Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ghostwriting Groupie: I Want My NPD (or why I always have a song stuck in my head)

I apologize for getting off the every Thursday track. I started working again and well, you know how that goes sometimes. Who cares about the internet when your bed has comfy pillows!

Amazingly somehow over the course of the last two weeks, Mr. Enpde has managed to finish a bunch of tracks for your listening approval. You can check them out at enpde.com. No download necessary if you listen through the Reverb playa.

You know what happens now? If you give a musician a completed track, he's gonna want a video.

This is how and why (partly) I always have tunes running through my head. First, while they are being produced I hear them. I hear every snippet, every edit, every change, every incessant editing of the same ten seconds of music. Sometimes, by the time there is a finished product, I don't even recognize it as a NEW track.

Then, there's the road test (aka an excuse to drive around town late at night with the stereo cranked.)

So, if you throw in a video. Whew! The "I Want my NPD" video, hmm, I don't remember how long it took me to do. Four or five hours, maybe longer when you factor in finding the public domain material in the first place. I think this particular piece had an actual run time closer to 30 minutes, so it had to be crunched down to five minutes and forty one seconds. Matched up, edited, cut, re-edited, re-cut, scrapped completely, start over, cut, splice, flair, flair, replay, replay, work feverishly on the same damn ten seconds because the transition is crucial, coffee, obsessive focus, dereliction of duties, cut, cut, transition, effect, voila! done.

So that my friends is why I always have a song stuck in my head. Want to give it a try? You can post your results to the Enpde channel on You Tube if you want. Strictly a love offering, for the love of music, for the love of video.

That's all for now <3GG

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