1st November 2016
With other assignments coming up I decided to get an internal idea down that I could come back and work on. This used the structure of the song recorded in the first week with guitar and bass edited together. I also used the past week to think about what I would like to do with my project, I decided to experiment with flex time to make the chords shorter that were cut from the original guitar track to form chord stabs.
These were then sent to a bus that had a Tape Delay that repeated the chords throughout with the use of the tape delays division and feedback. Here I feel that I became more conscious of timing of the song while editing as I realised that for the tape delay to sync properly the guitar stabs had to come in on the 1st beat of the bar to stay in time. I also found that with the current BPM of 160 it was too fast for the style of music I was heading towards, that being reggae. I with the use of flex altering the BPM also altered the recordings to match.
Ive also started to plan further into the future as I have other assignments coming up and want to spend as much time on this as I can. As of right now I want to record some extra guitar tracks and also place vocals within the song. I saw this as an opportunity to network with the other courses within the Creative Arts school at Hertfordshire Uni, I contacted Fatma from the Music Composition course who was willing to write lyrics and melody for the song. I provided her with a rough edit (below) that had an additional guitar DI for the chorus as a temporary recording to give her a idea of how the chord progression went and what direction the song was heading in. As you can hear below it is very plain and out of time in places. I plan to use the next few weeks to round off what I am doing so I can record a solid idea than booking studio time without an idea at all.