Music · NaSoAlMo · Recording · Songwriting

NaSoAlMo 2015 is go!

A quick-ish note to say: the website of National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo) has just been refreshed, ready for the 2015 challenge… and I’m on there!

Longer-term readers may recall that I took the NaSoAlMo challenge—basically, to (a) write and (b) record a minimum 29-minute-long album of original material, entirely within the month of November—this time last year (2014). I adopted the band-pseudonym The Pattern Store, and the output was the album “Moquettes”, which originated two songs (“Hold You Back” and “Golden Age”) that I re-recorded for “Book Of Small Hours”.

For the 2015 “challenge”, this time I am entering under my own name. I am not entirely certain how it will turn out, but my planned approach is to record the songs relatively simply—one or two guitar parts, vocal(s) and only minimal other instrumentation (beats, synth, etc.)—and possibly keep them that way.

For the technically-minded: I plan to make the NaSoAlMo 2015 sessions the first that I have recorded at home, entirely at 24-bit quality. Until now, for various reasons, I have recorded in 16-bit; moving to 24-bits should result in higher sound quality, perhaps more importantly for anyone in the future wanting to remix the material.

Finally: I haven’t decided yet what name the prospective album will receive, though I have a few candidates in mind…

NaSoAlMo kicks off this Sunday (1st November 2015), so if you’d like to keep up with how I’m faring, you can “like” my Facebook “artist” page, and/or for really up-to-the-minute news, follow my Twitter feed.

See you there 🙂

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