A Day in the Life of a Resident Composer

Michigan / Oct. 2, 2012 / by Chris
A Day in the Life of a Resident Composer

Being a composer isn't a particularly glamorous job. Most of the work happens inside my head, which means that some of my activities that may look as if I am procrastinating - running laps around the campground, reading articles online, playing Angry Birds - are in fact just tools I have for getting my mental blocks unstuck. 

Since my recording studio doubles as a minivan during the day, most of my recording happens at night. I'll usually set myself up in the backseat with a microphone, my guitar, a MIDI keyboard and drum pads, and my computer to spend several hours recording each piece of music. I'll usually start each piece by laying down 3 or 4 short ideas, then developing the best one into the music you actually hear. 

Sometimes, if my initial idea is pretty strong, I can knock out a piece in one night. Other times it can take me two or three recording sessions to get everything right. When I finish up (usually around 2 am), I return the van to a drivable state and stay up just long enough to mix everything. Then, when everything is all set for Steven to add to our videos, I get to hit the pillow and look forward to another day on the Bus.