I feel like I’m just going to post on here when I have something to say. That’s a decent amount of time mind you, but my old post 2 times a week on specific days plan wasn’t working for me the last few months of 2017. However, for now at least, it seems like posting when I have something to say, and telling myself post 2 to 3 times a week works, so that’s how I’m going to run this blog for the time being. We’ll see how it goes! But anyway, onto the post~
I’ve been working on a project that stumbled into my sights a few weeks ago. When reviewing all of the tracks set for one album release, there was one that just wasn’t meshing with the rest of them. After having a few trusted people listen to the track listing, we decided to pull one of the tracks in question off, and leave the other track in question on the first album. So having just one track floating around my harddrive with no album to call it’s home, I decided to make an ambient album of tracks to fit that track on, and have another EP to release later in the year.
Didn’t realize how much of a learning experience this would be!
I tried so many arrangements of different tracks, and hated them all. Yesterday, I just went “Forget it, maybe doing this album isnt’ for me” but then I got a message from a friend who I had told about the album, and they said they were super excited for it. It’s going to be full of ambient Final Fantasy tracks, so they mentioned the dungeon/cave themes of the franchise, and we started talking about them. That’s when it hit me.
I had been trying to do world map and town themes, but for ambient tracks, I’ve only gotten 1 world map theme from a game to work. The rest of the things I’ve been recording and trying to mix I really disliked, and that’s why I just felt discouraged and burnt out from even wanting to continue the project. That, and I had self imposed a deadline on myself to have it all done by the 15th of this month, so that didn’t help matters. But talking about that music, made me completely change my outlook on how to deal with this album, and dealing with the burn out made me realize I needed to take a step back from this beast, re-evaluate the tracks I wanted to arrange, and not be afraid to scrap anything I’ve done on this project so far. Doing that, and taking a breather to work on the new Let’s Play series I’m posting on my channel (side note: it’s going well) gave my brain the creative space and time to destress and re-establish my goals for this album.
I also realized, the sort of ambient music I was trying to do with these themes was a bit more structured then it had to be. So I’ve been taking my break time from working to listen to ambient music, watch tutorials on how to make ambient music, and just educate myself in general about the genre of music I’ve been wanting to create for this EP. I know it sounds silly, but I always thought the style I did when I added no lyrics was ambient, but boy was I wrong! There’s so much more to making ambient music then I ever imagined, and I’ve been enjoying learning. I can’t wait to take what I learned and apply it to the new tracks I want to record for the EP.
I picked new tracks to do also, all tracks that could fit the ambient style. I’ve written out detailed outlines on how to do each track I picked, and I feel a lot more secure in going to record those, then vocals, and having them for the EP. Another thing that sounds like a no brainer, but when you get excited to do something, you want to jump into it.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, stopping a project you’re hitting your head against the wall with is always a good thing. It’s something I think creatives think to do until it’s time to do it, but it’s important to know your creative limits, and when you need to take a step back and work on something else for a while. I actually got a comment on a video for a request to cover another Inuyasha song, so I may do that for a while musically and then be working on my Let’s play videos as a de-stresser, because I surprisingly enjoy recording those a lot more than I expected. But more of that in another post.
Setting an arbitrary deadline to get these done didn’t really work for me. I told myself I wanted to have an album out for the release of the new Final Fantasy game this month, but honestly that’s just too much pressure, and I want to release this thing right. Final Fantasy is timeless, so coming out with an album of music whenever should be fine, and getting all the tracks done, then marketing the EP to the best of my ability sounds way more appealing than it has to be out asap! But once again, something I wouldn’t have thought of without taking a break from the project.
Don’t be afraid to replan something if it isnt’ working. Don’t think you’re a failure because one way of doing something didn’t work out. If you find yourself having too many problems doing something one way, find another way to do it! And if you just are so fed up with a project, but know you want to finish it, take a breather for a few days, destress and re-evaluate how to tackle said project, it’ll do yu wonders!