All thirteen demo tracks for the upcoming release – Make Music – have been posted to the A Rising Force SoundCloud Page. Included with this release are all of the original recordings and work-in-progress demoes that were done throughout the recording process. Each track is dated to give an idea of how the songs came together over time. Some tracks were written in a very short span of a few weeks, while others developed over many years. I’ve included written commentary for each track that discusses the differences from the previous takes and the goals for that particular version.
In addition to the content that has be posted to SoundCloud, I’ve also updated the A Rising Force website with production notes and music plugins:
With the release of the complete Make Music demo tracks, I’ve finished posting all of the back log of music that I’ve created during the production of Make Music. From here on out, the focus will be on releasing the songs in a commercially available release format via iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify, and other leading music distribution services.
There is much more to come later this week – big news regarding the first official release. Stay tuned!
I’ve posted the first of many updates to the production notes section of the site. Tonight, I added the recording history for Opener – which includes two demo tracks.
In choosing the best way to share the music, I researched a couple different options: SoundCloud and Mixcloud. I decided to go with SoundCloud because it had upfront pricing and gave me a free plan to build off. It also had a great plugin for WordPress that let me integrate it very easily into the existing pages on the site.
Now that I’ve picked a platform for sharing my music, I can start updating the recording history section on the production notes pages that are already online (Opener, Tour, Bright Eyed, Anyway, Pickmeup). I also plan on posting a track review video where I discuss the songwriting and recording process for each song on the album Make Music.
Welcome to the new and improved A Rising Force website. I’ve decided to move to WordPress for the management of the site. There are a few reasons that I’ve decided to do this:
Easy Updates - because I come from a background in computers, I have a tendency to think big when it comes to online projects. That usually means building the entire guts of the website from scratch. This leads to a lot of recreating the wheel, so I’ve decided to take advantage of already built and frequently updated technology in order to focus more on the music.
Sharing - I’ve decided that I want to share as much of what I’m doing as possible so that other people can copy the model for themselves. In order to do this, I need to have a platform that everyone can use.
Better - the technology that is behind WordPress is quite honestly far better than anything I could put together in my free time. It would be foolish not to take advantage of it.
The focus at this point is still on finishing the music; however I do plan on making some updates to the site and adding features throughout the recording process.