(Please note: you are welcome to download this album for free - just enter "0" as the price when asked. However, if you feel you would like to contribute something for it, be assured that I will put it towards making a "proper" album as soon as I can!)
This album collects together the fourteen demos of songs and instrumentals, which I composed and recorded "from scratch" between 1-28 February 2014, for the February Album Writing Month (FAWM) challenge. On average, this activity called upon me to compose, record, mix and post online, a new song every 48 hours... with everything that entails. Whilst perhaps I could not call every item here an unqualified masterpiece, I am pretty proud of this collection, and there are songs in the line-up that I feel sure I will be returning to in the future.
Without going into excessive depth on the technicalities, I recorded and mixed these demos entirely on an iPhone and iPad, using the Multitrack DAW, Garageband and AudioShare apps for the actual recording, as well as a range of other instrument and audio-processing apps. An external computer was used only for minor editing of the mastered tracks.
The tracks are presented here in the order and state in which I recorded them during the FAWM challenge period. No further overdubbing or remixing has been undertaken on the demos, although they have all been processed through a remastering application, in an effort to minimise differences in equalisation, levels and so on. Due to the recording environment and equipment used, these recordings may vary a little in quality; however, I hope that the excitement and inspiration of the FAWM challenge will come through regardless.
I hope you enjoy this album as much as I enjoyed scrambling to write it all!
released March 4, 2014
TA Walker: all guitars, vocals, guitalele, touch synths, sequence and rhythm programming, percussion
Recorded and mixed on iPhone and iPad by TA Walker at various locations, on the Sidingsound Mobile between 1-28 February 2014
Recording and sequencing: Multitrack DAW, Garageband, AudioShare, FunkBox, Polychord Mini
MIDI controllers: Chordion, SoundPrism Pro
Softsynths and other instruments: Garageband, Chordion, Galileo Organ, Animoog
Audio processing: JamUp Pro XT, Audio Mastering, Samvada
Cover photos: Tim (layout produced with VinylizeMe app (vinylize.me/)
Thanks to my fellow FAWM-ers, friends, listeners and you
For Joy and Naomi xx