My First Recording...Spinning Daydream

Ok, here it first recording draft.  Let me tell you, my respect for audio engineers exploded while trying to make this ditty sound decent...and it still needs a lot of help.  Maybe bloggers should just stick to blogging?

In any case, here's the latest version -- beware of the pain.  I would love feedback of all kinds, both good and bad.  Listen at your own risk:

DreamSpin:  "Spinning Daydream"     MP3  (a 192 kps version)

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Keep 'em coming!

And dude, you're a musician first, a blogger second.

Hey, thanks for reminding me. :) But yup, I'm hoping to record tracks with increasing frequency. (How the heck does Jonathan Coulton do one a week?)


That was excellent. I'm real impressed.

Thanks George, and thanks for listening!


man, i wish that my first demo sounded this good, haha. Seriously, You had to of gotten some help.

Heh, thanks Matt, I appreciate the compliment. :)

It depends on what you mean by 'help.' I played all the instruments (a few were synth modules in Reason) and sang all the vocals, and mixed and 'mastered' (if you can call it that) the song.

But, as this was my first track, I did a TON of reading online and in books, and also seeked software advice from the forums. Further, I bounced an earlier draft off a couple friends, and asked my poor wife for feedback frequently.

So yup, I definitely had help in the form of "how to" advice and feedback. But otherwise, everything was done on my home computer.

A lot of people asked what gear I used; I think I'll post a list. After that, for kicks, I'll post a consolidated list of the feedback I've received (though that migh tbe a little too

Anyway, again, thanks for the feedback, Matt!!

For a first (or second, or twelfth, or...) demo, that's pretty friggin' good man. Nice work, my friend, nice work.

Jay, thanks so much for your compliment, I really appreciate it. It is my first demo, but truly, I spent a ton of time on it. Hopefully, my next track won't take quite as long to record..!

It was worth the wait! While I miss the drum loops I've found other things to love!

Really...nice work. The guitars sound great.

Now onto the next one!


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Mike, that rocked! I thought the song was beautiful, and I especially loved the high notes you hit in the song. You are very talented - keep at it!
Can't wait to hear the next one!

Great song. I really enjoyed it. I have to are really good!! Great job.

Hey man, this is really good. I really like your sound! Keep those tracks coming!

Wicked song dude. Wonderfully written and scored. I just wanted to give some feedback about the guitar. When you have nothing else underneath it (for most of the song, before you hit what I would call the "breakdown", although I'm sure that's not the technical name for it) I would like a little more reverb on the guitar. You did a wonderful job of deadening your recording space, but the guitar sounds like your playing nowhere. A tiny bit more reverb would hold onto the the awesome feeling of being right next to you while you play, but not leave the song so empty, and so "not in any room at all".

Your song it was listened in BRAZIL (South America)

I was searching on a software and without wanting I open your site, then I listened your song and liked very much!
I am Producer here in the Brazil and consider its well done music for who made everything alone with house structure (Home Studio / home recording) you obtained quality like professional studio! Still I say more, its song can be sonorous track of some movie.
Excellent music! I am anxious to hear the next song! It forgives if some words are missed or out of order, I am Brazilian and my English is not fluent, I used programs to help to translate the text.
Give me your contact, for we can speak.
Well, keep walking and you will have success inside the music! (maybe show business...)
Take care,


Eu estava pesquisando sobre um software e sem querer abri seu site, logo escutei sua musica e gostei muito!
Sou produtor aqui no Brasil e considero sua música muito bem feita para quem fez tudo isso sozinho e com estrutura caseira (Home Studio) você conseguiu qualidade de estúdio profissional! Ainda dou um palpite, sua musica poderá ser trilha sonora de algum filme.
Ótima música! Estou ansioso para ouvir a próxima!
Desculpe se algumas palavras estão erradas ou fora de ordem, sou brasileiro e ainda não falo inglês fluente, usei programas de tradução para ajudar a traduzir o texto.
Continue neste caminho que você terá sucesso dentro da musica! (talvez show business...)
Um abraço,


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