A Composition Journey: Part I

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Lately, I guess I’ve gotten this odd urge to document my personal artistic endeavours. I have no idea why. Rest assured, I’m not writing a memoir. In addition to my recently expressed plans to release an EP, I’ve been writing music to be played by a stand alone ensemble – NOT film music. My “Own Stuff” I get asked quite …

My First Week in EP-Land

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That actually wasn’t so bad. I’ve gotten to the end of my first week working on my EP (see last week’s “announcement” post) and I’m actually feeling pretty darn good about this whole thing. I’d expressed some reservations about re-visiting my songs – especially dealing with the production choices that I’ve lived with over the years. To tell you the truth, …

Doing the EP Thing

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Personal

I’m finally going to do it. I’m going to self-produce, self-record and self-mix an EP of my music. … At least that’s what I’m telling myself. After seeing friends and clients go through the process over the past few years, I’ve found myself digging into the vault of “finished” and W.I.P. music and getting visions of releasing it – officially. …

“Mastering” your Film Score Cues? Please Don’t

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Music/Audio, Opinions, Ramblings

Every now and again, I come across posts by aspiring film composers asking about “mastering” their cues: “What should I use in my mastering processing chain?” “How much compression and limiting should I use?” “What do people normalize their tracks to?” Please, just … don’t. Unless you are delivering your music to a production library or for release as a …

Music Streaming vs Radio Royalties – Numbers on a Napkin

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Okay, it’s perhaps unpopular at the moment, but I’ll say it right up front: Apples-to-Apples, on a per listener basis, streaming pays songwriters much better than traditional broadcast royalties.  Even the suggestion of discussing music streaming with a bunch of songwriters and musicians is a good way to polarize a group. In the grand scheme of things – music industry-wise – …

The Pono Pretense

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FWIW, I have nothing against Neil Young nor do I dislike high-quality audio. Quite the contrary. I’d never classify myself as a “fan” of Neil. I could take or leave his music – perhaps blasphemous to other Canadians out there, but, it is how it is. I’ve long given up paying attention to the opinions of artists. They may have …

A432 Tuning – Bullpoop or Other?

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Someone called me an “Audio Mythbuster” a long time ago. Especially when dealing with audio “folklore”, I’ve never been one to accept statements that are purporting to be fact but sound more like subjective opinion. Same Page Now for those of you who haven’t heard about this, there are a number of sites and blogs out there that discuss the …

Fetch Boy!

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Cody. He’s a fantastic dog. He’s always eager to please and LOVES to fetch his ball.

Being too eager can unfortunately get him screwed up in this activity though. Try as he might, he can’t seem to resist the urge to start running to fetch the ball BEFORE I actually throw it.

couple of these incidents is usually a sign that we need to continue on the walk.

This actually got me thinking of my eager-beaver days when I was starting out in this artistic business of ours.