The Music
Transhuman Highway is the tentative title of the album I am trying to create. I am starting mostly from scratch, with a few songs I’ve written over the past couple of years.

The Arteest
Har. Har.

I’m calling myself Mustache, because I don’t want to live in a world that does not have a band named Mustache.

I don’t consider myself a particularly good musician from a technical standpoint. Guitar and bass are my native instruments and I can play any other instruments I pick up with some effort.

I cannot read music and I do not know much about music theory. I have never practiced nor studied vocalization techniques and it shows.

Also, my ear sucks and I’m not very good at recording.

Lest you perceive me full of false modesty, I will say that I’m an excellent Software Engineer.

The Blog
My intent is to document the process of writing and recording the songs for Transhuman Highway. There are several reasons for wanting to do so.

Foremost, I hope to gain some insight into my own creative process; maintain a work journal of sorts. I tend not to take notes while I’m working, so there’s the added benefit of having specific documentation for future reference in case I need to go back and undo some work I’ve done.

I also hope to provide some useful information for other novice-level home recording enthusiasts. Although I’ve been recording digitally for more than a decade, I consider myself a total noob. I’ve read books and articles and crawled the dankest audio forums on the Internet, and I still feel like I know next-to-nothing. Chances are that experts will find little in the way of tips & tricks here, though at the very least, there should be a decent “what-not-to-do” factor at play.

Lastly, and maybe the most important rationalization: incentive! Getting into the habit of regularly blogging my progress may – just may – give me the kick in the pants to get over the hump when I’m stuck or otherwise creatively tapped out. It happens. I’ll work obsessively on a project for short, fantastically productive bursts and then just give up when I hit a wall. Making the commitment to blog will hopefully serve as a contract of sorts with myself to see it through to the finish.

The Tools
I’m recording and mixing entirely in-the-box, which simply means that I am not using any sort of external hardware in my signal chain. I plug my microphones, my MIDI instruments and my direct-line instruments straight into my M-Audio Firewire 410 interface. I do it this way out of no particular philosophical bent, but only because I do not own any compressors or mixing consoles. If I had them, I’d use them, but I don’t, so I make the best of what I’ve got.

  • Windows Vista 64-bit
  • Cakewalk Sonar 8 Producer
  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3
  • Amplitube 2
  • Native Instruments Akoustik Piano
  • Native Instruments Elektrik Piano
  • Arturia Minimoog V
  • M-Tron
  • Addictive Drums
  • Superior Drums 2

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