SOME NOTES ON "INEXORABLE PATHS":
This album was recorded under the rules of the "RPM
10 songs, or 35 minutes of music, entirely created
in the month of February.
A production diary was kept during the process:
RPM CHALLENGE PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 4
Researched music, compiled ideas. Recorded basic
tracks for first song last night. Was awoken at
3:36am by a two-toned chime; again at 6:38am by the
voices of a man and woman:
"This is all yours, huh?"
"Yep, it's all mine."
Of course, nobody was in the house. Dreams become
strange and intrusive as I dive into music.
RPM CHALLENGE PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 5
Finished orchestrations for Song One last night;
spent seven hours today composing Song Two.
Want to keep working, but don't want to get burnt
out. Resume tomorrow.
PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 8
Day 6, composed a short atmospheric piece, Song
Day 7, spent whole day adapting a melody in vain;
met with crushing failure; wanted to discard my body
in a landfill; forcibly overcame despair by dancing
to Japanese music videos. After an hour,
envisioned a new approach; resounding triumph!
Song Four successfully summoned from the void.
Day 8, orchestrated and perfected Song Four, very
PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 14 - HALFWAY POINT
Day 10: Composed Song Five.
Day 11-12: Failure; nothing of value accomplished.
Day 13-14: Created and orchestrated Song Six.
Halfway-Point Summary: Reviewed all six
compositions; ambivalent toward several; will try to
salvage them. Must continue the precious futility to
its inexorable end...
PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 17
Composed Song Seven, the first song in this project
to make me laugh. My compositions have been so
serious up until now...
Note to self: More ridiculous music.
PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 21
Day 18-19: Composed and orchestrated Song Eight.
Day 20: Failure.
Day 21: Composed Song Nine and Song Ten.
One week left to write lyrics, record vocals, and
draw cover art.
PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 22
Mixed down all ten instrumental tracks, trapped in a
Dungeon of Sound. During composition, each
song sounds perfect with headphones, but when played
through speakers--- the horror... the
horror... Been awake 22 hours, keep catching
glimpses of imaginary spiders.
PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 26
Day 23: Began reviewing tracks and writing lyrics.
Day 24: Recorded vocals for Song Eight, Song Ten,
Day 25: Recorded vocals for Song Seven, Song Nine.
Day 26: Recorded vocals for Song Five.
PROGRESS REPORT: DAY 27
Recorded vocals for Song Six (very pleased) and Song
Three (the return of a certain C.B.)... One
day remains to write and record lyrics for Songs One
and Two, and then, uh... frantically try to mix
everything down into a listenable state.
Worst-case scenario, two instrumental tracks appear
on the album; but hopefully inspiration will strike
in the final hour.
DAY 28: SUCCESS
Wrote lyrics and recorded vocals for Songs One and
Two, re-recorded Song Two instrumental as the
original was flawed. Mixed everything down
without incident. By the Light of the
ARCHBISHOP JASON POLLAND - "INEXORABLE PATHS"
01-Engineer Your Fate (Song Four)
02-Monstrously Refined Tastes (Song Six)
03-Ice Cycle (Song One)
04-Expedition Of Blood And Snow (Song Nine)
05-When The Men Fight, Their Wounds Never Mend (Song
06-Contemplative Primitive (Song Five)
07-Charles B. Goes To Hell (Song Three)
08-Gentleman Sloth (Song Ten)
09-National Depravity Authorization Act (Song Seven)
10-My Inexorable Path (Song Eight)