Thank you boz!
I understand every word but when I listen to it, bias of course, lol, I can’t hear it… I wouldn’t know where to begin.
It came upon me very recently, the realization of how my instrumentations work. It is like one instrument finishing the sentence of another.
Yes, lol, my genre is chaos! Mr. Bungle, the Jesus Lizard and RHCP are big influences.
The first song in my catalog, HURL (unreleased), to me, in the beginning was killer. I took the advice of a guitarist I had worked with for many years to do the thing you have advised. It was never the same and I currently keep proscrastinating on repairing it because I am now very disappointed with it.
As a competitor in the mainstream industry and market, I know my material is an acquired taste and I will never have it sit next to the toppers on the Billboard Charts, I am fine with that. What I am in search of is, a quality of sound that is comparable to what is on those charts. My songwriting is as it is and it is led solely by Inspiration and Passion. When I put my schooled musical mind to the task, Inspiration starts smacking me around and saying wtf are you doing!
If what you mean to imply is, taking it down a notch in intensity to build up or down, yes I can do that, it will take some more time doing each virtual note and beat manually and I would prefer live musicians to do the task but, I am solo and finding like minded musicians in my area to play live has been a waste of energy.
To drop out an instrument section altogether to bring it back later in the song to create that rollercoaster of energy is, weird to me and I have very much, since these comments were made, have tried to imagine what parts can be sacrificed but I am stumped. I keep coming back to the movie Amadeus. The music supervisor of the King’s court told Mozart, “too many notes”, Mozart replied something like, “which ones? it is perfect as is.” I don’t claim any of my songs to be perfect nor do I compare myself to Mozart but, that idea is the same.
Wholeheartedly, I am not opposed to enhancing my arrangements. None of them are for sale so none of them are finished but, I am apprehensive because I do not want to be disappointed again like with HURL.
Thank you so much for the feedback and advice, I am responsive to more!