I have recently finished the last track of my seven track album and for the most part the track seems to greatly differ from the other six releases I did in the course of the last year. I think about how I got to this point, at what moment did I decide was I going to going completely different direction when I was writing? Better yet how did I come up with the name of the track that literally has almost no recognizable vocals within it?
Today will be exploring both of those questions.
First let's talk about where I got the inspiration to go in a new direction with this track. Working 40 hours a week at a full-time job doesn't give me a lot of time to write music. A lot of my time is spent writing is on weekends and this means staying away from the bar and partying in general. All this to ensure that I have dedicated days to write music and achieve real results, but this can come at a cost. The cost being that I'm not going out as much as I would prefer listening to new music, new artists and new ideas in general.
Canada day July 1, 2018 there’s a free outdoor party here in Calgary with Justin Martin. Known for his amazing releases on Dirty Bird Records, it was an amazing show to say the least. There is lots of interesting new music lots of great old jams and overall great vibe. But I'm not here to talk about how good the party was, I was particularly intrigued by a style of house music that was being played. I heard this style lots of times before and I personally cannot really put a name to it so anybody has a specific name to call this sub-genre by all means correct me. But if I would describe it basically it is a 32 to 64 beat segment, a large announcing midrange sound for the first 4 to 8 bars then tapering to the slow rolling bass for the remainder of the loop. Where you hear intermittent pretty midrange to high and sounds changing across the stereoscope (I will give example at the bottom of this article). I fell in love with it I found it to be a really cool arrangement, so I took that knowledge and try to apply to the latest track that I wrote called "Orbital Ring"
That brings me to the second topic of discussion, how to pick a name for song? Is usually quite easy if you have a lyricist with an idea that already hashed out for you, they basically pick something for you already. But how you pick a song name or track that does not have a vocal can be tough. I mean if you had the word "prison" in your song even if it was once or hundred times, you would call the song prison and that would be the end of it. For me I try to turn to things that inspire me from day-to-day life. This will change from person to person, from the mood of the song and many other variables. But I find this handy to making the song more relatable to you as an artist.
You might ask why the hell I named the song "Orbital Ring". The only answer that question comes from a recent documentary I watched on a YouTube channel by a guy named of Isaac Arthur. A brilliant man who runs the Science & Futurism channel(link below) talking about ideas like getting humans into space cheaper/faster , mining asteroids and lots of other really cool futuristic ideas. Takes a little bit to get over his speech impediment but the guy is brilliant and I've learned a lot watching his channel over the course of the last two months. He tries to break it down within the realm of what's possible today or what will be possible if we discover other technologies. It's a really great channel I suggest anybody is interested in space futurism and technology to check it out.
One particular episode in his upward bound series talks about "Orbital Rings". "The Orbital Ring is a type of launch-assist system that goes beyond moving small ships and crews into space and allows cheap movement of bulk cargo up to space, into orbit, and beyond." -Isaac Arthur
For some time now I had been explaining to my friends how cool the whole orbital ring launch system was and how to cut costs of our launching into space to the cost of a current train ticket per person. The idea had me dreaming about it all the time. When I started to think about it even deeper, I started to map the feeling of my song to the feeling of travelling around in orbital ring at orbital velocities.
That's how I came up with my song name, not cutting-edge, not funny and it's not game changing. But it's the best representation of me that I can use this time. To be honest there's no rules to making music and the naming of those songs, just find something that works for you something that relates to you, something that expresses you and who cares if it makes sense.
Check out more from Dirty Bird, Justin Martin and Isaac Arthur below
DirtyBird Records - https://dirtybirdrecords.com/
Justin Martin - https://soundcloud.com/justin-martin-music
Isacc Arthur SFIA Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZFipeZtQM5CKUjx6grh54g
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