September 20, 2016
A Brief History of "A New Life"
About the early stages of the EP
Good morning, afternoon, evening, night!
Today I would like to talk about how and why I started my first EP. The term EP stands for Extended Play, also referred to as a "mini album", usually containing between three and eight songs. I had no intentions to make one at this stage when I played around with a few melodies on July 20. Luckily, I still have the first draft from that day, which you can listen to right here and now. :D
I showed these melodies to a few people and they universally liked the third one best (which would later become Onwards and Upwards). Sadly, nobody really cared for the first one, it didn't seem energetic enough, which is why I built up Haunted by the Past to tell a different story with the panflute and strings.
The first track I then constructed was Fresh Start (without its name still). It came together pretty quickly, but getting the mixing right took some time, and several attempts. I won't bother you with those though, because the main difference to the final version is that some things were louder or quieter than they are in the final track.
The next track I worked on was Haunted by the Past, and I'll be honest with you - I cloned the project file from Fresh Start, put the other melody on it, and started working from there. It would have taken me longer if I had to construct each track from scratch, though I did make sure they each had unique elements and a slightly different feel.
This was about the time I started playing with the idea of an EP release more seriously. I had planned to release all three pieces eventually, but not necessarily bundled together.
Copying and pasting different melodies throughout the different projects has caused a few bleeding ears, before I changed all of the different channels in the track. This is what happened when I worked on Onwards and Upwards later on, but still had one of the melodies of Fresh Start in it:
Each track took me roughly eight days, based on the fact that I was done on the weekend of August 13, three and a half weeks after the project first came up.
It was also the time I came up with the different names. I had already settled on Fresh Start earlier, but at first I thought of it in the context of morning, new day, waking up and such. I wanted the theme to be some sort of progression towards something happy. Then I thought about the different meanings of the term, and decided to go for a larger timeframe of change. The EP name was the last to be finalized, after the three pieces of music had already been named.
During that time, I also conducted the survey that led to the acquisition of 41 email addresses, some of which have led to really interesting discussions about computer technology, school systems, politics, games and more. I'm very grateful for the chance to have those, with people somewhere across the globe!
Also, most of this happened while I was on vacation at a mountain lake in Austria. I may or may not have regularly been sitting by the lake when I was working on my laptop. I have also read a few books in that time, but that's besides the point.
Alright, this is it for now. I will write about the state of the website later this week, and where channel and website are headed in the future, but right now, I'd like to thank you for reading all the way through, and leave you with this almost-finished prototype of Haunted by the Past.
And, for reference, the final version - can you spot the differences? ;D
I'm looking forwards to any and all comments!