How I assembled a recent project for a client video, from rough project brief and an audio peg to final product.
Back in 2010, I joined a month-long music challenge: to produce and record an album within the 28 days of February. The result was my third full-length album, Experimentum Crucis, which I am mighty proud of. I’ve decided to join the fray again this year and align myself with other crazed musicians squeezing their creativity out in a month of quick decisions and quick edits that we call the RPM Challenge 2013.
Someone ought to make a song title generator just for electronic music tracks. But no one did. So I went and made my own.
I just released an intrumental downtempo album from my electronic duo CLONE, which was recorded in 2004 and lost in the archives till now. The album is entitled CLONE – Live at Brazil Brazil (qd-4261). Download it for free!
So here finally, is my first music video. This is a track named “Midnight Monologue” which wound up becoming the title track from my 2007 E.P. entitled “Logue” (download it for free from QED RECORDS). It’s a little bit melancholic and a little bit poetic. But here, drama is king.
In the past few months, whenever I’ve been able to grab a few minutes, I’ve worked on some Filipino songs for Acid42. Things I’ve realized: composing lyrics and music in Filipino is pure gut feel. You create using your gut and the end result usually comes out strangely honest. You can’t hide behind fancy twists of phrase. Or at least, I can’t. And because I haven’t written in Filipino in years, it felt strange at first. But afterwards, it just started flowing more naturally than ever.
It’s a 30-minute short film about a family coming together to take care of their dying father in a hospital. And I was asked to make music that was minimalist and not overly gushy. I think I did a pretty good job at it, and the story is, in itself, a touching tale of family forgiveness.
I have always loved classical music created with the Mass format in mind. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart had magnificent works which followed the Mass proper in Latin: Introit, Kyrie, Gloria, Alleluia, Agnus Dei, etc. And this intrigued me as a composer of liturgical music, and now, as a producer of electronic music.
So why not a mixture of these things: the sung sections of the Mass, electronic music, and theater? I came up with this idea sometime in 1998: to stage a theater production in the same vein. And to call it the Electronic Mass of Light in G-Major.
Anyway, checking my project logs, I realize I took the project on last June 15, 2003. And after numerous setbacks and delays in recording skeds, plus extreme lethargy and procrastination, i only submitted the tracks to her today. I produced 3 tracks: 2 spoken word over IDM type beats and 1 actual song which will be credited to Clone featuring Ria Mariano. That song “Moon in the Room” will be in the next CLONE album, (I got Nerisa’s go signal), as well as the “Harmonic Fire” tune I have yet to sequence. The nicest surprise is: I never expected to be paid for the project. I took it on knowing it was an independent, low-budget indie project. And finding out that I would be paid was the best part!