My Master(ing) Plan

3484573e19cbd1329f10e60232617b4cFirst the exciting news: My second all experimental album, Patterns in the Storm Vol. II, is now done!

It may be a while, however, until I’m finally ready to share it with all of you. You see, while it may be done it’s not really DONE, done. It still needs to be mastered. If you don’t understand what mastering is, that’s ok, a lot of musicians don’t understand it either. And for the longest time that included me. (here’s a link for the curious) My latest release may be notable for several reasons, not the least of which is that it’s the first thing I’ve put out that I’ve mastered myself. It’s an awesome accomplishment with regards to artistic independence, but there is a certain common wisdom in the business that says artists shouldn’t master their own material. I’ve decided I can circumvent this by waiting, after being done with the final mix, and then coming back to it again later with fresh ears. I wrote about this idea here too. Exactly how long, I’m still not sure. At this point I’m thinking 3 to 6 months seems about right.

So then that begs the next question: What am I going to do with myself during that time? And that’s a good question. I don’t know yet. I do have several new songs in the works. I also have yet another experimental, yet a little different, album that kind of happened from the sessions I recorded for this one (more on that later). I also have a lot of gear and software that is going painfully underutilized, so I may just have to take some time messing around. Ideally, what I’m aiming for is a consistent process where I work on one thing and get it done up to the point of mastering it, and then put it down to work on something else. Kind of maintaining a leap frog pattern to stick with. (thus the picture with this post)

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