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Mlem

By Jai Cafarella on February 2, 2020 4:18 am

This is kind of a cheat week for me, busier than expected, so I created this using an old simple piano idea as a base (too old to admit). I don't really consider this a song in the traditional sense, as it's more of an exercise in furthering my familiarity with Studio One, to see what happens when I unearth old ideas I had no plans for, and to let the guitar talk while resisting the urge to add vocals.


It was an enjoyable process nonetheless, because I often have a lot of ideas in my head by the time I finally get around to recording a song, so simply loading up an old idea, giving it some form, then freely noodling over it and make something of it was pretty cool. Not having a clear plan has often contributed to my mental blocks convincing me I shouldn't try, so I guess another part of this process was to help me see a plan isn't always necessary to get started.


Cheers again to Nyarlos for the buff and polish (master) =o)

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February 3, 2020 12:40 am

So good to see you getting right into it, the effort is totally worth it. And as I said yesterday, harmonized guitars for the win

February 6, 2020 9:24 am

The intro is adorable, the guitar parts somehow makes me think of Chrono Trigger. It's definitely a great song, possibly in the traditional sense too. That's one thing WeeklyBeats'll put you through, you're never going to be the worst or the best in a week because someone, somewhere, will like what you're doing.

Also, improv is hard, not just to do, but to agree with one's own results, I can only say you did well here layering the guitar.

February 9, 2020 12:50 pm

Great work Jai, it's excellent seeing you really commit to this.

February 20, 2020 2:53 am
Nyarlos wrote:

So good to see you getting right into it, the effort is totally worth it. And as I said yesterday, harmonized guitars for the win

Yeah, it really is. Having the weekly goal, even when I feel short of time and/or unmotivated, it feels good having at least stuck to the deadlines so far =o)  And yeah, guit-harmonize is the shiz! =oD


Devieus wrote:

The intro is adorable, the guitar parts somehow makes me think of Chrono Trigger. It's definitely a great song, possibly in the traditional sense too. That's one thing WeeklyBeats'll put you through, you're never going to be the worst or the best in a week because someone, somewhere, will like what you're doing.

Also, improv is hard, not just to do, but to agree with one's own results, I can only say you did well here layering the guitar.

Thank you, it's interesting you mention ChronoTrigger, I luuuuuurve that game, spent forever on it back in the day! Whether I subconsciously 'went there' for this track or not may remain a mystery, but the original piano MIDI file I used as a starting point is timestamped 1999, so it is quite possible there may have been at least a little underlying CT influence there, or possibly Secret of Mana. SNES J-RPG's were amazing! *getting all nostalgic*

I'm glad you enjoyed this, as I was pretty unsure how/if it would land, because it's quite different to what I would normally do =o)


Ryan wrote:

Great work Jai, it's excellent seeing you really commit to this.

Thanks again, I'm really digging your stuff too =o)

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