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February is upon us

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Well, February is here already, and I completely forgot about February Album Writing Month (FAWM). I had been planning to do it, but I just completely forgot, and now I don’t feel ready at all.

I don’t really want to just start writing without having any idea of what direction I should take. Last year, my album, “Elements” was a pseudo-concept album where each song was inspired by an element from the period table. It’s all instrumental, so there are no lyrics tying anything to that concept, but it gave me a good framework in which to work, and a thread tying things together.

If I’m going to do FAWM this year, I would like to have something like that to give me something to work toward. It wouldn’t have to be a concept album per se, it could be a methodology, or an overarching theme. I really dropped the ball by not figuring this out sooner.

I have some ideas, some new, some left over from last year, such as:

  • Soundtrack for a non-existent movie
  • Soundtrack for an existent movie
  • Soundtrack for a video game
  • Write the album continuously and in order, from start to finish
  • Do an ambient album
  • Do an album with a lot of vocals/lyrics — something I haven’t done very much
  • Try to use more songlike structures (verse, chorus, etc.)
  • Have each track centered around a certain instrument (violin, guitar, mandolin, weird gourd thing, kazoo, harmonica, etc.) — the main problem here is that I don’t really play most of those instruments.
  • Do lots of violin-based pieces, possibly processed violin.
  • Minimalism

I know there are other ideas I’m leaving out. I’m really not sold on any of these, although they all appeal to me on some level. Any ideas or commentary would be very much appreciated.

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