Mike McKenzie

Composer | Sound Designer

Monday, June 6, 2016

Nothing special, just some casual riffs. #casualmonday

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Well, I'm bouncing the final mix for To The Death right now.  It's a mighty slab of foul death metal.  Definitely looking forward to seeing these guys play this stuff live sometime.  I didn't post anything last week because I was in the thick of it and just lost track of time.  Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't.  I'm guessing you didn't.  There's a lot of musicians out there who want you to pay attention to them and with so much information flying at your face all the time, it's nice to take a break.  But if you're reading this, thanks for looking at my garbage!  There's plenty more on the way.

Now, it's time for me to finish up the next Unraveller, which will be called Horror of Humanity.  It's often difficult for me to finish projects like this or Stomach Earth.  I just want to keep refining them, fixing them, changing them.  But that is a fruitless task.  It's easy to find things you want to change, especially as time passes.  Your tastes might shift a bit and maybe in a month you'll prefer slightly different guitar tones or different panning.  Or even different songs altogether.  I often leave the studio after recording and think of something I'd like to change.  For me, it's important to set a time that I'm going to be completely done and can no longer make any changes.  When that day comes, it's done, regardless of how far into I am.  The collection of songs ends up being kind of a snapshot of a particular time.  Kind of like a time capsule.  Sometimes, I listen to old records I've done and think, "why would I ever write that riff?" or something like that.  I'll never write those riffs again(hopefully), so it's important that they happened when they did.  So, I'm giving myself until June 20th to finish that record.  This public statement holds me accountable.  I'm pretty happy with the songs and if you liked the last one, I think you will be too.  Oh yeah, here's a great dog picture from the internet.