Much of the discourse musicians have with fans is about the creative process. "Where do you get your ideas?" or "How did you get it to sound like that?" Usually, the musician doesn't have much to say on that front or comes off as pretentious and boring. I am hoping to avoid that with this post as I take you through a journey towards a completed song included on the latest dustdevil & crow release, ...and chuang tzu dreamed that he was me, which is officially coming out September 1st. The song is one that was initiated by aboombong, and developed by the whole crew in stages. The progression provides, to me, a nice view of the collaborative process. In this case, one that could not have occurred in an earlier era as the members of the group are spread out around the globe.
In the process of creating this track, and before we had the wonderful violin work of rob tarana, I created a drone as a background. We never used it, but I liked the way it sounded. The drone was created from the guitars already included on the track. Here they are by themselves:
When it came time to do the next dustdevil & crow release, I remembered liking that little drone, and decided to turn it into something. Here is what I sent bendle & michael, a track I called Blue Mountain Drop:
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