Post by christopher on Oct 10, 2018 0:41:26 GMT -6
I have a story for you. I went on my walk tonight to the store and that's when I get to listen to music. I realize that I love music outside after dark, and it was pretty windy tonight, much like the night of the Santa Rosa fires a year ago today. There's lots of time to reflect along my walk, and I remembered to listen to these tracks on Spotify.
So it took a few minutes of ads then wrong album, then skipping songs until I see the picture and the song "we will never know" comes on. Ok good, it starts playing and I look up as I walk past a chevron gas station, the last well lit area for a few blocks. It sounded pretty good but not as insanely loud as other tracks so I cranked the earbuds and started to enjoy at full volume. That's when I noticed, on the sidewalk ahead of me, a deer. It was a young buck, not full size but big enough to do some serious damage. And there's quite a bit of traffic on this road, and I didn't want to spook it into the street. It must have noticed me right away because it took up onto a lawn to the right of the sidewalk. I stopped for a moment and turned on my phone's flashlight, and waved it at traffic behind me hoping they would at least keep their eyes open. They didn't slow down at all. 'oh well' I thought and I then proceeded on my route, waving my phone's light while I walked.
As I got closer I could see clearly he a was buck, his antlers looked sharp with multiple points. He stood eye to eye with me, close to 6 foot tall, and I felt a slight bit of fear in myself as I wondered how it might feel to battle with a wild animal this big. I started to imagine those antlers ripping into my flesh, and wondered if I should be worried? He stepped over behind a mailbox and froze, looking directly at me as I approached closer and closer down the sidewalk. At my closest I was about 12 feet away. I looked out the corner of my eyes and could see his body was tense, breathing with a sense of caution and uneasy energy. He was ready to bolt in a flash if he felt I was threat. His body was quite large and could mow me down if he wanted. I too felt the same kind of adrenaline he must have felt. But as I looked at him, I could now see straight into his eyes, his ears facing me and those antlers perfect and majestic like a crown of a prince. And I felt a sense of magic, wonder and deep spirituality overcome me, to see a truly wild animal this close was pretty amazing! The wind was blowing autumn leaves, the moon and light from passing cars reflected in his eyes and head, I was in quite a beautiful scene.
I walked past him acting like nothing was unusual and it worked. He didn't run into traffic. And as I got further and further away, I could feel myself start to relax. I started to wonder why that was so incredibly magical? I see deer in these areas quite a bit, but I'm never that close. That's when I realized that the song was the perfect soundtrack to what I experienced. When I was looking into the deer's eyes, that gorgeous strange song was blasting my ears full volume. I don't think other artist's songs would have made it as magical a moment. I thought you should know.
Post by christopher on Oct 10, 2018 11:11:53 GMT -6
Oh, and you asked for tips. I listened to quite a few of the tracks, I'd say half of them were solid sounding as good as any pro. The others if I had to nitpick, I think some very very very slight EQ and/or fader moves like 1/4-1/2 dB ,give and take, between tracks would probably help to give a little more contrast? Don't overdo it, because it sounds done already. Everything is super balanced and even, so I think that might make the mids feel a little cluttered at times? I'd personally just deal with it in mastering though if possible. Its tough to tell over streaming what exactly the real track is like. Either way, its a well done project and should seriously be worth sending a song or two and try out the best mastering engineers you can afford. The loudness isn't super loud, which I appreciate and helps with the details, but I think the best mastering guys can add a little more loudness without losing detail at same time give a little extra color, help with contrast without having to touch up the mix? Really interesting bass lines throughout this thing, very entertaining.
Goodness, Christopher. That's intense. I'm glad we got to play a part in that experience. Haha. Thanks for the tips! I definitely learned a lot from this album, and I hope to keep doing better for the next project!