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Wrapping up the 2015 challenge

Wrapping up the 2015 challenge

I recently finished my last year’s challenge to create 2 new tracks every month. It all started pretty well and up until the summer i was in schedule. But after the summer vacation i had a new job assignment which required me to travel a lot (i’ve actually been totally 11 weeks on business trips since August 2015) so the progress in creating music slowed down quite a lot. However i was still able to release new tracks every now and then even in the autumn. I was able to release 18 tracks during the last year which i’m quite happy with. There are a few remix versions of other songs but all in all i’m happy with the amount of tracks i created.

The results can be listened in Soundcloud under this playlist: https://soundcloud.com/westis/sets/two-tracks-a-month-2015

Eventually the challenge was a good thing and i can recommend everyone to try to challenge yourself in a similar manner. When it comes to composing and finishing tracks, the challenge gave me a reason to not overthink tracks too much and not to enter the endless phase of finishing and polishing tracks up to the point where you feel like the track is over produced and lost a lot of the original ideas. This time i had a “permission” to just let go and release tracks which sounded ok enough to just release them. Somehow the challenge also opened up my inspiration and i was able to create new ideas in a lot less time than before.

Materia Obscura

I also realized that the variation of musical styles i’ve released under my main alias Westis has been too broad. Therefore i decided to create a new alias “Materia Obscura” which i will be using with the more chill out and ambient styled tracks i’m creating. Under my original alias Westis i will be releasing faster tracks under genres like electro house and trance just like before.

So from now on my new releases can be found in two separate Soundcloud profiles:
Westis: https://soundcloud.com/westis/
Materia Obscura: https://soundcloud.com/materiaobscura

Clash of Sounds EP

I also released an EP with some of the tracks i think make a nice compilation being quite similar in style, the Clash of Sounds. The EP is now available in most stores and streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and Beatport.

Spotify: Westis – Clash of Sounds
iTunes: Westis – Clash of Sounds EP
Beatport: Westis – Clash of Sounds

Challenge is going forward

2015 challenge 202Yeah, i’m going strong with my second entry of my personal songwriting challenge for 2015. The second one was born yesterday and i already have a 4 minute track with all the basic stuff included. Some fine tuning and then it’s ready to be released!

Somehow this track is a little bit different in style than my recent tracks. It begins with a nice and dark, smooth, intro where beats are weak, bassline is prominent and chords are simple until the song builds up to something more interesting.

Is my songwriting challenge supposed to feel this easy? Or is it just that i have a lot of ideas waiting at the moment and i will drain out my creativity before the end of the year?

Time for a music composition challenge!

After years of composing music without actually challenging myself in it, i finally decided to challenge myself into releasingĀ at least two tracks a month during the year 2015!

At one point i was even thinking about taking part in Reddit’s one song a week, February Album Writing Month (FAWM) or the RPM music composing challenges but because i have a daytime job and other hobbies, i thought those challengesĀ could be too demanding for me and eventually killing my creativity.

I make no promises on actually releasing two tracks a month but at least i’m trying to release, if not complete full length tracks, at least some ideas and interludes. Hopefully in the end of 2015 i have released 24 new tracks.

The tracks will be released in my Soundcloud account.