Introducing the new album!

October 12th, 2009 + 5:10 PM  ·  takaminerbb13

Well not really...

I often get questions about when I'm going to make an album. And I actually consider it quite often. But I'm really not sure if it's meant to be.

I realize that I am a studio artist. In fact, I (unintentionally) build my songs in a way that makes them near to impossible for live performance. I don't really think about what I'm doing. I just build the sounds. Like everyone else, I'm assuming. Anyway, if this is my style, I imagine I would have a hard time gaining publicity. Without a doubt, the number one source of publicity for bands is live shows, and aside from Steely Dan (after 1975), I can't think of any studio bands that have made a name for themselves. But I do realize that I'm probably overlooking a few.

This being said, my goal is not to make a name for myself. My goal is not to sell my music. In fact, I think that over the last few years, I have lost sight of my original goal, which was to make music for myself, as selfish as that sounds. But I do feel that the change has weakened my efforts. When I started playing my music for people, I started to create what I thought people wanted to hear, instead of what I wanted to hear. Don't get me wrong, I love what I have recorded over the last few years. If I didn't, I wouldn't have continued. But that doesn't change the fact that my focus has changed.

I recently listened to the music I recorded back in '03 - '04, when I started out. It's a lot more complex and imaginative than my later songs. Maybe I'm getting lazy. But I do believe that I'm no longer thinking exclusively about what interests me, which is why I started recording in the first place.

(Maybe I'll upload some of these songs so that you can hear what I'm talking about. Everyone might hate them. They're not what I would classify as normal. And I have my own idea of normal. Many of them are old-fashioned MIDI songs made on a computer that might now be an antique.)
So to summarize, I need to go back to recording music for myself. That doesn't mean I'll stop sharing. I just need to change focus. The the fact that I record for my own interest is precisely why there's no album. An album or any other type of marketable act would put that focus right back to where I don't want it. See what I mean? (Probably not). I'll make my songs available, listenable, downloadable, maybe for a few cents at some point to make a buck. Maybe I'll make an album some day. But not now.

Writers' Block...

July 20th, 2008 + 7:07 PM  ·  takaminerbb13

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. That dreaded cloud that creeps into your mind and just lays waste to each and every one of your creative impulses. Well after years of ignorant bliss, it finally got me.

So back in the spring, I made a few attempts to write some new songs. I came up with a few that I liked, but nothing that I was really passionate about. I was pretty busy with school and I had some pretty serious medical problems that caused me to spend some time in the hospital, so it wasn't like I had a lot of time to spend on music anyway. So I decided to not make any big plans for the summer so that I'd have plenty of time to just sit in my studio and just work away the days writing tunes.

And now here I am. It's the summer time. I've got loads of free time. And what do I have to show for it? A couple crap songs that I don't really care for and a countless number of half finished bits... ideas jotted down in notebooks, where they'll probably stay forever... noodles up the wazoo.

I just can't seem to come up with any ideas. At first I thought I was trying too hard. I decided I'd just stop thinking about it and wait for something to inspire me, for something to just pop into my head like usual. After a month, I started trying again. I still can't come up with any ideas that I really like. I mean, I can force something out and mangle it into something half decent sounding, but I know I can't create anything great unless I really feel passionate about it. And I can only feel passionate about it if it's a good idea. It has to move me.

So I guess I'm just wondering, to those of you who have gone through this, or who might have some insight to share, what should I look for? Does it just take time? Should I just give up on it for a while or should I keep pushing on? I'd like to know your impressions. How do you come up with ideas? What inspires you guys?

I'm almost starting to wonder if it's even worth it anymore. I'd appreciate some feedback, if anyone is reading this...

- Ben

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2012 + 10:12 PM  ·  takaminerbb13

To anyone still out there,

It's been an interesting year for me. Lots of things have happened, and I've been reflecting on my past, of which this community was once a big part.

I just really wanted to thank everyone for the years of support and advice that have helped me along the way. Every little bit has helped!

I've been away from the amp for a while, but if anyone is still interested, I'll occasionally be posting new tracks to a soundcloud account I started a couple days ago ( https://soundcloud.com/bschreiber )

Also, I tend to miss bandamp PMs, so if anyone ever wants to reach me for some reason, feel free to use the email in my biography.

Happy Holidays, ampers, and don't stop rocking.
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Comments (6) by kings

Waltz for Elise

February 25th, 2012 + 12:02 AM  ·  takaminerbb13

Just something simple I wrote and recorded for a girl I really love. I haven't been around much, but I wanted to share this. It was a real quick recording, two tracks, one take each.

Tiny Tangy Crunchy Candy

May 4th, 2009 + 11:05 PM  ·  takaminerbb13

Pulled this one out of the vault. It's not too old.

Wordless Hymn (revised)

April 29th, 2009 + 12:04 PM  ·  takaminerbb13

I made a few slight changes.

Studio Speakers

April 21st, 2009 + 12:04 AM  ·  takaminerbb13

Anyone have any recommendations for studio speakers? I'm looking some real ones. I'm feeling like my PA speakers aren't quite doing the job... So I'd like something with good sound quality, and hopefully not too expensive. I'm probably a fool for using "good quality" and "not too expensive" in the same sentence. But it's worth a shot.

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