Welcome to the One Man Band Course!

Creating your own album is one of the most exciting projects you can embark on as a composer. You get to decide every aspect of the process with great insight and precision. However, if you don't plan things out from the get go, the process will drag on for months or years (trust me, I am living proof) and chances are you will abandon ship when your energy and enthusiasm are drained.

To avoid this undesirable situation I recommend you seize the size of the project. To do that we need to do some prepwork. By gathering this information you will predict possible pathways in which you can solve most of the challenges that will present as you procede with the creation of your album. I cannot stress enough how important it is to properly layout a realistic time-frame, budget, concept and specifics of the album you intend to release.

Tha Planning Stage

The planning stage is all about definition. You have to define the format of the album, the order of the songs, the objective of every song and eventually the objective of the album.

It's imposible to know every detail of this information right from the start, but being aware of these things early on points your attention in the right direction. Do know that you will be coming back several times to this stage as you start to build the different parts of your project.

 

Lesson Plan

I created these lessons to give you a better understanding of what you will be creating in the following months. Feel free to start with whatever grabs your attention but do take the time to check out every lesson before you move to the demo stage.

History

  1. What is an album

  2. History of the album format

  3. Contemporary album specs

Finding a Concept

  1. Finding your preferred public

  2. Setting objectives for each and every song

  3. Which songs are indispensable (singles and standouts)

  4. Finding the objective of the album

  5. Which songs do not belong in the album

The Process

  1. An overview of the process

  2. The non-linear nature of creativity

  3. Finding the right crew

  4. Creating a budget

  5. Laying down a timeframe

  6. Wrapping it up