- MFC Entry
For the MFC, I picked one of my favorite entries from a previous MFC: "Hold On", covered by 256 & misslake.
I worked on figuring out an arrangement for a while, but I couldn't find anything that I liked. Finally, on Saturday, I went out and bought Tom Waits' "Mule Variations", and listened to the original.
I liked the original so much, I went for something with that flavor. I experimented with using the bass for the rhythm, but I finally ended up using a djembe (making this my first-ever solo recording using physical percussion). Then I recorded a scratch track with me singing and playing guitar over that. Next I used the scratch track as a reference to lay down the bass track.
And then I spent way too much time trying to get the vocals to sound marginally passable. Eventually, I had a take with the first three verses sounding good, so I did a last take of just the last verse.
The guitar was thrown in an the last minute in a single take.
Then I exported to MP3, uploaded it, and went to bed.
I should have listened to the MP3. The mix is terrible, at least on my headphones at work. The djembe just sounds like clicking, and the guitar is too loud on only on one channel. I really need to get a second microphone, so I don't have to stereo-ify tracks by hand.
Anyway, the track is out there. Somewhere.
- Teh Jorb
I am in my two-weeks-notice period at $CURRENT_JOB, and will start $NEW_JOB soonish. $NEW_JOB is an upgrade over $CURRENT_JOB in every way, except for commute time. I won't be able to bike to work anymore. (Not that I have biked since November, but the weather has started to be a bit less insane lately, so I could.)
One nice perk is that they'll issue me a new laptop. This will hopefully be a step up from my current work-issued laptop, which has a touchy punch card reader, a line printer that jams easily, and some questionable vacuum tubes that really should be replaced. Since $NEW_JOB is at a company that was founded sometime after the Eisenhower administration, it seems likely that their machines will be a bit more up-to-date than that.
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