1871 Sessions Vol I
& Mastering a 3.5 hour EDM Track
On New Years into 2023 I Had the honour of tracking a Live EDM set at this nice little tavern. It was a pretty easy-going night, not the huge crowds you'd probably expect to find from a DJ spinning four decks, but this was the 1871 Tavern, just a little spot out of the way where music the music came to life. the volume was a blend of genres that spanned 3.5 hours while touching on a range of styles. some very unique sounds in there to be sure. Here's a taste
Is Volume II forthcoming? Stay tuned
Looking back and reflecting
amazing how goals shift over a span of time... Apparently, years ago I was so focused on getting my music out in front of people.
Thought I had found a missing piece of the puzzle. interesting... Would have been about this time that we would have just disbanded from #beforeourdayjobskillus and The Way Out because I decided it was more important to pursue freelancing Gene Media Productions.
It was an experience I needed to have
and a lesson I needed to learn.
During that time I learned that Satisfaction doesn't come from a career,
It doesn't come from an external place at all.
it comes from belief, it comes from within.
It's reflected outside once one can see it.
Turns out I had it backward.
Thinking of Giving up?
yeah, it happens. I can empathize,I've been there too.
Doing it for financial reasons alone, for likes, analytics, or attention alone is seeking external sources of validation which is ultimately not going to bring the satisfaction you seek.
it starts within and is reflected in the results you experience because of it, not the other way around.
Don't be afraid to do some soul-searching. Don't be afraid to let it rest for a bit.
if you can't find satisfaction within yourself, you won't feel satisfied in your pursuit and it'll end up just feeling like a grind.
If that's the case, then as a creative, it might be worth exploring a different path for a while. Not quitting, just pivoting to something more enjoyable for the right reasons.
Follow your creative instinct, do what feels right to you.
Nobody will judge you for it.
Maybe after that, you'll come back feeling passionate about picking up the songbook again someday for the right reasons.
strength of character
Do what you will. You are too feable to disturb my serenity. - Seneca
Inquisitive By Nature?
How does one Practice Wholeness in a world divided? What does it mean to be a "whole" self, of healthy mind and capable of making healthy decisions? As children in the developmental stages of life, the world is a place full of new things to discover, and as the child may seek to discover the nature of this world, seeks to become a part of it, one might note the abundance of questions asked by the child. Questions like why. As the child grows into 'adulthood' however, the inquisitive nature of life is forgotten. Why?
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. ”
― Albert Einstein
organic Drum Loops Revisited
Once upon a time I set out to record some Drum Loops. Today I Revisited the concept.
This time around I sought help I mean, lets be honest here, It'd be better to leave the drumming to the drummers.
The Goal going in was to Sample the entire Drum kit. Bring your choice pieces, mic it, warm up. Record each drum in every possible way.
So we Warmed up, finished sampling the kit into this session here. Luckily, the setup was quick and efficient. Tracking went smoothly. we captured each Sample and then about a half-dozen loops.
Next up is getting the loops Mixed, I won't get too deep into the weeds on the technical side. Light EQ mostly. Some Minor Edits. Later, the samples will be Exported as individual files and arranged by velocity.
What do you think when you hear about the creative cafe?
I know we're not all marketers, but there's something to be said for presenting something thats cohesive. I see the whole event/community here as an exploration of creative lifestyle. a mini creative lifestyle blogosphere if you will, only each month we host an event. On the presentation side, I'm less concerned about 'branding' and care more about 'culture'. I see it almost like a 'brand of me' kind of thing, except instead of it being 'me' its instead a group of like minded people, together, accomplishing something very cool.
Bring It on Home
September Live @ the Creative Cafe
unplugged Acoustic performances
Saturday All Day, September 29, Join our friends @ the creative cafe are showcasing their music.
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Cody Gene Music
Gene Media Productions
Cody Gene is an Independent Record Producer from BC
Music Methodology & Creative Lifestyle