Capturing a Mood in our Music

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Music evokes moods, feelings and emotions that are often not commonly experienced in our daily lives. What I mean is that we can reach out for music when we want to experience beauty, deep calmness, inspiration, mystery, excitement or other feeling states.

I know that we can experience these without music, but music is a real catalyst for influencing how we feel.

How does music create emotion? That is such a mystery to me. And they don’t seem to be just ordinary emotions either, but something a lot higher.

This track below that I worked on has a distinct mood and atmosphere. Conjures up a few images for me…Driving down a highway at night, someone packing up and leaving their old life behind to start anew. There are almost no cars on the road, it’s clear driving. There’s calmness and certainty.

Song: You Love the Crooked Path, Don’t You?

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This is a sketch of a potential full song. All tracks were laid down quickly. I’d like to develop it more at a later date.

What would I change or add? I would definitely create more variation in the percussion track, tighten up the bass line which is a little sloppy, and tweak some of the lead guitar. Maybe even *gasp* plan out what I’m going to play a bit more, instead of just winging it.

The track is atmospheric and it felt great to record a full-sounding track with bass, percussion and synth, as opposed to just a couple of guitar tracks. Having those other instruments in the mix really helped to get right inside the mood and inspire different guitar sounds. This feels like more of a real song than most of the other tracks I’ve recorded so far on this site.

I started with the percussion loop, and then by playing the pad (synth) chords. Next came the bass line which was played on my keyboard, and then lastly, I recorded the lead guitar.

The digital instruments, loops and guitar were all recorded using Apple Logic Pro. Great loops, amazing digital instruments (especially the pianos), but it’s a confusing mess of an interface for me. It has too many options and is not intuitive to use. I prefer Ableton Live for its clean, simple interface and I will continue to use Live for future recordings. It’s a great sketch pad for easily recording song ideas.

I think Logic Pro is more for sound engineers who don’t mind spending hours and hours tweaking parameters. I dunno…maybe I just need to read the manual or something.

Nacho del Sol

I'm Nigel. A wandering minstrel at heart. Playing for other wandering souls. Love full sun. Been known to indulge in sonic experiments. If I ever fake my own death, I will flee to Costa Rica and re-name myself Nacho del Sol. I will travel only by donkey and befriend all the locals.

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