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How has the challenge been this far?

As you might have noticed, i challenged myself to compose two tracks every month during the year 2015. I have now released a total of eight tracks and so far i haven’t felt that the challenge would’ve been too demanding for me. Actually it’s been quite easy to start working with something new right after you’ve completed the previous one!

The biggest change has probably been that i’ve streamlined my workflow in many ways. One great example would be mastering the final product before uploading it online. I now have a template project where i import the bounced project as a stereo file and have some “basic” settings which i have now found working quite well. Then the final mastering phase needs just a few tweaks (EQ, gain limiting etc..) here and there and the track is ready to be published.

In the old days i would’ve used the original project file with all the separate tracks while mastering my track and i could have used weeks for the mastering phase. It was a mess because i couldn’t resist the temptation of tweaking the track specific settings while mastering. However, now i clearly have two distinctively different phases in creating a track: 1) Composition and general mixing phase 2) Mastering phase.

My challenge can be followed in Soundcloud:

 

My first album “Evening Calm” is released!

westis_-_evening_calm_cover-500pxToday i finally released my new album called “Evening Calm”. It’s a mixup of different electronic genres focusing in ambient and chillstep. It took a little bit over a year to complete and i can say i’m relieved by the fact that it’s now ready and no changes can be made anymore. 🙂

The release should shortly become online into your favourite online music shop including streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio. I’ll post updates as soon as i see the album coming online.