive criticism as well. I probably already know a lot of what I could do to make it better, but man, I’m just done working on this. I’m personally getting tired of listening to it dozens of times a day. XD So I’m not changing anything with it. The criticism I get will be put to use on future tracks, if I actually produce any more. I’m not sure if I should yet, since this one was a TON of work for something that sucks as much as it does. Hahaha! Seriously, you have no idea the kind of work that goes into something like this until you try it yourself. I have a new-found respect for music writers, composers, producers, performers, et al. I started off thinking it was just gonna be a quick and dirty project, and it grew into something so much more; certainly past my own skill level, at any rate.
Still, even though it was a lot of work to make a crappy electronic song, I did have a little fun with it, and I feel good about myself for finishing it. I almost quit halfway through, and though it’s not that good, I’m glad I didn’t quit. I learned a lot from this experience.
I hope a few of you will check it out tomorrow. I know I’ve said countless times that it isn’t that great, but I did put a lot of effort into it, so I hope someone will at least give it a shot and tell me what they think. Thanks in advance for that. :)
So, that’s that. It started off as a simple project to prove I could finish something I start for once, and evolved into something bigger than I ever could have imagined. As stated above, though I deem it “complete,” I am not at all happy about my work. However, I’m not gonna hold it against myself, since it was my very first time ever trying something like this. I’m sure if I continue to work on musical projects like these, I will gradually get better with my work. Whether or not I shall continue to make “music” however is undecided. I’m still giving it thought. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Thanks for making it this far if you’ve been reading along, and I hope this brings you a little up to speed on what I’ve been up to lately. It has been a while since I’ve made any ‘meaningful’ posts here at HealyHQ.com, so this Great Wall of Text™ should make up for that. :)
And so, without further adieu, here’s a link where you can listen to (and download, if you actually end up liking it) the crappy song project thing I’ve been working on for the last three months: http://healyhq.bandcamp.com/album/a-c-c-e-l-e-r-a-t-e