Progress – Cleo

Through the last summer and over the course of the past few weeks, music has become an increasingly huge part of my life. It started for fun and has developed slowly (but not that slowly) into absolute devotion. In this time, I’ve made 8 songs. And as each one passes, I see myself growing tremendously. Just two weeks ago, I decided to bet on myself, I invested in my own work, and, with my mother’s assistance, upgraded my music equipment to a more professional level. The song that I’m using for my independent reflects the recording processes that I used before.

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My old software: Studio One 2 (Several years out of date)

It’s bizarre, listening to the music I made over the summer. I can hear so vividly the difference in recording quality between what music I work on now and the songs that I made before. Most of that reflects the circumstances. I didn’t have MIDI controllers, or a functioning audio interface, or the latest and greatest software, so I had to get creative and find strange and unorthodox ways to create unique sounds. It was hard. And the ease with which I am able to make music now doesn’t reflect that same hardship. It is still challenging. But there isn’t that same element of adventure and tinkering until something finally worked.

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The upgraded software: Logic Pro X

Half of me wants to rerecord the song I made over the summer for my project so that it sounds as high quality as the projects that I’m currently working on. But is that right? Or is that just erasing the hard work that I’ve done and the unique methods that I was using to get to that point?

2 thoughts on “Progress – Cleo

  1. alecbarbs

    It’s so exciting seeing people in Westtown pursuing things such as music. I’m excited to see how your songs come out. And also, congratulations on the new program! That is a huge leap forward and will offer you many more opportunities. Good luck!

  2. Deb Wood

    I found myself reflecting on Teacher Chris Wills’s exhibit – Works in Progress. Is anything ever not in progress? I find myself leaning towards keeping a copy of the summer final products with the programs and hardware you had then, and update it as your creative spirit drives you. Keep a version of those summer final products.


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