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The End

By ViridianLoom on December 27, 2020 8:26 pm

It's been one hell of a year.


I'm writing up this post before I've even begun work on the song for Week 52 (6 hours remaining).  I had the week off from work for the holidays, so I mostly spent this last week chilling and thinking about what I wanted the last song to be. I kind of hyped it up in my mind, it would be cool if it were the best song I wrote all year but I doubt that's what's going to happen. This final song feels like it’s the hardest to write for that reason. Whatever it ends up being, so be it, it's a means to an end at this point.


I personally didn't think that I'd make it this far, that I'd give up or something along the way, but yeah. After 52 weeks I feel like I've learned a lot. The most important thing being that I can accomplish pretty crazy feats as long as I put my mind to it. I've also learned my flaws and my strengths when it comes to composition and music production. As of a few weeks ago I've already been planning for the future, what I want to do in 2021. Even what I want to do beyond that. I'm not sure if I'll ever fully commit myself to WeeklyBeats again like I did this year but I'm sure I'll still come back to submit songs in the future years. At this point I want to focus on producing my first album, of which I'll be releasing it under the moniker "Ambiguous Dust". I've never been one for coming up with catchy names, I doubt that rolls off the tongue but it speaks to me more than any other name I've tried on before.


Now I'm trying to find the thread through all the music I write so that I can pull it all together into some kind of common theme. Then I really need to step up my game on mixing. And then deciding on album art and hiring an artist (I think I want something illustrated, I don't know). Give it a name. Release it. Figure out how to promote it. Hopefully all that results in me being proud and happy of the work I've released, or maybe I'll just be disappointed. Don't know, dealing with mental fatigue just thinking about it. I also need to put together a portfolio of music and make myself known to indie game developers, maybe I could compose music for someone, I'd love that.



Congratulations to all who completed the challenge. For those who didn't, I still think it's cool that you've participated. A lot of you are fantastic musicians and I genuinely feel inspired by your work. I'd love to keep in touch with you guys go forward, either through this community or outside of it.



Epilogue:
(lol)


As for what else my future holds outside of music, I think this year I'm going to go to a coding bootcamp and learn programming. I think it’s the kind of work that suits me and I don't know, it pays well. I'm not looking to rake in tons of cash and hoard it, I just want the comfort of being able to save for stuff important to me and my family. I'd be cool to travel to other countries someday, right now it'd break the bank.


Also, fuck social media. I'm done with it. I've been addicted to it for a while. I think because I'm introverted and pretty isolated so I always got this satisfying high from seeing a notification, and then those news feed algorithms just play on the part of your brain that wants to mindlessly scroll through the page for the next hit of dopamine. It's depressed me a lot. I wrote a song about it this year but I thought if I said it was about that it would have been lame so I didn't mention it. If you're reading this now and you're curious which song, it was "Some Great Distance".


I deleted twitter because it’s a cesspool of vitriol but I'm keeping my Facebook account, with the caveat that I've unfollowed everyone (still friends though) so that my news feed is essentially disabled, making it pointless to visit on a daily basis. The bullshit thing about Facebook is that everyone uses it, so it's still a great tool for connecting with others. A friend of mine got a ton of notable musicians to collaborate on an album of his simply because he reached out to them through social media. So I can never really get rid of it completely.


So I figure a good place to divert that attention to would be reading. I've never been much of a reader but I still have a bookshelf full of books that always sounded interesting to me. So I'm going to start reading those. I'm also going to get my new house in order, I moved in back in May and it still hasn’t really been organized. I want to build a new desk, one with a sliding tray for a midi controller and the like. I'm also working on a new album with my band Meta, if you want to check out or last release you can find  us on spotify or here's a link to the album on youtube. I wasn't on that album, it was made before I met the guys, but I'm looking forward to being on the next one. Also, here's the aforementioned friend's album that he recently released if you're into experimental avant-prog.


And thank you all for the support and encouragement along the way. For a year that was pretty awful in most regards, you guys provided some much needed positivity in my life. I hope everyone remains in good health and I hope the years to come are good to you all.


    - Nate

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December 28, 2020 12:38 am

Beautiful work on this one. It's been awesome getting to hear your sound in 2020 - you've got a real intricate and explorative style. Best wishes for the new year, and thanks for writing some of my new favorite tracks this year!

December 28, 2020 12:45 am

What a beautiful moody track to end this weekly beat year. Congratulations for making it through, I’m looking forward to that album!
It’s a great thing that the wb challenge has made you realise what your strengths and weaknesses are, I think that’s one of the best things with a consecutive project like this which makes you repeat a production procedure until your brain self reflects upon the creative process (and hopefully improves).
Read books, stay away from social media and enjoy yourself!
Take care!

December 28, 2020 1:21 am

What a beautiful piece. The guitar arpeggios are very tasty. The guitar solo is the right amount. 2020 sucked in many ways but Weekly Beats made it feel much more bearable!

December 28, 2020 2:51 pm

Congrats!

I didn't listen to everything you did this year yet but I like your tracks. You are a great guitarist. It was a fun ride. Take care.

December 28, 2020 3:25 pm

This is a truely melancholic tune and somehow it gives me a hopeful mood. The way you play your instruments is very talented and sounds professional. So I think it is a good idea to release your music. Good luck and stay healthy and happy.

December 31, 2020 5:43 am

A good song for endings. Nice guitar playing! I've only heard a few of your tracks, but congrats on a year of WB. It sure is fun and helps us grow through community and inspiration, deadlines and goals. I enjoyed your thoughtful write up above. I hear you about social media. I have just recently started to share music more on socials, kind of necessary evil, but tricking to balance for sure. All the best for 2021!

January 1, 2021 12:17 pm

In 52 weeks, there probably won't be a singular best song, merely a list of great songs; this is definitely one of those.

Good luck with next year. If you ever need to find some people, the discord is easy enough to find, but in the meantime we should all follow your example and clean up our lives.

Happy New Year.

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