muted tones

december 03

this entry is from december 03. click here for more information about the curator, and to hear the finished work.


november 28th, 2003

I finished the track over the course of the past couple evenings and mixed it and everything today. It turned out a lot different than I thought it would in the beginning, but I’m really happy with it overall. My entry below (November 25th) explains a lot of the inspiration behind it, but there are some other things that I thought I’d detail a little more.

First off, I want to thank Josh @ mutedtones for giving me the chance to create a piece for the project. It’s a super cool idea and I’m happy to be a part of it. I only hope that what I’ve contributed is interesting…

Secondly, the whole project was a great experience for me overall. I tinker around working on music a lot (both on my own and part of the group Marianas), but rarely seem to actually finish anything. Having a timeline was helpful for me, and it’s something I’m going to do in the future. I need to give myself deadlines and at least try to stick to them.

I know I mentioned in my earlier entry below that it was going to be a headphone track, and after listening to the mixed-down version on several sets of headphones and speakers (including a small set connected to my computer), I want to reiterate that statement. It still worked and sounded like I wanted it to on the small speakers, but definitely gives more of the experience I was intending when listened to on either larger speakers (with some bass response) or headphones.

Lastly, I know that some people will wonder why I used a field recording of a thunderstorm to start the track when it’s supposed to be a winter-esque sound. One of the reasons I did this was because the night the temperature really changed here (where I live), we had a thunderstorm and a lot of rain and it was on my mind when I started working on the track. The other reason I used it is because I simply thought it sounded cool. Heh.

Anyway, I hope the above doesn’t sound too pretentious. If you’ve read through all this, I thank you and hope you enjoy the track.

I always welcome comments, good or bad…


Paula Spurr [ web site ]

december 03rd, 2003

Aaron, what a great piece! The whistling was perfect...and I like thunderstorms, too.

On a completely unrelated note, I spent a summer in Lincoln, Nebraska, selling books door to door in 1985. In a city of Cornhuskers, it's good to know that great and creative minds ARE at work. Good on ya'!!

Aaron Grauer [ web site ]

december 03rd, 2003

Aaron, nice job. I'm proud of you. The beginning is killer. The ending is disturbing and the whistling is spot on. The middle bit could use some variance though. Overall top notch.

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