In the last couple of weeks, I made a couple of musical doodles to send specifically to my partner in crime, Karlo Keet of Catstar Images. I’ve been sending weekly customized texts to my team members (to keep related and connected individually), so I’ve basically been creating these as an extension of outreach efforts.

So far, the process has basically been (not necessarily in this order):

  • Bust out the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 and write a keyboard riff.
  • Record a vocal line in a ridiculous voice with silly, funny lyrics.
  • Add anything else I want in there (like a drum machine).

I guess you could say these doodles serve a few important functions:

  • It gets me playing the keyboard. I’ve certainly put some hours into it, but I’m not great at it, so this has been a good opportunity to brush up and develop my skills.
  • It takes me out of trying to be a perfectionist. I would say the top barrier between me and releasing more music is linked to that. Even though I released multiple singles in 2016 and 2017 and made bad music on purpose with Compuxor projects, I still catch myself trying to achieve some unattainable ideal at times.
  • It helps me get stuff done quickly. And that’s a nice feeling.

Long term, or maybe soon, I’m thinking about launching a YouTube channel called DAW’s World where I upload my doodles and other random stuff. Then again, I guess I could add it to Compuxor or our new incarnation of the same thing – Borkmeow (the side project of all side projects). Yeah, that probably makes more sense.

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