In this week's blog post I'll be responding to the Q&A question requests I posted on my Instagram last Tuesday. There ain't many!
There isn't much more to say other than that new Orange Orange music is swiftly on its way and you'll be seeing it pretty soon. Be excited!
Other than that, here we go!
how do you start writing a song/album?
Generally, I do prefer beginning by writing arrangements and compositions for pieces first. After I have the structure and sounds in the places I want them to be, I would add the vocals and any other lyrics afterwards, reflecting off the arrangements I'd written. I usually boot up my DAW and start writing compositions that way, sometimes starting with chords, a melody, a beat, a random sample, ANYTHING. I really enjoy making cool arrangements and I do prefer exploring where these compositions take me. This isn't saying that I am opposed to creating a story or feeling through lyrics and letting that inform my composition. I just love creating compositions.
Sometimes, I do start with something I've written on guitar and translate that over to the DAW, which I did with Oh How You Bend, and some new songs. However, I'd much rather write songs on guitar for my other bands, which aren't production-focused but band-oriented. It's just more natural that way.
In rare cases, I like to start with an overarching idea, or concept, that I want to explore, and then later match that to a composition I've previously created, molding each of them
afterwards appropriately. For example, in Hive Mind I wanted to write about this collective hysteria on this newer platform of mass media, and especially the way it made me feel. I used that math-rock styled electronic damce composition and gradually turning it into a song strongly influenced by rock, which I felt suited the tone of Hive Mind more appropriately.
I have a new song I've been working on since 2019, where I wanted to talk about how I like the moments in life that are quite quiet. I couldn't find a composition to match until we went into lockdown in early 2020 and I moulded this very upbeat, syncopated arrangement into this calmer, restrained song with a different sound palette and different dynamics. It was quite a successful transformation and I do think it is one of my stronger songs that is yet to be released.
However, for much of the time I don't latch these overarching ideas to a piece of music, but sometimes they do influence the kinds of compositions I make, eventually.
Does that make sense?
In terms of making an album, I don't really have a set process to start writing an album. Usually I just have a bunch of songs that I've created and I want to put them out as a collection. What I do typically do with this collection of songs is search for a through-line between all of them. For the previous album, it was Shame. Once I have that through-line in place I use that to inform some pieces and I try editing pieces to further link them more closely. Everything informs everything that way.
What are the best Star Cards for my Vader tank build
I'll have to check when I get home. Probably something to buff Vader, something for long range (like the cannon on a tank) and something to deflect more easily.
With that in mind:
- FURIOUS RESILIENCE
- THERE IS NO ESCAPE
- DEFLECTION STAMINA
What is your favourite frog?
Now, THIS is a good question. I do enjoy a vast majority of frogs, so I'll have to list a few and figure out my favourite from there.
- The Frog from Frogger?
- I was watching a nature documentary on YouTube or Netflix once and I found that there is a frog that carries its partner's eggs in its mouth for 5 months before vomiting them up when it safe to do so. That's pretty cool. I can't seem to remember or find the species of frog that it was. I think it lives in South America?
- Michigan J. Frog. He's the Looney Tunes frog that can sing and dance with a cane and top hat. But only at special times! He totally pranked that guy in "One Froggy Evening".
- Kermit the Frog. Kermit is great. I actually do not watch the Muppets nor do I actually know a lot about Kermit but his voice is so malleable and frankly hilarious.
- That frog from One Piece that does the sumo wrestling is pretty neat too. Its name is Yokozuna. It has a topknot.
- Crazy Frog. I loved their work with their rendition of "We are the Champions by Queen.
- Slippy Toad, though he is a toad.
- Nicky Flippers, from Hoodwinked. I actually think he isn't that cool.
- Pepe and Dat Boi, too, I guess
- Rugor Nass from the Phantom Menace too, is he a frog?
I think Michigan J. Frog is a clear winner.
Are chickens birds?
I believe chickens are birds. They have a lot of similarities to birds, at least. I mean, why wouldn't they be? They have talons, they have beaks. They have everything birds do! They lay eggs!
Next Question >:(
Does the cat go meow?
The cat does go meow, thanks.
If you could choose one piece of furniture to use for the rest of your life what would it be
Probably a fold-out sofa. You can sleep on it, and you can sit on it to watch things. Also, guests can casually use it when they visit and it's not weird, not like a bed.
Actually, now that I think about it, a table would be pretty useful too. If it's big enough you could sleep on it, and you could sit on it to watch things as well. You can't use a fold-out sofa as a table however. That's wild. I change my answer to a large, long table thanks.
Thanks for reading! Thanks for many question about animals, and thank you to the one question relevant to music, was nice to think about!
I'll be taking a break next week because I need a break.
I'll see you in two weeks!