Is there interest for a music production challenge?
I've been wanting to have a fun group of people who are all spending a concise amount of time like one month to produce something proper out of all these songs we write in the rest of these challenges.
Q: How it would be different from rpmchallenge.com?
A: I don't like the idea that you have to produce a giant load of music like 10 songs! I would rather even keep the amount low, such as 1 to 4 songs, and concentrate on really getting the most quality out of them.
Q: What then would be the challenge?
A: You have to post a version of your music every week. So, if you are working on 4 songs, you have to post an updated version of all 4 tracks every week. That is 5 different version total, so 20 files.
Q: What's the point in that?
A: Production is an iterative process. You listen to what you have, write down issues, work them out, take a break, rinse, repeat. If you post the tracks every week, that gives others a chance to hear them and make suggestions based on what your goals are.
Q: FAWM and 50/90 aren't about critiquing others' work. . .
A1: Don't think of them as critique, but rather suggestions. Something to try out.
A2: Songwriting is very personal and there's not really any wrong answers. Production is a different beast. If something is muffled, or doesn't sound similar to thing in the reference track, there's a fix for that.
A3: It's sometimes hard to hear what the fix could be. Different perspective is a lot more valuable than in songwriting.
Q: Why not make it 4 songs for everybody?
A: A restriction is important for a challenge. But here I feel the more important restriction is making participants to work on the music and post different versions every week. That alone is hard enough. Personally, I wouldn't work on more than 4 tracks if I only had a month. So, think of it as an EP production challenge.
Q: Why May?
A: March is too soon after FAWM. You don't have to use the same year's FAWM tracks, but I probably would often do that. I need time to get some distance to the music to give them more critical thought.
Q: Why just one month?
A: That's good for me, because I lose interest and get overwhelmed if I have to spread work over a longer period of time. I can really get down to business and keep the momentum going for one month. That's ok. Anything more is too much. Anything less just isn't enough time for me to get anything proper started.
Q: Where and how?
A: Perhaps at first just here on the forums, if that's ok for the admins, and just using soundcloud or something similar.
How I would do a month of production?
Four tracks isn't insane, so first, maybe a week or so of. . .
- taking notes
- coming up with improvements
- changing strings/heads/etc for the instruments
- re-recording bad stuff and additional stuff as needed
After that I would start the mixing and most likely try to do little improvements every day.
My schedule would be something like. . .
- 7 days of prep
- 21 days of mixing
- 3 days of mastering
If you're required to post a version of every song every week, then you get
- version 1 that is just unmixed with all the stuff there
- v2 mixed
- v3 mixed
- v4 mixed
- and probably at the end v5 mastered
I would be interested in hearing how people's tracks evolve, the difference between unmixed and v4, and difference between final mix and mastered!
Let me know what you think about this. Would you participate? Anything you would change?